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KEYWORD "Agents" - 1007 RESULTS
Conservative lettings agent lets rip at government over regulation delays

The former president of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government for failing to regulate the agency industry. Maxine...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New twist in revealing true cost of Purplebricks lettings error

Troubled online agency Purplebricks says it’s going to finally release its full year figures in the first week of August -...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla lettings gurus put forward rental register idea

Maxine Fothergill, who has just completed her year as President of ARLA Propertymark, is the latest recruit to Zoopla’s Lettings Advisory...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ body queries ability of courts to cope with possessions

Propertymark is questioning whether the Scottish Government is adequately funding the First-tier Tribunal to cope with any extra demand placed on...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must ease shortage of supply - Propertymark speaks out

The agents’ trade association Propertymark says the government’s high-profile rental sector reforms should address the continuing shortage of supply. Propertymark chief executive...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents ignore social media at their peril - claim

A PropTech supplier is warning lettings agents that they risk being outpaced by competitors if they neglect social media. Craig Vile, director...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Public kick back against rental reform proposals

An interesting survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website suggests a lack of support for some proposals in the government’s...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Essential to involve agents and landlords in reform - agency chief

Comprehensive rental reform requires the buy in and understanding of letting agents and landlords from the outset - and not as...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

The Dos and Don’ts of Deposit Disputes

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

23 June 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Referencing to suit your needs, from FCC Paragon

Since the Tenant Fees Act ban came into force, agents have been responsible for covering tenancy referencing costs, whether that’s by...

22 June 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Reminder to Agents - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules coming up

A prominent agency lettings chief is alerting the industry that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are changing from October 1. Since...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Court Drama - Agency accused of violence and vandalism against tenants

A lettings agency is alleged to have used violence and vandalism over a prolonged period against the tenants of at least...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Two-day spectacular promises to improve letting agents’ businesses

Pre-booking is now open for what organisers call the year’s most exciting lettings event - Agent Rainmaker Live. Last year premier seats...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA reveals new President to take Propertymark position

David Votta from the Kent-based Votta Sales and Lettings has been revealed as the new ARLA Propertymark President. He has been in...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New franchise deal offered to agents seeking corporate benefits

Agents running their own businesses but attracted to the advantages of a corporate are being targeted by a new Business Integration...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check out new licensing scheme

Agents with landlord clients who let properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they should apply for...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Social media: five top tips for letting agents

Nowadays, we rely on social media platforms to stay informed and updated about topics that are of interest to us.  These platforms...

17 June 2022

From: Marketing & Social Media

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector licensing service teams up with insurance broker

PropTech firm Kamma, which monitors the growing number of local council licensing regimes, has teamed up with an insurance broker. The link...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Is rental reform a distraction from government failures elsewhere?

A prominent lettings industry supplier has asked whether the earlier-than-expected arrival of the rental reform white paper was a distraction from...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency scheme claims it's better for agents than rival firms

The closely-fought battle between franchise lettings agencies in the private rental sector continues apace.  Maryam Bham, franchise sales manager at Hunters -...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Change on the agenda for leading inventory clerks’ trade association

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it’s going to propose evolutionary changes at its upcoming annual general meeting. This will include...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 and rental legal threats under discussion at webinar

A property law expert is aiming to demystify the upcoming rental legislation for agents at a webinar tomorrow. Robert Bolwell, senior partner...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New national lettings portal to launch this year

A new national lettings-only portal is planning to launch this October with a pledge to revolutionise the rental sector. Its aim is...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Will agents pass on energy help to tenants, charity asks?

More than one in eight private renters may miss out on support to cope with rising energy costs, Citizens Advice claims.  The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposits - figures show remarkably few  agent-tenant disputes

The average private rental tenancy deposit last year exceeded £1,000 new figures show. At an average of £1,005 per tenancy, the cost...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer urges sales-only agencies to get into lettings

TV property expert Phil Spencer says the slowing sales market should spur sales-only agencies into the lettings field. He suggests that ongoing...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech required to slash risk of fraud, letting agents told

Letting agents have been told they must have the right technology to reduce the risk of fraud. Olly Thornton-Berry, co-founder of risk...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents have got it wrong, insists tenants’ activist leader

A leading light in the Generation Rent group is disputing the findings of a Propertymark survey of letting agents.  Agents from businesses...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent - first digital identity providers approved

Business partners the Post Office and PropTech firm Yoti have become the first certified digital identity service providers to be entitled...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - body discussing implementation recruits top agency figure

A Parliamentary group currently investigating the possible implementation of rent controls is to be joined by a senior figure from Propertymark. The...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Data boost for agents - do you want to be in pilot project?

Agents are being invited to take part in a pilot project which claims it will cut down on ‘back office’ chores...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn Boris Johnson: “Stop punishing the private rental sector”

A new survey is a warning the government that it must stop forcing landlords out of the private rental sector by...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

High number of landlords claim agents charge too much

More than four in 10 landlords claim their letting agents charge too much - and one in six has been hit...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should identify homes with poor EPCs says Propertymark

Letting agents should consider how the properties they manage can become more energy efficient, says Propertymark. And they should tap into new...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

“What’s taking so long?” - Agents amazed at latest reform delay

Agents have reacted with amazement to the latest delay that the Labour-run Welsh Government has announced for its much-hyped rental reform. The...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions - What Next? Industry must rethink process, say leaders

Two of the most respected figures in the lettings sector are calling on agents, landlords and tenants to consider the future...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Consultation - only days left for agents to respond

There’s just a week left - including the long Jubilee celebration period - for agents to respond to a major property tax...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech integration produces ‘first data-driven lettings CRM’

A new software integration has produced what its creators claim will be the first data-driven lettings CRM.  Agents that use both Street.co.uk...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent’s “misleading analysis” slammed by letting agents

A claim by the activists running the Generation Rent group has been branded as “misleading” by Propertymark. Generation Rent claims its research...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Chief executive pledges to protect agent’s interests in new role

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson says he will use his role on the board of The Deposit Service to fight for...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Embrace technology or risk losing out to rivals - warning

Letting agents are being urged to make better use of technology to try to meet growing demand for out-of-hours service, yet...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents told to encourage landlords to better energy-efficiency

Propertymark says the new boiler upgrade scheme, which comes into effect this week, is an opportunity for letting agents to promote...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - is it the right choice for letting agents?

The pandemic has fuelled an appetite for working from home amongst those seeking employment at lettings agencies and other parts of...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual tour company complains about low agency take up

A company providing virtual tours insists the technology delivers “undeniable results” but is still not used universally by agents. Virtual tours became...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove exec justifies high flying new title

Rightmove has justified the switch of one of its highest profile executive’s titles from ‘director of property data’ to ‘director of...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group in major three year PropTech deal

Leaders Romans Group has entered a three year deal with The Depositary, which is claimed could save the group tens of...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Fraud fears prompt warnings to agents

Industry suppliers are linking up to host a webinar for agents this week outlining the growing risks of tenancy fraud. HomeLet, Let...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most agents using WhatsApp are breaching data rules - claim

A tech firm claims the “vast majority” of agents who use WhatsApp and some other instant messaging platforms are not fully...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Redress expert to tell agents latest news on rental reform

Sean Hooker, head of redress at the Property Redress Scheme, will discuss the latest rental reform proposals and answer letting agents'...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy lifecycle transformed by pandemic - top agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says the lifecycle of a typical tenancy has been transformed in recent years, as a result...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech partnership promises win-win for agents

A new PropTech link up pledges to be a win-win for agents, landlords and tenants. Muuvo, a platform which is free to...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t delay Renters Reform Bill again - agents warn government

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that it should not delay further on its long-awaited Renters Reform Bill, because of the...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge agency network signs up to licensing PropTech service

The massive Belvoir franchise network has signed up 360 of its franchisees to the PropTech service Kamma.  The franchisees include those under...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Do tenants want to rent 'bills-inclusive' properties?

