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KEYWORD "Deposits" - 205 RESULTS
Vast majority of young renters fear they will never own a home

New research claims that as many as 78 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 30 fear they will never...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents helped to steal £1m from tenants in 2017 - claim

Crooked letting agents and landlords have raided close to £1m from tenancy deposit accounts in 2017, new figures show. Campaigning agent Ajay Jagota,...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Cap could push typical deposits to £1,400 - claim

The government's plan to cap tenancy deposits at six weeks rent threatens to cost Britain’s renters an average of £1391 –...

13 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

Deposit cap: Mayor repeats claim that government bottled it

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has repeated his criticism of the government’s decision to cap security deposits at the level of...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: anti-deposit campaigner unconvinced by criminal sanctions

Campaigning lettings agency chief Ajay Jagota says he is unconvinced by government plans to make it a criminal offence for letting...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market to benefit from first time buyers' inexperience

The private rental sector is likely to benefit as a result of first time buyers’ lack of understanding of the timings,...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency spills the beans on the most common deposit disputes

A study by the Romans lettings agency group has highlighted common issues cited by agents and landlords deducting funds from a...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits held in protection schemes now total over £4.1 billion

A campaigning letting agent says that at the start of this financial year the total cash value of deposits held in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency boss backs insurance-based alternatives to deposits

Online lettings agency Upad says landlords are concerned that insurance-based alternatives to traditional deposit schemes may not cover them for repairs...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator moves to no-fees model for London scheme

Build To Rent developer Be says it is moving to a no-fees model for its development at Hayes in west London....

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords steal nearly £850,000 - and counting

A lettings agency chief who monitors legal action against rogue agencies and landlords says almost £850,000 of deposits have been stolen...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies to be awarded 'star ratings' in new review process

Newham council in London has published the UK’s first ever ratings scheme for letting agents, in which firms receive anything from...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Deposit Passports' won't change key rental problems, warns agent

A campaigning lettings agent says proposals to allow renters to transfer tenancy deposits between properties are to be welcomed – but...

17 October 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

Inventory clerks say it's no surprise lettings complaints are surging

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is not surprised the majority of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent renews attack on pro-deposit operators

Ajay Jagota, the north east agent known for his campaign against rental deposits, says recent initiatives by two deposit protection services...

11 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

Landlords favour fee cap as MPs push for blanket ban

The majority of landlords still believe that a cap on letting agent fees will be more effective than an outright ban,...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs set to debate letting agent fee ban in House of Commons

A Westminster Hall debate for MPs on letting agent fees will take place this morning in the House of Commons. The debate...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO extends rogue letting agency's ban by four years

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has extended its expulsion of a letting agency by an additional four years. Premier Property Management, based...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: agents urged to switch to custodial schemes to offset losses

Letting agents using insured deposit protection schemes have been urged to switch to a custodial model in order to compensate for...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of agency over 'sham licences' is first of its kind

This month’s prosecution of a letting agency for issuing ‘sham licences’ that suggested occupiers had no right to challenge eviction and...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent says key Housing Act is now as good as useless

Anti-deposits campaigning agent Ajay Jagota says the 2004 Housing Act - which actually came into effect in 2007 - may now...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS launches new 'end of lease' guide for letting agents

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a new guide for agents, landlords and tenants on how to make concluding a lease...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Big surge in complaints over property management and deposits

The Property Redress Scheme, one of three approved redress operations, says it saw a 33 per cent increase in membership in...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide chief invests in 'zero deposits' firm linked to ZPG

Former Countrywide chief executive and chairman Grenville Turner is one of a number of high profile new investors unveiled for Zero...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents - blog claims they're tricksters, liars, con-merchants

A no-holds-barred blog on a controversial website claims that it lifts the lid on being a letting agent in central London...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council to have star-rating system for all letting agencies in its area

Newham council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.   The...

07 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

Crooked agents have stolen £700,000 so far this year says campaigner

Crooked letting agents have been convicted of stealing almost £700,000 of tenants’ deposits in the first half of 2017.   Campaigning letting agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings campaigner says latest fraud scandal must prompt action by police

A property campaigner says the failure of the police to investigate a lettings agent who was eventually convicted of fraud after...

