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KEYWORD "Affordable" - 100 RESULTS
Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

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

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Many first time buyers take second jobs to raise a deposit

Young people in London are taking on second jobs to get onto the property ladder, it’s claimed. Of the first-time buyers in...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Proposed Capital Gains Tax rise would hit rental sector

A political party has proposed that Capital Gains Tax be equalised with Income Tax - meaning landlords and investors who sold...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters increasingly reconciled to not owning a home in future

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

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Councils ‘must take over ex-private rental Right To Buy flats’

A pro-tenant group wants the next government to take Right To Buy properties back to public ownership when they come up...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank rental property initiative signs PropTech deal

Citra Living, the Build To Rent offshoot of Lloyds Banking Group, continues with its growth strategy into the private rental sector. Citra...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech link with landlord-owned lettings compliance service

PropTech platform Goodlord has partnered with safety certificate provider Safe2 to offer compliance work for the lettings sector.  Safe2 - recently acquired...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Change from Tomorrow - reminder to agents

As a result of an announcement back in March, in the government’s final Budget, a major change to stamp duty comes into...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Second homes and incomer buyers are good news - Propertymark

Propertymark has stepped into the row over whether there should be more controls over second homes, holiday lets and people from...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Beef Up Renters Reform Bill to stop even more evictions - call

A charity claims that new official figures on rent rises will “create more worry among private renters.” StepChange charity is referring to...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to supercharge Material Information search service

A previously low-profile property and land research platform, has entered a partnership with Rightmove. Addland, which claims to have “a community” of...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Most homes cheaper to rent than buy, even with large deposit

A third of homes currently for sale can be bought with a mortgage and monthly repayments that cost less than the...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour split as MP defies party policy and calls for rent controls

A Labour MP is calling for rent controls to be introduced, with powers for councils to tweak them as they see...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Far cheaper to rent than to buy in London - new figures

Londoners looking to buy a home can expect to spend 42% more on monthly mortgage payments than tenants pay on rent,...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Money-Making Machine set to hike agent fees again

Number one portal Rightmove has upgraded growth expectations in its latest statement to shareholders - and is again growing its average...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians should realise how rent controls force landlords out - call

The pressure on rents for new tenancies in Scotland’s private rented sector have started to ease with all major cities now...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Good News - buy to let yields at their highest for six years

The average gross rental yield reported by landlords has reached the highest level since the second quarter of 2018, according to...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - we’re unlikely to follow Scotland, says housing chief

The Housing Secretary in Wales says that nation is unlikely to follow the example of Scotland by introducing rent controls. At a...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to buy than rent in every major British city - Rightmove

Rightmove says it’s now cheaper to buy than rent in each of Great Britain’s biggest cities, highlighting why many determined first-time...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Boost for Buy To Let as mortgage product choice improves

There's good news for the buy to let sector as mortgage product availability is showing signs of stability, according to the...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative service plays up ‘unaffordable’ rents

A deposit alternative service claims the cost of rent has outpaced salary growth by 5.2% over the past 10 years, leaving...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Managing agent bags hundreds of homes in new deal with L&G

Property management and facilities firm Pinnacle is to become the leading managing agent for Legal & General Affordable Homes. In recent weeks, the...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

Labour must build “a new generation of New Towns” if it gets into government, according to a parliamentary candidate linked to...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Land Registry to be more accessible (and cheaper)

Propertymark wants HM Land Registry to provide more accessible and affordable services to its members.  HMLR launched a consultation last month as...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will build 6,000 “affordable” rental homes by 2030 - with their rents capped. Khan, standing...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new eco scheme

Legal & General’s suburban Build To Rent business, called LGSBTR, has exchanged on 41 new BTR homes in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.   Consisting...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Improving market doesn’t solve underlying problems - Propertymark

Promising figures from the latest house price index doesn’t mean underlying problems in the market have been solved, warns Propertymark. UK house...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

For first time buyers, renting is cheaper than buying in most of the UK according to new data from the Halifax.  London, the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Local Housing Allowance - momentum grows for annual increase

