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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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban silver lining: It may save the High Street office, says agent

A lettings agent says the fees ban expected to be introduced next year may end up indirectly helping to save the...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

PropTech repairs service Fixflo has published its latest annual report on the industry, based on information from over 400 lettings professionals...

18 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

Fledgling trade group dares any challenger to bring it on

A post on a landlord website suggests that a new trade body is being set up to challenge the dominance of...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Another Build To Rent scheme - this time a 23-storey city centre block

Plans have been unveiled for a 23-storey development comprising 307 Build To Rent units, located overlooking Cardiff Bay. IM Properties and its...

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

Two new PropTech products aimed at lettings agencies

Two new PropTech services launched, targeting the lettings industry. Tenancy referencing firm FCC Paragon has launched MyMoveIn, an online platform that supports...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

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

Landlords are struggling – and you can throw them a lifeline!

20% more landlords* are struggling compared to last year. They’ve been caught in a perfect storm of higher interest rates, bigger...

20 September 2018

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'Many independent letting agencies will shut' warns franchise firm chief

Belvoir says a surge in business for its Assisted Acquisition Programme is because of the challenging market and upcoming fees ban...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents wanting to restructure lettings businesses

Free seminars are to be held next month to help letting agents restructure their business to optimise opportunities in the current...

18 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

Buy to let mortgage costs increase after Bank of England rate rise

New figures out show that buy to let mortgage rates are showing the effects of last month’s base rate rise. Online mortgage...

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

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

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

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

Student property - Birmingham is UK's leading buy-to-let hotspot

The UK's second city Birmingham takes top spot when it comes to student property returns for buy-to-let investors. Analysis by online letting...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

MPs have proposed a series of amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill as part of its Report Stage and Third Reading...

06 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

Government publishes deposit scheme paper ahead of fees ban Report Stage

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes ahead of the Report Stage of the Tenant...

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

Acquisition allows agency to stay independent ahead of fees ban

An agency claims that the acquisition of a competitor’s lettings department has allowed it to save two companies, avoid cutbacks and...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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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Buy to let lender warns over Brexit's impact on housing market

OneSavings Bank, the parent organisation of specialist buy to let lender Kent Reliance, has given a warning on the possible impact...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank gives upbeat assessment of investors considering buy to let

Data produced by Sainsbury’s Bank Mortgages gives a trend-bucking upbeat assessment of investors’ renewed interest in buy to let.  Figures siuggest that...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection scheme launched by Propertymark

Propertymark has launched a new Client Money Protection system, Money Shield, with a support statement from much of the lettings sector...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

Lettings agents’ representatives have hit back at an accusation of discrimination made against the industry. A report by Shelter and the National...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors still moving into buy to let - but it's a patchy regional picture

First the good news - investors are still purchasing buy to let properties; the less good news is that it’s a...

22 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

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

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

Online firm will 'pre-screen' agencies for tenants, and vice versa

LetsBid, a digital online auction service for lettings and sales, has extended its pre-screening service for agents with a new agreement...

15 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

Banned - Airbnb management service told not to repeat misleading advert

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement for a company that helps Airbnb hosts prepare and manage their properties for...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - ANOTHER stamp duty threat to buy to let this autumn

A newspaper in warning that the beleaguered buy to let sector may be under attack yet again with the government considering...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Tenants' Fees Bill - date set for next stage on path to becoming law

The government has announced that the Report Stage for the Tenants’ Fees Bill will be held on September 5, the day...

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

Expect market wobbles when fees ban kicks in, warns Connells Group

Connells Group says a growing number of small-scale landlords are likely to quit because of the tax and regulation red tape...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Insurer launches referral scheme for agents hit by fees ban

An insurer is launching a new referral scheme for letting agents to market to landlords and tenants as a way of...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

He's at it again - now buy to let multi-millionaire evicts single mothers

Newspapers in Kent are reporting that controversial buy to let multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson has evicted four single mothers from his properties...

20 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

Agents warned of growing arrears if wider economy doesn't improve

Letting agents and landlords have been warned to expect a possible rise in arrears in the coming months if conditions in...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fee Ban – Your Options

Let’s make no bones about it. When the Tenant Fee Ban comes into force you WILL: See a DROP in your income...

17 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Crooked agents and landlords pocket almost £1m in just six months

Crooked letting agents and landlords have so far this year been convicted of illegally pocketing over £900,000 of tenant’s cash – and there’s...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

How can you be Google’s number one this year?

Everyone wants to rank highly on Google. Why? Well, as the world’s biggest search engine, with more than 65% market share,...

04 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Sponsored Content

Let Our Tech Do the Heavy Lifting

PayProp clients power through their monthly invoicing, collections, settlements and payouts in just a few clicks – whether they're managing 1...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Sponsored Content

‘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

Kicked out: two lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme. The first is Bower & Bower (B&B), a sales and lettings...

22 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

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets closer in Wales - but it will still take many months

A Bill which is likely to end up banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants in Wales has been introduced into...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'What kind of monster would do this?' asks politician after lettings bust

A council leader in London, so outraged after a bust of a rogue lettings property, has asked: “What kind of monster...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal teams up with digital banking company

Lettings portal Ezylet has partnered with Revolut, a digital banking company.  Revolut’s product allows users to make free international ATM withdrawals and...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent tells MPs: 'Fees ban OK in principle and won't raise rents'

The chief of what is described as Britain’s largest lettings agency has told an influential group of MPs that the proposed...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm questions whether long-term tenants need referencing

A prominent PropTech startup is questioning whether long-term tenants need to go through the traditional referencing process when moving between rental...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency predicts massive rent hikes this year

Two million tenants will this year be hit with rent rises totalling a combined £46m a month according to an online...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - landlords to be hit most, Scottish experience suggests

A major Scottish property management firm says agents and landlords south of the border should prepare now for the likely agency...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents duplicating over 90% of floor plans

Many agents are missing out on significant time saving opportunities when it comes to their floor plans say Landmark, parent of...

