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KEYWORD "Communities" - 351 RESULTS
Government backs away from stricter regulation of Airbnb and short lets

The Scottish Government - which earlier this year suggested it would be clamping down heavily on Airbnbs, especially in Edinburgh -...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper still some weeks away, hints government minister

The long-awaited White Paper on rental reform is some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying he and...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Treat us fairly’ say UK landlords in call to Michael Gove

A new survey has revealed that just 11% of people think Michael Gove, who was announced as the new Housing Secretary...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove - what's in the new Housing Secretary's lettings in-tray?

A dramatic day, which saw a Cabinet reshuffle seemingly come out of the blue, ended with Michael Gove as the new...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

New laws to limit rent increases to once a year in Northern Ireland have moved a step closer and lettings agents...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction notice periods return to normal next month - official

The government has set in motion a Parliamentary procedure meaning the notice periods for evictions in England return to normal from...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession rules change extended until May 2022

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities is extending the regulations for the period of notice a landlord must give a tenant before...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings? Trading Standards revises advice

The controversy over whether a new PropTech service can be used by agents to charge people to view a property to...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Take: Petition for Sunak to close holiday lets tax loophole

A tenant who says his former rental property has been turned into an Airbnb has set up a petition demanding Chancellor...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency partners with wildlife project to combat climate change

One of the UK’s largest agency groups has launched a partnership with an environmental organisation to plant one tree for every...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s Your Reputation?

I want you to ask yourself a question, what is your reputation? By that I mean your personal reputation and your...

15 July 2021

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Agents give qualified support radical overhaul of rental sector in NI

Propertymark has given its broad support to a new Private Members Bill introduced into the Northern Ireland assembly, aimed at improving...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wales to clamp down on holiday lets and additional homes

Wales’ Labour-led administration is to announce a three-pronged approach to affordability issues - and it looks likely to involve a clampdown...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to 'big up' agents role in helping fix rental repairs

ARLA Propertymark says a new government online checker to help private tenants establish what repairs they may be entitled to should...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government launches online checker for private rental repairs

The government has launched an online checker in a bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the entitlement for...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say holiday homes to let are risk to stable communities

Cornish MPs have spoken up in the House of Commons to highlight what they claim is the danger of having too...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies to hold ‘Act of Kindness Day’ for local communities

Your Move, Reeds Rains and other parts of the LSL Group are to hold an Act of Kindness day to encourage...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Show Us The Results: Agents demand mediation pilot evidence

The Association of Residential Letting Agents’ wing of Propertymark is demanding to see the results of a mediation project initiated by...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government revises Mediation guidelines for ‘life after eviction ban’

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession cases FALLEN during pandemic, not risen - government

Official figures show that far from seeing a rise during the pandemic, there has been what the government calls “a massive...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for letting and estate agents

Propertymark has produced new guidance for letting agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid restrictions. It says:...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government willing to listen to agents on rental reform, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government is willing to listen to agents and other industry players ahead of...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New call for letting agents to be trained, qualified and licensed

The Association of Residential Letting Agents' wing of Propertymark says the recent expulsion of three agents from The Property Ombudsman demonstrates the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government mediation can help agencies recover arrears - industry leader

A leading figure in the lettings sector says the government’s new Housing Possession Mediation Scheme can help agencies and landlords recover...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells of “heartbreaking” need for affordable homes

A letting agent in Cornwall has told local TV how she finds herself in ”heartbreaking” situations because of the lack of...

27 April 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

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

The government has at last released details of its mediation scheme - this was hinted at when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

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

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

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

The government has told estate agents to ensure at least one Union Jack is present in properties during both physical and...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say “no more” to last-minute panic eviction bans

An influential group of MPs wants an end to repeated last minute extensions to the ban on evictions and instead wants financial support...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

The controversial subject of pet-friendly tenancies has been grabbed by the scruff of the neck by the government. The Ministry of Housing,...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t force agents to test alarms on first day of tenancy - call

The government has been urged to backtrack on proposals for letting agents to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on day one...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

One of the housing ministers with responsibility for the introduction of the controversial Renters Reform Bill in the near future has...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping of S21 and new transferable deposits likely “very soon”

The long-awaited Renters' Reform Bill, promised 14 months ago, is likely to be introduced to the House of Commons “very soon.” The...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back new Mediation scheme between landlords and tenants

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind an idea from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to create a mediation service to arbitrate in...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Build To Rent? BTR name may be ditched to boost image

Major players in the Build To Rent sector are joining forces to see if they can give the industry a more...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency gets Premiership rugby sponsorship deal over the line

A Belvoir franchise has agreed on a new partnership with Premiership rugby team, Swansea RFC. The deal means not only will the...

