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KEYWORD "Communities" - 100 RESULTS
Second homes and incomer buyers are good news - Propertymark

Propertymark has stepped into the row over whether there should be more controls over second homes, holiday lets and people from...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Today - ESTAS shortlists for three top industry awards

The ESTAS has revealed the nominations for three of its most prestigious categories to complete the shortlist for the 2024 awards. The...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour split as MP defies party policy and calls for rent controls

A Labour MP is calling for rent controls to be introduced, with powers for councils to tweak them as they see...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs may need Planning Consent in key tourist location

A council claims it’s reached an important stage in the process of deciding whether to implement the Article 4 Direction power...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Freeholder hits at government over slow responses on building safety row

The corporate freeholder which has been obliged to fix serious building safety issues at a tower block has issued a statement...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agent claims area is over-run with Airbnb-style short lets

A lettings agent who is also on the executive of Propertymark claims one of Britain’s tourist hotspots has been over-run with...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Banking Group rental project now has 2,000 properties

Citra Living, part of Lloyds Banking Group, is to bring more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

Housing minister Lee Rowley will be taking centre stage at the largest property agency conference in the UK this summer, Propertymark...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Franchise group claims letting agents revenue could be £100k a year

Property investment and management company The Sourced Group says its new lettings division which “presents franchisees with the chance to generate...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Managing agent bags hundreds of homes in new deal with L&G

Property management and facilities firm Pinnacle is to become the leading managing agent for Legal & General Affordable Homes. In recent weeks, the...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Brownfield Development isn’t the only answer, agents tell government

Propertymark wants the government to cool down on its enthusiasm for brownfield development. It says in a response to a consultation that...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new eco scheme

Legal & General’s suburban Build To Rent business, called LGSBTR, has exchanged on 41 new BTR homes in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.   Consisting...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents listed on rogues’ database and fined over HMO failures

Managing agents in London have been instructed to pay a £15,000 fine for operating a House in Multiple Occupation without the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Material Information - new digital tool aims to help letting agents

The Open Property Data Association has released a new version of its property data standards framework to help letting agents comply...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Rental Crisis - big rise in countryside lets as rural house prices soar

England’s county councils want the next government to set out a long-term plan for housing, as a new report claims there’s...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Major agency announces link with renting-in-retirement specialist

Hamptons is linking with retirement rental specialist provider Birchgrove, pledging to offer “a unique proposition for those seeking quality senior rental...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency to manage getting empty homes into private rental sector

Owners of vacant properties are being offered an improved incentive to bring their house back into use. Plymouth council is re-launching its...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government to double council tax on empty homes after one year

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

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Powers to evict anti-social tenants set to be beefed up

Propertymark has welcomed proposed reforms to evict tenants who show persistent anti-social behaviour.   In 2018, a Northern Ireland Department of Justice consultation...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sharing short lets data with another government department

Airbnb - which recently announced it’s sharing some information about its landlord hosts with HMRC - is now sharing data with...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory MP reported to bring Renters Reform Bill “to brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Carbon Neutral Claim by large lettings and sales agency group

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

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

A figure in one of the country’s highest profile lettings companies has hit out at a government proposal to penalise the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Ethical Agent Network launches, promising to be ‘different’

A network uniting so-called ‘ethical agents’ launches today with a promise to be different from the rest of the industry. The Ethical...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

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

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Building society bans mortgages on holiday let properties

A building society has launched a pilot project banning mortgage lending on holiday lets in two tourist areas for 12 months. Leeds...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Clampdown - More campaigners back Gove

Countryside campaigning charity CPRE has given a warm welcome to Michael Gove’s clampdown on short lets. Earlier this week Housing Secretary Michael...