The cost of living crisis may be changing tenants’ preferences to such a degree that bills-inclusive properties are becoming increasingly popular. That’s...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up! - Rental market strong and getting stronger, says RICS

The latest sentiment survey amongst members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that the rental market is strong -...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Urban living back in fashion as agents report demand soaring

The appeal of city living has been reignited across Scotland with new figures showing a surge in demand and rents for...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental groups should unite and not argue, says industry figure

The chief executive of industry accreditation service Safeagent has made another plea for unity within the private rental sector. In a response...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents given free guide to put empathy at heart of customer care

A guide has been launched to help letting agents put empathy at the heart of customer care and ensure customers benefit...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Boss: is Britain’s top Lettings Guru in line for job?

Speculation is growing that a high profile former leader of the Association of Residential Letting Agents may become the next chief...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to help landlords and tenants cope with radical change

Letting agents in one part of the UK need to be ready for the most significant changes to the private rental...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked in provocative Shelter video

Campaigning charity Shelter is accusing some letting agents of “cutting corners” and has produced a provocative and satirical video showing a...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Clifford Thomas – Sales Director at The Letting Partnership

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Clifford Thomas – Sales Director at The Letting Partnership What is...

06 May 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Shock figures on banks’ client accounts services to agencies

Shocking figures have emerged regarding the long-running problems caused by banks demanding that agencies have a designated client account for each...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents letting high-rise flats ‘must engage with residents over safety’

Propertymark says one lasting legacy of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is that agents letting properties in high rise blocks must engage...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Listing changes explained in agent webinar next week

The new material information requirements recently announced by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team will be the topic...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New flexible ‘lifetime deposit’ option launched by Zero Deposit

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit is launching a new option which it says gives tenants more flexibility to split the guarantee...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Price on application’ in property listings deemed unlawful

The small number of rental properties listed on websites and portals as Price on Application have now been deemed illegal by...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Vote 2022 - today's elections could change course of rental reform

A leading lettings sector commentator believes today’s local elections may not directly change the private rental sector but could have a...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancies legislation debated at webinar next week

Propertymark members are to get a briefing on Northern Ireland’s new Private Tenancies Act at a webinar hosted by the trade...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

We Told You! Propertymark warns on impact of government policy

The chief executive of Propertymark says a warning from agents about rents rising and stock diminishing as a result of a...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must be more transparent to staff and customers - call

A prominent industry supplier says lettings agents must be increasingly transparent on the services they provide - not just to landlords...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Improve housing standards! Propertymark’s call to winning politicians

Propertymark is calling on candidates in next week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections to support policies that will increase housing supply and...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Supplier claims to conquer banks’ designated accounts problem

A PropTech supplier says it’s created a solution to letting agents and landlords who must remain compliant and who want to...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Client Accounting – Why Outsource?

The two main reasons that an agency decides to outsource are: 1.) To reduce costs 2.) To have the ability to focus on...

27 April 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Agencies targeted by crime syndicates, claims trade body

The UK lettings and estate agency is being targeted by crime syndicates in order to launder dirty money. That’s the claim of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Silver Renters - over-60s seen as growing lettings market

The launch of a new collection of high end homes aimed at renters aged 60-plus has triggered enthusiastic responses from agents. Developer...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists turn on letting agents and Labour as “landlords’ lackeys”

An activist at the centre of a controversy involving a London letting agent has used a left-wing website to explain how...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC should be tougher on letting agency checks - survey

A technology platform claims that as many as a third of lettings agencies that should be compliant with anti-money laundering regulations...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

Propertymark has said that the government’s ban on ground rent on new leasehold properties should go further. The government revealed over the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Your Chance - Tell the BBC the private rental sector is under attack!

The industry’s main trade body for lettings agents is telling its members to let the BBC know if they believe the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech pledge to agents - this platform is the alternative to a bank

LettsPay, an automated service aiming to simplify the reconciling of tenant rental payments, has won investment from the nurtur.group - the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket ‘has responded to agent concerns over lettings’

The chief executive of OnTheMarket says recent changes to his portal demonstrate that he has taken on board agents’ calls for...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant deposits fall in response to mandatory fees ban

Research by deposit protection provider mydeposits has revealed that the average deposit paid has fallen year on year since the start...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech innovation gives agents property utility info within 60 seconds

A new PropTech platform allows letting agents free access to the information required to set up a tenancy and register renters...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Staff retention advice to be shared by leading agent at webinar

The chief executive and founder of an award-winning sales and lettings brand is set to discuss the best practice approaches to...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide rule change - agents urged to prepare

Agents are being urged to prepare for  changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations which may come in this...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new guidelines on Ukraine refugees, but grey areas remain

Industry trade body Propertymark says no Right To Rent checks will be required to be conducted by letting agents on Ukranian...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket launches rentals lead generation tool

OnTheMarket is today launched a lettings Automated Valuation Model tool that is claimed will provide landlords and investors with an instant...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech claim to identify all private rental licensing schemes

A PropTech supplier which helps agents and landlords identify private rental sector licensing issues has announced a new partnership. Geospatial technology firm...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Demand for lettings qualifications soaring amongst agents - claim

The appetite for qualifications in the lettings  sector is at a five-year high, says Propertymark Qualifications. The organisation - which is the...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? Call for letting agents to use mediation processes

Propertymark has stepped up its call for a dedicated Housing Tribunal to improve mediation and enhanced dispute resolution. The trade body also...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier launches new referencing service

PropTech supplier The Lettings Hub has launched a tenant referencing service that it claims allows letting agents to conduct their own...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech appeal to agents to go digital to improve

A PropTech business just acquired by Iamproperty is warning agents to take advantage of what it calls the digital revolution. Openview -...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Group campaigning against agents must pay £100,000 damages

An activist group that has staged many protests against letting agents must pay just under £100,000 in costs and damages to...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Third acquisition makes lettings agency largest in its area

Martin & Co’s Plymouth franchisees have taken their branch’s managed portfolio beyond 1,000 properties after a third acquisition in five years. Chris...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents celebrate AMX Mastery course

Agent Rainmaker reports that over 200 letting agents have completed the latest AMX Mastery course.  The weekend event was focused around adding...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new government code in force today

A new Home Office code of practice comes into force today making changes to what letting agents in England need to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

10-fold rise in tenancy fraud triggers new guarantor service

A PropTech provider has launched a renter guarantor service after claiming there’s been a 10-fold rise in tenancy fraud in the...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

How should letting agents generate and handle reviews?

