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Budget: Stamp Duty reform, More new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection could make lettings 'most transparent ever'

Mandatory Client Money Protection for lettings agents - currently the subject of a formal government consultation - will contribute towards making...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done’ to ensure safety of agents and other staff

A report on progress into the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s new code - introduced precisely a year ago - suggests more still...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent up only 1.5 pr cent in past year says The DPS

The average UK rent increased just £11.55 or 1.51 per cent over the last year according to The Deposit Protection Service. The new DPS...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More Prime Central London woe - rents are still falling

The story of falling sale prices in prime central London has become familiar in the past year; now Knight Frank reports...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide warns that Brexit could cut demand for rental units

The Nationwide has set out a comprehensive study of how migrstion impacts on housing demand in the UK, especially in the...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pushes up rents and house prices, claims new survey

What is believed to be the first-ever study of Airbnb’s effects on house prices - not just rents - suggests the...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May is a buy to let landlord earning £10,000 a year

It’s been reported that Theresa May and her husband Philip jointly own a London apartment which is now let out and...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Recent increase in average rents now at an end, says ARLA

After several months of rising rent costs, the number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing prices for tenants fell substantially...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: independent 'inspection' of scheme announced

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has started what is described as an official inspection of Right To Rent. Legislation...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords steal nearly £850,000 - and counting

A lettings agency chief who monitors legal action against rogue agencies and landlords says almost £850,000 of deposits have been stolen...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Biggest-ever fine for failure to secure buy to let licence

Four landlords have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £232,155.68 in the first prosecutions of its kind brought by...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation launched on 'Fitness for Human Habitation' rental rules

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the Fitness for Human Habitation requirements for...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent fuelling massive ID fraud, BBC investigation reveals

The BBC says Right To Rent legislation is fuelling a burgeoning market in fake IDs - in some cases creating access...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London online lettings agency secures £100,000 crowdfunding investment

Online lettings and sales agency Vesper Homes says the £100,000 investment secured via crowdfunding will create “a significantly enhanced user experience...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Gambling addict lettings agent who stole thousands is jailed

A lettings agent who stole thousands of pounds collected from tenants has been jailed for 20 months. Kent Online reports that gambling...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another big rise in buy to let mortgage lending to companies

There’s been another large increase in the number of buy to let mortgages sought by limited companies - they accounted for...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide man joins fast-expanding Nick Dunning Associates

The fast-expanding Nick Dunning Associates - which acquired London agency Stirling Ackroyd over the summer - has strengthened its leadership team...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents down 3% and gross yield just 3.2%

Average rental values fell three per cent in the year to September 2017 according to Knight Frank.   This decline is the smallest...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked ex-lettings agent conned five other agencies into releasing keys

A former lettings agent stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and personal items from homes after conning other agents into...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One in 20 lettings properties would fail new energy standard - claim

One in 20 lettings properties breach minimum standards set to come into force next April, according to a survey for an insurance...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

Pressure from the consumer lobby is building for the introduction of a ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants -...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation in Oxford that was...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Romans back on the acquisition trail and looking for volunteers...

Romans - part of the leading property company, The Leaders Romans Group - is on the acquisition trail again.    Between 2013 and...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

UK buy to let investors slipping down European league table

Yields from buy to let in the UK are now amongst the worst in Europe according to a new league table drawn...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising 2.4% across the UK as London returns to growth

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent during August - the highest rate of annual growth...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Court imposes confiscation order of over £1m on disgraced letting agent

A former letting agent from Kettering has been ordered to pay a confiscation order of over £1m made under the Proceeds...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Student rental sector may suffer because of Brexit, agency warns

As applications from EU students to UK universities fall for the first time in six years, an over-supply of purpose-built student...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit leading more tenants into arrears, warns trade body

Over a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are now in rent arrears, up by over...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent expelled from RICS after £25,000 taken from clients' accounts

The head of an estate and lettings agency has been expelled from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after admitting taking...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency reports record figures for lettings in London and the regions

Carter Jonas has reported a record quarter across its lettings business in the period to August 2017. In London turnover was up...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say it's no surprise lettings complaints are surging

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is not surprised the majority of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir posts impressive results, despite 'challenging' market

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise group, has reported an increase in profit and revenue in the first six months of...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO extends rogue letting agency's ban by four years

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has extended its expulsion of a letting agency by an additional four years. Premier Property Management, based...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should beware growing ID fraud, warns reference provider

Reference provider Rent4sure says agents should beware of the growing issue of online identity fraud, especially hitting people in their 30s.   A...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest ARLA figures show little change in rent, supply and demand

The number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing rent costs for tenants remained at 31 per cent in July -...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in Airbnb-style short lets 'is down to tax relief change'

More landlords are quitting conventional letting and resorting to holiday lets or, increasingly, Airbnb-style short lets.    The move is particularly acute in...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation on 'classic' tiny buy to let flats may be limited

Consumer group Which? says ‘micro-apartments’ - which have proliferated in recent years - may not be good investments.    The group has focussed...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Big surge in complaints over property management and deposits

The Property Redress Scheme, one of three approved redress operations, says it saw a 33 per cent increase in membership in...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says falling supply is pushing up rents in many areas

The annual rate of rental growth across Britain doubled between June and July driven by a turnaround in the London market,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents - blog claims they're tricksters, liars, con-merchants

A no-holds-barred blog on a controversial website claims that it lifts the lid on being a letting agent in central London...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise again after recent falls, says HomeLet

Rents are gently rising again after some months of small dips according to HomeLet.    It says the average new tenancy signed during...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in ex-pats investing in UK buy to let, says lender

Specialist mortgage lender Skipton International says it has received over £500m of expat mortgage enquiries for UK buy to let property...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings demand to stay high as '30% of tenants plan never to buy'

New data from a survey of tenants suggests demand for the private rental sector looks set to be high for the...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tech firm says agents could reduce complaints - by using more tech

A PropTech firm claims more effective use of technology and automation by letting agents could reduce the number of complaints made...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

60: Second Interview with Tim Wright at KeyAGENT

Q: What does it say on your business card? Tim Wright, Product Director, KeyAGENT Q: What does KeyAGENT do? We’re a team of multi-award...

