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Independent agency snapped up after almost half a century

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

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of over-charging and using fake repair accounts

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

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

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

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by chartered surveying business

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

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings

Tell us about Airthings, why it was established, the products and what problem they were coming to solve? Airthings was established in...

26 November 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

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

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech app means tenants lead the inventory process

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

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

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

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council engages in ‘secret’ licensing consultation exercise

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

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Faster check-out admin for agents thanks to PropTech integration

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

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

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

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm strengthens repairs reporting service and data

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

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

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

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency expands from students to national lettings market

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

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - what prospective tenants miss on viewings

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

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the lettings market look like after lockdown ends?

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Enhanced appointment booking tool unveiled by Rightmove

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Kickstart can elevate agents’ reputation through apprenticeships

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

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies merge to form coastal lettings powerhouse

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

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Latest eviction ban - is it even legal?

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

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Free online deposit dispute webinars begin next week

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

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

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

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

Letting agents and landlords have faced huge change and uncertainty this year, with Covid-19 the major driver. But even before the...

05 November 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

PropTech Push - new products launched aiming at letting agents

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

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Surprise move by London council to drop stricter controls on HMOs

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

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents down and voids up across the country in recent weeks

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

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for agents to highlight their value

The recent survey in Letting Agent Today on why many landlords didn’t use agents was interesting and informative. That only 42.5%...

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reports poor lettings figures despite sales market boost

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents – here are five simple tips for job searching

There’s no denying it, job hunting can be hard work – even more so at the moment, with all that’s going...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Top tips on how to ensure your AML procedures are up to scratch

The property market, and therefore, estate agents have been accused of being the 'weak link' in the UK’s money laundering defences. This...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

So just how important IS the short lets rental sector?

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit may lead to glut of returning retirees who rent

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to Reach More Landlords Part 2 - Using Innovative ‘Feet Up’ Campaign to Win Business

Independent agent uses innovative ‘feet up’ campaign to win business. An independent letting agency has invited landlords to put their ‘feet up’...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How to Reach More Landlords Part 1

I was asked recently, how can an agent generate more landlord leads? Well that got me thinking, firstly, we have to...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top tips for creating engaging blog content

Putting fingers to keyboard to create blogs and articles isn’t always the easiest job for agents, particularly when meetings, viewings and...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top 5 tips for successful estate agent social media management

It’s a given these days that your business needs to be on social media. Consumers spend a large portion of their...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Five top tips for lead generation

Generating leads is a crucial and age-old part of estate agency. Before the internet, lead generation was just as important to...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Top things to look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

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

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

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

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agency of the year named by comparison website

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

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More virtual courses for agents launched by TDS Academy

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

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New app signals to agents when to chase potential landlord clients

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

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut-price Central London tenancies attract glut of younger renters

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Facial-recognition tenant referencing tool now available to agents

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

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New property management division wants high-end London business

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

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ free rewards offer from deposit alternative platform

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

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investment agency unveils new website

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

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

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

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

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

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm becomes partner in big city development

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

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Text messages from agents to tenants work best - PropTech chief

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

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent falls hit 10-year record in Prime Central London

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

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how is the UK rental market coping with the fallout from...

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech link up means more virtual tour options for agents

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

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

100 not out! Franchise giant snaps up 100th independent

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

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

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

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool creates white-label guides for landlords and tenants

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

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

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

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More changes to lettings regulations north of the border

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

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Crooked agent escapes prison after stealing almost  £30,000

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

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

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

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

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

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

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

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

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

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to appoint dedicated eviction specialist to help landlords

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

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

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

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

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

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

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

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

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

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

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

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide critic helps short-let service reshape business model

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

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

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

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Which Virtual Tour? A closer look at the differences

Whilst Estate and Letting Agents have adapted their operations during COVID-19, to ensure safer working practices under Government guidance, ‘virtual property...

03 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

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

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran and regulation expert is new ARLA president

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

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New referencing product shifts emphasis and cost to tenant

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

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council identifies hundreds of rental units in energy efficiency clampdown

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

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure piles on Boris Johnson to create aid fund for tenants

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

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Alert: surprise changes to notice periods

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

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must adapt quickly to the new normal  By David Alexander, joint Managing Director of apropos

  There is little doubt that the coronavirus has changed the way we live and rapidly created a new normality as different...

