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KEYWORD "Children" - 100 RESULTS
Many first time buyers take second jobs to raise a deposit

Young people in London are taking on second jobs to get onto the property ladder, it’s claimed. Of the first-time buyers in...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

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

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Tenants 'get stuck' if letting agents fail to solve problems

Half of all private renters would not know where to turn to if a letting agent failed to address a problem...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove hits back at critics after Renters Reform Bill wins key vote

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Regional Property Awards - the search is on

The search for the best of the property industry is underway as nominations are now open for the 2024 Variety North...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Carbon Neutral Claim by large lettings and sales agency group

Leaders Romans Group claims to have achieved carbon neutrality for a second consecutive year.  A statement claims LRG has undertaken “several notable...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Final 48 hours for Property Awards nominations

Property professionals have less than 48 hours to submit entries for the Midlands PROPs Awards.  The search for the very best of...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

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

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Starmer insists Awaab’s Law will be extended to private rental sector

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has confirmed that Awaab’s Law - putting a strict timescale on urgent repairs being done -...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning over rechargeable device fires in rental properties

Insurance giant Aviva is urging consumers to be on their guard after seeing a seven per cent increase in customer claims...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

High-profile agent joins top table of Single Family Rental body

Rhodri Evans, director of land and new homes at Andrews Property Group, has been named as one of several industry figures...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour to ban bidding wars and offer new anti-social behaviour rules

A prominent housing market commentator says Labour would introduce a tougher version of the Renters Reform Bill if it forms the...

27 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

Leasehold Reform Bill wins praise from industry body

Michael Gove’s Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill, currently going through Parliament, has won praise from the industry body The Property Institute. There...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames private rental sector for growing child homelessness

Shelter says there are nearly 139,000 children officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation - and it’s blaming the private rental...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Big rise in tax receipts as Chancellor ponders Autumn Statement

Inheritance Tax totalled £4.6 billion for the HM Treasury between April and October - that’s £500,000 up on the same period...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban not part of government plans to counter homelessness

The prospect of a long-term eviction ban appears to have been lifted in one part of the UK. The Welsh Government is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Generous letting agents raise tens of thousands for children

Hundreds of letting agents from across the UK joined forces at an annual event to raise £40,000 for children with life-limiting...

20 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

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

Surprise as council praises local agents for ‘giving back’

Councils have become increasingly hostile towards agents in recent times, with increased regulation and licensing of the private rental sector in...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Young tenants delay life-changing decisions while renting

Young couples are delaying marriage and starting families until they get out of the rental sector, research by Yorkshire Building Society...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Young people rent - “the old and rich buy”

The UK’s housing market is increasingly driven by older, affluent home owners with younger generations squeezed out.  That’s the view of data...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Many councils enforcing rental regulations face ‘effective bankruptcy’

A survey of local authorities in some of the poorest areas of the country - bodies which enforce many private rental...

06 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Growing family cash help to lift buyers out of rental sector

Financial support from family members - not just parents - is expected to help fund 318,400 housing transactions in 2023, according...

01 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant opens new London office with call for more

Franchise giant Winkworth is opening a new office in West Hampstead, extending its north London footprint from existing offices in neighbouring...

01 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental firm’s big fine for repair failures on five storey block

The company which owned and was responsible for a five-storey block of rented flats in Bridlington has been ordered to pay...

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

New Property Awards event announced for this autumn

A new northern version of a popular property awards ceremony makes its debut this autumn. The North West PROPS, a northern-focused version...

22 August 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

Bank joins Shelter for Parliament stunt about Renters Reform Bill

The Co-Op Bank is joining forces with campaigning charity Shelter to argue against Section 21 evictions, and together they have organised...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agent hit with five figure fine for breaching HMO conditions

A landlord who is also the owner of a High Street lettings agency has been fined £17,293 for breaching housing licence...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency and council work together on unlikely safety campaign

After numerous stories of councils and letting agencies at each others’ throats over To Let boards, Trading Standards and other controversies,...

12 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

Pets and Kids Not Welcome? New analysis of rental listings

Thousands of listing for rental properties on two popular websites explicitly say children or pets are not welcome. A BBC analysis of...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Parents now charging grown-up children for living at home

New research shows that over half of parents charge their adults children for living at home - although the sums involved...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock forecast of 20% rent rises in coming months

A senior director at Chestertons, one of London’s largest lettings agencies, has warned that tenants in the capital will face an...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

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

Asylum Seekers in HMOs - last minute plea to government

A council is pleading with the government to think again about proposals to suspend the need for an HMO licence for...

24 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

Ethical agency recruits Propertymark guru to lettings team

A lettings and sales agency that describes itself as “ethical” and has built up strong links with local community groups has...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tragic case of agent who stole cash to clear son’s drug debt

A lettings agency manager stole nearly £140,000 from her company to help clear her son’s drug debt. Wendy Dare, 57, is now...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New eviction powers to get rid of anti social tenants

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are to be given more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman rules on tenants with children discrimination case

The Property Ombudsman has ruled that a letting agency’s ban on renting to a family with children was discriminatory against women...

23 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Council brands lettings agency “dodgy” and issues big fine

The agency and landlord responsible for letting a two-bedroom flat in Dagenham have been found guilty in court for providing extremely...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New call to eradicate mould and damp in rental properties

Citizens Advice is the latest charity to argue for improved housing standards in the private rental sector. It claims that its research...

22 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Lets give huge cash boost to communities - claim

The growth of the short term rentals sector has helped create an economy featuring jobs that benefit local communities and fit...

