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Fury over lettings agency owing thousands to landlords and tenants

A lettings agency in the West Midlands is reported to have closed its two offices at short notice, leaving clients angry...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another warning to government of buy to let sell-off thanks to S21

There’s been another major industry survey revealing that a high number of lettings agents and landlords may quit the private rental...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: New call for government to rethink proposed ban

There’s been another call on the government to rethink its plans to change the Section 21 eviction process.  The founder of Landlord...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

It's A Gas: new partnership to promote safety in private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association and Gas Safe Register have joined forces to promote gas safety awareness in the private rental sector. The...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

National Approved Letting Scheme rebrands as safeagent

The National Approved Letting Scheme has rebranded as safeagent.  NALS has helped coordinate the safeagent campaign since 2011, focussing during that time...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Second office for agency run by former students in their 20s

The agency handling the largest volume of student accommodation in Lincoln is celebrating its fourth birthday by opening a second office...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

MP to intervene over wound-up lettings agency owing £30,000

An MP says he will raise with local police chiefs a series of claims from landlords and tenants concerning a lettings...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: agents warned to prepare for a flurry of tenant moves

Agents and landlords are being warned to prepare for a surge in tenants moving property once the fees ban kicks in...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fifth of private renters have property-related illnesses - claim

A study claims as many as a fifth of private renters in the UK have developed an illness due to issues...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as agency backs Fees Ban - and gives its profits to the homeless

An estate agency that describes itself as a ‘social enterprise’ says it will spend its profits on the homeless and related...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide team snap up lettings book - and then they go green

London agency Stirling Ackroyd - owned by Nick Dunning Associates, led by senior ex-Countrywide staff - has snapped up another independent...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool aims to identify pre-qualified tenants for agents

A new PropTech tool already used by three leading agencies claims to identify and speed up contact between pre-qualified tenants and...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons to receive warning for gender diversity failings

Foxtons has been named as one of almost 100 firms which will be highlighted for failing to boost the number of...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged the government to 'fix' the court system before it goes ahead with its plan...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Treasury does not understand basics of taxation, says damning report

A damning report on taxation in the private rental sector (PRS) has accused the treasury of appearing not to understand 'the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The age of the silver landlord? Number of older BTL mortgage applicants rises

There was a notable increase in the number of older buy-to-let investors in 2018, according to Commercial Trust Limited. The specialist buy-to-let...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Should ‘revenue raising licensing schemes’ reinvest in the PRS?

Revenue raised by landlord licensing schemes should be used to enforce rental sector regulation, according to PayProp. It says that the money...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit replacement scheme partners with 26-branch independent network

Tenancy deposit alternative Reposit has announced a partnership with Pattinson, the largest independent agency network in the North East. The 26-branch network...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings expert sounds Airbnb warning to landlords

A rental market expert is urging landlords to be cautious when considering to use short-term lets websites such as Airbnb to...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Under investigation: over 100 agents fail to apply for mandatory register

The Scottish Government is investigating 114 businesses suspected of carrying out letting agency work without registration and has issued 86 compliance...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New online calculator to help agents comply with deposit cap

A new solution to help letting agents deal with the introduction of the security deposit cap under the Tenant Fees Act...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: it’s the final countdown says ARLA as agents’ roadshow continues

It’s now under four weeks to the introducing of the Tenant Fees Ban across England and the Association of Residential Letting...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech could be key to boosting health and safety in rental sector

Increased use of technology could boost gas-related health and safety in the private rental sector according to the people behind a...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Criminal record for buy to let investor who didn’t have the right paperwork

A buy to let investor has been left with a £2,000 bill and a criminal conviction after letting out his property...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Free property listings for agents on new student accommodation platform

A new PropTech start-up that claims to make student house-hunting easier is offering free listings to lettings agents with London properties. Polygon...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s buy to let market has turned a corner, says optimistic broker

New data from specialist mortgage firm Commercial Trust suggests that London’s buy to let sector turned a corner in the first...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Two more independent agencies snapped up by franchise giant

Northwood has snapped up two independent agencies - Northwood Warminster have successfully completed on the acquisition of Wilsons of Westbury while...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Unfurnished London lets take 30% longer to find tenants, says agent

One of London’s best known lettings agents says unfurnished properties can take 30 per cent longer to let than a furnished...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency moves off the High Street to offset fees ban income cut

An agency in the north east of England is moving its HQ off the High Street and into an office block...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Higher rent to combat fees ban should be last resort says mortgage boss

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let lender says increasing the rent to combat additional costs put on landlords...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

 Union wants its members to ensure Section 21 is actually scrapped

A trade union says the government’s intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is “a huge victory” - but...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as young agent dies of undiagnosed meningitis infection

A 23 year old lettings agent has tragically died from a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the thin...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Overseas student demand strengthening despite Brexit uncertainty

Student demand for places across the UK - and therefore for accommodation - is holding up well despite Brexit uncertainty, according...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How is Inadash revolutionising the rental market?

How is Inadash revolutionising the rental market? Searching for a new rental property can be a stressful, time-consuming and frustrating process, but...

24 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency bosses to give evidence to MPs this morning

Senior lettings agency figures are amongst those who will this morning give evidence to a committee of MPs investigating so-called ‘DSS...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons denies bait-and-switch after tenant couple rent “dud” flat

A national newspaper story suggests that a couple seeking an apartment to rent in Brixton were signed up to the wrong...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 fall-out continues: trade group launches its own consultation

The official government consultation period on the scrapping of Section 21 eviction begins shortly, but now a leading lettings sector trade...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife must pay £8,000 after 17 beds found in bungalow to let

A husband and wife must pay joint fines, penalties and costs totalling over £8,000 after complaints about a bungalow they owned...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Could future rental properties just be empty shells for tenants to fit out?

