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KEYWORD "Benefits" - 100 RESULTS
Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

A figure in one of the country’s highest profile lettings companies has hit out at a government proposal to penalise the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Grab - rental sector may not be viable warns Propertymark

The chief executive of Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government in response to its latest attempt to extract...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Raid planned on rental sector in Budget - report

The Budget on Wednesday will contain a £300m tax raid on the rental sector according to a report this morning -...

03 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech service launches revised website and blog

Automated rental payment service PayProp has revealed a revamped website.  The service described the new site as “a refreshed web presence that...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

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

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Property management qualifications - two agents' success stories

Karen Stanley of Stanley Strategic Consultants, and Filomena Crolla of Domus Stay are the first students to pass the highest level...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Building society bans mortgages on holiday let properties

A building society has launched a pilot project banning mortgage lending on holiday lets in two tourist areas for 12 months. Leeds...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands radical changes to Renters Reform Bill

Shelter is asking for public support for radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill, now going through Parliament. The campaigning charity is...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Ukrainians given visa extension - likely impact on private rental sector

Ukrainians who came to the UK following the Russian invasion will be able to apply for 18-month extensions to their visas,...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Third independent lettings operation snapped up by franchisee

Long-standing lettings franchisee Kevin Hall has snapped up a third independent agency in his town. Hall, who has run the Ashford branch...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

New ESTAS winners named in time for spring marketing campaigns

The ESTAS Group says its 2024 Best in Postcode Category Winners will be announced on April 26. This new category was announced...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove snaps up rental-focussed reviews website

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

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Client Accounting – what are your options?

The benefits for letting agents to outsource their client accounting is well documented, however with an increasing number of options available,...

31 January 2024

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Mortgage experts predict boost in buy to let lending this year

Just under half of mortgage brokers expect to place more limited company buy-to-let business throughout the next 12 months, Paragon Bank...

24 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Year political updates for agents from Propertymark

Propertymark’s monthly political and government update webinars are set to continue in 2024 - General Election year. A statement from the trade...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Budget 2024 - Just days left for agents to send ideas to Jeremy Hunt

Agents who want to put their arguments for lettings fiscal reform to the Chancellor have until 5pm next Wednesday to submit...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Famous agency ditches HQ for new base and a contemplation room

Strutt & Parker is leaving its HQ to share premises with other parts of its parent company - and to have a...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Free webinar for agents on latest shock waves to hit market

A free webinar for agents is being held next week, again devoted to the Renters Reform Bill as well as the...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

10-branch brand and thousands of lets become part of fast-growing agency

Lomond has more than doubled its footprint spanning the South Coast after a major deal involving a 10 branch agency, Beal's. Beal’s employs...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent senses change of mood in rental market

One of Britain’s leading agents - former RICS residential chairman Jeremy Leaf - says he is seeing a change of mood...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Last Ditch Bid to save unpopular freeholds from Gove’s law change

Plans for leasehold reform face a major early stumbling block as analysis shows plans to retrospectively introduce a cap on ground...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

Propertymark has laid out its proposals to the Scottish Government ahead of its 2024-25 Budget next week. The letting agents’ trade body...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Forecast - rental market to see “strong resurgence” next year

Next year will see “a strong resurgence” in the rental market, a leading agent predicts. Nicky Stevenson, Managing Director of Fine &...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

ARLA agent is new head of Experts In Property

It’s all change for a regional agents’ group which has announced a new chair and new directors. Cornwall-based former estate agent Steve...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - owners all at sea over where to start

Almost two in five UK owners - landlords and homeowners - now consider improving the energy efficiency of their property an...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has set out its pro-agency position on a range of issues contained in the Renters Reform Bill, currently trundling through...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb claims its short lets support thousands of jobs across UK

A new report claims that Airbnb has generated tens of thousands of jobs in the UK and enables people to work...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Two of PropTech’s biggest names announce merger

Two of the highest profile PropTech suppliers to the lettings and wider property sectors have announced a merger. Reapit and PayProp say...

05 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards reveal details of new Material Information requirements

Parts B and C of the process to improve material information disclosure in property listings are published today within comprehensive new guidance...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Industry first as agency gives time off for fertility treatment

Leaders Romans Group has launched a new benefit which supports employees undergoing fertility treatment. The benefit allows staff time off (unpaid for...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit and private renting - agents win case for forum

The Department for Work and Pensions will recommence the Private Rented Sector Universal Credit Engagement Group next month, following a concerted...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech tenant referencing link for 1,250-member agents’ group

UK Association of Letting Agents has announced a link with PropTech supplier Canopy. UKALA member agents will receive a discount if they...