28 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing abandoned as council fears it will drive out landlords

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

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agents thrown out by Ombudsman over award payments

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

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

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

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity demands grants for tenants with Coronavirus arrears

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

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blow for Airbnb and short lets in landmark appeal ruling

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

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents excluded from new student property platform

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

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

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

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Collapse of Airbnb popularity produces glut of long-term stock

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

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

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

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Optimistic outlook for buy to let … except for one location

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

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears: Loans for tenants with debts because of Covid

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

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

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

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Terrifying: Brothers open fire on lettings agency in revenge attack

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

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant on the hunt for new joiners after overcoming virus

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

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London council revives licensing idea with online consultation

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

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents could plummet 10% this year warns agency

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

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents to review advertising following No DSS ruling

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

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking large scale tax evasion by landlords - claim

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s refund for customers after portals problem

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London chain snaps up independent and wants more acquisitions

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents under pressure across UK and in London in particular

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

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exposed - fake lettings agency with the Lithuanian connection

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts will tackle eviction cases when ban ends

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Give tenants power to trigger energy improvements - Generation Rent

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

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should get help clearing Covid arrears, says charity

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

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - many rental property viewings called “disgusting”

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

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pre-qualify tenants before a viewing and reference them with one shareable viewing link from your CRM.

Can technology bring about the lasting change needed to the property industry? The industry has felt the effect of lockdown and...

28 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech partnership for lettings management platform

Teclet has announced another strategic partnership with LettsPay, a client accounting platform - the latest in a lengthy series of API...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Lib Dems want government to finally scrap it

A Liberal Democrat bid is underway to accelerate the government timetable to scrap Section 21. The Renters’ Rights Bill put forward by government...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free legal evictions advice offered to landlords by law service

A service called Landlord Advice UK is offering free no-obligation consultations with landlords dealing with evictions over the coming months. Under the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter expects evictions “deluge” but wants public cash

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter says she is expecting a “deluge” of cases when the eviction ban ends, but...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Increase in pet popularity means more damage to rental units - claim

A survey by The Tenancy Deposit Service suggests that half of landlords have experienced damage to their rental properties by pets.  And...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - new tenancies bounce back to pre-pandemic levels

New tenancies recorded by The Deposit Protection Service suggests the market is back almost to its pre-pandemic levels of activity. Data in...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New call to government to prevent some evictions after ban ends

A debt charity is urging the Housing Secretary to pledge that no one who has lost income because of Coronavirus will...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-Secure viewings ‘made easier’ by new PropTech bot - claim

A new online self-screening bot helps agents and landlords manage viewers’ safety more easily, before any face-to-face meetings take place. That’s the...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors urged to act before stamp duty benefit wanes

A specialist buy to let mortgage broker is urging prospective investors to buy sooner rather than later if they want to...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent Rainmaker’s Sally Lawson's new virtual business advice sessions

Coaching and development organisation Agent Rainmaker is holding three day-long virtual events for agents “to rethink their business approach and focus...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private rental units are government option for vulnerable people

A £266m package of help to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation includes possible options to use the private rental...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour cases prioritised

The housing minister says the resumption of eviction possession court cases at the end of next month must be done in...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors won’t sell if CGT changes target buy to let - warning

There’s a warning that buy to let investors will simply hold on to properties and not sell them if rumoured Capital...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PM presses Starmer on Labour’s “stamp duty bung” claim

The Prime Minister has stepped into the ongoing row over a Labour claim that last week’s stamp duty holiday was merely...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents outside London hit all time high according to Rightmove

The average rental asking price outside of London has hit an all-time high says Rightmove - whereas inside the capital, the...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - big cities say they want to end the ‘short lets problem’

The Irish government says it’s considering buying properties that were listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms before the pandemic. In an...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

 Private tenants increasingly satisfied with homes and landlords

There’s been another increase in the proportion of private tenants saying they are satisfied with their housing according to data published...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

 Build To Rent tipped for long-term success despite sharp fall in 2020

Property consultancy CBRE claims that Build To Rent is likely to be the most resilient sector of the UK property industry...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory speaks up for agents, landlords and the rental sector

