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KEYWORD "Cost of Living Crisis" - 100 RESULTS
Average rent arrears climb as cost of living crisis bites

Average rent arrears claims climbed to £1,816 in the first quarter of this year. That’s a rise of 27% from £1,435 in...

17 April 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

New tenant referencing service launches today

VISTA, a tenant referencing service first announced back in November, launches today. Insurance and referencing service HomeLet says the product will “provide...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Britain in grip of mould crisis, property industry body claims

Britain is in the grip of a new mould crisis, a leading property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s rental licensing scheme will be one of UK’s largest

A Labour-run London council is consulting on a new licensing scheme for private rented property.  If it goes ahead it will be...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Homelessness surge means Chancellor must invest in rental sector - call

New figures have shown that 2,086 people were found to be sleeping on London’s streets for the first time between July...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Eco-activists jubilant after agents suffer legal setback

The Scottish Greens - who are in effect the architects of rent controls north of the border - have welcomed a...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Radical EPC rating B target demanded by business consortium

A business consortium is calling for bold measures to encourage landlords and owner occupiers to retrofit their homes, with the introduction...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Forever - the Guppies have Given Up on Property

A personal finance expert has revealed that a new group which he calls Guppies are reconciled to possibly renting forever. Alan Davison,...

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Large numbers of HMOs “scare” home owners - MP’s claim

An MP says owner occupiers are “scared, unable to sleep at night, worried about their safety and even concerned about whether...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS warns tenants - rents will rise further despite cost of living crisis

There’s a blunt warning to renters this morning from the man behind the monthly lettings market snapshot from the Royal Institution...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity wants taxpayers money to help renters during crisis

Citizens Advice is calling on the government to provide an unspecified amount of assistance to renters during the current cost of...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls backfire - Propertymark speaks out

Propertymark has given details of how it believes the Scottish Government rent control system has backfired and works against the interests...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental market set to benefit as buyers hit by cost woes

The rental market is set to benefit from a surge in potential buyers putting their purchase plans on hold. Data from NerdWallet...

08 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls extended despite Propertymark opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months, despite widespread opposition from the lettings...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill prompts agents’ calls to helpline

A webinar says the Renters Reform Bill is the biggest challenge facing lettings agents - and it’s prompted calls to a...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - politicians demand series of extra restrictions

The co-leader of the Green Party wants the Renters Reform Bill to go further in restricting the powers of private landlords. Carla...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Interest Rates - Bank of England reveals latest decision

The Bank of England has announced its latest decision on base rate. This has been increased by 0.25 per cent to 4.5...

11 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour supports rent controls - and opposes them

Senior Labour figures have come out with sharply opposing views on whether the party backs rent controls. Shabana Mahmood, a senior MP...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector housing quality blasted by think tank report

A think tank claims one in six young people live in poor quality housing, often in the private rental sector. The claim...

20 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

Huge staff churn as agents scramble for higher pay

Annual staff turnover in the property industry is nearing 30 per cent according to a survey by online agency Nested.  The most...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent tells Gove: cease attacks on private rental sector

A prominent lettings agent in the north of England has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove urging him to cease attacking...

22 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency gives every employee £750 cost of living help

An agency is giving every one of its 600 full time employees a £750 one-off payment to help with the cost...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform Now!  Councils want immediate government action

The Local Government Association, which comprises 331 of the 333 councils in England and all 22 Welsh unitary councils, is calling on...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Mick Lynch and Labour Mayors accuse agents of pushing up rents

RMT rail union leader Mick Lynch and Labour leaders including Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan are leading a call for an...

24 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Repossession figures trigger worried response from charity

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show that between October and December last year, across England and Wales, there were...

10 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ mental health hit by high rents - claim

A property firm is claiming that nearly half of the UK’s younger generation of renters stay up at night worrying about...

09 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Industry insider demands damp and mould rental property campaign

A national campaign warning about the dangers of damp and mould could help save lives, a property industry insider says. A recent...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Extra tax on buy to lets can help housing be ‘more equal’ - claim

The political party propping up the Scottish Government says higher taxes on buy to lets will help the housing market be...

31 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze U-turn welcomed by leading agent

Ruling politicians in Scotland have agreed that from April private rents can rise by 3.0 per cent in a 12 month period...

20 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Arrears to rise as landlords quit sector - new survey of agents

A survey of letting agents suggests arrears will rise this year, and yet more landlords will quit the private rental sector. The...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Should Rival Bids Be Banned? Activists demand change

A campaign group has protested outside letting agencies in Bristol, protesting against what they describe as “bidding wars” between rival tenants. The...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Plummeting commercial property - an alternative to buy to let?

