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Half of Tenants 'get stuck' if letting agents fail to solve problems

Half of all private renters would not know where to turn to if a letting agent failed to address a problem...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

Housing minister Lee Rowley will be taking centre stage at the largest property agency conference in the UK this summer, Propertymark...

30 April 2024

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Banned - Agency cannot let homes for four years; put on rogues’ database

A council has placed a Banning Order on a lettings agency operating unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation. Trophy Homes Ltd was hit...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Under half of homes listed to let are actually available - industry figure’s claim

A controversial rental sector figure claims over half of the properties listed to let are actually available for a tenant to...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Franchise chain launches campaign for new recruits

Winkworth has appointed an ex-Chestertons and ex-Strutt and Parker industry figure to recruit new offices to the agency’s network. Chris Brand, who...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

ESTAS announce new PropTech headline partners for 2024

The ESTAS, the customer review and awards platform, has unveiled new headline partners for 2024. Reapit and PayProp will become the Headline...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill “still misses the mark” says Propertymark

Propertymark says the controversial Renters Reform Bill still misses the mark, despite a string of amendments made to it as it...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Alert - Agents can urge landlord clients to take part in pilot scheme

HMRC has launched a pilot for the proposed Making Tax Digital service for quarterly reporting - and agents can sign up...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Toxic attitude to Private Renting may now change, hopes lettings chief

A prominent lettings agency operator says he hopes the “toxic” attitude to the private rental sector by the Scottish Government may...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - groups still lobbying for further changes

A coalition of higher education and student housing organisations have called on the government to make further changes to the Renters...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove hits back at critics after Renters Reform Bill wins key vote

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool will help eviction process under Renters Reform Bill changes

A new communications log feature has been introduced by a PropTech supplier which allegedly makes it easier to gather evidence for...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

More tenants borrowing to fund deposits on next property - claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental market back to normal in Prime Central London says agency

The Prime Central London lettings market is returning to normality, a prominent agency says. JLL says average rents fell 1.4% between Q4...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents proud of the industry…not so keen on the system

Some 83% of estate agents are proud of their profession, says a new survey. The poll of 1,728 estate agents, commissioned by...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to buy than rent in every major British city - Rightmove

Rightmove says it’s now cheaper to buy than rent in each of Great Britain’s biggest cities, highlighting why many determined first-time...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Extraordinary 200 amendments to Renters Reform Bill in Commons today

There’s a huge number of amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, which has its Third Reading in the House of Commons...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark not giving up on the Regulation of Property Agents

Propertymark says it will continue lobbying government for the implementation of the Regulation of Property Agents - even though the government...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ internal lettings data shows market returning to normal

Data from in-the-news agency Foxtons reveals rental applicant demand has increased 9% from February, yet is now still 14% lower year...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Holiday Lets booking system rivals hotels, says supplier

PropTech firm Pikl is launching an insurance-backed cancellation product specifically for holiday lets that will enable operators to offer the same...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark guide helps tenants complain and challenge rent rises

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Boost for Buy To Let as mortgage product choice improves

There's good news for the buy to let sector as mortgage product availability is showing signs of stability, according to the...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Big HMRC fines for agents prompt Anti-Money Laundering guidance

Recent substantial fines issued by HMRC are a harsh reminder to agents to ensure that their Anti-Money Laundering policies are up...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Backing for Ground Rent Cap being announced this week

An amendment is expected to be made by the government to its Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill. The Bill, put forward by...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to attend Equality and Cultural Awareness event

Propertymark is urging member agents in Wales to attend a so-called Cultural Awareness Course which will explain their responsibilities under the...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Get On With It - major agency tells government to reform renting

A major agency has told the government to get on with ensuring the Renters Reform Bill is passed into law as...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Grow Your Lettings Agency - free webinar this week

Rightmove is hosting a webinar tomorrow for owners and managers of lettings agencies, focused on growing their business to the maximum...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Call by Labour MPs in defiance of party policy

Five Labour MPs have put forward an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling for rent controls - even...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Property Agents - government slammed by Lords

The government’s failure to act on the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working party - chaired by Lord Richard Best and...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Independent agency runs seminar series for new landlords

Top tips will be provided for landlords in the private rental market in a seminar next month organised by high profile...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency has not paid Fixed Penalty Notice in dispute over deposit

A statement from a city council claims that a property company failed to attend court in a case of deposit protection,...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Online firm launches budget “self-service” lettings platform

An online lettings platform claims to have launched the first “end-to-end self-service lettings platform” which could save landlords around £3,800. Hello Neighbour...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief claims “renting negatively impacts life”

A prominent supplier of deposit alternatives to lettings agents has come out and said that “renting negatively impacts quality of life,...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Seasoned lettings expert joins regional agency

A seasoned lettings expert has been taken on to boost the success of an agency branch in Surrey. James Clarke, with 25...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Local man with global experience takes over branch franchise