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has written an article strongly defending the private rental sector, agents and landlords. Baroness Altmann...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s not over yet - new guidance for agents in still-restricted Wales

While England’s housing market is almost fully operational, within social distancing guidelines, there are still some restrictions in Wales. Now the Welsh...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New inventory solution announced by PropTech platform

Automated lettings and management platform teclet has announced a new inventory solution with No Letting Go and its Kaptur inventory app. Kaptur...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform secures £2m to develop ‘with agents in mind’

Deposit alternative system and rental financial services platform Canopy has raised over £2m in a funding round that was oversubscribed within...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban WILL end in late August, government hints

The government appears to have confirmed that the evictions ban will end in late August and courts will resume hearing possession...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for ARLA Propertymark as members manage half the market

Some 47 per cent of all properties in the private rental sector in England are now managed by ARLA Propertymark member...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed by law expert over electrical checks chaos

Confusion over Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, created by inaccurate statements from the government, has been slammed by a housing law expert.  Last...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Economist calls for immediate 20% rent reduction for tenants

A prominent economist who has called for a raft of measures to protect tenants during the Coronavirus crisis is now calling...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning of huge eviction hearing delays once ban finally ends

Figures unearthed by the Daily Telegraph show the scale of the arrears and eviction court case backlog likely to face the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council knocks down illegal rental ‘shed’ - and sends owner the bill

A property built without planning consent and then illegally let to a family has been knocked down by Ealing council in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Poundland! - lettings agency launches portals listings service for £1

A lettings agency is launching a service that allows landlords to list their properties on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for just...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and Airbnb hosts implored to take in homeless

A local authority is imploring private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, to lease their properties and thus...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Foxtons back new PropTech lettings platform

A new PropTech platform backed by Countrywide and Foxtons says it offers agents an opportunity to reduce admin, increase revenue and...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Solicitor in key S21 test case warns of future challenges ahead

A solicitor involved in the Court of Appeal case which ruled in favour of the private rental sector has spoken of...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rob Trotter, Associate Director at apropos

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My Name is Rob Trotter. I’m married to a vet,...

22 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

“This stinks” - renters’ leader verdict on Jenrick planning scandal

The director of renters’ campaign group Generation Rent says the long-running scandal of a planning decision made by the Housing Secretary...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must help landlords as Corona-fuelled arrears grow - call

A call has gone out for agents to offer extra support to landlords in the coming months as arrears may well...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New tool allows agents to create pet-friendly contracts at speed

A PropTech platform claims to allow agents to generate a fully-compliant tenancy agreement with a standardised pet-friendly clause which includes a...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demands change as lockdown reveals the ‘new normal’

Research from franchise giant Belvoir is the latest to show what may be rapidly changing aspirations from private tenants. “The results confirm...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: Campaign launched to tell MPs how it's hurting industry

The industry’s major landlord trade body is urging its members to write to MPs to explains what it calls “the devastating...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech and training deals announced by independent agents’ group

The Federation of Independent Agents has revealed four new PropTech and training strategic partnerships for member agencies. They are Inventory Base, Vaboo,...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings rebounding after lockdown - more evidence emerges

Knight Frank is the latest agency to produce evidence that the lettings sector has rebounded in the four weeks since the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Offer half-rent incentive to win tenants, landlords told by agency chief

The chairman of an agency chain is advising landlords to prepare for stock surpluses in some areas and to win tenants...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency uses lockdown to beef up lettings training for staff

Hunters has revealed that it’s used the lockdown period to train staff with a range of e-learning modules as well as...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets ‘annual limits’ could spread outside London - expert

The current restriction on Airbnb-style short lets to 90 nights a year in London could spread to other cities - and...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Properties seized from landlord who held group of men as slaves

A buy to let investor who kept a group of men as slaves – making them work 90-hour weeks in return...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news as lettings show “remarkable bounce back”

PropTech firm Goodlord says there’s been “a remarkable bounce back” in the lettings sector since the market resumed. It’s been three weeks...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for loans-for-landlords as part of anti-eviction plan

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published proposals aimed at avoiding a spike in private rental sector evictions when the current...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental Distancing: safety-first processes revealed by inventory operator

The country’s largest provider of inventory services has launched its new processes, overhauled to cope with social distancing and the remaining...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

