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KEYWORD "Advice" - 376 RESULTS
Agents highlight their role in educating tenants about rights

ARLA Propertymark says letting agents have a vital role to play in highlighting the rights of private rental sector tenants. The comment...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents link with rental activists to demand help to clear Covid arrears

Propertymark has joined forces with the likes of Generation Rent and Shelter to step up the campaign for the provision of...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Forum for private rental sector to be staged next week by council

Helping those in the private rental sector understand the latest changes to regulations due to Covid-19 is one of the aims...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under threat from huge revamp to private rental sector

A scheme being proposed in Northern Ireland has been branded as a threat to letting agents. The Northern Ireland Executive is considering...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Manchester next stop for agency specialising in investment property

An agency which has for the past 11 years specialised in south west London is now expanding with a new office...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate landlords over Breathing Space scheme - call

A prominent industry figure says lettings agents will have a key role educating landlords over the controversial Breathing Space scheme introduced...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agency trade group reveals membership surge

A rival trade body to the Association of Residential Letting Agents has announced what it calls “a robust membership result.” The UK...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another agent ejected by Ombudsman may be trading illegally

Another lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay an outstanding compensation award - but...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must accept deals over arrears if all else fails - advice

One of the industry’s leading experts wants letting agents to engage with tenants and landlords over Covid-related arrears, agree to mediation,...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

The government has at last released details of its mediation scheme - this was hinted at when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents invited to sessions with mentors and experts

Propertymark says its Inspire programme is continuing to help agents via its small group network - and it’s taking bookings for...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter appeals for cash from public “for rocky months ahead”

Shelter has launched a fund-raising campaign because of what it calls a huge rise in demand for its emergency services, and in anticipation of what...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint Chief Executive Officer of apropos

As we emerge out of the pandemic there is a growing need for agents to reflect on how the lettings business...

12 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert amongst agency’s latest franchise recruits

One of the first franchisees for a new business model put forward by the Century 21 UK agency is a buy...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

For most letting agents the last year has been a challenging one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate,...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

An agency says it has recently let 26 properties in one month without conducting any physical viewings. Oakwood Homes, operating in Kent,...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for investors as mortgage choice improves across Buy To Let

Research from independent financial service market monitor Moneyfacts shows a small but encouraging increase in the number of buy to let mortgages...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to new online forum on private rental regulation

A council is offering a free event for agents and landlords to get the latest updates on national and local private...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Momentum builds for student rent discounts - another firm joins in

A second student accommodation provider has announced a rent discount. Student Roost has told its residents they can apply for a discount...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Letting agents and the rental market in England are still in business even during the national lockdown already in force. The government’s...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market open for business in new Tier 4 areas

Weekend statements from the government and Housing Secretary have made it clear that the rental market remains open for business even...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists want to build rent strike momentum across student sector

Activists are attempting to build rent strike momentum amongst students who rent property across the country. ‘Rent Strike” is a national network...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning letter over letting agent fees

A warning about illegal fees by letting agents has been produced by a local council Trading Standards team.  It has come from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency acquires third independent in under 12 months

Samuel Estates, a south west London agency, has acquired its third independent local firm in 2020. The latest to be snapped up...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Mental health for agents is key topic at Rightmove webinar

Rightmove is hosting a live webinar this morning to help agents protect and maintain mental health.  Agents will be able to watch live...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic changes the lettings market

The last year was one which none of us will forget both personally and professionally. Every aspect of life has been...

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech supplier links with legal protection service

PropTech provider Canopy is linking with a legal protection service which it says could enhance agents’ offer to landlords. If the tenant does...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

Charity claims some arrears will take seven years to be repaid

The charity Citizens Advice - which claims a “unique, real-time insight into the challenges people are facing as a result of Coronavirus"...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

Letting agents are being offered a free consultation helpline during the pandemic.  Julie Condliffe, a lawyer and property investment expert, says the...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Viewber outsource service links with another PropTech platform

Viewber has linked with the PropTech property management service PlanetRent. Viewber offers agents access to an online database of vetted viewing assistants,...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Agent left property front door open after routine inspection

The This Is Money website is carrying a story of a London rental property where the front door was left open...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician settles out of court with agent over fees charged in 2015

A Green Party councillor has been refunded fees he and his partner were charged by a letting agency five years ago,...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Quick Read Top Tips - 5 best practices for all businesses

Here is a quick read focusing on 5 things you can check your business is doing while on your tea break....