07 January 2021

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

Rental market open for business in new Tier 4 areas

Weekend statements from the government and Housing Secretary have made it clear that the rental market remains open for business even...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

There are growing calls for so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ to face the same controls that are exerted over the rest of the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

A controversial Labour council that locked horns with the government over landlord licensing is now submitting a new proposal for its...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that both letting agents and landlords have...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Control legislation doesn’t go far enough, claims tenants' group

A renters’ union in Scotland claims a proposal to cap rents in the country doesn’t go far enough. The Scottish Parliament’s Local...

09 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

Anti-second homes campaigners win talks with top politician

Councillors from a town council in Wales are to be given an audience with the country’s First Minister to discuss the...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona rules: Agents and tradespeople can still visit properties

New and tougher Coronavirus restrictions have been announced in Scotland with decisions on England’s new controls expected to be revealed today or...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s social media bid to curb short lets anti-social behaviour

Airbnb is undertaking a widespread social media campaign in the UK about its attempts to crack down on anti-social behaviour and...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral fees webinar coming up with Trading Standards supremo

Propertymark is staging a webinar later this month on the topical subject of referral fees. Last month the National Trading Standards for...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

“Airbnb pricing us out of our communities!” - MP slams short lets

An MP claims the proliferation of short lets via Airbnb and similar online platforms is indirectly pricing local people out of...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

The new trade group representing short lets operators is asking the government to make sure the short lets sector is specifically...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region...

20 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

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

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot...

21 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

Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to introduce cap on rent rises abandoned by parliamentarians

A Bill which would have introduced a general cap on rent increases in the private rental sector has been abandoned by...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given Letting Agent Today a statement trying to soothe critics of its...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working to ensure evictions return smoothly’ - minister

The government says it’s currently working to ensure the eviction process returns smoothly when the ban expires in late August. In the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords delighted that eviction ban will end next month

ARLA Propertymark has expressed its pleasure that the eviction ban, already extended by two months, will now expire at the end...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - top locations for yield-and-capital-growth combined

A new league table has been produced listing locations where a mix of rental yield and capital growth have given buy...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban WILL end in late August, government hints

The government appears to have confirmed that the evictions ban will end in late August and courts will resume hearing possession...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for ARLA Propertymark as members manage half the market

Some 47 per cent of all properties in the private rental sector in England are now managed by ARLA Propertymark member...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed by law expert over electrical checks chaos

Confusion over Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, created by inaccurate statements from the government, has been slammed by a housing law expert.  Last...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Media spotlight on lockdown parties in Airbnb and other short-lets

The BBC has shone a spotlight on lockdown parties being held in contravention of social distancing rules at properties advertised on...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

The government has withdrawn its latest electrical safety checks guidance for the private rental sector, with immediate effect. However, there remains...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 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

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk - claim

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. That’s the view of...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market reopens in another part of the United Kingdom

The lettings market in Northern Ireland is resuming on Monday after its lockdown because of the Coronavirus crisis. Arlene Foster, first minister of...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency guides target agents, landlords and tenants in private sector

Two new handbooks have been released offering advice to the private rental sector on how to improve energy efficiency.  Electricity distributor UK...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidelines ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be...

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

Eviction ban ‘not to be extended beyond late June’ - claim

A landlord website claims the current ban on evictions is not to be extended beyond its scheduled close of June 29...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds backers of “let’s pay no rent” campaign

Three groups of rental activists have demanded the government scrap all rent payments immediately and cancel all arrears - but mystery...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend electricity checks, postpone licensing, aid renters - ARLA demands

ARLA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mediation bid to keep agents, tenants and landlords out of court

One of the official redress operators - Property Redress Scheme - has launched a tenancy mediation service for agents, landlords and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents have one week to submit Corona views to MPs’ investigation

Agents and other property professionals have a week to submit their views to an enquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter - this is what we’re doing tomorrow and Monday…

For many this coming Easter weekend will be the strangest ever - for agents and industry suppliers it will not be...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

The government has yet to give explicit guidance relating to private rental maintenance, but new advice this morning appears to shed...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Total ban on evictions for three months, with blessing of trade groups

The government has announced a complete ban on evictions in the private and social sectors for any tenant affected by the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fitness For Human Habitation

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force across the country on the 20th March 2019. The act is designed...

