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Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Plummeting prime London rents begin to attract tenants

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet ANOTHER takeover as lettings agency consolidation continues

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2021

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Rents rising everywhere - except London

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid roadmap triggers renewed lettings interest says agency

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says it bought rival agency because of its lettings book

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Only small minority of landlords use agents, new report suggests

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies cope with strong demand thanks to flexible PropTech - claim

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sets out rental sector innovation programme

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Year surge in demand from prospective tenants

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s Marketplace app now links to utility connections service

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

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in rental leads for agents, claims Rightmove

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mentoring scheme for agents hits landmark target

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

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many more agencies now listing properties with video content

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert amongst agency’s latest franchise recruits

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency secures new £90m banking facility as expansion looms

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two agents and their firm must pay thousands compensation to landlord

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Home Counties agency offers “energetic alternative” to rivals

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions and arrears webinar this morning aimed at rental sector

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Overseas student boost to London rental market

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Homesearch to host monthly digital events via Zoom

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Union protests outside agencies as Goodlord dispute escalates

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest shock resignation leaves lettings industry leaderless

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Livestream viewing could boost instructions and save thousands - claim

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent “illegally working” without redress scheme membership

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency director and landlord hit with massive fines

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech link with agents’ group continues with new platform

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing service links with anti-money laundering consultancy

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Extended Again: government makes announcement

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

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing strike threatens to disrupt agencies

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction scare stories are nonsense, government figures suggest

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Another independent falls to Leaders Romans Group acquisition

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand moderating just as landlord instructions fall

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters steal listings and place them on Facebook Marketplace

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons speaks up for virtual tours in helping lettings and sales

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall in size of private rental sector according to government figures

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Utilities algorithm developed by lettings management platform

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Large scale apprenticeship programme outlined by agency group

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm promises big announcements in near future

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free online academy launched to help agents create video viewings

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 confirms autumn date for Awards and Forum

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand up just as supply goes down, reports Rightmove

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

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice rule has unintended consequences in London - claim

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

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

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

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief puts mental health high on agenda

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

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent reductions for students extended by country’s largest provider

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Major cash boost for fast-expanding rental platform

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Friends and work colleagues team up to buy agency franchise

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agent to rebrand as corporate branch later this month

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids increase across the board but market otherwise proving resilient

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge five year Build To Rent lettings deal for London agency

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to help staff mental health

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Family bounce back from redundancy to set up lettings agency

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters more likely than ever to remain in lettings sector

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough claimed for new pre-tenancy management service

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group moves closer to becoming national chain

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

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

More evidence of Central London rental over-supply

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

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Another agency takes a stake in deposit alternative operator

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

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told to prepare for complete market lockdown

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants heading to suburbs mean big falls for city centre rents

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents, regulation and legislation - Webinar catch-up tomorrow

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is it important for letting agents to be in ARLA?

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Long-standing property firm to launch new brand following acquisition

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

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid will drastically change rental landscape warn leading agents

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity lettings agency gives rent discount to student tenants

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market across UK softens as tenants drop urban flats

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Green light for rental homes built by Transport for London

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London room rents plummet as new Covid strain adds more woe

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid snaps up High Street branches of partner brands

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for investors as mortgage choice improves across Buy To Let

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to new online forum on private rental regulation

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double the size of HMO licensing regime

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of buy to let landlord companies set up

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger homes in demand as virus influences tenant aspirations

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth building fast across most of the UK

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional agency says unique business model is behind success

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for agents coping with remote working and home schooling

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for new off-payroll working rules

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

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property maintenance Covid regulations tightened in Scotland

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

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

UK rental market dragged down by London crisis

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Momentum builds for student rent discounts - another firm joins in

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies must be more tolerant of staff doing home schooling

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chain shows benefit of financial services diversification

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent discount announced by major student accommodation provider

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks “under review” by Home Office

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears push ARLA Conference back yet again

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms reveal latest products aimed at letting agents