2,500 activists ‘on rent strike’ as Labour Mayor comes under attack

A group of activists in London claim as many as 2,500 tenants are on a rent-strike during the Coronavirus crisis. The number is...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London alarm - rents plunge 15% warns top lettings agency

Rents in London have dropped by between 10 and 15 per cent as fewer people are willing or able to move...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus-related arrears are still very low says major lettings chain

A new survey of COVID-19 related rental arrears shows that fewer than five per cent of tenants are behind with their...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New online course shows best practice in starting a tenancy

The Deposit Protection Service and safeagent (formerly NALS) have created a free, online course showing best practice in starting tenancies.  The new...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market - why mortgage advisors are needed more than ever

The buy-to-let market has grown significantly in recent years as long-term renting becomes more popular and investors continue to see the...

28 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Corona Fallout: Renters admit they’re less likely to own a home now

Research by insurance firm Aviva suggests private tenants are now more pessimistic about being able to buy their own home. In December,...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban fails to dent franchise empire’s profits

Hunters has reported a small increase in pre-tax profit in it full-year results despite the impact of the ban on tenant...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Prominent buy to let lender resumes valuations as ‘normal’ market nears

Aldermore Bank is this week resuming physical mortgage valuations on properties for house purchase and remortgage in England, where strict social...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 1,000 cases linked to eviction, despite ban

Citizens Advice claims that in the two months since the lockdown began it has helped over 10,000 people with issues related...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Safety first with a light-hearted video explains how viewings work

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six-point plan for London office keeps staff and customers safe

** This Bank Holiday Monday both Letting Agent Today and Estate Agent Today look at how agencies have modified offices and protocols...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

Propertymark has created a 29-point checklist in line with the Government’s current property industry guidance, most recently updated on May 13.  Propertymark...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Extra buy to let mortgage holiday opposed by activists group

The possibility of an extended mortgage holiday being introduced, for landlords as well as home owners, has been sharply criticised by...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

The UK’s largest property franchise group says the current Coronavirus crisis shows precisely how robust its franchise business model is. In a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t make it harder to evict tenants - plea to government

A leading trade body is pleading with the government not to make it harder for landlords or their agent representatives to...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional agency chain signs up with deposit insurance provider

Chancellors, the independent agency chain with over 50 offices across southern England and mid Wales, is launching a deposit-free renting option. Working with...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental website is first ever to display air quality information

Rental property website SearchSmartly is thought to be the first in the world to display air quality ratings on every listing. In...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top lettings agency to shed jobs with new online platform at risk

One of the country’s largest lettings agencies is to lose 17 jobs out of 100 in what the company founder calls...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour-supporting tenants invited to “eviction resistance training”

A mailing list operated by the left wing activists’ group Momentum has been used to win support for a rent strike...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app service introduces ‘Home Walkthrough’ feature

Rental app service Movebubble has launched its Home Walkthrough feature which it says it the first of its kind in the...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited for webinars discussing three stages of tenancy

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is inviting agents and landlords to a series of webinars to discuss the three stages of a...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant bucks virus with big rise in rental income

Grainger, one of the biggest forces in the UK’s Build To Rent sector, says it has proved the resilience of the...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Now’s the time to bag buy to lets at bargain prices - claim

A specialist mortgage broker is suggesting that this is the right time for buy to let investors to bag bargain properties,...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market rebounds after early lockdown disintegration

The rental market effectively disintegrated in the early days of lockdown before showing signs of a rebound which are still active...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

Labour’s proposal to extend the current ban on private rental sector evictions could end up with some landlords in financial ruin.  Landlord...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool monitors transactions + New Viewber partnership

PropTech company Teal Legal has designed a new tool which it says will help restore confidence in the property market once...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in complaints about letting agents taken up by Ombudsman

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims thousands of renters face eviction as lockdown ends

Shelter has delivered a 14,000-signature petition claiming that thousands of private renters who have lost their jobs could be facing eviction...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit offers free training to lettings and sales agents

Reapit is offering lettings and sales agents free training courses for its CRM software.  The offer will provide non-customers with complimentary access...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Keepy-Uppys, press-ups and team merchandise keep agency fighting fit