A new survey of over 8,000 commercial estate agents indicates a challenging 2023 - suggesting a possible alternative investment option for...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Wrench - Tenants really worried about ability to pay

A new survey by HomeLet and Dataloft shows that of 12,000 tenants questioned, over three quarters are worried about the cost...

28 December 2022

From: Breaking News

AirBnb Victory? - short lets register is delayed six months

It’s been announced that a deadline for existing hosts on AirBnb and other short let platforms to register with the Scottish...

22 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring demand for ‘bills included’ rental property - Rightmove

A new analysis of the market released this morning by Rightmove shows that this year has seen the most competitive on...

21 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Next Year’s Market - detailed analysis by the Halifax

The Halifax has released a snapshot of the housing market as the year ends - with the cost of living crisis...

21 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings market “does not bode well for low income tenants”

Trends in the lettings market “do not bode well for renters on low incomes” according to an analyst. Jack Godby of lettings...

09 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade body reveals its first chief executive

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association has named a new chief executive.  Andy Fenner will support STAA chairperson Merilee Karr and director...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Protests outside letting agency offices planned this weekend

Activists say they are planning protests outside lettings agency offices this weekend. Activists in the London Renters Union and Greater Manchester Tenants...

01 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Arrears are the big fear for 2023 - downbeat survey results

The downbeat results of a survey by a finance company suggest that half of tenants are worried that they will be...

28 November 2022

From: Breaking News

First time buyers shelve plans - so rental demand to stay high

A new survey from Aviva has revealed that over a million people may rule themselves out of the first-time buyer market,...

28 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings save the bacon for agency group facing challenging market

Lettings income for LSL Property Services increased two per cent in the past year - at just the time the company...

28 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should have policies on minimum housing standards - Propertymark

Propertymark says letting agents should have clear policies and priorities to help ensure properties are kept to the highest standards possible.  The...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Ethical’ lettings agency to close after 10 years

A lettings agency in the Brighton area which describes itself as “ethical” is closing down due to staffing issues and the...

21 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at each others’ throats because of costs - warning

The overwhelming majority of people who live in shared rented properties say that the rising cost of household bills is likely...

18 November 2022

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

Rental Sector hit by surprise Capital Gains and Stamp Duty tax changes

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has delivered his long-awaited Autumn Statement - the fiscal event which he says will lead to “all of...

17 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Compliance chief tells off the agency industry

Property professionals need to be more vigilant when it comes to their anti-money laundering processes. That’s the view of the manager of an...

17 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of pushing landlords into raising rents

A so-called Renters Union is organising a day of action after claiming letting agents are behind recent rent rises. London Renters Union...

14 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Stark warning over massive rent rises to come - letting platform predicts

An online rental platform warns the average rent bill could reach as much as £2,270/month if prices rise in line with...

11 November 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech referencing service moves into Right To Rent

Referencing service Homeppl is expanding into Right to Rent checks. A digital R2R check can be integrated into Homeppl tenant referencing checks...

11 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agency says demand so hot, landlords are pulling listings

An online lettings agency claims some properties are receiving up to 50 viewing requests - prompting landlords to pull listings to...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Party demands eviction ban as first step on road to rent controls

Another political party is calling for a winter eviction ban as the first part of a reform programme for the private...

24 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning to buy to let sector - yields are set to drop

The current higher interest rate environment and the temporary mortgage product withdrawals after the mini Budget will hurt future rental yields,...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Large rise in homelessness spending over past five years

The government has released new figures on the amount being spent by local councils on temporary accommodation for homeless households in...

21 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Too Dear! London tenants say housing in the capital is unaffordable

More than a quarter of renters responding to a survey say they are considering leaving the city within the next 12...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rejected! More tenancy applications turned down by agents

A growing number of rental applications are being rejected by agents, it’s been claimed. PropTech firm Vouch says that between January and...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Tories should worry about ‘Rent Wall’ voters going Labour - claim

The man behind a new survey of tenants’ voting intentions claims the Conservatives need to worry about losing support amongst young...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze threatens social housing too, say housing associations

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations says its members are key to tackling the cost of living crisis but rent freezes,...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Cuts take effect immediately

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced that stamp duty will be cut.  In future there will be no stamp duty on the first...

23 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Immediate Eviction ban must be introduced says government adviser

The cost of living crisis could have a ‘catastrophic’ impact on homelessness unless an immediate eviction ban is introduced. That’s the view...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour to consider Rent Controls and AirBnb restrictions

A proposal to introduce rent controls is likely to be discussed at Labour’s annual conference, being held early next week in...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties are getting smaller, claims new survey

Private renters’ average floor space per person in England has fallen by 16 per cent over the past 20 years while...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants getting first refusal as landlords quit rental sector

A range of mortgage brokers are reporting an increase in enquiries from private tenants who have been given first refusal to...

