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Agent outraged at government “kick in the teeth” over fees

A Birmingham agent has branded the government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill - which proposes a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA explains why tenants don't always get deposits returned

ARLA has set out the main reasons why tenants don't get their deposits back in every case.   A survey of its members...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

What exactly is “Fair” Wear & Tear

Wear and tear can be a highly contentious issue for many tenants and landlords; many arguments have arisen because of unclear definitions...

12 October 2017

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Revealed - key ways renters break their tenancy agreements

A strong majority of tenants admit that they have broken tenancy rules in at least one significant way. A study for interiors...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must communicate better with landlords and tenants says BTL expert

A leading buy to let expert is calling on agents to work more closely with landlords and tenants to improve communications...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector unprepared for tax changes, accountancy firm warns

A leading accounting and advisory service says key tax changes that could damage the buy to let sector are still not...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 40% of tenants in blocks have seen fire doors left open

A survey of 1,000 tenants in blocks of flats conducted on behalf of London Fire Brigade reveals that almost 40 per...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

Housing minister Alok Sharma has been told face to face that he should rethink the government's plans to cap security deposits...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded to create professional inventories for student tenants

Letting agents are being reminded of the importance of independent and professionally compiled inventories for individual students as they start or...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

The majority of MPs speaking at a House of Commons debate yesterday acknowledged they are wary of the 'unintended consequences' of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS to provide dispute resolution for deposit replacement company

The Dispute Service (TDS) has announced today that it will provide dispute resolution for a new deposit replacement company.  The 'long-term strategic...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

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Deposits cap could lead to more disputes, inventory clerks warn

A leading trade body says a cap on damage deposits paid by tenants - as proposed by the government - could...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Landlords discriminate against students on gender, race' claims agency

An online lettings agency specialising in student accommodation alleges that student tenants are discriminated against by landlords on the basis of...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of tenants have pets - but many don't admit it...

A survey of over 2,000 private renters for an animal insurance company apparently produces the result that 27 per cent of...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional inventories prove invaluable in high-turnover rental season

The current ‘busy season’ for lettings turnovers at the end of student terms would be made significantly easier if agents and...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap will make it harder for many to rent says lettings guru

The government’s proposal to limit tenancy deposits to one month of rent and reservation fees to one week of rent will...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

Proposals in Scotland for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could damage the sector, especially in rural communities.   That’s...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of financial jobs threat to London lettings market

Knight Frank is warning that changes to regulatory supervision of the European Central Bank could, if they went the wrong way,...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by firm offering possible way around future deposits cap

An alternative to traditional deposits, already tested in the German rental market, is now being introduced into the UK - and...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Government's Tenants' Fees Bill may effectively ban tenants with pets

The National Landlords Association has come up with an unexpected possible side effect of the new Tenants’ Fees Bill - it...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals exactly why tenants lose all or part of their deposits

Research has revealed the top reasons tenants lose some or all of their deposits when they check out.    The survey of 2,588...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with record health and safety fine

A management firm and corporate landlord have been hit with a £250,000 fine after a “potentially lethal” flat blaze in London -...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

No deposit required, tenants told by major Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator with properties in London and Glasgow is scrapping tenants’ deposits from the middle of next month,...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS advising students on how to ensure deposits are returned

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme says the end of May usually triggers the annual movement of students from their rented properties -...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert release video 'shows' for use by agents

A series of six video ‘shows’ - ideal for agents to promote to would-be investment buyers - has been launched by...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body advises agents to stop tenants 'gaming' wear and tear

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is advising letting agents and landlords to be wary of any tenant seeking to ‘game’...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord facing £57,000 fine 'could have benefitted from an agent'

The landlord of a west London property, described by a judge as a "deathtrap" and an "accident waiting to happen", has...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

What tenants leave - a stuffed beaver, 23-year-old food, pet ashes...