Lenwell is a busy lettings agency covering Luton, Dunstable, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Biggleswade, Hitchin and Northampton - and now, busy in...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fake News! Morale-boosting Psych Evenings help auctioneers

Have you heard of Psych? No, me neither - but that’s our loss according to the London team of Auction House.  The...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform accelerated to market for use during virus crisis

A new automated lettings platform claims to automate key processes around compliance, marketing, leasing and management for letting agents. Ringley Group, a...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Special Coronavirus 'moral contracts' with tenants may not work - warning

Agents and landlords who use unorthodox methods of securing obligations from tenants to pay their rent during the Coronavirus crisis may...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: DPS warns of fake email scam

The Deposit Protection Scheme is warning of a possible online scam affecting agents, landlords and tenants A statement on the DPS website...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector may face wave of court cases after lockdown - warning

A raft of measures from government and courts intended to help private tenants during the Coronavirus lockdown may be storing up a...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO to charge NHS workers just £10 a week in rent

A council is being asked to prioritise consent to use a property as an HMO during the pandemic, with its four...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents still the most expensive in Europe despite virus slowdown

The typical rent for a London property makes it “the undefeated number one most expensive city in Europe” despite increases slowing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

High-end agency is latest to adopt PropTech lettings management platform

London-focussed agency Chestertons has become the latest business to use the teclet platform to manage tenancy, renewal and management processes. Around 40...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

The Labour head of a special ‘taskforce’ looking at London housing issues in the light of the Coronavirus crisis says he...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must have complete records to avoid Corona complaints - claim

A leading PropTech expert has urged lettings agents to improve their administration and paperwork if they want to avoid what could...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of mortgage lenders still have products for landlords

The number of mortgage lenders still offering products to landlords is 42 - only seven fewer than at the peak of...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market may quickly bounce back, new analysis shows

A new analysis reveals three key figures that suggest the rental market will bounce back from the lockdown and the Coronavirus...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform helps agents and landlords stay compliant

A new automated lettings platform is launching next week and promising to ensure agents and buy to let investors stay compliant. PlanetRent...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings body backs Labour call for private rents to have ‘benefit cover’

The new National Residential Landlords Association has backed calls from the Labour Mayor of London to ensure the benefits system covers...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Issues with rent default and legal issues? These webinars are for you…

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting two webinars - the first of which is today - looking at issues surrounding rent defaulting...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New partner for fast-growing lettings PropTech platform

The lettings and management software platform teclet has announced its latest partner - LegalforLandlords. Agents using teclet - which is currently offering...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC puts temporary stop on accepting BTL mortgage applications

HSBC says its unable to accept any new buy to let mortgage applications during the Coronavirus crisis. The same applies to applications...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Furloughing scheme will help agents to reschedule rent payments

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be essential to keeping payments flowing through the rental sector, according to a leading...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market “could explode quickly” as lockdown ends - forecast

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says the lettings market “could explode quite quickly” when the lockdown ends. The agency says that in...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Communication is key for agents during virus crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the key for getting through the virus crisis is good communications, both with clients...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks tenants to sign ‘moral contract’ to repay arrears

A lettings agency is asking tenants who cannot afford to pay rent during the Coronavirus crisis to sign a ‘moral contract’ that...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents set to stagnate over next 12 months, warns RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warns that rents are likely to stagnate for the rest of the year - although...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agent provides scores of homes for NHS staff

Birmingham agent Bobby Singh, who runs the Love Your Postcode agency, epitomises the heart of the industry right now.  He has created...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Holiday rental homes for NHS frontline staff - after crisis is over

A Wales holiday lettings agency has worked with owner-clients to offer free holidays to frontline healthcare workers when the crisis has...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Developers roll out eggs-cellent initiatives to help fight the virus

The developers behind the prestigious Television Centre scheme and its nearby White City Place development in west London are showing support...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch’s lofty home office and EweMove if you want to…

“Communication is pretty much everything…” - that’s the key message from Tega Alexander, digital marketing manager at the up-and-coming Homesearch. Thanks so...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Views, booze and news - more industry home office shots

Home offices aren’t all about laptops and wifi routers….they’re about gorgeous views too. So thanks to Marc Morrish, a director and auctioneer...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets should be regulated in line with rest of rental sector - call