28 July 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Number of rent rises hits 14-month high, says ARLA Propertymark

The number of letting agents reporting rent rises over the past month is the highest for over a year according to...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents have stolen £700,000 so far this year says campaigner

Crooked letting agents have been convicted of stealing almost £700,000 of tenants’ deposits in the first half of 2017.   Campaigning letting agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: agency chief says it'll be more complex under Brexit

The head of an online letting agency specialising in student accommodation says the controversial Right To Rent legislation may have to...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings campaigner says latest fraud scandal must prompt action by police

A property campaigner says the failure of the police to investigate a lettings agent who was eventually convicted of fraud after...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency opens new central London office

Draker, which describes itself as the largest lettings-only agency in Kensington and Chelsea, has now expanded by opening a new office...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

Bristol council is resuscitating a so-called ‘rental standard’ which it expects local letting agents to meet. Back in January 2016 Letting Agent...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental growth slows as London goes negative, index claims

The average rent of a new letting in the UK grew by 0.24 per cent in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon says investors want government to scrap BTL tax changes

Paragon Mortgages says its most recent survey of buy to let investors makes it clear that the vast majority want the...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents across much of UK dip for second successive month

Rents fell in June by 0.3 per cent when compared to the same time last year, the second successive month in...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London rent falls now less severe than earlier in year

Rents in prime central London have dropped 4.4 per cent in the past year - although that annual drop is not...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of more rent rises to come thanks to Tenants' Fees Bill

Over a quarter of letting agents saw rents rise in May - the highest level since June last year when 28...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London rents have dropped 5.0 per cent in the past year

London rents have fallen by an average 5.0 per cent in the past year according to new data released by Your...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Younger private tenants increasingly likely to register to vote

After criticism of many younger voters allegedly failing to turn out during the June 2016 EU Referendum, new analysis of voter...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition by Leaders as group snaps up lettings business

Leaders has returned to ther acquisition trail with its purchase of a local agency in Nottingham.   Leaders has snapped up Bulmer Estates,...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit means holiday homes give higher yields than buy to let - claim

The weakness of the pound since Britain’s decision to quit the European Union a year ago means that holiday properties are...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer EU nationals looking to rent in the UK since Brexit

The number of EU nationals looking to move to the UK and rent has fallen in the year since the UK...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent could impact British citizens without passports

Almost a fifth of British citizens could find it harder to access rental property, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London: rental declines are slowing

The pace of decreasing rental values in Prime Central London (PCL) has slowed, according to the latest data from Knight Frank. Average...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding campaign for Right to Rent challenge exceeds target

The crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme across the UK has exceeded...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending down as remortgaging continues to drive activity

The number of buy-to-let mortgage loans fell by over a fifth during April, according to the latest figures from the Council...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retired tenants spending record sums on rent' - Countrywide

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency. Countrywide reports that pensioners...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

The nation's landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, according to Mortgages for Business. Upon releasing...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlord fined almost £6k for licensing failings

A student landlord has been fined for failing to obtain the appropriate licences for two rental properties. Lisa Chatfield was ordered to...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landmark moment as average rents fall for first time in eight years

Average UK rents fell in May, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The figures show that the average UK rent on...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord possession figures drop again for eighth quarter in a row

Data from the Ministry of Justice suggest that incidents of landlord possessions have fallen at all stages, for the eighth quarter...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still viable 'but may suffer because of Brexit'

A new report says buy to let will continue to provide good investment opportunities but requires an increasingly professional approach.   The report,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit approaching landmark £1,000 figure

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 according to the Deposit Protection Service’s figures for the...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London sees one-third drop in homes available to let, reports ARLA

ARLA Propertymark says the number of properties managed per member increased marginally last month, from 183 to 185 - but there was...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Data suggests fewer people ending tenancies because of bad conditions

Data gathered for a specialist insurance firm suggests that 14 per cent of private tenants have moved in the last five...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector still strong according to major specialist lender

The Paragon Group of Companies has reported that its new buy to let lending totalled £556.2m for the six months to the end...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London council issues first lettings sector 'civil penalty'

The London council of Newham is thought to be the first local authority in the UK to use new powers to...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Small-scale BTL investors 'waking up to tax change' says trade group

Single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation 'remains massive investment opportunity'

Research experts at high-end agency Savills say a total of £5.3 billion is expected to be invested in the student accommodation...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive slump in buy to let lending since stamp duty surcharge

Mortgage lending for the buy to let sector has halved since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April 2016 according...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier announces acquisition and targets multi-utility growth

Spark Energy - the specialist energy supplier to the UK lettings sector - has announced the acquisition of broadband firm Home...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant happiness on the rise as more opt to rent long-term

A study of over 3,000 tenants has found that an increasing number of renters are 'very happy' with their living situation. LSL...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

There is no ‘buy-to-let famine’ in the capital, reports agent

Rental growth in London remained relatively stable during the first quarter of 2017, according to Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings. The firm's...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees street protest staged outside letting agency office

The campaign group Acorn, which has in the past named individual letting agencies that it claims are charging unfairly high fees,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-year buy to let ban after tenants' lives 'put at risk'

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a buy to let landlord...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals 6,000 private rental complaints - only one prosecution

A prominent campaigning letting agent has discovered that more than 6,000 tenants in one region alone have complained to local authorities...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall in London for the first time in almost eight years

Rents on new tenancies in London fell by 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months to April - the first...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Look who's set up a buy to let company ... it's Tony Blair

A landlord has set up a company to handle the ownership and management of buy to let properties - and the...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of creating 'miserable' living conditions

A landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of fire safety hazards has been prosecuted by a local authority.    The...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body repeats call for private rental sector 'housing court'

The Residential Landlords Association has repeated its calls for a new housing court “to speed up justice for landlords and tenants.”   The...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

The number of people committing to tenancies for two years or more is declining according to new data released by Foxtons.   In...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says enquiries and tenancies up but rents are falling

The number of prospective new tenants in the Home Counties over the first three months of the year has risen 15...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats take 'credit' for letting agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats appear to be taking what they see as the credit for the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-deposit campaigner warns of Client Money Protection side-effect

A leading letting agent campaigning against rental sector deposits is warning that the industry might be hit with “astronominal” insurance premiums...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports 12% surge in homes to let and slowing rent rises

The remaining overhand of last year’s buy to let buying surge by landlords means the annual rate of rent rises has...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge has cut level of rental growth - claim

The speed at which rents across are growing has more than halved since a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on second...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove founder Hill joins 'disruptive' Airbnb management company

The founder of Rightmove and former chief executive of Countrywide, Harry Hill, has joined a lettings start-up company called Lavanda which...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 80% of Help To Buy: Equity Loan purchasers are first timers

Over 112,000 properties have been purchased through the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme since its launch in 2013 - and...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4,000 letting agency jobs at risk if fees ban happens warns ARLA

There are 4,000 jobs at risk if an outright ban comes into force on letting agents’ fees according to new research...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and tenants to suffer because of fees confusion

A leading insurance company says letting agents and tenants alike will suffer if the government’s proposed ban on fees levied on...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of London letting agents report rent falls

Rent increases have slowed in London with only eight per cent of agents reporting increases last month - and a quarter...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major city to have its first Build To Rent scheme

Bath is to have a major Build To Rent scheme from Legal & General, believed to be the first development of...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority not to investigate agents' fees

