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Bidding Wars not the problem - they’re just a symptom

A prominent lettings agent says banning agents and landlords conducting bidding wars for a rental property is not addressing the real...

19 July 2024

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Sustainable green lettings office launched after revamp

An agency has upgraded a lettings office after what it describes as a makeover by ‘green office and retail design consultants’. The...

19 July 2024

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New senior lettings figures at high-end London business

London high end agency Eccord has bolstered its property management team with two experienced new hires. Steve Wilson joins as Senior Property...

19 July 2024

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Ending S21 is fine says leading agent - but safeguards needed

The government’s renewed pledge to end Section 21 eviction powers for agents and landlords is fine, a leading industry figure has...

18 July 2024

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Landlords are getting younger, new data shows

The average age of landlords acquiring new rental property with a buy to let mortgage has fallen over the past decade,...

18 July 2024

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Foxtons reveals mixed-bag lettings market in London

Foxtons says London’s lettings market is now at its summer peak. New internal data from the company claims demand rose by 15%...

18 July 2024

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Renters Rights Bill promised by government in blizzard of new laws

A new Renters' Rights Bill is to be introduced into Parliament, it's been confirmed today. The announcement was made in the King's...

17 July 2024

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Alarm Bells for Build To Rent as building starts show huge slump

New analysis from the British Property Federation (BPF) shows a dramatic slump in the number of Build To Rent units started. Although...

17 July 2024

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Cost Of Rent Day launched by free-market think tank

The right wing think tank the Adam Smith Institute has launched something called the Cost Of Rent Day. The institute has calculated...

17 July 2024

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Tenants get agents’ advice on how to “jump the rental queue”

A lettings agency is offering tenants guidance on what it calls “how to jump the rental queue.” Benham and Reeves outlines a...

17 July 2024

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Rents fall in some areas but Connells enjoys lettings growth

Lettings agency giant Connells says the private rental sector performed strongly in the second quarter of 2024 despite worries over future...

16 July 2024

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Over 100 Build To Rent units coming from Barratt Homes

A 101-home Built To Rent estate is being created by Barratt Homes in Cambridge, as part of a deal with BTR...

16 July 2024

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Rents rising in most areas as high interest rates hit long-term supply

Asking rents continue to show posi­tive, albeit lower, growth in most regions according to the property website Home. The site conducts a...

15 July 2024

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Agents tell Rayner: we want agency regulation, mandatory qualifications

ARLA Propertymark and a number of other property industry bodies wants Housing Secretary Angela Rayner to regulate letting and sales agents. An...

15 July 2024

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Agents can unlock profits at this webinar claims Reapit

Industry technology provider Reapit is holding a webinar tomorrow giving agents “an opportunity for savvy agents to unlock profits through tried...

15 July 2024

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House building sector to bounce back soon - forecast

Glenigan, regarded as one of the construction industry’s most respected insight and intelligence consultancies, says the sector will enjoy a long-term...

15 July 2024

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Rental Reform and Solar Panels to be key pledges in King’s Speech

Leaks over the weekend from what would appear to be government sources suggest some 35 new Bills will be in the...

15 July 2024

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Households will have to invest in Green technology - Carney

Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney is warning that homeowners, including those serving the private rental sector, will have to...

12 July 2024

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Labour housebuilding targets should be copied, lettings chief demands

Scotland needs to match Labour’s English housebuilding target to tackle the country’s housing emergency according to a high profile lettings agency...

12 July 2024

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Agents warn Rayner - “don’t scrap Section 21 without a replacement”

Propertymark has warned Labour’s Deputy Prime Minister against scrapping Section 21 eviction powers without an adequate replacement. If Angela Rayner does fulfil...

11 July 2024

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Agents fear for future of Private Rental Sector - RICS

The latest lettings market snapshot by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors contains a raft of worried statements from agents. A large...

11 July 2024

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Agent appointed to manage company’s 14 lettings branches

Hamptons, one of the high-end brands owned by Connells, had appointed Graeme Young as regional lettings director.  Young assumes responsibility for 14-branches...

11 July 2024

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Tenants reveal biggest ‘deal breakers’ when looking for rental property

Data sourced from millions of Barclays current accounts reveals spending on rent and mortgages rose just 1.5% year-on-year in June –...

11 July 2024

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RICS urges Labour to do more on housing

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it welcomes the new Labour government’s ambitious housing plans - but it also casts...