A leading supplier says the current market standstill is an opportunity for the industry to rethink how short lets can be...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More offers for agents as suppliers help the industry Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Let us live rent-free until virus ends, activists tell landlords

A campaign group is urging its members to write to landlords asking them to “suspend” rent demands until the Coronavirus crisis...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency Training at home, new PropTech tools - we’re Conquering Corona

Week three of the lockdown begins - we hope you’re faring well with these temporary restrictions. We’re here to help where...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls off a cliff as lockdown takes effect

Demand for rental properties has predictably plummeted thanks to the lockdown. Data from PropTech company Goodlord shows that while a surge for...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets sector collapses with 70 per cent of rentals cancelled

Airbnb and similar platforms have seen a collapse of business since the start of the Coronavirus crisis with some 70 per...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - key way to keep staff as industry is Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London agencies digging deep and leafletting to help the community

When it comes to good works, one frequently-featured agency is Chestertons in London - and again it’s come up trumps during...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Nurses get to the frontline using a letting agency's spare car

A Blackpool lettings agent has come to the rescue of two NHS nurses whose car had broken down - and now...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

“Give landlords 80% guaranteed rent” demands controversial agency

Part of the controversial Spicerhaart empire want the government to guarantee that some landlords receive 80 per cent of their usual...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance issued on rent, evictions and maintenance

The government issued further guidance on the private rental sector over the weekend. The new 21 page document - a link to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency apologises after rent letter misinterpreted

A lettings agency has given a full apology after a letter - not approved by the company - was sent out...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

Paperwork released overnight by the government appears to confirm that the notice period for evictions is extending from two months to...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency offers staff and cars to help NHS tenants and landlords

A lettings agency in central London is setting an example to the industry by offering help to its landlords and tenants...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants eviction ban ‘reinstated’ for Coronavirus crisis period

Labour is on the warpath against the government following the surprise contents of the Coronavirus Emergency Bill, apparently watering down the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Great news - Short let properties opened to Key Workers for free

There are few silver linings to today’s Coronavirus crisis but there’s a heroic effort being made by a short let accommodation...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new webinars, contingency plans, trade groups info

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: All tenancies subject to ‘Human Habitation’ from tomorrow

It’s easy to forget in the Coronavirus frenzy but from tomorrow, Friday March 20, all tenancies are to become subject to...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New advice on staff rights, home working, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

One of the lettings sector’s leading trade bodies has called on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

PropTech platform teclet is offering letting agents that list with OnTheMarket a three month trial offer of a digital inventory service. One...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

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Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

ARLA Conference postponed until September due to virus

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference until September. In a statement to registered attendees last evening ARLA says: “After...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

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Fitness For Human Habitation

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force across the country on the 20th March 2019. The act is designed...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Breakthrough for agents as Open Banking set to speed and improve payments

Letting agents will for the first time be able to use Open Banking to process payments more efficiently, following a decision...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does...

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Sex-For-Rent amendment bid to Renters’ Reform Bill

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking to amend the Renters’ Reform Bill to make it illegal for tenants to be offered...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme has £600 surcharge for ‘falling short on standards’

A local authority has taken the unusual step of saying that a £600 surcharge will be added to the licensing costs...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

112 redundancies after Airbnb support firm collapses

It’s now been revealed that 112 redundancies have followed the collapse of controversial short lets support firm Hostmaker. The overseas operation of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new rent control plan is “a disaster for tenants” - claim

Labour’s London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has put his call for powers to control private rents at the heart of his campaign...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: major rental sector energy changes soon

The Guild of Property Professionals is reminding the rental sector that owners of properties to let have only until April 1...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in £2.2m deal to buy independent agency

Foxtons has snapped up a lettings agency in suburban London. It’s bought London Stone Properties Limited and its subsidiary company London Stone...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician complains that too many HMOs allowed in city

A row is erupting in Swansea over the number of HMOs in the city. Council leaders in the city want to implement...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

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Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

The clampdown on referral fees, until now concentrated on the sales sector, will extend to letting agents too. James Munro, head of...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

Another council is consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme - and again it claims it will “create better housing for...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant ‘financially exploited and harassed’ by landlord, claims council

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to harassing and financially exploiting...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

