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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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

‘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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

‘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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

“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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

“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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

‘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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

£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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

“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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New app signals to agents when to chase potential landlord clients

A new PropTech app called Acaboom claims to send an alert when a landlord is viewing the agency’s marketing proposal. This means...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Question to agents - How are you coping with Coronavirus?

A survey by two PropTech firms wants to know how agents are coping with the pandemic. Fixflo and MRI Software have launched...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut-price Central London tenancies attract glut of younger renters

London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, says the capital’s prime central area is seeing a demographic change as younger British tenants...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Facial-recognition tenant referencing tool now available to agents

PropTech firm Goodlord is for the first time offering ‘bank-grade’ facial recognition to letting agents. As part of an update to its...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency expansion announced just as lockdown kicks in

Belvoir has opened its third office in Swansea - but like other agency branches in Wales, it’s set to close for...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New property management division wants high-end London business

The Ringley Group has launched a new estate and block management division targeting high-end London instructions. Ringley Group already has over 12,000...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ free rewards offer from deposit alternative platform

Deposit alternative service flatfair has teamed up with a rewards provider to offer 500 letting agencies one year of free access. Agents...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Viewings banned, moves halted, no on-site surveys - Wales lockdown

The Welsh government has given details of the rentals and sales house moving process during the 16 day lockdown beginning 6pm on Friday...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lights! Camera! Rentals! Two agents get their own BBC show

Two former Keller Williams agents have their own BBC Three TV show now available on the iPlayer. It’s called Rent Like a...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investment agency unveils new website

Knight Knox has unveiled a new property investment website as it marks its 16th anniversary. The new site features the tagline ‘property...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We Need Public Cash - short lets sector appeals directly to Sunak

The fledgling trade association representing short lets companies wants public cash and other forms of aid to help the sector through winter. Merilee...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ portfolios bought by high-spending franchise firm

Martin & Co has completed major acquisitions from local independents in three areas.  Martin & Co Falmouth completed its fifth acquisition in...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent changes - key webinar tomorrow to help agents

Changes to the codes of practice surrounding Right To Rent are introduced on November 2, and tomorrow there’s a useful webinar to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

John Lewis to build and furnish private rental properties

John Lewis Partnership, until now best known for its department stores and ownership of Waitrose, is to build homes for rent. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Issue second S8 notice if arrears exceed six months - legal expert

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark is recommending that letting agents consider serving a second Section 8 notice if a tenant's...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents still border control officers under Right To Rent - top lawyer

The Right to Rent scheme’s revised code of practice coming into effect next month does nothing to stop agents and landlords...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Give that agency a cigar! Winston Churchill’s apartment to let

A London agency has won the instruction for a particularly prestigious let - a four bedroom apartment in the capital, once...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

A family-run agency that describes itself as “plucky” has rebranded and moved to larger premises in one of the UK’s most...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘investor’ agency goes beyond traditional lettings services

A new agency set up in Wiltshire says it goes beyond the traditional lettings services of existing operators, and instead seeks...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm becomes partner in big city development

A lettings management company has been selected by a Far Eastern developer to manage units on a new 756 home scheme...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Text messages from agents to tenants work best - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says using text messages to remind tenants when rent is due and chase late payments is a...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online firm using self-employed agents moves into lettings

Online agency eXp UK has launched a new lettings service allowing agents who join the organisation can now offer a lettings...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New online lettings company wants to take UK by storm

A Czech-based PropTech firm called Flatio says it’s entering the UK market and aims to have at least 10,000 properties listed...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla wins back agency chain after five year absence

One of the most prominent south coast lettings and sales agencies is returning to Zoopla after a five year absence.  Mishon Mackay,...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New app provides lead to agents and pays if tenants switch utilities

A new free-to-list ‘lifestyle’ app that aims to be bigger than Rightmove says it will pay lettings agents when renters switch...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Up and Up: Asking rents in much of UK hit record highs

Asking rents outside London have hit a new high according to Rightmove’s latest market snapshot. The pressure comes from record demand from...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Investment boost for Zero Deposit as founder Notley steps back

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has revealed significant new investment as its founder - ex-Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley - takes a...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid set to dominate 2021 - what agents need to consider

The Guild of Property Professionals has set out what it thinks letting agents should be considering in the short, medium and...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How will Covid change the student rental market long-term?

