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Want to save 25 minutes per transaction? PropTech link-up claims you can...

The Property Franchise Group is to roll out a partnership with PropTech firm Coadjute TPFG, the largest franchise estate agency group in...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Money-Making Machine set to hike agent fees again

Number one portal Rightmove has upgraded growth expectations in its latest statement to shareholders - and is again growing its average...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark not giving up on the Regulation of Property Agents

Propertymark says it will continue lobbying government for the implementation of the Regulation of Property Agents - even though the government...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Property Agents - government slammed by Lords

The government’s failure to act on the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working party - chaired by Lord Richard Best and...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

TV Property Guru to give keynote speech at Propertymark One

TV property guru and Move iQ founder Phil Spencer to be a keynote speakers at Propertymark One this year, the trade...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to improve the private rental sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates to stay high despite this week’s good inflation news

Interest rates are expected to stay high despite good inflation news likely to be announced this week. The Office for Budget Responsibility...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Foxtons to extend digital lettings service into sales

Foxtons says it wants to extend what it calls its “full digitisation of the lettings journey” to its sales side, as...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards tells agents - Material Information is key so get on with it!

A representative of the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents team has told agents to accept new rules about material...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Land Registry to be more accessible (and cheaper)

Propertymark wants HM Land Registry to provide more accessible and affordable services to its members.  HMLR launched a consultation last month as...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Improving market doesn’t solve underlying problems - Propertymark

Promising figures from the latest house price index doesn’t mean underlying problems in the market have been solved, warns Propertymark. UK house...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Don’t be Left Behind when Regulation Comes In

Propertymark is urging agents to get ahead of the curve and be ready for the next big initiative - Regulation.  Propertymark has...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

For first time buyers, renting is cheaper than buying in most of the UK according to new data from the Halifax.  London, the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agency kicked out by Ombudsman for just £1,100

A lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme following itsfailure to pay £1,100 out of an adjudicated award...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Homes Under The Hammer - good times are here for auctions

There appears to be more evidence that these are good times for auctions. Network Auctions says it’s witnessed a sales surge, with...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental trade group rebrands in bid to win broader appeal

A group founded eight years ago to represent the Build To Rent niche has now rebranded in a bid to win...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove accused of dragging his feet over agent regulation

The all-party House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has urged the government to get on with establishing a regulator of...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Bill wins a big thumbs-up from agents’ body

Propertymark has urged the Sunak government to press ahead with leasehold reform ahead of the Second Reading of the Leasehold and...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Crunch Week ahead for interest rates and inflation

Latest inflation figures are announced on Wednesday and the Bank of England makes its next base rate decision on Thursday. The Office...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Prominent industry figure rejects need for agents to have degrees

The chief executive of industry not-for-profit accreditation service Safeagent, says agents do not require degrees to enter the sector or excel...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of lettings agents imminent, suggests Propertymark

Propertymark says the regulation of agents has come a step closer.   The trade body gave evidence at a House of Lords Industry...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill should include regulating letting agents, says Propertymark

Propertymark will appear in front of the House of Lords’ Industry and Regulators Committee tomorrow morning, urging the regulation of lettings...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agents demand mortgage lenders cut rates to help market

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has made the unexpected move of calling on banks to cut mortgage rates. Rates are typically...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants to face lower energy bills - announcement this week

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

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulating agents will make property ownership more transparent - claim

Propertymark says the regulation of property agents and the creation of a statutory Code of Practice can improve the transparency of...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

High profile lettings agency chain sets minimum qualification goal

Belvoir Group has linked up with Propertymark in a deal which they say will “help further improve standards and enhance financial...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket president welcomes latest lettings agency  to drop Zoopla

Lettings agency Edward Mellor, which operates its 15 branches across Greater Manchester, has signed up to OnTheMarket. This follows the controversial CoStar...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s ringing endorsement for Material Information changes

Propertymark’s property auction division - NAVA - has given ringing endorsement to the Material Information changes demanded under new Trading Standards...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove snaps up rental-focussed reviews website

A five year old consumer reviews website has been acquired by Rightmove. Homeviews was set up in 2019 and at the time...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Union slams Bank decision as workers face high rents

A trades union has slammed the Bank of England over its decision to keep base rate at 5.25 per cent, saying...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to regulate agents welcomed by major industry body

The Property Institute has welcomed a Labour Party move to introduce the regulation of property agents across much of the sector. Tabled...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Thousands of lettings agencies in financial distress - new figures

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

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 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

Shock figures put interest rate cut on the back burner

There are growing fears that the hoped-for Bank of England base rate cut this spring - the first off possibly several...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer warns that Summer will be hectic for lettings sector

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

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent rises outstripping inflation for past nine months - agency analysis

A leading lettings agency says 2023 was a record-breaking year for rental growth.   The average rent on a newly let property in...

