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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

Agency flags growing worries over pets in lets

A prominent lettings agency says concern is growing in the private rental sector about the prospect of more pets in properties.  A...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Holiday Lets booking system rivals hotels, says supplier

PropTech firm Pikl is launching an insurance-backed cancellation product specifically for holiday lets that will enable operators to offer the same...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

Propertymark is demanding equal treatment with the social housing sector. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove intends to boost standards in social housing...

11 April 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

Passive income from buy to let is a myth, warns legal expert

New and past landlords tempted back to Buy to Let have been warned - passive income from property isn’t easy.  This is...

14 March 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

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

Propertymark has used its website and link with a property inspection service to urge letting agents to work with private tenants...

26 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

Tens of thousands of new homes built on flood plains, claims insurer

New analysis by insurance giant Aviva reveals that one in every 13 new homes built in England in the last decade...

02 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning over rechargeable device fires in rental properties

Insurance giant Aviva is urging consumers to be on their guard after seeing a seven per cent increase in customer claims...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Breaches of tenant data must be taken more seriously by agents - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has urged letting agents to take breaches of the Information Commissioner’s Office’s  data protection principle regarding GDPR seriously.   The call comes...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry figure backs Renters Reform Bill  pets policy

The head of a major supplier insists the Renters Reform Bill provision making it easier for tenants to keep pets is...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Data Protection - agency advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued advice to agencies on how to comply with data protection law.  The UK data protection regulator...

06 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Prominent agent demands wider reform of eviction rules

A prominent lettings agent has called for a wider reform of eviction rules. This follows a demand by a group of...

17 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency fined for bullying tenants it wanted to illegally evict

Media reports in Brighton say that a lettings agency which serve tenants with illegal eviction notices and unjustified legal threats has...

10 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Police urge agents to smoke out illegal cannabis farms

Police are urging letting agents and landlords to act swiftly if they think one of their properties is being used as...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Industry figure claims scrapping S21 isn’t so very bad…

The government should “just get on with implementing the Renters Reform Bill” an industry figure says.  Jonathan Rolande of the National Association...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Annalese Walmsley - Commercial Director at flatfair

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Annalese Walmsley - Commercial Director at flatfair What is flatfair and...

07 September 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

Legal advice to agents: Spotting ‘illegal migrants’ isn’t easy

Law firm Brevis Law is shedding light on the difficulties agents and landlords have in meeting Right To Rent requirements in...

01 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue agency expelled from Ombudsman but still trading illegally

A rogue lettings agency in London has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme but is still thought to be trading. Hawks...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Threat of pets in lets shows need for inventories - claim

The increasing likelihood that the private rental sector will be obliged to allow more pets into lets simply demonstrates the need...

19 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

Avoid the stress of an annual accountants’ report ... by not doing one!

We compare traditional methods of client money account inspections by an accountant to the alternative Client Money HealthCheck. But first, let’s clarify...

04 July 2023

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Lawyer claims tenant register would slash disputes and litigation

A property law specialist wants a national register which would allow tenants’ histories to be checked before rental agreements are signed. Nyree...

28 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Four reasons why house prices won’t fall off a cliff - agent’s claim

A prominent lettings and sales agency says there are four reasons why house prices won’t fall off a cliff, despite interest...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? Agency warns emissions tax could hurt capital values

A prominent lettings agency says capital values could be damaged if a controversial emissions scheme goes ahead in London. Research by Benham...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Animal campaigners recruit MPs to argue for renters' rights

Two animal charities - Cats Protection and Dogs Trust - have started recruiting MPs to their campaign in favour of pets...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Court Case - what next for regulation?

The leader of the council that was rebuffed by a court when it tried to control the spread of Airbnb-style short...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘more likely to have Netflix than contents insurance’

A PropTech supplier to letting agents claims that tenants are more likely to have Netflix than contents insurance.  A survey of 1,013...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill published - full details

The pro-tenant anti-landlord Renters Reform Bill has at last been published by the government which first promised it in 2019. It has...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Newspaper names agency in middle of high profile mould dispute

An online newspaper has named the lettings agency at the heart of a high profile dispute with tenants over mould. The i...

28 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Compliance expert slams unnamed non-compliant agents

A compliance expert is criticising unnamed agencies for risking fines “and wasting time and money” by relying on inadequate compliance reporting...