A student accommodation search portal has speculated on how the sector could change in the long term as Coronavirus hits education. “Whilst...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Them And Us Rental Market - the poshest areas are doing best

Research by Hamptons International shows that since the end of the spring lockdown and the reopening of the rental market, affluent...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC regs - agents urged to tell government what they think

A call to action has been sent to letting agents to make their voices heard about new EPC proposals from the Department...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why some landlords do not use letting agents

Light has been shed at last on the long-running uncertainty about why some landlords choose to use lettings agents and some...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets: boost in membership for fledgling trade body

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association, a new trade body representing the short-term rental sector, has added two new members to...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant in arrears? Text them - phone calls are so intimidating…

Most tenants claim they are “intimidated” when agents or landlords telephone them about arrears - and they would much prefer a text. A small...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards blitzing students with lettings fee info

Trading Standards in one region of the UK is staging Twitter quizzes aimed at students, and asking about agents’ fees surrounding...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech links for The Depositary aim at 10-minute check-out

PropTech service The Depositary is extending its existing partnership with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, aiming to fully integrate with the TDS...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent falls hit 10-year record in Prime Central London

Rents continue to fall in Prime Central London according to agency Knight Frank. After September’s data is taken into account the annual...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Frontline agent’ takes senior role at ARLA Propertymark

A business owner who calls himself a “frontline agent” is the new Vice President of ARLA Propertymark.  David Votta, owner of Votta...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome first-ever financial scheme helping tenants

ARLA Propertymark has welcomed the creation of a financial lifeline for tenants in Wales in arrears because of Coronavirus.  The association has...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings Market: Voids steady despite rents dipping in most of UK

Rents in the UK dropped in six of the eight regions monitored by PropTech supplier Goodlord.  During September, the average rent for...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link up means more virtual tour options for agents

Automated lettings platform PlanetRent has agreed a partnership with another PropTech operator to offer virtual tours of rental properties. The partnership with...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let bidders help virtual auctions hit new highs

Savills latest remote auction in 2020 saw £40m raised with 90 lots sold bringing the total value of property sold in 2020...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

100 not out! Franchise giant snaps up 100th independent

Belvoir has acquired its 100th independent agency with its Northwood Wolverhampton operation snapping up Millenium Properties in the city. This adds another...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a “massive increase” in evictions in the near future. In a briefing paper the...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Fourth acquisition since lockdown for ever-hungry agency group

The hyper-active Linley & Simpson agency group has announced its fourth acquisition since the lifting of the national lockdown. The Yorkshire-focussed company...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent levels - London drops but most regions still rising

The latest monthly rental index produced by insurance provider HomeLet shows a four per cent surge in the all-UK average rent...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Unify UK property tax to attract investors, agency boss says

Scotland must encourage more investors into its property market as a way of supporting its economy once the Coronavirus recedes according...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

The huge disruption of the Coronavirus crisis to the UK's university education does not alter the sector’s long-term fundamentals, a specialist lettings...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Name and shame rogue lettings agents, says top industry figure

One of the highest profile figures in the rental sector says rogue letting agents should be named and shamed as a...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

Government intervention, which in recent years has seen scores of legal and regulatory changes to the private rental sector, may be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool creates white-label guides for landlords and tenants

A new PropTech tool called Lettings Intelligence is being launched this week with the claim that it is “revolutionising the way that lettings...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Webinar to make agents resilient ahead of economic downturn

Later this week agents will have the opportunity to hear one of the industry’s leading consultants give advice on preparing for an...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency signs deal to manage business estate’s resi portfolio

A lettings agent has been awarded the contract to take over the rental properties, marketing and inspections of the entire residential...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's Not On: Agents tell government new EPC targets can't be met

New long-term targets for improving energy efficiency across the private rental sector simply are not realistic, the government has been warned. The...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents escape referral fees clampdown - at least for now