20 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

Really? Around half of agents back fees ban, survey suggests

A survey of letting and estate agencies suggest around half broadly back the changes to the private rental sector outlined in...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dlighted chief accuses Mydeposits boss of bully tactics

A prominent lettings industry campaigner says the head of a tenancy deposit scheme has “serious questions to answer” after his comments...

10 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

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

The head of the parent firm of mydeposits is warning tenants and landlords tempted to enter into new ‘no-deposit’ schemes to...

29 June 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

Eviction firm Landlord Action acquired by redress scheme owner

HF Resolution Ltd, a subsidiary of Hamilton Fraser, has acquired one of the industry’s leading tenant eviction solicitor firms, Landlord Action.   Landlord...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

‘Agents ignoring fees ban should be hit with heavy fines’ - CIEH

Large letting agents found to be flouting the incoming ban on letting agent fees should receive fines up to £30,000 to...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA Vice President to join TDS team

Deposit protection organisation the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has announced that current ARLA Propertymark Vice President Claire Lloyd will be joining...

06 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

Average tenancy deposit approaching landmark £1,000 figure

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 according to the Deposit Protection Service’s figures for the...

31 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

Reminder to agents - only a week remaining for fees ban consultation

Only just over a week remains before the end of the formal consultation on the government’s proposal to ban letting fees...

25 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

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

As the end of the academic year approaches, one deposit protection scheme is urging student tenants to reclaim their deposits.  SafeDeposits Scotland...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail term for agency staff member who stole £11,500

An agency staff member has received a suspended prison sentence after stealing £11,500 in unclaimed deposits from a branch of Connells.   Amy...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Twenty agencies back call to extend or suspend fees ban consultation

Twenty agency groups have backed a call by the Association of Residential Letting Agents urging the government to extend or scrap its...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-backing agent predicts fee ban may be in Conservative manifesto

A prominent campaigning letting and sales agent predicts that the Conservatives are likely to put their proposed ban on letting agency...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant's forgotten £5,250 deposit is just the tip of the iceberg

A tenant has been tracked down after a year-long exercise and has now picked up the deposit he forgot to collect...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-deposit campaigner warns of Client Money Protection side-effect

A leading letting agent campaigning against rental sector deposits is warning that the industry might be hit with “astronominal” insurance premiums...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

DPS celebrates 10 years of custodial deposit protection

Custodial deposit protection was introduced 10 years ago this week and the Deposit Protection Service has been marking the anniversary. Custodial protection...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for keeping £15,000 of clients' deposits

A letting agent has been jailed for keeping more than £15,000 in client deposits. Thirugnanaselvam Damayantharan ran See Own Properties in Purley and...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap tenancy deposits to help first time buyers, urges agent

  Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents targeted by fraudulent email scammers

Mydeposits says it is aware of a new scam from what it calls “a fraudulent company” imitating mydeposits and getting in...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Additional £7.2m investment for rental transaction platform

Cloud-based rental transaction platform Goodlord - already used by some agencies in the UK including Strutt & Parker and Remax -...

15 March 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

New website brings together PRS, mydeposits and others

Hamilton Fraser - parent firm to mydeposits, Total Landlord Insurance, Property Redress Scheme and Client Money Protect - has brought its...

02 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

Letting agency owner ordered to pay £25,000 to victims

A convicted Surrey letting agent who used his clients’ money to cover his business debts has been ordered to pay £25,000...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency hands over £865 after students win deposit court case

A group of students in Bristol has won a court case after a lettings agency acting for a landlord deducted money...

