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Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with £500,000 health and safety fine

A housing company has been fined £528,000 after an employee repairing a fence post inadvertently struck an underground cable, suffering burns...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

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

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Foxtons To Be Sold? Media speculation grows

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

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

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

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

London lettings becoming more stable, says LonRes

February saw significant improvements in activity across the prime London lettings market, and annual rental growth also increased slightly after four...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New chair revealed for long-standing lettings industry group

safeagent, the UK’s largest not-for-profit accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents, has appointed John Midgley as chair of its board...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Banks Closing Pooled Client Accounts - agents urge government action

Propertymark is urging the government to tackle the problem of banks closing down undesignated or pooled client accounts of letting agents. HM...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill threat to student accommodation, say experts

New research suggests that a majority of the British public believe the government should be doing more to support students find...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent stole over £40,000 from firm which hadn’t noticed missing money

A letting agent who stole over £40,000 from her employer was caught when a bank queried the use of a company...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank names new lettings associate for key area

Knight Frank has appointed Louna Del Barrio as lettings associate in a key London office. Del Barrio comes to Knight Frank following...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Nearly two-thirds more homes to let in Prime London than a year ago

Rental growth across prime London slowed again in January, with average rents falling on a monthly basis for the third time...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Famous agency ditches HQ for new base and a contemplation room

Strutt & Parker is leaving its HQ to share premises with other parts of its parent company - and to have a...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants additional health and safety cladding measures

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark says one of the UK governments should go further in ensuring the safety of tenants...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

New lettings brand claims franchisees can earn £100k-plus per year

A new lettings franchise is being launched, which claims its franchisees can earn £100,000-plus annually.  The Sourced Group has launched Sourced Living,...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Self-employed agency marks major expansion into rentals

Self employed agency brand Harding Green, which majors on London and prime country markets, says it’s grown significantly in the lettings...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

North-focussed lettings agency reveals new London base

The Leeds- and Manchester-based North Property Group is opening a base in London.  NPG was founded by Oli Banks and Tim Coen...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulate Agents in 2024 - Propertymark explains why it’s needed

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says the current debate on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is another example of how agent...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge 31% leap in prime London rents since pre-pandemic times - LonRes

LonRes says rents in prime London are still rising but the rate of rental growth has slowed to two-year low. That took...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Super-Rich rent as they baulk at high Stamp Duty purchase costs

More multi-millionaires and billionaires are choosing to rent super-prime homes in London, rather than purchase, reveals a new wealth report Beauchamp Estates’...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent’s Affordability Warning - not all tenants will really benefit

A prominent lettings agent says there’s been a definite improvement in rental affordability in most areas - but he doubts all...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents now a third above London’s pre-pandemic average

Annual rental growth across prime London slowed slightly to 8.1 per cent in October according to property data firm LonRes.  However, rents...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Housing Minister is ... a former housing minister

The new Housing Minister is Lee Rowley - who was a former housing minister during the short lived premiership of Liz Truss. Rowley...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency adds £1m to revenue through diversification

A letting agent with a background in renovation has been able to grow her business by offering investors a swathe of...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings service set up in franchise giant’s original office

Hunters’ first ever franchised branch in the North Yorkshire town of Selby is under new ownership after 16 years. James Powell, who...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Rises Even Higher Than Expected - agency revises forecast

A leading lettings agency and property consultancy has revealed that it anticipate stronger-than-expected rental growth this year and next in prime...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Up, Up and UP AGAIN - prime London rents soar once more

There are no signs of rental growth slowing in prime London lettings market, says LonRes. The property data firm says annual rental...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scams expert joins board of The Property Ombudsman

The Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team is one of two new non-executive directors at The Property Ombudsman. Louise Baxter...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator pledges dramatic EPC improvement

The owners of one of the first Build To Rent schemes in Edinburgh is bidding to improve the EPC rating while...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fail! Endless calls to scrap S21 evictions leads to glut of them

Section 21 evictions are set to soar even higher, a property association leader forecasts - because of the threat to abolish...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings stay strong as sales market slumps

Annual rental growth in July was 9.1 per cent across prime London according to LonRes.   This figure took rents to 28.4 per...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Fines for agents rise rise steeply as AML clampdown kicks in

The average Anti-Money Laundering fine issued to estate agents for non-compliance in 2022-23 is almost half as large again as in...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Property company boss hit by big fine six years after offences

A property firm which admitted misleading tenants on their rights and threatening them to leave has been ordered to pay £8,000. Four...

