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Agency boss claims tenants miss holidays because of high rents

The boss of a rental flatshare agency claims tenants are sacrificing summer holidays because of high rents. Matt Hutchinson, director of the...

25 July 2024

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Half of tenants living with damp or mould - charity’s claim

Citizens Advice claims that 45% of private renters in England are currently experiencing damp, mould or excessive cold in their home,...

24 July 2024

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Tenants get agents’ advice on how to “jump the rental queue”

A lettings agency is offering tenants guidance on what it calls “how to jump the rental queue.” Benham and Reeves outlines a...

17 July 2024

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Trade union demands wholesale rental reform in new report

The trade union UNISON has partnered with activist group Generation Rent to demand root-and-branch reform of the private rental sector. Four key...

16 July 2024

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Deposit alternative provider claims record first half of year

Deposit alternative provider flatfair claims to have enjoyed a record-breaking start to 2024, forming 61 new partnerships.  These include Concept Estate Agents,...

12 July 2024

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Tenants reveal biggest ‘deal breakers’ when looking for rental property

Data sourced from millions of Barclays current accounts reveals spending on rent and mortgages rose just 1.5% year-on-year in June –...

11 July 2024

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Call for Starmer to review Energy Performance Certificates

There’s a call from a prominent international building science service for the new Labour government to review the Energy Performance Certificates. EPCs...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Housing Policies - next five years start today

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

05 July 2024

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“Thousands of homes lost to Airbnb” claims Labour hopeful

Thousands of homes in central London may have been lost to Airbnb and other short let platforms, a Labour candidate claims. Rachel...

04 July 2024

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Agents have “toughest job” in era of high rent rises - claim

Letting agents have the toughest job trying to balance the needs of landlord and tenants while politicians create uncertainty around the...

03 July 2024

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Agents managing HMOs without licences hit by council fines

Fines totalling £108,000 have been issued to letting agents and landlords breaching HMO rules in part of London.  An additional HMO licensing...

02 July 2024

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Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

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

13 June 2024

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Sarah Beeny is high-profile late booking for Propertymark One

Property makeover queen and former estate agency owner Sarah Beeny is a late booking for Propertymark One on Friday. Beeny has in recent...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

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

12 June 2024

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Rental Tax Change - Short Lets sector warned of possible losses

An accountancy firm is warning those using Airbnb and similar short let platforms that new tax rules mean they could lose...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency hails “transformational” merger with lettings giant

The Property Franchise Group, which calls itself the UK’s largest multi-brand property franchisor, says its merging with lettings giant Belvoir has...

10 June 2024

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HMO award winners revealed - are you amongst them?

Software company COHO has presented wards to agencies, suppliers and individuals involved in the HMO business. The firm says the awards honour...

07 June 2024

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Agency will have 1,800 branches following latest acquisition

The Property Franchise Group is buying the Fine and Country chain, plus the membership body the Guild of Property Professionals. The deal is worth...

03 June 2024

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Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Prioritise First Time Buyers - demand grows for next government to take action

Four fifths of developers believe that the next government needs to do more to support first time buyers, according to the...

30 May 2024

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Build To Rent provider claims record breaking rental unit growth

Build To Rent provider Sigma Capital says it’s enjoyed a record breaking period of growth. Over 2023 and so far in 2024...

30 May 2024

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New website marks high profile agency’s 20th anniversary

High profile independent lettings agency base property specialists is marking its 20th anniversary with a new video-first website. The agency - located...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to supercharge Material Information search service

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

21 May 2024

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Good news on Inflation expected this week

Inflation is expected to drop sharply in the April figures due out this week. The Office for Budget Responsibility and Bank of...

20 May 2024

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Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

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What about Rental Reform? Labour puts issue on the back burner

Despite once claiming it would abolish Section 21 evictions “on its first day in office”, Labour appears to have gone cool...

17 May 2024

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Brexit and High Interest Rates pose major challenges to agents

Letting agents believe Help to Buy has been the most positive influence to the property market in recent times, while on...

16 May 2024

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Banned - rogue agents disqualified for abusing Covid loan scheme

The husband-and-wife directors of a Cornish lettings and estate agency have been disqualified from being company directors for a combined 12...

15 May 2024

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Agents breathe sigh of relief as arrears fall

Propertymark says the lettings market is beginning to stabilise as rent arrears decrease. Propertymark member agents reported that on average, 2.5% of...

13 May 2024

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All change for Build To Rent as trade group reconstitutes board

The trade body representing the Build To Rent industry wants to recruit people from that sector to sit in its board. The...

10 May 2024

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Under 25% of renters bother reading tenancy agreements

A new survey from law firm Weightmans has found that only 24% of renters read tenancy agreements.  It says this is largely...

09 May 2024

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Letting agent claims area is over-run with Airbnb-style short lets

A lettings agent who is also on the executive of Propertymark claims one of Britain’s tourist hotspots has been over-run with...