A council’s intervention has stopped a landlord forcing his private tenants to use an external staircase to enter their home -...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay electrical rule changes to keep tenants safe, trade body urges

New regulations mean highest risk rental properties may not have legally binding electrical safety cover for a prolonged period of time. That’s...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Porsche-driving agent crook repays just £43,000 of missing £241,000

A jailed letting agent in a long-running legal saga has now been told she must repay her victims some £43,000 -...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent red-tape no clearer under new immigration system

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has been informed that the controversial Right To Rent checks forced on to agents and...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Charge! Rental sector disadvantaged over costs for electric car charging

A property management firm says the private rental sector is effectively disadvantaged in the fight against climate change because it does...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashback app allows tenants to ‘pay rent as they shop’

A new free-to-download app called My Rent Rewards claims to allow tenants to save towards their rent when they shop. The app,...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme after disputes

The Property Ombudsman has expelled five agencies, mostly for failures to honour awards: four of them are lettings operations and one...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s bid to restore reputation destroyed by employee

A lettings agency owner has spoken about his bid to restore his firm's reputation after it was destroyed by a former employee. Earlier...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

Who are you? Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media How can sales and letting agents work with Virgin Media to earn extra revenue? By...

20 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Revealed: the top priorities for tenants in 2020

A survey by lettings agency Carter Jonas has revealed what the firm calls the top priorities for tenants as the 2020s...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency snaps up local independent

London agency Keatons has acquired a nearby independent rival, JD Property. JD Property’s staff have already been relocated into Keatons existing office in Deptford.  This is Keatons' third acquisition in three years and now...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five-branch firm is latest customer for online agency platform

A five branch lettings and sales firm is the latest agency to sign up to love2move, a PropTech platform that allows...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Considering quitting as a letting agent? Seminar roadshow announced

A seminar roadshow has been announced for letting agents considering quitting the sector.  LegalforLandlords says it’s organised the six events after discovering...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rivalry between agents is key feature of enhanced PropTech platform

The PropTech platform Movebubble has upgraded its features to increase rivalry between lettings agents and thus enhance the renting experience for...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - scrap SDLT surcharge and reverse tax changes!

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has made an uncompromising set of demands on the government, asking it to implement a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fifth acquisition in two years for property management firm

Yorkshire-based property management firm Barnsdales has acquired a Nottingham independent for an undisclosed sum. Marriotts Commercial, an arm of Marriotts estate agency,...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal, agencies and directors hit with £100,000 penalty over unsafe flat

A room-finding portal, along with the owners of a London lettings agency and management firm, must pay over £100,000 for letting...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fees Act confusion could trigger surge in complaints about agents

Confusion among renters over the complex Tenant Fees Act could trigger a surge in complaints about agents to redress schemes -...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five year ban for rogue agent who used deposits to run business

An agent has been disqualified from managing companies for five years after she failed to safeguard £28,000 worth of tenants’ deposits...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative mis-selling - rival companies say “It’s not us”

Three more deposit alternative supplier have issued statements seeking to distance their product from criticisms raised in a BBC investigation. Yesterday we carried...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

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Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

Generation Rent - an outspoken organisation sharply critical of lettings agents and many aspects of the private rental sector - is...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

A London Labour council wants to introduce rent controls to its borough. The South London Press reports that Lambeth councillors have voted through...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s lettings market mixed, according to high end agency

Knight Frank has released its latest rental market summary for London, and it paints a mixed picture. Firstly the number of properties...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for repeatedly ignoring rental licensing laws

A landlord has ended up with fines totalling over £90,000 after repeatedly ignoring a council’s selective licensing regime. Stephen Ige pleaded guilty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Over a billion pounds in deposits could be unprotected - claim

One of the growing number of deposit replacement providers claims that there could be £1.2 billion in deposit monies that are...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Corporate makes 150 acquisitions - and now says it wants more

Leaders Romans Group has snapped up another independent - this time the three office Welsh agency Moginie James. Moginie James - owned by...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as 500,000 rental homes lost to Airbnb and others

Nearly half a million properties could be removed from the long-term lettings market as disenchanted landlords move to short-lets. A survey by...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

High-flying Belvoir bats off fees ban to record another profits rise

Belvoir, which describes itself as the UK’s largest property franchise, has just released figures showing its 23rd successive year of uninterrupted...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Goal! The industry’s favourite five-a-side tournament is back...