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

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

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agents welcome first-ever financial scheme helping tenants

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

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to ensure a smooth pre-tenancy process

Making sure the check-in process for tenants is carried out in a smooth manner is more important than ever, in light...

07 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Webinar to make agents resilient ahead of economic downturn

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

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists picket rental company over complaint about refund

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

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

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

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

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

03 September 2020

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

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus break clauses being demanded by student tenants

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

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

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

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

Agents offer arrears help to tenants hit by Corona cash crisis

ARLA Propertymark and other organisations from across the housing sector have joined forces to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to repay nearly £5,000 after council probe

Two Bristol landlords have been ordered to repay nearly £5,000 following investigations by the council’s so called rogue landlord unit. One, Lucy...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Act now on possessions to minimise court delays, warns law firm

Landlords or their agents wanting to obtain possession of their property should act sooner rather than later despite the current ban. That’s...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Industry relief for court ruling over possession claims

A legal expert says the Court of Appeal ruling on S21 possession orders last week has resolved one of the most...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

The government has withdrawn its latest electrical safety checks guidance for the private rental sector, with immediate effect. However, there remains...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour silent on whether pre-Covid evictions should go ahead

Labour has thrown its weight behind campaigning pressure groups in a general call to avoid what the party’s housing spokeswoman calls...

17 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

Eviction ban extension still not enough to satisfy campaigning critics

Campaigning organisations that demanded an extension to the evictions ban imposed because of the Coronavirus crisis have been quick to return...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency guides target agents, landlords and tenants in private sector

Two new handbooks have been released offering advice to the private rental sector on how to improve energy efficiency.  Electricity distributor UK...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to help particularly vulnerable self-isolating tenants

ARLA Propertymark has put out a call for agents to provide support to vulnerable tenants who may be self-isolating during the...

05 June 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

Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

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

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

Eviction ban ‘not to be extended beyond late June’ - claim

A landlord website claims the current ban on evictions is not to be extended beyond its scheduled close of June 29...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets 'should only be re-let if tenants want to move'

A consumer group wants buy to let properties to be re-let only if the tenants in them want to move. The call...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixflo webinar to help agents on implementing Corona regulations

Repairs and maintenance management software provider Fixflo is hosting a webinar later this week to debate how letting agents can find...

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

Government “thinking carefully” about future of eviction ban

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says the government is “thinking carefully” about what more it can do for private tenants, especially after...

14 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

Untrue! Generation Rent claim is wrong says top lettings body

The Generation Rent pressure group is wrong to claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 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 branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants can’t pay - only in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced a £5m fund that will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity blasted for irresponsible claim about renters and arrears

A consumer charity has been blasted by a landlords' trade body for making “irresponsible” claims about tenants and the Coronavirus crisis. Research...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents rose just £2 a month in quarter before Coronavirus - DPS

Tenants paid a UK average monthly rent of £775 during the first quarter of this year according to the Deposit Protection...

29 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

Over 50 councils in England alone now operate licensing schemes

Research by the National Residential Landlords Association and the Which? consumer body has revealed that some 53 councils in England alone...

21 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

Kick-start your agency out of lockdown - key webinar this morning

Hello and welcome to Conquering Corona, our bid to help agents through the crisis. If you have appropriate advice to share with...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm extends deal to benefit agents, landlords and tenants

Lettings PropTech company teclet has announced that its partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau has been extended to offer mortgage and...

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

BTL latest, tenant info and selling from home - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A Puss-istent problem for Aston Mead’s property experts….

Here are two sets of advice from the good folk at Aston Mead Land & Planning - some more appropriate than...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Chestertons Rocks - views from the Gibraltar office (and a poem)

The lockdown is now a fact of life across almost all of the western world so the team at Chestertons, which...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Model tenancy agreement and agents’ PI Insurance - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 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

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets exposed by BBC News as flouting lockdown regulations

A BBC News investigation has exposed some Airbnb and other short let platform users as flouting lockdown regulations. The probe has found...

07 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

Today’s The Day: multiple tax changes will hit the rental sector

It’s not just navigating a path through the Coronavirus crisis that is proving the value of letting agents - it’s their...

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

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

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

Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action and star of a Channel 5 programme on evictions, says he fully backs the...

30 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

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

The government has yet to give explicit guidance relating to private rental maintenance, but new advice this morning appears to shed...

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

Ban on evictions: Charity welcomes three month pause

The government’s announcement that no new eviction proceedings from either social or private rented accommodation can start for at least three...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction court hearings stopped by Coronavirus - so what next?