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back new Mediation scheme between landlords and tenants

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists want arrears cancelled as well as full eviction ban

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove takes over nearby franchise agency and lettings book

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body wants public cash for lost lockdown income

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson confirms eviction ban is “under review”

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform aims to help HMO property management

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency gets Premiership rugby sponsorship deal over the line

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Home Counties independents merge to become bigger lettings force

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents begin 2021 on a high almost everywhere…except London

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens new hub office taking over from nearby branches

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency partner platform adds bill-sharing to student services

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

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No more rent controls! Politicians warned of supply shortage

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance webinar programme this month for Propertymark agents

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

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Court backlogs and eviction curbs to dominate 2021 - Propertymark

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

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

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

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

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

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the biggest cause of claims by landlords against deposits

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 letting agents told to put tenants’ safety first

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

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaks out against possible ‘money making’ licensing scheme

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

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency calls in police after activists protest outside branch

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

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fantastic festive Foodbank gesture from lettings agency

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

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

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

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional deal sees 600-property lettings book snapped up

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

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 ends on low note for prime London lettings

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

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

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

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental growth ‘slightly positive’ for 2021 say surveyors

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market open for business in new Tier 4 areas

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: New camera allows super-fast inventory photography

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Councillor claims agents using virtual viewings show ‘better’ properties

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Volume of rent increases drops for third month in a row

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Advanced Rent Option opportunities for agents ‘going fast’

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

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech tie-up for lettings platform linked with OnTheMarket

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

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Standout success for four lettings agents after year like no other

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

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Six acquisitions in one year for fast-growing lettings agency

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market picking up steam - even in London

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency doubles deals done after adopting virtual viewing app

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaking at ‘Future of Housing’ online debate today

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Future agency mergers and acquisitions could be hit by tax hike

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

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Some landlords don't need agents, suggests investment chief

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

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another council ponders Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs

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

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation starting in one part of the UK

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

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent says 2021 is chance to level playing field with tenants

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

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs in the firing line: Another city ponders a clampdown

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Regulation chief says complaints about rental sector are common

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlord trends when requesting information about agents

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group recommends referral fee policy of transparency

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

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail Future? Debenhams store to become 338 flats to rent

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

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council’s huge fine on owner after refusing planning consent

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

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit to make lettings sector even tougher in 2021 - claim

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

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists want to build rent strike momentum across student sector

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

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

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

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council HMO rules force agency to ban tenant from using bedroom

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

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market recovering fast but now more segmented

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

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Make business rate cut permanent! Agents’ demand help

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

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

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

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning letter over letting agent fees

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial agency expands into residential with strong ambitions

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings employers urged to take on more apprentices

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 10 agencies a week closing down, claims protection scheme

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

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency network sees business storm back and repays furlough money

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

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency acquires third independent in under 12 months

Samuel Estates, a south west London agency, has acquired its third independent local firm in 2020. The latest to be snapped up...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Mental health for agents is key topic at Rightmove webinar

Rightmove is hosting a live webinar this morning to help agents protect and maintain mental health.  Agents will be able to watch live...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency sees super-prime tenants edge away from central London

Knight Frank says it’s seeing tenants in the prime London niche reflecting the same trends as those in the wider property...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge licensing crackdown in 2021 gives agents a chance to shine - claim

A new assessment of legislation and council rules surrounding the private rental sector suggests a severe crackdown may be coming in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may have busier-than-usual Christmas despite market slowing

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the November lockdown creating a subdued picture - but with early...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want a Minister for Renting’ says critic of traditional buy to let

A property entrepreneur critical of the quality of traditional buy to let says the government should create a Minister for Renting...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency opens new office in exclusive Home Counties spot

A hybrid lettings and sales agency in one of the most exclusive parts of Britain has opened a second office.  Bonds, which...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Student lets now available through new PropTech platform

A new online platform for students to search for and book accommodation has been launched, claiming to be “the fastest, simplest and...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Number of rent rises falls for second month in a row, say agents