30 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Bring on ban of ‘beyond cheeky’ tenant fees, says high-profile landlord

A high-profile landlord says the upcoming ban on letting agent fees 'can't come soon enough'. Writing a column in the Evening Standard's...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents will go out of business due to legislation changes, says Belvoir boss

The chief executive of the UK's largest franchise agency, Belvoir, says the number of letting and estate agents will 'undoubtedly fall'...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to provide last-minute views on the Tenant Fees Bill

Letting agents - and anyone with ‘relevant expertise and experience or a special interest’ - have been invited to provide their...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords self-managing to save money is a false economy, argues agent

An experienced agent claims that forgoing the services of a letting agent to save money is a false economy for landlords. In...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

John Lewis partners with Canopy to help tenant employees

John Lewis has announced details of a partnership with rental app Canopy to provide employees with the opportunity to have their rent payments...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to highlight 'effective enforcement' in fight against rogues

Today Trading Standards teams across the country will highlight the work they do to protect landlords and tenants from rogue letting...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban update: MPs to debate Tenant Fees Bill today

MPs will today undertake the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill which proposes to ban upfront tenant fees and introduce...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Block management agency expands with new northern office

One of the UK’s largest block management agencies, the Residential Management Group, has opened a new northern office in recognition of...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Use technology to offset cost of fees ban, says PropTech chief

One of the PropTech companies at the centre of the Rent Recognition Challenge contest is calling on letting agents to use...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More independents snapped up by big agency chains

The Lomond Capital acquisition bandwagon continues apace with the latest independent to be snapped up being the well known Bonett’s Estate...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals how it aims to combat fees ban income loss

Countrywide - which is making the lettings sector a key part of its ‘back to basics’ programme - is proposing to...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of investors selling up but most adopt wait-and-see strategy

Buy to let investors are taking a wait and see approach when it comes to additional investment in the sector according...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading buy to let mortgage lender reveals it's on the acquisition trail

One of the most famous names in buy to let mortgages, Paragon, has revealed that it’s on the acquisition trail. There had...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent banned from letting properties after head-butting incident

An agent has been banned from letting properties under ‘fit and proper person’ legislation in Scotland, following an incident in which...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Award winning floor plan app close in on milestone

Floor plan software provider Metropix celebrated their win at The ESTAS on Friday by announcing an upcoming landmark. Having scooped the “Best...

03 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Time is money.

How much more of it would you have if you could do all your month-end payments and reconciliations in a couple...

03 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Furious industry criticism as government reveals costs of ban on tenants’ fees

The industry has reacted angrily to the announcement yesterday that the Tenants’ Fees Bill is now formally starting its progress through...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-let management service 'unable to substantiate claims about rival firm'

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advertisement by the short let management service Airsorted because the firm was unable to...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England changes 'polarising buy to let mortgage market' - claim

Rules introduced last autumn by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority are hurting the buy to let mortgage market according...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector law expert warns on dangers of ignoring MEES regulations

A leading property law specialist has warned that many buy to let investors remain unaware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of buy to let investors looking beyond residential

Over half of mortgage brokers say they have been approached by buy to let investors seeking to diversify their portfolios within...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm that laid off 40 early this year now set to take on new staff

Goodlord, the PropTech company which restructured earlier this year and laid off a reported 40 members of staff, is fighting back...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid in London reveals illegal House in Multiple Occupation

Council officers staged a dawn raid to uncover an unlicensed HMO in north London. The team discovered 10 men and women sleeping...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Two major buy to let lenders increase cost of mortgages

The price of some buy to let mortgages looks set to rise across the board following the decisions of two of...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Up to 10,000 agents could quit because of regulation - claim

Franchises giant Belvoir says there are over 10,000 potential acquisition targets which could be wanting a way out of the lettings...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group reveals possible financial cost of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has given an insight into the effect of the ban on lettings fees likely to be introduced...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental ‘sherpa’ start-up seeks £250,000 to use Artificial Intelligence

A PropTech firm which uses so-called ‘sherpas’ to find lettings properties for would-be renters, is now seeking £250,000 through crowdfunding to...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let investors hits a record 2.5m says agency

The number of buy to let investors in the UK has hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents with banning orders: government to release numbers for each area

A statement from the government has repeated its determination to clean up the private rental sector through a series of measures,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife agency owners start search for lettings firms to acquire

A Derby-based agency says it’s on the acquisition trail and seeking lettings operations to take over. Birchover Sales and Lettings - led...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 10 best (and worst) performing locations for buy to let

Specialist buy to let lender LendInvest has looked at 105 postcodes across England and Wales to find the best (and worst)...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider unveils plans for 1,500 new homes

Build To Rent provider Get Living has revealed plans to invest up to £180m in 756 units in Leeds. Acquired by Get...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Video interview: Neil Cobbold, PayProp COO

Neil Cobbold, COO of PayProp, advises letting agents to act now to beat the upcoming letting agent fee ban and discusses...