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

There’s growing anger over restrictions on private homeowners using their properties via Airbnb and other short let platforms. Earlier this week Housing...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Radical changes to short let laws proposed by Michael Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning announced wholesale changes to planning and regulations surrounding short lets. His proposals include: - planning permission...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Shake Up - Gove slammed for “political posturing”

The trade body representing short lets providers and support companies has reacted angrily to government proposals for a radical shake up. Housing...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Ukrainians given visa extension - likely impact on private rental sector

Ukrainians who came to the UK following the Russian invasion will be able to apply for 18-month extensions to their visas,...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Report downplays ‘posh’ image of Build To Rent flats and tenants

A new report suggests that past impressions of Build To Rent and other institution-funded rental units as expensive and concentrating on...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolio used for housing association tenants

A council that is buying private properties in second home hotspots to let to local people has struck a new agreement...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Courts the best way to counter threat of S21 removal - claim

Propertymark is urging the Sunak government to introduce specialist housing courts with expert Judges who can expedite cases and create a...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Last-minute government U-turn on HMO regulation changes

The government has done a U-turn on its original policy to relax HMO regulations on private rental properties used by asylum...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Built To Rent wins lavish praise from property management report

A property management firm claims that energy efficiency is apparently renters’ most important quality when choosing a place to live.  Centrick says...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s backdoor bid to regulate lettings and estate agents at last

Labour is using a Bill currently going through Parliament as a backdoor method to introduce the regulation of lettings, estate and...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge £150m investment into student renting by financial services giant

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc, has spent some £150m acquiring a portfolio of six Purpose Built...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency was front for multi million pound drugs gang

An organised crime group involved in producing and distributing an estimated £2.4m of cannabis has been found to have e used...

10 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

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

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

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Timetables demanded for smoke alarm and electrical safety changes

Propertymark has responded to two consultations on the proposals to introduce electrical safety standards and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in...

22 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

Homelessness charities receive thousands from agents’ carol concert

The Fine & Country Foundation’s Annual Carols by Candlelight concert, held in collaboration with King's College Cambridge, has raised £21,061. This will...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb claims its short lets support thousands of jobs across UK

A new report claims that Airbnb has generated tens of thousands of jobs in the UK and enables people to work...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Bill wins praise from industry body

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

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New industry group includes agents and small landlord organisations

The first meeting has been held of the Housing Coalition, a new group including Propertymark and some landlord bodies. A statement from...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s policy won’t solve housing shortage says top Labour MP

Senior Labour MP Clive Betts says the party’s official house building policy won’t actually solve the shortage of homes. Labour deputy leader...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Angry MPs slam Michael Gove over ongoing delay

A row has broken out over Section 21 between Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and an all-party...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent problems highlighted in latest report

A new report suggests London’s Build To Rent sector is being held back by a “stark inconsistency” from local councils in...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand ground rent reform progress while consultation goes on

Propertymark wants Housing Secretary Michael Gove to continue with ground rent reforms for leaseholders following the launch of a consultation into this...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Housing Minister is ... a former housing minister

The new Housing Minister is Lee Rowley - who was a former housing minister during the short lived premiership of Liz Truss. Rowley...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Five ground rent options being considered by government

The government is considering five different options for ground rent as the reform process for the sector begins. The government is committed...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Generous! Agents give thousands to industry charity

Propertymark has donated £5,200 to the industry charity Agents Giving, which works with lettings and estate agents to encourage, support and...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Warning over winter rise in meter tampering and energy theft

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

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech service claims to solve client account issues

PropTech supplier Lettspay has launched a new client account banking service for letting agents and property managers in partnership with Griffin...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill will slash homelessness, claims charity

A charity claims the Renters Reform Bill, which gets its Second Reading in the Commons next week, will help reduce homelessness. New...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Homes For Ukraine - government faces hard decisions on scheme future

The National Audit Office says the government will soon have to take hard decisions on the future for the Homes For...

17 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let has grown massively in recent years - new statistics

Government data shows that as of 2022 some 15.29 per cent of homes in England are privately rented, with 14.9 per...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Who cares about Build To Rent? Not MPs by the looks of it….