It appears lettings agents may have escaped the recommended demands for referral fees to be made more transparent to customers. A statement...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned! London agent cannot be a director after major tax offence

An agent has been banned from being a company director after tax offences involving hundreds of thousands of pounds, or possibly...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

The investment arm of the Big Issue street newspaper is putting £3m into a new form of lettings agency.  Homes for Good was...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rental demand is strongest across the UK

A rental demand league table produced by a lettings management platform shows the winners and losers across the UK - and...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Right To Rent may be tweaked to allow easier online checks

The Home Office is proposing a new online service to make it easier for agents and landlords to check that prospective...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency business model set to change if second wave of Covid hits

The business model underpinning most lettings agencies is set to change fundamentally if there is the much-anticipated second wave of Coronavirus. That’s...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Another huge Build To Rent scheme set for big city centre site

A major player in the Build To Rent sector has announced another large scheme - 346 units - on a major...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom Time - record number of tenants registered by agents

The number of new prospective tenants is at its highest level ever according to data just released by ARLA Propertymark. The association’s...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Negotiate over rent if you must move because of virus, tenants told

Consumer charity Citizens Advice has given guidance to student tenants who may have to return home early this term because of...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow

There’s to be a new editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow, Thursday October 1. It’s to be Graham Norwood, currently editor of...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

Letting agencies and landlords are being invited by a local council to take part in what it describes as a “risk...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists picket rental company over complaint about refund

Activists from the controversial renters’ group Acorn have picketed the headquarters of a national rental firm in a dispute over a...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link for outsourced viewing service and fledgling portal

Fledgling portal Homesearch has partnered with outsourced viewing service Viewber in a new PropTech teaming. Under the deal, agents who receive an...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More changes to lettings regulations north of the border

There have been more Coronavirus-inspired changes to lettings regulations in Scotland. Firstly the Scottish Government has passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agency kicked out of redress scheme for phishing

North of England lettings agency Matthew & Evans Rentals has been kicked out of the Property Redress Scheme, one of the two...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Crooked agent escapes prison after stealing almost  £30,000

A crooked lettings agent stole almost £30,000 from dozens of clients to prevent his business from going bankrupt. Tim Catherall, of Nottinghamshire,...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents to dip next year, warns leading lettings agency

Hamptons International has given a rental market forecast for 2021 - and it doesn’t make for happy reading. The agency says the rental...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs by London council leads to big fines

A £5,000 fine has been handed to five landlords in London for failing to license HMOs.  One of the properties, a four-bedroom HMO in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund manager names agency to handle lettings portfolio

One of the country’s first specialist residential property fund managers has named the agency to handle its latest Build To Rent...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark slams last-ditch bid to stop evictions

ARLA Propertymark has hit out against last minute attempts to effectively reinstate the eviction ban which finally came to an end...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches to focus on developer’s city units

Stockport-based property development company Three Sixty has launched what it calls an online agency - Three Sixty Living - to handle...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Indirect boost for rental market as first time buyers defer plans

Nearly half of prospective home buyers have delayed their plans because of the Coronavirus crisis, a mortgage company says. Research by Aldermore...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

Much has been made of the backlog of court cases - including landlords’ possession attempts - and now the Ministry of Justice...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to appoint dedicated eviction specialist to help landlords

A prominent PropTech figure says agents have a key role in reducing evictions in the short term - and he suggests...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t get scammed - police force warns about bogus property ads

A police force is warning potential tenants to check before handing over money after scammers conned people into making rent pre-payments...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A huge degree of pain - London student lettings sector to take 24% hit

The private rental sector dedicated to student accommodation in London could see a 24 per cent drop in income in the...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants worry about ability to pay rent, says PropTech firm

A survey of 2,750 tenants by a prominent PropTech firm suggests a quarter are concerned about not being able to pay...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever wanted to know about evictions - and more...

A definitive document has been published by the House of Commons library listing every eviction-related measure taken by UK governments during...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

The government has set out confirmation of the new regulations and protocols that agents and landlords will have to follow if...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

The Citizens Advice charity claims that new figures suggest concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.  It...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Student lettings: landlords and tenants protected by automated check-ins

A fully electronic check-in process can help to protect landlords’ properties and tenants’ deposits as students return to university over the...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market slows in August after post-lockdown boom

The letting market experienced a traditional seasonal decline in August, according to the latest analysis from Agency Express. Its Property Activity Index...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are London renters looking to flee the city post-pandemic?