12 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Property company boss “threatening tenants to leave”

A property company director who admitted misleading tenants on their rights and threatening them to leave has been ordered to pay...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Bad to disastrous’ - sharp fall in private rental listings

New research shows a 41 per cent reduction in the number of London properties available for private rent since the Covid-19...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Loopholes - government slammed over additional properties

A long-standing and respected property firm has slammed the government for presiding over the “mess” of taxes applied to holiday lets...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Big rise in service charges for flats triggered by fire precautions

New research from lettings agency Hamptons shows that since 2018, average service charges for flats across England and Wales have increased...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - which parts of the Renters Reform Bill worry you most?

A survey of nearly 700 letting agents from across England has revealed that the abolition of Section 21 continues to be...

14 June 2023

From: Breaking News

New lets slump a quarter in a year, claims LonRes

The latest lettings market snapshot produced by London-focussed property data firm LonRes shows little change in the supply-constrained rental sector. However, figures...

14 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents speak out on Renters Reform Bill dangers

Lettings agents within The Guild of Property Professionals think that the Renters Reform Bill could cause many landlords to quit.  Graham Wood,...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Gloss comes off prime central London lettings and sales markets

Prime London’s housing market lacks its usual seasonal spring bounce with prices flat and transactions down, admits property data consultancy LonRes. And...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Sales market supply set to rise as more landlords quit - prediction

More property is likely to come onto the sales market in the weeks and months ahead as rising numbers of landlords...

27 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 24: Agents call for mortgage tax relief to be reinstated

A new survey of lettings agents and landlords has put the reinstatement of Section 24 mortgage tax relief at the top...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory wants clampdown on HMOs run by “dubious people”

A veteran Conservative is calling on his government to clamp down on HMOs and ensure there is better council regulation and...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer urges agents to use the hard sell on Buy To Let

Location, Location, Location star Phil Spencer says it’s time for agents to go for the ‘hard sell’ on Buy To Let,...

13 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation for rental sector lags behind owner occupation

Figures out this morning from high end agency Savills shows a 5.1 per cent increase in capital appreciation on average across...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Good News - Arrears at lowest level for six years says bank

Paragon Bank says the proportion of landlords with tenants in arrears has fallen to its lowest level since 2017. The same applies...

17 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Self-employed Broker-style firm makes pitch to recruit letting agents

One of the first companies to promote the self-employed ‘broker’ business model is appealing to letting agents to sign up. Harding Green...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

HMRC hits agents with larger non-compliance fines

Fines issued to agents for anti-money laundering non-compliance are getting bigger, reversing a downward trend seen throughout the pandemic, according to...

18 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Sign Up to stop the Tax Grab - Agents urged to back petition

Agents are being urged to sign a petition launched by a landlord facing higher tax burdens which may force him to...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Public back big tax rise for second home and lets owners

A consultation proposing a steep rise in council tax for second homes has won strong public support. Flintshire council in north Wales...

09 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for industry to lobby MPs over HMO council tax

A lettings network is urging landlords to back a campaign to abolish council tax re-banding for shared houses. Platinum Property Partners says...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Brace! Brace! Rent bombshell in New Year warns property chief

Tenants should brace themselves for soaring rents in the New Year, a property expert warns.  The National Association of Property Buyers predicts...

18 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Property stealth taxes to be major part of next week’s Budget

The Financial Times has an exclusive saying allowances on property taxes such as Capital Gains and Inheritance will be frozen -...

08 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Fire warning as agents and landlords mark Fire Door Safety Week

A safety training service is warning of “alarming statistics” showing an increase in the number of fires and fatalities and a...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency makes lavish claim for future growth of Build To Rent

The advocates of Build To Rent have made another ambitious target for the sector’s growth.  Research from the British Property Federation and...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency plays down impact of rent freeze and evictions ban

A lettings agency in Scotland has played down the impact of the emergency rent freeze and eviction ban which have been...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Larger homes taking bigger share of Build To Rent market - new figures

Increased demand and investor appetite for purpose built Single Family Rental schemes have seen this niche market grow at scale, according...

28 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties are getting smaller, claims new survey

Private renters’ average floor space per person in England has fallen by 16 per cent over the past 20 years while...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings chain signs up to support former armed services personnel

A lettings agency group has made two moves to signal its commitment to being a forces-friendly employer.  Spicerhaart has signed the Armed...