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

FIA independent agents group reveals new PropTech supplier

The Federation of Independent Agents has selected an automated client account platform as a supplier.  The FIA was established in by Graham...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

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

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent problems highlighted in latest report

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

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Gary Wright - flatfair Chief Executive Officer

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Gary Wright - Chief Executive Officer. What is flatfair and what...

13 November 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

Shock as Rent Controls backed by Judicial Review decision

There’s been widespread dismay in the industry as the outcome of a Judicial Review has backed the Scottish Government’s objective of...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

tlyfe's Rent-Ready Solution: Revolutionising the Lettings Market with Over 25,000 Tenants and 150 Agent Branches on Board

Introduction The lettings market is no stranger to the complexities and challenges that come with finding the right tenants for the right...

31 October 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Council lettings agency steps up bid to win private landlords

A council’s lettings service - first set up a decade ago - says it is stepping up its campaign to recruit...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency slams four councils for policies which directly hit rental supply

The lettings agency Winkworth has taken the unusual step of criticising policies of a series of councils. The councils are all Labour...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons figures fly for lettings, falter for sales

Not for the first time this year, a trading update from London-focussed agency Foxtons has shown that lettings is leading the...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Client money accounting made easy with PayProp

A client account is essential to your lettings business, but the rules and regulations you need to follow to keep this...

26 October 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Revolutionise Property Listings With Our New AI-Powered Description Generator

In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving property industry, it’s essential that forward-thinking agents strive for innovation through PropTech to improve processes, save...

26 October 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Agents demand payment changes in upcoming Autumn Statement

Propertymark is urging the government to use next month’s Autumn Statement to support low-income households in the private rented sector in...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech service claims to solve client account issues

PropTech supplier Lettspay has launched a new client account banking service for letting agents and property managers in partnership with Griffin...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 U-turn - more details given by government

More details have emerged of what appears to be a sort of stay of execution for Section 21 eviction powers. The abolition...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Who cares about Build To Rent? Not MPs by the looks of it….

A PR exercise has discovered that 89 per cent of UK MPs would not give priority to Build-to-Rent schemes in their...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency group signs big deal with landlords association

The Leaders Romans Group of lettings agencies has signed a deal with the National Residential Landlords Association. LRG will become the NRLA’s...

10 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Seminar for Letting Agents ahead of major benefits shake-up

Social housing provider Caridon Property is hosting a series of free seminars to prepare letting agents for the migration of Housing...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of “profiteering” rent rises

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

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Many want to go self-employed - but do the figures add up?

At a time when the agency industry is being wooed by new self employed business models, a new survey suggests most...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New How To Rent Guide to be issued today

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says a new How To Rent guide will be issued today, October 2. Letting...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Super Office’ created by long-standing city lettings agency

A long-established agency has created what it calls a “super office” in its city. John Payne Estate Agents, which has been active...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rural property firm name disappears into parent company brand

Scottish agency and chartered surveyor firm DM Hall is to incorporate the identity of its rural property specialist arm, Baird Lumsden,...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Possession court delays to worsen thanks to new law - claim

The new Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service - introduced this month - will make possession court case delays even worse. That’s the...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative provider reveals latest time-saving integration

Deposit alternative provider flatfair has announced their latest integration with the property technology platform, Reapit. A statement from flatfair says: “Existing users...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Ratings - rental sector won't improve without grants, warns legal expert

A legal expert says there is too little practical help available to transform the energy efficiency reputation of the private rental...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Fake Agents and Landlords - renters face fraud threats online

New figures suggest soaring numbers of tenants are at risk from criminals taking advantage of the tough rental market. Scammers place fake...

22 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - Agents' five point plan for change

Propertymark has set out a five point plan to improve the status and usefulness of the Energy Performance Certificate and to...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to push its training service at Propertymark events

Rightmove is to provide agents with local market data and easier access to training at a series of Propertymark regional events. Rightmove...

07 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark's legal plea to government - ‘be fair to rental sector’

Propertymark has issued another plea to the government to be fair to the private rental sector - this time regarding a...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal concern over new aid for tenants in eviction cases

The Law Society is raising concerns over the effectiveness of a new support service aimed at tenants at risk of losing...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings boom helps franchise brands offset sales falls

Increased lettings income proved a valuable balance to a declining sales market for The Property Franchise Group in the first half...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Evictions set to take longer and cost more from today

The new Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service kicks in today - it offers early legal advice, free of charge, to anyone...

01 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPCs - Rightmove warns it could take DECADES to retrofit

A new analysis by Rightmove suggests it could take literally decades for the private rental sector to conform with stricter energy...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity slams government over gap between rents and benefits

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has slammed the government over the growing gap between housing benefit levels and even the lower end...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill measures may be extended - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Research reveals time it takes to arrange interim inspections

Interim inspections are a necessity if you want to avoid property issues and tenant relationship breakdowns. They’re a no brainer –...