27 March 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Buy to let lender demands borrowers prove they conform with MEES

A specialist buy to let lender is making changes to its lending conditions to ensure its residential and commercial borrowers conform...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest crowdfunding lettings product aims to avoid buy to let constraints

Another property crowdfunding investment product has been launched, aiming to offer investors an alternative to the increasingly regulated and taxed buy...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buy to let investors now harder to get, claims trade body

A new survey by a leading lettings trade body suggests that the Bank of England’s attempts to make buy to let...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Acquisitions take agency past 5,500 managed properties milestone

Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson has completed a hat-trick of acquisitions taking its letting portfolio past the milestone of 5,500...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England issues gloomy buy to let mortgage lending figures

The Bank of England has issued gloomy figures on buy to let lending, suggesting the clampdown on mortgage interest tax relief...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Use fees ban as opportunity to streamline your business, agents urged

A leading figure in the PropTech sector is urging letting agents to use the 2019 lettings fee ban as an opportunity...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

Three one-day courses are being held this year - the first next week - aimed at updating letting agents on changes...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

5 reasons landlords love PayProp

Your buy-to-let investment is an extremely valuable asset and you need to know the income generated from it will be safely...

05 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Government pledges to review selective licensing schemes in near future

The government has pledged to begin a review of the selective licensing across the private rental sector once MPs return from...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest acquisitions by Belvoir will add millions to revenue stream

Belvoir has announced what it calls “a significant acquisition” by one of its franchisees, which is set to add almost £1m...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees ban looks set to be implemented soon in Wales

The Welsh Government’s housing minister has tweeted that the results of a formal consultation process on a ban on agents’ fees...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents who say 'No DSS tenants' may be acting unlawfully

Letting agents who act on landlords’ instructions to refuse tenants claiming benefits may be breaking the law. A legal case recently found...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to give evidence to MPs over Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

The sittings of the select committee looking into government proposals to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants resume this week...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole over £350,000 of deposits to fund lavish lifestyle

The director of a lettings agency who who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on holidays and other luxuries...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

42 per cent of tenants unhappy with agents' fees despite imminent ban

A new survey claims that 42 per cent of private sector tenants are unhappy with paying letting agents’ fees, despite the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New website plans to sell buy to let properties with tenants in place

A new website called Vesta has launched aiming to sell investment properties with tenants in place.  The team behind the site describe...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir keen to snap up agencies selling-up after fees ban

Belvoir has told its shareholders that it aims to acquire agencies that exit the lettings sector when the ban on fees...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' code of conduct could happen in England, says PropTech chief

The man behind a leading lettings industry PropTech company says the new Code of Conduct to clean up the rental sector...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer up-front costs could kick-start market, says tenant referencing firm

The trend towards reducing or eliminating deposits at the same time as edging towards a ban on letting agents’ fees on...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade group releases details of anti-fees ban evidence put to MPs

The Residential Landlords’ Association has released details of the evidence it put to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Midlands and north of England come out top for buy to let yields

Liverpool and Nottingham are the UK’s best performing property investment locations, according to mortgage broker Private Finance.  Both cities enjoy average rental...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

Romans has thrown its weight behind the banning orders being introduced in April which could see rogue letting agents and landlords...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

The government has been accused by a lettings sector trade body of skewing the market to encourage more short-lets.  The claim comes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise this year - and it's the fault of government, insists Belvoir

The head of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the rental sector is likely to result in a rise in...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition to oppose credit/debit card surcharge ban

An agency operating in London and Essex has launched an online petition to oppose the ban on credit and debit card...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

The Treasury has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that the ban on credit card surcharges which came into effect in recent...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent says share, share, share his petition to reverse fees ban

An Essex lettings agent has explained why he has set up an online petition calling for a reversal of the government’s...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says 20% of landlords set to reduce portfolios in 2018

The National Landlords Association says 20 per cent of its members plan to reduce the size of their portfolios in the...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 2019 deadline shouldn't lull industry into complacency - agent

This week’s news that the government will not be implementing the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'not implemented until spring 2019 at least' - NALS

The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender extends tenancies policy to 36 months

One of the lettings sector’s biggest lenders, Santander, is allowing its buy to let landlord borrowers to offer assured shorthold tenancies...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark reduces compliance cost with accountancy deal

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have introduced a raft of deals in a bid to save agents money.  Membership subscription fees will remain...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Today sees the return of MPs to Parliament following the Christmas break, and one early task is to hear oral evidence...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs to hear evidence into proposals next week

The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government begins tweeting that it's banning letting agents' fees

The government has started tweeting that it is to ban letting agents’ fees in England - but still isn’t revealing when...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgages could become more expensive soon - warning

The consumer organisation Which? is warning that buy to let mortgages could become more expensive in the near future. This is despite...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

Figures released by the government show huge support for the extension of the offences under which agents and landlords may in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

The government has released more details on long-discussed proposals to tighten up licensing in the private rental sector. It wants landlords in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Fees: Ban will not cut cost of renting, insists trade body

Government proposals to ban letting agent fees levied on tenants next year are unlikely to make renting cheaper as new research...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents group won’t campaign against fees ban

Independent agents’ group CIELA is to launch after all, but now says it won’t be campaigning against the imminent ban on...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor's bill of £33,000 after found guilty of 15 offences

A buy to let investor who a judge said “cut corners” and exposed his tenants to “significant risk” has been ordered...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation increasing as fees ban looms, warns ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing a consolidation of agencies ahead of the ban on agents’ fees...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in cost of buy to let mortgages since base rate rise

There has been a sharp rise in the cost of buy to let mortgages since the November 2 announcement increasing the...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

The selective licensing scheme operated by Newham council in London is reported to have won government backing to be extended until...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank lettings and sales search arm names new recruit