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell for the second month in a row according to ARLA Propertymark. Its latest snapshot...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Overwhelming number of agents pay TPO compensation awards

An overwhelming 98 per cent of agents who are members of The Property Ombudsman scheme pay compensation when an investigation is...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up after almost half a century

A 47-year-old south coast lettings and sales agency has been acquired by Oakfield Estate Agents. Andrews Estate Agents first opened a branch...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent set for late-year surge in applications - claim

A late-year surge in the number of Build To Rent applications has been forecast by a market commentator. Alex Blagden, senior researcher...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of over-charging and using fake repair accounts

A newspaper claims a lettings agency is battling allegations of overcharging customers and using fake companies to carry out maintenance work. The Daily Record...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Up-front rental payment system being rolled out across the UK

The Advanced Rent Option, which allows licensed lettings agents to offer their landlords a year’s rent upfront as part of their...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Webinars to help agents harness PropTech in the New Normal

Webinars aimed at letting agents are being launched by PropTech firms RentProfile and Tilt Property Software. The series runs under the umbrella...

30 November 2020

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PropTech supplier links with legal protection service

PropTech provider Canopy is linking with a legal protection service which it says could enhance agents’ offer to landlords. If the tenant does...

30 November 2020

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Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

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App easily embeds virtual tours on portals and sites, say creators

A new app claims to make it easier for agents to create virtual tours and instantly embed them in property portal...

27 November 2020

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Independent agency snapped up by chartered surveying business

A chartered surveying company has acquired a long established lettings agency in the same town in Greater Manchester. Altrincham based firm Oakwood...

27 November 2020

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Fire service wins case involving multiple safety breaches

One person had to be rescued from a fire after their landlord failed to ensure they had a working fire alarm...

27 November 2020

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Agency strongly defends £3,600 charge to departing tenants

A London lettings agency has described a £3,600 charge to a tenant as “entirely reasonable and legal.” The i newspaper has featured a...

26 November 2020

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Arrears set to worsen as a result of Sunak’s LHA freeze

There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention...

26 November 2020

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Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

ARLA Propertymark is one of seven trade and charity groups calling on the government to help bail out private renters with...

26 November 2020

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New PropTech app means tenants lead the inventory process

A PropTech provider has created an app to remotely view and inspect properties in real time.  With InventoryBase Live the tenants undertake...

26 November 2020

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Rent guarantee scheme for private sector launched by council

A council says it’s let 21 properties thanks to a rent guarantee system launched to woo private landlords to supply homes...

26 November 2020

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Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

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Foxtons snaps up London independent and wants more of the same

Foxtons has acquired a London lettings agency and along with it a lettings book comprising 689 tenancies. The deal is worth £2.2m. In...

25 November 2020

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Agency predicts strong 2021 lettings sector but wants help for renters

Some 90 per cent of branches from franchise giant Belvoir believe house rents will rise or at least stay static in 2021,...

25 November 2020

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PropTech success for fast-growing lettings platform

The lettings technology company Goodlord, which works with over 2,000 UK letting agents, has been named by Deloitte as one of...

25 November 2020

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Pets Mean Premiums - animals are good news, insists industry group

The private rental sector should embrace the idea of tenants with pets and not object to the prospect. That’s the view of...

24 November 2020

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Anti-second homes campaigners win talks with top politician

Councillors from a town council in Wales are to be given an audience with the country’s First Minister to discuss the...

24 November 2020

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Council engages in ‘secret’ licensing consultation exercise

A London council has been found to have operated an unpublicised consultation exercise for a licensing proposal - and is now...

24 November 2020

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Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

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New Corona rules: Agents and tradespeople can still visit properties

New and tougher Coronavirus restrictions have been announced in Scotland with decisions on England’s new controls expected to be revealed today or...

23 November 2020

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‘We want public funds to pay rent arrears’ - campaigners renew call

The Generation Rent campaign has renewed its call for public money to be allocated to clear at least some rent arrears...

