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Airbnb and Short Let Boom may be over says agency chief

A lettings agency director is suggesting the short lets boom may be over. Marc von Grundherr, director of Benham and Reeves, says...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Demand cools and supply rises - new lettings analysis

Rents rose 9% on average in the UK in Q1 2024 compared to the same period in 2023, says flatshare site SpareRoom. Out...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ single demand of government - solve the housing emergency!

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to resolve the country’s ongoing housing emergency. The news comes as Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer asks: Should Agents Manage Short Let Properties?

It’s not easy for anyone - even professionals like lettings and estate agents - to keep up with the blizzard of...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency giant snaps up 2,000-property lettings portfolio

Fast-growing Lomond has acquired a rental portfolio of in excess of 2,000 units. It has bought Tay Letting and its rental portfolio...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New buy to let city hotspot identified by insurance analysis

Glasgow has been revealed as the UK city with the biggest rise in the number of buy to let properties in...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private rented sector have risen by double digits for the fifth quarter...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge £150m investment into student renting by financial services giant

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc, has spent some £150m acquiring a portfolio of six Purpose Built...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants flee cities as high rents push them to outer areas

A severe shortage of properties to rent, fierce competition to secure the homes that are available, and rising rental prices led...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Neil Cobbold, Managing Director at PayProp UK

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Neil Cobbold, Managing Director What is PayProp and what does it...

08 January 2024

From: 60 Second Interview

Portal announces agent qualification before possible mandatory regulation

A property portal has announced the inaugural graduation of its first-ever qualification. Some 55 students were awarded the SPC Property Practice Certification,...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shocking rent rises now a thing of the past says Zoopla

The scale of rent rises has peaked with future increases likely to be smaller, says Zoopla. The portal’s latest report into the...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent says second home clampdown is no answer to long-term shortage

The long-term shortage of rental accommodation is now addressed by a short-term clampdown on second homes and empty properties, a leading...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Eco-activists jubilant after agents suffer legal setback

The Scottish Greens - who are in effect the architects of rent controls north of the border - have welcomed a...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock as Rent Controls backed by Judicial Review decision

There’s been widespread dismay in the industry as the outcome of a Judicial Review has backed the Scottish Government’s objective of...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Ex-Keller Williams agent in  group snapping up historic brand

One of Scotland’s oldest property and legal brands - Simpson & Marwick - has been snapped up by a newcomer to...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Market Showing - prime rental growth starting to moderate

Rental growth in prime regional markets has started to slow, following runaway growth over the past three years. That’s the view from...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Why do politicians pursue failed policy of rent controls? - agent asks

Private rents have continued to soar in Scotland according to DJ Alexander, the largest lettings agency in the country.  It says rental...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator pledges dramatic EPC improvement

The owners of one of the first Build To Rent schemes in Edinburgh is bidding to improve the EPC rating while...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country increases brand coverage in Scotland

Following the merger of the South Scotland and North Cumbria branches of Fine & Country, the  agency has added a further...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fraud alert for fake properties issued by classified ad website

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

05 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb supply 'slashed 80% by new controls' - report bombshell

A report being considered by a council says one of the UK’s biggest cities could see an 80 per cent collapse in...

24 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Jaw dropping 40,000 viewing requests in a montf for lettings chain

Scotland’s largest letting agent had almost 40,000 viewing requests during July for rental properties in Edinburgh and Glasgow alone. DJ Alexander Ltd...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Strict Airbnb controls still on the agenda says politician

The Scottish Government does not intend to abandon its licensing scheme for Airbnbs and other short term lets, nor to delay...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief says market isn’t working “for anyone”

Rents continue to soar across the UK according to data released by flatshare website SpareRoom.  It says average UK room rents were...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Family agency scoops major award for second year in a row

A family business has been named Residential Letting Team of the Year for the second time. The small At Home In Edinburgh...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Takeover creates massive property management firm ambitious to grow

Strathspey Capital is to become Scotland’s largest factoring business after acquiring Glasgow-based Speirs Gumley. Factoring is the term commonly used in Scotland...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents edge above long term ratio to earnings says Zoopla

Typical UK rents now account for 28.3 per cent of average pre-tax earnings - slightly above the 10-year average of 27...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

High profile agency names new lettings business chief

Rettie & Co has appointed Rob Trotter as Director of New Business for Lettings, joining from London’s-owned DJ Alexander where he...

19 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

Governments slammed for rushing blindly into Airbnb regulation

A trade body has criticised the various UK governments for “rushing blindly” into poorly-constructed regulation of short lets. The angry words from...

12 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Buyer announced for part of Purplebricks lettings portfolio

A buyer has been announced for part of the lettings portfolio of Purplebricks, it has been announced today. The deal, finalised for...