It’s back - the five-a-side football tournament which made its successful debut last year with teams from the agency and property...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Steve Rad, Managing Director at InventoryBase

Who are you and what is your role within the company? Steve Rad, Managing Director What is ‘company name’ and what does it...

30 January 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Clampdown on lettings agents triggered by MPs’ own experiences - claim

A prominent member of the House of Lords has given a surprising insight into how the fiscal and regulatory clampdown on...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Concern over £1,000-plus licensing fee proposed by council

A leading trade body is voicing concern over yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme - with particular worry over...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We beat the fees ban’ - franchisees see revenue growth

The Property Franchise Group, which has a string of major agency brands, has reported a strong performance in 2019 despite the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another franchise branch snaps up a rival independent agency

Another branch of The Property Franchise Groups’s brand Martin & Co has snapped up an independent rival - and it’s the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in fake inventories in the past year, claims lettings body

There was a surge in the number of fake lettings inventories submitted last year, allowing tenants to be conned out of...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big London and SE England bias in buy to let investor profile

A third of all landlords live in Greater London and the South East according to data collated by a property management...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that one-in-50 London homes is a short let

New research claims that one in every 50 homes in the capital is let on a short-term platform like Airbnb or...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets supporters push back against possible restrictions

The new body representing short let digital platforms like Airbnb and the large number of associated companies that have sprung up...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

safeagent announces new ‘qualified’ designation for agents

Accreditation body safeagent has announced a new designation for lettings and management agents who successfully pass its NCFE accredited courses. The designation...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant wins £18,000 in first-of-its-kind tribunal decision

A tenant is thought to be the first ever to have been awarded damages under new Scottish lettings legislation. Dambaru Baral was...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tax are key worries for buy to let investors in 2020

A new survey suggests there may be an exodus of investors out of buy to let - some 27 per cent...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession court delays - lettings industry worries grow

London courts are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases according to a trade body. New figures show the...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agency boss disqualified over deposit scandal

A lettings management boss has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard over £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Kelly Louise Forrester...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s latest attack on private rental sector rejected by industry

There’s been an angry response by the rental sector following the latest attack by campaigning charity Shelter. The organisation claims that private...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

A council getting government cash for rental enforcement is using it to introduce a review service allowing tenants to comment on...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb trying to tempt landlords seeking higher yields - claim

A leading property industry figure says Airbnb is attempting to persuade traditional buy to let landlords into going down the short-let...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property ‘guardian’ firm found guilty - now trading under new name

A company that slots temporary tenants into properties that it manages has been found guilty of 15 charges connected with Homes...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor communication still chief cause of check-out disputes

Poor communication remains the chief reason for disputes between agents, landlords and tenants at check-out time according to the latest research. A...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists protest outside agency demanding it ‘sacks’ landlord client

A protest has been held outside a lettings agency in Manchester by tenants demanding that the firm ‘sacks’ one of its...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs government bid for ‘level playing field’ within lettings

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has thrown its weight behind an initiative by the Scottish Government to control the growth...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London rent increases muted compared to many top European cities

London rents increased by an average of 3.5 per cent in 2019 according to a European lettings monitor called HousingAnywhere. While this...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting option with ASTs introduced by retirement developer

McCarthy & Stone, long associated with retirement properties only available to buy, has introduced a renting option at a number of...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies back latest rogue agent and landlord clampdown

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Guild of Property Professionals have both given their backing to the government’s latest...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-lets: Trade body wants proportionate regulation

A new trade body set up to represent companies working with hosts using Airbnb and similar platforms says the government should...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student Lets: Question mark over value for money of purpose-built flats

A huge survey of students, seeking their views on accommodation, has ended with a question mark over the value for money...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can beat S21 ban by working harder to avoid evictions - claim

Letting agents can beat the upcoming ban on Section 21 by updating key documentation and automating arrears management to reduce the...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative deposit firm seeks support from London tenants

One of the leading providers in the hyper-competitive deposit alternative niche has made a bid for support from London tenants by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade - and this is what rentals looked like in 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the rental market that’s dominated by football

A high end lettings agency says the most expensive rural rental market in the north west of England is dominated by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News