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Renting cheaper than buying after latest interest rate rises

The most recent interest rate rise has swung the balance making it cheaper to rent than to buy, according to lettings...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Bounces Back - new investment hotspots

New figures indicate the ongoing growth of buy to let. Analysing data on additional property purchases made in the financial year 2020/21,...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency scheme claims it's better for agents than rival firms

The closely-fought battle between franchise lettings agencies in the private rental sector continues apace.  Maryam Bham, franchise sales manager at Hunters -...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency director already banned - now fined tens of thousands

The sole director of a lettings agency, who was recently made the subject of an anti-social behaviour injunction and banning order,...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage costs rising with worse to come - warning

The costs of buy to let fixed rate mortgages have risen sharply with more increases likely if, as expected, the Bank...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy extension plans criticised as “laughable … unworkable”

A selection of property industry figures have spoken out against the government’s latest proposals to extend Right To Buy to housing...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

More choosing to rent long-term - claim

A specialist rental platform says its research shows a growing number of people intentionally renting long-term. Ocasa says the reason is the...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents hit ANOTHER record high as summer market arrives

Fresh data from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the average cost of rent in England reached £1,020 per property in May, up...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want sweeping new taxes on some lettings properties

Activists are calling on the government to impose swingeing taxes on some lettings properties “to bring them back into the residential...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should identify homes with poor EPCs says Propertymark

Letting agents should consider how the properties they manage can become more energy efficient, says Propertymark. And they should tap into new...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency seeking acquisitions in England after Scottish success

Property management business James Gibb has acquired the residential division of Dundee-based J Reavley Factoring Limited. The acquisition will increase the number...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Millions in tax lost through lettings loophole - claim

Local and central government is losing out on millions of pounds of council tax income this year because of the business...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents told to encourage landlords to better energy-efficiency

Propertymark says the new boiler upgrade scheme, which comes into effect this week, is an opportunity for letting agents to promote...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech allows agency to claim it offers “unique service” to landlords

A prominent letting agency on the south coast of England, Mishon Mackay, says PropTech is allowing it to offer a unique...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes on empty homes? OK with us, says Propertymark

Propertymark says it welcomes measures in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that will mean swifter action to get the hundreds...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants scrapping of Section 21 to be accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Drastic fall in HMO numbers as government regulations bite

The number of HMOs in England has fallen as a result of government intervention in the market. In 2018 new regulations were...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform aimed mostly at north of England, government admits

The government is admitting that its rental reform agenda is aimed primarily at the north of England - which just happens...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants happy to live further from work according to agency chief

A high end agency brand says pricing in the rental market continues to rise because of demand exceeding supply - and...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical reform of private rental sector announced by government

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 widely expected to be scrapped - announcement today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant document PropTech deal for 200-branch agency network

Hunters, now part of The Property Franchise Group, has signed a six year software deal with Zoopla’s Alto service. This means that...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency chief’s cautious welcome for extended Right To Buy

The head of a prominent brand in a fast-expanding lettings and sales agency group has given a cautious welcome to government...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

And again... Activists renew call for Section 21 to be scrapped

An activist group claims that homeless cases arising from Section 21 evictions are now at their highest level since records began...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

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

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter leads opposition to new tenant Right To Buy proposal

Shelter has made an outspoken attack on a government proposal to extend Right To Buy to housing association tenants. The idea -...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ineffective as tool to reduce homelessness

Propertymark has dismissed suggestions from critics of the lettings industry that higher rents are leading to more homelessness.  The trade body says...

03 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

Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

Propertymark has said that the government’s ban on ground rent on new leasehold properties should go further. The government revealed over the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Yields dip but forecast remains for strong demand through 2022

Annual rental yields in England and Wales have dipped but tenant demand is set to stay strong for the rest of...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant deposits fall in response to mandatory fees ban

Research by deposit protection provider mydeposits has revealed that the average deposit paid has fallen year on year since the start...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Staff retention advice to be shared by leading agent at webinar

The chief executive and founder of an award-winning sales and lettings brand is set to discuss the best practice approaches to...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

Private rental property conditions and the enforcement of regulations by councils and government have all been in the firing line from...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

League table shows holiday lets income and capital appreciation

A new investment league table has been drawn up to show best aggregate rent and capital appreciation income for those in...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new guidelines on Ukraine refugees, but grey areas remain

Industry trade body Propertymark says no Right To Rent checks will be required to be conducted by letting agents on Ukranian...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech claim to identify all private rental licensing schemes

A PropTech supplier which helps agents and landlords identify private rental sector licensing issues has announced a new partnership. Geospatial technology firm...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Voids plummet as rents rise according to latest market snapshot

There’s been a big rise in rents and a large drop in voids in the past month according to PropTech supplier...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? Call for letting agents to use mediation processes

Propertymark has stepped up its call for a dedicated Housing Tribunal to improve mediation and enhanced dispute resolution. The trade body also...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new government code in force today

A new Home Office code of practice comes into force today making changes to what letting agents in England need to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Safety and Eco-Compliance platform set for expansion

A fast-expanding PropTech business has opened a new office in London to serve a growing client base in the capital and...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Where’s Hot? Where’s Not? - new league table of tenant demand

A lettings agency has identified where tenant demand is strongest right now - and where demand is lower than some agents...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Are we at Peak Rent? Affordability worsens in much of country

Rental affordability is deteriorating in parts of England. The research by rental platform Rentd looked at the current average income of a...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massively more demand than supply continues to dominate market

The great imbalance between tenant demand and available stock continues, according to the latest market snapshot from ARLA Propertymark. In February, Propertymark...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – supporting smarter, more streamlined enforcement with PropTech

Housing is back on the political agenda with a bang. The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper sets out sweeping reforms...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning to Buy To Let sector - this interest rate rise isn’t the last…

The chief executive of an online mortgage broker is warning that yesterday’s base rate rise announced by the Bank of England...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive London rent rise takes UK average growth over 10%

An eye-watering annualised rent rise in Greater London of 27.3 per cent has helped pushed the all-UK total yearly hike to...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Do we still need To Let boards in 2022?

