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Latest Rent Changes and Voids revealed in fresh analysis

The latest Rental Index from PropTech supplier Goodlord has recorded a rent rise and a reduction in void lengths over the...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency pays £20,000 to employee for Injury To Feelings

A high profile lettings agency has had to pay almost £22,000 in damages to an employee who raised concerns about safety...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Voids and rents show market “isn’t cooling down anytime soon”

Rents have risen seven per cent in the past year while voids have lengthened in the past month - although remain...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Third of agents seeing rent rises even at weakest time of year

Over a third of ARLA Propertymark members reported in December that rental prices have increased, according to their latest Housing Insight...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Thousands of lettings agencies in financial distress - new figures

Thousands of lettings and estate agencies, and other property businesses, are in ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ financial distress, it’s been claimed. The latest...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer warns that Summer will be hectic for lettings sector

Summer looks like it’s going to be a hectic period for lettings agents and the private rental sector according to TV...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rates War! Mortgage lenders slash BTL borrowing costs

A series of lenders have slashed their buy to let mortgage rates in a bid to win business. These include: - LendInvest Mortgages...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Historic building snapped up for Build To Rent development

A historic former school and hospital building in Glasgow City Centre will be restored as part of a plan to create...

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Will tumbling mortgage rates turn tenants into buyers?

Lower mortgage rates - still falling in the days since the end of the festive break - may be persuading some...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings Market Problems - supply-demand mismatch through to Christmas

New figures released this week by Propertymark reveal that even in the run-up to Christmas there was no significant change in...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Seasonal trends return to lettings market after ‘unusual’ recent years

The chief executive of Propertymark says seasonal trends are returning to the housing market after several ‘unusual’ years. Nathan Emerson says: “In...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill causing unease amongst investors - agency

The Jackson-Stops agency is warning that the Renters Reform Bill is driving investors away - and making the market worse, not...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Will 2024 see the end of private rental sector licensing?

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given what some commentators have interpreted as a sign that private rental sector licensing from councils...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

Rightmove to use Spotify and YouTube as well as old-school TV ads

The next phase of Rightmove’s 'believe it’ marketing push begins on Boxing Day, to coincide with the post-Christmas and New Year...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 can’t come quickly enough, says charity

Homelessness charity Crisis says the long-standing government pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers can’t come soon enough. The charity has backed...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

More tenants now shop around, says high profile agent

A prominent London buying agent and property consultant says the slowly improving supply of rental property means more tenants are now...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Many renters will be Home Alone this Christmas

A survey suggests that a third of UK tenants who plan to spend Christmas in their rental property will be alone.  A...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter plots huge email campaign to stop Renters Reform Bill ‘watering down’

Campaigning charity Shelter claims there’s a conspiracy amongst MPs, landlords and others in the private rental sector to water down the...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental demand staying high despite approach of Christmas

The latest Rental Index from PropTech firm Goodlord has shown that year-on-year rents are up by 7.3 per cent across England...

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

Data Predicts Bumper Christmas Lead Bonus For Agents Who Continue Marketing

Attention estate agents: if you're looking for a bumper Christmas bonus, then maintaining your marketing spend throughout December might just be...

24 November 2023

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Market already cooling thanks to Election speculation - claim

It may still be 16 months until the furthest date for the next General Election but with party conference season in...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS survey predicts yet more rent rises

The latest lettings market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows that a significant majority of members expect yet...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency removes video tour of flat where murder took place

A lettings agency has removed a video of an apartment where a murder took place, following an approach by a national...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing Market may improve this autumn predicts finance chief

A mortgage expert says it’s likely that the housing market will improve this autumn. Octane Capital studied Property lending mortgage approval trends...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ hopes rise for a soft landing for sales

“Optimism has survived another difficult month” says business consultancy Hargreaves Lansdown in response to the latest house price index.  Indeed, the industry...