26 April 2023

From: Breaking News

5 regular checks to keep any rental portfolio in tip-top shape

Any lettings portfolio should receive ongoing care and maintenance. A disorganised portfolio, weighed down by junk data, loose ends or lax...

24 April 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Agencies risk Reputational Damage - new warning to industry

Lettings agencies which rely on manual means of verification are risking repetitional damage caused by anti-money laundering regulations, a digital compliance...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent Warns Tenants - political posturing may push up rents

A prominent lettings agency has taken the unusual step of warning tenants that parties using the sector for political capital may...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

New eviction powers to get rid of anti social tenants

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are to be given more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Council brands lettings agency “dodgy” and issues big fine

The agency and landlord responsible for letting a two-bedroom flat in Dagenham have been found guilty in court for providing extremely...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Prominent agent slams Tories for damaging supply of homes

The government must focus on measures in next week’s Budget that will boost significantly the supply of homes, according to lettings...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings in the spotlight as current and future regulations hit the headlines

We’re only in February and it’s already clear that this year will set the future direction of the private rented sector...

15 February 2023

From: Features

Judge rejects claim that ‘property guardians’ stopped house being HMO

A property firm has been fined £8,000 for operating an HMO on one of Britain’s most famous roads. Westminster council has won...

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

Six agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

27 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Big rise in fraudulent applications claims reference service

Attempted fraud in the letting sector has risen sharply over the past two years, it’s been claimed. Tenant reference provider Homeppl claims...

27 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

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

Buy To Let tax rise - agents angry at damage to rental sector

Letting agents in Scotland are angry at the Scottish Government for increasing the tax surcharge on buyers of buy to lets...

20 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Growing number of fraudulent ID and lettings applications

Data from fraud prevention database CIFAS a marked increase in both identity fraud and false lettings applications in the UK according...

15 December 2022

From: Breaking News

House price fall is “first sight of mini-Budget carnage” - claim

A financial expert says the latest house price index, showing the biggest monthly fall for over two years, is the “first...

02 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze - time for agents to say what they REALLY think

Agents have only until the end of tomorrow, December 2, to feed into Propertymark’s response to a new consultation on the...

01 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Game Over for renting if stamp duty rises too much, agent warns

A respected agent is warning that a proposal to increase stamp duty on additional homes could kill off the rental market...

29 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings key to financial success of London franchise giant

A short trading statement from Stock Market-listed London agency chain Winkworth shows just how vital the lettings sector is to its...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals another new offer in bid to win agent members

OnTheMarket is today revealing another deal for agents - and this time it’s with insurance broker Simply Business. There are four new...

08 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Enough Is Enough - should next interest rate rises be delayed?

A senior lettings industry figure says the Bank of England should delay future base rate rises to allow the housing market...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must do more to create ‘culture of safety’ - claim

A risk management service says agents and landlords must do more to create a culture of safety, particularly around fire. Research released...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Fire warning as agents and landlords mark Fire Door Safety Week

A safety training service is warning of “alarming statistics” showing an increase in the number of fires and fatalities and a...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings bosses reveal climate change risks to industry

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

19 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants with Pets - protection for landlords key to progress

A group wanting pets to be allowed in private rental properties says its research shows the issue is not opposition from...

13 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets - no answer yet to issues of damage and costs

The latest update from industry discussions about allowing more pets in private rental properties suggests there’s not been a solution yet...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze fast-tracked and may last much longer than expected

Emergency legislation containing a private sector rent freeze is to be debated by Scottish politicians this week - and the surprise...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Mini-Budget leads to house prices falls in 2023 and maybe 2024 - claim

The Knight Frank lettings and estate agency is warning that it expects house prices to fall in 2023. Tom Bill, its head...

03 October 2022

From: Breaking News

The insider threat – 5 ways PayProp secures your letting agency

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, organisations worldwide lose $4.7 trillion to fraud each year, with real estate suffering...

30 September 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Tenancy disputes dip but one major problem dominates

There’s more evidence today that cleaning remains the largest cause of disputes between agents and tenants. Data released by The Dispute Service...

06 September 2022

From: Breaking News

New Airbnb controls are condemned by trade body

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association says the Scottish Government’s backing of a bid to control short lets in Edinburgh could...

01 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets cause more expensive property damage than children - claim

With the debate ranging over pets in lets, a new analysis by comparative website Compare The Market suggests pet damage is...