A business news website is reporting that an agency has been ordered to pay £1,550 for displaying a board illegally. Charles Lear...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ questions to top property law expert to be answered live

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar aimed at...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Possession Process Guidance changes to reflect Covid relaxations

The government has issued revised guidelines for the possession process in the private and social rented sectors in the light of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Tenants to suffer cash crisis this year, lettings agency warns

Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons is warning that the record-breaking rental growth of the past year has seen tenants pay a rocketing...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring fuel bills will hurt renters and lettings sector - warning

Lower income households, often found in the private rental sector, are set to bear the brunt of the rising inflation and...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket-owned PropTech service rolls out to new territory

The lettings and management platform teclet, owned by OnTheMarket, is now available to agents and property managers in Scotland. The product offer...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Women hit most as rent consumes more take-home pay

New data reveals that over 80 per cent of renters spend more than 30 per cent of their take home pay...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Double Top! Two more acquisitions for agency with 4,000 rental units

A south of England agency has acquired a further two independents, taking the brands total number of acquisitions up to seven...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector energy crisis as average bills may hit £3,000 per year

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to add to fuel price pressures with a typical household annual bill now predicted to...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Latest rental market snapshot from Goodlord released

The latest lettings market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord suggests that voids are reducing in almost all regions but that rents...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urge government cash to use empty homes for renters

New financial incentives are needed to bring thousands of empty homes back into use and give a much-needed boost to the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

More industry regulation needed - but not if it alienates agents

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer, more transparent and ultimately more...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency training success for five staff with four more to come

A north of England lettings agency has successfully qualified five members of its staff through The Able Agent training programme. The agency...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency goes green with property management and car initiatives

A north of England agency is going green as it replaces its existing car fleet electric vehicles. The purchase of two Volkswagen...

23 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Stock shortage to worsen unless massive rental targets are met

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - years of legal and regulation changes ahead

A senior figure in an industry trade body says lettings agents are going to have their hands full dealing with legislative...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Take That! Agency chief lets rip at flawed policies of government

The leader of one of Britain’s highest profile lettings agency operations has let rip at the government for what he calls...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency training programme launches apprenticeship scheme

Online property training qualifications service The Able Agent has launched a new apprenticeship programme. The Able Agent says it’s spotted a critical...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets firm says tourist areas need more affordable homes

A major holiday let company in one of the country’s prime tourist destinations says more affordable homes should be built to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Multi-year PropTech deal signed by major lettings agency

One of the country's leading agency groups has signed a multi-year deal with PropTech firm Goodlord.  Andrews Property Group, which has 49...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says rents should not be raised following base rate hike

Rightmove is advising the private rental sector not to pass on interest rate rises to tenants. Yesterday the Bank of England increased...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Digital changes to Right To Rent - agents urged to prepare

Propertymark is advising agents to prepare for substantial changes to the Right To Rent process arriving in just two months time. As...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier launches lettings compliance service for agents

PropTech supplier The Lettings Hub has launched a new Tenancy Compliance service through its pre-tenancy progression software, BOX.  The Lettings Hub says...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New record average rent - but increase is below inflation rate

The latest lettings market snapshot from HomeLet suggests another record average UK monthly rent level of £1,064 pcm - up a...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning, includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mandatory register and redress for landlords to be revealed this week

A radical shake up of the private rental sector is expected to be announced tomorrow by Housing Secretary Michael Gove. The main...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents' plea for new landlords to replace those quitting

ARLA Propertymark is warning that new landlords must be drafted in to the private rental sector to replace those exiting in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should act now ahead of Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

Trade body UKALA has cautioned letting agents to act now following the government announcement that it intends to extend the need...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage bonanza for buy to let - best choice for 15 years

There’s a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage products available for current or new landlords. The...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent’s new firm threatens other agents with legal action over repairs

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords and agents claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from...

25 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

Up! Up! Up! - Rents rise for the fifth consecutive quarter

Average UK rents increased for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q4 2021 according to The Deposit Protection Service, as stock shortages...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive £120m Build To Rent deal revealed by volume builder

Volume developer Crest Nicholson has announced its biggest Build To Rent deal, worth £120m, organised in tandem with financial firm Oaktree. The...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of new rental homes for the North West

A prominent provider in the Build To Rent sector is to offer over 1,300 new rental homes over three sites in...

19 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

Rent rises double in a year according to latest agency data

Rents are rising at around twice the level of a year ago according to data from Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons. Despite rental...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

London lettings some way from full recovery, says agency

There’s still some way to go for the lettings market to return to its pre-pandemic best according to Knight Frank -...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on letting second homes confirmed by government

Owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to letting and estate agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for letting and estate agents in England.  - Isolation...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians slam private rentals as “increasingly unaffordable”

A report from the House of Lords has condemned the private rental sector as being ”increasingly unaffordable” as well as being...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Five reasons why Airbnb and short lets should be regulated - MPs told

MPs and the wider public have been presented with a lengthy report on the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms across...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Don't use social media to find rental properties - warning to tenants

A leading lettings agent has warned tenants against using social media to find rental properties.  David Alexander - head of DJ Alexander,...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

The lettings market isn't slowing down this winter

The rental market appears not to have slowed down this winter - not even over the Christmas break. According to the latest...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches research into rental sector capital appreciation

Capital appreciation over the past decade has been driven more by the value of homes in the rental market than by...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent To Buy scheme snaps up senior housing guru

One of the most respected figures in British housing has joined one of the growing number of Rent To Buy companies. Lord...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is Shelter right? Do high rents impact women more than men?