14 February 2023

From: Breaking News

A Tenant Has Died - Open Letter to Agents from a Relative

Today we are publishing a letter sent to us regarding the death of a relative who was living in rental accommodation.  We...

05 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Ignore Critics!  Rental reform popular with vast majority of industry - claim

The large majority of players in the lettings industry wants the rental reform programme outlined by the government, an agent claims. Laura...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Too Dear! London tenants say housing in the capital is unaffordable

More than a quarter of renters responding to a survey say they are considering leaving the city within the next 12...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents to be briefed on the latest rental reform updates

The head of the Property Redress Scheme will give agents the lowdown on the recent Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper...

19 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Larger homes taking bigger share of Build To Rent market - new figures

Increased demand and investor appetite for purpose built Single Family Rental schemes have seen this niche market grow at scale, according...

28 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties are getting smaller, claims new survey

Private renters’ average floor space per person in England has fallen by 16 per cent over the past 20 years while...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets cause more expensive property damage than children - claim

With the debate ranging over pets in lets, a new analysis by comparative website Compare The Market suggests pet damage is...

26 August 2022

From: Breaking News

 Zoopla and charity launch campaign for higher benefits for tenants

Zoopla is warning that low-income renters across England are facing a ‘housing black hole’ due to soaring rents and the freeze...

25 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants demand better quality and bigger HMOs, survey shows

Tenants are demanding better quality HMOs according to new research from specialist buy to let lender Paragon Bank. The bank’s survey of...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

What’s your view on Rental Reform proposals? An unusual invitation…

Agents are being invited to comment on the government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. And unusually the invitation comes not from any...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs want agent feedback on Rental Reform - but be quick…

Agents have only four weeks to respond to a committee of MPs’ ‘call for evidence’ ahead of an investigation into the...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Politician wants Airbnb hosts to switch properties to long-term rentals

A politician has called on Airbnb hosts in his local area to switch their properties to long-term rentals. Isle of Wight councillor...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief slams latest Boris Johnson off-the-cuff housing idea

A prominent lettings Industry figure has slammed Boris Johnson’s latest housing market utterances, branding them “off the cuff” and likely to...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Amend Tenant Fees Act before pets allowed - demand to government

New details from a survey conducted by industry organisations concerning pets in rental properties show the extent of the problem. Some 537...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

White Paper fall-out - private rental sector set to contract

It looks as if the private rental sector will contract as a result of the threat of new regulations contained in...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Public kick back against rental reform proposals

An interesting survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website suggests a lack of support for some proposals in the government’s...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New trends for London renters spotted by agency branches

Demand for pied a terres from those working in offices for only three days of the week is fuelling demand for...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Credit Rating - Tenants have little understanding of how it works

Many private renters are misguided on what actually contributes to their credit score and thus may not be taking the correct...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

More renters likely to be helped by Bank of Mum and Dad

The cost-of-living crisis is leading to further dependence on the Bank of Mum and Dad, following an extended period of support...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Banned - offensive, irresponsible agency ad must never be repeated

A lettings agency is in hot water with advertising regulators for using the phrase “What the flock are you looking at?”...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents trade body teams up with pro-pets group for survey

Letting agents are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the damage?”...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark figure joins agency supplier to boost brand awareness

A key figure at Propertymark has joined popular lettings agency supplier The Lettings Partnership as commercial director. Sarah Davies’ role at Propertymark...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters to suffer badly in cost of living crisis, warns analyst

Renters are amongst the three groups likely to suffer worst as the cost of living crisis unfolds, an analyst has warned.  Sarah...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - years of legal and regulation changes ahead

A senior figure in an industry trade body says lettings agents are going to have their hands full dealing with legislative...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency claims fastest-ever letting of mansion on Billionaires’ Row

An agency has secured what it calls the fastest ever letting of a mansion on the legendary north London street, Bishops...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning, includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Plea for tenants in arrears to contact their local council

A senior Welsh politicians has urged anyone who has fallen behind in paying rent because of the pandemic to contact their...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ending eviction ban added to homelessness - Shelter on warpath

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

They’re back: Parents are buying buy-to-lets for student offspring

The once-popular idea of parents buying a property for their offspring to use while at university, and then letting it to other...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency apologises following office protest by activists

A lettings agency has apologised after a campaign by activists about the condition of a rental property it manages. Protesters outside the...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Police called to protest outside lettings company office

Police were called to a protect outside a lettings firm in Oxfordshire after a crowd picketed the office over a dispute...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleep Out to Help Out! Wonderful work by Knight Frank

Knight Frank is this year’s headline sponsor of the LandAid Sleep Out, one of the causes many in the industry support. This...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Great work as charity goes international for supplier FirstPort  

FirstPort, the residential property services provider, has teamed up with The Turing Trust to help equip a new computer lab at...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction.  Buy to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for agents coping with remote working and home schooling

The Guild of Property Professionals has issued tips for agents and other industry professionals having to cope with working from home...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies must be more tolerant of staff doing home schooling

The head of industry recruitment consultancy Property Personnel is calling on agencies to be more tolerant of the struggles working parents...

13 January 2021

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

Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

A survey claims millions of renter households have concerns about their ability to pay landlords this winter - and the charity...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agency helps tenants with school meal vouchers

A heroic lettings agency in the south west of England has stepped up to the plate this half-term week by offering...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Labour councillors say HMOs must be en suite

Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.  The...

28 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

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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