The Competition and Markets Authority says there is no time to undertake a review into the lettings market and the role of...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More evidence that lettings market is slowing across the UK

New lettings data from Agency Express supports the belief that the rental market may be slowing down across much of the...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax change triggers rush to mortgage intermediaries

The imminent mortgage interest tax relief changes coming into effect in April has triggered a surge in the number of mortgage...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor calls on short-term lets sites to bring in Airbnb-style limit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to six short-term lets websites calling on them to introduce a 90-day limit on rentals...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency secures multi-million pound investment

Online agency OpenRent has secured a £4.4 million investment to help grow its offering. The agency, which was founded in 2012, says...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must encourage landlords to check EPC ratings

As the introduction of new energy efficiency regulations moves closer, landlords are being urged to check the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined for not buying council licence

MNY Property Management Ltd has been fined £3,390 for offences under the Housing Act - specifically, failing to buy a licence...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for HMO owner who failed to buy council licence

The owner of a house in multiple occupation in the leafy Hampstead area of north London has been hit with a...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rents now rising at less than half rate of inflation

Rents rose by a year-on-year average of 0.8 per cent at the end of last month - while inflation in the...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

Belvoir says new figures from across its network of agents shows that the government is wrong to claim that renting is...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

To Let boards may be banned across one of UK's largest cities

Manchester council is considering a city-wide ban on letting agents’ To Let boards.   The local authority says the plethora of boards in some...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Can commercial mortgages help sidestep buy to let tax changes?

The proportion of landlords considering commercial loans to fund purchases has doubled over the last 18 months as they try to...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Spike in demand for rental accommodation says ARLA

Figures from the Association of Residential Letting Agents, now formally known as ARLA Propertymark, suggest there has been a surge in...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency owner ordered to pay £25,000 to victims

A convicted Surrey letting agent who used his clients’ money to cover his business debts has been ordered to pay £25,000...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent on bail after theft and fraud charges

The director of a letting agency in Devon has been released on bail until June 2.   In November and December, Letting Agent...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminates against international students'

Right To Rent is encouraging discrimination against international students according to a student lts online service.    Government figures marking the first anniversary...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

City seeking to introduce third phase of selective licensing

Manchester, which already has a major private rental sector licensing scheme, is now consulting on extending it with a third phase...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

The need for letting agencies to assist landlords with the increasingly-complicated private rental sector has been hammered home by the results...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings agency shuts office with no notice

A letting agency at the centre of a controversy following a ruling by The Property Ombudsman has shut its office and...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-lets explosion: 'Airbnb time limits just won't work'

The explosion in the short-lets sector continues apace with one third of London councils telling the BBC that Airbnb’s 90-day time...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent in England and Wales is £811 says Your Move

Average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it according to figures from Your Move relating to England and Wales.   The average...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: 91 landlords receive civil penalties in year one

An immigration minister has revealed that 91 landlords have been issued with civil penalties since the Right to Rent scheme was...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet warns that rents could start to fall in near future

Rents in the UK were an average of just 0.7 per cent higher last month than in January 2016, the latest...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit nears £1,000 - but London tops £1,800

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 - but London’s typical deposit is now at its...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoid council licensing by setting up their own alternative

A group of landlords that mounted a successful legal challenge to a council’s proposed licensing scheme is continuing to recruit letting...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS backs system allowing rent to contribute to credit scores

The National Approved Letting Scheme is the latest organisation to back a system allowing tenants to strengthen their credit history, simply...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon reveals huge drop in buy to let lending in recent months

Paragon Bank, one of the country’s leading specialist buy to let mortgages houses, almost halved its lending to landlords in the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords boosted as buy-to-let mortgage rates remain steady

The Bank of England's decision to keep the base interest rate at the record low of 0.25% has kept buy-to-let headline...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Don't raise rents - try to keep tenants' letting agent tells landlords

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says it is encouraging its London landlords to avoid rent rises and instead focus on retaining...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rents north of the border suffer unexpected dip

Average private rents in Scotland at the national level recorded an uncharacteristic dip in the final quarter of 2016, down 0.9...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS-led forum asked to consider how fees ban could operate

The Fair Fees Forum, a platform for letting agencies and trade bodies set up by the National Approved Lettings Scheme, has...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

It's not just London - prime rents falling in the Home Counties, too

Prime rents in the Home Counties dipped 0.8 per cent last year, but with the speed of fall appearing to be...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lending improves, but driven mostly by remortgaging

Gross buy to let lending increased in November to the highest monthly level since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced in...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy to let investors seeking HMOs to offset higher taxes

A property investment financing specialist says an increasing number of buy to let investors are converting properties into Houses in Multiple...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent keeps running total of crooked agents' 'swag'

Property campaigner Ajay Jagota has launched what he calls a “stolen deposits totaliser” to keep track of how much cash crooked...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market - falling rents for re-lets

Figures from investment company London Central Portfolio suggest that re-lets of older properties to new tenants showed a fall in rents...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove forecasts rents outside of London will rise 4% in 2017

Asking rents rose 3.0 per cent outside of London in 2016 - but will rise 4.0 per cent in 2017. That’s the...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons branch fined £2,500 over failure to describe fees properly

A branch of Foxtons has been fined £2,500 for failing to properly describe a fee charged to tenants.    The agency was caught...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents may not be able to rise further in 2017, warns HomeLet

Rent increases across the UK are now running at an average that is less than half the level of a year...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional rent rises: 6.4% was highest in the UK in 2016

Northern Ireland, where rents were 6.4 per cent higher in December than in the same month of 2015, saw the strongest...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Largest monthly fall in buy to let product range since 2009

Independent financial services monitor Moneyfacts claims that a new report is about to reveal the withdrawal of 74 buy to let...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent outside London now hits £750 per month

  The average rent paid for a home in the UK outside London hit £750 in December, rising by 2.04 per cent...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents circulated with 'banned list' by Britain's biggest landlords

The couple believed to be the owners of Britain’s largest buy to let portfolio have defended sending letting agents an 11-point...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another big rise in company applications for buy to let mortgages

There is yet more evidence that an increasing number of buy to let investors are setting up companies to offset the...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb may lose £325m in London bookings after tightening rules

Airbnb’s decision to enforce the London-specific legislation which limits hosts to letting their properties for no more than 90 nights a...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Former Barratt boss to head fast-expanding Build To Rent company

Mark Clare, the former Barratt Developments chief executive, is to be the next chairman of Britain’s current largest listed landlord, Grainger,...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New Year starts with new worries over financial viability of buy to let

No fewer than 60 per cent of buy to let investors say they believe they will be hit by forthcoming changes...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Politician urges 'secret shopping' to name and shame rogue agents

One of London’s leading politicians has created guidelines to help individuals ‘secret shop’ in a bid to expose what she claims...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back beefed-up campaign against changes to mortgage tax relief