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-ARLA chief lifts the lid on how Buy To Let was created 25 years ago

A former president of the Association of Residential Letting Agents has lifted the lid on how buy to let came about,...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Restrict buy to let - Conservative’s shock demand to government

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Student renting made easier, claims rental guarantor service

Rental guarantor service Housing Hand has announced a new partnership with student accommodation provider Kexgill. The firms claim the arrangement will challenge...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Stats tell the story - strong year for lettings sector, even in London

Voids are ending the year 25 per cent down on the position at the start of 2021 - an indicator of...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Historic lettings agency may be under new ownership soon

One of the country’s oldest agencies may be under new ownership soon. The fast-expanding Lomond Group - which just last week announced...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green - another agency goes electric at the wheel

John D Wood & Co. Is the latest agency to go green with a move to making its fleet of company...

16 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils warn that Airbnbs threaten mainstream rental supply

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ending eviction ban added to homelessness - Shelter on warpath

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Seventh acquisition in three years for fast-growing agency

North east of England agency My Property Box has acquired Newcastle independent Groves as part of its strategic growth plan. All 12...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-created arrears still rising, warns trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association says average rent debt owed by tenants as a direct result of the pandemic is still...

09 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

Where Airbnb listings outnumber ‘normal’ lettings by 60-to-1

Shocking figures produced by a council in the south west show the vast number of short lets available - and by...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency given penalty notices for operating illegally

A letting agency has been issued with penalty notices worth £3,000 for operating illegally. Back in 2014 it became a legal requirement...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental properties still strong as winter bites

Void periods dropped across England during November as demand for rental properties continued apace.  According to the latest Goodlord rental index some...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents in firing line as councils get enforcement kit

Effective enforcement is crucial to stamp out rogue lettings agents and protect consumers says safeagent. In the latest edition of its Effective...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the city tipped for rental expansion by property experts

A prominent consultancy advising the Build To Rent sector has identified one British city as the prime location for investment in 2022. BNP...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Big regional rent differences continue as ‘Covid-effect’ rumbles on

The latest market snapshot from lettings agency Hamptons suggests that rents have risen, nationally, 7.9 per cent over the last 12 months. It...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government gets lesson in how to stimulate buy to let market

New figures show how effective the stamp duty holiday was in stimulating buy to let - and how similar measures could...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest ever Build To Rent study claims sector is not over-priced

Results have been released of an analysis of over 20,000 Build To Rent tenants in over 15,000 homes across the UK...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise yet again in 2022 forecasts Zoopla

The long term undersupply of rental properties across the country is expected to support rental growth into 2022, says Zoopla. In addition,...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise holder rapidly expands to fifth office in nearby area

An agent who six months ago expanded his franchise empire to four branches has now added a fifth. Craig Pearson, who opened the...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply worsening in every region of England, says index

Home, the property website that publishes an authoritative market snapshot for lettings and sales each month, says the long-standing supply drought...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Bailiff-enforced evictions suspended over Christmas season

It’s understood there will be a Christmas truce with tenants not enduring bailiff-enforced evictions between December 13 and January 10. HM Courts...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental demand soaring compared to last year, says agency

A north of England lettings agency is claiming an all-time record for enquiries relating to student accommodation - and the biggest...

11 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

A new government survey of private renters is checking whether they received the correct documentation from their agent when they begin...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agencies merge, with pledge of future acquisitions

Charters Group, the south of England agency, has announced a further acquisition that will grow its residential lettings operations. Charters Estate Agents will combine...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector already cleaning up its act on EPCs, suggests bank

The private rental sector is already attempting to improve its EPC results according to research from Shawbrook Bank.  From 2025 new rules...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes: Resolution system could avoid court last resort

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a new dispute resolution service as a quicker and less expensive alternative to court...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s green up north - councils win cash to make rental sector eco-efficient

Almost £300,000 has been awarded to a consortium of councils to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector. York council will lead...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom for student lettings sector as in-person attendance resumes

Figures from the Deposit Protection Service suggest that students returned to university in greater numbers this year compared to 2020. The service...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

Two recent calls for the introduction of a national mandatory landlord register in England have been rebuffed by agents’ trade body...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

Propertymark has taken the unusual step of thanking the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and the Communities for the...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

Letting agents in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a council-run £65m rent fund. Although...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

High occupancy recovery for fledgling ‘co-living’ sector

The room-letting sector known as co-living, now growing in London, has seen occupancy levels bounce back since some Covid restrictions have...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant sets out blueprint for solving Britain’s housing crisis

New research published by Build To Rent operator L&G reveals what it believes to be a crisis surrounding rental properties, affordable...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental sector relies too much on overseas tenants - claim

Research by a student accommodation search platform suggests that the sector may rely too heavily on the apparent year-on-year growth in...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Energy Crisis: Almost two thirds of homes have relatively poor EPCs

As energy efficiency becomes increasingly key for the private rental sector and owner occupiers alike, new data from PropTech firm Sprift...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Robert Watts acquires long-established independent agency

North of England agency Robert Watts is expanding into Halifax after completing the acquisition of independent firm Bennett Kaye for an...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Grants covering Covid arrears will boost tenants’ health, says Shelter