A senior lettings agent has raised the spectre of rental properties in future being German-style ‘empty shells’ - without even white...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing critic of agents and landlords quits charity position

One of the most vocal critics of lettings agents in recent years appears to be moving away from the property industry. Campbell...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

A formal consultation process has started to consider government plans to extend Anti-Money Laundering from property sales to lettings as well. Unveiled...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 isn’t enough - cap rent rises too, say London politicians

The scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers has been welcomed by the London Assembly - but apparently it doesn’t go far...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another one bites the dust! Franchisee snaps up fourth independent

Belvoir has snapped up another independent lettings agency in the south east.  Grey & Co, located at Wembley Park in north London,...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Government accused of Dickensian view of buy to let

The scrapping of Section 21, as proposed by the government, shows that Whiteall has “a Dickensian view” of the buy to...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to Section 21 “not fit for purpose” says lettings group

The government’s wish to use a modified Section 8 as an alternative to Section 21 for landlords seeking possession of their...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be MORE complex after Brexit - warning

A leading legal firm is warning that Right To Rent could become even more complicated for letting agents and landlords after...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills launches lettings division in top buy to let hotspot

Savills has launched a new residential lettings service in one of the country’s most successful buy to let and investment locations...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Double whammy for buy to let as rents stagnate and taxes rise

Buy to let investors are facing a double whammy as stagnating rents and reduced tax relief are hitting profitability. A study from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mother-and-daughter agent fraudsters told to expect jail time

Mother and daughter lettings agency fraudsters have been told to expect jail sentences after defrauding landlords and tenants of £266,000 over...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent’s lettings business snapped up by Corporate

Connells Group has acquired the lettings business portfolio of an independent agency in a move it describes as “part of its...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Taha Dar, founder and CEO of SearchSmartly.

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Taha Dar, founder and CEO of SearchSmartly. What is SearchSmartly and...

09 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Buy to let yield ‘could be 16% if investors analysed key data’

A PropTech firm says buy to let investors could earn in excess of double the eight per cent yield most aim...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

True cost of your lettings team

Staff are usually a business’s biggest fixed cost, but did you know that the true cost of an employee is almost...

05 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Fightback Begins: council’s £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notices served on pair who failed to improve buy to lets

Two buy to let investors have been fined thousands of pounds after failing to carry out improvements to unfit rental properties. Adur...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property. The...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: ‘Uber for Letting Agents’ moves outside of London

A PropTech lead generation app that dubs itself the ‘Uber for Lettings Agents’ has launched in Manchester. The app, from Movebubble, already...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Millennials’ top cities measured by rent, jobs - and Remainers...

A controversial new survey claims to have identified the best cities for millennials to live in based on factors such as...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech firm joins crowded deposit alternative field

PropTech company Goodlord is the latest entrant in the deposit alternative field. Under Goodlord Deposit Replacement Insurance agents can provide landlords with...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘CMP will protect clients from agents that go under after Fees Ban’

The mandatory Client Money Protection scheme membership that comes into effect today will protect landlords and tenants from letting agents that...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Big boost for deposit alternatives as tenants back new schemes

There’s been a big boost to the movement towards deposit alternatives in the private rental sector following a survey released this...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: councils’ feeble enforcement against rogue operators

Figures given through a Parliamentary answer have revealed just how bad councils in England are at policing and enforcement action against...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must hammer home buy to let benefits, says PropTech chief

It’s a vital time for letting agents to hammer home the benefits of buy to let and the dangers to landlords...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

2020 tax changes 'could accelerate buy to let sell-off' warning

Changes to Capital Gains Tax which reach their full impact in the next 12 months could fuel property changing hands between...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scandal: Agent steals £350,000 but pays back just one pound

A lettings agent who stole over £350,000 is reported to have been told to pay back…£1. Local media in the south of...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: ARLA and others say inventories will still be useful

New ‘best practice’ guidance to letting agents and landlords has been introduced ahead of the introduction of the tenants’ fees ban...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on lettings sector 'rogues' by government minister

The government is back to business attacking the lettings sector with an extraordinary claim by a minister that many students are...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Maverick landlord names ‘preferred buyer’ of 400 buy to let homes

Fergus Wilson - the controversial buy to let landlord who with his wife once owned 1,000 homes - has named his...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors told: buy properties with high service charges

A property management company is taking the unusual approach of suggesting to buy to let investors that they purchase properties with...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The Big Switch: more buy to let investors adopt limited company status

Large-scale buy to let investors are continuing to move to limited company status in a bid to limit their exposure to...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Prop tech firm and Nationwide pioneer 'rent-mortgage' link for tenants

The PropTech firm CreditLadder is working with the Nationwide Building Society on a pioneering scheme to try to help tenants buy...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Scrap Right To Rent’ call after latest controversial court ruling

With the government already on the ropes over Brexit, there’s a call today for one of its flagship immigration policies to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let podcast celebrates 200,000 monthly downloads by investors

A buy to let investment service says its podcasts are now downloaded over 200,000 times a month and it has an...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings service 'pays outgoing tenants to find replacements'

An online lettings service says it will pay existing tenants for finding replacements and handling viewings, in a bid to reduce...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Court ruling prompts campaign to keep repossession rights

A trade body says a recent court case threatens the right of buy to let landlords to repossess their properties. The Residential...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: how will it work with Brexit Freedom of Movement rules?

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has asked the government for urgent clarification on how Right To Rent will work post-Brexit...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency has had its chips and is acquired by Martin & Co

Property Franchise Group brand Martin & Co has snapped up West Yorkshire independent agent Red Box Residential. Martin & Co’s Saltaire branch, operated...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards launches bid to lift energy standards in rental sector

TrustMark, the government-backed quality kite mark scheme for tradespeople, is launching a pilot with Trading Standards to improve the quality and...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash is king for London buy to let as mortgage access tightens

The proportion of landlords purchasing buy to let homes in London with cash rose from 33 per cent in 2017 to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Short let landlords 'not adequately covered by UK insurers’ - claim

There’s a claim today that around one million amateur and professional landlords in the new short lets sector are not adequately...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors told: Don’t sell up - cut costs instead

A PropTech firm says buy to let investors should not respond to the slowing market by selling up, but should instead...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour savaged for fundamental misunderstanding of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three Brits would be happy to rent for life

A new study claims one in three Britons would be happy renting for the rest of their lives - but the...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of almost destroying traditional lettings market”

One of Britain’s most experienced lettings experts has condemned the government for “almost singlehandedly destroying the traditional lettings market.” Lisa Simon -...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five CMP providers but government says more may be approved

The government says it is still considering applications to operate Client Money Protection schemes from April, despite approving five schemes so...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wins High Court case against landlords' group

Hull council has won a legal case in the High Court against a local trade body, the Humber Landlords Association. The claim...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accreditation bid to boost standards of Airbnb and other short lets

An accreditation scheme has been launched for the fast-growing sector of short lets and home sharing.  The UK Short Term Accommodation Association,...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another London council launches additional licensing scheme for HMOs

Haringey council is the latest local authority in the capital to create a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for HMOs. It claims the...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent investment revealed for PropTech firm

