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Energy group slams “irresponsible” criticism of EPCs and assessors

The Property Energy Professionals Association - a trade group representing accreditation schemes for energy assessors - is complaining that it’s not...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Decision announced by Bank of England

The Bank of England has kept base interest rate at 5.25%. Some industry figures hoped for a cut following yesterday’s inflation news,...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and Short Let Boom may be over says agency chief

A lettings agency director is suggesting the short lets boom may be over. Marc von Grundherr, director of Benham and Reeves, says...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents join call for Radical Reform of inaccurate EPCs

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has backed a call by consumer group Which? for radical reforms to Energy Performance Certificates. Yesterday we...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Performance Certificates slammed as “inaccurate”

Energy Performance Certificates can be riddled with inaccuracies and give unhelpful advice to property owners. That’s the view of consumer service Which? Which?...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock rise in compensation paid by letting agents last year

The Property Ombudsman received a record number of enquiries with 57,635 people seeking support with their property and housing related issues...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

RICS guide for investors, landlords and other users at auctions

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched what it calls an “impartial”guide for landlords, investors and others buying or selling...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Pro-regulation Labour veteran takes over industry body leadership

The Property Institute - a body for the residential property management sector - has announced the appointment of a Labour baroness...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Many agents relieved Renters Reform Bill dropped - Propertymark

The agents’ trade body says many in the industry will be pleased that the Renters Reform Bill has bitten the dust...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents encouraged to get mystery shopping analysis of performance

Letting agents are being encouraged to sign up so a mystery shopper can assess their performance. KnowYourMarket, a market research firm in...

21 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

OnTheMarket to launch third new PropTech solution

OnTheMarket’s software off-shoot - called, appropriately enough, OnTheMarket Software - is launching a new management tool that it claims is the...

07 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Six agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

It’s been revealed that agents have been kicked out of The Property Ombudsman in recent months for failing to pay compensatory...

27 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Property Redress Scheme now largest lettings redress service

The Property Redress Service claims to be the largest lettings redress service now, with over 13,250 letting agency branches on board. In...

12 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives best way to improve rental EPCs - claim

The government has been accused of pushing up the cost of home insulation because of a poorly timed public campaign. The National...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings expert honoured in King Charles’ first list

Long-standing lettings expert Kate Faulkner has been given an OBE in King Charles’ first New Year Honours list. Faulkner is well known...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise - more bad news expected

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee meets again this week with a further interest rate rise likely if base rate...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Gove leans on competitions watchdog to probe house builders

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has sent a letter to the Competitions and Markets Authority saying the watchdog is independent - but...

07 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Media accuse agents of mis-selling deposit alternative schemes

The Observer newspaper has investigated the way letting agents apply so-called zero deposit schemes - and claims that in some cases...

05 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings bosses reveal climate change risks to industry

The Lettings Industry Council, a group of rental industry chiefs, has joined with other property professionals to reveal what they see...

19 October 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims a first with new listings filter

OnTheMarket claims it’s scoring a first amongst property portals in the creation of an ‘Accessible features’ search filter for users to...

10 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks returns to nasty agent-bashing with Commisery ads

What many believe to have been one of the nastiest TV adverts in recent years - Purplebricks’ attack on traditional agents’...

30 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings high achievers compete for industry award from Phil Spencer

The shortlists for this year’s Propertymark Qualifications Awards have been announced, with four vying for Lettings Candidate of the Year.  The awarding...

28 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest rate rise announced by the Bank of England

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England has agreed to raise interest rates by 0.5 per cent to 2.25...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Watchdog probes advertising for part-rent part-buy homes

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in to investigate allegations about advertising for shared ownership homes.  In 2021 an advertisement appeared on...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech claim - We’re better for agents than Rightmove!

PropTech firm Homesearch has launched technology which it claims allows every agent to offer a white-labelled search engine. And it claims this...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket’s new features aim to boost lettings pipelines and leads

OnTheMarket Group says new functionality coming in the autumn will improve letting agents’ client relationships while generating leads and developing their...

02 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Consumers urged to report non-compliant agents to Citizens Advice

A county council is urging people to complain if they believe letting agents are failing to comply with consumer legislation. Staffordshire county...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb threat to communities leads to ‘locals only’ policy idea

Agents are being dragged into a debate over whether locals should be given priority to rent or buy, as a result...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals cost of lettings error and slams poor marketing

Purplebricks has given its interpretation of how much its lettings sector compliance crisis has cost the company. Back in December the Daily...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Portal developing software to complement lettings service

OnTheMarket claims it’s on track to achieve its strategic aim - to create “a tech-enabled property business across the broader property...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Foxtons selects new portal for advertising lettings properties

Foxtons is to advertise all of its lettings properties on OnTheMarket with immediate effect. The agency say it already “facilitates” 10 per...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning To Agents - compliance crackdown starting shortly

Fourteen Trading Standards authorities across a swathe of England are embarking on an enforcement project to check lettings agency compliance.  The Central England...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up Property Details - industry bosses back call for Material Information

Senior figures in the agency industry have backed new guidance from the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agent Team regarding...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards issue new guidelines for property details

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team has published fresh guidance to help letting agents meet new requirements regarding...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Conservative lettings agent lets rip at government over regulation delays

The former president of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government for failing to regulate the agency industry. Maxine...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most agents using WhatsApp are breaching data rules - claim

A tech firm claims the “vast majority” of agents who use WhatsApp and some other instant messaging platforms are not fully...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy lifecycle transformed by pandemic - top agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says the lifecycle of a typical tenancy has been transformed in recent years, as a result...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents letting high-rise flats ‘must engage with residents over safety’

Propertymark says one lasting legacy of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is that agents letting properties in high rise blocks must engage...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Listing changes explained in agent webinar next week

The new material information requirements recently announced by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team will be the topic...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Price on application’ in property listings deemed unlawful

The small number of rental properties listed on websites and portals as Price on Application have now been deemed illegal by...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

Propertymark has said that the government’s ban on ground rent on new leasehold properties should go further. The government revealed over the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? Call for letting agents to use mediation processes

Propertymark has stepped up its call for a dedicated Housing Tribunal to improve mediation and enhanced dispute resolution. The trade body also...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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