Shelter claims the health of one in five renters in England is harmed by poor housing, and says grants covering Covid-related...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market strong - and even London recovering a little

Average annual rental growth across Britain hit 8.0 per cent in September, the third fastest annual rate of growth recorded this...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

ARLA Propertymark is calling on the government to properly fund local authorities so they can combat rogue operators in the private...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

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

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New calls to stop rental homes switching to Airbnb

A new call has come for government action to stop the hemorrhage of properties shifting from long term rental to Airbnb...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids inch up as rental market appears near to peak

The latest rental index from PropTech platform Goodlord shows voids inching up - although still remaining much lower than the long-term...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand set to stay high as first time buyer age rises

With house prices at an all-time high, showing no signs of waning, the age of first-time buyers is on the rise...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Benefits of scrapping S21 outweigh problems, insists Shelter

The chief executive of Shelter says the experience of Scotland shows that the scrapping of S21 eviction powers produces benefits that...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m grants to clear tenant arrears - is this the right approach?

Councils across Scotland have been given £10m to provide grants to tenants who have Covid-related arrears and risk eviction. The grants will...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent re-runs argument with government over Section 21

Campaign group Generation Rent, led by former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, has renewed its call for the scrapping of Section 21...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed! The regions generating the most rent for landlords

Tenants are paying almost £70bn of rent to landlords a year, research claims. Buy-to-let specialist Sequre Property Investment has found the best...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform Goodlord opens doors in Scotland 

Lettings platform Goodlord has opened its doors north of the border.  Agents based in Scotland can now sign up to Goodlord, which...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Potential ‘cliff edge’ for renters and landlords as furlough winds up

Private tenants and landlords across the country face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefit...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears rise by £88m during pandemic waves, lettings agency claims

An estate and lettings agent has analysed how the level of rental arrears has grown between each wave of the pandemic. The...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic delays review of tenant fees ban in Wales

The Welsh Government has revealed that it hasn’t had time to evaluate its tenant fee ban due to the pandemic. Tenant fees...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Sheffield vote of confidence – Linley & Simpson consolidates with acquisition 

Linley & Simpson, one of the North of England’s leading residential letting agents, has expanded its Sheffield operations just six months...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction notice periods return to normal next month - official

The government has set in motion a Parliamentary procedure meaning the notice periods for evictions in England return to normal from...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must back letting agents as rental reform nears - call

There’s been a call for government to do more to support letting agents as an autumn of rental reform begins. Mark Hayward,...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes tumble thanks to Covid caution by tenants

Reluctance to move during the pandemic is thought to be a key reason for a sharp drop in tenancy disputes between...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Lettings management platform expands to “attack status quo”

Let Tech Solutions, a PropTech firm which now works with more than half of all property managers in Scotland, is expanding...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent urges tenants to take landlords to court over conditions

A lettings agent has taken the unorthodox approach of advising tenants to take their landlords to court in a bid to...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the rental market’s most lucrative sector

Research by Paragon Bank has revealed the sector that has out-performed the rest of the private rental investment landscape - student...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rise in investor demand for properties to continue, predicts Zoopla

There’s been a 21 per cent rise in demand for properties from buy to let investors according to a new analysis...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand is officially highest on record, say letting agents

The scale of demand in the private rental sector is now the highest on record according to ARLA Propertymark.  The average number...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What landlords are thinking, saying and planning right now

The value of the Private Rented Sector in England, Wales and Scotland grew by 5.8 per cent to a jaw dropping...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New consultation aims to “root out rogue agents” says RICS

New rules out for consultation concerning block management aim to improve professionalism across the sector, root out rogue agents, and increase...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand at five year high thanks to Covid relaxation - trade group

Demand for private rental housing is now at a five year high according to the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Block management deal for 340 agency branches

After a successful 18 month pilot with a Northwood branch, franchise giant Belvoir has entered a deal with B-hive Block Management...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock statement by agents - we've lost faith in court system

Agents’ body Propertymark says it wants a dedicated housing court because it’s lost faith in the mainstream court system to handle...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back charity groups over poverty threat from benefit cuts

Propertymark has joined a series of charities and a landlord body to warn about the poverty risk of expected changes to...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Increase in rental co-living suggests recovery from pandemic

The niche co-living portion of the private rental sector has been boosted by the pandemic according to one operator. Built Asset Management...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New figure revealed for rent increases as every region shows a rise

Another index is showing that a scarcity of rental properties has prompted a rise in every single region of Britain -...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Have Your Say: Ombudsman wants agents’ views on block management

The Property Ombudsman and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are seeking views of agents, landlords and tenants on a new...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Flats still popular purchases, despite bad press during pandemic

Flats, so long the favourite of buy to let investors, still constitute 15 per cent of all homes purchased according to...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent slams planning reforms for creating poor homes

A lettings agent who has made a series of outbursts against landlords and councils, has now turned his anger on proposed...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental stock shortage is greatest in these parts of England…

Agents will be aware that demand for rental property is high right now - so a property consultancy has worked out...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Average rent now over £1,000 pcm for second month in a row

The average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £1,029, up 6.6 per cent on the same time last year,...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids at their lowest for two years, says latest index

Voids are at their lowest level since August 2019 while rents are on the rise, according to the latest Goodlord snapshot...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

A leading private rental trade body says only bespoke financial help can ensure the private rental sector meets government energy efficiency...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for private rental sector

The government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector estimated at being worth £1.4 trillion

A new estimate put the value of the UK private rental sector at almost £1.4 trillion. Buy to let and investment consultancy...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council’s civil penalty threat over electrical safety in rental properties

Bury council in Greater Manchester has adopted new measures to fine agents or landlords up to £30,000 if their properties fail...