Sally Lawson - letting agent and ARLA President, business owner and franchiser - runs Agent Rainmaker, which aims to optimise agents’...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls threat under discussion at Rightmove event

Rightmove’s April webinars for agents continue today with Daryl Mcintosh, Policy Manager at Propertymark, giving a legal and compliance update for...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister warns letting agents over higher energy charges

Agents and landlords are being warned by a government minister not to charge all-inclusive HMO tenants more than necessary in a...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists slam councils for failing to regulate agents and landlords

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

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents trade body teams up with pro-pets group for survey

Letting agents are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the damage?”...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Inventories key to ensuring agents comply with law, claims supplier

Inventories are a key tool to ensuring they, and the properties they let, comply with the law. That’s the claim from industry...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Safety and Eco-Compliance platform set for expansion

A fast-expanding PropTech business has opened a new office in London to serve a growing client base in the capital and...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax: ARLA reminds agents to claim relief on membership fees

Agents have been reminded they can claim tax relief on the membership fees they pay to professional bodies that are approved...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes - new insights into a common problem

A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has found that garden maintenance remains one of the most common reasons behind deposit...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Where’s Hot? Where’s Not? - new league table of tenant demand

A lettings agency has identified where tenant demand is strongest right now - and where demand is lower than some agents...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing Momentum Grows - two London boroughs consulting

Two more London boroughs are consulting about licensing schemes which will require landlords or their agents to pay hundreds of pounds...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental payments platform reveals PropTech partnerships

London-based lettings payment platform Yorlet has launched a new PropTech partnership with Canopy, TDS and Alan Boswell. The platform offers automated workflows,...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings division wants all local agents to become staff

Purplebricks has announced that its lettings division is to follow the pattern of its sales side, and no longer have self-employed...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Grants available for Electric Vehicle chargers on rental properties

Owners of some rental properties, and agents acting on their behalf, can now apply for grants to contribute towards the cost...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent caps and two year tenancies wanted by council letting agency

A council is launching a form on online letting agency which wants to push agents and landlords into agreeing two year...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Using more data makes huge improvements to lettings process - claim

Huge improvements could be made to the lettings process if agents used the property data available to them, it’s been claimed. PropTech...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Who should carry out inventory checks?

It’s a frequent question in lettings: Who should carry out inventory checks and create reports for a rented property? Should it...

29 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

allAgents urges agent action over energy meter readings

The allAgents reviews platform is calling on letting agents to ensure rental properties’ energy suppliers have up to date meter readings...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to tell agents how to increase lettings revenue

Rightmove’s latest webinar tomorrow will focus on the revenue generation opportunities that exist at every stage of the process of letting...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls - agents send clear message to politicians

One of the country’s most outspoken advocates of rent controls has been told why agents and landlords oppose them. Propertymark has hosted...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are we at Peak Rent? Affordability worsens in much of country

Rental affordability is deteriorating in parts of England. The research by rental platform Rentd looked at the current average income of a...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Managing agents - new trade body called The Property Institute

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and the Institute of Residential Property Management have been merged under the name The Property...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Should holiday lets be restricted to buyers with long-term local links?

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massively more demand than supply continues to dominate market

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

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Criminal record checks may be introduced as part of HMO rules

A council says it’s considering introducing criminal record checks on individuals who apply to run HMOs as part of a wide-ranging...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome energy efficiency VAT help for rental sector

There’s been a broad welcome from letting agents to the Spring Statement not loading more tax or restrictions on buy to...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents can save 10 minutes on each tenancy, claim PropTech partners

PropTech platform Goodlord now integrates with the latest API from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme to automate tenancy deposit registration and reduce...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – supporting smarter, more streamlined enforcement with PropTech

Housing is back on the political agenda with a bang. The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper sets out sweeping reforms...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agency claims most letting agents and clients ‘have issues’

An online lettings agency says two thirds of landlords and tenants have ‘issues’ with their agents - and substantial numbers claim...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister Madness! Industry supplier hits out at politicians

A prominent industry supplier has hit out at what he calls “the merry go round of housing ministers” following yet another...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should get fewer time-wasters if property details improve

The UK Association of Letting Agents says new requirements for additional upfront property information should end up actually saving agents time. By...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sarah Davies, Commercial Director at The Letting Partnership

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Sarah Davies, Commercial Director at The Letting Partnership What is The...

21 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Lettings platform claims to be world’s first for women only

A lettings platform set up 18 months ago but under-the-radar until now claims to be the world’s first for women only...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Guidance for agents with tenants wanting to host Ukraine refugees

A trade body says letting agents are receiving growing numbers of contracts from tenants wanting to take part in the Homes...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

This is why landlords should use letting agents - Propertymark guides

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says landlords should wise-up by using a letting agent to improve yields, rather than sell-up because of...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents urged to teach tenants to recycle

A London council is urging letting agents and landlords to sign a pledge to encourage tenants to use the local recycling...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax authority wants to hear agents' views on buy to let tax regime

Letting agents are being urged to respond to a consultation opening today from rhe independent Office for Tax Simplification.  The OTS has published an...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Do we still need To Let boards in 2022?

A business news website is reporting that an agency has been ordered to pay £1,550 for displaying a board illegally. Charles Lear...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned - don’t fix a lettings system that isn’t broken

A warning has gone out to politicians from lettings agency trade body ARLA Propertymark - don’t try to fix a system...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ questions to top property law expert to be answered live

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar aimed at...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Top London agency acquires major lettings management platform

Major London agency Dexters has acquired the lettings business Howsy, which handles the property management of 6,000 units across the country. Dexters...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock as lettings PropTech firm backs Labour call for rent freeze

A PropTech supplier to the lettings industry that has just signed a deal with OnTheMarket has come out in support of...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket-owned PropTech service rolls out to new territory

The lettings and management platform teclet, owned by OnTheMarket, is now available to agents and property managers in Scotland. The product offer...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government stepping up compliance checks say companies

An anti-money laundering service has linked with a lettings software specialist. The alliance between FCS Compliance and  Rent4sure will provide Rent4sure clients...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

App’s new feature allows agents to customise questionnaires

With the steady introduction of rental platforms and apps designed to bypass letting agents and property managers in the tenancy process,...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Tax Hikes: Agents slam politicians for failing to understand effect

ARLA Propertymark has slammed politicians who appear to have ignored a public consultation and gone ahead with draconian changes affecting second...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Double Top! Two more acquisitions for agency with 4,000 rental units

A south of England agency has acquired a further two independents, taking the brands total number of acquisitions up to seven...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you having problems with banks and client accounts?

PropTech supplier Agent OS is running a survey of letting agents about the vexed subject of specialist client accounts. AgentOS says it’s...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech integration claims to slash end-of-tenancy admin time

A joint integration between PropTech suppliers PropCo and The Depositary claims to produce an end result that slashes end-of-tenancy admin time...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket extends free tenant referencing for some agents

OnTheMarket’s deal with a PropTech firm to provide free tenant referencing has been extended indefinitely for agents who pay the portal...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency’s ‘Team Feel Good’ focuses on eco work

Online agency Hortons is the latest agency to off-set its environmental impact. Hortons operates from a non-branch office in central Leicester with...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let benefits quantified - thank goodness for capital appreciation

Agents tasked with persuading possible investors as to the benefit of buy to let have new ammunition, in the shape of...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-Sky Sports star to lead property awards event next week

Presenter, broadcaster and former Sky Sports anchor Kirsty Gallacher has been confirmed as the presenter of The Guild of Property Professional’s...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Dispelling the myths of client accounting outsourcing.

