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KEYWORD "Bills" - 100 RESULTS
Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

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

30 May 2024

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Beef Up Renters Reform Bill to stop even more evictions - call

A charity claims that new official figures on rent rises will “create more worry among private renters.” StepChange charity is referring to...

23 May 2024

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Renters Reform Bill - will it become law by July 4?

A General Election has been called for July 4. So what happens to the Renters Reform Bill, which has been the subject...

22 May 2024

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

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

17 May 2024

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Labour must come clean on Business Rates, says agency

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

03 May 2024

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Agency urges second home owners to be Airbnb hosts for tax reasons

The head of a lettings agency in Kent says it would be a “practical solution” for second home owners to become...

02 May 2024

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Extraordinary 200 amendments to Renters Reform Bill in Commons today

There’s a huge number of amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, which has its Third Reading in the House of Commons...

24 April 2024

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Energy Efficiency - new RICS standard for agents to launch this year

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new Residential Retrofit Standard in a bid to help the housing industry...

19 March 2024

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Government to double council tax on empty homes after one year

Sharpened rules to double council tax on long term empty properties will come into force from April 1, says the government.  A...

13 March 2024

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Business Rates - Agency warns Hunt he has last chance to get them right

The Chancellor has one last chance to come good on the election promise of lowering the burden of business rates –...

06 March 2024

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HMRC rakes in hundreds of millions more in property-related tax

HM Treasury raked in £6.3 billion in inheritance tax receipts in the 10 months from April 2023 to January 2024 according...

23 February 2024

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One in nine renters using foodbanks - industry supplier’s claim

A lettings industry supplier claims one in nine renters use foodbanks. A survey of tenants, commissioned by Zero Deposit, found that just...

22 February 2024

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Tenants to face lower energy bills - announcement this week

Respected energy industry consultancy Cornwall Insight says the price cap for the April to June period this year - to be...

20 February 2024

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Surge in interest for energy efficient homes - Rightmove data

There’s been a surge in enthusiasm for energy efficient homes according to research from heat pump advocates OVO. It says that a...

20 February 2024

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Agents’ desperate plea to prevent exodus of student landlords

Propertymark has called on the UK Government to prevent a mass exodus of student landlords.   The news comes as a poll conducted...

14 February 2024

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Council sets up own agency to let and manage private rentals

Winchester council is setting up its own agency to let and manage privately rented homes. Venta Living pledges to provide “high quality,...

25 January 2024

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Tenants flee cities as high rents push them to outer areas

A severe shortage of properties to rent, fierce competition to secure the homes that are available, and rising rental prices led...

11 January 2024

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Seven Tips this lettings agency is giving its landlord clients

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

08 January 2024

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Industry figure backs Renters Reform Bill  pets policy

The head of a major supplier insists the Renters Reform Bill provision making it easier for tenants to keep pets is...

02 January 2024

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Politicians demand Christmas ban on Section 21 evictions

The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to bring in an emergency ban on no fault evictions and banks repossessing people’s homes...

21 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

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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

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Rural tenants hit hardest by rent rises caused by stock shortage

Private sector tenants in rural areas are facing the brunt of growing rents, according to new research. Whilst some measures suggest tenants...

14 December 2023

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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

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Tax and Benefit Changes announced to impact housing market

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has used his Autumn Statement to reveal measures affecting both the rental market and the wider property industry.  The Local Housing...

23 November 2023

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Business Rates - ‘last chance for government to help High Street’

A prominent agency says tomorrow’s Autumn Statement is the Chancellor’s last chance to come good on the election promise to lower...

21 November 2023

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Bills Included - most tenants want all-inclusive charges

A survey over 2,400 tenants has found that 55 per cent would prefer to have their utility bills included within the...

20 November 2023

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Renters Reform Bill part of ‘brighter future for UK’ claims Sunak

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says the Renters Reform Bill will be mentioned in today’s King’s Speech - and is part of...

07 November 2023

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Rent Controls - Eco-activists jubilant after agents suffer legal setback

The Scottish Greens - who are in effect the architects of rent controls north of the border - have welcomed a...

06 November 2023

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Warning over winter rise in meter tampering and energy theft

New data reveals a 68 per cent surge in reports of meter tampering and energy theft during winter. The data - revealed...

31 October 2023

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Radical EPC rating B target demanded by business consortium

A business consortium is calling for bold measures to encourage landlords and owner occupiers to retrofit their homes, with the introduction...

24 October 2023

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Parents and Pet Owners Pay More for Renting - claim

Parents and pet owners are paying as much as £460 per month more for rent and bills, it’s claimed. The claim comes...

06 October 2023

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Huge number of renters struggle to make payments - Which?

An estimated seven million UK households are struggling to keep up with their rent or mortgage payments, Which? warns, with millions...

28 September 2023

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Build To Rent operator pledges dramatic EPC improvement

The owners of one of the first Build To Rent schemes in Edinburgh is bidding to improve the EPC rating while...

08 September 2023

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Top Five Tenant Must Haves revealed by investment platform

A property investment group has released its latest research on the top five most searched for property features that UK renters...