23 February 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

17 letting agencies sign up to Labour MP's rental charter

A total of 17 letting agencies have signed up to a rental charter set up by a Labour MP.   Alan Whitehead, Labour...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings agency shuts office with no notice

A letting agency at the centre of a controversy following a ruling by The Property Ombudsman has shut its office and...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fraudster jailed after keeping 'holding deposits' from tenants

A fraudster has been jailed after being convicted on nine counts of fraud, theft and forgery relating to property firms which...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit nears £1,000 - but London tops £1,800

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 - but London’s typical deposit is now at its...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says lettings sector starting to feel like a protection racket

A campaigning lettings agent is demanding action over what he suggests is a tenancy deposit system that is in need of...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent keeps running total of crooked agents' 'swag'

Property campaigner Ajay Jagota has launched what he calls a “stolen deposits totaliser” to keep track of how much cash crooked...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits teams up with charity to 'professionalise' deposits

Agents, tenants and landlords on Jersey in the Channel Islands are to receive updated advice on the returning of deposits.   ITV News...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings administrator admits stealing £16,000 from Savills branch

A former administrator at a Savills letting office has admitted embezzling around £16,000 from the firm over a five and a...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Think-tank claims many more private renters than previously thought

The Resolution Foundation, a think tank, claims that home ownership is far lower than is widely believed to be the case...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

New Bank of England claim that buy to let 'risks economic stability'

There is a new warning from the Bank of England suggesting that - despite all the recent measures aimed against buy...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-fees Renters' Rights Bill likely to be heavily amended

No decision yet appears to have been taken on the fate of the Renters’ Rights Bill - which had as a...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees to be discussed in House of Lords tomorrow

Fees charged by letting agents will be discussed in the House of Lords tomorrow as the Renters’ Rights Bill reaches its...

17 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

Bill seeking a ban on agents' fees to be debated again next week

The Renters’ Rights Bill - which includes provisions scrapping agents’ fees for tenants, mandatory registration of landlords and limiting the size of...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks warn on tenants' poor rate of inventory sign-offs

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is concerned at the results of a survey suggesting 79 per cent of...

02 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

Jail sentences for fake letting agents after elaborate scam

Three men have received prison sentences of up to 28 months after a nationwide lettings scam was unearthed by trading standards...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Stolen £1m is just the tip of the iceberg says angry agent

Crooked letting agencies have been convicted of stealing £1,018,100 of deposits this year alone – and one agent claims this figure...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free seminars on lettings sector legislation

Letting agents and landlords across Scotland have been invited to check they are up to speed with current regulations at a...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence for rogue agent after £157,000 fraud con

An estate agent from Devon who conned landlords, tenants and even his friends out of a total of £157,250 has been...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More parents use buy to let to provide offspring's accommodation

The number of so-called ‘parent landlords’ is set to rise as increasing numbers of baby boomers use buy to let as...

07 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

From: Sponsored Content

Agency staff member who stole £21,000 in deposits walks free from court

A Bairstow Eves letting agent who stole over £21,000 in tenants’ deposits over two years to pay her own payday loan...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'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

More details emerge of agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

On Friday afternoon Letting Agent Today broke the news of four letting agencies being expelled by The Property Ombudsman - and...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Concern growing over fate of letting agency and clients' money

The local press serving the area of Kirkcaldy is reporting concern about a local letting agent after numerous tenants and landlords...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman expels four lettings and estate agencies

Four separate estate and letting agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman and from registration for lettings redress...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of tenancy deposit disputes reaches record high

The number of tenancy deposit disputes reached a record high in 2015-16, but still represents only a fraction of all deposits. Figures...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New chairman for SafeDeposits Scotland

SafeDeposits Scotland has announced that Ian Potter will succeed Sir Andrew Cubie as the organisation's chairman. Potter, who has been on the...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who stole thousands from clients has sentence appeal dismissed

A letting agent who stole more than £400,000 from clients has had her sentence appeal dismissed by judges. Amy Williams, who part-owned Williams...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant expects to rent for ten more years

The average UK tenant expects to remain part of the Private Rented Sector for a further decade, according to a new...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Expert Advice on Student Lets from mydeposits

Our key partner and buy-to-let specialist, Hamilton Fraser, and renown industry expert, Paul Shamplina have released the first in a new...

12 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Mayor and council back anti-letting agent group's new 'charter'

The newly-elected mayor of Bristol and the city’s council have endorsed a so-called ethical lettings charter created by a group known...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Record rise of over 10% in deposits protected in England and Wales

New data from the Tenancy Deposit Scheme shows that at the end of March 2016 there were a total of 3.426m...