The rental market shows no signs of slowing with ongoing high demand, fuelled in part by the pandemic, creating a buoyant...

01 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

New software integration claims to simplify utility management

CRM business platform Reapit has partnered with PropTech platform Notify to announce a software integration that claims to simplify utilities registration...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urge government cash to use empty homes for renters

New financial incentives are needed to bring thousands of empty homes back into use and give a much-needed boost to the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove pledge to upgrade tenant referencing for agents

Rightmove says added functionality for its tenant referencing portal is now being tested and will be rolled out later this year. In...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 used as excuse to bring in anti-buy to let rules - agency group

Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade body, has accused governments across the UK of using Covid 19 rule changes to slip in...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 “Wilful disregard of private rental sector” slammed by letting agents

Propertymark has waded into the controversy surrounding regulations removing extended notice periods in Scotland. The notice periods for residential tenancies - extended...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

More industry regulation needed - but not if it alienates agents

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer, more transparent and ultimately more...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove slammed by agents over cladding comments

The criticism by landlords aimed at Housing Secretary Michael Gove for some of his comments regarding the cladding issue, has now...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Platform to wean agents off Rightmove and Zoopla gets cash boost

A platform that says it wants to help reduce letting agents’ reliance on traditional portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla has...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Automation set to help agents meet Levelling Up agenda

A PropTech supplier claims that increased automation can help letting agents meet the demands of the government’s Levelling Up agenda. Openview –...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New deadline for agents handling Right To Rent process

There’s been yet another deadline change for the revised Right To Rent rules. Temporary checks introduced at the height of the pandemic...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector to face higher bills because of Russia-Ukraine crisis

Agents, landlords and tenants alike face the prospect of higher bills because of the Russia-Ukraine crisis. In terms of energy costs, an...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Legal advice for letting agents on authorised signatories controversy

PropTech supplier Goodlord is to host a webinar on Thursday answering letting agents' questions onthe implications of the landmark ruling on...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New Listings Requirements - lettings supremo welcomes compulsory changes

Theresa Wallace, the chair of The Lettings Industry Council, has given her backing to compulsory changes to rental property listings introduced...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

myDeposits parent company acquired by big insurance group

Hamilton Fraser, well known as a provider of insurance products and services to letting agents and landlords, has been acquired by...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - compulsory new info on lettings listings coming soon

Trading Standards and the government have jointly announced compulsory new data which must appear on property listings. A property's council tax band or...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents hit back at politicians over rent controls

Propertymark has hit back at the latest demand by politicians for rent controls. The London mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his call for...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and Stricter EPCs - virtual summits to discuss changes

A radical overhaul of the private rental sector is underway in Scotland and agents’ body Propertymark says it wants all sides...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Lettings industry body joins forces with trade group

The Lettings Industry Council - which arguably has a low profile with agents - has become an industry partner of another...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

More agents seeking formal qualifications, says Propertymark

The number of agents seeking formal qualifications has risen significantly over the past year according to Propertymark.  The trade body says this...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New revenue stream to agents during void periods - claim

A PropTech referencing service is claiming to offer agents a new revenue stream during void periods.  Vouch says it has created a...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants is introducing a new qualification and training for borough council housing enforcement officers to...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

TOP TECH TO HELP LETTING AGENTS SUPERCHARGE THEIR BUSINESS

Letting agency growth experts are set to take to the virtual stage and use the latest tech to share their insights...

16 February 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Alert - years of legal and regulation changes ahead

A senior figure in an industry trade body says lettings agents are going to have their hands full dealing with legislative...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket PropTech tool praised for saving agents’ time

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme says teclet, a wholly owned subsidiary of OnTheMarket plc, has integrated with the TDS API - aimed...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal charges agents only when properties are rented

A lettings portal says it’s expanding across London and is offering agents free listings with no fixed-term contract, and the prospect...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New Hong Kong sales centre set to boost investment in London

A developer says its new state-of-the-art sales centre in Hong Kong in set to boost Chinese investment in London. Galliard, the developer...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Secrets of successful inventories revealed in new course

Inventory Base Academy has launched its new course - how to start your own inventory operation. The new course is aimed at...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New platform for landlords threatens to by-pass letting agents

A new fixed-rate platform has been launched that says it will save landlords thousands of pounds in management fees. Rentd claims to...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shocking numbers of tenants hide pets from agents and landlords

It’s suggested that almost a third of pet-owning tenants have been hiding their animals from agents or landlords for more than...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches lettings division ahead of expansion

Online agency Hortons, which operates its sales activities across five countries, has opened a lettings department. The new service will initially be...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches new products claiming to combat rental fraud

PropTech company Homeppl has launched two products that it calls “revolutionary fraud detection tools” for letting agents. One of the two technologies...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

What future for rental reform under new housing minister?

Housing ministers come and go with brutal frequency in UK governments of all colours, so yesterday’s departure of Chris Pincher -...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets come one step closer with pledge of 'new solutions'

A suite of new ‘pet-let’ products is to be offered by The Lettings Hub, which already has some 1,000-plus agents on...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier offers free and unlimited training on its platform

High profile PropTech supplier The Depositary is offering free and unlimited training for agents on its platform, beginning this week. A message...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

How agents can reduce fraud before, during and after the referencing process 

In this tips piece, Blake Richmond, managing director of referencing at Goodlord, sets out how agents can combat fraud in the lettings process.  Over...

07 February 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

PropTech: CRM software now integrates with government-backed TDS

Lettings software provider Acquaint CRM has integrated its technology with the new API solution created by government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme.  The TDS...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back bid to become ‘Airbnb of HMO house shares’

A new property management platform seeking support form letting agents claims to be the ‘Airbnb for shared living’. Vann Vogstad, the entrepreneur...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low tenant and public awareness over Boiler changes, say MPs

Many people - including agents, landlords and tenants - are unprepared for the domestic heating revolution on its way to Britain. That’s...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Who’s going to police new higher standards for rental sector?