What appears to be the first court adjournment of an eviction case caused by the Coronavirus outbreak has happened - raising...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column on Friday. Before we get on with it, a reminder...

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

Landlord Investment Show postponed - organisers to keep in touch with delegates

Tomorrow’s National Landlord Investment show, scheduled for London’s Olympia, has been postponed because of the Coronavirus crisis. The organisers say they reached...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: Daily tips and news for agents to beat the virus

Letting Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat.  This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 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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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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Coronavirus: trade group tries to reassure agents

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has issued guidance to members about how to reassure its lettings agent and landlord clients...

09 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

Scrap S21 to provide long term homes, Generation Rent tells landlords

A rental activist who runs the Generation Rent pressure group has told landlords that if they are “serious” about providing long-term...

03 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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Coronavirus guidance for lettings sector issued by trade body

The National Landlords Association has issued advice for the lettings sector on the coronavirus infection. Although much of the advice is a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pause for thought before accepting pets, agents advised

Agents and landlords are advised to think carefully before allowing tenants to keep pets, despite a government push to relax restrictions. The...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21 now, says top lawyers’ society

One of the country’s top law groups has backed government moves to scrap Section 21.  The call comes from the Law Society for...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents will win leads from new email guides, says Zoopla

  Zoopla says its new digital ‘guide’ programme has been a tremendous success and is evidence that the portal’s investment in new...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords to invest in buy to let on 2020 - claim

A mortgage firm claims some 22 per cent of existing lettings sector investors plan to buy at least another one lettings...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 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

Lettings training and compliance info offered to independent agents

The fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents has this morning revealed that it’s linking with Training For Professionals, the largest provider of...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Compensation for buy to let owners ‘possible’ says law firm

Owners of buy to let properties across the UK could be entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges according...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents should respond to renters’ growing eco-worries, says supplier

An industry supplier says letting agents should respond supportively to the growing eco-consciousness shown by younger people who are likely to...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for a deposit dispute means you might avoid one…

Letting agents and landlords who prepare for a dispute at the outset of a tenancy increase their chances of avoiding one...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned not to ignore ‘snooping’ HMRC letter about landlords

The Chartered Institute of Taxation is urging tenants not to ignore a letter if they receive one from HM Revenue &...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reform rental sector to favour tenants, charity tells next government

Citizens Advice wants the next government to radically alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.  The charity’s 2019 election manifesto,...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How to have the pawfect pet tenancy

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets....

23 October 2019

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It’s a drag: agency’s advice on tackling tenants who smoke

Government data suggests that almost 54 per cent of the UK’s remaining smokers are tenants - and against that backdrop, an...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency at heart of money laundering crimes

Three criminals have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering involving an online lettings agency. The sentences follow an investigation spearheaded...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims government S21 plans don’t go far enough

Consumer charity Citizens’ Advice says government proposals to reform or possibly scrap S21 eviction rights do not go far enough.  The group...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10 ways tenants can beat damp and mould

As winter is coming, it’s time to think about how to protect your property from damp and mould. This silent assassin...

11 October 2019

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New ethical letting agency launches with focus on 'people, not fees'

A new ethical letting agency has launched in partnership with a housing association and is promoting its low fee structure. Home Makers,...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy

Did you know that preparing for a deposit dispute starts at the beginning of a tenancy? When tenants and landlords disagree about...

26 September 2019

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Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

Private landlords are to be given a month’s rent upfront and 12 months’ membership of a trade body if they sign...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Trading Standards claim: almost half of letting agents breaking the law

London Trading Standards has made the startling claim that 46 per cent of almost 2,000 agents it has surveyed are falling...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: messy post-Brexit rules unveiled by ARLA

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents is urging member agents and the industry to ensure it is up to date with...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over charging tenants agent commission as well as repair bills

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has taken legal advice on what can be charged to tenants for so-called ‘contractual damages’. ARLA...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned that let-only tenant-find portfolios are less profitable

A respected transfer agent who has been selling lettings businesses for 25 years has issued a warning that tenant-find let-only portfolios...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax changes prompt landlords exit and rents rising, says survey

One in six landlords is seeking to reduce the size of their portfolio in the next 12 months and around half...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Final Reminder - Fees Ban comes into effect in Wales on Sunday

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act - which bans fees levied by agents and landlords on tenants - comes into...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour reveals five point plan to organise tenants against landlords

The Labour Party appears to be entering the arena of organising private rental sector tenants who have grievances. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings software platform in strategic partnership with MAB

Lettings software platform teclet has announced a strategic partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau. It means MAB’s intermediary products and services will...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency steers wealthy landlords towards north of England

A London lettings agency is launching a service to enable landlords to invest in mainstream buy to let or Airbnb-style short...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say: We need a dedicated housing court

The vast majority of letting agents and private landlords with experience of using the courts to repossess properties say the system...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents, are you wasting time?

