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KEYWORD "Benefits" - 253 RESULTS
Airbnb tries to buy off rental criticism with local ‘tax’

Airbnb, which has been criticised by some for its impact on local rental markets, is to set up its own ‘tax’...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - apology by lettings agency after advertisement blunder

A lettings agency which markets private rental properties and units operated by a housing association has apologised for its ‘No DSS’...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Fixflo says it’s business as usual for agents despite sell-off

Fixflo has pledged that it’s business as usual for its lettings agency clients, after news broke that it was to be...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Big PropTech deal as Fixflo is snapped up by German firm

Fixflo, the well known provider of property repairs and maintenance software across the lettings sector, has been acquired by a European...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New branch for The Property Franchise Group’s Hunters brand

Hunters - now subsumed into The Property Franchise Group - has opened a new branch in Bicester.  The new branch follows a...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in letting properties pushed by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator say it is promoting the concept of private tenants being allowed pets - and it takes a...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under threat from huge revamp to private rental sector

A scheme being proposed in Northern Ireland has been branded as a threat to letting agents. The Northern Ireland Executive is considering...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists stage DSS protest outside agency office

Activists from the Acorn renters' campaign group have held a protest outside a branch of Chancellors in Oxford. The group says the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agency trade group reveals membership surge

A rival trade body to the Association of Residential Letting Agents has announced what it calls “a robust membership result.” The UK...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Vets want pets in lets - and they want them now

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - wants pets to be allowed in private rental...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ - Agency unlawfully discriminated against tenant

Another lettings agency has been found to have unlawfully discriminated against a tenant receiving benefits. Worthing County Court declared that Michael Jones & Company unlawfully...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents make the most of the student rental market in 2021?

Targeting the specialist student rental market can be rewarding for letting agents and landlords if they take the right approach. The current...

31 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Pro-Pet campaigners want damage insurance as option for tenants

Momentum is building to have the Tenant Fees Act amended, allowing agents to charge tenants for damage insurance which would then...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Kersteen McConnell, Business Development Manager for Virgin Media

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Hi, I’m Kersteen McConnell and I am a Business Development...

23 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies cope with strong demand thanks to flexible PropTech - claim

A PropTech supplier says rental market activity remains relatively robust through this third lockdown, with a 25 per cent drop in...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Why 2021 is set to be 'the year for good broadband' in the rental market

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and shifting tenant requirements are reinforcing the need for good broadband in the rental market...

10 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of buy to let landlord companies set up

Research by Countrywide agency Hamptons shows that during 2020 some 41,700 new buy to let limited companies were formed. That’s a record...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional agency says unique business model is behind success

A regional lettings agency says its better-than-expected 2020 performance is down at least partly to having what it calls a unique...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Build To Rent operator claims 6,000 new homes are underway

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s started work on 6,000 residential units in...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings agency giant created with £100m private equity cash

Lomond Capital, which owns Scottish lettings and estate agents Braemore and Stonehouse, is to merge with Yorkshire firm Linley & Simpson. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent speaks out against possible ‘money making’ licensing scheme

A lettings agent has spoken out at a local council landlord licensing scheme, suggesting it might just be nothing more than...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents breaking 'No DSS' listings rule will face sanctions, warns Zoopla

The debate over rental properties listed on portals with ‘No DSS’ statements has reignited over the weekend. This follows a BBC investigation...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Free Guide: Sold On Sustainability

You don’t need to be Greta Thunberg to know that climate change is a big issue that’s impacting our day-to-day lives....

09 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents’ group recommends referral fee policy of transparency

The UK Association of Lettings Agents is recommending transparency in relation to the disclosure of referral fees to landlord clients. Last month...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings employers urged to take on more apprentices

Industry supplier The Letting Partnership is calling for businesses to take on more apprentices and support young people in a challenging...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Up-front rental payment system being rolled out across the UK

The Advanced Rent Option, which allows licensed lettings agents to offer their landlords a year’s rent upfront as part of their...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

ARLA Propertymark is one of seven trade and charity groups calling on the government to help bail out private renters with...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want public funds to pay rent arrears’ - campaigners renew call

The Generation Rent campaign has renewed its call for public money to be allocated to clear at least some rent arrears...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Faster check-out admin for agents thanks to PropTech integration

Two PropTech suppliers have announced their products will integrate in order to, in their words, “dramatically reduce reporting and end of tenancy...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