08 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Property chiefs increasingly optimistic about 2023 market

There’s a slowly growing optimism amongst property industry figures that the 2023 housing market will be relatively pain-free and not seeing...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reveals rental figures for 2022 - a record high

New figures from London-focussed agency Foxtons show that rents climbed steadily throughout 2022, finishing 20 per cent higher than in 2021.  High...

19 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage set to get worse in 2023 - warning

New data from flatshare site SpareRoom reveals that rents reached an all-time high in Q4 2022, with the average UK room...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Should Rival Bids Be Banned? Activists demand change

A campaign group has protested outside letting agencies in Bristol, protesting against what they describe as “bidding wars” between rival tenants. The...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Shocking figures on supply of prime rental properties

New figures released after Christmas by Knight Frank show that the number of new prospective tenants is 26.7 per cent above...

29 December 2022

From: Breaking News

One-in-eight Purplebricks staff ‘to lose jobs this week’

Purplebricks is set to cut 10 per cent of its staff within hours according to The Times. The company is reportedly laying...

22 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents stalling in London as market cools slightly - Foxtons

Foxtons says London’s market is finally cooling - at least a little - for the Christmas period. November followed the seasonal downward...

22 December 2022

From: Breaking News

As You Were! Rate rise won’t change market dynamics - Rightmove

Rightmove says yesterday’s Bank of England base rate rise to 3.5 per cent - the ninth hike in as many Bank...

16 December 2022

From: Breaking News

New Eviction Ban Call - government under pressure from MPs

The government is under new pressure to introduce a last minute eviction ban to avoid private renters facing homelessness over Christmas. Liberal...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up by growing franchise operation

Martin & Co’s Ashford branch is celebrating the countdown to Christmas with another independent agency acquisition. The franchised office, owned by Kevin...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks coup attempt set to happen just before Christmas

Purplebricks’ board has announced that a general meeting of shareholders will be held on December 19 - and it involves a...

24 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Worry spreads as agents see more landlords quitting buy to let

No fewer than two thirds of the lettings agents surveyed by Goodlord say they expect more landlords to exit the private...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage rates to rise quickly this year - warning

Buy to let mortgage rates will rise “very quickly” this year according to a leading broker. Angus Stewart, chief executive of online...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

London lettings some way from full recovery, says agency

There’s still some way to go for the lettings market to return to its pre-pandemic best according to Knight Frank -...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

The lettings market isn't slowing down this winter

The rental market appears not to have slowed down this winter - not even over the Christmas break. According to the latest...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Sniping At Private Renting! Agency chief tells politicians to stop

The coming year should be about promoting harmony in the lettings market says the head of an agency that’s now part of a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas to agents, and we’re back next week

Letting Agent Today would like to wish all agents and their families, staff and colleagues a wonderful Christmas 2021. It’s been an...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are short lets more dog-friendly than buy to lets

The trade body representing Airbnb and other short let providers and sector suppliers says the short let industry is best placed...

17 December 2021

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

Demand for rental properties still strong as winter bites

Void periods dropped across England during November as demand for rental properties continued apace.  According to the latest Goodlord rental index some...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames end of eviction ban for glut of pleas for help

Shelter claims its helpline has received 1,000 callers a day since the eviction ban began easing at the start of summer. It says...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

The future of short lets? Supermarkets to sell Airbnb gift cards

Tesco and Morrison supermarket chains are now selling Airbnb gift cards, which are also available from the short lets platform directly...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bailiff-enforced evictions suspended over Christmas season

It’s understood there will be a Christmas truce with tenants not enduring bailiff-enforced evictions between December 13 and January 10. HM Courts...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents change working hours to encourage greater staff well-being

Early results from a survey into wellbeing suggest that agents are changing their working practices to help staff have a greater...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents to extend Deposit Alternative scheme to existing tenants

Some agents allied with deposit alternative service flatfair - and who previously offered the service to new tenants - are now going...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Property management trade groups want to join forces