The campaigners against planned changes to mortgage interest tax relief - set to come into effect from April, phased over four...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

UK rents grew 1.2% in 2016 - but 1.9% if you exclude London

Rents across the UK grew by a modest 1.12 per cent in 2016 according to buy to let lender Landbay -...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent reported arrested on fraud and money laundering charges

A local newspaper says a Plymouth lettings agent has been arrested by police on suspicion of theft, fraud and money laundering.    Last...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for Airbnb's 90-day limit to be introduced in four other UK cities

Airbnb’s new protocol seeking to stop London hosts short-letting their properties for more than 90 days a year without formal consent,...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS wants Competition and Market Authority to look at agents' fees

The National Approved Lettings Scheme says it wants the Competition and Markets Authority to step into the debate over lettings fees A...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Substantial majority of letting agents expect rent rises in 2017

Some 80 per cent of letting agents say they expect rents to rise next year.   In the latest market survey by the...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London tenants 'negotiate average 9% off asking rent'

The surge in properties to let which came on to the prime central London market after the April 1 stamp duty...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Expert advice to agents and landlords over carbon monoxide alarms

Letting Agent Today has been contacted by the Council of Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring - the trade association for gas...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency reports 44 per cent surge in repeat clients

Online agency Upad claims it has seen a 44 per cent annual growth in repeat business for its digital lettings service,...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks join clamour for caps on agents' fees on tenants

Letting agencies and landlords must club together to campaign for a cap on agents' fees charged to tenants, rather than an...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters sees 18% boost in letting income in first 10 months of 2016

Franchise giant Hunters has reported to its shareholders that it has seen an 18 per cent rise in its lettings income...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank wants register of Airbnb and other online short let 'hosts'

A new report by think tank IPPR supports those who feel the so-called ‘sharing economy’ - short lets via Airbnb and...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign set up to 'force' government to honour fees ban

A campaign group has been refocussed with the objective of making the government honour its Autumn Statement pledge to ban letting...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender introduces stiffer criteria for investors

The Leeds Building Society is the latest buy to let mortgage lender to amend its criteria for borrowers ahead of new...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another boost for Build To Rent as L&G fund tops £1 billion

The fast-growing Build To Rent sector has seen another boost in investment from a major player - Legal & General.    Earlier this week...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Voluntary buy to let training: is this how to stop council licensing schemes?

A group of landlords and buy to let investors that has already successfully persuaded a council to scrap plans for a...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge local government pension fund investment goes to Build To Rent

One of the UK’s largest local government pension schemes has committed £100m to invest in the fast-growing Build To Rent sector.   The...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: automated NoAgent lettings service valued at over £3.5m

A digital property management platform that automates the rental process including marketing, bookings, reference checks, maintenance and compliance, claims it is now...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New Bank of England claim that buy to let 'risks economic stability'

There is a new warning from the Bank of England suggesting that - despite all the recent measures aimed against buy...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Profits like these show why big investors drawn to Build To Rent

Financial results from Grainger, which is already the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, reveals the potential profits to be made by...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent criminal sanctions come into effect from today

New parts of the Immigration Act 2016 come into effect today, consolidating the Right To Rent regulations that came into effect...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: here's a calculation of how much it might cost landlords

City investment consultancy Jefferies has calculated the impact on landlords if the country’s second largest agency group - LSL Property Services...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent changes website after complaint to ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint about a claim which was on an online letting agency’s website suggesting it...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England quizzing lenders over buy to let stress tests

The Financial Times reports that the Bank of England is questioning buy to let mortgage lenders and banks as part of...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban won't stop this group of buy to let investors, insists bank

The government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants - and the possibility that they may instead fall on...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency makes league table of highest/lowest tenant fees

Online estate agent Urban.co.uk says it has created a league table of fees that tenants are charged by agencies in different locations...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Good lettings news at last - buy to let mortgages are cheaper

There is good news to end a difficult week for the letting agency industry - there’s been a further drop in...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developer reaches landmark 1,000th property

Sigma, a Build To Rent developer, has completed and let its 1,000th rental home - a symbol of this fast-growing part...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-fees Renters' Rights Bill likely to be heavily amended

No decision yet appears to have been taken on the fate of the Renters’ Rights Bill - which had as a...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaigning charities welcome ban on letting agents' fees to tenants

Two charities that have been at the forefront of campaigns to have a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants have...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

It's here - controversial scheme requiring letting agents to be trained

Rent Smart Wales, a controversial scheme that require letting agents to be trained, comes into effect today after a troubled lead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

UK only 15th best buy to let investment location in Europe

The UK is only the 15th best place in Europe to enjoy high returns from buy to let according to currency...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency says government seen as anti-landlord, pure and simple

More than 92 per cent of landlords believe the government is anti-landlord and want the Chancellor to back them in this...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability tests blamed for dip in buy to let mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works, the buy to let lending arm of the Nationwide, has seen a dip in the amount borrowed by...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank allows mortgage clients to let via Airbnb without prior consent

Metro Bank says its residential mortgage customers are now allowed to rent their properties through Airbnb and similar sites for up...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA speaks out against council's possible ban on To Let boards

Earlier this month we reported on Belfast council’s decision to open a public consultation on whether To Let boards should be...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS forum sets up group to consider what are 'reasonable' agency fees

The NALS Fair Fee forum - an initiative launched last month - has now set up a working group to consider,...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

British nationals without a passport face Right To Rent difficulties

Right To Rent legislation means British nationals without a passport face difficulties according to the Residential Landlords’ Association.    According to its latest...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Claims to repossess private rental properties down 21% in two years

Data from the Ministry of Justice suggests the number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body launches e-postcard campaign over buy to let taxes

The National Landlords Association has launched an e-postcard campaign for letting agent and landlord members to lobby the government over the...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to rent than buy in 84% of the UK

Credit rating consultancy Experian says it is cheaper to rent than buy in 84 per cent of areas, while it's cheaper...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Two weeks to go - agents MUST register for Rent Smart Wales, warns ARLA

Only just over two weeks remain for letting agents and landlords operating in Wales to register with the Rent Smart Wales...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Peter Grant, CEO of VTUK

Who are you? Peter Grant, currently serving year 27 of my sentence in the property industry and still loving every moment of working...