The search arm of Knight Frank, The Buying Solution, has a new recruit to handle both rental and sales clients in...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

30% of landlords may stop using agents if fees go up - survey

Some 30 per cent of landlords may be discouraged from using a letting agent if landlord fees increase as a result...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council may ban agents letting to students in part of city

A council is seeking to prevent letting agents and landlords from letting homes to students in an area of a city...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill because buy to let investor failed to get HMO licence

A buy to let investor who failed to purchase a £542 licence for his HMO has been ordered to pay almost...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage demand falls 'thanks to government rule changes'

One of Britain’s best known and highest profile buy to let specialist lenders says the number of new BTL mortgages being...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent outraged at government “kick in the teeth” over fees

A Birmingham agent has branded the government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill - which proposes a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cap could push typical deposits to £1,400 - claim

The government's plan to cap tenancy deposits at six weeks rent threatens to cost Britain’s renters an average of £1391 –...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology is the key to growing business, letting agents told

A prominent PropTech company chief has repeated his claim that old-fashioned methods of business administration could be prohibiting letting agents from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents to lobby MPs in campaign against fees ban

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has taken the unusual step of making a fact sheet available to all agents, not...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap: Mayor repeats claim that government bottled it

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

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: anti-deposit campaigner unconvinced by criminal sanctions

Campaigning lettings agency chief Ajay Jagota says he is unconvinced by government plans to make it a criminal offence for letting...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: 50 per cent of those responding to consultation were tenants

The controversial consultation period undertaken by the government in support of its proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency threatened by fees ban turns to PropTech

A family-run lettings agency says its viability is seriously threatened by the likely fees ban to be introduced in 2018 -...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

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Airbnb pushes up rents and house prices, claims new survey

What is believed to be the first-ever study of Airbnb’s effects on house prices - not just rents - suggests the...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May is a buy to let landlord earning £10,000 a year

It’s been reported that Theresa May and her husband Philip jointly own a London apartment which is now let out and...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call on government for leaseholders to get fair treatment

It is 50 years since the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 became law and now a firm speciaising in enfranchisement extension wants the government...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Be part of the bigger picture with Rent4sure

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

23 October 2017

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Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: government issues hefty 95-page guidelines for lettings sector

The government has published long-awaited guidelines for the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the private rental sector.   The hefty 95-page...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Van parked in residential street advertised To Let at £200 a month

A yellow minibus-style van parked in a residential street has been advertised on small ads site Gumtree as being to let for...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - key ways renters break their tenancy agreements

A strong majority of tenants admit that they have broken tenancy rules in at least one significant way. A study for interiors...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Insurance specialist warns of fire dangers in student accommodation

A lettings insurance specialist company is warning that students moving into private rental accommodation may pose a greater-than-average risk of fire. Total...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One in 20 lettings properties would fail new energy standard - claim

One in 20 lettings properties breach minimum standards set to come into force next April, according to a survey for an insurance...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour's rent controls - more details emerge of how they would apply

The shadow housing minister, John Healey, has started to flesh out the details of Labour's proposed rent controls, announced by Jeremy...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns some BTL applications 'could take three months'

The mortgage director of Romans, one of the country’s largest agency groups, says the new Bank of England rules being introduced...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can minimise impact of fees ban - if they act now

Letting agents are being warned that they can minimise the impact of the fees ban levied on tenants by being proactive...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency director banned from office after 'diverting' £900,000

The director of a lettings company has been banned from holding company office for eight years following the revelation that he...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees much bigger worry than online agents, says state-of-the-sector report

Repairs software provider Fixflo has issued its annual state-of-the-lettings-industry report - with fees the biggest concern to letting agents.   Some 42 per...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? warns BTL borrowers could be rejected for mortgages

Consumer group Which? is warning that buy to let investors with multiple properties in one locality could risk being turned down...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'could become a car crash next month' - warning

The buy to let market risks becoming a car crash following the changes of lending rules for so-called portfolio landlords with...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

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Agents fail to conduct robust financial checks on tenants - claim

Letting agents have been accused of failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on prospective tenants.    Tenant referencing and insurance operator Landlord...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry supplier Hallmark rebranding as ITTRIA

Hallmark, which has been working with agents and property management firms for over a decade, has formally launched its new name...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: agents can offset losses by streamlining processes

Letting agents across the UK must prepare now for a ban on fees charged to tenants says a PropTech company -...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

The majority of MPs speaking at a House of Commons debate yesterday acknowledged they are wary of the 'unintended consequences' of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords favour fee cap as MPs push for blanket ban

The majority of landlords still believe that a cap on letting agent fees will be more effective than an outright ban,...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs set to debate letting agent fee ban in House of Commons

A Westminster Hall debate for MPs on letting agent fees will take place this morning in the House of Commons. The debate...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir posts impressive results, despite 'challenging' market

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise group, has reported an increase in profit and revenue in the first six months of...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO extends rogue letting agency's ban by four years

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has extended its expulsion of a letting agency by an additional four years. Premier Property Management, based...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: agents urged to switch to custodial schemes to offset losses

Letting agents using insured deposit protection schemes have been urged to switch to a custodial model in order to compensate for...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending changes could result in rental stock surge

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

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

31 August 2017

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Only TWO letting agencies sign up to council's 'no fees' scheme

An attempt by a Labour council to encourage letting agencies to get ahead of the curve and scrap fees for tenants...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New bank targets professional investors in the private rental sector

Redwood Bank, an online institution which says one of its target customers is the professional landlord within the private rental sector,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should beware growing ID fraud, warns reference provider