31 August 2023

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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

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Another Interest Rate Rise On The Way - leading expert warns

The relatively good news over inflation delivered by the government yesterday will not stop a 15th successive base rate rise from...

17 August 2023

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Labour Mayors want unlimited council tax on empty properties

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan is calling on the government to allow him to levy effectively uncapped council tax bills on...

02 August 2023

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Charity wants taxpayers money to help renters during crisis

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to provide an unspecified amount of assistance to renters during the current cost of...

31 July 2023

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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

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Rishi Sunak hints at fundamental reform of EPC system

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has thrown his weight behind Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to delay deadlines for EPC improvements in...

27 July 2023

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Spare Room sector remains tiny niche market - new figures

A new study claims to reveal what it calls “a significant disparity in the spare room rental market.”  The research shows that...

20 July 2023

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Opinion: What price and salary structure is best for our industry?

Finances have never been more stretched in the UK, with almost every bill and expense soaring for employees and employers alike,...

18 July 2023

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Shocking rise in numbers of landlords desperate to sell

A sales agency specialising in disposing of buy to let portfolios says it’s now received an averaged 240 enquires a month...

14 July 2023

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Rebranded agency launches all-inclusive tenancy deal

My Property Box Tyne & Wear has extended its all-inclusive rent deal - and it says it’s in response to concerns...

11 July 2023

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Survey shows widespread ignorance about interest rates

The results of a new survey show widespread ignorance about how interest rates work and about how the Bank of England’s...

22 June 2023

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Renters Reform Bill prompts agents’ calls to helpline

A webinar says the Renters Reform Bill is the biggest challenge facing lettings agents - and it’s prompted calls to a...

31 May 2023

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Energy efficiency targets ARE popular with rental sector - claim

According to new research from Mortgage Advice Bureau, two-fifths of landlords believe that new EPC requirements are important for the environment and will...

22 May 2023

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Property company boss rubbishes 100% mortgage help for tenants

A company that tries to encourage people to buy a home in ‘chunks’ says few first time buyers are interested in...

15 May 2023

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Thousands of tenants missed rental payments last month - Which?

An estimated 700,000 households across the UK missed rent or mortgage payments in April, according to the consumer body Which? It has...

12 May 2023

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Student activists allege high incidence of damp and mould

An activist group claims that 54 per cent of students are currently living with damp and mould. The group - Students Organising...

04 May 2023

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Newspaper names agency in middle of high profile mould dispute

An online newspaper has named the lettings agency at the heart of a high profile dispute with tenants over mould. The i...

28 April 2023

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Sales market supply set to rise as more landlords quit - prediction

More property is likely to come onto the sales market in the weeks and months ahead as rising numbers of landlords...

27 April 2023

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Report identifies tenants most at risk from EPC rule changes

London’s renters are most at risk from finding their homes either being un-lettable or their landlord selling up due to the...

19 April 2023

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Message to Gove: EPC rule changes “devastating” for rental sector

A lettings agency chief says tighter EPC targets will be “devastating” for the private rental sector. Ben Quaintrell - managing director of...

14 April 2023

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Many renters want government help for first time buyers

New research from The Mortgage Lender reveals that 44 per cent of renters would like more cost-of-living support from the government. Specifically...

14 April 2023

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Agents say Business Rate changes for branches are ‘not enough’

Letting agencies with physical offices are being presented with a new business rates system in the future. But Propertymark says the changes...

03 April 2023

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Buying agent reports landlords willing to sell at a loss

Jo Eccles, director of London-focussed buying agency and property consultancy Eccord, says she is witnessing some landlords willing to quit the...

03 April 2023

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Agents try to shore up investor confidence after house price fall

Trade bodies have been trying to shore up investor confidence after the latest house price index, by the Nationwide, showing another...

03 April 2023

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Speculation grows about future changes to EPCs

Speculation is growing that the deadline for the private rental sector to meet new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for new tenants...

30 March 2023

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Agent tells Gove: cease attacks on private rental sector

A prominent lettings agent in the north of England has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove urging him to cease attacking...

22 March 2023

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Investment hotspots for holiday home buyers revealed by survey

Cheshire has topped a new ranking of the best places in the UK to invest in a holiday let, according to...

21 March 2023

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Renters quit big city centres in search of lower rent locations

Rightmove says growing numbers of renters are leaving Britain’s cities to find a cheaper place to live or to get more...

17 March 2023

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Will Chancellor Hunt’s Budget dare help the rental sector?

A prominent lettings agency chief wants a raft of measures to help the private rental sector and investors in next week’s...

08 March 2023

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'Bills Included' now increasingly popular with tenants

New research from Rightmove suggests that all-inclusive rents are rising up the list of priorities for tenants using the portal.  The research...

07 March 2023

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Are EPCs reliable for estimating energy efficiency?

Shocking new research shows that Energy Performance Certificates are inaccurate at best, useless at worst, and easily rigged. A Sunday Times report...

28 February 2023

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Agency backs controversial clean air zone concept

Newcastle-based lettings agency Seekers is backing a clean air zone in its city.  The agency’s two cars, both Volkswagen ID-3s, are part...