ARLA Propertymark has identified a key weakness in the government’s ambitious plans to reform the private rental sector as part of...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Digital changes to Right To Rent - agents urged to prepare

Propertymark is advising agents to prepare for substantial changes to the Right To Rent process arriving in just two months time. As...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier launches lettings compliance service for agents

PropTech supplier The Lettings Hub has launched a new Tenancy Compliance service through its pre-tenancy progression software, BOX.  The Lettings Hub says...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

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

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive rise on managed properties for agency group

The Property Franchise Group now manages in excess of 74,000 rental properties on behalf of landlords, according to a new trading...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Review underway into agents’ CPD training and qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland wants to investigate the existing qualification and training requirements for letting agencies in that...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents' plea for new landlords to replace those quitting

ARLA Propertymark is warning that new landlords must be drafted in to the private rental sector to replace those exiting in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove launches letting agent insurance to cover lost fees

Rightmove is launching a new insurance product for letting agents called Agent Revenue Protection. It is designed to pay out up to...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should act now ahead of Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

Trade body UKALA has cautioned letting agents to act now following the government announcement that it intends to extend the need...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO Management - new trade group aims to boost sector image

A new trade body is being set up which describes itself as a national network of property managers, specialising in the...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Training - Agent Rainmaker squeezes the juice for the next six weeks

A new six-week online training session for lettings agents begins this week from Sally Lawson’s Agent Rainmaker service. Called ‘Achieving success by...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions: latest legal decision affects whole industry, say agents

Propertymark has expressed a sigh of relief at a decision this week by the Appeal Court, which ruled in favour of...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency goes on offensive and says it’s attracting rivals’ landlords

A lettings agency has gone on the offensive and is publishing landlords who switch from rivals because of allegedly poor service. And...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn on extending length of Notice To Quit periods

Extending the length of Notice to Quit periods in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland to up to six months...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Court of Appeal rules in landmark eviction case

A key judgment from the Court of Appeal, announced today, is reported to have gone in favour of landlords and letting...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants complain of slow on-boarding process by letting agents

Tenants are complaining that lengthy application processes at lettings agencies contribute to their frustration at missing available properties.  The results of a...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla unveils help for agents sharing compliance docs with tenants

Zoopla has unveiled a new tenant document-sharing feature on its Alto service, which it says will help letting agents fulfil compliance...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Payments PropTech service wins cash investment

London-based lettings platform Yorlet has won £350,000 in seed funding to develop its payment Proptec solution. Yorlet was founded by friends Max...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent’s new firm threatens other agents with legal action over repairs

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords and agents claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - Agents have key role to deter crime

An hour-long webinar this week aims to inform agents how to deter property fraud by greater emphasis on compliance, due diligence...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Top agent joins with Rightmove to explain how to boost business

Rightmove is hosting a new webinar this week for agents, focused on navigating the current rental market. Taking place tomorrow the webinar...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Expelled by Ombudsman - rogue agents who refuse to pay compensation

Two agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay compensation awards. Thamlet Estates, based in east London,...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New insurance product for agents from deposit alternative supplier

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has received another £1.8m investment- just as it launches its own insurance service. The fundraise provides capital...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC conducting short-notice visits to agents says compliance chief

HM Revenue & Customs officers are paying short-notice visits on letting and estate agents to check on their anti-money laundering compliance,...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Embrace training and qualifications, letting agents urged

Letting agents who embrace training and qualifications - beyond those which are mandatory - will help create trust and transparency. That’s the...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents use new ID tech for Right To Rent checks from April

The Home Office has confirmed that letting agents, landlords and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

12 new revenue streams are yours - if you ask the right question

A webinar being held tomorrow promises to demonstrate how letting agents who ask the right single question to their landlord clients...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents told - £100,000 new business or get your training money back

Agent Rainmaker is holding another of its ARX Mastery events, in a bid to promote growth in the lettings agency sector...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency employee admits “no lawful basis” for using tenant’s data

A member of staff at a Connells-owned branch has been quoted as saying the agency had “no lawful basis” for passing...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech partnership announced with tenant referencing platform

PropTech companies Kamma and Veri-Check are consolidating an existing partnership. Kamma users can already access Veri-Check’s instant property licensing checks, but in...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Not glib! Anti-Money Laundering experts emphasise importance

Specialist anti-money laundering service FCS Compliance is beginning its latest series of AML webinars designed for Rightmove members.  What you need to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to stage unannounced letting agency visits

A Trading Standards team is to carry out what it calls “unannounced inspections” of lettings agencies in one part of London...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech pledge: Agents can onboard a landlord in under 10 minutes

A PropTech firm is pledging its new service allows agents to complete identity checks, upload the necessary documentation to let their...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reform measures to become law in July

A controversial reform programme for the private rental sector in Wales is to go ahead from July 15 this year -...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-Boomin and Reapit figure takes new Lettings sector job

Gary Barker - the ex-Reapit supremo who controversially did not take up the role of chief executive at Boomin - is...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to letting and estate agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for letting and estate agents in England.  - Isolation...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned - implement health and safety laws, or else

A council is warning letting agents to adhere to health and safety laws or else face the legal consequences. Telford & Wrekin...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm remains headline sponsor for ESTAS 2022 forum and awards

Blockchain PropTech operator Coadjute is to continue as Headline Partner for The ESTAS for 2022 and 2023.  Coadjute - which took over...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boom for agents as popular lettings platform is snapped up

PropTech platform Plentific has snapped up husband-and-wife lettings software company TouchRight Software.  Over 500 clients across the UK use TouchRight, to create...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA President lifts the lid on Propertymark and careers for agents

ARLA Propertymark President Maxine Fothergill has lifted the lid on what is required of a letting agent holding that position in...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents may shun landlords with poor compliance record - claim

Self-managing landlords who think they don’t have the same compliance obligations as agents could face serious repercussions, Trading Standards chiefs have...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-ARLA chief lifts the lid on how Buy To Let was created 25 years ago

A former president of the Association of Residential Letting Agents has lifted the lid on how buy to let came about,...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Wishing all our readers a Happy New Year

The team at Letting Agent Today and our publisher, Angels Media, wish all agents a very prosperous New Year.  Thank you for your...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading expert on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21 evictions...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

57 varieties as national agency opens its latest branch

Chancellors Estate Agents is opening its 57th branch early in the New Yesr. The office is in central Basingstoke and will offer...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Leading trainer tells agents how to improve marketing strategy

Former ARLA Propertymark president Sally Lawson, who now runs the Agent Rainmaker training service, has set out for Letting Agent Today...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for agents

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for agents on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas to agents, and we’re back next week

Letting Agent Today would like to wish all agents and their families, staff and colleagues a wonderful Christmas 2021. It’s been an...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency pays thousands for breaching Tenant Fees Act

A London-focussed lettings agency group has paid £2,000 as a result of breaching the Tenant Fees Act. The issue relates to the...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit out at call for rent controls and anti-eviction measures

Propertymark has strongly opposed a proposal by the Scottish Government to radically reform the private rental sector. The proposals put out for...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

More agents subscribe to deposit alternative service

Flatfair has named a series of agents now signed up to its deposit alternative products. These include Jones Robinson, Haslams, Andrew Craig,...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Get set for rent controls in one part of the UK

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t wait for regulation and legislation - improve renting now

Agents should not wait until regulation and legislation improve the rental sector - they should be doing so voluntarily.  That’s the view...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugee Crisis - agents have role in finding properties

Propertymark is telling its letting agent members that they have a role in helping solve the Afghan refugee crisis. It says some...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents will pursue careers and not just jobs next year - claim

A leading figure in the agency training and qualifications sector is predicting that as agents have increasingly adapted to ‘the new...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Reform tax, Beef up rogues database - Agents demand radical rental reforms

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative scheme chosen by letting agents’ trade group

The Guild of Property Professionals has entered into a partnership with one of the many deposit replacement services now available. It’s teamed...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents improve their reputation?