Reference provider Rent4sure says agents should beware of the growing issue of online identity fraud, especially hitting people in their 30s.   A...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order bans landlord, 84, from instructing agent

A rogue landlord in Corby has been ordered to pay over £20,000 and sign up to a Criminal Behaviour Order which...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - role of parental finance help in private rental sector

The Bank of Mum and Dad isn’t just a phenomenon in the sales market - new research shows it’s a growing...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits cap could lead to more disputes, inventory clerks warn

A leading trade body says a cap on damage deposits paid by tenants - as proposed by the government - could...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body tells buy to let investors: 'remortgage now, while you can'

The National Landlords Association is urging buy to let investors to consider remortgaging in the very near future ahead of new...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants urged to have their say on agents' fees ban consultation

The Welsh Government’s communities and children secretary, Carl Sargeant, is calling on tenants to have their say on proposals to ban...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender changes rules ahead of Bank deadline

Skipton is the latest lender to confirm that it will continue lending to so-called portfolio landlords after new Bank of England...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More overseas action against Airbnb and short-lets: is UK next?

The international backlash against Airbnb and similar short-let online platforms continues.    Earlier this week a video being shown on cable TV in the...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online firm's survey makes sombre reading for agents and landlords

The results of a survey of 2,000 people conducted by an online letting agency appear to make sombre reading for letting...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents - blog claims they're tricksters, liars, con-merchants

A no-holds-barred blog on a controversial website claims that it lifts the lid on being a letting agent in central London...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords with Reference Plus

A 3-in-1 referencing solution to help agents secure safer tenancies. Rent4sure’s 3-in-1 referencing solution has been specifically designed to help agents secure...

03 August 2017

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Lettings demand to stay high as '30% of tenants plan never to buy'

New data from a survey of tenants suggests demand for the private rental sector looks set to be high for the...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London tenants 'seek smaller rental units with better amenities'

Prime central London is seeing the rise of the micro-apartment, according to new research, as squeezed accommodation budgets have seen singles...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister told by council to 'act now' on agents fees ban

The government has been urged by a London council to act now to end letting fees for private renters.   Hackney council says...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of rent rises hits 14-month high, says ARLA Propertymark

The number of letting agents reporting rent rises over the past month is the highest for over a year according to...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another BTL lender changes criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to change its lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more investment...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory backs Labour MP's Bill to improve rental property standards

The Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP Karen Buck, which could give tenants the right to sue landlords if...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings Fees Ban - now Welsh Government  jumps on the bandwagon

The Welsh Government is now kicking off a similar consultation process to that conducted by the Department for Communities and Local...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

With a host of changing regulations hitting the private rental sector, some landlords may be put off using letting agents, but...

20 July 2017

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Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens rules for investors with four or more buy to lets

Paragon is the latest lender to announce it’s falling in line with Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority requirements for more...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

The government has revealed that it has received over 4,700 responses to its official consultation over the proposed ban on letting...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New buying agent-style service launches for busy London renters

A new app called UrbanCo is launched today in London as part of a buying agent-style service aimed at busy would-be renters.    A...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Really? Around half of agents back fees ban, survey suggests

A survey of letting and estate agencies suggest around half broadly back the changes to the private rental sector outlined in...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May confirms fees ban - but remains vague on timescale

The Prime Minister has confirmed that her minority Conservative government will press ahead with the ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

Far from being wealthy property investors, two thirds of individual landlords pay merely the basic rate of income tax according to...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New package counteracts ban on fees, claims service provider

A company claims to have a package of services which would help letting agents overcome the widely-anticipated ban on fees being...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of financial jobs threat to London lettings market

Knight Frank is warning that changes to regulatory supervision of the European Central Bank could, if they went the wrong way,...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New help for expat buy to let investors facing UK tax changes

Skipton International has launched a guide to help expat buy to let investors trying to make sense of the UK government’s...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Could it happen here? Australian agents specifically ban Airbnb sublets

Reports from Australia suggest some of the country’s leading letting agencies have inserted clauses into their tenancy contracts to ban renters...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by firm offering possible way around future deposits cap

An alternative to traditional deposits, already tested in the German rental market, is now being introduced into the UK - and...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Government's Tenants' Fees Bill may effectively ban tenants with pets

The National Landlords Association has come up with an unexpected possible side effect of the new Tenants’ Fees Bill - it...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

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

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents ask: Why did we even bother with fee ban consultation?

ARLA has led a call by many letting agents on hearing the Queen’s Speech - what was the point of a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

City agencies agree to voluntary restrictions on To Let boards

Letting and estate agencies in Brighton and Hove have agreed to voluntary restrictions on the erection of To Let and For...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank enters consumer buy-to-let market

High street operator Metro Bank has announced that it is entering the consumer buy-to-let market and will now accept consumer applications...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Agents ignoring fees ban should be hit with heavy fines’ - CIEH

Large letting agents found to be flouting the incoming ban on letting agent fees should receive fines up to £30,000 to...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban -...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Corporate agents and ARLA make last-ditch plea

A string of corporate letting agencies plus ARLA Propertymark have again called on the government to reconsider its proposed ban on agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still viable 'but may suffer because of Brexit'

A new report says buy to let will continue to provide good investment opportunities but requires an increasingly professional approach.   The report,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on the warpath once more over agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has provided material to The Guardian newspaper suggesting that a typical two-adult household is being charged letting agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fixflo link with PropTech payment firm boosts offer to agents

