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KEYWORD "Crisis" - 100 RESULTS
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 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

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

Public want more tax on Airbnbs and higher private rental standards

A mortgage lender has conducted a survey of homeowners which has produced a string of anti-landlord and anti-overseas investor attitudes. Market Financial...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

John Lewis pushes into private rental market with 800 homes

John Lewis is pushing ahead with its commitment to build and manage rental homes as part of a drive which it...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour turning its back on rent controls once and for all

It looks as if the Labour Party is turning its back on rent controls on England and Wales. In the past year...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Bring back Help To Buy to combat soaring rents - legal call

A prominent property law consultancy wants Help To Buy, or similar schemes, to be resurrected.  Dutton Gregory Solicitors says that with the...

27 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Chancellor’s Crisis Meeting - pleas for rental help mount

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is today charing a crisis meeting of mortgage lenders, as calls mount for him to take action to...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock interest rate decision by Bank of England

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

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

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

Government told - Stop the attacks on holiday lettings sector!

A holiday lettings agency has come out fighting on behalf of its clients. Following calls by local leaders in Cornwall and Devon...

26 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

Economists tell government - rental reform will backfire

A prominent group of economists has predicted the measures in the Renters Reform Bill will backfire on the government. Matthew Lesh, Director...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Message To Gove - ditch the rhetoric, give us details

The main landlord body wants more details behind the soundbite rhetoric of the Renters Referm Bill, launched today in Parliament. Ben Beadle,...

17 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

Bank of England base rate to go up again - gloomy forecast by experts

Financial analysts are unanimously warning that Bank of England base rate will rise yet again tomorrow. If they are correct this will...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Details emerge of 100% mortgage aimed at renters

Renters are being offered a 100 per cent mortgage by the Skipton Building Society - the first time such a product...

09 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent stalls - good news for buy to let agents and landlords?

The number of Build To Rent completions has fallen by 56 per cent in the past year, a decline being very...

09 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

PropTech may help agents overcome client account crisis - claim

The Guild of Property Professionals says PropTech may be the answer to the ongoing problem with client accounts. Since 2019 many banks...

28 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent controls hurt lettings as government flounders

Research from Propertymark highlights a growing concern for the private rental sector in Scotland. As the Scottish National Party lurches from crisis...

24 April 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

How to attract landlords to your letting agency

As the unending attack on landlords continues, many are succumbing to the pressures of increased taxes, interest rates rising, regulations becoming...

18 April 2023

From: Marketing & Social Media

New national lettings agency set up by Lloyds Banking Group

Lloyds Banking Group and homelessness charity Crisis have joined forces in a new two-year partnership including the establishment of a so-called...

18 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents skyrocket across UK amid warning of “housing disaster”

Average room rents rose by 10 per cent or more in every UK region, every London region and almost every major...

17 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

Tory wants clampdown on HMOs run by “dubious people”

A veteran Conservative is calling on his government to clamp down on HMOs and ensure there is better council regulation and...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Suburban Build To Rent niche gets boost from lettings agency

Leaders Romans Group's Suburban Build To Rent team has been appointed to jointly manage and maintain over 100 Build to Rent...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents step up call for scrapping of LHA freeze

Propertymark has renewed its call for Local Housing Allowance  - which has remained static since 2020 - to be increased. It says...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents try to shore up investor confidence after house price fall

Trade bodies have been trying to shore up investor confidence after the latest house price index, by the Nationwide, showing another...

03 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity claims new eviction powers will punish the homeless

A charity is claiming that new powers to evict anti-social private tenants could lead to more homelessness, while those already living...

28 March 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

Only City cash in Build To Rent can ease supply crisis - claim

A senior figure in the financial services sector says only Build To Rent can solve the stock shortage in the lettings...

22 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Possession numbers soar ahead of rent cap and eviction ban

Numbers of possessions have soared in Scotland since the introduction of a rent cap and eviction ban according to DJ Alexander,...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter angry at Hunt’s ‘nothing about housing’ Budget

Campaigning charity Shelter is angry with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt over his Budget  While most in the property industry have expressed relief that there...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax incentives for rental sector - top agent’s plea to Chancellor

A prominent agent and former RICS residential chairman has made an impassioned plea to the government to help the private rental...

14 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Why do people bother with buy to let? asks industry figure

Prominent industry figure Jonathan Rolande says: “It is hard to see why anyone would still want to buy to let given...

10 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Property investment chief falsely claimed Bounce Back Loan

The head of a property investment firm has been disqualified from being a director for 12 years following the discovery that...

10 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

Activists call ‘Day of Action’ in protest at rental reform slowdown

A coalition of tenant activists has called a Day of Action to protest at delays in the government’s rental reform agenda. The...

24 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Good News - Arrears at lowest level for six years says bank

Paragon Bank says the proportion of landlords with tenants in arrears has fallen to its lowest level since 2017. The same applies...

17 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

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