12 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

Letting agency struck off in latest stage of landmark ruling

A letting agency has been removed from a Scottish council’s approved list after failing to conform with rules protecting the deposits...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ramps up attack on questionable agency fees

Hybrid letting and sales agency Purplebricks is ramping up its attack on high street agents with a claim that prospective tenants...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rental deposit poised to break £1,000 barrier, says DPS

The typical deposit paid when a tenant moves to a new property in England and Wales is set to break the...

02 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

From: Sponsored Content

Have you been scammed by fake 'Red Brick Estate' letting agent?

The Thames Valley Police says it wants to speak to a man in connection with an investigation in which a number of...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

BBC probe says 'struck off' landlords exploiting vulnerable tenants

The BBC is claiming that vulnerable families are being exploited by rogue landlords in Glasgow - including in the constituency for...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another survey shows tenants demanding Client Money Protection

Another survey, this time from an online letting agency, reveals that as many as 70 per cent of tenants are concerned...

16 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

From: Sponsored Content

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Vast majority of tenants set to stay in the rental sector says charity

No fewer than 86 per cent of renters - the equivalent of over six million households - have less than a...

05 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

From: Sponsored Content

Landlord group says 56% of tenants would quit town if they could buy

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to set up its own lettings agency

Another local authority is aiming to set up its own ‘social’ lettings agency.   The proposal is one of five put forward by...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Room-sharing website jumps on 'scrap agency fees'  bandwagon

EasyRoommate, a room-sharing website, says it is backing the Renters’ Rights Bill currently going through parliament and aiming to restrict letting...

20 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

From: Sponsored Content

A message to the public: Speak out against rogue letting agents

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the public to speak out against rogue...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined in pioneering law case about tenant deposits

A lettings agency has become the first in Scotland to be sanctioned for breaching rules that secure the deposits of its...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Are 60 per cent buy to let deposits really on the cards?

Mortgage firms insisting on landlords proving their rental income could cover 145 per cent of their monthly payments could lead to...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of buy to lets purchased with 'gifted' parental deposits

We’re used to young owner-occupiers relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad for financial help - now it appears youthful...

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

Letting agency data shows trend towards long-term renting

Data produced by Scottish lettings agency DJ Alexander Lettings appears to show a growing trend towards long-term letting over buying. The agency,...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

English and Welsh deposits typically £100 bigger than Scottish equivalent

Tenancy deposits in England and Wales are typically £100 dearer than the Scottish equivalent.  Between June 2015 and May 2016, the average...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP tells Commons letting agents are completely unregulated

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that letting agents are “completely unregulated” and that tenants are being “held...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £11,000 over advertising HMO that was later shut down

A lettings agency has been fined over £11,000 for alleged breaches of regulations in advertising an unlicenced HMO that was later...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents set to remind consumers about client money protection

Next week letting agents across the country will be taking part in the fifth annual SAFEagent Awareness Week. The event aims to...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales workshop announced for July

The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) has announced the details of a workshop for Welsh letting agents, taking place in July. The event...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent dodges prison sentence after admitting £30,000 fraud

A former letting agent has received a suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to ten counts of fraud. Nicholas Dowse, also known...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent jailed after admitting 13 fraud charges against tenants

A letting agent has been jailed after reportedly tricking students into paying deposits totalling thousands of pounds for flats they could...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Ban for appalling letting agency chief who kept tenants' deposits

The head of a lettings company who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out homes by...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats latest to demand ban on letting agents' fees

The Liberal Democrats are following in the footsteps of some Green and Labour politicians in calling for a ban on letting...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent jailed for 10 months after stealing £27,000 from landlords

A letting agent who closed his New Malden firm leaving 17 landlords some £27,000 out of pocket has been jailed for...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Group protesting outside letting agents' offices starts campaign in second town

A community group that has in the past staged protests at letting agents’ offices in Bristol has now organised a petition...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Six letting agents plead not guilty to string of fraud charges

Six letting agents have all pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud. The Ham & High says they were all employees of...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

TDS and mydeposits launch their custodial deposit schemes today

Two new custodial services are being launched today by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Mydeposits. Custodial systems mean deposit money is held...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings firms and gang of chancers hit with £79,000 fines and costs

Lettings companies and an organised group of criminals described as a “gang of chancers” have been hit with fines and costs...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Carry On Renting - it takes 46 years for buyers to save for a London deposit

Future demand for rental property looks secure if Hamptons International's latest research is accurate - it says a typical single Londoner...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant spends over £500 on agent fees

The average tenant spends a total of £577.64 on letting agent fees, according to new research. The research, carried out by an...