Some 60% of London office workers who rent in the capital say the pandemic has made them reconsider their living situation,...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam London Mayor's call for ‘disaster’ two-year rent freeze

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a rent freeze in the capital. Yesterday, ahead...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

The decline of the high street - which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic - is forcing commercial investors to...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing property management firm commits future to office-working

A growing residential estate management company has committed its future to office-working after moving to a new boutique space in Birmingham. Principle...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Make landlords centre of lettings to close 'digital gap', says PropTech firm

A new whitepaper argues that landlords and tenants aren't getting what they want from the rental market. It says landlords need...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Police bust major £400,000 drugs racket run by rogue landlord

West Midlands Police have revealed that a major drugs racket being run by a rogue landlord from his properties in Coventry...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

'Student tenants return to London lettings market' - Dexters

Overseas and domestic students have returned to the Central London lettings market 'in force' so far this month, according to Dexters. The...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of investors and landlords sign up to receive latest 'Zooploma'

Some 25,000 investors and landlords have signed up to receive a free expert guide from Zoopla in just over a week...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

Landlords operating in England are increasingly seeking evictions advice from their Scottish counterparts, according to property management firm Apropos. The platform says...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Blinc UK acquires stake in pre-tenancy software platform

Lettings supplier Blinc UK has acquired a 50% stake in Pink Chilli, a new pre-tenancy software platform for letting agents. Pink Chilli...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants follow the lead of buyers in looking for quieter places to live

Prospective tenants are increasingly searching for properties outside of commuter hubs and urban areas, according to Rightmove. Its analysis of over 60 million...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

DPS and safeagent team up to offer new training courses for letting agents

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) and safeagent have announced two new e-learning modules for letting agents and landlords. The modules, which form...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

Campaigners against evictions during the Coronavirus crisis have launched a last-ditch call for the government to grant another extension to the current...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters willing to pay more for larger homes in towns and suburbs

New research from Countrywide brand Hamptons International suggest tenants are joining vendors in a trend towards leaving cities and heading for more...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most agents positive about sector but worried about virus

A survey of 350 lettings agents suggests the large majority feel positive about the rental market despite the challenges of new...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in prime London - largest fall for 11 years

Data from Knight Frank suggests that average rental values in prime central London fell one per cent last month, taking the...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice To Quit: changes to the rules in another part of the UK

There have been changes to the Notice To Quit process in Northern Ireland. The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents given Covid-secure guide on how to check-in students

With college and university terms about to start, and ever-more diligence required over Coronavirus, the Deposit Protection Service is offering an...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Acquisition of independent creates one of city’s biggest lettings firms

The acquisition of a Newcastle independents has allowed Northwood to become one of the city’s largest lettings agencies. Inderpal Dhillon and Aman Singh of...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks Red Tape: Breakthrough for agents on Pooled Client Accounts

ARLA Propertymark says there has been a breakthrough on the banking clampdown on pooled client accounts - a pain in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

A lettings agency that told a prospective tenant it had a policy of not offering tenancies to housing benefit recipients has...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where to find the best yields, according to Zoopla

Zoopla has revealed its top 10 hotspots for buy to let investors seeking high rental yields.  The analysis is based on rental returns...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency is latest to select deposit alternative supplier

Martyn Gerrard Estate Agent is the latest agency to partner with a deposit alternative supplier - in this case flatfair.  Tenants at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: 'Expected from Labour, not Tories' says party member

A Tory member has used the Conservative Home website to tell his party that it should introduce interest-free loans to help tenants...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is joining forces with housing organisations to argue against private...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent acquired by fast-expanding city letting agency

Scottish agency Tay Letting is set for expansion into Dundee and its surrounding areas with the acquisition of Lickley Proctor Lettings. Just...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - “Huge backlog of work across rental sector