23 November 2020

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Faster check-out admin for agents thanks to PropTech integration

Two PropTech suppliers have announced their products will integrate in order to, in their words, “dramatically reduce reporting and end of tenancy...

23 November 2020

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Rent collection 97% and occupancy 95% says Build To Rent giant

One of the largest Build To Rent operators in the country is reporting that the pandemic has had relatively minor effects...

23 November 2020

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10% slump in student properties let, admits leading sector player

One of Britain’s largest purpose built student accommodation providers says there’s been a 10 per cent slump in the number of...

23 November 2020

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Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

Letting agencies should review banking and payment systems in the light of rule changes and the ongoing challenge of the pandemic. This advice...

20 November 2020

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Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

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PropTech firm strengthens repairs reporting service and data

The PropTech platform Plentific has acquired X-Tag, formerly known as Gas Tag. X Tag works with over 50 lettings agencies, property managers, councils and...

20 November 2020

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Independent firm snapped up as franchise makes fifth acquisition

An office of CJ Hole, one of the High Street brands of The Property Franchise Group, has snapped up an independent...

20 November 2020

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Massive Build To Rent scheme underway at gritty location

The first part of a massive Build To Rent scheme from developer Lendlease is nearing completion at Elephant Park in the...

20 November 2020

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Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

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Another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent

Agents have another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent according to an update from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting...

19 November 2020

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Online agency expands from students to national lettings market

Online lettings company Monkey vs Owl - also known as MOVO - has expanded from a regional and mostly student service...

19 November 2020

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Revealed - what prospective tenants miss on viewings

A new survey has highlighted what prospective renters and buyers are likely to miss during a property viewing. The study, by the...

19 November 2020

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Overseas investors dominate London’s high end market

International investors dominate the high end London market says a new survey. Aston’s, a residency and citizenship consultancy, has analysed sold price records...

19 November 2020

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It's Too Much! Agents hit out at retrospective Right To Rent checks

ARLA Propertymark is warning government that the majority of letting agents and landlords won’t be able to conduct retrospective full-scale Right...

18 November 2020

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Agency has collected 99 per cent of rent during Coronavirus period

A lettings agency specialising in managing Build To Rent developments says it’s collected 99 per cent of all invoiced rent during...

18 November 2020

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Average rent in England almost unchanged from five years ago

The average cost of renting in England is almost unchanged from five years ago - although that masks significant localised variations.  The...

18 November 2020

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Agency marks 15 years in business by achieving £100m portfolio

A lettings agency is marking its 15th anniversary with news that it now has over £100m worth of property in its portfolio. Berriman...

18 November 2020

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Rental affordability worsens in five areas of the UK

A PropTech lettings platform is reporting that the level of income required to cover the cost of renting has increased across...

18 November 2020

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Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

PropTech platform MakeUrMove, which launched back in 2008 as the first online lettings agency, has secured a £1.3m funding package from...

17 November 2020

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‘Severe arrears’ now just cause for bailiff-enforced evictons

There’s been a further tweak to the eviction controls introduced in England for the duration of the lockdown, lasting until December...

17 November 2020

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More London woe - new reports of falling demand, rents and yields

London lettings agency Benham and Reeves has drawn up a league table of which boroughs in the capital have had their...

17 November 2020

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Goodlord says agents will benefit from Open Banking deal

PropTech company Goodlord has partnered with a credit reference firm, claiming it will help letting agents to secure more accurate info...

17 November 2020

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Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

The Resolution Foundation has added its voice to that of many charities and other think tanks demanding more government support for...

17 November 2020

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No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

ARLA Propertymark has issued a warning to government not to use Capital Gains Tax reform to further punish the private rental...

16 November 2020

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Charity claims some arrears will take seven years to be repaid

The charity Citizens Advice - which claims a “unique, real-time insight into the challenges people are facing as a result of Coronavirus"...

16 November 2020

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All change! Rent gap between City and Country narrows dramatically

The gap between typical City rents and Country rents is closing according to an analysis of Countrywide properties by the company’s...