04 July 2023

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Sex For Rent Scandal - letting agents accused by activists

The issue of ‘rent for sex’ - tenants offered free or discounted rent in return for sexual favours - is now...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Government: boost help for increasingly poor tenants

Propertymark has set out the case for an increase in benefits for private tenants. Timothy Douglas, Propertymark's Head of Policy and Campaigns...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Automated admin makes property maintenance easy with PayProp

PayProp is known for its award-winning rental payment platform, which combines bank-integrated client accounting with automation to save letting agencies time...

29 June 2023

From: Sponsored Content

How To Convert from Let-Only to Fully Managed

What objections are you hearing when you try and convert let-only landlords to fully-managed? Because the latest figures show just 18 per...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

One city loses 1,500 rental homes to Airbnb - claim

A newspaper is reporting that almost 1,500 homes which could be used for long-term mainstream rentals have been ‘lost’ to short...

20 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils perks, benefits and discounts to lure staff

The fast growing agency Lomond - which has snapped up a string of independents in the past two years - is...

16 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Key reasons why agents use IT revealed by PropTech survey

A new survey reveals that the safety of client funds is one of the key reasons why letting agents look to...

08 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents can keep growing in a challenging market

It’s no secret – 2023 is a difficult year for the property industry. While rising rents should lead to increased income...

07 June 2023

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Labour must fund councils to buy private rental homes - expert’s call

A prominent housing journalist says Labour should fund councils to buy homes directly from private landlords to rapidly increase the size...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent in ‘stay calm’ plea to landlords with Bill worries

Private landlords should hold fire on plans to quit the private rental sector and give the government a chance to incentivise...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill published - full details

The pro-tenant anti-landlord Renters Reform Bill has at last been published by the government which first promised it in 2019. It has...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent fined thousands after trying to avoid redress scheme

A £5,000 fine has been upheld against a landlord who failed to declare himself as a property agent and did not join a mandatory...

16 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians told to do more to help tenants on benefits

Propertymark has told a group of MPs that many benefit recipients are excluded from the private rented sector due to the...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Faster and more secure tenant referencing pledge by supplier

PropTech rental platform  Goodlord has partnered with an open banking platform to enhance its tenant referencing service. Goodlord, which first integrated open...

12 May 2023

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket says lettings agency deal means it’s “more than just a portal”

OnTheMarket has bagged Arun Estates, one of the UK's largest agency groups, in a deal involving the TecLet lettings platform. TecLet, an...

09 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer links with Build To Rent trade body

Move iQ, the consumer-facing online service operated by TV property guru Phil Spencer, is linking with the Build To Rent trade...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

New boss for tenant referencing and insurance giant

Barbon Insurance Group, which describes itself as the UK's largest tenant referencing and specialist lettings insurance intermediary, has a new managing...

27 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Strictly star to front lettings agency podcast

Lettings agency Hamptons, now part of Connells, has hired a former Strictly Come Dancing and Countryfile star to front a property...

25 April 2023

From: Breaking News

5 Reasons to outsource your client accounting

As a dedicated letting agent, or estate agent with a lettings portfolio, you already have a lot on your plate. Managing...

18 April 2023

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Anger over Airbnbs and holiday lets needing planning consent

The new trade body for short lets has reacted angrily to a government plan for AirBnb and other short let hosts...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Holiday Lets contribute to soaring costs of coastal homes

The cost of coastal homes in Britain more than doubled - rising 56 per cent - between 2012 and 2022 says...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents step up call for scrapping of LHA freeze

Propertymark has renewed its call for Local Housing Allowance  - which has remained static since 2020 - to be increased. It says...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians blasted for ‘lack of balance’ in private rental sector policies

One of Scotland’s largest lettings agencies is voicing concern over what it calls “the lack of balance” in the Scottish government’s...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Short Let registration fee must be reasonable insists Airbnb

Airbnb says any new rules for short lets in Wales should protect hosts and the benefits they bring to the tourism...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Connells makes bid to win Build To Rent business

Connells Group is making a bid to win business in the Build To Rent sector, launching what it calls “the UK’s...

22 March 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO clampdown spun as ‘preserving character of communities’

A clampdown on HMOs is to begin this week - and the council behind it is describing it as ‘preserving the...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents may be asked to include ‘green features’ on property details

Councillors in one part of London are considering asking agents to include ‘green features’ on property details. Camden’s Labour controlled council has...

15 March 2023

From: Breaking News

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