The London-focussed rental app Movebubble has revealed major new investment from Build To Rent developer Quintain, which is taking a 10...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New joiners take deposit alternative scheme's tally to 1,300 offices

Numerous regional independent agency chains have joined Zero Deposit, one of several rental deposit replacement schemes to have appeared in recent...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

A landlord has been convicted of three offences relating to his failure to comply with fire safety requirements in a privately...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What do tenants want? Parking and pets top the list of 'must haves'

New research from Zoopla suggests that parking sits firmly at the top of requirements for renters - but with pet-friendly facilities...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be reviewed - but it stays in place for now at least

The Home Office says it will reassess the Right To Rent scheme following last week’s decision by the High Court that...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guidelines issued for new Human Habitation law from March 20

The government has issued guidelines for the implementation of the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which comes into effect...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor has £20,000 bill after failing to apply for council licence

A buy to let investor has been landed with a fine and costs of over £20,000 because he failed to apply...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - momentum building to end bias against benefit tenants

Momentum is building in the campaign to end ‘No DSS’ discrimination against private rental sector tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Late...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings at centre of Connells’ long-term apprenticeship scheme

Connells Group is backing this week’s National Apprenticeship Week and has launched a new head office programme giving around 100 existing...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragic anniversary reminds agents about smoke alarm regulations

A regional fire service says a tragic anniversary is a good opportunity for agents and landlords to remember their legal obligations...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency bites the dust as lettings sector consolidates

North Wales agency Dafydd Hardy has snapped up small independent Smith & Wypler as part of a new growth strategy.  Smith &...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive pay-out: council gives £100,000 to landlord after slander claim

Doncaster council has paid £100,000 to a private landlord who threatened to take it to court over alleged slander.  Local media outlets say...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection: more providers win government approval

Propertymark’s Money Shield service and the National Approved Letting Scheme have each received government approval to operate Client Money Protection schemes. From...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Free online training course to help agents through deposit disputes

A new free online training course which guides letting agents through the key principles of disputes has been released by The...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for Buy To Let as mortgage choice hits near-record high

Buy to let may have been in the doldrums in recent years thanks to new taxes and stricter regulations but there’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more red tape? Gold and Silver rental standards being considered

Just when you thought there could not be any more rival licensing or accreditation systems in the private rental sector, a...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

Another controversial scheme licensing landlords who let their homes out may face legal challenge. Middlesbrough council’s formal consultation on the introduction of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quarter of landlords consider short lets but only 3% have done it

Some 24 per cent of landlords have considered letting out their properties on a short let Airbnb-style basis - but only...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb-style lets slammed as noisy, irritating and with too many parties

Short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms are causing increasing irritation for owners in residential blocks, according to a property management...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

First Client Money Protection scheme wins approval ahead of deadline

Client Money Protect has gained formal government approval to operate a client money protection scheme when the regulations go live on...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Millennials all at sea? They're even considering living on a houseboat

Over half of the Millennials consulted in a survey say they want to get away from renting so badly they would...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed! Man who forged agency papers 'giving HMO planning consent'

A buy to let investor who converted three family homes to HMOs without securing planning permission has been jailed for falsifying...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by large regional chain

Ambitious regional chain Linley & Simpson has opened a new branch in the Yorkshire market town of Pudsey after snapping up...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Onliner’s higher fee to be payable only after tenancy agreement is signed

Online agency Upad has made another change to its charging structure. It has recently introduced revised packages for landlords, payment via Direct...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lee Dahill, Director of Sales for the Today publications and The ValPal Network

Who are you? I’m the Director of Sales for both the well-known industry leading Today publications and The ValPal Network. Leading publications: Estate...

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine after failing to give fees, redress and CMP information

A letting agent in east London has been fined £4,000 after apparently publishing the incorrect fees that it levies on tenants...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds scandal - 19 tenants found at four bedroom property

Council enforcement officers have raided a house in Wembley, north London, and found 19 tenants paying a landlord £1,000 a week. Brent council’s...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in foreign and UK students good for market, says agency

Knight Frank’s student accommodation partner has given the thumbs up to new figures suggesting a surge in overseas and domestic students...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London new tenancies down 5.4% with decrease accelerating

High-end lettings agency Strutt & Parker says the take-up of new rental tenancies decreased by 5.4 per cent over 2018 as...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme wants landlords to join now 'on a voluntary basis'

One of the existing two government-authorised redress schemes governing estate and letting agents has called on landlords to voluntarily join, ahead...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'A flat white and a flat please' - short lets firm uses coffee shops as branches

The London-focussed lettings agency Portico is expanding its short-lets service Portico Host into Manchester and Liverpool - but it isn’t spending...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after buy to let owner fails to comply with Improvement Notice

A landlord who failed to comply with orders to improve the standard of a property has had to pay over £7,500...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rent controls will worsen London landlord exodus warns ARLA

Rent controls of the kind which London mayor Sadiq Khan wishes to introduce will worsen what is already a huge exodus...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency goes as Martin & Co snaps up firm

The Nottinghamshire branch of Martin & Co has snapped up the local independent agency SOLOS Residential. The family-run Martin & Co branches...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Common outsourcing myths busted

Outsourcing. Everyone has an opinion on it and there’s a stigma surrounding it in the lettings industry. But get this…letting agents ARE...

01 February 2019

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NALS welcomes prison sentences for three rogue letting agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has taken the unusual step of commenting on, and welcoming, the outcome of a court case...

01 February 2019

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Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

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Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

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'No application fees' claim prompts complaint about agent to ad watchdog

Lancasters Estate Agents on the Isle of Wight has been the subject of a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority over...

30 January 2019

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High praise for agency after landlord evicts couple with new-born baby

Andrews lettings agency in Oxford has emerged as the hero in an episode which saw a family evicted from their home...

29 January 2019

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

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

29 January 2019

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Fewer student buy to lets? Big rise in purpose-built accommodation reported

There’s been a big rise in the volume of purpose-built student accommodation in the UK, suggesting that the market may be...

29 January 2019

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Independent agency snapped up by Experts In Property member

Collyers, an Experts in Property estate and lettings agency with two branches in North Devon, has hoovered up a lettings firm...

28 January 2019

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Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

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Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

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Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

There’s been an angry reaction to the suggestion that London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to introduce rent controls in...

24 January 2019

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Hybrid agency buys independent rival’s lettings book

The Yeovil branch of hybrid agency EweMove now has over 200 managed properties following the acquisition of the lettings book of...

24 January 2019

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Proposed ban on boards prompts call: 'Do we still need To Let boards?'