27 February 2023

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Tenants’ mental health hit by high rents - claim

A property firm is claiming that nearly half of the UK’s younger generation of renters stay up at night worrying about...

09 February 2023

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Illegal sub-letting case ends with £34,000 for former tenant

A young family have started 2023 in their new permanent home after a London council recovered the property from an illegal...

20 January 2023

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Rent freeze U-turn welcomed by leading agent

Ruling politicians in Scotland have agreed that from April private rents can rise by 3.0 per cent in a 12 month period...

20 January 2023

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Tax incentives best way to improve rental EPCs - claim

The government has been accused of pushing up the cost of home insulation because of a poorly timed public campaign. The National...

11 January 2023

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Energy support for agencies and other firms to be cut from April

The government is, as expected, scaling back support for businesses with energy bills from April. Under the new and less expensive scheme,...

10 January 2023

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It's War! Call for 'national mobilisation' to improve EPCs

An all-party and influential committee of MPs says the UK should be put on a war footing to improve the energy...

09 January 2023

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Plummeting commercial property - an alternative to buy to let?

A new survey of over 8,000 commercial estate agents indicates a challenging 2023 - suggesting a possible alternative investment option for...

04 January 2023

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Agent reveals his answer to the private rental stock shortage

The drastic shortage of rental properties will lessen during 2023 according to the Leaders Romans Group - and much of that...

22 December 2022

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Soaring demand for ‘bills included’ rental property - Rightmove

A new analysis of the market released this morning by Rightmove shows that this year has seen the most competitive on...

21 December 2022

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Tenants will pay more for low-carbon home - Build To Rent firm’s claim

Research released today by Legal & General, a player in the Build To Rent sector, claims that renters are willing to...

02 December 2022

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HMO Council Tax Reform - government pledge to consider change

The government has made a general commitment to work with those who want council tax reforms for Homes in Multiple Occupation. Earlier...

25 November 2022

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More agents buy rent protection insurance as arrears worry grows

Data from different firms suggest there’s been an upsurge in the purchase of rent protection insurance by agents. Firstly Goodlord and Vouch...

24 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Build More Homes Now! Agency chief demands action

The head of an estate agency and property investment firm says the government should do more to reform the rental sector...

24 November 2022

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Call for industry to lobby MPs over HMO council tax

A lettings network is urging landlords to back a campaign to abolish council tax re-banding for shared houses. Platinum Property Partners says...

23 November 2022

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Asking rent cut after social media slams agency’s Zoopla listing

A news website is reporting that a landlord cut the asking rent of a property after social media criticism of its...

22 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at each others’ throats because of costs - warning

The overwhelming majority of people who live in shared rented properties say that the rising cost of household bills is likely...

18 November 2022

From: Breaking News

People ignorant of EPC ratings despite new rental regulations

With EPC ratings now a prominent part of letting a property, with stricter government regulations likely, new research suggests substantial numbers...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax turmoil to dominate Autumn Statement warns leading agency

One of the country’s most respected lettings agencies says tax is dominating the agenda ahead of Thursday’s Autumn Statement from Chancellor...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan’s ‘rental summit’ excludes agents and landlords

Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, held a summit yesterday about the capital’s private rental sector - but he did not...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of pushing landlords into raising rents

A so-called Renters Union is organising a day of action after claiming letting agents are behind recent rent rises. London Renters Union...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Enough Is Enough - should next interest rate rises be delayed?

A senior lettings industry figure says the Bank of England should delay future base rate rises to allow the housing market...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants hot under the collar about energy efficiency, survey claims

A survey promoted by campaigners for smart meters claims most renters don’t believe their properties to be as energy efficient as...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Change EPCs and use stamp duty to make homes greener - call

With the private rental sector stressed at the prospect of stricter energy efficiency rules in the coming years, the body representing...

02 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - key points on new energy price controls for tenants

Propertymark has issued key points for lettings agents to note following the introduction of The Energy Prices Bill to the House...

27 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - Chancellor Hunt reveals what happens next

The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, says the limited cut in stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland announced in the mini-Budget...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't you dare freeze rents - agents' body tells politicians

Propertymark says there’s already been a decline in the number of homes available for rent in Scotland because of rising costs...

06 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze fast-tracked and may last much longer than expected

Emergency legislation containing a private sector rent freeze is to be debated by Scottish politicians this week - and the surprise...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Another council hits Airbnbs and holiday homes with higher taxes

The owners of second homes in a key short lets and tourist hotspot are set to have to pay a premium...

29 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise announced by the Bank of England

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England has agreed to raise interest rates by 0.5 per cent to 2.25...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy costs help for agencies and businesses revealed by government

Agencies and other businesses are to receive help facing soaring energy costs in measures outlined this morning by the government. Through a...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rises and Tax Cuts - a crunch week ahead

This is a crunch week for the UK economy - and likely the housing market too - with a meeting of...

20 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP challenged on shock call for rent freeze

The landlords’ main trade body is directly challenging a Tory MP who has called for a rent freeze. Natalie Elphicke - in...

12 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Truss cost of living measures will impact lettings market - agency

* Angels Media and Letting Agent Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - The new Liz...

09 September 2022

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