We all know that certain business functions are quicker to achieve and more cost-effective than others. By considering the services you provide...

24 July 2019

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Bailiffs to carry mandatory body-worn cameras to deter aggression

The Ministry of Justice has announced that body-worn cameras must be worn by bailiffs recovering debt from individuals. The ministry adds that...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

Weak regulation of private renting is leaving hundreds of thousands of tenants living in hazardous homes in England, claims Citizens Advice. A...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of buy to let investors may be due stamp duty rebates - claim

Landlords have been urged to seek advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties after a landmark tribunal case. A...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group tries to take credit for momentous Fees Ban

The consumer charity Citizens Advice has hailed the Tenant Fees Act and the ban on letting agents’ charges to renters as...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets ringing endorsement ... from a lettings agency

The Tenant Fees Act coming into effect tomorrow and banning fees on tenants in England has been given a ringing endorsement...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents to offer expert services after Fees Ban, predicts utility service

The best lettings agents will survive and shine through the ban of fees levied on tenants, which comes into effect this weekend. The...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

25-year-old franchisee takes over second lettings agency branch

One of the country’s youngest lettings franchise holders has opened a second branch by acquiring an independent agency. Kuljeet Aujla, owner of...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tread carefully if investing in Buy To Let, students' parents warned

A new report by a leading lettings sector expert cautions parents who are considering entering the Buy To Let sector by...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer launches new podcast for rental sector and buyers

Location, Location, Location star Phil Spencer has launched a new podcast aimed at helping listeners through what he calls “the minefield”...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Investing in people is key to your success – PropTech is neither a replacement nor exception

At PayProp we recognise that it’s the hard-working agents and other staff that make the industry a success, so training should...

04 April 2019

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Fees Ban: new guidance notes for agents, tenants and landlords

The government has issued new guidance notes on the Tenant Fees Act, aimed at agents, landlords and tenants. The publications come ahead...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for CGT relief if tenants are families or domestic abuse victims

Fergus Wilson, arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord and almost certainly the individual with the largest number of buy to lets in...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants invited to ‘better relationship’ sessions

A Scottish mediation company and the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust are to create eight workshops aiming to improve relationships between agents, landlords,...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New redress scheme 'must be free for renters' insists consumer group

The government’s new redress system, announced last week and to be implemented later this year, must be free for renters to...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents advertising weekly rent should show traditional ‘pcm’ figure too

The Property Ombudsman says agents can display weekly rents for homes they market - but they should be displayed alongside monthly...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents may hit landlords with new costs to cover fees loss, warns Spencer

TV property pundit Phil Spencer, who now runs property advice site MoveIQ, says letting agents may introduce new administration fees on...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 'should be just the start of more power for tenants'

The chief executive of the Citizens Advice consumer charity says she wants government “to do even more to strengthen the hand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation continues

East Midlands estate and lettings agency John German has revealed that it’s snapped up an independent based in Derby - Sowter...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency will get reviews of tenants from past landlords

Another online lettings agency launches in March with a claim that it “will streamline and automate the majority of admin tasks...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter under fire for paying 'derisory' wages to staff

The charity Shelter, which regularly campaigns against lettings agencies and landlords, is bracing itself for a strike next week - and...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can help reduce smoking harm, says pressure group

The private rental sector can help reduce smoking according to a report from Action on Smoking and Health, a pressure group. The...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to send hundreds of buy to let fixed-penalty notices today

A council says it has been preparing prosecution and penalty notices “for hundreds of private landlords that have failed to apply...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill - Bonfire Night date for next Lords debate

November 5 is the next key date for the passage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill, the measure which is likely to...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

A call has been made for the Tenants’ Fees Bill to be made even stricter following a claim that over a...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar after police say they're not investigating missing agent

There has been a furious response from landlords and tenants to a police letter which says a local force is not...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Name and shame rip-off agents' demand Trading Standards and NALS