10 July 2024

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Call for Starmer to review Energy Performance Certificates

There’s a call from a prominent international building science service for the new Labour government to review the Energy Performance Certificates. EPCs...

10 July 2024

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Propertymark lukewarm on Labour housing reforms

Propertymark has struck a lukewarm tone in its response to Labour’s housing ambitions. The trade body says that to meet its manifesto...

10 July 2024

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Labour “serious about change” and “grasping the nettle” - top agent

Labour’s proposed planning reforms indicates that the new government is serious about change and grasping the nettle on housebuilding. That’s the view...

09 July 2024

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Another regional agency falls to Lomond’s acquisition programme

Lomond has announced its 58th acquisition - that of an agency with lettings in Derby, Burton and Chesterfield.  Its latest acquisition of...

09 July 2024

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Agency reveals head of fast-expanding super prime lettings office

Knight Frank has named Francesca Fox as Head of Super Prime Lettings in North London.  The agency says this newly created role...

09 July 2024

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RICS urges Labour to move fast on housing pledges

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has congratulated Labour on forming the next government but says it must move quickly to...

08 July 2024

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Interest Rates, not election worry, hold back housing market

Leading property players and analysts suggest that the lacklustre housing market figures produced by the Halifax over the weekend owe more...

08 July 2024

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Knight Frank warns Labour not to push Rental Reform too far

Knight Frank says the incoming Labour government faces a potential clash between what is politically desirable and economically possible, in terms...

08 July 2024

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Propertymark wants cross-party housing approach despite Labour landslide

Just after welcoming the appointment of the new Labour government housing minister, Propertymark has gone on to call for a cross-party...

08 July 2024

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New Housing Secretary named by Sir Kier Starmer

Angela Rayner has been appointed Levelling Up Secretary with responsibility for housing - a role she has in addition to being...

05 July 2024

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Agency to use Private Equity cash to acquire rivals

My Property Box – a North East-headquartered lettings and sales agency – has struck a multi-million pound private equity deal for it...

05 July 2024

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Popular Buy To Let mortgage lender is latest to cut rates

Paragon Bank has reduced rates on its core range of buy-to-let mortgages, taking 15bps off 10 products, in addition to launching...

05 July 2024

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High profile agency launches new dedicated lettings branch

One of the longest standing and best known lettings agencies in the south east has opened a new office in Esher.  Curchods...

05 July 2024

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Labour has a mandate to help renters become buyers - PropTech claim

The incoming Labour government has a social mandate to support the next generation of homeowners in the UK, says financial PropTech...

05 July 2024

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Labour’s Housing Policies - next five years start today

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

05 July 2024

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Lettings agency regulation demanded by PropTech leader

Regulation of lettings and estate agencies must be a priority for the government elected tomorrow, a PropTech entrepreneur demands. Sián Hemming-Metcalfe of...

04 July 2024

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“Thousands of homes lost to Airbnb” claims Labour hopeful

Thousands of homes in central London may have been lost to Airbnb and other short let platforms, a Labour candidate claims. Rachel...

04 July 2024

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High-value tenancies agreed in June were below asking rent - Knight Frank

Knight Frank says tenancies agreed in June for properties asking over £1,000 per week were at a level below the asking...

04 July 2024

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Rightmove says rents at record high, and challenges new government

The latest snapshot of the rental market from Rightmove reveals that average advertised rents for tenants outside of London have reached...

03 July 2024

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Labour will regulate lettings because it's a cheap option - claim

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

03 July 2024

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Shock as agency demands Renters Reform Bill be passed ASAP

The Leaders Romans Group lettings agency chain is demanding that the new government elected tomorrow brings back the Renters Reform Bill...

03 July 2024

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Agents have “toughest job” in era of high rent rises - claim

Letting agents have the toughest job trying to balance the needs of landlord and tenants while politicians create uncertainty around the...

03 July 2024

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Expect more rent rises in July following long-term trend

Rents in June 2024 rose by 6.7% year-on-year, according to the latest figures from the Goodlord Rental Index.  The Index, which analyses...

02 July 2024

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Huge numbers of empty homes discovered as rental supply falls

An insurance firm’s analysis of official figures show there are now no fewer than 760,821 vacant properties in England, Scotland and...

02 July 2024

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Election result already priced-in to housing market, says top analyst

The result of the election isn’t likely to be a gamechanger for the housing market, a prominent business consultancy says.  An analysis...

02 July 2024

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Labour Housing Plans hitting the ground running after Thursday

If Labour wins Thursday’s General Election. expect three major housing announcements within a fortnight. That’s the exclusive claim from the Sunday Times...