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and The Institute of Residential Property Management have informed their respective memberships that they are pondering combining forces. The...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - how it's hit the lettings market over the past year

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, a PropTech firm has reflected on...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction House keeps local charities in the pink…

There’s been great work by Auction House over the past year, working with local charities at the heart of communities thrown...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest shock resignation leaves lettings industry leaderless

The latest shock resignation from Propertymark leaves the lettings agency sector rudderless - although enthusiasm for the organisation has arguably never...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand up just as supply goes down, reports Rightmove

Rightmove’s analysis of its own listings for January suggests demand in the rental market is 14 per cent up on a year...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids increase across the board but market otherwise proving resilient

The latest market snapshot for the private lettings sector shows rents holding steady into 2021 but voids increasing across the board. The...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Beat Lockdown! Big surge in tenant moves in London, says agency

The number of tenants that moved home in London in December was double that of December 2019, according to an agency...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

Only 0.3 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales ended with a dispute over the deposit in the six...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

We’re delighted that agents, suppliers and the rest of the industry will be starting their Christmas break - and it’s rarely...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Sharpen up arrears process’ agents told as eviction truce starts

Today is the start of the official Christmas eviction ban ‘truce’ in the private rental sector - and it continues until...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Anderson has been an outspoken...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may have busier-than-usual Christmas despite market slowing

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the November lockdown creating a subdued picture - but with early...

02 December 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

10% slump in student properties let, admits leading sector player

One of Britain’s largest purpose built student accommodation providers says there’s been a 10 per cent slump in the number of...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What now for student lettings as autumn term finishes early?

Two thorny subjects are back on the agenda for letting agents - break clauses and what happens when students leave their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

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Latest eviction ban - is it even legal?

A top property law firm is questioning whether the government’s current eviction moratorium - effectively banning evictions until mid-January at the...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Labour renews call for another eviction ban

Labour has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding the return of the eviction ban - even though, to all intents...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New lockdown means evictions effectively off-limits for months

It is thought likely that the new four week lockdown in England coming into effect on Thursday will mean evictions will...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

Landlords operating in England are increasingly seeking evictions advice from their Scottish counterparts, according to property management firm Apropos. The platform says...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

Campaigners against evictions during the Coronavirus crisis have launched a last-ditch call for the government to grant another extension to the current...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

10 year high for lettings viewings according to high-end agent

Knight Frank says one week in August saw the lettings market in London and the Home Counties hit a 10 year...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Instagram Offices - send us your end-of-summer team photos

Whisper it quietly but in just 10 days time we have the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. We would like to mark...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council reveals plan for massive licensing scheme

The controversial Labour-led council in Liverpool has started a lengthy consultation process over its latest proposals for landlord licensing. The authority was...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ Reform Bill: still no date set for legislation

The Renters’ Reform Bill worries many in the private rental sector but the government says there is still no date for...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

High-flying Belvoir bats off fees ban to record another profits rise

Belvoir, which describes itself as the UK’s largest property franchise, has just released figures showing its 23rd successive year of uninterrupted...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier says it’s key to electrical safety compliance

Lettings PropTech platform teclet says its product is key for agents seeking to comply with new electrical safety regulations in a...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 Defunct online lettings agency had three possible buyers before closure

It’s been revealed that Upad, the lettings agency which closed at short notice in October last year, had three prospective buyers...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

'Failed' HMO licensing scheme criticised for short consultation period

A trade body has come out against a council’s HMO licensing scheme, claiming that its consultation period was too short -...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists protest outside agency demanding it ‘sacks’ landlord client

A protest has been held outside a lettings agency in Manchester by tenants demanding that the firm ‘sacks’ one of its...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-lets: Trade body wants proportionate regulation

A new trade body set up to represent companies working with hosts using Airbnb and similar platforms says the government should...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

No timetable for controversial Renters’ Reform Bill

No date has been set by government for the second reading of the Renters' Reform Bill 2019-20. The Bill was announced in...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

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

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