15 July 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

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

The latest English Housing Survey shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property. Some 38 per cent of...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group reveals ‘transformational’ merger

Two major south of England agency have merged in what they describe as a “transformational deal.”  Brand Vaughan, part of the expanding...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Over-regulated and outdated - the rules governing private renting

Research by a lettings sector trade body has revealed precisely how outdated some regulations are.  According to the latest analysis, by the...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A record! Average UK rent over £1,000 pcm for first time

The average UK rent now stands at a record £1,007 per calendar month - the highest ever, according to HomeLet. It’s up...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Bumper summer for lettings - and here’s the evidence

It’s been yet another strong month for the rental market as reported in the latest statistics from PropTech supplier Goodlord. Voids dropped...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand for Right To Rent clarity as key deadline is reached

Agents need more clarity and transparency about the future of Right to Rent checks post-pandemic and post-Brexit, according to the UK’s...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift from long term lets to Airbnb ‘contribute to housing emergency’

A politician in one of the poorest parts of the UK wants his local authority to declare a ‘housing emergency’. Cornish councillor...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Can Covid rental market learn from the 2008 financial downturn?

Rents have climbed up to 68 per cent across England since the financial crash in 2008. Research by Ascend Property shows that...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

One man band agency grows into large team winning key instruction

A private agency and management firm that says it’s grown from a one man band into a large team of 35...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stop Rent Rises and Tax Second Homes - petition wins huge support

Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners. The...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents highlight their role in educating tenants about rights

ARLA Propertymark says letting agents have a vital role to play in highlighting the rights of private rental sector tenants. The comment...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Large scale recovery underway in London’s rental market

There’s a large scale recovery underway in London’s rental sector according to the website Home. The site says that while average rents...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Private sector could benefit from letting to social tenants - claim

A property investment platform has taken the unusual approach of accusing the government of driving up homelessness through its policy of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The importance of referencing - and why you need the professionals.

Reliable referencing remains the cornerstone of every letting agent’s business. Landlords rely on their agents to get it right, and to protect...

14 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Specialist investment agency opens sixth branch with more to come

Mistoria is opening its sixth office in the north west of England. The new branch in Cheadle follows Mistoria’s existing outlets in...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Fourth office opens for expanding south east franchise brand

South East of England sales and lettings agency Parkers is continuing to expand across Berkshire with the opening of a new...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents soar outside London - but dip in the capital itself

The latest rental market snapshot produced by HomeLet shows average rents outside of London soaring to higher levels and dropping in the capital itself.  The...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties could boost EPC rating for £100 or even less

Some low-cost energy efficiency improvements to a property could boost its EPC rating according to an analysis undertaken by Rightmove. The portal...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Super-strong rental market will last through summer and beyond

The increasingly strong rental market is set to last throughout summer and beyond according to the latest analysis by PropTech platform...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Wanted: football pundits rooting for Scotland and Wales in the Euros!

We’re only a little over a week away from the Euros, happening at last a year later than scheduled because of...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Rogue agency and director cannot let any property in England

A London council has secured banning orders against rogue property agents who were previously fined over £70,000 for letting an unlicensed...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for letting and estate agents

Propertymark has produced new guidance for letting agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid restrictions. It says:...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where Build To Rent is threatening Buy To Let

The Build to Rent market remains small in volume but it is making some inroads, leading to BTR rent rises predominantly...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty slashes size of buy to let sector claims agency

The five years since the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on additional homes has led to a...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Which reference is best? How to protect you and your landlord’s assets.

Preventative measures are everything where referencing is concerned. But with so many solutions out there, promising so much, it can be difficult...

12 May 2021

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Tenants have already waited two years for reform, warns Baroness

The most vocal campaign group for tenants, Generation Rent, has warned government that renters have already been waiting two years for...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 - virtual shortlist unveiling continues this week

The ESTAS Awards ceremony is traditionally held each May but no prizes for guessing why this year, as with 2020, things...

10 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

Labour says rent controls for UK cities could be based on London

Labour’s candidate for London Mayor wants to control private rents - and he wants the capital to be a template for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids rise as end of lockdown sees tenants go on the move

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech company Goodlord shows rents holding steady across England but as lockdown restrictions ease voids...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in Hong Kongers purchasing UK buy to lets, says bank

A bank has seen a surge in Honk Kong residents purchasing UK buy to let properties. Skipton International, the Guernsey-licensed bank, says...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests it was reducing in size for some years before the pandemic. Nationwide’s specialist...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Alert: government’s last-minute change to process

There’s been an urgent change to the arrears process over the weekend to dovetail with the government’s new Breathing Space initiative. From...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells of “heartbreaking” need for affordable homes

A letting agent in Cornwall has told local TV how she finds herself in ”heartbreaking” situations because of the lack of...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Future of renting? Fund is to buy and let 2,000 properties

Real estate fund management company Moorfield has teamed up with PropTech company Bricklane to buy a portfolio of 2,000 homes to...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

Housing charity Crisis says government statistics show almost one in five private renters in England in arrears or likely to fall...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Facebook training offer for regional agents

A regional agency group is providing training courses free of charge to members “for the foreseeable future.” The training - usually heavily...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Strong capital appreciation deters landlords selling up, says agency

Buy to let investors are not cashing out of the private rental sector despite the restrictions and taxes imposed by government. Hamptons’...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Central London lettings revenue plummets up to 20% admits agency