11 March 2020

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Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says 11,000 homes in its patch are on short-let sites

The leaseholder of a council property in central London has been found guilty of advertising it on Airbnb and the Booking.com...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician complains that too many HMOs allowed in city

A row is erupting in Swansea over the number of HMOs in the city. Council leaders in the city want to implement...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Victory for buy to let as minister stops another licensing scheme

The government has rejected a council’s bid to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council claims licensing scheme ‘has improved 3,100 homes’

The government has given the green light to a council’s huge licensing scheme, set to cover 18 of its 20 wards...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

Pet-friendly tenancies of the kind envisaged by the government could oblige some private landlords to quit the sector, it’s claimed. Over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Humiliation for government as rogues’ database is largely ignored

The government’s hugely-publicised database for rogue letting agents and landlords has been running for almost two years and has…wait for it…just...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

A London Labour council wants to introduce rent controls to its borough. The South London Press reports that Lambeth councillors have voted through...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pause for thought before accepting pets, agents advised

Agents and landlords are advised to think carefully before allowing tenants to keep pets, despite a government push to relax restrictions. The...

06 February 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

Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21 now, says top lawyers’ society

One of the country’s top law groups has backed government moves to scrap Section 21.  The call comes from the Law Society for...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaign group set to almost double in size

A campaign group that has held protests outside letting agents’ branches and has been fiercely critical of fees, says it’s seen a...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council fails to apply for funds to enforce rental regulations

A Labour council serving one of the largest private rental communities in the country is reported to have failed to have...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group says move to end pet ban doesn’t go far enough

A ginger group that supports the Labour party says the government’s bid to stop pet bans is meaningless and does not...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Ending pet ban part of “mission to improve life for tenants” says minister

The government - which over the weekend made a surprise move to try to stop landlords banning tenants from keeping pets...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour mocks government’s new funding to combat rogue agents

The Labour party has mocked the government’s £4m new funding for councils to combat rogue agents and landlords as “puny.” A statement...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to end pet bans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to overhaul the model tenancy contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. A surprise statement from the...

04 January 2020

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

Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

A leading law firm has highlighted four key dates for letting agents and landlords to watch for in 2020. Paul Barnes, head...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Rental Deposits backed by Tories as Labour revamps council housing

On the day that Labour launches its proposals to reform the private rental sector, the Tories have announced so-called Lifetime Rental...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Well known regional agency strikes out into new territory

An independent Yorkshire letting agency has broken new ground by extending into Humberside for the first time, after striking a major...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conservatives likely to oppose rent controls in election manifesto

It looks likely that the Conservative party is set to formally oppose rent controls when it publishes its manifesto, probably in...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 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

Are HMRC and Airbnb about to go to court over taxes?

The BBC is reporting that the short lets giant Airbnb has been contacted by HM Revenue & Customs about its tax...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

Another law firm has sharply criticised the government’s proposals to abolish Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Devonshires says the government should...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 reform slammed with warning it may backfire on tenants

Government plans to end so-called ‘no fault’ evictions may backfire and not improve tenants’ security at all. That’s the warning from Osbornes...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities provided with rogue agent and landlord enforcement toolkit

The government has this week published a learning toolkit for local authorities to help them with enforcement against rogue landlords and...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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 chief and anti-agent group want city-wide rental licensing

A senior Labour politician in Sheffield and the campaign group Acorn have both expressed support for a selective licensing scheme to...

25 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

Rental demand from older tenants likely to increase in the future

New research from an international law firm shows that the rental sector in major cities is now changing its demographic make-up...

10 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

London council returns to licensing five years after humiliating U-turn

Enfield wants to be the latest London council to introduce large-scale additional and selective licensing schemes which would affect most private rented...

05 September 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

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme will be the country’s largest yet

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, which will include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 could be chance for agents to secure more work - claim

If the government follows through with its plan to scrap Section 21 there could be more work for agents as a...

