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KEYWORD "Crisis" - 100 RESULTS
Agency boss claims tenants miss holidays because of high rents

The boss of a rental flatshare agency claims tenants are sacrificing summer holidays because of high rents. Matt Hutchinson, director of the...

25 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Connells’ new index shows affordability crisis gripping renters

A new lettings market index has been launched by the Skipton Group, parent company of Connells, the country’s largest lettings and...

23 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Bidding Wars not the problem - they’re just a symptom

A prominent lettings agent says banning agents and landlords conducting bidding wars for a rental property is not addressing the real...

19 July 2024

From: Breaking News

No details of Renters Rights Bill until October - expert

David Cox, the former chief executive of ARLA Propertymark and now a senior executive at Rightmove, says it’s unlikely we’ll see...

18 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Cost Of Rent Day launched by free-market think tank

The right wing think tank the Adam Smith Institute has launched something called the Cost Of Rent Day. The institute has calculated...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Secretary move directly led to senior Labour resignation

The Housing Secretary in the Welsh Government, Julie James, was one of several ministers to quit in yesterday's dramatic day of...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Trade union demands wholesale rental reform in new report

The trade union UNISON has partnered with activist group Generation Rent to demand root-and-branch reform of the private rental sector. Four key...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Starmer names minister to steer through Rental Reform Legislation

Labour MP Matthew Pennycook has been named as the principal housing minister in the new government. He was shadow housing minister when...

06 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has a mandate to help renters become buyers - PropTech claim

The incoming Labour government has a social mandate to support the next generation of homeowners in the UK, says financial PropTech...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Housing Policies - next five years start today

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

05 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency regulation demanded by PropTech leader

Regulation of lettings and estate agencies must be a priority for the government elected tomorrow, a PropTech entrepreneur demands. Sián Hemming-Metcalfe of...

04 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Private renters make up one-in-five homeless - charity

Some 8,000 people were forced to sleep rough for the first time in London last year, an increase of 25% on...

28 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Hands Off Short Lets - long term empty homes are bigger problem

The embattled short let and holiday let industry has hit out at what it calls the “rampant hypocrisy” of councils when...

27 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternatives boosted by cost of living crisis - video

An interview with a figure from one of the many deposit alternative services reveals a significant rise in interest in this...

26 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Experts warn against corporates monopolising private rentals

The decision of property developer Berkeley Group to enter the private rental sector is bad news for tenants, it’s claimed. Berkeley plans...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for a new Ministry of Housing with long-term minister

The next Government should create a separate Ministry of Housing and encourage MPs of all parties to work together to solve...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

No Excuse Not To Cut Rates Today - Agents’ demands

Inflation back on target and following speculation about a summer interest rate cut have prompted Propertymark to insist that the Bank...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative service predicts student rental rush

Deposit alternative supplier flatfair says it’s seen a 30% year-on-year increase in No Deposit tenancies. It also claims 14% more landlords are...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenancy check out claims rise, says deposit alternative service

The number of tenancies ending in a claim for more than five weeks’ rent has risen to 17%, a deposit alternative...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

RICS rings alarm bells over state of lettings market

The latest residential market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is raising a red flag over what it calls...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

We Can’t Pay More! Affordability crisis dents London lettings market

London’s rental market has weakened in recent months according to the fledgling online service Hello Neighbour. Rents are 1% down compared to...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove slams major parties for ignoring growing housing crisis

In an unusually outspoken intervention into the election campaign, Rightmove has criticised the absence of debate over housing. The issue has not...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan accused of failing over rental sector reforms

In an early General Election skirmish, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing to enact key private rental...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Agents say they Don’t Know who they’ll vote for

Around half of letting agents and landlords say they are unsure about how they will vote in the General Election. A joint...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Emoov, pioneer online agency, acquired by small family business

A low profile family company called the Griffin Property Company has acquired Emoov, the online agency which was a pioneering name...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Pity The Poor Renter - analyst says tenants face tough conditions

An Office of National Statistics survey shows that the top three issues facing the UK are still the cost-of-living crisis (89%),...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan housing tax policies criticised by Left-wingers

Even as he was being elected as Mayor of London for a record-beating third successive time, Sadiq Khan was under pressure...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - groups still lobbying for further changes

A coalition of higher education and student housing organisations have called on the government to make further changes to the Renters...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

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

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

More tenants borrowing to fund deposits on next property - claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Call by Labour MPs in defiance of party policy

Five Labour MPs have put forward an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling for rent controls - even...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

Labour must build “a new generation of New Towns” if it gets into government, according to a parliamentary candidate linked to...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents should help “hard-pressed tenants” urges industry figure

A deposit alternative company is calling on agents to help tenants save an average of £1,000 on up-front costs. Flatfair chief executive...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry boss slams government for ‘grandstanding’ on rent issues

HomeLet and Let Alliance’s chief executive Andy Halstead has called for less “government grandstanding” and more direct action to recognise the...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

Tenant groups and charities reacted angrily over the Easter weekend to the proposed changes to the Renters Reform Bill being advocated...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent sector creates its own Code of Practice

A fledgling trade body has introduced what it calls “principles for a new Build to Rent Code of Practice that will...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

Agents have expressed their anger at permanent rent controls proposed by the SNP and Green Party politicians running the Scottish Government. The...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy cash ‘stolen’ by government will worsen rental crisis

An umbrella group called London Councils has expressed “extreme concern” at the government’s decision to stop letting local authorities keep money...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill threat to student accommodation, say experts

New research suggests that a majority of the British public believe the government should be doing more to support students find...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

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

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide demands four tax changes to help the private rental sector

Nationwide has taken the unusual step of using its buy to let lending arm - The Mortgage Works - to make...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands radical changes to Renters Reform Bill

Shelter is asking for public support for radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill, now going through Parliament. The campaigning charity is...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Clampdown - More campaigners back Gove

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

23 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

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

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolio used for housing association tenants

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

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

Purplebricks boss slams Tories in unexpected attack

While most agents remain relatively tight lipped about party politics, the chief executive of Purplebricks has said the Tories should take...