There’s a huge backlog of work required to be done across the private rental sector to meet the latest Minimum Energy...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide critic helps short-let service reshape business model

Long-standing industry figure Robin Paterson has described how a company has re-shaped its service post-pandemic to offer high quality short lets...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must not be tempted to charge illegal fees, industry chief warns

One of the leading figures in the PropTech world is warning that letting agents must not be tempted into charging illegal...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group bats away virus and reports strong first half of 2020

It’s been a difficult first half of 2020 for almost every agency business but Belvoir appears to have emerged healthier than...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Goodlord adds Reapit to its list of integrations

Management software provider Goodlord has added Reapit to its list of integrations, with a preview for customers being available on a...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Agents can help ensure court evictions remain a last resort

Last month, we were all caught by the surprise news that the government was extending the temporary ban on evictions just...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech consolidation as flat-sharing platform snaps up rival

The UK-based flat-sharing platform SpareRoom has acquired one of its rivals Roomgo - better known by its previous name of Easyroommate.  The...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

A private rental licensing consultancy has spotted that an additional licensing scheme run by a London borough council has now lapsed...

07 September 2020

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Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Voids up but rents steady as market heads into autumn

The rental market is heading into the normally-quieter autumn period with strength but increasing void periods. Data from PropTech firm Goodlord, which...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How has Covid-19 hit the rental market? Your chance to find out…

ARLA Propertymark is holding a webinar later this month to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the private rental sector. It will...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Yield league table revealed for large-scale regeneration areas

Striving for higher yields remains the holy grail for buy to let, and new research suggests investors could be attracted by...

04 September 2020

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Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran and regulation expert is new ARLA president

The ARLA Propertymark president for the year ahead is a long-standing board member with significant experience in regulation. Angela Davey succeeds Phil...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New referencing product shifts emphasis and cost to tenant

A new product aims to improve tenant referencing by shifting the emphasis to the renters themselves. LegalforLandlords has just launched its new...

03 September 2020

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Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

Letting agents and landlords in Wales can now direct struggling tenants to a new independent advice service. The Private Rented Sector Helpline...

03 September 2020

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Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council identifies hundreds of rental units in energy efficiency clampdown

A council says it's identified hundreds of rental properties within its boundaries which apparently do not comply with key energy efficiency...

02 September 2020

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Pressure piles on Boris Johnson to create aid fund for tenants

Pressure is building on the UK government to ensure England follows the example of both Scotland and Wales and creates a...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Just grand! Average UK rent a whisker under £1,000 pcm

The average rent across the UK is now £985 per calendar month, up some 2.1 per cent on four weeks ago...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

10 year high for lettings viewings according to high-end agent

Knight Frank says one week in August saw the lettings market in London and the Home Counties hit a 10 year...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

Agents and landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict, except in the most serious of cases,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid break clauses defended “and most agents agree” - claim

A rent guarantor service has rejected criticism of so-called Coronavirus break clauses in rental contracts. There’s been criticism in recent months of...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that’s the message from a leading property lawyer.  Mary Rouse,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Higher rents near London high streets - but for how long?

Rents are higher for Londoners living near busy high streets - for the moment at least.  Research by rental platform Spotahome has...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Alert: surprise changes to notice periods

In the latest twist in the long-running saga of the eviction ban, the government has revealed changes to notice periods. The changes...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

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Licensing abandoned as council fears it will drive out landlords

A proposed licensing regime in Kent has been abandoned because of fears it would drive landlords away. Medway council proposed a scheme...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

New records galore as rental market boom continues

ARLA Propertymark says the number of new prospective tenants continued to rise in July, hitting the highest number on record. The average...

28 August 2020

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Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

A deposit scheme has launched a new service designed to help tenants and landlords who have experienced issues with rent arrears as...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group in anti-semitic row after social media message

The renters’ group ACORN, which has held numerous protests at individual letting agents’ offices, has apologised after one of its local...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus break clauses being demanded by student tenants

Student renters want break clauses automatically included in tenancy agreements to protect them financially in the event of a second wave of...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent backs eviction ban extension but wants cash help for landlords

A prominent lettings agent has come out in favour of the eviction ban extension - but he wants government cash help...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm allows staff to work anywhere (including the beach)

A prominent PropTech company has given its 134 staff the right to work anywhere they wish on a permanent basis -...