30 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

Bailiffs to carry mandatory body-worn cameras to deter aggression

The Ministry of Justice has announced that body-worn cameras must be worn by bailiffs recovering debt from individuals. The ministry adds that...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-regulation of Airbnb-style lets could damage tourism - claim

Over-regulation of short-term let accommodation in some areas of rural Scotland could pose a risk to rural tourism, a business organisation...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern as government hints at wider scope for ‘rogues database’

There’s been a sceptical response to news leaked from government over the weekend suggesting that a database of rogue landlords would...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

While we wouldn’t be so bold as to say the government gets its daily fix of property news from the Today...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold: government fails to respond

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government considers ‘deposit passports’ in yet another rental reform

The government is considering the idea of a deposit passport for use by tenants when they move from one property to...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing: 12 big changes being considered by government

An independent review into selective licensing in the private rental sector makes a series of recommendations to tighten processes, with the...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

U-turn Hypocrites! Government accused of reneging on rental sector pledge

A trade body has accused the government of going back on its promise not to introduce a national register of landlords. The...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban these short let adverts! - trade body and Labour unite in plea

The Mayor of London is under pressure to pull advertisements calling on landlords to stop providing homes for Londoners and move...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Housing minister pledges repossession reforms

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has pledged that the government will make changes to the court repossession process alongside its plans to...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quiz The Minister: send questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Union wants its members to ensure Section 21 is actually scrapped

A trade union says the government’s intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is “a huge victory” - but...

29 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

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord...

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

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council crackdown on buy to let rogues gets new online back-up

The government has beefed up its support for councils identifying and prosecuting rogue landlords. Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulate Airbnb-style lets or risk hurting long term market - warning

The rapid growth of Airbnb-style short lets could lead to the loss of private rented homes and displacement of long-term residents...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Parliamentary call for tax relief for rental home improvements

A trade body has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for the buy to let sector to improve...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five CMP providers but government says more may be approved

The government says it is still considering applications to operate Client Money Protection schemes from April, despite approving five schemes so...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventories ‘could be integral part of rental redress reform’ claim

Independent inventory reporting is the perfect complement to the government’s proposed housing reforms. That’s the view of the UK’s largest provider of...

08 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

Public money to pay deposits for some homeless renting privately

The government has announced that over £19.5m is to be spent on paying deposits or paying the first month’s rent for...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal boss talks up huge opportunity for agents to hike landlord fees

The chief executive of a still-to-be-launched property portal says Christmas may have come early for letting agents because of the “huge...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on boards prompts call: 'Do we still need To Let boards?'

Another council has been given the go ahead to ban To Let boards in part of a city - with government...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Today's big vote - no, not Brexit, but the Tenant Fees Bill

Today’s vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal may be dominating the headlines but it’s the...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Court: agents have less than three weeks left to respond

Agents have under three weeks left to respond to the government’s proposals to introduce a Housing Court to settle disputes in...

03 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

Tenants Fees Bill: no implementation date known for some weeks

The government says it will not reveal an implementation date for the banning on agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies give the thumbs-up to new room size guidance

There’s been a broad welcome from the industry to new guidance on room sizes on rented homes. The guidance was released just...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban update: ‘Enforcement authority’ for lettings sector to be revealed shortly

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that it will shortly choose which local authority will be the...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour claims it was behind the deposit cap dropping to five weeks

Labour claims it was the driving force behind the government’s decision to cap tenants’ security deposits from six weeks to five...

11 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

Government cuts tenant deposit cap from six weeks to five weeks

The government has this afternoon confirmed that the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home will be...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Anger at possible government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

There has been widespread Industry anger at news of a possible U-turn by the government over the proposed cap on security...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can help reduce smoking harm, says pressure group

The private rental sector can help reduce smoking according to a report from Action on Smoking and Health, a pressure group. The...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reform possession process as part of Housing Court idea - call

A call has been made for the government to review the section 8 possession process as part of its call for...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands government clarity on moves against landlords

The Labour MP who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the House of Commons is pressing the government...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

MPs have proposed a series of amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill as part of its Report Stage and Third Reading...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to pull the plug on three-year tenancies?