07 May 2024

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Labour must come clean on Business Rates, says agency

A prominent agent campaigning for business tax reform is urging Labour to come clean on its policies for business rates and...

03 May 2024

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Property management firm hit with £500,000 health and safety fine

A housing company has been fined £528,000 after an employee repairing a fence post inadvertently struck an underground cable, suffering burns...

03 May 2024

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Demand slows as agents warn about unsustainable rent rises

The latest market report from Propertymark’s lettings agents suggests the demand is slowing. The latest data - for March - shows that...

03 May 2024

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Ground Rents defended by investors’ group

The ongoing debate over ground rents within Government is rapidly becoming a Parliamentary farce that could soon lead to an economic...

01 May 2024

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

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

30 April 2024

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Banned - Agency cannot let homes for four years; put on rogues’ database

A council has placed a Banning Order on a lettings agency operating unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation. Trophy Homes Ltd was hit...

29 April 2024

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Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

26 April 2024

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More tenants borrowing to fund deposits on next property - claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark guide helps tenants complain and challenge rent rises

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge...

23 April 2024

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Looking for a client account? Five steps to better lettings banking

You don’t have to simply accept things as they are when it comes to managing your client accounts. If your bank...

19 April 2024

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Acquisition of agency network, 60 staff and 1,100 lettings portfolio

An agency has snapped up a substantial regional firm involving 60 staff, 1,100 properties under management, as well as commercial, new...

17 April 2024

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City Build To Rent Schemes - two new announcements

Developer Beech Holdings has secured planning permission for its luxury development of Build To Rent apartments in Sheffield. Sheffield Gardens will include...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Father and Son win big at agency awards ceremony

The Belvoir 2024 Annual Awards have crowded a father-and-son franchisee pairing as the big winners. Paul Wallace-Tarry and his son Richard Wallace-Tarry...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New London rental licensing regime launches next week

A new borough-wide landlord licensing scheme is set to launch in the London borough of Brent on April 1, the council...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agency kicked out by Ombudsman for just £1,100

A lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme following itsfailure to pay £1,100 out of an adjudicated award...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental trade group rebrands in bid to win broader appeal

A group founded eight years ago to represent the Build To Rent niche has now rebranded in a bid to win...

26 March 2024

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Advice for agents on tenants with banned dog breeds

Propertymark is highlighting new advice for agents and landlords given by Lets With Pets, the website of The Dogs Trust charity. The...

20 March 2024

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Investor and landlord purchases rise, despite soaring taxes

The largest lettings agency in Scotland says purchases by landlords and other investor buyers in that country have risen sharply despite...

20 March 2024

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No scrapping fixed term tenancies - new appeal over Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has emphasised the importance of retaining fixed term tenancies under the Renters Reform Bill. Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson met Housing...

18 March 2024

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Big rise in Right To Rent fines

There’s been a rise of over 400 per cent in the monetary total of fines issued for Right To Rent offences...

15 March 2024

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Banks Closing Pooled Client Accounts - agents urge government action

Propertymark is urging the government to tackle the problem of banks closing down undesignated or pooled client accounts of letting agents. HM...

13 March 2024

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

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

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Banking Scandal as thousands of agency accounts are closed

A Parliamentary committee has heard that thousands of small and medium-sized letting agencies were debanked in 2023, with financial institutions forcibly...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Mainstream lettings agency diversifies into short-lets management

A holiday lettings agency and an estate agent in a tourist hotspot have joined forces.  Suffolk Coastal will continue with its sales...

11 March 2024

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Tory MP reported to bring Renters Reform Bill “to brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their...

08 March 2024

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Ethical Agent Network launches, promising to be ‘different’

A network uniting so-called ‘ethical agents’ launches today with a promise to be different from the rest of the industry. The Ethical...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Latest Rent Changes and Voids revealed in fresh analysis

The latest Rental Index from PropTech supplier Goodlord has recorded a rent rise and a reduction in void lengths over the...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency pays £20,000 to employee for Injury To Feelings

A high profile lettings agency has had to pay almost £22,000 in damages to an employee who raised concerns about safety...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

HMRC reminds agents to update email and instant messaging contacts

Email and instant messaging contact details must be kept up to date for HMRC to contact agents about Anti-Money Laundering supervision. Propertymark...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

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

27 February 2024

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Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

There’s growing anger over restrictions on private homeowners using their properties via Airbnb and other short let platforms. Earlier this week Housing...

21 February 2024

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Short Lets Shake Up - Gove slammed for “political posturing”

The trade body representing short lets providers and support companies has reacted angrily to government proposals for a radical shake up. Housing...

19 February 2024

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Agency’s London expansion taps into growing foreign investment

Lettings, property management and sales agency Johns&Co - which celebrates its 10th year in business in 2024 - is opening a...