27 August 2020

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Expelled! Agents thrown out by Ombudsman over award payments

Three agents have been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation awards.  In the case of Foremost Lettings Ltd...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector relatively strong despite Covid and eviction issues

The latest survey of buy to let landlords suggests a relatively healthy private rental sector notwithstanding the challenges of the Coronavirus...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: Campaigners demand answers from government

The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector warned: Stand by for a Winter of Discontent

A specialist mortgage operator is warning letting agents and landlords to gear up for a winter of discontent as a result...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity demands grants for tenants with Coronavirus arrears

The Citizens Advice charity is calling for tenants with arrears directly created by the Coronavirus to be offered government grants to...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

What's wrong with renting anyway? asks veteran sales agent

A high profile former estate agent who was a major figure on the London sales market for over three decades has...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: favoured buy to let locations with tenants in situ

A league table has been drawn up to show which large cities in the UK have the highest demand for investment...

25 August 2020

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“Devastating” - fears for industry after government U-turn

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry has described the government’s eviction ban U-turn as “devastating.” Paul Shamplina, founder of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness blames government for “untold mental stress” for renters

The new director of campaign group Generation Rent says the government has caused “untold mental stress” to thousands of tenants. Commenting on...

24 August 2020

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Starmer says ban not enough - ‘scrap Section 21 now’

Labour leader Keir Starmer says the latest extension of the eviction ban is insufficient without a comprehensive plan by government.  “This eleventh...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in arrears should have alternative homes by now - top agent

A vocal London lettings agent says it isn’t the responsibility of agents or their landlord clients to take the financial hit...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blow for Airbnb and short lets in landmark appeal ruling

A council has won a planning appeal banning the use of a property for short lets - considered a landmark case...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

The Generation Rent pressure group has made a last-ditch argument in favour of keeping the evictions ban, which will lapse at the...

21 August 2020

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Agency rebrands after a decade of city growth

A city lettings agency has rebranded in what it calls “a step change for the business.” Let Leeds is now known as...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £20,000 and “up his game” in future

A landlord taken to court by a council has ended up with a bill in excess of £20,000.  Dennis Goodwin of Highbury...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group to protest in 10 or more cities this weekend

The anti-letting agent group ACORN is to stage protests in 10 to 15 UK cities this weekend according to an activists’...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Instagram Offices - send us your end-of-summer team photos

Whisper it quietly but in just 10 days time we have the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. We would like to mark...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour likens evictions ban ending to Tories’ exams fiasco

Labour’s housing spokeswoman says “after the incompetent handling of the exams fiasco, the government must act now to avoid more chaos...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blistering attack on ‘big name letting agent’ by anti-rental activist

The author of a book described as being about “insecure renters haemorrhaging cash” has used her newspaper column to make a...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Most rental completions use virtual viewings ‘without tenant going in’

A property management firm says there’s been a big surge in rentals with the majority of deals being completed using virtual...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

This is why the eviction ban should be lifted, explains trade body

A leading lettings sector trade body has set out reasons why the eviction ban should be lifted - which may help...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage rates begin to rise as product numbers dip

Independent service Moneyfacts says that while the buy to let mortgage sector remains resilient, it has contracted slightly in recent weeks...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

 Labour and LibDems claim evictions may cause ‘homelessness wave’

A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have together claimed that England could witness "a new wave of homelessness" when...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents excluded from new student property platform

A new student accommodation property platform has been launched which aims to deliberately by-pass letting agents.  Housemates is for students, landlords and...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

Tenant concierge service Tenant Shop is linking with Legal & General to offer insurance products across the private rental sector.  Tenant Shop...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redress operator bigs up its own mediation service

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-authorised redress services, claims its new mediation option is a success. In March this...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Collapse of Airbnb popularity produces glut of long-term stock

One in eight homes coming onto the rental market in inner London since May has previously been an Airbnb or other...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

The campaigning pressure group Generation Rent has returned to the battle to win an extension to the current evictions ban in...