26 May 2023

From: Breaking News

More Airbnbs than families on waiting lists - claim

A news service claims that in many UK cities there are now more entire homes listed on Airbnb than there are...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters quit big city centres in search of lower rent locations

Rightmove says growing numbers of renters are leaving Britain’s cities to find a cheaper place to live or to get more...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Pharmacy services on offer a Build To Rent scheme

A Build To Rent operator has struck a deal with Lloyds Pharmacy to offer a so-called Health Concierge Service allowing tenants...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Top 10 cities for buy to let investment revealed by insurer

London has continued to dominate the list of the most attractive cities for buy to let investment for the second year...

25 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs legal challenge to government rent controls

Propertymark is one of three lettings organisations behind a bid to get a Judicial Review of the Scottish Government’s rent controls...

23 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Short lets to be ‘banned’ from city claim landlord reps

A crackdown on Airbnbs and other short lets in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has infuriated landlord’s’ representatives. In line with the rest...

07 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency plays down impact of rent freeze and evictions ban

A lettings agency in Scotland has played down the impact of the emergency rent freeze and eviction ban which have been...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent slams new rules for Airbnb and other short let rentals

A holiday letting agency has criticised the introduction of licensing for short term rentals in Scotland as “poorly thought-through and ill-timed”.  Iain...

04 October 2022

From: Breaking News

First AirBnb and short let licensing system starts this weekend

The first step within the UK to officially monitor Airbnb-style short lets comes into effect on Saturday, which is October 1. Scotland’s...

29 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent freeze already damaging key rental investment - claim

The Times says some Build to Rent investment has been paused as a result of the rent freeze imposed by the...

22 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency’s lettings book bought by chain giants

The acquisition machine that is the Lomond Group has snapped up the lettings book of another independent agency. Lomond has taken over...

22 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

Build To Rent schemes out of London claim rapid lettings, low voids

A market snapshot of the growing Build To Rent sector outside of London suggests units are letting rapidly with low voids. Figures...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency backing Purpose Built Student Accommodation over buy to let

New research claims students in the UK are currently paying as much as £16,500 per year in living costs - a...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Buyer of online lettings agency shifts customers to High Street branches

The fast-growing Lomond Group of agencies has acquired a major online lettings service. But it's going to manage the properties through physical...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Periodic Tenancies - new data shows threat to private renting

HMOs rented by students can be up to £30 a week cheaper than purpose built student accommodation in halls of residence. That’s...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Lomond Group agency snaps up independent’s lettings book

A prominent brand in the Lomond Group - Linley & Simpson - has expanded its portfolio by over 600 properties in...

27 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Star Struck! Lettings platform uses mystic to find places to rent

A lettings platform has joined forces with - wait for it - an astrologer, to find ideal places for people with...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - body discussing implementation recruits top agency figure

A Parliamentary group currently investigating the possible implementation of rent controls is to be joined by a senior figure from Propertymark. The...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent falls to Lomond Group ambitions

A leading brand in the fast-growing and heavily-funded Lomond Group has snapped up another independent agency.  Linley & Simpson has added another...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Giant lettings group signs major training deal with Propertymark

Many of the country’s leading letting agency brands have joined forces with Propertymark to deliver a training and development strategy for...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Urban living back in fashion as agents report demand soaring

The appeal of city living has been reignited across Scotland with new figures showing a surge in demand and rents for...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss condemns political party for “punitive” attack on rental sector

One of the UK’s largest lettings groups has made an outspoken attack on the policies of a political party standing in...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb demands end to Section 21 and creation of landlord register

Airbnb, so often criticised for operating in the largely-unregulated short lets market, has called on the UK government to scrap Section...

22 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Stats show stock drought across UK’s private rental market

Rental market stock levels have plummeted further - even to below the pre-pandemic levels of late 2019. New research shows that in...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlord clients turning their back on Airbnb

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

They're Back! City Centre rents and demand on the rise at last

New data from Zoopla suggests that lettings demand has now recovered across the central districts of all  major cities including Birmingham,...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency goes on offensive and says it’s attracting rivals’ landlords

A lettings agency has gone on the offensive and is publishing landlords who switch from rivals because of allegedly poor service. And...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Short let units should switch to mainstream rentals, says agent

A prominent agent says the shortage of rental property is now so acute, and like to get still worse, that those...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation continues as yet another independent goes

Ballantynes agency in Scotland has snapped up Edinburgh letting firm Capital Lettings. Capital founder David Smith is retiring and all existing staff...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controlling Airbnb - England behind the curve, says Propertymark

Wales and Scotland are ahead of the game when it comes to limiting the impact of short term lets on the...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Omicron worries make tenants stay put - demand has slumped

There’s been a slump in demand for rental properties as a result of tenants staying put in the latter part of...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Acquisition means agency is now largest lettings operator in country

The Lomond Group, already reported to be in talks to buy London agency Chestertons, has revealed it’s snapped up another leading...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency claims new website ‘cuts through the competition’