The Resolution Foundation has added its voice to that of many charities and other think tanks demanding more government support for...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Top tips for creating engaging blog content

Putting fingers to keyboard to create blogs and articles isn’t always the easiest job for agents, particularly when meetings, viewings and...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top things to look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Pressure on for pet-friendly lets as Build To Rent operators cash in

Pressure appears to be building for more pet-friendly lettings properties with two Build To Rent operators promoting animal-friendly tenancies. BTR operator Fizzy Living...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New property management division wants high-end London business

The Ringley Group has launched a new estate and block management division targeting high-end London instructions. Ringley Group already has over 12,000...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a “massive increase” in evictions in the near future. In a briefing paper the...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches to focus on developer’s city units

Stockport-based property development company Three Sixty has launched what it calls an online agency - Three Sixty Living - to handle...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

A lettings agency that told a prospective tenant it had a policy of not offering tenancies to housing benefit recipients has...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

The campaigning pressure group Generation Rent has returned to the battle to win an extension to the current evictions ban in...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents to review advertising following No DSS ruling

A property litigation expert is warning letting agents and landlords about far-reaching consequences of the recent ruling which declared a blanket...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Jail threat for BTL investor who falsely claimed benefits

A  buy to let investor has been sentenced to two years in prison after claiming income support despite being a professional portfolio...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Imminent surge of tenancies despite virus will challenge agents - claim

There’s likely to be a further surge of new tenancies in the weeks to come, challenging agents’ ability to cope with...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter “doubling up” its checks on letting agents for compliance

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is “doubling up” its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offer arrears help to tenants hit by Corona cash crisis

ARLA Propertymark and other organisations from across the housing sector have joined forces to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demands change as lockdown reveals the ‘new normal’

Research from franchise giant Belvoir is the latest to show what may be rapidly changing aspirations from private tenants. “The results confirm...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech and training deals announced by independent agents’ group

The Federation of Independent Agents has revealed four new PropTech and training strategic partnerships for member agencies. They are Inventory Base, Vaboo,...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets ‘annual limits’ could spread outside London - expert

The current restriction on Airbnb-style short lets to 90 nights a year in London could spread to other cities - and...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market - why mortgage advisors are needed more than ever

The buy-to-let market has grown significantly in recent years as long-term renting becomes more popular and investors continue to see the...

28 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs call for extra financial aid for tenants during virus

A leading trade body is backing calls by MPs for additional financial support to tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. The National Residential...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

The UK’s largest property franchise group says the current Coronavirus crisis shows precisely how robust its franchise business model is. In a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter, which has been outspoken in its criticism of many letting agents in recent years, has now produced a...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Untrue! Generation Rent claim is wrong says top lettings body

The Generation Rent pressure group is wrong to claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Build To Rent emerge stronger or weaker after the virus crisis?

A pro-Build To Rent online platform is hosting a webinar to discuss whether the sector will emerge from the Coronavirus crisis...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings body backs Labour call for private rents to have ‘benefit cover’

The new National Residential Landlords Association has backed calls from the Labour Mayor of London to ensure the benefits system covers...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings veteran joins board of still-to-launch portal

Veteran Countrywide figure John Hards has joined the board of still-to-launch property portal OpenBrix. In 2018 Hards rejoined Countrywide as national lettings...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla owners invest heavily in Airbnb

The private equity firm that snapped up Zoopla Property Group two years ago has revealed that it’s one of two companies...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on evictions: Charity welcomes three month pause

The government’s announcement that no new eviction proceedings from either social or private rented accommodation can start for at least three...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The joy of pets denied to millions of renters, claims pet care firm

A pet care company claims that millions of private renters are being denied the benefits of pet ownership because of landlords...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Charge! Rental sector disadvantaged over costs for electric car charging

A property management firm says the private rental sector is effectively disadvantaged in the fight against climate change because it does...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

Who are you? Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media How can sales and letting agents work with Virgin Media to earn extra revenue? By...