15 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning over rechargeable device fires in rental properties

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

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Lenders set out buy to let forecasts for 2024/2025

UK Finance has published its housing and mortgage market forecasts for 2024 and 2025 together with projections for 2023 full year numbers. Key figures for 2023 In...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Top agent backs industry regulation in 2024 - the more the better

The boss of a prominent UK lettings and property management agency says new regulations planned for the industry are to be...

27 December 2023

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

Regulate Agents in 2024 - Propertymark explains why it’s needed

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says the current debate on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is another example of how agent...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Last Ditch Bid to save unpopular freeholds from Gove’s law change

Plans for leasehold reform face a major early stumbling block as analysis shows plans to retrospectively introduce a cap on ground...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has set out its pro-agency position on a range of issues contained in the Renters Reform Bill, currently trundling through...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

How investing in a CRM is the best way to NTS compliance

I think we can all agree that the National Trading Standards Material Information reforms are a good thing for the property...

06 December 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Watchdog slams GetAgent over misleading website claims

Controversial website content by the high profile website GetAgent must never appear again, according to the ad industry watchdog. The Advertising Standards...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings Excellence - winning young agent  named

High achieving agents in lettings and other sectors of our industry have been recognised at a prestigious London celebration. Learners, apprentices, employers...

05 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards reveal details of new Material Information requirements

Parts B and C of the process to improve material information disclosure in property listings are published today within comprehensive new guidance...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove shares rise as it takes even more money from agents

Property portal Rightmove has increased its key revenue target in a bullish set of results which shows it has not been...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards links with Rightmove for CPR training for agents

Rightmove has teamed up with the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team to create a new course on compliance...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill is ideal chance to regulate agents says Propertymark

Propertymark has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove to remind him of the importance of regulating letting and estate agents. The trade...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants worrying more over affordability, claims deposit alternative

A deposit alternative service claims online searches by tenants reflect increased uncertainty over affordability. Deposit alternatives are under scrutiny at the moment...

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

London tenants pay high average deposits, claims supplier

One of the players in the controversial Deposit Alternative field is stepping up its case for this kind of service to...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rate Rise Fears return after “bad news” inflation figure

There are growing fears of yet another Bank of England base rate rise next month following the surprise inflation figure released...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent control changes introduced for shared ownership homes

The government has changed the way shared ownership rents can be increased. This change will apply to the leases of new shared...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Public optimistic about housing market despite feeling worse off

UK consumers feel worse off than a year ago, but remain relatively optimistic about the property . That’s the conclusion of a...

13 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

Deposit Alternative chief says tenants face “incredible challenge”

The average rental deposit in the UK is now £1,434, based on the requirement that a deposit is set at up...

14 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

Help your landlords recover rent with PayProp’s effective arrears management tools

In the face of stretched incomes, rising interest rates and escalating consumer prices, an increasing number of tenants are at risk...

11 September 2023

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Warning: Document review process essential for agency compliance

It’s vital for agents to have a process in place to check documentation received at their office, to avoid potential claims.  This...

06 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and RICS star at this week's big PropTech event

What is billed as Europe’s largest PropTech event takes place in London this week, on September 6 and 7.  PropTech Connect will...

05 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Watchdog to Probe Five Issues Involving Agents and Landlords

The Competitioin and Markets Authority is to probe five activities involving letting agents and landlords and their responsibilities to private tenants. Sarah...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome Trading Standards “clarity” on lettings terminology

Propertymark has welcomed what it calls the “clarity” given to advertising terminology following the publication of new guidelines from the National...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - Trading Standards new guidance on To Let wording

The National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agency Team has issued new guidance on terminology used in property advertising - particularly lettings. The...