03 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Another legal expert speaks against government buy to let tax grab

Buy to let landlords may be forced to raise rents or even sell their properties because of the government’s new tax...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how buy to let provides government with huge tax take

Anyone who thought the buy to let sector’s recent anger at higher government taxes may have been misplaced may wish to...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine for owner of very poor unlicensed and rotting apartment

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £4,200 in fines and costs for not having a licence for his...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Call to INCREASE buy to let stamp duty surcharge to four per cent

Three quarters of a million private renters are stuck in the coldest and draughtiest homes, claims the Citizens Advice organisation -...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older renters set to soar - 'but conditions must improve'

Age UK says the number of older people renting in the private sector is set to soar in the near future...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body to lobby Treasury on tax before Autumn Statement

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed that it is to meet with Treasury officials ahead of next month’s Autumn Statement -...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More Build To Rent flats as Legal & General increases production

Another 400 purpose-built Build To Rent apartments have been given the green light by planners in London.    Legal & General’s plans for...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief says buy to let tax problems are exaggerated

A well-known mortgage broker is quoted as saying that buy to let organisations are complaining too much over tax changes for...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and city authority in legal spat: is London next?

A dramatic legal spat between New York’s civic leaders and online short-lets platform Airbnb escalated over the weekend in a dispute...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More work to do to stop deposit disputes, say inventory clerks

An industry body says more work must be done to reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite recent improvements.   The Association...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Next year's buy to let tax change will hit almost half a million

The National Landlords Association claims that changes to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief being introduced in six months time...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Wales ducks chance to scrap SDLT surcharge

The Welsh Government - which now has additional fiscal powers allowing it to be more independent from Westminster - has chosen...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fees: NALS launches 'fair fees' forum to consider cap

The National Approved Letting Scheme has stepped into the heated debate about letting agents’ charges by launching what it calls a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be defective claims law firm

A legal firm claims up to 70 per cent of eviction notices issued could be defective, leaving agents and landlords open...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Stolen £1m is just the tip of the iceberg says angry agent

Crooked letting agencies have been convicted of stealing £1,018,100 of deposits this year alone – and one agent claims this figure...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer renews attack on his party over buy to let tax grab

A senior Conservative peer has renewed his attack on his own party over the buy to let tax grab on landlords,...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' association switches redress scheme after bidding process

The UK Association of Letting Agents will not be using Ombudsman Service: Property to provide its dispute resolution service from the...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage lending slumps thanks to tax changes

Buy to let lending is well down according to data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders.    Apparently contrary to an optimistic report...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's good news: buy to let enquiries soar as market returns

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30 per cent since May according to Rightmove, suggesting that the...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let mortgages despite stamp duty turmoil

Despite huge turmoil in the buy to let sector, there has been a significant rise in mortgage activity in the past...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief to head agency chain after veteran CEO bows out

Michael Robson is to step down from Andrews Property Group after 35 years at the helm. He will stay with the company...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour's John Healey back on front bench after 'coup' against Corbyn

Labour’s respected housing expert, John Healey, is now back on the front bench as the party’s housing spokesman after a spat...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rebellion gathers pace against council licensing plans

Agents and landlords in one of the country’s most politically-volatile cities are preparing to meet the local council to protest at...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit helps boost demand for prime central London lettings

New data produced by Knight Frank shows that the number of tenancies agreed in August this year was the highest on...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in proportion of BTL purchases made through limited companies

The Mortgages for Businesses brokerage says in the third quarter of this year the proportion of landlords purchasing buy to let...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council preparing to start its own letting agency

Canterbury is the latest council to consider setting up its own letting agency. The authority hopes to tempt private landlords with promises...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2)...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

We need another 1.8m homes to rent by 2025 claims RICS

The government must urgently deliver 1.8m new rental homes as new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveal a...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider's five-point strategy for government backing

Grainger, the UK’s largest residential property owner and manager listed on the London Stock Exchange, has set out an argument to...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank admits stamp duty considerable burden on buy to let investors

Details of the Bank of England’s statement outlining tougher rules on mortgage lending to buy to let investors have been shown...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More details emerge of agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

On Friday afternoon Letting Agent Today broke the news of four letting agencies being expelled by The Property Ombudsman - and...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group steps up pressure against buy to let tax change

As the Conservatives meet at their annual conference and Chancellor Phillip Hammond considers next month’s Autumn Statement, an industry body has...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading letting agent says landlords should get EPCs re-assessed

One of Britain’s most senior letting agents says landlords should take the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Energy Performance...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New warning to letting firms over need for accurate advertising

The Associaton of Independent Inventory Clerks is warning agents and others in the lettings sector to be careful when preparing advertising...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Double tax' warning over using limited companies for buy to let

Several property experts have warned of possible dangers in landlords forming limited companies in a bid to minimise their tax liabilities.   There...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency snaps up two rivals as acquisition drive gathers pace

Linley & Simpson, which already has a network of 11 branches across north and west Yorkshire, has taken over the entire...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of tenancy deposit disputes reaches record high

The number of tenancy deposit disputes reached a record high in 2015-16, but still represents only a fraction of all deposits. Figures...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Blackburn named as latest buy-to-let investment hotspot

Lancashire town Blackburn has recorded the highest increase in average rental yield over the last year, according to LendInvest.  The online mortgage...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent backs call for debate on letting agent fees

SAFEagent, the kitemark scheme for agents offering Client Money Protection, has backed the National Approved Lettings Scheme's (NALS) call for a...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS calls for cap instead of ban on letting agent fees

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called for a cap on excessive letting fees charged to tenants, instead of a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

High street agent says online growth is a 'false economy'

A high street letting agent claims that the growth of online agents is a 'false economy'. Fran Mulhall, regional manager for GFW...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan sets out first details of 'London Living Rent'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the first details of his plan to introduce a 'London Living Rent'. This new...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry to get behind Gas Safety Week 2016

The property industry is set to pledge its support to Gas Safety Week 2016, which starts today. The sixth annual event aims...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Linley & Simpson acquires 'long-established rival'

Yorkshire letting agency Linley & Simpson has announced the acquisition of one of its competitors.  The agency has taken over the rental...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Revenues and profits up for MartinCo in first half of 2016

Franchise agency MartinCO's revenue increased by 12% in the first half of 2016, it announced yesterday in its half-year trading update. Overall...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents still unaware of Section 21 changes

A minority of agents remain unaware of their duties when it comes to tenant repairs requests, something which could invalidate landlords'...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Winkworth reports strong lettings and property management figures

Franchise estate agency Winkworth has reported its figures for the first half of 2016, noting a particularly strong performance in its...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant expects to rent for ten more years

The average UK tenant expects to remain part of the Private Rented Sector for a further decade, according to a new...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More support for compulsory Client Money Protection review

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is the latest industry body to back the Government's review of mandatory Client Money...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents urged to lobby MPs over mortgage interest tax changes

A campaign group is urging letting agents to join with landlords in lobbying MP over the government’s change to buy to...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Record rise of over 10% in deposits protected in England and Wales

New data from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows that at the end of March 2016 there were a total of 3.426m...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Analysis of mortgage costs shows buy to let products now cheaper

The costs of buy To let mortgages have fallen by as much as eight per cent over the past six months.   Software...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Stop attacking buy to let' government is told by news editor