You might not want to read this as you’re tucking into an early Easter egg, but an interiors firm has compiled...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of private tenants wouldn't admit to damaging property

Just over a quarter of all tenants across private and public housing would not say if they had caused significant damage...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: you need 100% evidence before deducting deposits

A trade body is warning letting agents and landlords of the need to have detailed evidence to support any deduction made...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'40 per cent of students lose some or all their deposits' - claim

An online lettings firm claims that last year four out of 10 students had some or all of their deposits kept...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban 'highlights need for professional inventories' - claim

Professional independent inventories can save money for landlords at a time when tax changes threaten to make private letting for expensive...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminating against legal tenants' - claim

A report out today claims foreigners and Britons without passports, particularly from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the lettings...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body announces details of 2017 training courses

Industry trade body the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced the first batch of dates for its 2017 training...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of tenants have had damp or drainage problems

New research has revealed that the vast majority of tenants have experienced problems with damp or poor drainage. A survey of 1,000...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords urged to act before today's big freeze hits

As Britain faces sub-zero temperatures from today, commercial insurer NFU Mutual is advising property managers and landlords to prepare their property...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency boss offers reward for information on office ransacking

The chief executive of an agency in Stoke is offering £500 for information leading to the conviction of individuals who ransacked...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New warning of potential illegal sub-letting over Christmas

Another organisation is warning of the dangers if tenants go away at Christmas and sub-let their properties without consent.    Total Landlord Insurance,...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank wants register of Airbnb and other online short let 'hosts'

A new report by think tank IPPR supports those who feel the so-called ‘sharing economy’ - short lets via Airbnb and...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency makes league table of highest/lowest tenant fees

Online estate agent Urban.co.uk says it has created a league table of fees that tenants are charged by agencies in different locations...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

Many agencies have spoken out in dismay at the announcement by government that letting agency fees on tenants would be banned...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Soaring deposits 'make inventories more important than ever'

The soaring cost of a private rental deposit - now approaching £1,000 - makes the need for an accurate inventory greater...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body launches e-postcard campaign over buy to let taxes

The National Landlords Association has launched an e-postcard campaign for letting agent and landlord members to lobby the government over the...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

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Typical Airbnb listings bring in twice the rent of long-term lettings

Research by data company Propcision has revealed that across London typical Airbnb rental rates for apartments are double that of long-term rental...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

More work to do to stop deposit disputes, say inventory clerks

An industry body says more work must be done to reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite recent improvements.   The Association...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's good news: buy to let enquiries soar as market returns

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30 per cent since May according to Rightmove, suggesting that the...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Managing your landlord clients’ expectations throughout the tenancy

As an Agent, understanding and managing your landlords’ expectations of their tenants and property is a necessary and sometimes difficult task....

05 October 2016

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'Raise your standards' The Property Ombudsman tells letting agents

The Property Ombudsman scheme’s annual report, just released, reveals that there has been a dramatic 32 per cent surge in the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm charges 19% as 'Airbnb manager' for owners wanting to short let

A company called My Property Host is seeking to attract failed sellers to become ‘accidental landlords’ and let out their homes...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest landlord launches appeal after losing 'damp row'

One of Britain's best-known landlords, Fergus Wilson, has launched an appeal after losing a case regarding a damp property. The tenants, Attila...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Fixflo integrates with mobile reporting software

Repair reporting platform Fixflo has integrated with inventory firm No Letting Go's letting agent reporting software Kaptur. The integration means Kaptur will now...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Squalid conditions and no fire detectors lead to £11,000 bill

A pair of landlords have been slapped with a hefty fine for allowing people to live in damp-riddled rooms without fire...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Cleaning disputes lie behind half of students' retained deposits

Four out of 10 students lose well over a third of their deposits when they rent privately while at university or...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

When can a tenant withhold rent?

A fundamental part of any tenancy agreement is the tenant’s obligation to pay rent to live in the  property. In return,...

30 August 2016

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Warning to agents and landlords: take damp complaints seriously

An industry body says agents and landlords who ignore tenants' complaints about damp and mould could be putting their property at...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Top tips for Preparing your Dispute Evidence

Suzy Hershman, Head of Dispute Resolution for mydeposits, covers her top tips for preparing your dispute evidence If I had a £1 for...