Reports have emerged this week that the government is planning a U-turn on its proposals to introduce mandatory three-year minimum tenancies...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government rental chief to be quizzed at upcoming industry event

The government's director of rented housing is set to address the industry at an upcoming event open to letting agents and...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges no premature decision on longer tenancies

A trade body says it has been assured by the government that there will be no premature announcement introducing longer tenancies...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - agents have less than two weeks to respond

Agents and others wishing to respond to the official consultation on government proposals for longer tenancies have only until late evening...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

The government has produced new guidelines on setting up client money protection schemes for the private rented sector. They are evidently aimed...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Five year mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

All privately-let homes must have electrical installations checked every five years under new rules announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rows erupt over mandatory three-year tenancies and six-month break clauses

Arguments have already started over the government’s proposals to make three year tenancies the norm in the private rental sector. Letting Agent...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies proposals to be unveiled by government tomorrow

Leaks from government sources to at least two mainstream news outlets today suggest that radical proposals on longer tenancies and possible...

01 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing never works! - industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention - a review into how...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces review of selective licensing in private rental sector

The government has announced a review to assess how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Empty homes: Agents missing out on millions of short-term rental income

London landlords and letting agents could be missing out on up to £111 million of short-term rental revenue each year, according...

22 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

'Change Right To Rent' new Home Secretary is urged by trade body

The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to look again at the Right To Rent policy and produce “a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator offers five year tenancies to attract families

Build To Rent operator and long-term volume landlord organisation Grainger says it is pioneering five-year leases “in a bid to overhaul...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' body brands secret database of rogue landlords pointless

ARLA has branded the government’s long-awaited database of rogue landlords as “pointless” because it will not be made public. The Ministry of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents would have to be pretty dumb to be fined for not displaying fees

A Kent county councillor says letting agents “would have to be pretty dumb” to allow a situation arise whereby they would...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants property professionals to serve as local reps

The National Landlords Association is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The association says these representatives “are...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to review selective licensing schemes in near future

The government has pledged to begin a review of the selective licensing across the private rental sector once MPs return from...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents being selected to take part in most authoritative rental survey

Some letting agencies and selected landlords are being asked to take part in a new survey investigating views and experiences in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs protest over ‘damage’ done by spread of Airbnb-style short lets

Senior Labour MPs have spoken out about what they believe are the anti-social and detrimental effects of short lets on surrounding...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to give evidence to MPs over Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

The sittings of the select committee looking into government proposals to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants resume this week...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown continues on 'self managing landlords' in Wales

Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growing despite tax and other issues - Nationwide

Analysis of government figures by the Nationwide suggest that the buy to let sector is still growing despite tax changes and...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade group releases details of anti-fees ban evidence put to MPs

The Residential Landlords’ Association has released details of the evidence it put to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed Bill allowing tenants to sue will be debated on Friday

The Private Members’ Bill that has won government backing - and which would give tenants the right to sue landlords over...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs move to allow tenants to sue over 'unfit properties'

The government has taken the unusual step of working with a Labour MP to ensure her Private Members Bill can become...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

In an unusual move the government has today, Sunday, announced that it wants tenants to have the right to take legal...

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent says share, share, share his petition to reverse fees ban

An Essex lettings agent has explained why he has set up an online petition calling for a reversal of the government’s...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 2019 deadline shouldn't lull industry into complacency - agent

This week’s news that the government will not be implementing the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'not implemented until spring 2019 at least' - NALS

The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wary of government 'rebranding' of housing department

At least one trade body has expressed an apparent scepticism about whether the rebranding of the Department of Communities and Local...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs to hear evidence into proposals next week

The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals new minimum room sizes for HMOs

The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding. In addition to...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

The government has released more details on long-discussed proposals to tighten up licensing in the private rental sector. It wants landlords in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

The selective licensing scheme operated by Newham council in London is reported to have won government backing to be extended until...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Final day of consultation on letting and management agent proposals

You have only until 11.45pm tonight to have your say on government proposals to clamp down on letting and managing agents...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

The industry is awaiting details of the latest government consultation concerning the private rental sector which will consider longer tenancies. The consultation...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector pessimistic ahead of the Budget

After the series of anti-buy to let measures contained in recent Budgets, it is perhaps unsurprising that a survey of landlords...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent To Rent needs better regulation, urges redress operator

One of the government’s three approved official redress providers says companies operating in the Rent-to-Rent sector should be obliged to join...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The will is there to provide longer tenancies, says trade body

The will exists in the private rental sector to provide the longer term tenancies advocated by the government, says a trade...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

London Bishops have written to housing minister Alok Sharma calling on him to do more to protect vulnerable private tenants. The Bishops...