Another council has been given the go ahead to ban To Let boards in part of a city - with government...

23 January 2019

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Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

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Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

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More Build To Rent: another city centre development revealed

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector has snapped up a site in a major city centre...

22 January 2019

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Rip-off! Agents and landlords accused of overcharging students in most cities

A mortgage firm claims the lettings industry is ripping off students by overcharging them. Mojo Mortgages says it has compared the rent...

21 January 2019

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Labour outrage at councils renting back privately-owned Right To Buy homes

The Labour party has expressed outrage at the news that London councils are spending over £22m each year renting back homes...

21 January 2019

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Pro-fees ban agent admits there will be “unintended consequences”

A lettings agency boss who says she is actually in favour of the agents’ fees ban nonetheless admits there will be...

18 January 2019

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Huge surge in Build To Rent: problem or opportunity for letting agents?

There has been a massive surge in the volume of lettings properties under construction for the burgeoning Built To Rent sector. Data...

18 January 2019

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Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

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Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation continues

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

17 January 2019

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Off to ARLA conference? Early-bird tickets now available

Early bird tickets for this year’s ARLA Propertymark Conference, happening just days before the likely introduction of the ban on tenant...

16 January 2019

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More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

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Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

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

14 January 2019

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Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 2019

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Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

The lettings industry has welcomed news that reforms to Universal Credit will include a new online system for private landlords to...

14 January 2019

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Shock warning to industry: ’A fifth of agents will go by end of 2020’

The UK’s largest property franchise business, Belvoir Lettings, says it beat its own ambitious target for its franchisees’ Assisted Acquisitions programme...

11 January 2019

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Lettings agency fined £167,000 after 'bait and switch' scam

London lettings agency Sterling De Vere must pay a £167,000 fine and compensation of £740 to a renter for a misleading...

11 January 2019

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TDS HQ destroyed by fire just as ‘reviewer’ scheme announced

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - which was hit by a serious fire at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters last evening - has appointed...

10 January 2019

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Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

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Major buy to let lender targets companies and 'Brexit worriers'

One of the buy to let sector’s main mortgage lenders, Paragon, has refreshed its range of mortgages with new products which...

10 January 2019

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Beat the deposit cap  with this one, simple solution

It’s 2019, and we may all be wishing each other a Happy New Year, but for UK landlords, the outlook might...

09 January 2019

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On the fiddle: Massive buy to let fraud exposed in court

The Daily Mail has reported on a massive buy to let fiddle which involved a £10.8m property empire, rents totalling £500,000...

08 January 2019

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Scottish 'stamp duty' surcharge rising to 4% later this month

The stamp duty surcharge - which across the rest of Britain is currently three per cent on additional homes such as...

08 January 2019

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Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme targets independent agents

Zero Deposit, the firm set up by former Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley, says it now has around 850 offices using...

07 January 2019

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ARLA restates opposition to MIR changes as tax deadline looms

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding members of tax changes ahead - a timely intervention with the deadline for...

07 January 2019

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Property Franchise Group brand snaps up independent agency’s lets

Oxfordshire sales and lettings agency Parkers - one of the brands of The Property Franchise Group - has snapped up the...

04 January 2019

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Fast-growing Build To Rent investment trust acquires nine new sites

There’s been a strong start to the year for Build To Rent with news that a real estate investment trust dedicated...

04 January 2019

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Agency caught up in sub-let scandal of homes let on Airbnb

The Daily Mail has unveiled an extensive network of homes advertised on Airbnb but actually being sub-let by tenants who are...

03 January 2019

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Agents ‘must add value for landlords’ if they want to survive 2019

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says letting agents must provide value for their landlord clients through technology, transparency and service if they...

03 January 2019

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Council 'celebrates' £300,000 penalties on private rental sector in 2018

A local authority has taken the unusual step of issuing a celebratory press release stating that it issued penalty notices adding...

31 December 2018

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Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Letting Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Letting Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

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Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

A lettings agency has been banned from running an Airbnb let in a residential block. It relates to a block in Glasgow...

28 December 2018

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'Be clearer on Right To Rent' government urged by trade bodies

A trade body has spoken out about the lack of detail in government plans for Right To Rent, as contained in...

24 December 2018

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Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

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Online lettings platform beefs up listings with new 'flow' feature

Online lettings platform HomeRenter says its property listings are now more detailed and more compelling thanks to a new ‘property creation flow’...

20 December 2018

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Agency appointed to manage new Build To Rent scheme

JLL has been appointed by Aberdeen Standard Investments to manage Aireside, a Build To Rent scheme of 107 apartments in Leeds. The...

20 December 2018

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See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme. The scheme began operating nationwide in...

18 December 2018

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Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

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Big penalty for owners of buy to let property shut down by the police

The owner of a buy to let property already shut by police has been fined by a court in Devon.  In June...

18 December 2018

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Student accommodation still booming despite Brexit, says agency

The UK’s student accommodation sector is still booming according to Knight Frank, despite Brexit creating uncertainty over the future of foreign...

17 December 2018

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Zoopla withdraws lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace

Zoopla is withdrawing its lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace, only three months after putting them on. Officially the withdrawal takes place this...

13 December 2018

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Banned: Lettings agency boss who 'abused' tenant deposits

A lettings company’s management director has been disqualified for failing to protect thousands of pounds of tenants’ deposits. Kari Jade Ridout from...

13 December 2018

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Owners turning to rental sector in bid to be ‘chain-free’ says agent

Former owner occupiers who want to be ‘chain-free’ if they buy again are pouring into the private rental sector according to...

13 December 2018

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Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

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Embattled Labour mayor wants rent controls - but has no powers

Embattled London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan says he wants rent controls to be introduced in the capital’s private rental sector, but...

12 December 2018

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True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

Five homeless people will have a roof over their heads this Christmas thanks to a kind-hearted PropTech chief. Mike Georgeson, founder of...

12 December 2018

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Agents using technology can cut arrears and voids - claim

Increased use of PropTech by letting agents can cut rent arrears, minimise voids and reduce the financial and legal fall out...

11 December 2018

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Records broken by London lettings agency for new lets and renewals

One of London’s most respected independent lettings agencies has given a hugely upbeat report on the capital’s lettings market performance throughout...

10 December 2018

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Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

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'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

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Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

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Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the...

05 December 2018

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Ban the Rogue Agents! NALS helps councils get tough

The National Approved Letting Scheme has published the latest version of its Effective Enforcement Toolkit - aimed at helping councils clamp...