Winkworth says its London rental activities have suffered because of a lack of international travel, and students and young professionals returning to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing agency operation opens fourth office

Lettings agency Intus Lettings has announced the opening of a new Sheffield office — its first base in Yorkshire. The Sheffield office...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid eviction backlog: Government told to find faster court solutions

A House of Lords committee is urging the government to find alternatives to court possession cases in a bid to deal...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

TV eviction expert warns of “court avalanche” when ban ends soon

Paul Shamplina, the man behind Landlord Action and a Channel 5 show on handling rental crises, is warning that county courts...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

New modular homes built to rent have been delivered to Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire.  Each Town House home has been...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

Labour’s shadow housing secretary claims that private renters have been “barely considered” during the past year of the pandemic. Thangam Debbonaire made...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic hits student rental sector hard, new study confirms

The pandemic has had a major impact on the student rental market with landlords suffering significant losses of income. A new analysis...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over quarter of private renters afraid of becoming homeless - claim

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up over 20% a year in one region of the UK

An upbeat market snapshot for the lettings sector claims that one region of the UK has seen rent increases in excess...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

The Law Society says it’s concerned about how the government will taper the end of the eviction ban, now extended until...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental property capital values likely to soar in next five years

An assessment by Savills suggests capital values - including those for properties in the lettings sector - are likely to soar...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency giant buys rental portfolio for prime south of England location

A lettings agency in the growing Lomond Group has purchased a rental portfolio on the south coast.  Brand Vaughan has bought the lettings...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

City agency snaps up county investment firm and lettings book

Manchester-based Ascend Properties has acquired its second company in as many months.  Ascend has now purchased Rent Smart UK, a Lancashire firm...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency using black cab to allow “multiple viewings” by investors

An agency in the north of England has outlined how it proposes to take investors to what it calls “multiple viewings”...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

The extension of the furlough scheme might be an indirect saviour for many lettings agencies says a leading PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold,...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market in good shape as voids dip and rents firm up

February was another strong month for the lettings market according to the latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord. The average cost...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team is appealing to the industry to be eagle-eyed for scams. This follows the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction scare stories are nonsense, government figures suggest

Government data suggests that scare stories talking of a glut of evictions if the current ban is lifted are simply unfounded. Data...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall in size of private rental sector according to government figures

There’s a been a slight fall in the size of the private rental sector in England according to government figures.  Latest data...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

An agency says it has recently let 26 properties in one month without conducting any physical viewings. Oakwood Homes, operating in Kent,...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids increase across the board but market otherwise proving resilient

The latest market snapshot for the private lettings sector shows rents holding steady into 2021 but voids increasing across the board. The...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New mega-agency will manage over 70,000 tenanted properties

The takeover of Hunters by The Property Franchise Group means the combined operations will manage over 70,000 tenanted properties across the...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t force agents to test alarms on first day of tenancy - call

The government has been urged to backtrack on proposals for letting agents to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on day one...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity claims under-25s ‘cannot afford private rent anywhere in England’

A charity claims that young people under 25 in full-time work across England are unable to afford privately rented accommodation anywhere in the...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of buy to let landlord companies set up

Research by Countrywide agency Hamptons shows that during 2020 some 41,700 new buy to let limited companies were formed. That’s a record...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth building fast across most of the UK

The rate of rental growth accelerated sharply in December according to Countrywide agency brand Hamptons. Its research department shows that over the...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents should be proud of their role, urges industry supplier

Letting agents should stand proud of their record helping both landlords and tenants, especially in these more difficult times. That’s the view...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property maintenance Covid regulations tightened in Scotland

There’s been a small change to the Coronavirus regulations as they apply to the maintenance and upkeep of properties in Scotland. First...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension - predictable but an opportunity, says PropTech chief

A leading market commentator and PropTech chief says the extension of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban was predictable, but presents agents with...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears push ARLA Conference back yet again

The annual ARLA Propertymark conference and exhibition, which wasn’t held at all last year because of Coronavirus, has been pushed back...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back new Mediation scheme between landlords and tenants

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind an idea from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to create a mediation service to arbitrate in...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction ban extended in Scotland - will England do the same?

The ban on private rental evictions in Scotland has been formally extended by two months, with a high expectation that a...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extension to bailiff and eviction ban “extremely likely” warns trade body

It is “extremely likely” there will be an extension to the current ban on bailiffs conducting evictions even after court orders...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents begin 2021 on a high almost everywhere…except London

The average rent in the UK, measured just before the turn of the year, is £979, showing a 2.7 per cent...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Letting agents and the rental market in England are still in business even during the national lockdown already in force. The government’s...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

Only 0.3 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales ended with a dispute over the deposit in the six...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

Rent arrears in the private sector have actually dipped from their pandemic peak over the past two months - but they...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 letting agents told to put tenants’ safety first

The government has told letting agents in Tier 4 areas that their first priority must be the safety of their tenants. The...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market picking up steam - even in London

There is mounting evidence that rental growth is picking up steam, according to the latest analysis by Countrywide brand Hamptons. Average rents...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Sharpen up arrears process’ agents told as eviction truce starts

Today is the start of the official Christmas eviction ban ‘truce’ in the private rental sector - and it continues until...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may have busier-than-usual Christmas despite market slowing

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the November lockdown creating a subdued picture - but with early...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona rules: Agents and tradespeople can still visit properties

New and tougher Coronavirus restrictions have been announced in Scotland with decisions on England’s new controls expected to be revealed today or...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want public funds to pay rent arrears’ - campaigners renew call

The Generation Rent campaign has renewed its call for public money to be allocated to clear at least some rent arrears...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

Letting agencies should review banking and payment systems in the light of rule changes and the ongoing challenge of the pandemic. This advice...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rent in England almost unchanged from five years ago

The average cost of renting in England is almost unchanged from five years ago - although that masks significant localised variations.  The...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental affordability worsens in five areas of the UK

A PropTech lettings platform is reporting that the level of income required to cover the cost of renting has increased across...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Severe arrears’ now just cause for bailiff-enforced evictons

There’s been a further tweak to the eviction controls introduced in England for the duration of the lockdown, lasting until December...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

All change! Rent gap between City and Country narrows dramatically

The gap between typical City rents and Country rents is closing according to an analysis of Countrywide properties by the company’s...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the lettings market look like after lockdown ends?