03 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

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits held in protection schemes now total over £4.1 billion

A campaigning letting agent says that at the start of this financial year the total cash value of deposits held in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

PropTech company PayProp says the government’s outline proposal for greater regulation of the private rental sector should be treated as good...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government considering new regulatory body for leasehold rentals

Plans for new measures regarding leasehold tenancies to help create “a fairer property management system that works for everyone” have been...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Info for agents: This is how to tell MPs about reform of rental sector

Agents have until November 24 - two days after the next Budget - to submit evidence to the latest probe into...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants urged to have their say on agents' fees ban consultation

The Welsh Government’s communities and children secretary, Carl Sargeant, is calling on tenants to have their say on proposals to ban...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings Fees Ban - now Welsh Government  jumps on the bandwagon

The Welsh Government is now kicking off a similar consultation process to that conducted by the Department for Communities and Local...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent firms say housing survey show need for new sector to grow

The findings of the most recent English Housing Survey, an annual report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another day, another council considering more selective licensing

Yet another local authority is considering introducing selective licensing of private rental property. Luton council has issued a statement saying that within...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

A minister at the Departrment of Communities and Local Government has set out the government’s position in terms of the fire-related...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

Proposals in Scotland for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could damage the sector, especially in rural communities.   That’s...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban -...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Twenty agencies back call to extend or suspend fees ban consultation

Twenty agency groups have backed a call by the Association of Residential Letting Agents urging the government to extend or scrap its...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Extend lettings fee ban consultation or scrap it completely, urges ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is calling on the government to either extend the consultation period for the proposed ban...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: 'policy may be lost thanks to election' warns trade body

A trade body has suggested that the General Election on June 8 may lead to a government with new priorities, meaning...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: government scraps workshops but consultation goes on

The Department of Communities and Local Government is scrapping a series of workshops for letting agents to discuss the proposed ban...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'unlikely before late 2018' whatever election result

The ban on letting agents in England imposing fees on tenants is unlikely to be implemented before late next year according...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA to launch anti-fees ban campaign in a matter of days

ARLA Propertymark says it will launch a campaign against the government’s proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants “in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-deposit campaigner warns of Client Money Protection side-effect

A leading letting agent campaigning against rental sector deposits is warning that the industry might be hit with “astronominal” insurance premiums...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Government repeats 'fees will be banned' - but still no consultation...

The government has issued a new statement saying unequivocally that letting agents’ fees on tenants will be banned in England -...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: trade body's concern over 'further sanctions'

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written to an immigration minister to express its concern over possible ‘further sanctions’ for landlords who...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry joy as government formally backs mandatory CMP for agents

There has been widespread pleasure from throughout the industry at the government’s decision to accept the recommendation of a working group...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Make Client Money Protection mandatory on agents' government told

The working group set up by the Department of Communities and Local Government to consider Client Money Protection says the scheme...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA and landlord body push for meeting over agents' fees ban

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association have written to the Welsh Government seeking a meeting to discuss a possible ban...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister wants agents to say what they think of White Paper

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is organising a series of regional meetings for property professionals to give him their view of his...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government Housing White Paper now tipped to appear on February 6

It’s been a long time coming but the government’s White Paper on Housing - tipped to contain major reforms affecting the...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS-led forum asked to consider how fees ban could operate

The Fair Fees Forum, a platform for letting agencies and trade bodies set up by the National Approved Lettings Scheme, has...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government over room size and licensing proposals

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning the government that some of its proposed changes to regulations governing HMOs may...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS 'fair fees' agents committed to making fee ban work

The NALS ‘Fair Fees Forum’ - set up before last week’s announcement on the banning of letting agency fees levied on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Renters' Rights Bill - anti-fees measure continues through Lords

The controversial Renters’ Rights Bill, which wants to sharply reduce the ability of letting agents to levy charges on tenants and...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Firms merge to handle management of Build To Rent schemes

A British Build To Rent management company has merged with a long-standing US firm in the same field to create a...

11 November 2016

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Government ponders bid to ban To Let boards in parts of city

The government is considering a ban on the display of To Let boards in parts of Leicester following a council bid...