13 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

Stamp Duty slump is a pre-Budget blow for Chancellor

Stamp duty receipts dipped four per cent to £2.4 billion in Q3 of last year - no less than 25 per...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

British Homes for British Workers - Experts, activists unite in opposition

Seventeen housing organisations have sent an open letter to the government rejecting its idea of prioritising British families when it comes...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent’s unique insight into “no end in sight” rental crisis

A managing partner at a letting agency has given an insight into the unique forces which he says is “strangling” the...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Glut of long-term empty homes slammed as rental shortage continues

New research shows there are 36,210 long-term vacant homes across London - that’s around one in every 100 properties. The borough in...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark sits on the fence over first time buyer controversy

Propertymark has stepped into the row over a bank chief’s comments on first time buyers. Sir Howard Davies, chairman of NatWest, responded...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over Electrical Installation Condition Reports crisis

Repairs and maintenance supplier Fixflo is warning agents of a surge in demand for Electrical Installation Condition Reports in the short...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 can’t come quickly enough, says charity

Homelessness charity Crisis says the long-standing government pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers can’t come soon enough. The charity has backed...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

Propertymark has laid out its proposals to the Scottish Government ahead of its 2024-25 Budget next week. The letting agents’ trade body...

15 December 2023

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

Affordability Crisis means rent rises cannot continue at this pace - Savills

Savills is warning that despite strong income growth, rising rents are stretching the finances of those in the private rental sector.  Savills...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hunt’s lack of support for rental sector still subject of criticism

Last week’s Autumn Statement - which fell short of expectations in terms of help for the private rental sector - is...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban not part of government plans to counter homelessness

The prospect of a long-term eviction ban appears to have been lifted in one part of the UK. The Welsh Government is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Affordability Crisis: rents near ceiling in some regions, index suggests

Affordability limits have been reached in several regions of the UK, the Home property website suggests. While some regions are still recording...

17 November 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

Interest Rate optimism fuelled by surprise improvement in inflation

There’s growing optimism that tomorrow’s Bank of England monetary policy committee meeting will see base rate held for another month -...

01 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Client money accounting made easy with PayProp

A client account is essential to your lettings business, but the rules and regulations you need to follow to keep this...

26 October 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Council sets up own lettings agency to woo private landlords

A council has launched its own social lettings agency to work with private sector landlords in tackling the record numbers living...

26 October 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 Reform Bill - government concession on Section 21

The government has pledged that section 21 repossessions will not be scrapped until improvements have been made to the way courts...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill will slash homelessness, claims charity

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

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Crisis forcing rental sector to contract further - Hamptons

Landlords in the UK are paying 40 per cent more mortgage interest than in August 2022, forcing more of them to...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s Section 21 Reform must not kill private rental sector - warning

Propertymark has fired a broadside at Labour saying it must provide agents with a proper court system to handle evictions. Labour deputy leader...

10 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent Reports Tenants In Tears as Landlords Quit Sector

Local media in one of Britain’s busiest cities for rentals says tenants have been left in tears as a result of...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS tells Tories - do more to improve supply of rental properties

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is launching its manifesto at this week’s Tory party conference - and improving the supply...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

“Heavy Handed Banks” slammed for pooled client account crisis

Propertymark has responded to an HM Treasury consultation on anti-money laundering processes - and in doing so it’s slammed “heavy handed...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Cut-price properties tempting investment buyers, says accountancy chief

Some prospective buy to let landlords may be about to use their equity to snap up investment properties at discounted rates,...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Crisis Point! Supply now “drastically low” compared to demand

It’s getting worse - the supply-demand mismatch in the rental sector is now “drastic” says Propertymark. The number of new prospective tenants...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Young people rent - “the old and rich buy”

The UK’s housing market is increasingly driven by older, affluent home owners with younger generations squeezed out.  That’s the view of data...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Some tenants look outside UK to escape high rents - claim

New data from flatshare site SpareRoom has revealed just under three quarters of renters are either actively looking or considering moving...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Ethical’ lettings agent meets MP to discuss rental crisis

A lettings agent who describes himself as “a responsible and ethical property professional” has met with a Liberal Democrat MP to...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fraud alert for fake properties issued by classified ad website

The classified ad website Gumtree is issuing an alert about what it claims is the growing threat of rental fraud. It says...

05 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fake Agents and Landlords - renters face fraud threats online

New figures suggest soaring numbers of tenants are at risk from criminals taking advantage of the tough rental market. Scammers place fake...

22 August 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

Labour Mayors want unlimited council tax on empty properties

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

02 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity 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

Charity slams government over gap between rents and benefits

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

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgages worst hit by rate rises - new figures

Buy to let mortgages have seen the largest interest rate increase of any mortgage category according to new research. Barrows and Forrester...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Call for buy to let mortgage rules to be relaxed during crisis

A property industry commentator wants buy to let mortgage rules to be relaxed so that frustrated sellers can let out their...

12 July 2023

From: Breaking News

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