16 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Truss cost of living measures will impact lettings market - agency

* Angels Media and Letting Agent Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - The new Liz...

09 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists demand rent freeze and eviction ban in England next

Activist renters want Liz Truss to follow Scotland’s lead and introduce a rent freeze and eviction ban.  The emergency measures - announced...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Worry spreads as agents see more landlords quitting buy to let

No fewer than two thirds of the lettings agents surveyed by Goodlord say they expect more landlords to exit the private...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban and emergency rent freeze from today in Scotland

An emergency rent freeze in the private and public sectors has been announced this afternoon in Scotland. It will last until...

06 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Deck is stacked against private tenants, says industry supplier

One of the biggest names in the deposit alternative sector says the rental market is “stacked against” private tenants. Gary Wright, chief...

31 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of tough time ahead for tenants

A major lettings agency in London says the imbalance between the number of tenants and available rental properties continues to cause...

25 August 2022

From: Breaking News

HomeLet to pay out rent protection  faster during Cost of Living Crisis

HomeLet says it’s to issue all rent protection payments faster, meaning the money will reach agent accounts immediately, subject to banking...

19 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency says rising numbers of landlords taking rent insurance

An increasing number of landlord clients are taking out rent insurance according to an online lettings platform. In the first quarter of...

19 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent and Shelter demand action from Truss and Sunak

It has emerged that Generation Rent and Shelter are amongst the charities that have written to Conservative leadership contenders Liz Truss...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency backing Purpose Built Student Accommodation over buy to let

New research claims students in the UK are currently paying as much as £16,500 per year in living costs - a...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour MP calls for rent controls to help combat cost of living crisis

A Labour MP says the government should introduce emergency rent controls as part of a package of measures to combat the...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb to spend £500,000 promoting visits to key UK region

Airbnb has outlined plans to invest £500,000 to “preserve and showcase the West Midlands' cultural assets and boost tourism in the...

11 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency warns licensing won’t stop rogues and may deter good landlords

A lettings agency says the cost of living crisis calls into question the viability of a selective licensing scheme in its...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs slammed by agents for failing to help private renters

MPs on a key Select Committee have been criticised by the letting agents’ trade body for failing to probe how Local...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

First timers defer buying - rental market likely to face higher demand

A quarter of homebuyers are putting off their purchase due to cost of living fears - and when it comes to...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property investment salesman predicts buy to let renaissance

The sales director of a property investment firm says high house prices, rising interest rates and the broader cost of living...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Growing arrears risk may hit agents claims PropTech firm

Landlords and agents face a growing risk of rent arrears and tenant fraud because of the cost of living crisis. That’s the...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency: Do park homes beat mainstream rental properties?

A park home specialist is claiming that this property niche is better suited than conventional rental or owned homes for energy...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

What do you feel about the State Of The Lettings Industry?

PropTech companies Goodlord and Vouch have come together to call for input for their State Of The Lettings Industry report. The annual...

06 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

New energy efficiency guide issued for private rental sector

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide aimed at improving private rental sector properties. The Energy Saving Trust...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss says renters feeling the pinch because of inflation

The boss of a PropTech rental platform claims that tenants are particularly badly hit by the current cost of living crisis. Research...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

High number of landlords claim agents charge too much

More than four in 10 landlords claim their letting agents charge too much - and one in six has been hit...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform may be bogged down after elections, warns supplier

Last month’s local election results could yet impact on the private rental sector, a prominent industry supplier claims. The Association of Independent...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Working From Home - is it the right choice for letting agents?

The pandemic has fuelled an appetite for working from home amongst those seeking employment at lettings agencies and other parts of...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

More renters likely to be helped by Bank of Mum and Dad

The cost-of-living crisis is leading to further dependence on the Bank of Mum and Dad, following an extended period of support...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Do tenants want to rent 'bills-inclusive' properties?

The cost of living crisis may be changing tenants’ preferences to such a degree that bills-inclusive properties are becoming increasingly popular. That’s...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Urban living back in fashion as agents report demand soaring

The appeal of city living has been reignited across Scotland with new figures showing a surge in demand and rents for...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants stopping contents insurance in bid to save money - claim

Research from price comparison service Comparethemarket suggests that 48 per cent of renters do not have contents insurance. Of those, more than...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 widely expected to be scrapped - announcement today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Vote 2022 - today's elections could change course of rental reform

A leading lettings sector commentator believes today’s local elections may not directly change the private rental sector but could have a...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficient buy to lets seen as hedge against inflation

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, buy to let investors are becoming increasingly keen on upgrading homes to make them more energy efficient according to...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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