How can agents improve their position in society? A report has been published following a roundtable discussion between prominent agency figures...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Agents “abused taxpayers” and “disregarded responsibilities”

Three lettings agency bosses have been banned from being directors of companies for a total of over 13 years after being...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark forecasts the 2022 rental market and issues

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rewards for tenants could allow agents to boost fees - PropTech chief

Perhaps few letting agents consider giving anything like rewards to tenants, but if they did there might be a case for...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No more red tape! - Agents warn government to get reform right

ARLA Propertymark is backing a call for the government to set a clear vision for how it sees the private rental...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - how agents can combat a growing threat

Property fraud is on the rise and early in 2022 agents will have an opportunity to attend a webinar featuring a...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - landlords told ‘check this agency before using’

Bristol-based lettings management company Iletpro Ltd has been ordered to pay a total of £2,700.06 in fines and costs for failing...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents to increase “firmly” over the next 12 months says RICS

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests that rents are to increase “firmly” in the near...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Faster onboarding vital to counter arrears, says PropTech chief

A PropTech startup says faster and easier onboarding is crucial in the fight against rent arrears - especially with the Omicron...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-level enquiry into ‘exempt’ rental accommodation

A major Select Committee of MPs has launched an enquiry into so-called exempt rental sector accommodation - a niche sector that...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchisees look back on “remarkable” 25 years with same brand

Paul and Sharon Collins are to mark 25 years as owners of the Belvoir Lincoln lettings agency in the New Year.  Looking...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s Damp and What’s Mildew? How inventories can help

The classic winter time arguments between tenants and agents over what is damp and what is mildew can be resolved by...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency given penalty notices for operating illegally

A letting agency has been issued with penalty notices worth £3,000 for operating illegally. Back in 2014 it became a legal requirement...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Tell Tale Signs for agents to spot modern slavery victims

ARLA Propertymark has listed tell tale signs which letting agents should look for to spot incidents of modern day slavery. It says...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

The UK Association of Letting Agents says it welcomes new rules for alarms which put the social and private rental sectors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - highest and lowest rental stock as winter begins

The average number of new prospective tenants registered per branch fell in October to 71, from September’s figure of 83, according...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents in firing line as councils get enforcement kit

Effective enforcement is crucial to stamp out rogue lettings agents and protect consumers says safeagent. In the latest edition of its Effective...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s webinars aimed at lettings sector

Three Rightmove webinars in the next fortnight have significant interest for lettings agents. Tomorrow, December 1, sees Malcolm Driscoll, Lead AML Consultant...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

Agents have raised a specific concern about one aspect of a law change regarding carbon monoxide alarms.  Earlier this week the government...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

London agents hit with more and larger fines by local councils

Council-imposed fines on letting agents and landlords that fall foul of licensing regulations have risen dramatically in the past month alone. Research...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Management Software: Top tips for busy letting agents

During the last year, the industry has experienced a rollercoaster of highs and lows as agents experienced rental peaks, stock shortages,...

24 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Automation key to agency businesses recovering from Covid  

Property should take a leaf from some other industries’ books and embrace increased automation to help the sector recover quicker and...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Zoopla rolls out new enhancements to software service for agents

Alto, the Zoopla-owned cloud-based software for agents, has unveiled what it calls “its next generation of functionality.” New features include an enhanced...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Younger tenants claim “unforeseen” agency fees make them poorer

Many young Britons allegedly live beyond their means, blaming high rents and “unforseen” agency charges as contributory reasons.  A home insurance company...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warn politicians that investors could quit buy to let sector

Buy to let investors many quit the sector if proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill go-ahead in their existing...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Big advantage for agents with larger properties available

The desire for more living space, a key feature of the pandemic, has driven up rents on larger properties faster than...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents’ bootcamp back with a bang

A high-profile four-day bootcamp designed to sharpen up lettings agents has returned from the pandemic with a bang.  Agent Rainmaker - set up...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police tips for agents on how to smoke out cannabis farms

Police officers are this week raising awareness among agents about the signs of potential cannabis grows. The campaign is being led in...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: could open banking help the lettings industry?

A PropTech firm says Open Banking could help to transform the lettings industry for the better if it is fully embraced.  And...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Threat to agents as Airbnb takes bigger share of long-term renters

Airbnb is adding property characteristics such as verified WiFi speed to its details in a bid to win more business and...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents - final day for comments about island regulation

Jersey is calling for views on whether the island’s estate agents should be subject to greater regulation.  The island’s Economic and International...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Scrap Section 21?  Possession cases are plummeting anyway...

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show a dramatic long-term decline in the number of possessions in the private rental...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar follows big rise in agents contacted by HMRC over AML

FCS Compliance has announced its latest anti-money laundering webinar tailored exclusively for Rightmove members.   Are you ready for an HMRC inspection is...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

A new government survey of private renters is checking whether they received the correct documentation from their agent when they begin...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agencies merge, with pledge of future acquisitions

Charters Group, the south of England agency, has announced a further acquisition that will grow its residential lettings operations. Charters Estate Agents will combine...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings platform matching agents with tenants seeks funds to expand

Lettings platform Findingaplace, a matching service between tenants and agents launched last year, is seeking to raise £250,000 - and possibly...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Local authority wants agent and landlord contact ahead of evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its new 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a free service providing...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Last chance to register – webinar on transparency in lettings tomorrow 

The live launch of a roundtable event hosted by rental payments platform PayProp takes place tomorrow – and letting agents can...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar – how can letting agents be compliant with Trading Standards rules?

A recent industry roundtable event hosted by PayProp, which brought together some of the lettings industry’s biggest hitters, will be live streamed next week...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes: Resolution system could avoid court last resort

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a new dispute resolution service as a quicker and less expensive alternative to court...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

What will agency look like in 2030? PropTech firms think they know…

Five PropTech firms have linked up to produce a so-called White Paper giving a glimpse in what they think the agency...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lomond Group reveals next move in bid to become national lettings agency

A brand within the fast-expanding Lomond Group has sealed its second acquisition within a fortnight, adding a further 200 properties to...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents change working hours to encourage greater staff well-being

Early results from a survey into wellbeing suggest that agents are changing their working practices to help staff have a greater...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Should you use CRMs to create your contracts?

Why CRMs should not be relied upon for contract creation and management. Customer relationship management platforms (CRMs) are useful tools that...

02 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech training academy launched, aimed at letting agents

PropTech platform Fixflo has launched what it calls a self-service training academy. It has already had a soft launch with 90 per...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Average rents dip from last month but still showing big annual hike

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a modest 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban renting changing thanks to pandemic, says PropTech platform

PropTech platform Lavanda says urban property is changing thanks to the pandemic, and it tells agents, landlords and other providers to...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents to extend Deposit Alternative scheme to existing tenants

Some agents allied with deposit alternative service flatfair - and who previously offered the service to new tenants - are now going...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Get In Shape - Agent Rainmaker bootcamp back after the pandemic

Agent Rainmaker’s bootcamp - which aims to focus letting agents on the structure of their business whilst also breaking boards and...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

Two recent calls for the introduction of a national mandatory landlord register in England have been rebuffed by agents’ trade body...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand slows but it’s still a record for Autumn

ARLA Propertymark has released its latest lettings market snapshot showing demand reducing - but even so still being a record for...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings guru to discuss future for agents and rentals sector

Leading industry figure Peter Knight is to discuss the future of the rental sector and the role of agents in a...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Nathan Abbott, Head of Change Management at The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Nathan Abbott, Head of Change Management at The Lettings...