Propertymark is joining a growing chorus demanding an annual uprate of working age benefits and Local Housing Allowance. LHA rates have been...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Rental Crisis - big rise in countryside lets as rural house prices soar

England’s county councils want the next government to set out a long-term plan for housing, as a new report claims there’s...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Co-Living sector grows with key player making another acquisition

Co-living specialist Built Asset Management has snapped up a fourth rival operator in three years.  ProCo-Living joins the BAM business portfolio with...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory ex-housing minister quits, claiming he was a success

A former housing minister responsible for the sell off of huge numbers of social homes has told the Prime Minister he...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Family-owned agency signs up to deposit alternative supplier

Family-owned agency Boydens has signed a deal to offer deposit alternative service Reposit to landlord clients. Paul Buck, a representative of Boydens,...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy cash ‘stolen’ by government will worsen rental crisis

An umbrella group called London Councils has expressed “extreme concern” at the government’s decision to stop letting local authorities keep money...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government to double council tax on empty homes after one year

Sharpened rules to double council tax on long term empty properties will come into force from April 1, says the government.  A...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Most would-be buyers say they cannot afford an open-market home

A survey from property portal Share to Buy suggests that over three quarters of buyers believe they cannot afford to purchase...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Business Rates - Agency warns Hunt he has last chance to get them right

The Chancellor has one last chance to come good on the election promise of lowering the burden of business rates –...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agents demand mortgage lenders cut rates to help market

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has made the unexpected move of calling on banks to cut mortgage rates. Rates are typically...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

Shelter is calling for the construction of 90,000 rental properties each year for a decade - and it claims this would...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Beware 1% Deposits - Knight Frank lays into government

Knight Frank has taken the unusual step of suggesting a government proposal for the housing market is high-risk and could even...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Radical changes to short let laws proposed by Michael Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning announced wholesale changes to planning and regulations surrounding short lets. His proposals include: - planning permission...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolio used for housing association tenants

A council that is buying private properties in second home hotspots to let to local people has struck a new agreement...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and EPC laws must be discussed with agents - Propertymark

Scottish councils must engage with letting agents and landlords if radical rental reforms have any chance of working. Propertymark argues that the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent’s unique insight into “no end in sight” rental crisis

A managing partner at a letting agency has given an insight into the unique forces which he says is “strangling” the...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Thousands of lettings agencies in financial distress - new figures

Thousands of lettings and estate agencies, and other property businesses, are in ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ financial distress, it’s been claimed. The latest...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

London Mayor capping some student rents in the capital

Over £100m has been invested into a new site that will offer purpose b built accommodation for 713 students beds in...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Row over government bid to turn renters into first time buyers

Controversy surrounds a government idea - floated over the weekend - to allow renters to secure mortgages with just one per...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Council to borrow millions to buy homes for private rental exercise

A council is considering borrowing £50m to buy properties to rent on the private market and for affordable housing. West Norfolk council...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill causing unease amongst investors - agency

The Jackson-Stops agency is warning that the Renters Reform Bill is driving investors away - and making the market worse, not...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent unhappy at “missed opportunity” to help rental and other housing sectors

One of the UK’s leading lettings agents is bemoaning what he calls “the missed opportunity “ to help the rental sector...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government house building failures as rental supply drops

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to build more affordable homes. The latest data from the Scottish Government itself shows that the...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 can’t come quickly enough, says charity

Homelessness charity Crisis says the long-standing government pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers can’t come soon enough. The charity has backed...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rural tenants hit hardest by rent rises caused by stock shortage

Private sector tenants in rural areas are facing the brunt of growing rents, according to new research. Whilst some measures suggest tenants...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending to drop in 2024 - a silver lining for rental sector?

It looks as if the rental market is set to stay strong for some years to come. That’s because lending for house...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Local Housing Allowance - call for even more help for low-income renters

Low-income renters will get a boost next spring - but a pressure group wants more government help for this sector. The Chancellor’s...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm to be managing agent for council Build To Rent scheme

Portsmouth and Southsea lettings agency Chinneck Shaw has been appointed to manage the first purpose-built Build to Rent project from Ravelin...