The news editor of London financial daily City AM has made an outspoken attack on the government’s fiscal assaults on the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

£29,000 fine for company behind rat-infested filthy, verminous flat

A firm has been fined £29,000 after a rental property was found to be - in the words of Nottingham city...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords contributing to letting sector problems - report

A report by buy to let guru Kate Faulkner says accidental landlords could unwittingly be contributing to some high profile problems in...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief turned MP is calling for new buy to let tax break

Kevin Hollinrake - the founder of franchise agency Hunters and now a Conservative MP - is calling for a cut in...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC quashes rumours of tax change for landlords who sell

Speculation that the government was attempting to ‘slip in’ yet more changes to the way landlords are being taxed have been...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at industry claims over 'unregulated' private lettings

Airbnb has hit back at a claim by the Residential Landlords Association that lets promoted by the firm effectively worsened London’s housing...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rental supply comes just as demand dips, says ARLA

The number of rental properties on the market is at the highest level this year so far according to the Association...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Growing industry concern over new buy to let 'stealth tax'

There is growing concern across the industry at the fear - which we reported yesterday - that the government may be...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

When can a tenant withhold rent?

A fundamental part of any tenancy agreement is the tenant’s obligation to pay rent to live in the  property. In return,...

30 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Anti-letting agent campaigners up in arms over council licensing U-turn

The campaign group ACORN, which has in the past organised protests outside letting agency offices, is up in arms that a...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New law gives tenants' association rights to more information

Some industry organisations have spotted that under new legislation now in effect, tenants’ associations are being given the right to gain...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent pioneering new and 'better' construction method

One of Britain’s burgeoning group of Build To Rent operators has struck a deal for 249 of its new homes to...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Momentum for mandatory Client Money Protection - now ARLA says yes

Another major organisation within the private rental sector has thrown its weight behind mandatory Client Money Protection for letting agents in the...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups firmly behind call for mandatory Client Money Protection

Several influential industry bodies have thrown their weight behind a review into whether Client Money Protection should be mandatory for letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage sales down 39 per cent over past year

New data from referencing company Equifax Touchstone suggests that this July’s buy to let mortgage lending total is 39 per cent...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for private rental sector as council scraps licensing proposal

A council has scrapped its proposal to introduce a licensing campaign for private sector landlords following large-scale opposition and the formation...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour hopeful wants more licensing, rent controls and landlord buy-outs

Former shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham - now Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - has outlined a string of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency tells Minister: incentivise buy to let, reverse tax changes

Belvoir is calling on the government to reverse its punitive tax policies against buy to let and introduce incentives to make...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents and landlords: take damp complaints seriously

An industry body says agents and landlords who ignore tenants' complaints about damp and mould could be putting their property at...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another rental group speaks out against buy to let tax changes

The Scottish Association of Landlords - which represents letting agents as well as landlords north of the border - has spoken...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says glut of homes to let is cutting rental growth

Countrywide’s latest lettings index shows rental growth slowing in every region of Britain because of a glut of homes coming to...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government energy policy will push up private rents, insists industry group

Government policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will increase rents for tenants. New laws mean that from...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for Preparing your Dispute Evidence

Suzy Hershman, Head of Dispute Resolution for mydeposits, covers her top tips for preparing your dispute evidence If I had a £1 for...

12 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Right To Rent: new form to transfer responsibilities to letting agents

The Residential Landlords Association has set up a new document for its members to use if they wish to transfer Right...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Concern over £5,000 cost to make buy to lets energy-efficient

There is growing concern over a predicted £5,000 cost to make some buy to let properties energy-efficient under new government plans.   An...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency says over half of tenants denied energy improvements

An online lettings agency claims that 58 per cent of tenants who have requested energy improvements to their properties have been...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Only one agency rep on board of new Build To Rent body

Savills is the only organisation with an agency wing represented on the first board of the UK Apartment Association, a new...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

The Residential Landlords’ Association says Gavin Barwell, the new housing minister appointed by Theresa May this week, is a known critic...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government provides details of buy to let interest tax relief change

Any lingering hope that the buy to let sector might have of a rethink by the new Chancellor over restructuring mortgage...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings thriving despite Brexit, says senior agent

Prime central London’s letting sector appears to be thriving despite the uncertainty leading up to, and since, the shock referendum result.   “Relocation...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants housing minister to make Client Money Protection mandatory

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have asked new housing minister Gavin Barwell to...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Room-sharing website jumps on 'scrap agency fees'  bandwagon

EasyRoommate, a room-sharing website, says it is backing the Renters’ Rights Bill currently going through parliament and aiming to restrict letting...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Assembly urged to scrap its 3% buy to let stamp duty surcharge

The Residential Landlords Association is asking the Welsh Assembly to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on buy...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

'Rightmove Addict' Twitter star joins fast-growing industry training team

Andrea Morgan - known to many property Twitter users as @RightmoveAddict - is joining the Agency Mentors estate agency training and...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit: 'Racist backlash' will damage rental sector, warns agency

The Belvoir franchise letting agency group has taken the unusual step of calling for clarity on government migration policy.   Belvoir managing director...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New Chancellor has been buy to let investor - so will policies change?

The new Chancellor appointed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been ‘outed’ as a former buy to let landlord - raising...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond urged to 'delete all and start again' on buy to let taxes

New Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been urged by an industry trade group to reset the government’s approach to taxing the buy...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body claims credit for review of authority's licensing scheme

Controversial licensing conditions for a city’s landlords have been changed following complaints from an industry group.    Liverpool council has modified the conditions...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports huge surge in homes to let after stamp duty spree

There was an eight per cent surge in the number of homes available to rent in the second quarter of the...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims some letting agencies flout the law on fees

A report from Citizens Advice claims to show that a city’s letting agents charge a complex array of fees - with...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit could help London lettings market claims leading agent

A leading London lettings agency chief suggests that Brexit may - against the expectations of many - actually be a good...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slowing says Homelet - too early to see any Brexit effect

Rents across the UK continued to rise during June, but the first half of 2016 has been characterised by a slowing...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says buy to let purchases now at a six year low

In the three months after the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on April 1, landlord purchases accounted...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 47% surge in what it calls illegal evictions

Citizens Advice claims that 2,087 people asked it for help after being threatened with what it describes as ‘illegal eviction’ in...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A message to the public: Speak out against rogue letting agents

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the public to speak out against rogue...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Forecast that 75% of buy to let mortgages will be via limited companies

One of Britain’s leading buy to let mortgage companies says it anticipates that over three quarters of borrowing to purchase BTL...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England keeping an eye on buy to let for Brexit problems

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the bank is keeping a close eye on the buy to let market -...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Are 60 per cent buy to let deposits really on the cards?