Trading Standards departments in London are asking renters to name and shame letting agents who are not complying with the law...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

29 August 2018

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Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

Last week Shelter and the National Housing Federation took a swipe at lettings agents, and now Citizens Advice has joined the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how interest rate rise led to immediate £50 pcm rent hike

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson has increased rents on all new tenancies in his property portfolio by £50 a week because of...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

They're In! Second BBC Dragon invests in Airbnb/short lets firm

Air Agents, a London Airbnb Management company, has signed what it calls “a significant investment deal” with BBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property investment platform marks 25th franchise across the UK

Sourced, which describes itself as the largest property investment platform in the UK, has secured its 25th franchise some 10 months...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 5 Things Landlords Wish Tenants Knew: What Letting Agents Can Do

Renee Wells, on behalf of Just Landlords, has compiled a list of what letting agents can do to ensure that tenants...

05 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe - TDS gives advice on how to avoid gardening disputes

An adjudicator with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has given advice on how to avoid disputes over gardening this summer. Writing on the...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is your compliance up to scratch? Free refresher webinar for letting agents

As part of SAFEagent Awareness Week, which finishes today, letting agents have been provided with a free webinar covering compliance. The webinar...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Citizens Advice calls for default fees ‘loophole’ to be closed

A national charity is calling on the government to tighten the 'default fees' clause which is part of the Tenant Fees...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

The Property Ombudsman has issued its annual report for 2017 and it makes grim reading for the rental sector - there’s...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

University's in-house lettings agency wins national newspaper award

The University of Surrey’s in-house private lettings agency has won a gong at the Guardian University Awards 2018. The ‘Student Experience’ award...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tories told: adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing election

The government has been told is should simply adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing the next General Election -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Regulation red tape means landlords can’t cope alone, survey shows

A survey has revealed that with over 145 individual laws and more than 400 regulations to follow, it’s dangerous for landlords...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity returns to the attack over alleged ‘revenge evictions’

The Citizens Advice consumer charity claims that 28 per cent of private tenants who have experienced problems while renting have not...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb teams up with ‘hosting agencies’ to encourage more short-lets

Airbnb has announced that it has teamed up with three hosting agencies in the UK in a bid to make the...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another £1.4m of public funding for PropTech 'help tenants buy' projects

The government says that later this year it will allocate a further £1.4m to PropTech firms looking at how tenants’ rent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA's advice over next month's MEES changes: act - and quickly

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members to tell landlord clients that they have only a month to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

Buy to let expert Kate Faulkner says tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency links with finance advisers to help buy to let investors

Online letting agency Upad is linking with high profile independent finance service John Charcol in a bid to make it easier...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t lose SEO ranking over Google’s ‘mobile first’ index changes

In 2018, Google will introduce changes to the way it ranks websites, meaning sites will be ranked on the quality of...

02 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Developer offers ‘free management’ on selected new-builds

Barratt Homes’ London division is offering what it describes as ‘free property management’ on new-builds purchased at selected schemes and then...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap: Mayor repeats claim that government bottled it

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has repeated his criticism of the government’s decision to cap security deposits at the level of...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must undergo training, government consultation reveals

The government has announced that all letting agents will be required to “satisfy minimum training requirements” in order to trade. The provision...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Help the rental sector solve the housing crisis' Chancellor is told

A leading accountancy and business advice consultancy says residential landlords who want to downsize their portfolios because of recent tax changes...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top Slicing' mortgages may allow more lettings sector borrowing

Consumer organisation Which? says a handful of buy to let mortgage lenders have found a way of helping so-called ‘portfolio landlords’...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Be part of the bigger picture with Rent4sure

  At Rent4sure we understand the challenges and increasing responsibilities that face every letting agent right now. With government plans for an outright...

23 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

MEES fundamentally flawed for heritage properties, claims group

The CLA says the energy efficiency regulations for the lettings sector coming into effect in April are “fundamentally flawed” when it...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Pensioners should 'think twice' before committing to property investment

A leading figure in the buy to let broker industry has called for would-be ‘pension pot’ landlords to seek advice before...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency introducing 'ultra prime' lettings division

Rokstone has launched a new lettings division, operating out of the firm’s existing Marylebone offices and covering both short and long term...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council acts over cockroaches and overcrowding at rental property

A buy to let investor who kept 24 adults and children in what a local council calls “appalling conditions” has a...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent renews attack on pro-deposit operators

Ajay Jagota, the north east agent known for his campaign against rental deposits, says recent initiatives by two deposit protection services...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