04 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames private rental sector for growing child homelessness

Shelter says there are nearly 139,000 children officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation - and it’s blaming the private rental...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Britain’s worst city for rental availability

New research has identified locations with the largest volume of available rental stock, based on those units at or below the...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s policy won’t solve housing shortage says top Labour MP

Senior Labour MP Clive Betts says the party’s official house building policy won’t actually solve the shortage of homes. Labour deputy leader...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent problems highlighted in latest report

A new report suggests London’s Build To Rent sector is being held back by a “stark inconsistency” from local councils in...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents continue campaign against rent controls despite legal setback

Propertymark says it’s delivering a powerful message to the Scottish Government - despite losing a recent key legal case. The agents trade...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Homelessness surge means Chancellor must invest in rental sector - call

New figures have shown that 2,086 people were found to be sleeping on London’s streets for the first time between July...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Failure! Annual rent rise in double figures despite rent controls

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private sector have risen by double digits for the fourth quarter in a...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat - agents warn politicians not to meddle with market

Propertymark has issued a statement warning politicians not to introduce rent controls by the backdoor through processes which tinker with the...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent control changes introduced for shared ownership homes

The government has changed the way shared ownership rents can be increased. This change will apply to the leases of new shared...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Public optimistic about housing market despite feeling worse off

UK consumers feel worse off than a year ago, but remain relatively optimistic about the property . That’s the conclusion of a...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Louis Musgrove - Group Managing Director at Southernbrook Lettings

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Louis Musgrove – Group Managing Director   What is Southernbrook Lettings and...

12 October 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

Rayner slams Tory rental “failures” but light on Labour policy details

Labour deputy leader and shadow housing secretary Angela Rayner has given her party’s conference an outline of future policy plans. She says:...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of “profiteering” rent rises

A new manifesto calling for rent controls and a raft of other measures is accusing the current rent rises of being...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS tells Tories - do more to improve supply of rental properties

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is launching its manifesto at this week’s Tory party conference - and improving the supply...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove to be quizzed on Renters Reform Bill

Housing Secretary Michael Gove will address the main Conservative party Conference on Tuesday morning next week - but perhaps his most...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

UK accommodation platform links with Scandi tech firm

A Manchester-based company which runs what it calls “an instant booking student accommodation marketplace” has joined forces with Norwegian tech firm...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls at heart of Shelter’s General Election manifesto

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Relaxation: warning that boiler grant awareness still low

Propertymark has given strong support to the government’s “flexible and affordable” approach to the green policy agenda,  Timothy Douglas, Head of Policy...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scams expert joins board of The Property Ombudsman

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

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency demands government clarity over new EPC rental targets

A leading property agency is demanding more certainty over new Energy Performance Certificate regulations.  Fisher German says the government should act now...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Swathes of England and Wales becoming less affordable - claim

Almost a quarter of England and Wales will become less affordable to buyers by 2025, it’s been claimed. The findings - from...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Incentives for private rental sector could help cut homelessness - claim

The private rental sector could play a far greater role in helping to end homelessness in Scotland, according to a new...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings stay strong as sales market slumps

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

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the cheapest and dearest places to rent in England

Professional cleaning firm Prompt Cleaners has created a league table of regions and local authorities where renting is cheapest and dearest. The...

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Chaos! Lettings chief claims high rents show market not working

A letting platform says what it calls “the rental chaos” of the current market has now end in sight. New data from...

04 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity wants taxpayers money to help renters during crisis

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to provide an unspecified amount of assistance to renters during the current cost of...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove they’re disappointed with housing pledges

Propertymark has branded the plans by Housing Secretary Michael Gove to increase housebuilding “disappointing”. Nathan Emerson, Propertymark chief executive, says: “The UK...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings law firm set up by well known industry suppliers

A trio of rent guarantee and referencing services are setting up their own law firm pitched at winning clients from the...

18 July 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

John Lewis pushes into private rental market with 800 homes

John Lewis is pushing ahead with its commitment to build and manage rental homes as part of a drive which it...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

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