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KEYWORD "Coronavirus" - 100 RESULTS
Agency veteran turned MP will run for Conservative leader - report

The veteran founder of Hunters, Kevin Hollinrake, is reported to be in the race to be Conservative Party leader.  He is MP...

22 July 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

‘City of Airbnbs’ has seen country’s highest house price rise

House prices in York - where the local MP is leading an onslaught on the proliferation of short lets - have...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental market cooling according to new Propertymark figures

An average of 85 new applicants were registered per Propertymark member branch in October according to the trade body’s latest lettings...

18 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform is “a dark day for private rental sector” says Propertymark

Scotland’s new Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill - passed this week by politicians at Holyrood - represents a dark day...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour rent freeze aims to “re-direct profit back to workers”

A prominent Labour politician in Scotland has made an outspoken attack on the private landlord sector in her call for an...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on politicians to relax proposed eviction rules change

Another prominent industry voice is warning of the dangers of the Scottish Government’s new eviction policies. So far the National Residential Landlords...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ body queries ability of courts to cope with possessions

Propertymark is questioning whether the Scottish Government is adequately funding the First-tier Tribunal to cope with any extra demand placed on...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New regulations could “devastate” rental supply - warning

Housing groups have united to appeal to politicians to step back from new laws that threaten to “devastate” the number of...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction law change will hurt rental supply - government warned

Three organisations have written a joint open letter to the Scottish Government warning that the supply of homes for rent –...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

London lettings some way from full recovery, says agency

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

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

London rental market strong but growth depends on easier travel

A generally upbeat trading statement from franchise agency giant Winkworth reports that prime London’s rental market’s long term return to normality...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to letting and estate agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for letting and estate agents in England.  - Isolation...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New rules for un-vaccinated tenants living with those with Covid

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines issued by...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lloyds surveys housing market ahead of huge rental investment

Lloyds Banking Group, which is known to be investing huge sums in the UK private rental sector, has published the results...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Local authority wants agent and landlord contact ahead of evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its new 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a free service providing...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Race For Space means rents soaring on detached houses

Rents for detached homes increased twice as fast as the average for all UK properties during Q3 2021 says the Deposit...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why is tenancy fraud on the rise?

More and more people are committing tenancy fraud and it’s having a massive impact on the industryAs a lettings agency, you...

07 October 2021

From: Proptech & Innovation

Cut Us Some Slack! Politicians told to stop demonising letting agents

Propertymark is telling politicians to stop demonising letting agents and landlords. The unusualy bluntl message has come in response to the latest...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice Rumpus - agents hint that politicians are out of touch

A statement from ARLA Propertymark has hinted that it believes politicians may be out of touch with the reality of how...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic delays review of tenant fees ban in Wales

The Welsh Government has revealed that it hasn’t had time to evaluate its tenant fee ban due to the pandemic. Tenant fees...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent and Referencing

It’s an exciting time when prospective tenants show an interest in your listed property. However, it's important not to let that...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

Government must back letting agents as rental reform nears - call

There’s been a call for government to do more to support letting agents as an autumn of rental reform begins. Mark Hayward,...

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

Regional cities surviving Covid and Brexit best, says investment firm

Recovery in the UK is being channeled towards regional cities, says a leading investment expert.  Martha Peyton, managing director and head of...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Short Lets market in cities still suffering because of travel controls

The trade body for short lets operators - the Short Term Accommodation Association - says it wants even more travel restrictions...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Don't charge for viewings - PropTech can prioritise serious tenants, says firm

Lettings agencies should continue to use IT solutions like livestream viewings even as the pandemic eases, according to one of the...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons lifts lid on rents and demographics in London rental market

Last month says the largest rental demand in the last three years across London according to Foxtons.  The agency says the gradual...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid: Virtual viewings should still be first priority, says government

The latest version of the government’s guidance to agents over how to operate during the continuing pandemic suggests that virtual viewings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for private rental sector

The government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Keep wearing facemasks after July 19, ARLA Propertymark tells agents

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents show another modest rise across UK - with London an exception

Average rents in London declined during the second quarter of 2021, according to the latest market snapshot from the  Deposit Protection...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A record! Average UK rent over £1,000 pcm for first time

The average UK rent now stands at a record £1,007 per calendar month - the highest ever, according to HomeLet. It’s up...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Every listing should have a virtual tour within three years - PropTech firm

The man behind a PropTech supplier of virtual tours says he wants to get every listing in the UK’s lettings and...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension: Propertymark squares up for a fight

Tomorrow sees the start of a three-day debate over the extension of the eviction ban in Scotland - and Propertymark appears...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents given two months longer to prepare ‘normal’ Right To Rent

The government has extended the ‘special arrangements’ for Right To Rent checks - these will now be in force until September...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for lettings sector as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Simon Tillyer, founder of Vouch

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? That's very retro - I have not had one of...

08 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency opens branch with £10,000 grant from local council

A new Lancashire estate agency, Jusa Homes, has opened new premises thanks to a £10,000 local council grant.  Julie Hardy and Sarah...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents fall - but less than before

The prime London rental market is still in the doldrums but the rent falls are less pronounced than before.  Knight Frank says...