An exercise by PropTech company Goodlord has given an insight into what the lettings market may look like in parts of...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What now for student lettings as autumn term finishes early?

Two thorny subjects are back on the agenda for letting agents - break clauses and what happens when students leave their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Renters aren’t quitting London after all says Zoopla

It appears the much-hyped exodus of people from London to the country doesn’t apply to the rental market. Despite rents falling in...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

The main trade body representing lettings agents has described the government’s latest eviction ban as “a further blow” for the sector. At...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Labour renews call for another eviction ban

Labour has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding the return of the eviction ban - even though, to all intents...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency focuses on selling only tenanted buy to lets

A rebranded agency is now focussing on selling only tenanted buy to let properties in what it calls ‘second tier’ cities...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents down and voids up across the country in recent weeks

A market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord shows rents dropping a hefty nine per cent across the UK. This follows several...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New lockdown means evictions effectively off-limits for months

It is thought likely that the new four week lockdown in England coming into effect on Thursday will mean evictions will...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How to Reach More Landlords Part 2 - Using Innovative ‘Feet Up’ Campaign to Win Business

Independent agent uses innovative ‘feet up’ campaign to win business. An independent letting agency has invited landlords to put their ‘feet up’...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Heroic lettings agency helps tenants with school meal vouchers

A heroic lettings agency in the south west of England has stepped up to the plate this half-term week by offering...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions in Tier 2/3 areas not to be enforced by bailiffs

The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.  So although evictions can...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC regs - agents urged to tell government what they think

A call to action has been sent to letting agents to make their voices heard about new EPC proposals from the Department...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards blitzing students with lettings fee info

Trading Standards in one region of the UK is staging Twitter quizzes aimed at students, and asking about agents’ fees surrounding...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how is the UK rental market coping with the fallout from...

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Unify UK property tax to attract investors, agency boss says

Scotland must encourage more investors into its property market as a way of supporting its economy once the Coronavirus recedes according...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agency kicked out of redress scheme for phishing

North of England lettings agency Matthew & Evans Rentals has been kicked out of the Property Redress Scheme, one of the two...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

Much has been made of the backlog of court cases - including landlords’ possession attempts - and now the Ministry of Justice...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever wanted to know about evictions - and more...

A definitive document has been published by the House of Commons library listing every eviction-related measure taken by UK governments during...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

The government has set out confirmation of the new regulations and protocols that agents and landlords will have to follow if...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

Landlords operating in England are increasingly seeking evictions advice from their Scottish counterparts, according to property management firm Apropos. The platform says...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

Campaigners against evictions during the Coronavirus crisis have launched a last-ditch call for the government to grant another extension to the current...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents given Covid-secure guide on how to check-in students

With college and university terms about to start, and ever-more diligence required over Coronavirus, the Deposit Protection Service is offering an...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where to find the best yields, according to Zoopla

Zoopla has revealed its top 10 hotspots for buy to let investors seeking high rental yields.  The analysis is based on rental returns...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: 'Expected from Labour, not Tories' says party member

A Tory member has used the Conservative Home website to tell his party that it should introduce interest-free loans to help tenants...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council identifies hundreds of rental units in energy efficiency clampdown

A council says it's identified hundreds of rental properties within its boundaries which apparently do not comply with key energy efficiency...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure piles on Boris Johnson to create aid fund for tenants

Pressure is building on the UK government to ensure England follows the example of both Scotland and Wales and creates a...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

This is why the eviction ban should be lifted, explains trade body

A leading lettings sector trade body has set out reasons why the eviction ban should be lifted - which may help...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

 Labour and LibDems claim evictions may cause ‘homelessness wave’

A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have together claimed that England could witness "a new wave of homelessness" when...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

The campaigning pressure group Generation Rent has returned to the battle to win an extension to the current evictions ban in...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be extended in Scotland - will rest of UK follow?

The ban on evictions in the private rented sector looks almost certain to be extended until March next year in Scotland...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry self-regulation now moves centre-stage says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says a political issue north of the border demonstrates the advantages of voluntary industry codes of practice over...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Widespread evictions when ban ends? Don’t you believe it…

New research pours cold water on claims by anti-agency campaigners that there will be a glut of evictions when the ban ends...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition takes regional agency’s lettings portfolio to 10,000

One of the north of England’s largest independent agencies has made another acquisition - taking its property portfolio to 10,000 units.  Linley &...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in demand thanks to stamp duty holiday, reports website

A lettings agent comparison website, Rentround, says the stamp duty holiday has spurred existing and would-be landlords to search for new...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents dip across Britain but drop significantly in inner London

New data from Hamptons International reveals that in June the average rent on a newly let property in Britain dipped 0.6...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s not over yet - new guidance for agents in still-restricted Wales

While England’s housing market is almost fully operational, within social distancing guidelines, there are still some restrictions in Wales. Now the Welsh...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposits rise as much as 24% in some parts of England - claim

Deposits have risen as much as 24 per cent in the past year in some parts of the UK - according...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords delighted that eviction ban will end next month

ARLA Propertymark has expressed its pleasure that the eviction ban, already extended by two months, will now expire at the end...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Scare Tactics! Generation Rent accused by leading trade body

One of the rental sector’s highest-profile trade bodies has accused pro-tenant group Generation Rent of needlessly scaring renters with the spectre...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions - how will courts manage when the ban is finally lifted?