05 December 2018

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Higher council tax? That'll help the rental sector, says lettings agency

A lettings agency says proposals for landlords to pay more council tax on homes they leave empty could indirectly help the...

05 December 2018

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PropTech firm wanting to create a 'Rental Brand' gets £2.5m injection

A London-focussed ‘rental brand’ called Residently has just secured £2.5m in funding.  Residently manages houses and flats for landlords, letting them directly...

05 December 2018

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Government cuts tenant deposit cap from six weeks to five weeks

The government has this afternoon confirmed that the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home will be...

04 December 2018

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Sigh of relief as London council delays enforcement action timetable

One of London’s most enthusiastic councils for additional and selective licensing has pushed back the date for enforcement action against landlords...

04 December 2018

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Revealed: where to find the highest buy to let rental yields

Research released this morning reveals that university cities offer some of the highest buy to let yields in the country. The Free...

03 December 2018

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Agency in ‘viewing charges’ controversy has had protests in the past

Letting Agent Today can reveal that the agency at the centre of the scandal over alleged charges for viewings has been...

30 November 2018

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TheHouseShop launches on Facebook and aims to list 30% of agents in 2019

The website TheHouseShop says it aims to recruit some 30 per cent of the country’s letting agents by the end of...

29 November 2018

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Paws For Thought: should agents and landlords allow pets?

The first-ever pet think tank has launched to address what is claimed to be a lack of pet-friendly rental accommodation in...

29 November 2018

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Spark Energy says new owner will 'significantly benefit the rental sector'

The acquisition of popular rental sector utility provider Spark Energy will “significantly benefit the rental sector” according to the troubled company’s...

29 November 2018

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AI-powered guide allows buy to let investors to locate best deals

A new investment company says its latest tool, powered by Artificial Intelligence, helps buy to let investors search for the best...

28 November 2018

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National rental market stable as Christmas lull approaches

Rents are rising very gently across almost all of England and Wales with only London and East Anglia showing falls in...

28 November 2018

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Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

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'Expose rogue tenants too' demands agent starting anti-licensing petition

The head of a lettings agency has launched a petition in opposition to a bid by a local council to extend...

27 November 2018

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Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

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£450,000: is this a record penalty for a buy to let landlord?

We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws - but...

26 November 2018

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'Five months to regain possession through courts' new figures show

Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the...

26 November 2018

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Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

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‘Take rogues to court’ - council urges private tenants to take civil action

Nottingham council - which recently introduced one of the largest and most controversial selective licensing schemes in the country - now...

23 November 2018

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PropTech firm creating ‘rental dashboards’ wins key FCA approval

A PropTech company has won approval from the Financial Conduct Authority to go ahead with a scheme which offers tenants a...

23 November 2018

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Banned! Misleading guaranteed rent advert must not appear again

An advertisement on a property management firm’s website suggesting that rental income would be guaranteed to landlords has been banned by...

21 November 2018

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£60,000 rent to be repaid by property firm after council steps in

A London property firm must repay no less than £60,000 in rent after a council obtained a Rent Repayment Order against...

20 November 2018

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Chaos as thousands of licensing applications rejected by council

Local press reports say that one of the country’s most controversial buy to let licensing schemes has seen thousands of applications...

16 November 2018

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Agency trials Artificial Intelligence bot to act on tenants’ repair problems

The JLL lettings agency has launched a ‘virtual property manager’ for a small number of Build To Rent tenants, claiming it...

14 November 2018

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Mystery: What does new ‘global immigration system’ mean for agents

The government has unveiled the spectre of a ‘global immigration system’ to be introduced from the end of 2020 - but...

09 November 2018

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New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 November 2018

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Lettings league table claims London rents up 17% in six years

Figures drawn up for the London region of the GMB union claim that across the capital’s 33 boroughs private rents have...

07 November 2018

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Rising demand from family renters boosts market north of the border

The Scottish private lettings sector is on the march again with the latest index suggesting a 2.2 per cent annual rise,...

07 November 2018

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Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

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Lettings agency sued for £1.4m after harassment of tenant

A former City marketing executive is suing a lettings agency for £1.4m in a row over alleged harassment in 2010. Agent Caroline...

06 November 2018

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Agents' Fees Ban: tenants in poorest areas will have to pay more

An analysis of 30,000 tenancies by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that the upcoming ban on tenants’ fees could impact most on...

05 November 2018

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£20m property investment Ponzi scheme shut down by High Court

A property investment company operating a Ponzi scheme based on claims of capital appreciation and rental income has been shut down...

05 November 2018

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New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

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

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

01 November 2018

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Airbnb planning consent - could it cross the water and happen here?

The Republic of Ireland has adopted new policies requiring owners in 'high housing demand areas' to secure planning consent if they...

01 November 2018

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Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

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Late November date for MPs to debate tenants' Creditworthiness Bill

The second reading of the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill is to take place in the House of Commons on November 23 -...

31 October 2018

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Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

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Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

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Huge fine for property firms over serious fire safety issues

Two property companies which failed to follow a local council’s lettings sector licensing scheme have been fined a combined £32,000. Owners of...

30 October 2018

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The Property Franchise Group snaps up city independent agency

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s CJ Hole brand in Bristol has snapped up an independent lettings agency elsewhere in...

30 October 2018

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Agency boss admits hundreds of thousands in fraud and theft charges

The former owner of a lettings agency has admitted charges of fraud, false accounting and theft involving some hundreds of thousands...

29 October 2018

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Tenants one step closer to being able to sue landlords over conditions

Tenants are now a step closer to being able to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties. The Commons...

29 October 2018

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Rents reach record high as plummeting supply begins to hurt

Rightmove is reporting that average asking rents outside London have topped £800 per month for the first time, fuelled by a...

29 October 2018

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Rent Repayment Order issued - £4,000 in rent to be handed back

A landlord had been ordered to give back almost £4,000 that was paid to him while operating without a licence. The case...

29 October 2018

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MPs to debate tenants' powers to sue over property conditions

MPs in the House of Commons will today debate the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by a Labour backbencher...

26 October 2018

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£261,750 - one council's buy to let fines issued in just six months

Havering council in London has issued £261,750 in penalty notices to what it calls ‘criminals’ operating in the private rental sector.  Between...

26 October 2018

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PropTech firm claims new service cuts pre-tenancy admin for agents

A PropTech provider of inventory services says its new tool will significantly cut pre-tenancy admin for letting agents and landlords. No Letting...