Property repair reporting platform Fixflo is partnering with PayProp, an online payments system, to improve the offer to agents.    The link means...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - only a week remaining for fees ban consultation

Only just over a week remains before the end of the formal consultation on the government’s proposal to ban letting fees...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise group says Fees Ban will have only limited effect

Hunters says its franchise agents and offices may suffer less than other firms thanks to their sales operations.   Addressing the Hunters Group...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm sets up specialist Fees Ban team

Tenant referencing company Rent4sure has set up a new team to support agents in the light of the expected ban on...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier announces acquisition and targets multi-utility growth

Spark Energy - the specialist energy supplier to the UK lettings sector - has announced the acquisition of broadband firm Home...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global agency the latest to drop up-front tenant fees

The UK arm of Sotheby's International Realty has announced that it has removed all letting agent fees while the government consults...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency offering free management for landlords ahead of fee ban

A two-branch letting agent is offering landlords 0% management fees for six months in preparation for the proposed ban on agent...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents respond to pressure group's 'league table' of fees

Agencies are responding to the latest criticism of their fees on tenants, levied by the pressure group Generation Rent.    The group -...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees street protest staged outside letting agency office

The campaign group Acorn, which has in the past named individual letting agencies that it claims are charging unfairly high fees,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-year buy to let ban after tenants' lives 'put at risk'

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a buy to let landlord...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Peter Mansfield, Group Chairman at TWPN

What does it say on your business card? Peter Mansfield, Group Chairman, The World Property Network, www.twpn.com  and TheWorldPropertyNetwork.com                             What is The World Property Network...

05 May 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 700 responses to ARLA fee ban consultation - more wanted

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it has so far received over 700 detailed responses to its consultation on the...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fair Fees Forum outlines possible risks of agents' fees ban

The Fair Fees Forum, originally established before the proposal to ban letting agents’ fees imposed on tenants in England, now says...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing must be exempt from agents' fees ban, insists ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the costs of tenant referencing must be exempt from the government’s proposed ban on...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for agency staff member who stole £11,500

An agency staff member has received a suspended prison sentence after stealing £11,500 in unclaimed deposits from a branch of Connells.   Amy...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation delayed until after election - but only for one council

A local authority consultation exercise on a licensing system for local landlords has been postponed until June 12, four days after...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - ARLA backs Mayor's rogue agents database

Letting agents who have broken the law are set to be ‘named and shamed’ by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees pressure group says ban must be implemented after June 8

The anti-letting agency fee pressure group Generation Rent is urging its supporters to participate in the government formal consultation over agents’...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twenty agencies back call to extend or suspend fees ban consultation

Twenty agency groups have backed a call by the Association of Residential Letting Agents urging the government to extend or scrap its...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns: Tax changes are forcing landlords to quit

Letting agents have reporting an average of four landlords per branch selling up and quitting the buy to let sector in...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Extend lettings fee ban consultation or scrap it completely, urges ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is calling on the government to either extend the consultation period for the proposed ban...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: 'policy may be lost thanks to election' warns trade body

A trade body has suggested that the General Election on June 8 may lead to a government with new priorities, meaning...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-backing agent predicts fee ban may be in Conservative manifesto

A prominent campaigning letting and sales agent predicts that the Conservatives are likely to put their proposed ban on letting agency...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: government scraps workshops but consultation goes on

The Department of Communities and Local Government is scrapping a series of workshops for letting agents to discuss the proposed ban...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sticks the knife in after Winkworth fee controversy

Hybrid agency Purplebricks has entered the debate over the £835.38p reportedly charged by a branch of Winkworth when it changed the...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'unlikely before late 2018' whatever election result

The ban on letting agents in England imposing fees on tenants is unlikely to be implemented before late next year according...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm leading opposition to BTL tax change says HMOs hit less badly

A property firm at the centre of the campaign against phasing out landlords’ mortgage interest relief says is urging tenants to...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor guilty on 18 HMO charges and gets big fine

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £17,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty at St Albans Magistrates'...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of grubby overcharging by national newspaper

The Guardian has accused a branch of Winkworth letting agency in south London of “grubby overcharging” for allegedly asking a new...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP to help stop fees ban, ARLA tells members

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has told its agent members that they should urgently lobby their Members of Parliament to...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Richard Price, Sales Director at Glide Utilities

Who are you? Richard Price What does it say on your business card? We don't have our roles on our business cards. I...

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats take 'credit' for letting agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats appear to be taking what they see as the credit for the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Major lender lowers affordability assessments for buy to let

One of the biggest lenders to the buy to let community, Santander, is to lower its affordability assessments from next Wednesday.   It...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla data chief joins board of HomeLet's parent company

Mark Witherspoon, the data services director at ZPG, has joined the board of Barbon Insurance Group, which operates the HomeLet and...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Who says hybrids are boring?

Not too many years ago, electric and hybrid cars were regarded as being rather quirky, their main purpose being to deliver...

10 April 2017

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ARLA to launch anti-fees ban campaign in a matter of days

ARLA Propertymark says it will launch a campaign against the government’s proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants “in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban consultation - Agents have until June 2 to respond

The government has finally unveiled its formal consultation process on the proposal to ban letting agents levying fees on tenants in...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Government repeats 'fees will be banned' - but still no consultation...