Stephen Castellani has been confirmed as the new owner of Martin & Co’s Tonbridge office, taking the reins from Robert Gordon-James...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Ceilings Have Been Reached - agency's stark warning

The chief executive of one of Britain’s largest franchise agency chains is warning that rents may no longer be able to...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Franchise group claims letting agents revenue could be £100k a year

Property investment and management company The Sourced Group says its new lettings division which “presents franchisees with the chance to generate...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

A government-supporting newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill will be back in the House of Commons next week. Observers have been expecting...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

TV Property Guru to give keynote speech at Propertymark One

TV property guru and Move iQ founder Phil Spencer to be a keynote speakers at Propertymark One this year, the trade...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative service plays up ‘unaffordable’ rents

A deposit alternative service claims the cost of rent has outpaced salary growth by 5.2% over the past 10 years, leaving...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Acquisition of agency network, 60 staff and 1,100 lettings portfolio

An agency has snapped up a substantial regional firm involving 60 staff, 1,100 properties under management, as well as commercial, new...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils “renewable, sustainable, green branch office”

Leaders - part of the Leaders Romans Group - has unveiled what it claims to one its latest “sustainable office” in...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Average rent arrears climb as cost of living crisis bites

Average rent arrears claims climbed to £1,816 in the first quarter of this year. That’s a rise of 27% from £1,435 in...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to improve the private rental sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

City Build To Rent Schemes - two new announcements

Developer Beech Holdings has secured planning permission for its luxury development of Build To Rent apartments in Sheffield. Sheffield Gardens will include...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

A lawyer says radical rental reforms proposed for Scotland - which could be a model for change in England and Wales...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agencies merge lettings teams and set up Joint Venture operation

Two agencies are merging their lettings operations and launching a Joint Venture company to enable continued growth in their respective areas...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Demand cools and supply rises - new lettings analysis

Rents rose 9% on average in the UK in Q1 2024 compared to the same period in 2023, says flatshare site SpareRoom. Out...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Managing agent bags hundreds of homes in new deal with L&G

Property management and facilities firm Pinnacle is to become the leading managing agent for Legal & General Affordable Homes. In recent weeks, the...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand easing at last says agency chief

The UK's rental market is experiencing a slowdown says a lettings chief. Nicky Stevenson, Managing Director of Fine & Country notes that...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates to stay high despite this week’s good inflation news

Interest rates are expected to stay high despite good inflation news likely to be announced this week. The Office for Budget Responsibility...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Foxtons To Be Sold? Media speculation grows

Lettings giant Foxtons has hired merger and acquisition bankers from Rothschild following pressure from shareholders to sell itself for £160m, the...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill isn’t stopping buy to let investment claims agency boss

A prominent lettings agency claims the Renters Reform Bill is not proving a deterrent to buy to let investors. The Leaders Romans...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

How Knight Frank sees it - market update from research guru

It feels as though the UK housing market is waiting for something to happen. The prevailing mood is one of anticipation with...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Foxtons to extend digital lettings service into sales

Foxtons says it wants to extend what it calls its “full digitisation of the lettings journey” to its sales side, as...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let property profile changes as landlords diversify

Houses in Multiple Occupation are making up an increasing percentage of buy-to-let business, according specialist lender Shawbrook.  In both 2022 and 2023,...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Change: new principal partner for this year’s awards event

The ESTAS awards event in October has a new principal partner. It’s Landmark Information Group, which includes Landmark Estate Agency Services, Searchflow,...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

Labour must build “a new generation of New Towns” if it gets into government, according to a parliamentary candidate linked to...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Leaseholder Right to Manage webinar for agents and landlords - free

Law firm Bishop & Sewell is hosting a webinar to give leaseholders information and advice about the Right to Manage, a...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents must work with (not against) those wanting regulation - call

A prominent PropTech entrepreneur is urging agents and other in the property industry to engage with those wishing to introduce regulation...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards tells agents - Material Information is key so get on with it!

A representative of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents team has told agents to accept new rules about material...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

AI to drive new property marketing tool from agents’ group

The Guild of Property Professionals is launch a new Ezine system for members to market properties to let and for sale. According...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lomond acquires another regional agency

Lomond - a firm that now calls itself “one of the UK’s largest acquirers of estate and letting agency businesses” -...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

Propertymark is demanding equal treatment with the social housing sector. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove intends to boost standards in social housing...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Key industry supplier names ex-housing chief as chairperson

The Tenancy Deposit Service, the provider of tenancy deposit protection and dispute resolution services, has appointed Fay Selvan as its new...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents facing huge rise in tenant fraud

An analysis of over 600,000 tenancy applications has found that fraudulent applications rose by 140% last year.  The analysis, carried out by...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Business Boost - Landlord champion urges more use of lettings agents