17 March 2016

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Typical deposit will rise to be equivalent of six weeks' rent - forecast

In 2026 - just 10 years from now - the average UK private rental deposit is set to reach £1,111 - the...

10 March 2016

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Industry groups push rental training for landlords and tenants

An initiative between the Residential Landlords Association and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

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Average rent is the equivalent of a house deposit in five years

A typical tenant in a two-bed property in England will have paid over £40,000 in rent in the past five years...

04 March 2016

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Renters must earn over national average to be able to buy

The gap between average incomes and the pay of tenants who want to buy their first property has reached a post-recession...

03 March 2016

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Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Fraud charges faced by former letting agent now add up to £255,000

The ongoing court case involving a former letting agent has now heard that the nine cases of fraud being considered allegedly...

24 February 2016

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Letting agent guilty of nine fraud offences involving £157,250

A former letting agent has pleaded guilty of nine offences of fraud involving the retention of deposits and rents belonging to...

22 February 2016

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Another report shows younger people 'locked out' and forced to rent

A new report from the independent Social Market Foundation think tank has found that almost two million more people have been...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

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ARLA's new guidance for students in private rental accommodation

ARLA has issued guidance to students who may be using the Christmas break to line-up accommodation for the coming year.  Looking for...

04 December 2015

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Bank of England preparing new buy to let mortgage controls

It appears almost certain that the Bank of England is preparing for new mortgage controls in a bid to dampen what...

02 December 2015

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Rental sector boom as only one young person in four will own by 2025

Only 26 per cent of people currently aged 20 to 39 in England will live in a home they own by...

24 November 2015

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Another boost for Fixflo as it links with PRS and mydeposits

Repairs software provider Fixflo - which last week entered into a partnership with The Property Ombudsman scheme and The Deposit Protection...

23 November 2015

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Huge support for clampdown on rogue agents and landlords says government

The Department of Communities and Local Government has published a summary of the 600 responses it has received to its recent...

16 November 2015

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Newspaper exposes scam 'London Home Let' agency website

The Mirror has exposed what it believes is a scam letting agency website attempting to get would-be renters to part with...

11 November 2015

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80% of renters want tenancies of one year or less, says DPS

Eight out of 10 in rental accommodation want tenancy agreements of one year or less, a large survey by The Deposit Protection...

09 November 2015

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Rental sector to boom as first time buyers need £50,000 to proceed

The rental market looks set to benefit from the continuing housing market strength as new research claims that first time buyers...

06 November 2015

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More tenants with dogs means massive deposit premiums

A London letting agency says a huge rise in the number of tenants with dogs, combined with a lack of supply...

13 October 2015

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Inventory clerks urge basic communication to defuse deposit disputes

A formal tenancy deposit dispute could be defused by something as basic as a simple conversation, says the Association of Independent...

07 October 2015

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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

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Students 'twice as likely as other private tenants to lose deposits'

Students are considered to be almost twice as likely to lose their deposit at the end of a tenancy than any...

23 September 2015

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Warning to students to avoid scam online agents and landlords

New student tenants have been urged to be vigilent and not fall victim to fake online letting agents and landlords. The National...

04 September 2015

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Rogue letting agent jailed after taking rents, deposits and wages

A letting agent who fled Britain to India, leaving landlords and tenants out of pocket and his staff’s wages unpaid, has...

04 September 2015

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Insolvency Service winds up two letting agencies

The Insolvency Service, which probes all compulsory liquidations and individual bankruptcies, has wound up two letting agencies.  Morgan Fox (Lettings) Limited, formerly...