Mortgage firms insisting on landlords proving their rental income could cover 145 per cent of their monthly payments could lead to...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

easyProperty joins clamour for caps on letting agents' fees to tenants

easyProperty says it’s backing a Labour MP’s bid to cap letting agents‘ fees on tenants “in order to provide a more...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up block management and Build To Rent specialist

Chainbow, the specialist block management company that has recently taken a high profile approach to the Build To Rent sector, has...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

More and more would-be buyers opting to rent says agent

A London buying agent is forecasting that the Brexit vote will mean there will be “more and more would-be-buyers opting to rent”...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Group sets out rental laws and rules to change because of Brexit

The Residential Landlords’ Association says a period of economic and policy confusion lies ahead for the private rental sector as a...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let in London very difficult to make viable - claim

A buy to let property in London is going to be “very difficult to make viable” in the near future unless...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Angels Media welcomes one of Britain's top property journalists

Angels Media, publisher of Letting Agent Today, is delighted to welcome on board one of Britain’s top property industry journalists, Marc...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents begin to fall as glut of homes to let appear on the market

Letting agencies Your Move and Reeds Rains claim rents have started to drop in many areas following the arrival of a...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims one-in-23 tenants in some areas are at risk of eviction

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that in some areas of the country no fewer than one-in-23 private rental sector tenants are apparently...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group warns of danger of Airbnb-style unregulated short lets

Highly publicised stories of property damage allegedly caused by short-let tenants using Airbnb and similar online platforms highlights the advantages of...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent warns of long-term buy to let 'ticking timebomb'

Buy to let investors face a ‘ticking timebomb’ that may force many of them to quit the sector in the long-term,...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

English and Welsh deposits typically £100 bigger than Scottish equivalent

Tenancy deposits in England and Wales are typically £100 dearer than the Scottish equivalent.  Between June 2015 and May 2016, the average...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm owned by Century 21 UK parent company moves into Build To Rent

SDL Bigwood - owned by Century 21 UK franchise parent company Shepherd Direct Limited - has been selected as the lettings...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords call for cap on letting agents' fees plus greater transparency

A survey has revealed that 59 per cent of London landlords support forcing letting agents to publish a breakdown of what...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage 'windfall pay-outs' likely to be £4,300 per buy to let borrower

It is now thought that the likely average payout to each buy to let borrower affected by this week’s court decision...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

An industry body is warning new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan not to think he is helping renters by tying up...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP tells Commons letting agents are completely unregulated

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that letting agents are “completely unregulated” and that tenants are being “held...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slowing as market awaits referendum result, says HomeLet

Rents across the UK continued to rise during May but at a decreasing rate, says HomeLet.  Data shows that rents agreed on...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let market doing well despite stamp duty hangover, claims Connells

The number of valuations for buy to let purposes last month was eight per cent up on the May 2015 level...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Union renews attack on 'rip off' private rental sector in south east England

A study published by the GMB union claims that London’s well-documented high private rents are now leading to other steep rises...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Student buy to let investment due for major expansion, claims survey

A new report claims that over a third of student property investors plan to expand their portfolios in 2016, despite the...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New twist in website's spat with BBC over Osborne buy to let tax changes

There has been a new development in a long-running spat between a website and the BBC over the corporation’s news coverage...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords consider using online letting agents to save money

Some 27 per cent of landlords consider an online letting agency to be a more attractive option for managing property than...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

London firm recruits 19 agents to staff growing branch network

A London estate and letting agency has announced the appointment of 19 new members of staff as a result of a...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords favouring HMOs to benefit from 'higher yields'

Landlords are increasingly favouring Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and more 'complex property types' due to the often higher yields available.  Mortgages...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Boris knew agent accreditation scheme was doomed to fail, says new Mayor

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has criticised Boris Johnson's handling of the London Rental Standard, an accreditation scheme for landlords...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents across the country rising faster than in London

Average rents for single rooms across the UK increased at a faster rate than those in London, according to spareroom.co.uk. The rental...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents now 2.6% higher than a year ago

The average rent paid by private tenants across Great Britain increased by 2.6% in the twelve months to April 2016, according...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

Landlords are looking to house tenants less likely to miss rental payments in order to minimise the impact of a number...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency supplier reports rapid growth since UK launch

A global rental transaction processing firm has reported rapid growth since launching in the UK.  PayProp says it has appointed several new...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body launches new fire safety tool

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new version of its Fire Safety Logbook which has been endorsed by the...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Removals industry adapting to cater for tenants instead of buyers

A removals firm has claimed it is currently dealing with more tenants moving between properties than home buyers.  Aussie Man & Van...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty hitting Prime Central London lettings market

Rent increases in Prime Central London have slowed due to uncertainty surrounding next month's EU Referendum, according to a new report. London...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

A third of landlords have had a property abandoned by tenants

Some 36% of UK landlords have had a property abandoned by tenants, according to research. Abandonment - which occurs when a tenant...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London's 'fastest growing' letting agent opens 15th office

A firm which claims to be London's fastest growing letting agency has opened its fifteenth branch. Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings' latest...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency Express data reveals extraordinary surge in lettings

Data released by Agency Express shows a massive spike in activity for the lettings market.  April’s national figures for new listings ‘To...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Details revealed of next month's anti-buy to let tax change rally

More details have emerged of the campaign rally to be held next month in support of the bid for a judicial...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit is biggest uncertainty facing industry says recruitment guru

The head of lettings and estate agency recruitment company Property Personnel claims Brexit campaigners are “playing Russian roulette” with the industry. “The...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants lettings energy efficiency deadlines to be delayed

The government is being urged to delay the introduction of new energy efficiency targets in the private rental sector, with a...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors switching to cheaper homes says Countrywide

Average price for a property paid by investors in April fell by 8.3 per cent from £194,000 a month earlier to...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty buying frenzy leads to 11% surge in 'to lets' on Rightmove

The frenzy of investor purchasing of buy to let units ahead of the stamp duty surcharge deadline has led to an...