02 July 2024

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Airbnb regulation review of controversial Scots licensing scheme

A review of Edinburgh’s controversial short term lets licensing will take place this summer. City councillors agreed to publicly consult on the...

01 July 2024

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Agency worried over Rayner scrapping Section 21 “on day one”

A lettings agency which has given broad support to the Renters Reform Bill now says it’s concerned that shadow housing Secretary...

01 July 2024

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ARLA agent leaders revealed by Propertymark

Propertymark has named its new ARLA leaders for the year ahead. They are:  - Vice President ARLA Propertymark: Kim Lidbury; - Vice President NAEA...

01 July 2024

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Councillors launch attack on unruly behaviour in Airbnbs

The BBC is reporting that councillors in Manchester have launched a series of attacks on users of Airbnb and other short...

28 June 2024

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Private renters make up one-in-five homeless - charity

Some 8,000 people were forced to sleep rough for the first time in London last year, an increase of 25% on...

28 June 2024

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London sees sharp uplift in first-time buyer activity

This year has seen a two-decade high of 181,000 first time buyers secure their first foot on London’s housing ladder, marking...

28 June 2024

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Agency that Refurbs and offers Guaranteed Rent is expanding

A lettings agency that works by giving a fixed rental income to its landlord clients each month, and paying for the...

27 June 2024

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All-female block management firm refuses kickbacks from suppliers

A female-run block management company says it’s achieved a 30% growth in its client base - and it doesn’t take kickbacks...

27 June 2024

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How Much? Another £400k needed to rent in retirement

People who expect to rent throughout their retirement could need an additional £391,000 in savings compared to those who have paid...

27 June 2024

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Lettings drives huge profits surge for 27-branch agency chain

London agency chain Dexters has reported a huge 23% rise in revenue to £181m - and much of that rise is...

26 June 2024

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Rightmove: Rental EPCs must be improved with government help

A huge survey involving analysis of over 14,000 properties suggests an urgent need for the next government to help private rental...

26 June 2024

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PropTech big names link up for lettings webinar tomorrow

Agency software supplier Alto links with repairs and maintenance software provider Fixflo for an unusual webinar tomorrow at 10am. Guest speaker will...

26 June 2024

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Want your agency to be successful? Then pay staff more!

Paying staff too little is a sure-fire way to hinder growth and profits, according to letting expert and former ALRA President,...

25 June 2024

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Activist claims “horrendous exploitation” by “profiteering” letting agents

The deputy chief executive of an organisation funded by the Nationwide Foundation claims to have suffered “horrendous exploitation” at the hands...

25 June 2024

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Experts warn against corporates monopolising private rentals

The decision of property developer Berkeley Group to enter the private rental sector is bad news for tenants, it’s claimed. Berkeley plans...

25 June 2024

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Five agencies win ‘Let Of The Year’ awards

Property data consultancy LonRes has named five winners in its so-called ‘Let Of The Year’ awards. The London-focussed consultancy has revealed the...

25 June 2024

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Bidding Wars - letting agents mostly to blame, says campaigner

A ban on so-called bidding wars, which Labour now proposes, would have to include letting agents as well as landlords a...

24 June 2024

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HMO sales agency begins UK-wide roll out in four cities

HMO Sales Expert, a 2024 start-up, has launched a UK-wide partnership programme. It’s commenced with Plymouth, Doncaster, Leicester, and Peterborough, and later...

24 June 2024

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Call for a new Ministry of Housing with long-term minister

The next Government should create a separate Ministry of Housing and encourage MPs of all parties to work together to solve...

24 June 2024

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Lomond acquires well known south of England agency chain

Lomond has announced yet another acquisition, this time expanding its presence across the south coast with by snapping up Mishon Mackay. The...

21 June 2024

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Soaring Council Tax Arrears prompts call for new bailiff rules

Outstanding council tax arrears have soared according to new government figures. Data from he Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows...

21 June 2024

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Build To Rent scheme sees above-expectations lettings

Bristol’s latest Build To Rent scheme from Grainger claims its pre-leasing phase has exceeded expectations with over a third of homes...

21 June 2024

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Interest Rate Decision announced by Bank of England

The Bank of England has kept base interest rate at 5.25%. Some industry figures hoped for a cut following yesterday’s inflation news,...