03 September 2015

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Inventory association launches new training courses

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, known as the AIIC, has announced the details of two new training courses taking place...

25 August 2015

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Simple discussion 'defuses 30% of tenant complaints' - claim

Tenancy deposit protection scheme mydeposits says almost a third of its notified disputes between tenants and agents or landlords do not...

12 August 2015

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Deposit protection scheme launches online joining system

The government-backed tenancy deposit protection scheme mydeposits is allowing letting agents join online in a bid to cut down on paperwork. mydeposits...

29 July 2015

From: Breaking News

One in four households privately renting by 2025

One in four households in the UK will be privately renting by 2025 - that’s the conclusion of research by respected...

23 July 2015

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Agents advised to be alert over student inventories

Student tenants risk losing thousands of pounds through items detailed in a property inventory going missing at the end of a...

16 July 2015

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Agents advised to be alert over student inventories

Student tenants risk losing thousands of pounds through items detailed in a property inventory going missing at the end of a...

16 July 2015

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Court appearance tomorrow for agents on fraud charges

Two agents charged with fraud are expected to appear in court tomorrow Martin Marcus and Nadim Khan will appear at Harrow Crown...

09 July 2015

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Software firm reveals blizzard of red tape tying up lettings sector

The changes to tax relief for landlords comes on top of a blizzard of new health and safety requirements, regulations and...

09 July 2015

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TV clash between rogue agent and landlord owed £20,000

The latest episode of Channel 5’s Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords programme will tonight show how a rogue letting agent in a...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

After the passing of the Deregulation Act deposits deadline this week, Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, is in a contemplative...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Letting agent gets 10 year ban as £577,000 goes missing

A letting agent has been disqualified from acting as a director for 10 years following the collapse of his Hove agency,...

26 June 2015

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New tenancy deposit rules 'a step in the right direction'

New tenancy deposit rules come into effect today have been given the thumbs-up by The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.  Under the...

23 June 2015

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New tenancy deposit rules 'a step in the right direction'

New tenancy deposit rules come into effect today have been given the thumbs-up by The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.  Under the...

23 June 2015

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mydeposits and ARLA issue reminders over deposits deadline

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants’ deposits before an important new deadline on June...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection deadline just one week from today

The Deposit Protection Service is reminding letting agents and landlords that they have to act with extreme urgency over older tenancy...

16 June 2015

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Letting agents warned over new tenancy deposit deadline

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government’s controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new...

11 June 2015

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Housing benefit stories focus too much on private landlords, claims agent

A north east agent claims that news coverage of tenants on housing benefits is too quick to point the finger at...

09 June 2015

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Time is running out to protect deposits, says TDS

Landlords and letting agents have been issued a reminder that they have less then three weeks to protect tenancy deposits with...

05 June 2015

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Deposit dispute guide published for agents and landlords

A deposit protection scheme has published a deposit dispute best practice guide for letting agents and landlords. my|deposits has produced the document...

02 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of which...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

In 2007, the government introduced a compulsory deposit protection scheme as part of the Housing Act 2004 to help protect tenants...

22 May 2015

From: Features

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Remember deposit protection rules, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says landlords who are not using their agents for deposit registration should be reminded to...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Call to scrap insurance-backed deposit schemes

AllAgents is calling for the scrapping of the insurance-backed tenancy deposit schemes. The review website claims these schemes are misleading, as tenants...

06 May 2015

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New warning to letting agents over legal changes

Letting agents have received another warning from legal experts to familiarise themselves with new legislation introduced just before MPs broke up...

05 May 2015

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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

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Activists to award 'ethical letting agents'

A group of renters who have formed the Acorn group in Bristol - which has already held protests against letting agents...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

DPS warns agents: two months before new law

The Deposit Protection Service says agents and landlords must act soon over older tenancy deposits now that new legislation has introduced...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs and their own housing policy

It is to the credit of our political parties - and our own industry’s lobbying - that so many housing-related matters...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Most tenants don't get back full deposit - survey

The majority of private sector tenants who have rented a property in the past five years have failed to get their...

22 April 2015

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