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Investor confidence rising ahead of tomorrow’s inflation figures

A respected measure of investor confidence says it’s on the rise as a result of growing optimism over UK inflation figures...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Not Good Enough! Property Ombudsman criticises private rental quality

New figures released this morning from The Property Ombudsman show that the overwhelming number of disputes in the past year involved...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency teach-in for agents happens tomorrow

Rightmove will host a webinar for agents tomorrow at 10:00am focused on tenergy efficiency, Energy Performance Certificates and greener homes. The portal...

02 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Leading agency bosses to star in portal podcast for movers

Prominent figures from Foxtons and Chestertons are amongst the agency leaders featured on a new six-part podcast series from OnTheMarket.  Hosted by...

02 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove they’re disappointed with housing pledges

Propertymark has branded the plans by Housing Secretary Michael Gove to increase housebuilding “disappointing”. Nathan Emerson, Propertymark chief executive, says: “The UK...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Stock Drought - more evidence of shocking under-supply

A study by consumer intelligence service TwentyCi shows a continued severe under-supply of properties in the private rental sector.  It says that...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Another interest rate rise likely - but might it be the last for now?

Most economic and housing analysts believe another base rate rise is on the cards for next month - but the sharp...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock interest rate decision by Bank of England

The Bank of England has announced its latest change in base rate, which is used by most lenders to determine interest...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to dominate free webinar for agents

Zoopla has announced it’s hosting its quarterly market update next Wednesday, June 14, to discuss how agents can keep their business...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Portal claims industry-first over lettings numbers

OnTheMarket says it’s the first major UK portal to offer a dedicated contact form for Scottish Home Reports. When a property is...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Celebrity endorsement for Gove’s Rental Reform Bill

Consumer champion Martin Lewis - the man behind the Money Saving Expert website and TV shows - has backed the Renters...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent fined thousands after trying to avoid redress scheme

A £5,000 fine has been upheld against a landlord who failed to declare himself as a property agent and did not join a mandatory...

16 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Portal launches ‘passport’ service for renters on the move

OnTheMarket has completed a new integration with Canopy which it claims will provide valuable pre-qualified leads to letting agents. The latest integration...

16 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants missed rental payments last month - Which?

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

12 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer links with Build To Rent trade body

Move iQ, the consumer-facing online service operated by TV property guru Phil Spencer, is linking with the Build To Rent trade...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest rates to soar further - new warning from leading body

One of the most respected financial organisations says markets are now betting that the Bank of England base rate will hit...

27 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Fake Reviews - online platforms plagued by bogus comments

Platforms like Facebook are infiltrated by fake review factories, despite the imminent publication of a new Bill which will look to make...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Many renters want government help for first time buyers

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

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

String of dodgy letting agents expelled by Ombudsman

Several lettings agents have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme; they are amongst eight named as having been kicked out...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker - Head of Redress for the Property Redress Scheme

Introduce yourself A: My name is Sean Hooker. I have worked for the HFIS group for sixteen years, originally helping set...

23 March 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

Shock inflation figure means rate rise today likely - analysts

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee meets today to decide on its base interest rate amidst shock at the latest...

23 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Investment hotspots for holiday home buyers revealed by survey

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

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning after big fine imposed on agency

Trading Standards is reminding letting agents of their legal obligation to protect money they are holding on behalf of a client...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand still on the rise as RICS calls for Budget help

The latest market snapshot from the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors - out today - shows tenant demand continuing to increase...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New EPC every three years, suggests accreditation scheme

Energy Performance Certificates must change to properly support reaching net zero, tackling fuel poverty and improving buildings, according to an energy...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents work to be probed by competitions watchdog

The Competition and Markets Authority is launching a three month probe into how letting agents operate within the private rental sector. It says...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

New OnTheMarket features include some suggested by agents

OnTheMarket is introducing a range of features which it claims will make ‘serious seekers’ stand out to letting agents. And it says...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Boiler Upgrade Scheme - half of agents didn’t even know it existed

It’s been revealed that Propertymark contributed its thoughts to a Parliamentary committee which has slammed the failure of the government’s Boiler...

28 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Are Trading Standards officers checking your agency’s website?

Trading Standards officers check for agents’ compliance by scrutinising their websites, it’s being claimed. Agents are being warned to ensure their websites...

20 February 2023

From: Breaking News

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