25 October 2018

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Independent agency snapped up by local Martin & Co franchisee

The independent lettings agency Chilli Residential has been snapped up by a local branch of franchise giant Martin & Co. The Aldershot...

25 October 2018

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Why in-house isn’t always best for your lettings business

The area of staffing can be a very uncomfortable one, but as the future of the lettings industry crystalises, it’s clear...

24 October 2018

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Higher tax bills lead to surge in buy to let remortgaging

The proportion of buy to let investors looking to remortgage is now at an all-time high according to respected specialist mortgage...

24 October 2018

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Lettings love-in! Landlords really like tenants, despite the tough-guy image

An insurance firm has conducted research showing that not all landlords are heartless - in fact, quite the reverse.  The study by...

24 October 2018

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Council lettings agency loses £53,000 a year managing just 25 homes

A council-run lettings agency looks likely to be scrapped after it apparently lost some £53,000 - even though it manages only...

23 October 2018

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Crisis? What crisis? London lettings agency reports busiest-ever quarter

One of London’s most respected lettings agencies says it’s recorded its best-ever quarter for business - defying claims from some that...

23 October 2018

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Vast discrepancies over how tenants' deposits are handled

The Nationwide has called for greater consistency in the treatment and return of security deposits so that tenants leaving properties in...

23 October 2018

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Fine after untrue claim that properties to let 'were empty'

A landlord has been ordered to pay £452 after he breached the terms of his licence in an area of County...

23 October 2018

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To Let boards restricted in size, number and location by local council

A city council has introduced highly specific guidelines as to the number, size and positioning of To Let boards following apparent...

22 October 2018

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Don't discriminate against benefit claimants buy to let lenders told

Urgent action is needed to tackle discrimination against benefit claimants by buy to let mortgage providers according to a leading trade...

22 October 2018

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PropTech firm revealed as sponsor of The ESTAS People Award 2019

PropTech company PayProp has been announced as the sponsor of the ESTAS People Awards category for 2019. The ESTAS is a customer...

22 October 2018

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No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

A poll of 1,250 landlords suggests that far from being concerned about the profitability of buy to let, almost 80 per...

22 October 2018

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Disgrace: 23 tenants in property with licence for only six

A property management company which kept up to 23 adults in overcrowded conditions has been fined £7,500 by a council in...

17 October 2018

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Ghost Tenants Scam: huge fine for London managing agent

A managing agent who used ‘ghost tenants’ as a front so that she could cram 16 people into one overcrowded house...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London's luxury letting sector sees sharp drop in growth

The growth in tenancies agreed in London’s super-prime sector has slowed sharply from 20 per cent earlier this year to just...

16 October 2018

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Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit

Around two thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears according to new research. Based on responses...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent attacks lettings industry for 'immoral' and 'below the belt' fees

The head of the online lettings agency recently scooped up by Emoov says traditional lettings agents have made a rod for...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

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

12 October 2018

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Savills on buying spree as it snaps up northern independents

Savills has announced two acquisitions in the north west, one of an agency and one of an individual branch.  The agency being...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants more likely to vote - is this why rental sector is under attack?

New research may explain why the government and Labour appear to be competing with each other to attack landlords and letting...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

Croydon council is reported to have become the first local authority to back the scrapping of Section 21 of the 1988...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove boss joins board of PropTech marketplace app firm

Rightmove’s chief executive officer, Peter Brooks-Johnson, is joining the board of an offshoot of a global classified listings operation. He is to...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures another £7m to enhance digital contracts service

Rental platform Goodlord - which in January made around 40 staff redundant in a restructuring move - has now announced that...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

CGT incentive for longer tenancies - limited backing from trade body

There has been limited support given from some parts of the lettings industry to a proposal offering Capital Gains Tax relief...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

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Fees ban moves a step closer - Bill returns to Parliament this week

The Tenant Fees Bill is back in Parliament this week when it goes for its Second Reading in the House of...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch bans tenant fees and gives discounts to public sector workers

A new branch of franchise agency Century 21 has opened in Chelmsford with two unusual pitches - its own ‘ban’ on...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech could boost letting agents' support for student tenants

A PropTech entrepreneur says all agents would benefit from the introduction of more automation, but that those with student tenants may...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings market will recover - but it'll take two years at least

A major property platform says London’s rental and sales market may well be on the road to recovery - but that...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Protest follows agency owner's refusal to sign 'pledge' document

The head of a lettings agency has refused to sign a pledge document put to him by a protest group - and...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Note to Chancellor - scrap stamp duty and capital gains tax surcharges

The first of the industry trade bodies to issue a series of demands for this month’s Budget is the National Landlords Association...

01 October 2018

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Yet another independent snapped up by fast-growing regional chain

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson has acquired another independent firm, Angus Roberts. The deal will see Linley & Simpson, which operates...

01 October 2018

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Want £860 more rent a year? Then let tenants decorate their homes...

New research appears to suggest that some tenants would be willing to pay substantially higher rent if they were allowed to...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

October 29 - a nervous date for agents' diaries

Here’s a date which the private rental sector may want to make a note of…even if it is with some nervousness. The...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Row brewing over Labour MP talking housing at Tory party conference

A row appears to be brewing over the decision of a Labour MP to attend next week’s Conservative conference to discuss...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London council threatens bans and fines as it brings in new licensing

The Labour-led local authority in Hackney has issued a statement pledging fines or even bans if landlords fail to get appropriate...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules next month 'will cost landlords £95m'

More than 77,000 UK landlords will be shelling out a combined £95 million this month, as new occupancy laws come into...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency must pay over £50,000 after letting overcrowded flat

An overcrowded property let by an unlicensed company with inadequate fire precautions and unheated rooms has led to a £46,620 fine...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Liquidators for agency say landlords and tenants will get their money

Liquidators Grant Thornton says funds found in the accounts of a Guernsey lettings agent are likely to be sufficient to pay...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a reminder to the industry of the need to understand and abide by...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

500 not out - NALS hits Foundation Lettings Course milestone

The National Approved Letting Scheme is celebrating the 500th candidate to complete its Foundation Lettings Course. Moira Devlin of Lowther Homes, in...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success: head of property firm acquitted of charges relating to HMO

A property management firm chief who had to pay over £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences relating to an...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing lettings agent and missing money - new call for police action

There’s a growing call for more police action over tracing a lettings agent who is apparently missing - as is some...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market 'has fallen into recession' says The DPS

A gloomy report from The Deposit Protection Service says the UK’s rental market is in recession for the first time since...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Very large clouds over rental sector' warns Emoov-owned agency