26 October 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

TikTok-style 25-second virtual tours win support, claims supplier

A marketing firm says super-speedy virtual tours - similar in duration to many videos on the TikTok social network - are...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant fraud surges massively in Build To Rent sector

The Build to Rent sector is being targeted by criminals with a 364 per cent rise in fraudulent tenant applications in...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform allows agents to offer extra deposit alternative

PropTech supplier The Lettings Hub has announced a new integration with deposit alternative service Reposit.  Agents were already able to offer their...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

Propertymark has taken the unusual step of thanking the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and the Communities for the...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Reapit guru aims to make HMO sector more appealing to agents

Ex-Reapit and ex-Countrywide tech guru Gary Barker has joined co-living HMO platform COHO as a non-executive director - just weeks after...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

Letting agents in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a council-run £65m rent fund. Although...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-Debate - A One Size Fits All solution won’t work for agents

Propertymark has told the government that imposing the same solution to the Net Zero challenge on all of the private rental...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban: Letting agents put the heat on government

ARLA Propertymark has blasted the government over its net zero policy of banning new boilers from 2035 and giving landlords £5,000...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency snapped up - but not by a corporate

Independent Liverpool-based agency LPS Real Estate has acquired another indie - Maison Lettings. As part of the acquisition, LPS will take over...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart Meters: Agents’ webinar today as pressure builds for adoption

Pressure continues to build on letting agents to play a greater role in the adoption of smart meters across the private...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: ‘information checklist’ to avoid potential fines and claims

A checklist for agents to help ensure they steer clear of unwanted fines or claims has been provided by the Guild...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Can agents really build their brand by using TikTok?

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty.com says it’s using social media platform TikTok to build its brand and drum up business, and claims...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of court cases and fines against letting agents

One of the local authorities with the tightest clampdowns on letting agents has issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Alexander Siedes, Founder and CEO of Homeppl

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Alexander Siedes, CEO and Founder of Homeppl What is Homeppl and...

18 October 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents urged to promote smart meters to landlords

As energy costs continue to rise, agents are being urged to promote the use of smart meters. That’s the view of Safeagent...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you seeing more ‘later life’ buy to let landlords?

A new report suggests that agents may already be seeing more middle-aged and older landlords - and if that hasn’t happened...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Strict contracts and inventories could defuse Pets In Lets issue

One of the industry’s leading suppliers says the controversy over pets in private rental properties could be defused relatively easily. Inventory management firm...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revenue potential for agents by gathering data on consumers

A PropTech chief says there’s substantial opportunity for letting agents to earn more revenue - so long as they understand their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand soars as tenants leave parents and return to the market

‘Room wanted’ ads are currently outnumbering ads for ‘rooms available’ on flatshare site SpareRoom for only the third time in six...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord tweaks insurance offer because of lengthy eviction cases

Letting agents using rent protection and legal expenses insurance via Goodlord will have their rent protected until vacant possession, with no cap...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Rogue letting agents kicked out by The Property Ombudsman

Six agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensatory awards - five of them for offences...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord to offer bill-splitting service after new Tech acquisition

Lettings technology platform Goodlord has acquired a new app called acasa.  acasa is a fintech platform which allows tenants to manage household...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

ARLA Propertymark is calling on the government to properly fund local authorities so they can combat rogue operators in the private...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

A senior Conservative in Wales wants the Welsh Government to consider creating a housing tribunal in the light of rising tenant arrears. Janet Finch-Saunders,...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Just Here - Rents rising across Europe, new figures show

Campaigners against letting agents and landlords appear to suggest that the issue of rising rents is uniquely confined to the UK...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: new integration ready to install on Reapit’s AppMarket

Agents’ marketing platform BriefYourMarket has announced a new integration live and ready to install on Reapit’s AppMarket. BriefYourMarket first integrated with Reapit’s...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why is tenancy fraud on the rise?

More and more people are committing tenancy fraud and it’s having a massive impact on the industryAs a lettings agency, you...

07 October 2021

From: Proptech & Innovation

The complete business phone system in a mobile app for property professionals

The telecoms solutions company behind "Phone-in-a-Phone" (PiP) now brings property professionals the UK's first mobile-only business phone system in an app...

07 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

New international Data law likely to affect many letting agents

A high profile and respected lettings sector legal expert is inviting questions from agents at a webinar next week - and he’ll...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - fix rental sector or face stock drought

The lettings agents’ group Propertymark has told Chancellor Rishi Sunak that unless the private rented sector is overhauled many landlords will...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge £30m investment in home-based letting agents

Spicerhaart has unveiled a £30m investment programme for its lettings business. The business proposes to more than double the number of properties...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents left in the lurch by ARPM will be helped, says PropTech firm

A PropTech company says it will support agents left in the lurch by the collapse of ARPM. Ash Residential Property Management -...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new partner announced for ESTAS awards

The ESTAS has announced another partner for its awards ceremony later this month. It’s customer rewards service Vaboo, which will be presenting...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: “unreasonable fee” puts industry in a dilemma

A leading property lawyer is warning that a tribunal case between a London letting agent and a tenant - involving a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Benefits of scrapping S21 outweigh problems, insists Shelter

The chief executive of Shelter says the experience of Scotland shows that the scrapping of S21 eviction powers produces benefits that...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to help tenants reduce energy bills

After 10 days of reports of soaring energy costs, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced a series of tips for letting agents...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up by fast-growing franchise agency

A branch of Northwood has snapped up an independent agency. Bassets Lettings, which is based in Salisbury, was set up in 2002...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How agents can support tenants with rising energy bills

Rik Smith, Head of Tenant Services at Goodlord, outlines in this tips piece how agents can support tenants with rising energy...

29 September 2021

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Cut Us Some Slack! Politicians told to stop demonising letting agents

Propertymark is telling politicians to stop demonising letting agents and landlords. The unusualy bluntl message has come in response to the latest...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forms which letting agents MUST use from October 1

New forms have been posted online which must be used by landlords and letting agents from October 1. New legislation regarding eviction...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids fall sharply - but there's a warning they shouldn't fall further

There’s been a sharp reduction in average void periods this year - a sign of how strong the rental market has...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Bad Agents - Airbnb lets may backfire on landlords, says ARLA

The letting agents’ trade body has issued a warning to landlords that short lets may provide quick profits - but they...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice Rumpus - agents hint that politicians are out of touch

A statement from ARLA Propertymark has hinted that it believes politicians may be out of touch with the reality of how...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply pushes demand and rental increases to record highs

Record demand and low levels of supply have pushed the number of tenants experiencing rental increases to new highs, lettings agents...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform Goodlord opens doors in Scotland 

Lettings platform Goodlord has opened its doors north of the border.  Agents based in Scotland can now sign up to Goodlord, which...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub What services...