07 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

Rents soar outside London - but dip in the capital itself

The latest rental market snapshot produced by HomeLet shows average rents outside of London soaring to higher levels and dropping in the capital itself.  The...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Forum for private rental sector to be staged next week by council

Helping those in the private rental sector understand the latest changes to regulations due to Covid-19 is one of the aims...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new housing chief wants to work with Tories to scrap S21

Labour’s Lucy Powell, the party’s new housing spokesperson, says she wants to work with the Conservatives to scrap Section 21 eviction...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb extends lettings restrictions until the end of the summer

A global ban on parties in Airbnb properties, started back in August last year, has been extended until the end of...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb/Short Lets sector confident of quick recovery from pandemic

A study by a trade group representing the short lets sector says it’s confident of recovering to 2019 levels of business...

27 May 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

Coming Out Of Covid tough for letting agents, says top supplier

Coming out of Covid and realising that relaxed procedures will be tightened up once again, will present challenges to letting agents...

21 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

Scrapping Section 21 - government may make pledge today

Today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the government’s legislative programme for the next year, is expected to include rental reform. It’s thought one...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests it was reducing in size for some years before the pandemic. Nationwide’s specialist...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid issues hit leading agency group’s lettings revenue

One of the country’s largest lettings operations has outlined the challenges it faced during the Coronavirus crisis. LSL Property Services’ latest trading statement...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must still help landlords and tenants during Covid - ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should continue to help landlords and tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. Although the vaccine...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must be ultra-responsive to tenant complaints during pandemic

The managing director of Fixflo, Rajeev Nayyar, says the pandemic has changed the context in which agents should view tenants’ complaints. In...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? These webinars may help you resolve them...

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s rental market stabilising at last?

London rents climbed for the first time for over a year during Q1 2021 —although the rise was a mere £8...

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

Agents must accept deals over arrears if all else fails - advice

One of the industry’s leading experts wants letting agents to engage with tenants and landlords over Covid-related arrears, agree to mediation,...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

Franchise giants Belvoir has revealed strong figures in a trading statement to shareholders - but it’s warning that 2021 remains shrouded...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Central London lettings revenue plummets up to 20% admits agency

Winkworth says its London rental activities have suffered because of a lack of international travel, and students and young professionals returning to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over holiday lets mixed messages

A lettings management platform is hitting out at the government over the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, because of its impact on...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts to continue as possession case backlog rises

In an exclusive, the Daily Telegraph says emergency courtrooms will be used after their funding runs out over the comning summer...

26 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

Surprise as Capital Gains Tax left unchanged in government plans

The lettings sector is giving a sigh of relief at the absence of any change to Capital Gains Tax by HM Treasury. CGT...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for post-lockdown rentals rush

Agents must be ready for an influx of new business according to outsourced telephone and live chat service Moneypenny. Its latest figures...

24 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

David Alexander is joint Chief Executive Officer of apropos

As we emerge out of the pandemic there is a growing need for agents to reflect on how the lettings business...

12 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

The Law Society says it’s concerned about how the government will taper the end of the eviction ban, now extended until...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ naked ambition - it wants to buy more lettings books

Foxtons has made no bones about how it sees future growth - it wants to acquire lettings books from other agencies. “There...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

Local media in the Homes Counties report that two arrests were made after police were called by a lettings agency where...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency using black cab to allow “multiple viewings” by investors

An agency in the north of England has outlined how it proposes to take investors to what it calls “multiple viewings”...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

The extension of the furlough scheme might be an indirect saviour for many lettings agencies says a leading PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold,...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

An MP who says no one should have to give up their pet to live in a rental property insists that...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Livestream viewing could boost instructions and save thousands - claim

A PropTech firm says agencies adopting livestream viewing could win more instructions and save thousands of pounds, all the while abiding...

18 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

Short lets will be first rental sector to recover post-pandemic - claim

Airbnb and other short let operators will be the first part of the rental sector to recover once the pandemic eases, it’s...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

Labour says the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions doesn’t go far enough to help tenants. The extension to the...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Up and Up - rental growth picks up for the sixth month in a row

The rate of rental growth picked up for the sixth month running according to lettings agency Hamptons.  Across Great Britain rents rose 4.3...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rough and ready virtual viewings more useful than slick ones - agent

A search agent says virtual viewings for prospective tenants or purchasers are useful - but less sophisticated ones reveal more than...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid is forcing rental market into a ‘once in a lifetime change’

The fall out from Coronavirus is forcing the rental market into a once in a lifetime change as tenants reassess priorities. This...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions, possession, Right To Rent - all being debated today

Some of the most prominent names in the rental sector are taking part in a debate on threats and challenges for...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns that ‘many landlords can no longer make ends meet’

ARLA Propertymark has reiterated its demand for the government to give financial support to the private rental sector. In its submission to...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice rule has unintended consequences in London - claim

A senior buying agent is warning that new regulations over the length of notice given to tenants is having an unexpected...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

For most letting agents the last year has been a challenging one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate,...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Rent reductions for students extended by country’s largest provider

Unite Students, the UK’s largest manager and developer of purpose-built accommodation for the student sector, is extending its 50 per cent...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids increase across the board but market otherwise proving resilient

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to help staff mental health

A major agency and property consultancy has initiated ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ amongst a programme of activities to prioritise staff mental health during the...

02 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

Family bounce back from redundancy to set up lettings agency

An enterprising mother and daughter are bouncing back from being made redundant due to Covid-19 by setting up their own lettings...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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