20 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants unable to afford rent despite  allowance reform

Plans to end the freeze on housing benefits will still leave many tenants unable to afford rent say landlords. Following the announcement...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Savvy landlords can still make Buy To Let work insists property chief

There’s still life in the buy to let market despite the regulatory and financial changes in recent years according to a...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 reform and new Housing Court 'should be early Johnson priorities'

The National Landlords’ Association says the new Conservative government must do two things in its early phase in office. The NLA, which...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise group hikes charges to landlords by 10% because of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has issued an upbeat trading statement indicating that it’s mitigated much of the financial impact of the...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut the red tape! Huge rise in laws governing private renting

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies has revealed that the number of laws creating an obligation on landlords in the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets may have tighter controls in Scotland

The Scottish Government says it’s looking at whether to regulate Airbnb and other short let activities after a consultation found widespread...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Crippling” delays in returning deposits slammed by trade group

The typical delay in tenants receiving their returned deposits is “crippling” for many. That’s the view of the Association of Independent Inventory...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How to have the pawfect pet tenancy

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets....

23 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Yet More Licensing: councils want more freedom to expand schemes

An umbrella organisation representing councils is calling for greater freedom to introduce more and larger rental sector licensing schemes, without the...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s controversial right to buy could work, if landlords benefit too

A leading PropTech chief says there is nothing inherently wrong with private tenants being given the right to buy their property,...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Liberal Democrats to debate call to scrap landlords’ rights

The Liberal Democrat conference, which begins on Saturday, is to debate a resolution calling for the scrapping of Section 21 -...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Family and older person rental markets ‘present agents with opportunities’

Utilities management service Tenant Shop says demographic changes leading to more families and older individuals renting privately represent an opportunity for...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent rebrands to Hunters as franchise expansion continues

An independent previously known as Adams Estate Agents has rebranded as Hunters as the franchise giant’s expansion programme continues. The office is...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High-profile online lettings agency acquired by digital rental service

Online rental services platform Howsy - which last week revealed £5m new investment from backers - has acquired online lettings agency...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies: government could announce decision as soon as next month

Housing minister Esther McVey has hinted that the government may finally decide as soon as next month on whether to introduce...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

More power for landlords? Two largest trade bodies to merge in New Year

The two largest landlord trade groups are to merge. The National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association will unite to form...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police want landlords to share information about tenants

Police in South Shields have called for the sharing of information about tenants in HMOs - and a council is considering...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants and landlords may be offered energy 'theft' amnesty

Energy market regulator Ofgen is considering an amnesty for tenants and landlords, amongst others, to own up to ‘stealing’ energy through...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let con-man must pay back £48,000 rent or go to prison

A man who claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord has been ordered to pay back more...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent boost for London as it becomes a top European market

London is growing in its importance as a Build To Rent market according to new research released today. International property consultancy JLL...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Major retirement housebuilder now letting homes, not just selling

Legal & General, one of the largest specialist builders of so-called retirement communities for the over-55s, is now going to let...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over £3,000 spent improving each buy to let property annually

Buy to let investors in the UK are spending nearly £4.7 billion a year on their rental properties, an average of...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to sub-let private flats to the homeless

Portsmouth council is the latest local authority to offer to rent properties from private landlords to let out to the homeless.  The...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the future but only if it provides benefits, says top consultant

The future of the lettings industry will be tech-driven says one of the industry’s leading consultants, who is now also director...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Benefits tenants could be biggest losers if Section 21 is scrapped

Tenants on state benefits could be the 'biggest casualties' of the government's 'ill-thought-out' plans to scrap the Section 21 evictions process,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rates, yields, demand and tax - reasons why holiday lets are booming

A holiday lets and short-term lettings market boom can be put down to a combination of four reasons, according to specialist...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hunting acquisitions vows to return to 'aggressive growth strategy'

A national letting agency has vowed to return to an 'aggressive growth strategy' as it looks to make several acquisitions. Lomond Capital...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings management platform reveals new API partner

The online platform teclet, which enables agents to automate the lettings and management process, has announced that Movinghub has become an...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank scraps 'No DSS' BTL mortgage rule after pressure from ministers

The government says thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules announced by Metro Bank. Currently the bank prevents landlords...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter regulation can benefit landlords insists agency chief

A leading lettings expert insists that greater regulation in the private rental sector can work for the benefit of landlords and...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors warned they’ll be “lucky to get 2.5% yield”

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests the typical buy to let investor will be lucky to generate annual...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Growth of 'renting in retirement' fuelled by equity release - claim

Recent figures suggesting that nearly £1 billion was withdrawn by over-55s through equity release in the first three months of 2019...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

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

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

RLA threatens council over 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory' accreditation scheme