16 February 2024

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Major agency reinstates lettings division three years after sell-off

Major regional independent agency Dacre, Son & Hartley is expanding its offering by re-entering the residential lettings and property management market...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental scams could soar as AI spreads, warns industry figure

A prominent industry expert says lettings agents and other property sector insiders should be extra-vigilant over cybersecurity breaches. Neil Cobbold, managing director...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

New key figure named for driving Build To Rent in the UK

Legal & General senior executive David Reid has been named as the chair of an influential committee driving forward Build To...

09 February 2024

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MPs turn on Airbnb and other short lets

Prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have renewed their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms.  Former Lib...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove snaps up rental-focussed reviews website

A five year old consumer reviews website has been acquired by Rightmove. Homeviews was set up in 2019 and at the time...

02 February 2024

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Tens of thousands of new homes built on flood plains, claims insurer

New analysis by insurance giant Aviva reveals that one in every 13 new homes built in England in the last decade...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Experts want major reforms of EPCs and better trained assessors

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

New Year Bounce - strong start to 2024 housing market says Zoopla

A return of pent-up demand and mortgage rates falling below five per cent have boosted the start of the year for...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Is the government deliberately delaying the Renters Reform Bill?

The long-awaited Third Reading of the controversial Renters Reform Bill will not happen this week according to the Leader of the...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Ex-ITN Journo to Address Agents’ Conference

A former Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent of ITN will be a keynote speaker at the Propertymark One conference in...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents List Radical Changes needed to Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark's latest research report suggests some letting agents want radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill now going through Parliament.  The aim...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents risking huge Right To Rent fines - free webinar to help

Propertymark is hosting a webinar where Scott Bailey - policy manager at the Home Office - will answer questions on Right...

24 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory ex-housing ministers at war over Rishi Sunak’s premiership

Two former housing ministers are at war with each other after an attack on Rishi Sunak’s premiership in today’s Daily Telegraph. Sir...

24 January 2024

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Huge rise in property tax for HMRC ahead of possible Budget change

Figures released by HMRC show that the Treasury raked in £5.7 billion in inheritance tax receipts in the nine months from...

24 January 2024

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Thousands of lettings agencies in financial distress - new figures

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

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Row over government bid to turn renters into first time buyers

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

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent penalties soar from today - up to £20,000 fine

Fines for agents and landlords who breach Right To Rent rules increase today from £80 per lodger and £1,000 per occupier...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Faster payments make happier landlords

Let's be honest – landlords are the lifeblood of any letting agency. Winning and keeping their business keeps the wheels turning...

19 January 2024

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Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

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

19 January 2024

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First two agencies join new self-employed ‘brokerage’ model

Two agencies have today joined eXp UK, the platform which now wants existing branch-based firm to convert to its self employed...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer warns that Summer will be hectic for lettings sector

Summer looks like it’s going to be a hectic period for lettings agents and the private rental sector according to TV...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

TV Host to repeat agents’ conference compering gig

TV host Jenni Falconer is to reprise her role as compere of Propertymark’s ‘One Conference’ when it’s repeated at London’s ExCel...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent rises outstripping inflation for past nine months - agency analysis

A leading lettings agency says 2023 was a record-breaking year for rental growth.   The average rent on a newly let property in...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Breakthrough allows rent payments to be reported to credit agencies

The long-running aspiration of many to allow rental payments to be counted towards credit ratings appears to have taken a step...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent expo next month organised by trade group

The UK Apartment Association - a Build To Rent trade body - has given details of an expo it’s hosting in...

15 January 2024

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Propertymark backs controversial Airbnb registration scheme

Letting agents’ body Propertymark is throwing its weight behind a mandatory licensing and registration scheme for short let landlords. Anyone who lets...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Two of the largest lettings agencies propose to merge

The Property Franchise Group, the UK's largest property franchise brand, wants to merge with long-time rival Belvoir. Both are listed on the...

10 January 2024

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Annual rent rise in England still near double digits

The latest rental index from Goodlord shows average rents in England rose nearly nine per cent higher across 2023. In 2022, rents...

09 January 2024

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Seven Tips this lettings agency is giving its landlord clients

Online rental platform Lettingaproperty is telling landlords to take a strategic approach to property management in 2024, to help navigate legislative...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank warns that Rwanda controversy could force early election

Knight Frank has taken the unusual step of warning that Tory splits over Rwanda and immigration could force an early election...

08 January 2024

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Build To Rent trade body beefs up its top team

The UK Apartment Association - effectively a trade body for the Build To Rent sector - is beefing up its top...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Breaches of tenant data must be taken more seriously by agents - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has urged letting agents to take breaches of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s  data protection principle regarding GDPR seriously.   The call comes...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Will tumbling mortgage rates turn tenants into buyers?

Lower mortgage rates - still falling in the days since the end of the festive break - may be persuading some...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Short lets tax change this week just the first of many in 2024

Airbnb and other short let platforms are from this week required to send data on their clients’ earnings to HMRC. And a...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tickets going cheap for Propertymark flagship event

Agents’ group Propertymark is discounting early-bird tickets for its flagship Propertymark One event. The day, run in partnership with Rightmove, is billed...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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