17 August 2020

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London mayor accused of scaremongering over eviction fears

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of causing needless fear for renters by claiming all those in arrears due to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants. Gedling council...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be extended in Scotland - will rest of UK follow?

The ban on evictions in the private rented sector looks almost certain to be extended until March next year in Scotland...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council reveals plan for massive licensing scheme

The controversial Labour-led council in Liverpool has started a lengthy consultation process over its latest proposals for landlord licensing. The authority was...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Optimistic outlook for buy to let … except for one location

The latest house price index, produced by the website Home, gives a broadly optimistic outlook for landlords and other buy to...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Commuter location yields not always better than in-London yields

New research by lettings management platform Howsy shows which major London commuter hubs make the most attractive potential for buy to...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: Hackers list fake flats on portals with agency branding

A series of fake scams allegedly advertising apartments to rent have appeared on Zoopla and other property websites. The Edinburgh Live news...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry self-regulation now moves centre-stage says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says a political issue north of the border demonstrates the advantages of voluntary industry codes of practice over...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Pot-smoking agent escapes driving ban after court hears career risk

A Derbyshire estate agent has escaped a driving ban after being found smoking cannabis in a car. Annabelle Lamb was spotted with...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal and deposit alternative service in special offer deal

Deposit alternative service flatfair has launched a special offer deal with new property portal Homesearch.  Agents who sign up to the flatfair...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks split - lettings relaunch after separation from hybrid

A lettings agency has relaunched its property management service after it was acquired by Purplebricks in 2017. The agreement back then meant...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded. Over...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears: Loans for tenants with debts because of Covid

The Welsh Government has launched a new Tenancy Saver Loans scheme to allow tenants to borrow to pay off arrears built up...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closure after small independent agency snapped up

The acquisition of an independent agency in Yorkshire has resulted in a branch closure and the two staff being transferred to...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords, with agents and others...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Terrifying: Brothers open fire on lettings agency in revenge attack

Media reports from Gateshead claim two brothers opened fire on a lettings agency with an air pistol when they were told they...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that stamp duty holiday could produce spate of unsafe rentals

A trade body is reminding new landlords tempted by the stamp duty holiday of the raft of health and safety measures they...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another ‘virtual office’ for agency chain not using High St branches

An agency chain has opened its second so-called ‘virtual office’ in two weeks - and again it doesn’t involve any bricks...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm selling additional cover and faster payouts

Deposit alternative service flatfair is now selling a top-up cover element that allows landlords to add a further six weeks damage...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pledges to identify professional landlords using platform

Airbnb is doing a U-turn with its global leader pledging to slash the number of professional landlords using the platform and...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Widespread evictions when ban ends? Don’t you believe it…

New research pours cold water on claims by anti-agency campaigners that there will be a glut of evictions when the ban ends...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant on the hunt for new joiners after overcoming virus

Franchise giant Belvoir says it’s on the look-out for independent firms wanting to join its brand in the possibly-unsettled near future. Dorian...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade body expands after sector comes back from the brink

The Short Term Accommodation Association, a trade body representing suppliers to the Airbnb-style short-term rental sector, has announced four new members. This brings...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London council revives licensing idea with online consultation

Greenwich council in London has resuscitated a proposal to extend its existing selective licensing regime, put on ice during the Coronavirus...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

A leading politician is calling for a rethink of the six month possession period which has been imposed in Wales. Mark Isherwood,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London lettings hit by student uncertainty and corporate cuts

Uncertainty around the start of the academic year and pressure on corporate budgets means lettings activity has been lower than normal...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency says Covid Second Wave has prompted new service

The lettings agency Portico is partnering with Goodlord to offer a new insurance policy to its landlords. Portico landlords can now benefit...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation goes on

Hampshire independent agency Harcourts Property Agents in Southampton has been acquired by another independent, Beal’s. Harcourts has over 35 years experience in...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus is reshaping tenant demands, says lettings agency

Research by a lettings agency suggests the pandemic has radically reshaped tenants’ demands. - and the process is still going on.  Benham...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents could plummet 10% this year warns agency