The lettings director at Urban, the online agency recently snapped up by Emoov, says the rental market is faced with significant...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Start-up snapped up - Movem bought by HomeLet parent firm

Barbon Insurance Group, which trades as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, has now snapped up Movem. Movem uses personal online banking transaction data...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Investment trust to compete against Buy To Let and Build To Rent

An investment trust has been launched and looks likely to be competing for individual investors who may see it as an...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for managing agency as it scoops prestigious People award

Managing agency Rendall & Rittner has scooped a Platinum Investors in People award, demonstrating commitment to high performance through good people...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

A landmark report on private renting provides the opportunity to stop blaming letting agents and landlords for the sector’s problems, a...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bucks trend by creating Build To Rent investment opportunities

Some industry observers say letting agents and Build To Rent are daggers drawn, but one agency in the Midlands is having...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill: date set for next Parliamentary stage

It’s been announced that the next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be its Second Reading in the...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for 'landmark' review of rental sector

The National Landlords Association is the latest trade body to back what is being described as a landmark review of the...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency's lettings book rebranded by ex-Countrywide team

The lettings book of My London Home will be absorbed into the Stirling Ackroyd portfolio and rebranded this autumn. Consisting of nearly...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord given huge £170k fine for serious fire safety failings

A landlord in Reading has been handed a huge fine for serious breaches of fire safety regulations.  Philip Brotherton's company Cresctcourt Properties...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agency hit with £10,000-plus fine for smoke alarm failings

A London council has fined a letting agency over £10,000 for failing to install smoke alarms in a rental property. Waltham Forest...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments and credit scores - new partnership to benefit renters

Rent recognition platform CreditLadder, which enables renters to add their payments to their credit history, has announced a partnership which aims...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraud probe launched against agent which owes thousands to clients

The police have launched a fraud probe against a Norfolk estate agency which closed in June.  The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) reports...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agents must accommodate renters looking for deposit-free renting' - claim

The chief commercial officer of PropTech startup Canopy says that letting agents and Build to Rent landlords need to accommodate the...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory CMP: PRS and CMProtect taking 'joined up' approach

The parent company of The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) says its group companies will be taking a more 'joined up' approach...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency back in lettings, five years after portfolio acquired by Leaders

An independent agency in Gloucestershire is returning to the lettings business to complement its existing sales and land arms. Perry Bishop and...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Retail guru is new chief executive of landlords’ body

A retail executive with specialist knowledge of customer loyalty has become the new chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association.   Andrew...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to lease homes from private sector, then let to social tenants

The New Forest district council in Hampshire is appealling to letting agents and private tenants to sign up to its Private...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what...

29 August 2018

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CPRs; the practicalities

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

29 August 2018

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CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

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Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

29 August 2018

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Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

Generation Rent, the controversial pressure group campaigning alongside Shelter and others for the scrapping of landlords’ rights to evict under Section...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Experts In Property agency snaps up independent's lettings team

An agency in the Experts In Property trade group has snapped up the lettings side of a rival independent company. Collyers Properties,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Second charge loan on Buy to let property? We can help

If you’re a landlord who owns a buy to let property or perhaps a portfolio and need to raise money against...

28 August 2018

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Agency warns over insurance cover for Airbnb-style lets

A London lettings agency is warning landlords who let out their properties via Airbnb or similar short let platforms to ensure...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking buy to let overcrowding - hunt is on for culprit

A London local authority is looking for the landlord of a bungalow which had two bedrooms but was home to 15...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter told ‘vilifying letting agents won't solve the housing crisis’

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has issued a sharp rebuke to Shelter and the National Housing Federation following their controversial ‘End...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

The mystery surrounding a lettings and estate agency on the island of Guernsey offers an insight into a system where companies...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Here they go again - Generation Rent attacks S21 no-fault evictions

The campaign group Generation Rent is back on the warpath in opposition of Section 21, which it describes as “the leading...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector will return to growth - but maybe not until 2021...

A new analysis of the buy to let market forecasts more bad news for agents, landlords and investors over the next...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investment evenly split between genders, says agency

The ownership of buy to let property is much more evenly split between women and men than amongst other forms of...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies team up to limit damage from fees ban

Two independent agencies have joined forces in a bid to minimise damage caused by next year’s ban on fees levied on...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to answer lettings critics by issuing fire guidance

Airbnb, the short lets platform that has received substantial criticism from the buy to let sector over its largely unregulated status,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments adding to creditworthiness: more progress announced

The Rent Recognition Challenge, an initiative to use technology to help share renters' payment histories with lenders and credit reference agencies,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish lettings reform has led to glut of buy to let sell-offs - claim

The Scottish Government’s private rental reforms are shaking up the sector according to new data, which reveals rental property sales have...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one snapped up - Leaders Romans acquires independent firm

The Leaders Romans Group has snapped up yet another small independent agency - GPS Property Management based at Ravenshead in Nottinghamshire. For...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - agents have less than two weeks to respond

Agents and others wishing to respond to the official consultation on government proposals for longer tenancies have only until late evening...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

£20,000 fine after fire at buy to let 'could have led to fatalities'

A buy to let investor has been fined £20,000 after a kitchen fire that occurred in May last year at a...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have merely kept pace with RPI over past five years - Allsop

Rent rises in the private rental sector have merely tracked inflation and the Retail Price Index over the past five years...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check clients' licenses after council website blunder

Agents and landlords are being advised to check the status of their HMO licenses in the London Borough of Harrow following...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes lead to big fall in overseas-based buy to let investors

The proportion of landlords of British buy to let properties who are themselves based overseas has fallen to a record low...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: new BestAgent platform signs inventory software supplier

The emerging Proptech platform BestAgent has announced its latest partnership - this one is with InventoryBase, a software supplier which has...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful! Trade body tells another council its licensing plans are illegal

The Residential Landlords Association has told another council that its plans to introduce selective licensing in areas of its town are...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight weeks left for agents to apply to join new register in Scotland

There are now only eight weeks left for agents to apply to join a new statutory register which comes into effect...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA urges agents to back Gas Safety Week awareness campaign

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s asking its member to get behind Gas Safety Week which takes place from...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

TV should show buy to let's good guys as well as rogues, says agent

Negative media portrayals of the buy to let sector could help to tip Britain into a housing crisis, claims an online...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency works with university in two-way business exercise

A lettings agency has teamed up with a university to give young students an insight into how small businesses operate. Priestley’s, a...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth slows - but 10 areas identified as bucking the trend

Rents in the UK, excluding London, are still increasing but at their slowest rate for five years. Figures from specialist lender Landbay...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb bookings in one UK city surge 70% in just a year, says agency

The proportion of visitors to Edinburgh using Airbnb surged 70 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Commercial agency Colliers,...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC hasn't thought through latest rental tax change, say accountants

Government plans aimed at stopping the abuse of the current Rent A Room tax perk may overcomplicate the system and deter...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents save time on their core marketing activities?