The government has issued a new statement saying unequivocally that letting agents’ fees on tenants will be banned in England -...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA still angry over increasing tax burden on lettings sector

As the new restrictions on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief come into effect this week, ARLA Propertymark has restated its objections...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank is latest to revise buy to let offer for professional investors

The Metro Bank is the latest to make changes to its buy to let mortgage portfolio in a bid to attract...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting agents' fees cheaper than many countries, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is keeping up its campaign against a ban on agents’ fees in England by showing...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4,000 letting agency jobs at risk if fees ban happens warns ARLA

There are 4,000 jobs at risk if an outright ban comes into force on letting agents’ fees according to new research...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: new campaign to catch those ignoring law on fees

The Property Ombudsman and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute have announced a second phase of their campaign to tackle letting agents...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and tenants to suffer because of fees confusion

A leading insurance company says letting agents and tenants alike will suffer if the government’s proposed ban on fees levied on...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency boss calls stamp duty surcharge 'a government own goal'

The chief executive of Andrews Property Group says the government’s three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge on buy to...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap tenancy deposits to help first time buyers, urges agent

  Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority not to investigate agents' fees

The Competition and Markets Authority says there is no time to undertake a review into the lettings market and the role of...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will still use letting agents after fees ban - claim

The substantial majority of landlords who now use letting agents will continue to do so even if they see their premiums...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Student survey finds over 44% claiming to pay 'hidden' fees to agents

A survey of students in Birmingham has discovered that over 44 per cent of respondents claim to have paid what the...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA and landlord body push for meeting over agents' fees ban

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association have written to the Welsh Government seeking a meeting to discuss a possible ban...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

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More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Referencing firm to offer agents utility-management service

The Lettings Hub is broadening its offer to agents by launching a utility management service on top of its traditional referencing...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice renews attack on letting agents' fees

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

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: NALS wants a 'PRS for all'

As the industry awaits the delivery of today's Spring Budget, the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called on the government...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body asks government to give reasons for incoming tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is writing to the Office for Budget Responsibility asking it to provide clarification on controversial tax...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

Letting Agent Today’s Conor Shilling was in the audience of The Great Buy To Let Debate - always one of the...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

To Let boards may be banned across one of UK's largest cities

Manchester council is considering a city-wide ban on letting agents’ To Let boards.   The local authority says the plethora of boards in some...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent 'could deliver 240,000 new homes to let by 2030'

A new report suggests that institutional investment in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector could see the creation of 240,000 new...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator names managing agency for first scheme

L&G, one of the biggest firms involved in Britain’s Built To Rent sector, has named the agency it is appointing to...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban 'highlights need for professional inventories' - claim

Professional independent inventories can save money for landlords at a time when tax changes threaten to make private letting for expensive...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Protests turn to celebrations as Santander drops mortgage clause

Protests planned by tenants’ groups for many Santander bank branches over the past weekend turned instead into celebrations after the institution...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent rises of 30% warns ex-Bank of England chief

Tenants face potential rent increases of between 20 and 30 per cent as a result of tax rises hitting landlords, says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group backs banning orders on rogue agents, landlords

A trade body has backed government plans to introduce so-called ‘banning orders’ for rogue letting agents and landlords, but it says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

The need for letting agencies to assist landlords with the increasingly-complicated private rental sector has been hammered home by the results...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Economists asked to assess impact of buy to let tax changes

A trade group has commissioned a firm of economists to look at how the government’s mortgage interest tax relief change -...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminating against legal tenants' - claim

A report out today claims foreigners and Britons without passports, particularly from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the lettings...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter says government must deliver on longer tenancies

Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban still unlikely to be introduced until 2018

The government’s Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government considers mandatory Client Money Protection

The government has announced in its Housing White Paper that it is still “working with industry experts” to consider whether Client...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest Build To Rent scheme emphasises 'no agents'

Wembley Park in north London is to host Britain’s largest Build To Rent scheme yet after Quintain revealed a programme for...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Even ex-Bank of England economist hates buy to let tax change

David Miles, a former Bank of England economist, has described the government’s mortgage interest tax relief reform as “terrible” - but...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes not hitting buy to let significantly, says agency chief

The head of MartinCo, the country’s largest franchise agency group, says the government’s buy to let tax changes and lettings fee...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

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

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

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Estate agents, fancy a ride in a supercar?

Why not drive one of the most powerful, beautiful, and sensational supercars available on the planet today, and at a price...

01 February 2017

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ARLA wants agents' fees spread over six months, not up-front

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has repeated it call for the government to ban up-front letting agent fees at the...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm raises concern over agents' fees ban

Tenant referencing and insurance firm FCC Paragon says its own referencing sector, as well as independent letting agents and smaller corporate...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb offers free accommodation to those hit by Trump ban

Airbnb’s co-founder says his short-lets platform will provide free housing “to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US.”   The offer, made...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon reveals huge drop in buy to let lending in recent months

Paragon Bank, one of the country’s leading specialist buy to let mortgages houses, almost halved its lending to landlords in the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords boosted as buy-to-let mortgage rates remain steady

The Bank of England's decision to keep the base interest rate at the record low of 0.25% has kept buy-to-let headline...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Southern Rail strikes beginning to hit local lettings markets

A buy to let mortgage lender claims that five out of six areas affected by the long-running spate of strikes on...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - timetable suggests it won't be in place until 2018

The government says the formal consultation on the proposed introduction of a ban on letting agent fees levied on tenants in...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Don't raise rents - try to keep tenants' letting agent tells landlords

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says it is encouraging its London landlords to avoid rent rises and instead focus on retaining...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS-led forum asked to consider how fees ban could operate

The Fair Fees Forum, a platform for letting agencies and trade bodies set up by the National Approved Lettings Scheme, has...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender bids to help 'complex' owner-occupier buyers