16 November 2020

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Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

A survey claims millions of renter households have concerns about their ability to pay landlords this winter - and the charity...

16 November 2020

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Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

Letting agents are being offered a free consultation helpline during the pandemic.  Julie Condliffe, a lawyer and property investment expert, says the...

16 November 2020

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Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

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What will the lettings market look like after lockdown ends?

An exercise by PropTech company Goodlord has given an insight into what the lettings market may look like in parts of...

13 November 2020

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Agents invited to upcoming anti-money laundering webinar

Rightmove is to host an anti-money laundering webinar next week, aimed at lettings and sales agents. The event, which is entitled Five...

13 November 2020

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Enhanced appointment booking tool unveiled by Rightmove

Agents on Rightmove can now start using the portal’s new appointment booking tool, Viewings Manager, which has just completed its test...

13 November 2020

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Viewber outsource service links with another PropTech platform

Viewber has linked with the PropTech property management service PlanetRent. Viewber offers agents access to an online database of vetted viewing assistants,...

13 November 2020

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Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

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What now for student lettings as autumn term finishes early?

Two thorny subjects are back on the agenda for letting agents - break clauses and what happens when students leave their...

12 November 2020

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BTR market snapshot shows continued growth but London lagging

The latest Build To Rent snapshot up to late summer shows the number of BTR homes in stages of planning across...

12 November 2020

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Trying Hard - agency renews rugby league sponsorship deal

Wakefield Trinity rugby league club has announced that local lettings agency Cooper & Cutt has renewed its sponsorship with the club,...

12 November 2020

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Huge change in tenant priorities thanks to Covid - agency chief

One of the country’s major lettings agency chiefs says there is a “massive” change in tenant priorities underway. Michael Cook, national lettings...

11 November 2020

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Lettings firm and director fined for inadequate living conditions

A lettings firm has been ordered to pay over £18,000 after failing to provide adequate living conditions for his tenants. Chelmsford magistrates...

11 November 2020

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Kickstart can elevate agents’ reputation through apprenticeships

The group human resources director of the Leaders Romans Group wants the agency industry to improve its reputation by embracing more...

11 November 2020

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Agencies merge to form coastal lettings powerhouse

Henry Adams Lettings in Bognor Regis has joined forces with AC Lettings, one of the largest and most successful independent lettings...

11 November 2020

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Latest eviction ban - is it even legal?

A top property law firm is questioning whether the government’s current eviction moratorium - effectively banning evictions until mid-January at the...

10 November 2020

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Renters aren’t quitting London after all says Zoopla

It appears the much-hyped exodus of people from London to the country doesn’t apply to the rental market. Despite rents falling in...

10 November 2020

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Another acquisition for fast-growing independent agency

A south coast agency has snapped up a local independent - the latest of several acquisitions it's made in recent years. Worthing’s...

10 November 2020

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How are tenants changing their outlook in the Coronavirus crisis?

A large-scale survey of private tenants has attempted to uncover what renters feel about the sector and their individual properties in...

10 November 2020

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Free online deposit dispute webinars begin next week

The Deposit Protection Service is running three free online deposit dispute webinars, with the first scheduled for next week. The UK’s largest...

10 November 2020

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Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

The main trade body representing lettings agents has described the government’s latest eviction ban as “a further blow” for the sector. At...

09 November 2020

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Airbnb’s social media bid to curb short lets anti-social behaviour

Airbnb is undertaking a widespread social media campaign in the UK about its attempts to crack down on anti-social behaviour and...

09 November 2020

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Labour claims hundreds of S21s during Lockdown1, despite ban

Labour claims over 350 households in London alone were issued with a Section 21 notice during the first lockdown in spring...

09 November 2020

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Property firm refunds Covid money after row involving politician

A property company that owns and manages premises occupied by a politician has returned some £10,000 in furlough money received under...

09 November 2020

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Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

A new report from the Nationwide and campaigning charity Shelter puts letting agents in the dock over the standards in the...