26 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning some insulated rental properties may be unmortgageable

A warning has been issued that as many as 250,000 homes - some likely to be in the private rental sector...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

What’s your view on Rental Reform proposals? An unusual invitation…

Agents are being invited to comment on the government’s Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. And unusually the invitation comes not from any...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Client Accounting - Risks and Rewards of Outsourcing

The two main reasons that an agency decides to outsource are to reduce costs and to have the ability to focus...

01 August 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Agents will save time on routine chores says PropTech lettings service

An end-of-tenancy PropTech platform set up by a high profile agent has announced a major enhancement to its service. The Depository was...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm warns agents of possible legal action over negligence

A rogue tenant occupying a property for up to nine months and refusing to pay rent could cost a combined £10,000...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Amend Tenant Fees Act before pets allowed - demand to government

New details from a survey conducted by industry organisations concerning pets in rental properties show the extent of the problem. Some 537...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform Timetable needed to stop uncertainty says leading industry supplier

A prominent lettings industry supplier says uncertainty over the details and timescales to implement rental reforms will dog the sector for...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Referencing to suit your needs, from FCC Paragon

Since the Tenant Fees Act ban came into force, agents have been responsible for covering tenancy referencing costs, whether that’s by...

22 June 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

The sweeping reforms for the private rental sector announced by the government at the end of last week do not go...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms to be unveiled by government tomorrow

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Deposits - figures show remarkably few  agent-tenant disputes

The average private rental tenancy deposit last year exceeded £1,000 new figures show. At an average of £1,005 per tenancy, the cost...

13 June 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

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

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

Propertymark is the latest part of the lettings sector to fight back against criticism and claims of extreme evictions made by...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Client Accounting – Why Outsource?

The two main reasons that an agency decides to outsource are: 1.) To reduce costs 2.) To have the ability to focus on...

27 April 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Group campaigning against agents must pay £100,000 damages

An activist group that has staged many protests against letting agents must pay just under £100,000 in costs and damages to...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents trade body teams up with pro-pets group for survey

Letting agents are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the damage?”...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes - new insights into a common problem

A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has found that garden maintenance remains one of the most common reasons behind deposit...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical Lettings Agency charges ultra-low fees

A so-called ethical lettings agency run jointly by two local authorities is handling private rental properties but is charging landlords just...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Most tenants uninsured and would pay for damage themselves

New research from insurance provider Paymentshield has found that over one in five UK tenants have experienced a negative property event...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions: latest legal decision affects whole industry, say agents

Propertymark has expressed a sigh of relief at a decision this week by the Appeal Court, which ruled in favour of...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn on extending length of Notice To Quit periods

Extending the length of Notice to Quit periods in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland to up to six months...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets in Lets: New evidence of property damage caused by dogs

New research by MoneySuperMarket reveals that dogs cause £1.5 billion of property damage per year. Labradoodles are the UK’s most destructive dog...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative scheme chosen by letting agents’ trade group

The Guild of Property Professionals has entered into a partnership with one of the many deposit replacement services now available. It’s teamed...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-Social Short Lets - survey reveals damage and disturbance issues

Over half of tenants who have stayed at short let home-based properties via Airbnb or similar platforms have broken or damaged...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police tips for agents on how to smoke out cannabis farms

Police officers are this week raising awareness among agents about the signs of potential cannabis grows. The campaign is being led in...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets: Airbnb’s latest move to lure more long-term renters

Airbnb is now introducing pet insurance cover for its hosts as it continues attempts to win long-term renters away from the...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Confrontation with letting agent to be shown on TV show

The next episode of the Channel 5 show Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords this evening features an agent offering a supposed guaranteed...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant fraud surges massively in Build To Rent sector

The Build to Rent sector is being targeted by criminals with a 364 per cent rise in fraudulent tenant applications in...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Strict contracts and inventories could defuse Pets In Lets issue

One of the industry’s leading suppliers says the controversy over pets in private rental properties could be defused relatively easily. Inventory management firm...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

A senior Conservative in Wales wants the Welsh Government to consider creating a housing tribunal in the light of rising tenant arrears. Janet Finch-Saunders,...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to Boris: don’t hurt rentals in push for home ownership

A prominent industry supplier is warning the government not to damage the private rental sector in its push to promote ever-more...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings platform signs deal with referencing and due diligence service

An international residential platform which manages 200,000 properties in 29 countries across Europe - including the UK - has signed an...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Bad Agents - Airbnb lets may backfire on landlords, says ARLA

The letting agents’ trade body has issued a warning to landlords that short lets may provide quick profits - but they...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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