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme. The...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tread carefully if investing in Buy To Let, students' parents warned

A new report by a leading lettings sector expert cautions parents who are considering entering the Buy To Let sector by...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New online investment platform seeks portfolio landlord customers

An online platform claims it has found a new and easy way for investors to become landlords, describing itself as ‘PayPal...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency bosses to give evidence to MPs this morning

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

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove bans ‘No DSS’ from listings and falls in line with Zoopla

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term ‘No DSS’ from its lettings agents’ listings from the...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

True cost of your lettings team

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

05 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launching product across franchise agency network

Lettings software provider teclet is launching its platform across the network of franchise agency Hunters. teclet has been working with Hunters on...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is latest lender to oppose ‘No DSS’

The Nationwide is the latest lender to say it will not insist its buy to let borrowers enforce a No DSS...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up for Zoopla's 'No DSS' listings ban

The Residential Landlords Association has given its backing to Zoopla’s ban on agents and landlords advertising properties to rent as ‘No...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings platform names comparison service as new partner

Lettings automation service teclet has revealed that the Tenant Shop is the latest partner integrated into its platform. Tenant Shop provides energy,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New clampdown on 'No DSS' ads by letting agents and landlords

The government says it wants “an immediate change” in the policy of some letting agents and landlords who advertise ‘No DSS’...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

A PropTech firm is offering landlords the opportunity to manage their portfolios from £35 a month, suggesting it could be a...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as council actually praises lettings sector for good behaviour...

We are used to stories of councils condemning letting agents and landlords - but now a London council is praising the...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents 'could get quicker, fairer redress' through Housing Court

A leading PropTech exponent is supporting the government’s Housing Court initiative, suggesting it could make redress for agents, landlords and tenants...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

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

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

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

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Incentives possible for private rental sector 'to house those most in need'

The private rental sector in Wales could be offered incentives and other support to house those most in need, the Welsh...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge London agency chain is latest to offer no-deposit scheme

London agency giant Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward is the latest to offer its tenant clients a no-deposit service.  It's going to use...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agents group stages more direct action protests

A pressure group that in the past has protested outside letting agency branches has staged more direct action - this time against...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

The private rental sector is not fit for purpose when it comes to housing vulnerable tenants, claims debt charity StepChange which...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Now isn't the time to introduce three year tenancies, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has released details of its response to the government’s official consultation on possible three year...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Tenants carry burden of landlords quitting buy to let' warning

Latest government figures show that private rents paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 0.9 per cent in the 12...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Market not prepared for growing trend of lifetime renting, says leading agent

A leading letting agent argues that the UK housing market is not prepared to deal with a growing number of lifetime...

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

Housing Benefit Row: 'the system is at fault, not the rental sector'

The ongoing debate over some letting agents and landlords allegedly refusing to accept tenants in receipt of housing benefit has now...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent presses council to rethink £945 licensing proposal

Councillors in Stockton-on-Tees are under pressure to rethink plans to introduce Selective Licensing of private rented housing in two areas of...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-let platforms under scrutiny by city council

A city council is to investigate the impact of Airbnb and other short let online platforms on the local housing market...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How outsourcing could save your lettings business

Outsourcing has long been an effective strategy in business. It enables you to provide a new, improved or more streamlined service...

14 June 2018

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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

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Airbnb teams up with ‘hosting agencies’ to encourage more short-lets

Airbnb has announced that it has teamed up with three hosting agencies in the UK in a bid to make the...

17 April 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

Top industry body joins calls for councils to prioritise Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is calling upon more councils to support Build To Rent following the government’s recognition of the sector in...

08 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

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sex for Rent: TV programme exposes 'alternative payments' sleaze

A TV news programme has exposed how a sleazy male landlord - who presumably did not instruct a letting agent -...

01 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

HMOs producing highest yields in buy to let, says mortgage lender

Homes in Multiple Occupation produced average yields of 8.9 per cent in 2017, the highest of all buy to let property...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government 'should probe tax arrangements' of online short-lets

An accountancy trade body, the Association of Accounting Technicians, is advising the government to investigate what it calls “the questionable tax...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How Virtual Staging Boosts Real Estate Sales

Virtual Staging is about presenting a property in the most appealing way to potential buyers. Many consider virtual staging is deceiving...