A lettings agency’s new website claims to offer increased support to landlords, tenants, and investors, “while cutting through the noise of...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top rental investment locations - where’s hot and where’s not

A new Buy To Let ‘tracker’ from a prominent buy to let mortgage lender has revealed what it considers to be...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam using Facebook Marketplace sees tenants lose thousands

A scam in one city has reportedly seen scores of individuals robbed of thousands of pounds as short lets have been...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency fending off 50 enquiries for every available property

An agent in one major university city says it’s faced with 50 students applying for each available property. Edinburgh residential property lettings,...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tells government it has better way of regulating short lets

Airbnb has backed the Scottish Government's backtrack on pledges to exercise more centralised regulation over short let properties. The country’s ruling SNP-Green coalition...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs away from stricter regulation of Airbnb and short lets

The Scottish Government - which earlier this year suggested it would be clamping down heavily on Airbnbs, especially in Edinburgh -...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

City rental demand climbs as return to workplaces goes on

A lettings agency’s research has revealed that rental demand has continued to climb across most major UK cities during the third quarter...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Scottish surge – large increase in same-day lettings across Edinburgh

The lettings arm of a leading Edinburgh-based property portal has reported a surge of Edinburgh properties being rented on the same...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Multi-brand agency group signs up with PropTech company

Lomond Group has partnered with PropTech player Goodlord to provide IT services across the group's brands, which include Braemore, Stonehouse, Linley...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HMO has 78 viewings in latest sign of rental market frenzy

One HMO had 78 viewings while in the same city a £7,000 rental property was let after just one day of...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Furnished Lets - do the premiums justify the initial cost?

The Furnished versus Unfurnished debate in the rental sector has been going on for years but new research attempts to quantify...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Control Area - is this a way of controlling Airbnb?

A consultation is to begin next month regarding the designation of an entire city as a Short Term Let Control Area. If...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Grand! Rents hit £1,000 pcm as supply stays low

Record tenant demand and record-fast lettings have combined to create an average asking rent above £1,000 per calendar month for homes...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Greenest areas to rent’ identified in latest survey

If agents want to emphasise the green credentials of their local area, then a new league table may be of help. An...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to buy off rental criticism with local ‘tax’

Airbnb, which has been criticised by some for its impact on local rental markets, is to set up its own ‘tax’...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

It's Back! City centre rental market starting to revive, says Zoopla

The city centre rental market, considered to be one of the industry’s losers during the worst of the pandemic, is beginning...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets require planning change of use, appeal process decides

A landlord who appealed against a local council decision regarding the letting of her apartment on Airbnb has lost - and...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing national chain snaps up three independent agencies

The highest profile agency in the big-spending Lomond Group has sealed a trio of deals in the first week of April...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Festival lets and more HMOs on the agenda for city agency

A Scottish agency has strengthened its specialism in managing HMOs with the acquisition of a lettings book of 90 more units. Braemore Sales...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New national agency acquires 10 independents agencies in three months

Linley & Simpson and Lomond Capital - which joined forces at the end of 2020 to create a new national agency...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Great work as charity goes international for supplier FirstPort  

FirstPort, the residential property services provider, has teamed up with The Turing Trust to help equip a new computer lab at...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

There's been a warning that tenants should not be deceived when a landlords wants possession of their property. Lindsays law firm says...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group moves closer to becoming national chain

Lomond - which recently merged with Linley & Simpson - has acquired four smaller independent agencies in three different cities. Two of...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants heading to suburbs mean big falls for city centre rents

A new lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests that asking rents in some major city centres have seen annual falls up...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings agency giant created with £100m private equity cash

Lomond Capital, which owns Scottish lettings and estate agents Braemore and Stonehouse, is to merge with Yorkshire firm Linley & Simpson. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation starting in one part of the UK

A council in Scotland is set to be the first to introduce regulations for Airbnb and similar platforms in the short lets sector. ARLA...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists want to build rent strike momentum across student sector

Activists are attempting to build rent strike momentum amongst students who rent property across the country. ‘Rent Strike” is a national network...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

A family-run agency that describes itself as “plucky” has rebranded and moved to larger premises in one of the UK’s most...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent acquired by fast-expanding city letting agency

Scottish agency Tay Letting is set for expansion into Dundee and its surrounding areas with the acquisition of Lickley Proctor Lettings. Just...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most rental completions use virtual viewings ‘without tenant going in’

A property management firm says there’s been a big surge in rentals with the majority of deals being completed using virtual...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents excluded from new student property platform

A new student accommodation property platform has been launched which aims to deliberately by-pass letting agents.  Housemates is for students, landlords and...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: Hackers list fake flats on portals with agency branding

A series of fake scams allegedly advertising apartments to rent have appeared on Zoopla and other property websites. The Edinburgh Live news...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents under pressure across UK and in London in particular

New data from Zoopla shows that a two-speed rental market is operating across the UK, with London in particular hitting major...

05 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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