A PR exercise has discovered that 89 per cent of UK MPs would not give priority to Build-to-Rent schemes in their...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour should champion lettings agent regulation - Propertymark

Propertymark has urged Labour to licence letting agents under its plans to ‘fundamentally reform the private rented sector’. The trade body also...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner slams Tory rental “failures” but light on Labour policy details

Labour deputy leader and shadow housing secretary Angela Rayner has given her party’s conference an outline of future policy plans. She says:...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of “profiteering” rent rises

A new manifesto calling for rent controls and a raft of other measures is accusing the current rent rises of being...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New How To Rent Guide to be issued today

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says a new How To Rent guide will be issued today, October 2. Letting...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb woos Labour saying short lets can be “lifeline”

Airbnb has taken the unusual step of buying space on an influential Labour Party website, just ahead of the party’s conference. Amanda...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Police urge agents to smoke out illegal cannabis farms

Police are urging letting agents and landlords to act swiftly if they think one of their properties is being used as...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrap Renters Reform Bill!  Leading agent makes dramatic plea

A prominent agent has called on politicians to scrap the Renters Reform Bill . He says it’s “ill thought-through and would be...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs complain that rental reform questions go unanswered

The Select Committee that shadows the work of Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is complaining that its...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - why no details of court reform?

A lettings trade body is urging the government to make clear how it will help courts tackle a growing backlog of...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Client accounting product launched for letting agents

Automated client accounting platform Lettspay is set to launch a new client account banking product for letting agents. The supplier has worked...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - new How to Rent guide coming soon

Rental sector organisations have been given an indication by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that a new How...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - what are your views on key health and safety issues?

Propertymark is urging agents to give it their views on two consultations on health and safety issues coming out of Northern...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Council houses will cut rental demand - Rayner sets out agenda

Labour’s new shadow Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, Angela Rayner, says she will put council Housing at the heart of...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scams expert joins board of The Property Ombudsman

The Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team is one of two new non-executive directors at The Property Ombudsman. Louise Baxter...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents have two months to tell council licensing bosses what they think

There’s to be a consultation this autumn about a proposed selective licensing regime in Scarborough. The proposal covers parts of the Castle,...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Union urges government not to give in to private rental experts

The National Union of Students is urging the government not to give in to what it calls “exploitative” private rental sector...

30 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Hate campaign launched against Airbnb

A hate campaign against AirBnb appears to have been launched in a Welsh village. Newspaper reports say a sticker reading 'Death to...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayors want unlimited council tax on empty properties

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

02 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity slams government over gap between rents and benefits

Crisis, the homelessness charity, has slammed the government over the growing gap between housing benefit levels and even the lower end...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to cost letting agents millions - new analysis

The Renters Reform Bill will cost letting agents over £275m in the next decade as fewer landlords use their services. That’s the...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Cannabis Farms - agents asked to smoke out culprits

Five regional police and crime commissioners have written to letting agents highlighting the problems of cannabis farms in private rental properties.  The...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on HMOs across large London borough

Buy to let investors who want to convert family homes into HMOs in Hounslow for three to six tenants will now...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told to lobby MPs over Renters Reform Bill

It appears almost certain that the Second Reading of the Renters Reform Bill - expected some weeks ago - will not...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Anti-Social Behaviour definition to widen to help agents, landlords

It appears that a “wider range of behaviours” are likely to be taken into account in future when tenants are considered...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to be discussed by MPs this afternoon

The Renters Reform Bill is being discussed by MPs this afternoon - although not as part of its long-running passage through...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Show Green! Tenants want agents to display eco-credentials

Tenants want letting agents, landlords and other property industry figures to more openly demonstrate their green credentials. That’s the message from a...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Root and branch HMO crackdown on the agenda for council

A new action plan to tackle issues around HMOs is being drawn up by a Midlands council next week. West Northamptonshire council’s...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

John Lewis pushes into private rental market with 800 homes

John Lewis is pushing ahead with its commitment to build and manage rental homes as part of a drive which it...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency issues guide for ‘responsible’ holiday lettings

One of the largest vacation lettings agencies - Sykes Holiday Cottages - says a survey shows that two thirds of holiday...

27 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Government told - Stop the attacks on holiday lettings sector!

A holiday lettings agency has come out fighting on behalf of its clients. Following calls by local leaders in Cornwall and Devon...

26 May 2023

From: Breaking News

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