Landlords’ champion Paul Shamplina says more landlords should use lettings agents, who he describes as their “allies” in the battle to...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Top 10 Hotspots for portfolio buy to let investors

Paragon Bank’s analysis of its lending data has revealed the top 10 locations for investment by portfolio buy-to-let landlords, those with...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Land Registry to be more accessible (and cheaper)

Propertymark wants HM Land Registry to provide more accessible and affordable services to its members.  HMLR launched a consultation last month as...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Brownfield Development isn’t the only answer, agents tell government

Propertymark wants the government to cool down on its enthusiasm for brownfield development. It says in a response to a consultation that...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket expansion continues as it signs large multi-branch agency

Seymours, one of the largest independent agency networks operating in the South East of England, is to advertise its lettings and sales...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

I’m Making You An Offer! - PropTech in Dragons Den-style pitch

A major technology programme has secured what it calls “a landmark co-investment partnership” with Propertymark and the Tenancy Deposit Service group.  And...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency aims for high-end market with rebrand and new appointment

Curchods is making a bid to expand its activities in the high end Surrey market with a rebrand of its latest...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents Under Pressure in parts of London, admits top agency

Supply has continued to build while demand remained steady, which increased downwards pressure on rents in the first quarter of 2024...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Regional Property Awards - the search is on

The search for the best of the property industry is underway as nominations are now open for the 2024 Variety North...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Almost No Reduction in Buy To Let Supply, insists think tank

There’s been at most a one per cent reduction in landlords in the buy to let sector, a think tank claims...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark bats off surprisingly downbeat housing index

Propertymark has batted away any possible market pessimism as a result of a downbeat price index result from the Halifax  Just before...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

“Bold” new Labour reforms for private rental sector coming next month

An influential Labour website says a raft of proposed reforms for the private rental sector will be unveiled next month -...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Third of landlords may sell this year - shock buy to let statistics

Almost one in three buy to let landlords are set to sell up in the next 12 months. That’s the shock statistic...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will build 6,000 “affordable” rental homes by 2030 - with their rents capped. Khan, standing...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents over a quarter higher than at the start of Covid - new stats

The latest rental data from PropTech supplier Goodlord has shown that March rents are now up by over 6% year-on-year.  And looking...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents say 10 renters to every one property to let

The number of new prospective tenants registered per Propertymark member branch decreased from 97 in January to 89 in February -...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new eco scheme

Legal & General’s suburban Build To Rent business, called LGSBTR, has exchanged on 41 new BTR homes in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.   Consisting...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents should make quick and better decisions - Webinar coming up

A webinar is coming up aiming to help agents make better decisions and more rapidly. It’s being run by Propertymark which says...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says space running out for stands at ‘the big one’

The UK’s largest multi-disciplinary property conference - Propertymark One in association with Rightmove - is in June and the organisers claim...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents should help “hard-pressed tenants” urges industry figure

A deposit alternative company is calling on agents to help tenants save an average of £1,000 on up-front costs. Flatfair chief executive...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency appoints seasoned management figure as new director

Lettings and property management agency Xenia Lettings has appointed a new director.  Daryl Tomlinson first entered the industry in 2007 as a...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Improving market doesn’t solve underlying problems - Propertymark

Promising figures from the latest house price index doesn’t mean underlying problems in the market have been solved, warns Propertymark. UK house...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency warns on landlords’ and tenants’ differing rent expectations

Prime London rental values ticked up 0.3% over the first three months of 2024, according to Savills, as the market continues...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant’s brand

Parkers franchisee Craig Pearson claims to have added a “substantial” number of properties to his Reading branch portfolio after buying an...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Massive PropTech boost from Rightmove and finance institutions

Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, NatWest and Rightmove have announced a strategic investment in Coadjute, a prominent PropTech business.  This is the first...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry boss slams government for ‘grandstanding’ on rent issues

HomeLet and Let Alliance’s chief executive Andy Halstead has called for less “government grandstanding” and more direct action to recognise the...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency set up in a front room will stay in family ownership

The founder of an agency which started life in a front room is handing the family firm over to her son...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Long-established agency rebrands by taking parent company’s name

Burns & Webber, a long-established name in the Surrey property market, is rebranding by adopting its parent company’s name, Curchods.  The four...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New owner for two Surrey agency branches

A new franchisee has been confirmed for Martin & Co’s branches in Caterham and Redhill & Reigate. A portfolio landlord who lives...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Don’t be Left Behind when Regulation Comes In

Propertymark is urging agents to get ahead of the curve and be ready for the next big initiative - Regulation.  Propertymark has...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Digital Property Logbook tested for lettings market

Property logbook company Chimni is trialling a new form of Digital Property Logbook aimed at the Lettings markets.   The new logbooks...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

Tenant groups and charities reacted angrily over the Easter weekend to the proposed changes to the Renters Reform Bill being advocated...

02 April 2024

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