Strutt and Parker says the low level growth in the lettings market seen in prime central London in 2019 is being...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents to review advertising following No DSS ruling

A property litigation expert is warning letting agents and landlords about far-reaching consequences of the recent ruling which declared a blanket...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Incorporating buy to let portfolios boosted by stamp duty holiday

Now may be the time for buy to let investors to consider incorporation - putting their property portfolios into a limited...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking large scale tax evasion by landlords - claim

Rogue landlords have been accused of tax evasion which could cost the Treasury as much as £1.73 billion a year. The accusation...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s refund for customers after portals problem

Online lettings agency Upad is offering to refund users whose rental listings did not appear on Zoopla and PrimeLocation as they...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London chain snaps up independent and wants more acquisitions

High-end London agency chain Chestertons has snapped up an independent lettings agency in the east of the capital. Morgan Randall operated across Canary...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Warm welcome for eco-grants given by lettings trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association is giving the thumbs up to the government’s Green Homes Grant, which it claims has taken...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents under pressure across UK and in London in particular

New data from Zoopla shows that a two-speed rental market is operating across the UK, with London in particular hitting major...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict anyone during virus crisis says leading lettings expert

A senior lettings expert with almost four decades experience says evictions should not be considered during the virus crisis, irrespective of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Some lettings agents ignoring No DSS ruling, claims Shelter chief

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter claims some lettings agencies are ignoring the recent ruling that private landlords cannot discriminate against...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A Virtual Office - national agency covers new patch virtually

The Leaders Romans Group says it’s opening a new virtual office in the East Midlands, with a long-standing lettings expert at...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rent still below £1,000 pcm - but only just

The average rent in the UK has risen 1.5 per cent in just a month, but it is still a fraction...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exposed - fake lettings agency with the Lithuanian connection

Which? is warning prospective renters to beware scam lettings agencies and scam landlords following a case where £5,600 was conned out...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts will tackle eviction cases when ban ends

The huge backlog of eviction and other cases anticipated in the coming months will be helped by the creation of a...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference postponed again until April

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference - for a second time. Back in March it was postponed until...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail threat for BTL investor who falsely claimed benefits

A  buy to let investor has been sentenced to two years in prison after claiming income support despite being a professional portfolio...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Give tenants power to trigger energy improvements - Generation Rent

Campaign group Generation Rent says private tenants could miss out on an energy efficiency drive if they are not given the...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Never Knowingly Let - John Lewis moves into Build To Rent

Tenants who want to pop downstairs to the shop may soon be able to do so - thanks to the John...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It can be done! Agency business well up on 2019 despite virus crisis

One of the country’s biggest lettings agencies is reporting that both revenue and operating profit are “comfortably” up on 2019 levels...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants numbers up as lettings market bounce back continues

The number of new prospective tenants has risen markedly according to figures from ARLA Propertymark. In June - the latest data available...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London is sixth most expensive city in the world for renting

A survey of 34 world cities suggests that London ranks sixth when it comes to the cost of renting. The study, by...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords fined tens of thousands in vermin scandal

Two London landlords and their lettings agents will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds after a home they were letting...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents - three reasons why arrears may rise from next month

A leading PropTech entrepreneur is warning agents to prepare for increased rent arrears from as soon as next month. Neil Cobbold, chief...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should get help clearing Covid arrears, says charity

The Citizens Advice charity is warning it has seen a huge surge in private renters worried about arrears.  And it says many...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“Solid rebound” in buy to let expected to stay on track, say brokers

Four out of 10 mortgage brokers expect more buy to let business in the coming 12 months, according to a Paragon...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - many rental property viewings called “disgusting”

A lettings portal says almost half of the prospective renters it has surveyed claim to have regarded some viewings as “disgusting”...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Confused over electrical regulations? This Facebook Q&A may help...

Reports into Letting Agent Today suggest there’s still some confusion over new regulations surrounding electrical checks in the private rental sector. If...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New floorplan tool claims to be ‘quicker, easier’ than predecessors

A new floorpan tool has been launched which its founder claims to be “quicker and easier to use” than predecessors. Agents can add...

29 July 2020

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