TDS launches new 'end of lease' guide for letting agents

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a new guide for agents, landlords and tenants on how to make concluding a lease...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA: agents can raise 'safeguard alerts' over poor condition homes

ARLA Propertymark says letting and managing agents should be aware that they can raise ‘safeguarding alerts’ if they are concerned about...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says landlords should become more professional

The boss of a lettings agency in London says there is a need for the private rental sector to become more professional...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts launches fixed-fee online-only lettings option

Humberts has launched an online-only lettings option for landlords with a PropTech firm which has previously operated a service described as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for unregulated eviction firms to sign up to redress schemes

One of the leading eviction specialists is calling for unregulated companies offering similar services to sign up to redress schemes in...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let in trouble? Not according to this trading statement...

Mortgage Advice Bureau increased revenue by 15 per cent to £49m in the first half of 2017, and reports that the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for independent complaints body to be set up for private renting

Private renters aren’t pressing agents and landlords to carry out repairs to their home over fears they’ll be evicted, claims Citizens...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir's £2m acquisition 'aims to mitigate effect of fees ban'

Belvoir, which has over 300 high street offices, has acquired Brook Financial Services Ltd, which trades as Mortgage Advice Bureau, in...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 50% of buy to let lending now goes to 'company landlords'

Over half the value of buy to let lending in the second quarter of this year was provided to limited companies...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group urges checks on white goods across private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association is urging checks on white goods in privately rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.    The association is...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender launches financial guidance for company buy to lets

Expanding buy to let lender Landbay says it plans to launch an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service for those holding...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

The consumer group Citizens Advice says it welcomes the Queen’s Speech confirmation of the upcoming ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO makes year's biggest compensation award against letting agent

The annual report of The Property Ombudsman, released today, reveals that the largest compensation award of the year has been made...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

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

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

No surprise as poll reveals majority of public want no letting agents' fees

A survey conducted for a property sales platform shows a very substantial majority of the public against any agents' fees being...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Buy to let tax change triggers rush to mortgage intermediaries

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

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice renews attack on letting agents' fees

Citizens Advice has spoken out about soon-to-be-banned letting agent fees charged to tenants. The organisation's 'A State of Disrepair' report says that...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims thousands of London lets defy licensing rules

An advice website claims that more than half of the privately rented properties in the selective licensing area imposed by a...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS offers member-agents free legal helpline and support

The National Approved Letting Scheme is linking with legal firm Moore Blatch to offer member agents access to a free legal...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: housing chief says it's not good enough

A damning critique of the one-year-old Right To Rent legislation in England suggests that the government is largely unaware of its...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Anger reported over buy to let lender's 'increase rents' demand

A trade magazine and a national newspaper are reporting anger amongst landlords, tenants and housing groups following the discovery of a...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prohibition Order served on flat with Gurkha veteran tenant

A Prohibition Order has been served on the owner of a flat being let to an elderly couple - one of...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Think tank calls for more tenant-power in private rental sector

  The think tank IPPR has called for increased tenant-power within the private rental sector to give renters the kind of clout...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits teams up with charity to 'professionalise' deposits

Agents, tenants and landlords on Jersey in the Channel Islands are to receive updated advice on the returning of deposits.   ITV News...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Partnering with Rent4sure in 2017

Time to change suppliers? For first class service and support, plus so many opportunities to boost your business, then look no further...

12 January 2017

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Agents and landlords urged to act before today's big freeze hits

As Britain faces sub-zero temperatures from today, commercial insurer NFU Mutual is advising property managers and landlords to prepare their property...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with fines after failing to abide by new consumer legislation

Lettings agents have been issued fines totalling £14,100 by a local authority for failing to comply with consumer rights laws.   Officers from...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches agency-style tenant vetting and sign-up service

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a scheme for private landlords offering some of the services more typically associated with...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice steps up campaign for longer private tenancies

Citizens Advice says some 39 per cent of people living with their children in rented homes have a tenancy of six months...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Expert advice to agents and landlords over carbon monoxide alarms

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

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency highlights danger of Christmas sub-letting via Airbnb

An online student lettings agency claims there will be a growing number of students using the holiday season to boost their...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Advice from a letting agent where fees are already banned

The managing director of one of the most prominent letting agencies in Edinburgh and Glasgow - where agents’ fees on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaigning charities welcome ban on letting agents' fees to tenants

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

British nationals without a passport face Right To Rent difficulties

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

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant opens latest lettings and sales office

The franchise giant Century 21 UK has opened its latest estate and letting agency office - and it's in Southampton.  The office,...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

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

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

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Managing your landlord clients’ expectations throughout the tenancy

As an Agent, understanding and managing your landlords’ expectations of their tenants and property is a necessary and sometimes difficult task....