20 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Compliance negligence could cost agents, warns Propertymark

Propertymark is urging lettings agents to familiarise themselves with recent updated guidance to avoid falling into non-compliance. The trade body says updated...

15 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency names new lettings boss for key London office

Knight Frank has appointed a new head of lettings for its King’s Cross office in Central London.  Chris Nguyen joined Knight Frank’s...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomtime for lettings market as big student room shortfall predicted

Rising numbers of young people going to university and a relatively low supply of new student housing means that by 2025...

22 August 2022

From: Breaking News

UK launch for European property management PropTech service

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

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Young adults lie behind growing rental demand, analysis shows

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

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

The party’s over for Airbnb

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

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on politicians to relax proposed eviction rules change

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

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

The Dos and Don’ts of Deposit Disputes

At Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS), we're committed to making the deposit protection process as pain-free as possible. From our beginning of...

23 June 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Millions in tax lost through lettings loophole - claim

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

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy renewal numbers “unprecedented” says Foxtons

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

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory hits back at demands for rent controls

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

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists slam councils for failing to regulate agents and landlords

An activist group in London has launched a scathing attack on councils which it claims have been ineffective in regulating rogue...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Massively more demand than supply continues to dominate market

The great imbalance between tenant demand and available stock continues, according to the latest market snapshot from ARLA Propertymark. In February, Propertymark...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Government warned - don’t let Capital Gains Tax kill buy to let

A finance chief is warning that the threat of possible rises in Capital Gains Tax should be dismissed by the government to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Multi-year PropTech deal signed by major lettings agency

One of the country's leading agency groups has signed a multi-year deal with PropTech firm Goodlord.  Andrews Property Group, which has 49...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning, includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Industry heavyweight joins agency to help on growth strategy

Franchise giant Belvoir has named a former chief executive of a major housebuilder as a non-executive director, to help with the...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings Favourite - which property is landlords’ most popular?

Semi-detached houses have overtaken terraced homes as the preferred property type landlords plan to buy, reflecting growing tenant demand for larger...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of BTL firms close each year, agency analysis shows

While the number of companies set up by individual landlords to hold buy to lets reached a record high last year,...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Five reasons why Airbnb and short lets should be regulated - MPs told

MPs and the wider public have been presented with a lengthy report on the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms across...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Get set for rent controls in one part of the UK

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

440-home US-style Build To Rent scheme announced

Finance companies have announced the development of a new 440-unit Build To Rent scheme in Birmingham. Harrison Street, an alternative real assets...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for agency and boss who perverted course of justice

Over £80,000 pounds of fines have been imposed on a letting agency and its director. Zenith Accommodation Ltd’s boss, Mohammad Mallick of...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Major agency rebrands and promises a flurry of acquisitions

Property group Nick Dunning Associates, which includes the brands Townends and Regents, has rebranded to Stirling Ackroyd Group, effective from today.  All...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Caught! Agency that illegally evicted tenant ends up in court

A lettings agency has been prosecuted by Birmingham council for unlawfully evicting a tenant. Principal Homes is based at Great Barr and was...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

New laws to limit rent increases to once a year in Northern Ireland have moved a step closer and lettings agents...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Analysis - fewer millennial tenants help drive down rents

Tenants are now paying less rent than five years ago, research claims. Analysis by Hamptons claims the total amount of rent paid...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

So much for Covid Debt - rent arrears are lowest for 10 years

Research carried out on behalf of Paragon Bank has highlighted each landlord has an average of 1.3 tenants with rent arrears...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings PropTech firms announce full software integration

Two well known PropTech providers to the lettings sector have announced they have now fully integrated their technology, meaning users of...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free compliance webinar tomorrow

Anti-money laundering specialist FCS Compliance is to lead a free-to- attend Q&A webinar for Rightmove agents tomorrow.   Let’s Discuss Money Laundering is...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Simon Tillyer, founder of Vouch

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? That's very retro - I have not had one of...

08 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Scandal of lettings director banned for emptying bank account

A lettings agency director has been disqualified for seven years after he emptied its bank account following its liquidation. Ghanshyam Sarup Batra, from...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

From employee to owner - agency reveals new management

A former employee at the Staines-upon-Thames office of lettings agency Martin & Co has returned – as the branch’s new owner. Doreen...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty slashes size of buy to let sector claims agency

The five years since the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on additional homes has led to a...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market outside London rising at three year high

Zoopla says rents outside London are rising at an average three per cent per year, the highest level since late 2018. However...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests it was reducing in size for some years before the pandemic. Nationwide’s specialist...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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