23 September 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

London-based app announces ‘six figure’ fundraise to disrupt market

A property app firm, which describes itself as a second-generation digital property management service, is aiming to raise a ‘significant six figure...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

'Drugs, booby-traps and rentals' – an expanding issue for agents?

Agents need to be diligent regarding the the growth of cannabis in rental properties and the devastating lengths tenants will go to...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Dispute evidence – don’t throw the kitchen sink at it!

When it comes to gathering evidence for deposit disputes, the need for thoroughness is understandable. However, on occasion some landlords take...

20 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings agent jailed after £182,000 fraud

A lettings agent has been jailed for three years for defrauding tenants and landlords out of more than £182,000.  Lee Clarke, 42,...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Sheffield vote of confidence – Linley & Simpson consolidates with acquisition 

Linley & Simpson, one of the North of England’s leading residential letting agents, has expanded its Sheffield operations just six months...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar - how will China’s new data protection law affect UK's letting agents?

As a letting agent in the UK, you might think what happens in China has no bearing on your work here....

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent and Referencing

It’s an exciting time when prospective tenants show an interest in your listed property. However, it's important not to let that...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Drone technology – a game changer for property marketing

Drone technology has come on a long way in recent years, with different use cases across various industries. New developments in...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents concerned about lettings stock as more landlords sell-up

Lettings agents have highlighted a lack of stock as their main concern, research claims. The latest State of the Lettings Industry report...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

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

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents offered free sleep wellbeing seminar

Agents are being invited to take part in a free online wellbeing programme. PropTech company Rlet has partnered with wellbeing experts to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of homes could have unsafe gas appliance – warning

One in four homes in the UK has a potentially dangerous gas appliance, new research claims. Analysis of inspection figures by Gas...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies described as ‘Blockbuster stores of today’

A lettings agent who sold his business to Chestertons last year has claimed the sector has come to the “end of...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Portfolio landlords hold key to lettings agency returns

Portfolio landlords can be the key to running a successful lettings agency. That is the latest claim from lead generation software provider...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears slashed during pandemic, shows major industry report

One of the industry’s leading surveys comes out next week - and a preview suggests it’s going to show increasing optimism...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must back letting agents as rental reform nears - call

There’s been a call for government to do more to support letting agents as an autumn of rental reform begins. Mark Hayward,...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant due diligence PropTech platform secures £1m new funding

A PropTech platform which uses Open Banking to help with tenant due diligence has raised another £1m in funding. Homeppl - which...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank may use local agents to find tenants for new rental units

It is understood that Lloyds Bank may use local agencies to find tenants for new private rental sector activities. In recent weeks...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency helps PropTech supplier fine-tune deposits service

A PropTech supplier claims letting agents can now register deposits at the click of a button thanks to a new integration...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Snap! Can YOU improve on this agency favourite photo?

Does this photo drive you mad? Do you see it everywhere (including on Letting Agent Today stories)?  Who are these people and...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should offer digital platforms for tenants to check documents

Agents should go further in allowing tenants to have digital access to key documents such as contracts and fees information. That’s one...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit by ARPM crisis offered help by rival supplier

Agents who are members of The Guild of Property Professionals and who have been hit by the uncertainties surrounding outsourced property...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should aim for 50% profit margins, says ex-ARLA chief

Letting Agents should aim for 50 per cent profit margins according to a high profile former president of ARLA. Sally Lawson says...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give new warning on costs of pets in rental property

ARLA Propertymark has waded into the growing controversy over pets being allowed in rental properties. Last week a letter was sent to...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls - agents warn politicians against hasty change

ARLA Propertymark has voiced its concern over rent controls to a politicians who is leading the charge to introduce them to...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes tumble thanks to Covid caution by tenants

Reluctance to move during the pandemic is thought to be a key reason for a sharp drop in tenancy disputes between...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession rules change extended until May 2022

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities is extending the regulations for the period of notice a landlord must give a tenant before...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency completes its sixth acquisition in three years

The agency My Property Box has completed the acquisition of established North Yorkshire letting agent WardHorne – its sixth such deal...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Lettings management platform expands to “attack status quo”

Let Tech Solutions, a PropTech firm which now works with more than half of all property managers in Scotland, is expanding...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

A property consultancy says it’s identified the next ‘landmine’ in the building safety saga facing agents and landlords around the country. Mary-Anne...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New government guidance incorporates latest Right To Rent changes

The government has updated its formal guidance to letting agents and landlords on Right To Rent. This sets out the continuation of online...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Right To Rent - government issues new guidance

Virtual Right To Rent checks by agents, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraud alarm raised for agents over sophisticated fake documents

Propertymark is alerting agents to ever-more sophisticated fraudulent documents being used in the private rental sector. The organisation recently requested agents to...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deal to introduce rent controls “ill thought out” say agents

The deal to introduce rent controls in Scotland - the result of a deal between two parties in the Scottish Parliament...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-Friendly Rental Properties - demand soars, says Rightmove

New data from Rightmove shows that demand for pet friendly rental properties has increased by 120 per cent compared to last...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told - don't do favours for landlords, charge them instead

A former president of the Association of Residential Letting Agents says agencies should ensure they charge for all services they offer...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

How agents can best prepare for post-pandemic business

As the summer begins to draw to a close and the letting market regains its stride, attention is turning to the...

25 August 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

Tenant demand is officially highest on record, say letting agents

The scale of demand in the private rental sector is now the highest on record according to ARLA Propertymark.  The average number...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings-based PropTech firm raises jaw-dropping investment

Plentific - the PropTech firm that offers block management agents and Build To Rent operators a cloud-based maintenance platform - has...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on boards after code of conduct ‘ignored’ by agents

A local authority in Essex is cracking down on what it claims to be the increase of illegally positioned estate agent...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New consultation aims to “root out rogue agents” says RICS

New rules out for consultation concerning block management aim to improve professionalism across the sector, root out rogue agents, and increase...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings is “terrible idea” says leading agent

A prominent lettings agency owner has given his verdict on the concept of charging renters to view a property - “it...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Want to win new landlords? Lettings guru to explain how

Industry growth specialist Christopher Watkin is to offer letting agents his secrets to attracting new landlords in a live webinar hosted...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Heidi Shackell, CEO of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Heidi Shackell, CEO of The Lettings Hub. How has your...

19 August 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Charging for Viewings? Trading Standards revises advice

The controversy over whether a new PropTech service can be used by agents to charge people to view a property to...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark steps up attack on government benefit cuts

Earlier this week Propertymark revealed it had co-signed an open letter criticising proposed government cuts to benefits.  That open letter was co-signed...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Was agent fined merely for helping his mother manage a property?

A bizarre fine imposed on a managing agent by a local authority appears to have been reversed because the council flouted...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies amongst those fined by HMRC for breaches

Two lettings agencies are amongst three property agents which have been fined by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reveal top reasons for tenancy disputes

A survey of some 600 agents and landlords by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has revealed the most popular cause of deposit...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock statement by agents - we've lost faith in court system

Agents’ body Propertymark says it wants a dedicated housing court because it’s lost faith in the mainstream court system to handle...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back charity groups over poverty threat from benefit cuts

Propertymark has joined a series of charities and a landlord body to warn about the poverty risk of expected changes to...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News