05 October 2016

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'Raise your standards' The Property Ombudsman tells letting agents

The Property Ombudsman scheme’s annual report, just released, reveals that there has been a dramatic 32 per cent surge in the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Local authorities are letting down tenants, say landlords

Two landlord associations have criticised local councils for a lack of enforcement and failing to prosecute criminal landlords.  The Residential Landlords Association...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent backs call for debate on letting agent fees

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

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice reports rise in problems with letting agents

Citizens Advice has recorded an increase in the number of problems with letting agents reported by tenants, with a sharp rise...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Expert Advice on Student Lets from mydeposits

Our key partner and buy-to-let specialist, Hamilton Fraser, and renown industry expert, Paul Shamplina have released the first in a new...

12 September 2016

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Jail and £100,000 bill after 'personal wealth put before tenant safety'

A private landlord has been jailed after being accused by a judge of "cutting corners" and deliberately putting his "wealth" before...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New £1m-plus student lettings portal seeking listings from agents

A new property tech startup is launching this month with the promise that it will “completely transform the way university students...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims some letting agencies flout the law on fees

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

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New research gives detailed profile of 'typical' buy to let investor

Research undertaken by one of Britain’s leading rental sector experts and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation gives perhaps the most...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents being targeted by new toolkit for councils

The National Approved Letting Scheme has created a toolkit which it says will help local authorities tackle rogue letting agents who...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Twitter debate on rental sector licensing to be staged this lunchtime

Letting agents are being invited to join landlords and local authority rental housing experts in a Twitter debate on private rental...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up in agency's £30m spending spree

The Romans Group has snapped up Handovers in Guildford, another acquisition using its £30m facility for expansion purchases. Handovers is now fully-incorporated...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Spicerhaart choose same national legal advisers

Two of the industry’s biggest estate agency groups have selected the same firm to provide their legal services.  Hillyer McKeown has been...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading lettings agency takes cautious line on landlord incorporation

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

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say landlords pay the price of councils' S21 guidance

Councils and other bodies advising tenants to ignore valid Section 21 notices and waiting to be evicted by bailiffs are costing...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs protest at threat to economy from Osborne buy to let onslaught

The influencial cross-party Commons Treasury Committee says the whole economy could suffer is George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog tells agents to improve handling of landlords' and tenants' data

Letting agents have been ticked off by an official watchdog for the way many of them handle clients' personal data. The Information Commissioner’s Office...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body upset at tenants being told to ignore eviction notices

The National Landlords’ Association says an alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local authorities to ignore eviction...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers challenging Osborne tax will contact government this week

The two buy to let investors behind a campaign to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s controversial mortgage interest tax...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body taking advice on legality of Osborne buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords’ Association is taking legal advice on whether George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are a breach of...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Appeal for experts to help legal challenge to Osborne's rental tax changes

The two landlords behind the possible legal challenge to George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are appealling for “experts, mentors...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London buyers can absorb extra 3% duty - but other cities can’t

Investment advice company London Central Portfolio says the proposed three per cent stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of buy to...

07 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Highly-geared landlords may want to sell up PDQ, advises Rightmove

Financially-stretched landlords may want to think seriously about selling their investment properties - and quickly, advises Rightmove. In its latest monthly report...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Charity renews its attack on poor standards in private lettings sector

The Citizens Advice Bureau consumer charity has stepped up its campaign about poor standards in the private rental sector. It claims private...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let clampdown: global regulator wants UK banks to get tougher

The Basel Committee - an international forum which sets standards for bank regulations in individual countries - says financial institutions should place greater emphasis...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Up to 5,000 landlords to receive licensing fee refunds

Up to 5,000 landlords are reported to be receiving licensing fee refunds as a result of legal advice given to the...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Compliance expert says advert guidance on agents' fees is misleading

A compliance expert has taken the Advertising Standards Authority to task over its guidance to letting agents on the advertising of...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

New course for agents majors on letting and property management

The Chartered Institute of House is setting up a new online qualification for anyone wishing to understand tenancies, property and tenancy...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Surveys highlight councils' negligence on tackling rogue landlords

It’s been a bad weekend for the image of the private rental sector with a series of reports and press stories...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Can councils cope with new Section 21 provisions?