12 August 2016

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Research smokes out worst areas for cannabis farming in rented flats

The problem of cannabis ‘farmers’ using privately rented properties to mass-produce the drug is at its worst in the West Midlands,...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Police seek help after break-in at letting agency office

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a letting agency was broken into over the weekend.   At some point between 4.30pm...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Deposit deductions – What you can and can’t claim for

When renting out a property, most landlords choose to take a deposit from their tenant prior to the tenancy starting. The...

29 July 2016

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£6,000 bill for owner who let rental property fall into disrepair

A landlord has been left with a court bill totalling more than £6,000 after allowing a house in to fall into...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit: 'Racist backlash' will damage rental sector, warns agency

The Belvoir franchise letting agency group has taken the unusual step of calling for clarity on government migration policy.   Belvoir managing director...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What to consider when calculating “fair wear and tear”

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike; this is...

15 July 2016

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Warning - buy to let reforms could have unintended consequences

A senior mortgage lender is warning that government reforms of the buy to let sector could have wide-ranging and unintended consequences. Richard...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Long prison sentence for letting agent guilty of con trick

  A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group says knee-jerk Brexit reaction could hurt buy to let sector

The National Landlords’ Association is warning that knee-jerk reactions to the Brexit vote could damage the buy to let sector.  Chief executive...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group warns of danger of Airbnb-style unregulated short lets

Highly publicised stories of property damage allegedly caused by short-let tenants using Airbnb and similar online platforms highlights the advantages of...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings Bill in Lords may strengthen electrical checks

A controversial Bill now being considered by the House of Lords has the controversial measure of banning lettings fees - but...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords consider using online letting agents to save money

Some 27 per cent of landlords consider an online letting agency to be a more attractive option for managing property than...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Government not doing enough to protect us, say tenants

A high proportion of tenants do not feel the government is doing enough to protect them from unscrupulous landlords.  This is the...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says landlords increasingly pet-friendly to attract tenants

Some 68 per cent of landlords now accept tenants with dogs and cats according to a survey conducted by online letting...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Storm damage, broken pipes and break-ins top lettings insurance claims

An analysis of 100,000 buy to let insurance policies reveals that storm damage, burst pipes and damage from break-ins are the...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on government's anti-buy to let 'short-termism'

A financial journalist has lambasted the government’s anti-buy to let policies, describing them as “political short-termism ... a vote winner to...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders try to bolster flagging buy to let market with record low rates

Independent comparison website Moneyfacts says mortgage lenders are slashing rates on products designed for landlords, in a bid to buoy up...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning that buy to let tax changes will damage sector in two years time

Respected credit ratings agency Fitch says buy to let will thrive for the next 12 to 24 months but the effects...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Would property investment be damaged by Brexit?

Unique summary: What does a potential exit from the EU mean for the UK's property market. Ever since the recession hit much...

01 March 2016

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Chinese economic woes could damage UK student lettings, agent warns

Economic uncertainty in China could spill over to cause problems for the student letting sector in the UK, an agent is...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents may use trashed Airbnb home to deter tempted landlords

A price comparison website has publicised the case of a landlord who let out his property on the Airbnb website -...

26 January 2016

From: Breaking News

14 tax changes in four years will hurt buy to let market warns KPMG

No fewer than 14 different tax changes targeted mostly at the buy to let sector will damage the market in 2016...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

“Tenants will damage properties to avoid eviction” claims online lettings agent

Tenants could be trying to avoid eviction by damaging property and abusing the new legal system designed to ban revenge evictions,...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting still rife in lettings sector, warn inventory clerks

The practice of unauthorised sub-letting is still rife in the UK's private rented sector, according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Senior agent urges caution over setting-up buy to let limited companies

One of Britain’s most senior letting agency bosses is warning landlords to take care if considering setting up a limited company...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

The scores are in: top 10 property forecasts for 2016

The scores are in - we have asked 20 senior agents and analysts for their forecasts for capital values the 2016...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks urge caution on allowing tenants to decorate homes

Tenants should not be coerced into paying higher rents to redecorate their landlords’ property according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Call for ban on letting agents' boards near university campus

There’s been a call to ban letting boards from streets near a university campus. Councillors in York say the boards which go...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Most landlords out of pocket after tenants' property damage

Over two thirds of landlords find themselves out of pocket as a result of property damage caused by vacating tenants.  A survey...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Winter voids risk damage to properties, warn inventory clerks

The risk of damage to rental properties heightens in winter - especially if homes are empty, according to the Association of...