06 November 2020

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No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

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Referral fees webinar coming up with Trading Standards supremo

Propertymark is staging a webinar later this month on the topical subject of referral fees. Last month the National Trading Standards for...

06 November 2020

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Agents “slow to respond to consumers moving online” - claim

A prominent lettings agent and property management expert says the industry has been reluctant to recognise the increasing trend of consumers...

06 November 2020

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“Rigorous selection process” for new ARLA regional representatives

It’s taken what Propertymark calls “a rigorous selection process” to find the latest four regional representatives for the Association of Residential...

06 November 2020

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Here we go again - Labour renews call for another eviction ban

Labour has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding the return of the eviction ban - even though, to all intents...

05 November 2020

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Rebranded agency focuses on selling only tenanted buy to lets

A rebranded agency is now focussing on selling only tenanted buy to let properties in what it calls ‘second tier’ cities...

05 November 2020

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PropTech Push - new products launched aiming at letting agents

There’s been a flurry of new PropTech products launched, mostly focussed on lettings agencies. Australian-based supplier Movinghub, which works the UK market...

05 November 2020

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Lockdown guidance for Inventory Clerks: stay Covid-safe and carry on

Inventory clerks can continue their regular work through the lockdown so long as they adhere to Cobid-safe protocols. That’s the message from...

05 November 2020

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“Airbnb pricing us out of our communities!” - MP slams short lets

An MP claims the proliferation of short lets via Airbnb and similar online platforms is indirectly pricing local people out of...

04 November 2020

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Lockdown Lowdown - Emergency webinar for agents tomorrow

A lockdown emergency webinar is to be held tomorrow to help letting agents get the regulatory and restriction lowdown on how...

04 November 2020

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Hybrid lettings agency launches recruitment drive in 10 regions

Hybrid lettings agency Accommodation is launching a drive to recruit agents in 10 regions across the UK. The company says this is...

04 November 2020

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New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

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‘Strange’ market still showing rent increases in almost every region

Another market snapshot from HomeLet suggests that there was a 2.2 per cent average rent increase across the UK in the...

04 November 2020

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Surprise move by London council to drop stricter controls on HMOs

A London council has dropped plans to restrict the creation of HMOs, a full 12 months after a consultation on the...

04 November 2020

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Agent left property front door open after routine inspection

The This Is Money website is carrying a story of a London rental property where the front door was left open...

03 November 2020

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January date for MP’s bid to allow pets in rental accommodation

A Conservative MP’s bid to ensure pets are allowed in private rental accommodation reaches its next stage in the New Year. Andrew Rosindell,...

03 November 2020

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Rents down and voids up across the country in recent weeks

A market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord shows rents dropping a hefty nine per cent across the UK. This follows several...

03 November 2020

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Lockdown is agents’ chance to plan for 2021 say training firms

Two industry training firms say the lockdown beginning this week gives agents an opportunity to prepare for 2021. Agency Mentors and The Able Agent...

03 November 2020

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New lockdown means evictions effectively off-limits for months

It is thought likely that the new four week lockdown in England coming into effect on Thursday will mean evictions will...

02 November 2020

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Rent increases slow and tenancies lengthen despite Covid

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell by almost a fifth in the year to the end of September according...

02 November 2020

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Well-known independent chain snapped up by Leaders Romans

The well-known Lenwell chain, with seven branches, has been acquired by the Leaders Romans Group.  Lenwell was established in 1990 with the...

02 November 2020

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Short lets glut prompts discount offer for NHS and key workers

The absence of traditional holiday and business users of short let accommodation has prompted a trade body to introduce a discount...

02 November 2020

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Save The Date! The 2021 ESTAS Awards take place on ….

The 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards are to be held on Friday June 11. For the first time the awards will host...

02 November 2020

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£100,000 compensation to be paid by rogue lettings agents

Three lettings agents who kept tenants’ rent instead of passing it to the landlords have been ordered to pay almost £100,000...

30 October 2020

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Politician settles out of court with agent over fees charged in 2015

A Green Party councillor has been refunded fees he and his partner were charged by a letting agency five years ago,...