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action are raising concerns as to whether there are sufficient resources, especially at local council level, to...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Neat summary of potential dangers of buy to let crowdfunding

Would-be buy to let investors have been given a neat summary of the risks involved in entering the market via crowdfunding. Letting...

25 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Another day, another acquisition for fast-expanding agency group

Romans Group has made yet another acquisition - this time it is letting agency Gregory & Company in Windsor. This is in...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Connells launching first-ever investors' seminar

Connells Residential is launching its first ever event for property investors - Invest Fest, in Birmingham next week.   The agency chain has...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues gas safety advice for agents and landlords

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is stepping up its advice to agents head of Gas Safety Week on September 14-20,...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory association launches new training courses

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, known as the AIIC, has announced the details of two new training courses taking place...

25 August 2015

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Inventory association launches new training courses

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, known as the AIIC, has announced the details of two new training courses taking place...

25 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice lobbying for more private rental regulation

The Citizens Advice charity is urging people to lobby for more controls over the private rental sector, letting agents and landlords,...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' letting agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Kirby Property Management, a letting agency with offices at Cambourne, Cambridge and St Neots in the...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Is it a luxury or does it provide peace of mind?

Roy Fuller Managing Director at Everything Lettings says: By having in place an Out Of Hours help line such as we...

28 July 2015

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Advice for agents on securing empty student properties

The Master Locksmiths Association has set out advice to letting agents on the best way to secure student properties which in...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

10 July 2015

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Flagship pro-licensing council does sharp U-turn

The council which became a standard bearer for so-called ‘landlord licensing’ - Enfield in north London - appears to have abandoned...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

LSL Property Services Signs Tenants in Under 10 Minutes with eSignatures

Leading letting agency improves efficiency and customer satisfaction with DocuSign. Company’s Top Objectives LSL Property Services is a leading provider of residential property...

08 July 2015

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A breath of fresh Airbnb

Two interesting developments in the past week have shown how established parts of the agency industry - on either side of...

03 July 2015

From: Features

New security guidance issued for properties to let

A kit explaining how homes to let can be made more secure and legally-compliant has been launched by the Residential Landlords...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Are you offering the very best service you can for your Landlords and tenants?

In today’s highly competitive market place, no company can afford to miss a business opportunity. Roy Fuller Managing Director at Everything Lettings...

25 June 2015

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ARLA gives householders advice over short-term lets

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has taken the unusual step of advising home owners how to take advantage of the...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Housing benefit stories focus too much on private landlords, claims agent

A north east agent claims that news coverage of tenants on housing benefits is too quick to point the finger at...

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Local council backs landlord accreditation scheme

A local council has announced its support for a new scheme which is aiming to improve quality of housing as well...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Deposit dispute guide published for agents and landlords

A deposit protection scheme has published a deposit dispute best practice guide for letting agents and landlords. my|deposits has produced the document...

02 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

In 2007, the government introduced a compulsory deposit protection scheme as part of the Housing Act 2004 to help protect tenants...

22 May 2015

From: Features

Citizens Advice blasts private rental sector, wants rent refunds

The Citizens Advice organisation has returned to the attack on the private rental sector, accusing rogue landlords of raking in £5.6...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

CA report: industry body wants more policing of sector

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for better enforcement of existing laws and regulations to protect tenants in private rented housing. In...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

CA report: landlord body is sharply critical of charity

The National Landlords Association has accused the Citizens Advice report of using “loose definitions to compound a perception that private housing...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

How to know whether to sell or keep your investment property

Glyn Trott from LetMC We are approaching valuations with landlords in a new way. By using this simple form we have been able...

21 May 2015

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Help for agents who must display fees from next week

A set of ‘fees templates’ have been created for letting agents to download ahead of the legal requirement to display details...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

More expansion for Countrywide Lettings

Countrywide Residential Lettings has announced another expansion with the purchase of PIP Lettings in the East Midlands. Countrywide says this another step...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Council wants landlords in voluntary scheme - at a cost of £150

Private landlords are being encouraged to sign up to a new local authority accreditation scheme which offers them advice and support...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns on rogue operators and sub-lets

A Conservative government means good news in the shape of a reduction in bureaurcracy for the private rental sector - but...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Will the surge of buy-to-let boom or bust?

Under new pension freedom reforms, people aged 55 and over can access as much of their savings from their defined contributions...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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