In a world increasingly obsessed with all things digital, it's no surprise that many estate agents are choosing to experiment with...

01 August 2018

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Five-figure fine for breaching conditions of London lettings licence

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £13,000 for breaching the conditions of his licence as a result of...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Business as usual after tenancy change in Scottish lettings sector

CityLets, Scotland’s largest online lettings listings service, says it’s business as usual for the market north of the border despite a...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

The government has produced new guidelines on setting up client money protection schemes for the private rented sector. They are evidently aimed...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: low take-up for licensing scheme that starts tomorrow

It appears that take-up of an apparently compulsory licensing scheme in one city has been shockingly low - and the scheme...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency conned out of £34,000 by employee

The former office manager of an estate agency in Scunthorpe conned her employer out of over £34,000, a court has heard. Local...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency aims to double workforce in next year

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty has moved into a new home and says it plans to double its staff by adding five...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors falling back in love with London, says broker

London is back as the most popular part of the UK for buy to let investment according to an analysis undertaken...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory inventories could still happen, says campaigning trade body

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it still believes there is an opportunity for the government to introduce mandatory inventory...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Illegal! - trade body says council's licensing plan breaks the law

The Residential Landlords’ Association says proposals from Great Yarmouth council to introduce selective licensing in one part of the town contains...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£500,000 cash injection for deposit-alternative PropTech firm

The concept of deposit alternatives is gathering pace and now one PropTech firm closely involved in it - Reposit - has...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fergus Wilson hits back on 'baby evictions', curry smells and more...

Britain’s most controversial buy to let investor, Fergus Wilson, has hit back and given his side of events on a series...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let owners must work to protect investment, says agency

One of London’s leading letting agencies says in the current neutral rental market, buy to let owners must work hard to...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine of £2,525 after four year licensing and overcrowding saga

An investor has been fined £2,525 after failing to licence her property and allegedly providing inadequate living conditions for her tenants. Adeola...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's second-largest lettings licensing scheme starts in a week's time

From August 1 Nottingham council is introducing a new selective licensing regime covering an estimated 32,000 privately rented homes. This is an...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds lettings agency bringing in liquidators

The lettings agency Elet, based in Harrogate, has appointed liquidators.  A Letting Agent Today reader spotted an announcement about the move in...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Changing face of buy to let - mortgage lender targets Airbnb hosts

A lender has launched a new product which is thought to be the first mortgage explicitly aimed at borrowers who propose...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sub-letting deal with lettings agency 'could be start of a trend'

Airbnb, which is facing tough local restrictions in many of the largest cities in which it operates, says its new link...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy a home? No thanks, say one third of private tenants

A third of tenants are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future, new...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one bites the dust - independent agency snapped up by chain

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired Upp Property Lettings in Oakham and Stamford. The acquisition will see the existing Leaders branch in...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender allows selfies and document photos to be used as ID

High-profile buy to let mortgage lender LendInvest says it’s going to allow applicants to prove their ID online via photographs. It’s working...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Stath Lets Flats - but better customer service would let even more

Channel 4’s hit comedy Stath Lets Flats shows the funny side of running a lettings agency but one of the country’s...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax bombshell may curb Airbnb-style short lets

The government has suggested that it is at least considering changing the terms of its Rent A Room system which could...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Collapse in demand for buy to let in London says top buying agency

One of the most respected buying agencies, Black Brick, says the collapse in demand for buy to let is the most...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory activist rounds on government over three year tenancies

A Tory activist has made an outspoken attack on the government’s policies towards the private rental sector on the pages of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top London politicians call for scrapping of S21 eviction powers

Two senior London politicians are backing a campaign to scrap the powers of agents and landlords to evict tenants under Section...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 650-unit Build To Rent site in London snapped up by key developer

Legal & General, one of the biggest players in Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent market, has exchanged contracts on its largest...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - will rent rises have to be agreed in advance?

Close examination of the consultation document on possible three year tenancies issued by the government suggest that it may want rent...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trio of lettings agencies fined in overcrowding and sub-letting scandal

Three agencies have been heavily fined after a property in London was being used for multiple occupation with 11 people living...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

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The only way is acquisition - Essex independent agency snapped up

Essex-based Balgores Property Group, which operates across that county and in Kent, has snapped up Woollens estate agents in Dagenham. Woollens has...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Refinancing buy to let mortgages likely as HMO changes near

A buy to let mortgage firm says it’s likely that there will be a spike in refinancing enquiries as landlords meet...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Yield of Dreams: research reveals the highest buy to let returns

A new analysis of rental yields across all of the UK’s local authorities has revealed exactly where the best places are for...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New training course for agents in England unveiled by NALS

The National Approved Letting Scheme has unveiled a new specialist training course for letting agents. The NALS Level 3 Award in Letting...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

We need more tax reform to help rental sector, repeats trade body

The government should scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Go Figure: GoCompare says London is UK's second best buy to let city

We’re all for an optimistic interpretation of events but a new tool from comparison website GoCompare lists the UK’s top buy...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Take care!' - Broker advises caution over buy to let incorporation

A specialist buy to let broker is urging landlords to tread with caution before jumping feet first into incorporating their property...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

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

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

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‘Tell us what’s happening!’ - lenders told to do more to help buy to let

Mortgage lenders and brokers have been too quiet over changes to buy to let lending, according to a trade body. The National...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - lettings market comes back to life after 'slumber spring'

The lettings market is looking distinctly healthier now than a month ago according to data just released by board company Agency...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing letting agent - a Church is amongst those owed money

It’s been revealed that a church is amongst those owed thousands of pounds by a letting agent who has gone to...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces review of selective licensing in private rental sector

The government has announced a review to assess how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent To Buy - might this be the next big idea from the government?

The Independent online newspaper says Conservative MP Gary Streeter will tomorrow meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and urge her to...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency closes, boss disappears, and thousands owed to clients

A regional newspaper claims that a lettings agency has collapsed, its boss has gone to ground, and thousands of pounds are...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News