Paragon Mortgages, best known for its significant position in the buy to let market, has launched a range of residential mortgage...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fee ban: Tory MP warns of unintended consequences

A Tory MP has taken to the internet to warn against what he calls the “unintended consequences” of a ban on...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council considers restricting To Let boards in key rental areas

A consultation on whether to introduce stronger rules to control the number of 'to let' boards in Durham has just started.    The...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents circulated with 'banned list' by Britain's biggest landlords

The couple believed to be the owners of Britain’s largest buy to let portfolio have defended sending letting agents an 11-point...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today - this is what's in store

This is the final Letting Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

High-profile opponent of agents' fees is to speak at ARLA conference

Vicky Spratt - whose blogging to highlight the various fees charged to tenants by letting agents triggered a campaign to get...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS wants Competition and Market Authority to look at agents' fees

The National Approved Lettings Scheme says it wants the Competition and Markets Authority to step into the debate over lettings fees A...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens buy to let guidelines as new rules start to bite

Specialist mortgage lender OneSavings Bank is the latest to announce that it is introducing stricter affordability assessments for all new buy...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Substantial majority of letting agents expect rent rises in 2017

Some 80 per cent of letting agents say they expect rents to rise next year.   In the latest market survey by the...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency reports 44 per cent surge in repeat clients

Online agency Upad claims it has seen a 44 per cent annual growth in repeat business for its digital lettings service,...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks join clamour for caps on agents' fees on tenants

Letting agencies and landlords must club together to campaign for a cap on agents' fees charged to tenants, rather than an...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign set up to 'force' government to honour fees ban

A campaign group has been refocussed with the objective of making the government honour its Autumn Statement pledge to ban letting...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender introduces stiffer criteria for investors

The Leeds Building Society is the latest buy to let mortgage lender to amend its criteria for borrowers ahead of new...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another boost for Build To Rent as L&G fund tops £1 billion

The fast-growing Build To Rent sector has seen another boost in investment from a major player - Legal & General.    Earlier this week...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

2017 will see fewer homes to let and higher rents, claims ARLA

Members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents predict a fall in the number of homes being available to let next...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Ban could mean tenants pay three times current fees, claims agency

Agency chain Spicerhaart is warning that tenants could pay up to three times as much as they currently do, if tenant...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Recycling charges - another back-door tax on buy to let?

What appears at first sight to be a low-level dispute between a landlord and a council has raised what may be...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fees ban may drive investors north says buy to let guru

The Northern Powerhouse agenda, increased infrastructure investment announced in the Autumn Statement and low entry prices make the north of England...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New Bank of England claim that buy to let 'risks economic stability'

There is a new warning from the Bank of England suggesting that - despite all the recent measures aimed against buy...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online petition against ban calls for agents' fee 'cap' instead

An online petition is being staged to voice opposition against the government's proposed ban on letting agents' fees levied on tenants...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

Rents will "unpreventably rise" thanks to the government's proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants and because of its...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: here's a calculation of how much it might cost landlords

City investment consultancy Jefferies has calculated the impact on landlords if the country’s second largest agency group - LSL Property Services...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Survey claims tenants becoming increasingly eco-conscious

Tenants are becoming increasingly eco-conscious according to a new survey.   Some 80 per cent of those questioned agree that landlords or their...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Advice from a letting agent where fees are already banned

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

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS 'fair fees' agents committed to making fee ban work

The NALS ‘Fair Fees Forum’ - set up before last week’s announcement on the banning of letting agency fees levied on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England quizzing lenders over buy to let stress tests

The Financial Times reports that the Bank of England is questioning buy to let mortgage lenders and banks as part of...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban won't stop this group of buy to let investors, insists bank

The government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants - and the possibility that they may instead fall on...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency makes league table of highest/lowest tenant fees

Online estate agent Urban.co.uk says it has created a league table of fees that tenants are charged by agencies in different locations...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban not stopping agency rejoining lettings sector

In the week that the government announced a ban on letting agents levying fees on tenants, one multi-office estate agency has...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

Many agencies have spoken out in dismay at the announcement by government that letting agency fees on tenants would be banned...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Could portals have done more to stop fees ban being considered?

Lettings guru David Lawrenson has given an unusual perspective on the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’ fees on tenants in...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-fees Renters' Rights Bill likely to be heavily amended

No decision yet appears to have been taken on the fate of the Renters’ Rights Bill - which had as a...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: Industry bodies dismayed after  failing to convince Hammond

  Industry groups have warned that the government’s ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in England will backfire, with most...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaigning charities welcome ban on letting agents' fees to tenants

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Council request to extend To Let board ban rejected by government

Brighton and Hove council has failed in its bid to win government backing to ban To Let boards. The council sought government...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

UK only 15th best buy to let investment location in Europe

The UK is only the 15th best place in Europe to enjoy high returns from buy to let according to currency...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain on brink of Build To Rent explosion says letting agency

New research suggests the UK is on the brink of a large-scale, commercially developed, owned and operated Build To Rent sector. A...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Renters' Rights Bill - anti-fees measure continues through Lords

The controversial Renters’ Rights Bill, which wants to sharply reduce the ability of letting agents to levy charges on tenants and...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability tests blamed for dip in buy to let mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works, the buy to let lending arm of the Nationwide, has seen a dip in the amount borrowed by...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank allows mortgage clients to let via Airbnb without prior consent

Metro Bank says its residential mortgage customers are now allowed to rent their properties through Airbnb and similar sites for up...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England to control loan-to-value of buy to let mortgages

The Bank of England has been given additional powers by the government to control mortgage lending for buy to let investors. The...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News