16 January 2018

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Agency says buy to let still benefits from £16.7 billion tax relief

The UK’s army of buy to let landlords will still benefit from £16.7 billion worth of tax relief even after the...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

A survey from a specialist rental insurance firm suggests that contrary to popular belief, landlords care more than a little about...

From: Breaking News

Council claims Airbnb takes hundreds of homes off long-term market

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking “hundreds”...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit change welcomed by lettings sector groups

A change to the operation of Universal Credit has been welcomed by a trade body which has described it as good...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

Letting agents and landlords are being urged by a trade body to sign a petition calling on the government to make...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

Housing minister Alok Sharma has been told face to face that he should rethink the government's plans to cap security deposits...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: trade body wins £1.5m funding for lettings energy changes

The Residential Landlords Association has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON - the only such funding dedicated solely...

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

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 50% of buy to let lending now goes to 'company landlords'

Over half the value of buy to let lending in the second quarter of this year was provided to limited companies...

05 July 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

Rental sector encouraged to promote benefits of Direct Debit to tenants

Letting agents and landlords are being encouraged to promote and increase Direct Debit sign-ups for rental payments. Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs)...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

New joint chairs for lettings industry trade body

Lettings industry regulatory trade body the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced the appointment of two new joint chairs...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector. In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants on benefits 'discriminated by mortgage lenders' - claim

A letting sector trade body says two thirds of the largest buy to let mortgage lenders do not allow landlords to...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developers say they want three-year tenancies as the norm

The British Property Federation says it is doing all it can to urge the fledgling Build To Rent sector to fall...

26 April 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

From: Sponsored Content

Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Kevin Ward, Agent Locator

1) Who are you? Kevin Ward – Director and founder of Agentlocator.co.uk 2) For those not familiar with Agent Locator, can you explain...

16 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Renting may be financially more worthwhile than previously thought

New research claims that the financial benefits of renting rather than owning may have been under-rated.   A financial researcher at the University...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent outside London now hits £750 per month

  The average rent paid for a home in the UK outside London hit £750 in December, rising by 2.04 per cent...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Leaders and Romans show buy to let remains best investment

Sister agencies Leaders and Romans have undertaken research to show that property has been the most lucrative investment in the UK...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant expects to rent for ten more years

The average UK tenant expects to remain part of the Private Rented Sector for a further decade, according to a new...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Expert Advice on Student Lets from mydeposits

Our key partner and buy-to-let specialist, Hamilton Fraser, and renown industry expert, Paul Shamplina have released the first in a new...

12 September 2016

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Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What’s the best way to future proof your business, in an ever changing market?

Ensuring that your business and your landlords’ interests are fully protected is now more important than ever and Rent4sure, as a...

09 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Government 'makes it hard for claimants and homeless to privately rent'

Government policy is making it harder than ever for benefits claimants and the homeless to rent homes, according to a new...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Politician launches 'Big Renters Survey' in bid to set up union

London politician Sian Berry - who was the Green Party candidate for the Mayoral elections in the capital in May -...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

Landlords are looking to house tenants less likely to miss rental payments in order to minimise the impact of a number...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants lettings energy efficiency deadlines to be delayed

The government is being urged to delay the introduction of new energy efficiency targets in the private rental sector, with a...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns of Universal Credit 'disaster' for private rental sector

A trade body is warning that the government’s new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on private lettings with...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Law expert urges landlords to use not-for-profit agencies, not private ones

A housing law expert says landlords should consider using not-for-profit letting agencies, claiming they have “no big overheads” and have a...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

WILLS: Why Your Clients Need Them & How They Can Bring You More Revenue

The most common reason people give for not writing a will is that they “haven’t got around to it yet”. Sound...

07 April 2016

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Major lettings firm forecasts more agency acquisitions in growing buy to let sector

Belvoir Lettings, which operates over 210 outlets across the UK, has seen its pre-tax profit surge beyond £2m at Belvoir Lettings. In...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for 'social letting agencies' staffed by social workers

A think-tank is calling for the creation of ‘social’ letting agencies with staff who not only find housing but also get...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body says some 18 to 21 year olds will soon find it harder to rent

Government changes to remove housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds from April will make it far more difficult for...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

The Benefits Of Conveyancing: Extension Leases

ATTENTION SALES & LETTINGS AGENTS! Want an additional service to offer your clients which will make your agency even more superb? Welcome Agent Tracker...