21 October 2016

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Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency snaps up two rivals as acquisition drive gathers pace

Linley & Simpson, which already has a network of 11 branches across north and west Yorkshire, has taken over the entire...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of tenancy deposit disputes reaches record high

The number of tenancy deposit disputes reached a record high in 2015-16, but still represents only a fraction of all deposits. Figures...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

TPO wants letting agency industry's views on Client Money Protection

Lettings agents are being invited to take part in a national online survey launching today and seeking to get an industry-wide...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill

An industry body has backed a Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill, which has been published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.   The...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' course can lead to Chartered Institute of Housing award

Letting agents and landlords operating in Northern Ireland are now being invited to go through an accredited training programme being operated...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New research gives detailed profile of 'typical' buy to let investor

Research undertaken by one of Britain’s leading rental sector experts and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation gives perhaps the most...

06 July 2016

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Police and local council investigate sudden closure of agency

A letting agency is being investigated by a local council and the police after it closed suddenly last month. Dukes Letting Department,...

16 March 2016

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Almost eight out of 10 private tenants are happy with their lot

Seventy nine per cent of tenants are happy with their circumstances according to a survey conducted by the National Landlords’ Association...

02 March 2016

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MPs worried that 40% of Right To Buy units end up being privately let

A group of MPs is raising concerns about a claim that 40 per cent of homes sold through the Right To...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Government updates 'How To Rent' document with Right To Rent details

A reminder to agents - the government has issued an updated version of the How To Rent booklet which has to...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax opponents are completely dismissed by Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Letting Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Failed licensing bid was unnecessary and unjustified, says landlords' group

A failed bid by a council to introduce a blanket landlord licensing scheme was both unnecessary and unjustified according to the...

24 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government rejects council's call for blanket landlord licensing scheme

The Secretary of State for Department of Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark, has rejected a council’s call for a blanket...

23 December 2015

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Trade body says new Welsh proposals will hit vulnerable tenants

Vulnerable tenants will find it harder to access housing following the passing of the Welsh government’s Renting Homes Bill, according to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Police urge letting agents to look for signs of 'modern slavery'

Letting agents are being urged to help tackle what the police are calling “modern slavery” happening in communities across Britain.  Modern slavery...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap 'tenant's tax' hidden in licensing schemes

Councils that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been accused...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge support for clampdown on rogue agents and landlords says government

The Department of Communities and Local Government has published a summary of the 600 responses it has received to its recent...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New government cash to combat Beds In Sheds scandal

New funding will help up to 65 councils tackle rogue landlords who let out substandard homes including the hated Beds In...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size and a re-defining of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation in...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

LibDems will try to block Right To Buy extension to housing associations

The Liberal Democrat party says it will use its members in the House of Lords to try to block the government's...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government confirms no ban on letting agent fees in England

The government has confirmed that it has no plan to ban letting agency fees in England. Fees are already banned in Scotland...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Boris backs lettings reform and banning rogue agents

London Mayor and Tory leadership wannabee Boris Johnson wants rogue operators in the private rental sectors to be banned with repeat...

08 September 2015

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US Build To Rent giant enters UK private rental sector

Atlas Residential - a US Build To Rent company which operates 18,000 rental units across 13 states valued at a total...

01 September 2015

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Troubled campaign group renews call for rent controls

Generation Rent - the campaign group that needs £60,000 to continue operating beyond the end of August - has renewed its...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body discovers new Right To Rent details

The National Landlords’ Association has met with the Home Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government - and has...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents could be blacklisted under new regulations

Letting agents and other industry professionals are being consulted ver changes to the sector’s regulation - including possible blacklisting of rogue...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent upset at lack of redress prosecutions

A letting agent is angry that there has not been a single prosecution in his region as a result of agencies...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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Labour's Burnham plans to seize unfit rental properties

A newspaper claims that Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham will this week announce that, should he head the party and eventually...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Legal & General eyes up second rental sector deal

Legal & General Capital (LGC) has announced that it is close to securing its second investment in the Build to Rent...

08 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must publish fees from today

It is now a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants.  Under the...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Help for agents who must display fees from next week

A set of ‘fees templates’ have been created for letting agents to download ahead of the legal requirement to display details...

21 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

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Government decides to keep Lewis as housing minister

The quick-off-the-mark Residential Landlords Association appeared to earn brownie points for the entire private rental sector by sending a congratulatory message...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast BBC over 'negative' Panorama

The Residential Landlords Association says it has “deep concerns” over the Panorama programme broadcast early this week claiming that landlords were...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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