16 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let index reveals biggest returns now lie far beyond London and SE

A buy to let index of returns compiled by a financial firm shows the greatest returns for investors are now to...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Sign of the times: ARLA secures first Build To Rent member

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has signed up its first institutional member from the Build To Rent sector. Get Living London...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents and landlords told to take gas safety more seriously

A leading trade body says it’s time for the private rental sector to take gas safety more seriously following a spate...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

New lending rules 'could create 'buy to let mortgage prisoners'

A warning is being issued that the types of mortgages still being extended to buy to let investors risks them becoming...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies now banned from redress schemes

As we reported yesterday, The Property Ombudsman has expelled two letting agencies and is warning consumers about the firms, which are...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats latest to demand ban on letting agents' fees

The Liberal Democrats are following in the footsteps of some Green and Labour politicians in calling for a ban on letting...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors' confidence 'at lowest level since 2006' claim

Private landlords’ confidence is at the lowest level since late 2006 according to market research company BDRC Continental, thanks to anti-buy...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Drop-off in buy to let investors leads to slump in mortgage approvals

The approaching of the April 1 stamp duty surcharge deadline led to a severe drop-off in buy to let purchasers seeking...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Statistics reveal extraordinary success for ESTAS lettings winners

Statistics revealed by ESTAS founder Simon Brown reveal just how important the awards are in terms of showing public support for...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister claims buy to let tax changes will create a fairer system

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backed the raft of measures seen by many as anti-buy to let, including the restriction on...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

See the award winners here: full list of ESTAS 2016 successful agents

The complete list of this year’s ESTAS award winners has now been released after a hugely successful ceremony in London hosted...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - not just letting agencies but now into Build To Rent too

Countrywide - which has already acquired a string of letting agencies in recent months - continues to demonstrate its emphasis on...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on government's anti-buy to let 'short-termism'

A financial journalist has lambasted the government’s anti-buy to let policies, describing them as “political short-termism ... a vote winner to...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders try to bolster flagging buy to let market with record low rates

Independent comparison website Moneyfacts says mortgage lenders are slashing rates on products designed for landlords, in a bid to buoy up...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency training team now includes buy to let guru Kate Faulkner

One of Britain’s best known and well respected experts on buy to let and the private rental sector, Kate Faulkner, has...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent: Legal & General beefs up £600m investment team

Legal & General Capital, which is set to be one of the biggest names in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Weeks later ... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

It’s several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading lettings agency takes cautious line on landlord incorporation

One of London’s major letting agencies is urging landlords to take a cautious approach to whether they should incorporate in a...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Half of homes sold in late March were for buy to let - Countrywide

Countrywide says £28 billion worth of home sales were completed in March ahead of the stamp duty surcharge deadline, a 76...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief gives Cameron 2 out of 10 for lettings sector performance

Ian Wilson, chief executive officer of Martin & Co, has given David Cameron’s government a “two out of 10” score for...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Patricia Barber, Chairman of AIIC

Who are you? Patricia Barber What does it say on your business card? Chairman of the Association of independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) How long has...

08 April 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Warning that buy to let tax changes will damage sector in two years time

Respected credit ratings agency Fitch says buy to let will thrive for the next 12 to 24 months but the effects...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Proposal unveiled for first 'commuter town' Build To Rent development

International development firm Westrock has given details of what it calls “the first homes designed specifically for rent in a key...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Record profits as Martin & Co pledges further franchise expansion

Publicly quoted property franchise giant MartinCo has reported strong figures to the City with group revenue up 38 per cent and...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge will deter Build To Rent warns property federation

The British Property Federation says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge will threaten the success of the Build To Rent sector, which...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

A real Tory chancellor wouldn't persecute buy to let landlords

An outspoken attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental sector have questioned whether he is really a...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Low levels of awareness of new lettings tax regime, survey reveals

A substantial majority of new buy to let mortgage applicants are unaware of the mortgage tax relief changes, according to a...

04 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents: new lettings sector energy efficiency rules start today

Today sees the first step of a long-term government drive to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector through the...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Media criticism building against Osborne's buy to let attacks

More criticism of Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of buy to let reforms has appeared in the mainstream media, with much emphasis...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax change opponents plan major London event this summer

The two landlords behind the bid to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let mortgage interest relief tax...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Newspaper argues buy to let is off the hook despite mortgage clampdown

The financial editor of The Guardian newspaper claims that - despite widespread criticism within the lettings industry of the latest buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA chief gives dire warning about image of private lettings sector

The managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents says urgent action is necessary “to make the prospect of being...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Details of stricter buy to let mortgage criteria may be released today

The Bank of England has released new buy to let mortgage underwriting standards which are expected to set out stricter borrowing...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lending fuels mortgage rush according to latest bank figures

Banks approved 45,892 mortgages for house purchases last month - a 20 per cent rise on the February last year, with...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Decorating your office for Spring 2016? If so, send us your photos...

It’s a particularly busy spring season this year - we hope that’s because of plenty of business coming to your agency,...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Treasury respond to legal challenge to buy to let tax changes

HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury have at last responded to the legal team representing two landlords challenging beleaguered Chancellor...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA confirms the worst - tenants will pay for buy to let tax changes

The new stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties coming into effect next Friday will increase rent costs for tenants...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency provokes criticism by promising higher rents for landlords

A letting agency has been criticised by local students after sending a touting letter to landlords saying it could increase rents...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords disappointed with budget of 'missed opportunity'

Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor, announcing an extra £3.5 billion in spending cuts by 2019-20. The Office for...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Further tax details expected as stamp duty takes centre stage

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. It has been speculated that the announcement could include new measures...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of single tenants falling as families and sharers enter PRS

The number of tenancies signed by a single tenant has fallen, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. Last year, tenants living...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent award winners to be TV stars

Sales and letting agents who enter a new awards event will be given the chance to promote their property business on...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants paying over the odds for rental homes, says Countrywide

In the last year 12% of lets were agreed at more than the initial asking price, according to the latest figures...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget Preview: Landlords wary of further setbacks

Some 66% of landlords predict more rental sector turbulence in this week's Budget, according to research by property crowdfunding platform The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

EU directive joins stamp duty in driving surge for buy to let mortgages

February has seen a further burst of buy to let activity, fuelled not only by the stamp duty surcharge deadline but...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New figures confirm rush to beat buy to let stamp duty surcharge

There is more evidence that the buy to let sector has experienced a surge of activity as investors rush to complete...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body to meet with Gumtree over 'fake lettings ads' scandal

The internet classified listings service Gumtree will meet with the Residential Landlords Association to discuss scams in which fraudsters posing as...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: government relaxes 'criminalisation' of agents and landlords

Landlords or agents acting for them will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants according to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Major lettings agency may urge its landlords to incorporate

Martin & Co - one of Britain’s largest letting agency networks with 192 offices across the country - says it may...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Current buy to let changes won't help first time buyers, Savills warns

Not one of the raft of buy to let rule changes being introduced by Chancellor George Osborne - ostensibly to help...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers call for more landlords to join challenge over Foxtons' fees

The London legal firm Leigh Day - which last week announced it was leading a legal action on behalf of 55...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to buy to let tax change: HMRC to respond by March 16

The attempt to see judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let tax change continues apace, with the government now having...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide to buy more independent agencies despite profits slump

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that her group’s strategy of acquiring independent letting agencies continues...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Peer accuses government of hypocrisy over migrant checks

A Liberal Democrat peer has accused the government of being “a bit rich” in its willingness to jail letting agents or...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Major agency pledges to open 50 to 60 new lettings branches this year

Connells says there is still substantial room for additional agencies in the private lettings sector and that it intends to add...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News