30 October 2020

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Eviction ban by the back door! Top lawyer slams bailiffs’ move

A top property lawyer says a recent decision by bailiffs not to forcibly evict anyone in Tier 2 and Tier 3 is an...

30 October 2020

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Foxtons reports poor lettings figures despite sales market boost

Foxtons has posted what many consider to be disappointing lettings figures for the third quarter of the year. The company’s lettings-related revenue...

30 October 2020

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So just how important IS the short lets rental sector?

Rental operators specialising in short lets are signing up to a tracking study to assess the sector’s size and significance.  The exercise...

29 October 2020

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Brexit may lead to glut of returning retirees who rent

The long-running uncertainty over Brexit may lead to a glut of British expats returning home and renting rather than buying. That’s the...

29 October 2020

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Agents get £100 referral fee for clients signing up to storage firm

Ten estate agencies have signed up to a partnership programme with the easyStorage company, which allows lettings and sales firms to...

29 October 2020

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Deposit alternative PropTech supplier wins ‘super start-up’ status

Deposit alternative service flatfair has been named as one of the top 50 start-ups to work for in London. Recruitment platform Tempo...

29 October 2020

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David Cox, former ARLA chief, in dramatic return to the industry

In a dramatic return to the agency world, the former chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is joining...

28 October 2020

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Heroic lettings agency helps tenants with school meal vouchers

A heroic lettings agency in the south west of England has stepped up to the plate this half-term week by offering...

28 October 2020

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Covid-19: Labour councillors say HMOs must be en suite

Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.  The...

28 October 2020

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Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

The new trade group representing short lets operators is asking the government to make sure the short lets sector is specifically...

28 October 2020

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Agency named to handle lettings at new Build To Rent city scheme

The team behind Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent housing development has announced another multi-million-pound BTR project. Kelvin Properties, which...

28 October 2020

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Portal's new AI platform allows agents to target local landlords

The free to list portal Residential People is launching a machine-learning platform allowing agents to specifically target local landlords and emphasise...

27 October 2020

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Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

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New lettings agent qualification launched by landlords group

A new nationally recognised letting agent qualification is being launched by a landlord body. The Managing Property and Residential Lettings Level 3...

27 October 2020

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Time-waster applicants turfed out by new PropTech tool

A new PropTech tool for agents claims to help weed out time-wasters and reduce the viewing-to-offer ratio. Rental Passport, produced by LegalforLandlords,...

27 October 2020

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Evictions in Tier 2/3 areas not to be enforced by bailiffs

The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.  So although evictions can...

26 October 2020

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Pressure on for pet-friendly lets as Build To Rent operators cash in

Pressure appears to be building for more pet-friendly lettings properties with two Build To Rent operators promoting animal-friendly tenancies. BTR operator Fizzy Living...

26 October 2020

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Fake lettings agent almost conned £1,500 out of tenants

A fake lettings agent has been caught trying to cheat prospective tenants out of £1,500 which she claimed was a deposit...

26 October 2020

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PropTech tool tells agents if tenants are affected by Covid

A new PropTech tool called Covid Profile tells lettings agents if tenants are self-isolating or in quarantine because of Coronavirus.  The cloud-based...

26 October 2020

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He’s back! Comedy letting agent Stath gets a third series

Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats is back on the market for a third season. The agency-based sit-com from writer-performer...

26 October 2020

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Countrywide rentals division suffers almost one third drop in lets

Countrywide’s latest trading statement covering the first half of 2020 shows it was hit more than most corporates by the market...

23 October 2020

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Letting agency of the year named by comparison website

A hybrid has been named lettings agency of the year by comparison website Rentround. Accommodation.co.uk has won the award after being the most...

23 October 2020

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“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger...

23 October 2020

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More virtual courses for agents launched by TDS Academy

Letting agents are being invited to additional courses from TDS Academy online. The courses, offering Continuing Professional Development training virtually, look in particular...

23 October 2020

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