05 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency says four out of five tenants believe landlords should pay for damage

About 80 per cent of tenants think that their landlords should pay for damage they have caused when their tenancy ends. That...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The Importance of Education for Letting Agents

A letting agent's life is a varied one, with the profession requiring agents to undertake a wide range of activities in...

16 October 2015

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Another landlord gets a hefty fine for flouting council regulations

A landlord has been handed fines totalling £3,250 and costs of £1,426 for running an unlicensed and unsafe House in Multiple...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

It's in the bag for enterprising eco-conscious letting agent

It's in the bag for Karl Tatler, who runs his lettings and sales business on the Wirral. He has enterprisingly marked this...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Almost 50 per cent of tenants have property maintenance problems

Approaching 50 per cent of private tenants have experienced property maintenance issues with their agents or landlords. The figure comes through research...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo

Who are you? I’m the managing director of Fixflo and before starting Fixflo I worked as a property lawyer in London and...

14 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Buy to let tax protest petition tops 25,000 signatures

If supporters of Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget restrictions on tax breaks for buy to let landlords thought opposition would die off...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined over condition of landlords' properties

A letting agency has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs after being convicted of seven...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Investors with HMOs better-placed to combat interest rate rises

Investors with HMOs are better placed than other landlords to combat any financial damage caused by future interest rate rises. Analysis carried...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

What's your problem? It's just a pig

A property being let out in Lincolnshire produced an unexpected surprise for the agent and landlord handling a routine inspection -...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

You could save Landlords money with our Emergency Assist cover

No one likes to be called and told, your boiler has broken down or a burst pipe has caused damage to...

13 August 2015

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Inventory firm backs idea of property visits

An inventory software firm claims periodic visits by agents or landlords could lead to a reduction in damage to rental properties. The...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent claims 'filthy damage' by tenants getting worse

A report claims that agents and landlords are increasingly facing filthy property damage at the end of tenancies - and the...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Advice for agents on securing empty student properties

The Master Locksmiths Association has set out advice to letting agents on the best way to secure student properties which in...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

40,000 lettings properties damaged each year - claim

An estimated 400,000 landlords in the UK - that’s approaching three in every 10 - have had their property damaged by...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sector damaged by Osborne tax move - analyst

The specialist buy to let mortgage sector is set to be an unexpected victim of the buy to let tax changes...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

UK agents body wants more young Euro-renters and buyers

The UK Association of Letting Agents has teamed up with around 30 other European professional property bodies to consider how to...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour MP in bid to force improved standards in lettings sector

A Labour MP is launching a campaign to force private landlords to ensure that their premises are fit for habitation.  Karen Buck,...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must be ready for increased repairs responsibility

Recent weeks have seen changes made to the rules that govern responsibility for property repairs in the private rented sector. Section 11...

16 June 2015

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Repairs extend to outside areas of rental properties, warns Rentguard

An insurance firm has reminded landlords that recent changes in legislation require them to be responsible for any repairs to the...

08 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords warned to remain vigilant for cannabis production

Landlords and agents are being warned to remain vigilant as new figures reveal the extent of cannabis cultivation in the UK.  Direct...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must publish fees from today

It is now a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants.  Under the...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Help for agents who must display fees from next week

A set of ‘fees templates’ have been created for letting agents to download ahead of the legal requirement to display details...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A comfy seat at the table

This week RICS reported a further drop in the number of people putting their homes up for sale; new instructions fell...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Mortgage boss warns on rogue operators and sub-lets

A Conservative government means good news in the shape of a reduction in bureaurcracy for the private rental sector - but...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents call for more lettings sector regulation

The chief executive of Braemore, one of the highest profile letting agencies in Scotland, says he wants greater regulation for the...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The Everything Lettings limited way

We can guarantee both yours and your staff’s time will be stretched as soon as your offices open next Monday morning,...

22 April 2015

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