11 February 2016

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Protect your landlords and your business with cost effective and professional training with Training for Professionals

In a constantly changing legislative environment, the importance of keeping up-to-date in terms of knowledge and skills has never been more...

02 February 2016

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Not every country is cutting buy to let investors' tax breaks...

Thanks to Accountancy Age for drawing to our attention to the fact that not every country is tightening up on the tax...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

London rental sector benefits from sales market woe says letting agency

The struggling London sales market is provoking a boom in the capital’s rental sector according to data from Benham & Reeves...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Many tenants rent in better areas than they buy in says Countrywide

In an unusual boost for the benefits of the private rental sector, new data suggests tenants routinely rent in more expensive...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector badly hit by housing benefit delays

Over half the private rental sector tenants on housing benefit have experienced delays over its payment from their local council. Research by...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Over half of landlords have no intention of improving property's energy efficiency

Some 60% of landlords have no intention of investing in their property to make it more efficient, despite new energy efficiency...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents cope with growing regulatory scrutiny?

The growth of the PRS has provided a long list of benefits for the lettings industry. However, it is not without...

17 August 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

New Home Xpert letting franchise awarded

The latest franchisee announced by lettings and sales agency franchise firm Home Xpert says he has entered the industry because it...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let tax blow

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

LSL Property Services Signs Tenants in Under 10 Minutes with eSignatures

Leading letting agency improves efficiency and customer satisfaction with DocuSign. Company’s Top Objectives LSL Property Services is a leading provider of residential property...

08 July 2015

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Romans Wows Property Management Clients with Docusign

Leading UK property agency enhances auditing and reporting while providing a better client experience. Company’s Top Objectives Romans is a 19-branch network of...

08 July 2015

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Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

After the passing of the Deregulation Act deposits deadline this week, Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, is in a contemplative...

26 June 2015

From: Features

See in the summer with £10K for your agency

TenTel are looking to work with letting agents with over 200 rental properties currently under management. If you meet this criteria, you...

22 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Society’s Golden Ratio

As estate agents, business people and just plain people for that matter, we can't help looking at the way our society...

19 June 2015

From: Features

WOW! TenTel shows growth and signs ANOTHER new partner!

It’s been a fantastic month here at TenTel as more and more tenants and home owners switch their phone and broadband...

10 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Britain’s biggest landlords begin selling off portfolio

Known as Britain’s biggest landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson have started to sell off their 1,000 strong property portfolio. The ex-teachers from...

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Housing benefit stories focus too much on private landlords, claims agent

A north east agent claims that news coverage of tenants on housing benefits is too quick to point the finger at...

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It's time for OTM to drop the exclusivity rule

Yesterday we heard about the letter from the CMA warning agents about anti-competitive behaviour. Today, in a scoop for Estate Agent...

04 June 2015

From: Features

How do they compare? The latest stats on Rightmove, Zoopla...

It seems like every day there’s a new article about On The Market. Usually it consists something Zoopla have said, followed...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Veyo: Let’s celebrate this birth

So spring has sprung and the Hare is on the loose. After a very long gestation period, the Veyo leveret has...

29 May 2015

From: Features

What can you get for just £25 per week

Roy Fuller, owner at Everything Lettings’, says:  for just £25 per week you can have in place our emergency helpline 365...

21 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Council wants landlords in voluntary scheme - at a cost of £150

Private landlords are being encouraged to sign up to a new local authority accreditation scheme which offers them advice and support...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Letter from the Publisher: Are brownfield sites the solution to the UK’s housing shortage?

There has been much debate in recent years about Britain’s desperate need for more housing stock. Demand has been outstripping supply...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Helping letting agents stay on top of their growing workload

The general election result was greeted with a sigh of relief throughout the lettings industry. Thanks to the Conservatives' victory, the threat...

15 May 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Everything Lettings limited, we really do provide what it says on the tin.

Like our: 24 Hour Emergency telephone answer service for your landlords and tenants. Letting agents and portfolio managers are increasingly being asked...

13 May 2015

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Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Paper names 'millionaire housing benefit agents and landlords'

The Mirror newspaper has taken the extraordinary step of naming the landlords - some of them letting agencies or private individuals...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Activists to award 'ethical letting agents'

A group of renters who have formed the Acorn group in Bristol - which has already held protests against letting agents...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Not sure who to vote for? Vote TenTel

With only a few weeks to go before polling day, the pre-election frenzy has now reached fever pitch.  As you mull over...

22 April 2015

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