In another sign of concern at the speed and volume of eviction cases once the ban is lifted at the end...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for ARLA Propertymark as members manage half the market

Some 47 per cent of all properties in the private rental sector in England are now managed by ARLA Propertymark member...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed by law expert over electrical checks chaos

Confusion over Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, created by inaccurate statements from the government, has been slammed by a housing law expert.  Last...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants enforcement against agents still charging illegal fees

Shelter is calling for stricter enforcement against letting agents in Northern Ireland which it claims are illegally charging tenants fees for...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut could reinvigorate buy to let says lettings chief

A stamp duty cut could reinvigorate the buy to let market and the wider economy as the country comes out of...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit disputes drop - but cleaning is still the main problem

The number of rental deposit disputes lodged with one of the government-authorised deposit schemes has fallen 15 per cent across England...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance available for student check-outs during Coronavirus

The Deposit Protection Service has issued seven ways to help agents and students in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs during...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive

The arrival of mandatory enhanced electrical checks so soon after the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents a perfect storm for...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Industry relief for court ruling over possession claims

A legal expert says the Court of Appeal ruling on S21 possession orders last week has resolved one of the most...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

The government has withdrawn its latest electrical safety checks guidance for the private rental sector, with immediate effect. However, there remains...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Banned! Rogue landlord stopped after string of offences

A westcountry landlord is only the second in England to have received a banning order preventing him from letting or managing...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Welsh lockdown review today may see lettings market re-open

The next formal review of lockdown processes in Wales takes place today, with high expectation that the housing market is likely...

18 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let capital gains drop for investors, new figures show

New figures show that typical capital gains for buy to let investors are on the way down. Hamptons International says that landlords...

15 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal aid for evicted tenants once ban ends, demands Law Society

The Law Society for England and Wales says legal aid should be made available for tenants who face eviction once the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 Big rise in buy to let mortgage choices as market recovers

There’s been a significant increase in the mortgage choice available to landlords as the buy to let market gets closer to...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where rents are almost 11% up year-on-year despite lockdown

We’re familiar with the rental market being strong across England - now there’s news of it doing well north of the...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘King and Queen of Buy To Let’ said to be worth a cool £140m

The so-called King and Queen of Buy To Let, the controversial husband and wife team of Fergus and Judith Wilson, are...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London locations flop in league table of good buy to let returns

An analysis of buy to let returns from mortgage lender Mojo has produced a league table with no London locations in...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market - why mortgage advisors are needed more than ever

The buy-to-let market has grown significantly in recent years as long-term renting becomes more popular and investors continue to see the...

28 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Prominent buy to let lender resumes valuations as ‘normal’ market nears

Aldermore Bank is this week resuming physical mortgage valuations on properties for house purchase and remortgage in England, where strict social...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional agency chain signs up with deposit insurance provider

Chancellors, the independent agency chain with over 50 offices across southern England and mid Wales, is launching a deposit-free renting option. Working with...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend all rents now, says union- and council-funded think tank

A foundation which receives substantial funding from trade unions and a charity linked to the Nationwide is calling for rents to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re Back! Agents and lettings market resume work today

From midnight lettings agents in England have been able to resume work thanks to an amendment to Coronavirus legislation that was...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let mortgages more expensive despite Base Rate fall

Some buy to let mortgages are now more expensive than before for borrowers, despite the recent fall in the Bank of...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency reports London landlords deserting Airbnb for longer-term lettings

Winkworth says its London offices are reporting significant numbers of landlords who used to advertise on Airbnb and similar short-let platforms...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 50 councils in England alone now operate licensing schemes

Research by the National Residential Landlords Association and the Which? consumer body has revealed that some 53 councils in England alone...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters worse off than owners in virus crisis, claims think tank

Families living in private rented accommodation are more exposed to the economic shock of the Coronavirus than homeowners, which could mean...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

There’s growing concern across the lettings sector about the buy to let mortgage market seeing lenders pull product ranges, tighten lending...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

The government has yet to give explicit guidance relating to private rental maintenance, but new advice this morning appears to shed...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus damage to rental sector could hit £15 billion - claim

New research suggests the damage to the private rental sector in terms of non-payment of rent could be a remarkable £15...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: All tenancies subject to ‘Human Habitation’ from tomorrow

It’s easy to forget in the Coronavirus frenzy but from tomorrow, Friday March 20, all tenancies are to become subject to...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Does paying 50% of salary in rent really make an area affordable?

A PropTech platform claims that an area where the average rent is 50 per cent of less of an average salary...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Are UK rental deposits too high? Not by international standards…

The typical UK private rental deposit, often considered high in this country, is thought to be relatively low by international standards...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Not so grand - average rent still under the £1,000 threshold

The latest lettings market snapshot by HomeLet shows that average rents across the UK are still not breaking through the £1,000...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief to set out objectives of new rental sector body

The chief executive of a new lettings sector trade body is to address his first conference next month, giving an indication...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the optimum property type for the best buy to let yield

Two bedroom properties produce the best yields for buy to let investors according to the latest research. Lettings management platform Howsy has...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News