20 June 2024

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Labour to ban bidding wars and high upfront rental payments

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

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No explicit pledge to spread rent controls further in Scotland - SNP

The Scottish National Party, which as part of an alliance with the Greens introduced controversial rent controls in Scotland in 2022,...

20 June 2024

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No Excuse Not To Cut Rates Today - Agents’ demands

Inflation back on target and following speculation about a summer interest rate cut have prompted Propertymark to insist that the Bank...

20 June 2024

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Deposit Alternative service predicts student rental rush

Deposit alternative supplier flatfair says it’s seen a 30% year-on-year increase in No Deposit tenancies. It also claims 14% more landlords are...

20 June 2024

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On-Sale Agency hosting Election Impacts Webinar

Fine & Country - the agency which was recently put up for sale - is hosting a webinar next week to...

20 June 2024

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Airbnb and Short Let Boom may be over says agency chief

A lettings agency director is suggesting the short lets boom may be over. Marc von Grundherr, director of Benham and Reeves, says...

19 June 2024

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PropTech - Zoopla parent firm launches transaction platform

Houseful - the company which operates Zoopla amongst other industry brands - has launched Movemnt, which it describes as “a national...

19 June 2024

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Renting Still Cheaper Than Buying with a 5% Deposit

Would-be buyers with a 5% deposit face paying £300 per month more in mortgage repayments than if they continued renting, says...

19 June 2024

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Two new London offices for Connells’ high-end brand

John D Wood & Co., one of the UK’s oldest lettings and estate agents dating back over 150 years, has expanded...

18 June 2024

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Renters Reform Bill flop allows lettings market to return to normal

An increase in property listings is helping to create a more normalised market which is a welcome relief to renters, landlords...

18 June 2024

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Housing Market ‘back to the same size as before Covid’ - Savills

The UK housing market has returned to its pre-pandemic size, according to Savills analysis. Overall, the total value of the UK housing...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Is Far From Over, Whoever Wins on July 4

Leasehold reform still has a long way to run, according to the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). The major party manifestos...

17 June 2024

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Eco-Improvements demanded by most tenants - new bank survey

A small survey by a bank suggests that almost 100% of buy to let investors surveyed have received requests from tenants...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

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RICS rings alarm bells over state of lettings market

The latest residential market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is raising a red flag over what it calls...

13 June 2024

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Deposit Alternative firm joins Propertymark suppliers list

A deposit alternative service has been added to Propertymark’s industry supplier list. Tenants can purchase a Zero Deposit Guarantee from £7.50 upwards...

13 June 2024

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‘No Interest Rate Cut This Summer’ after bad news from government

Any lingering hope of a pre-election interest rate cut by the Bank of England has been hurt by the government’s Office...

12 June 2024

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Sarah Beeny is high-profile late booking for Propertymark One

Property makeover queen and former estate agency owner Sarah Beeny is a late booking for Propertymark One on Friday. Beeny has in recent...

12 June 2024

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Jitters: Reform Bill failure and July Election hit lettings market

Knight Frank is suggesting that a growing degree of uncertainty is hitting the rental market, particularly the high-end sector in the...

12 June 2024

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Word-for-Word - Conservative Rental and Housing Manifesto Pledges

The Conservatives have this afternoon set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and...

11 June 2024

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We Can’t Pay More! Affordability crisis dents London lettings market

London’s rental market has weakened in recent months according to the fledgling online service Hello Neighbour. Rents are 1% down compared to...

11 June 2024

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Renters increasingly reconciled to not owning a home in future

Data sourced from millions of bank accounts reveals spending on rent and mortgages increased 6.3 per cent year-on-year in May. Barclays data...

11 June 2024

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Shock rise in compensation paid by letting agents last year

The Property Ombudsman received a record number of enquiries with 57,635 people seeking support with their property and housing related issues...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Would Tories’ Stamp Duty Policy really turn renters into buyers?

Over the weekend the Conservatives pledged that if elected on July 4 they would permanently scrap stamp duty for first time...

10 June 2024

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Key London office head named by leading lettings agency

Property consultancy Knight Frank has appointed Olivia Firmin as Head of Lettings in its Wimbledon office. Firmin, already an associate in the...

10 June 2024

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Agency hails “transformational” merger with lettings giant

The Property Franchise Group, which calls itself the UK’s largest multi-brand property franchisor, says its merging with lettings giant Belvoir has...

10 June 2024

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Labour’s big idea to shift first time buyers from rental sector

Labour is launching a new Freedom to Buy scheme to get 80,000 young people on the housing ladder, over the next...

07 June 2024

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