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Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation increasing as fees ban looms, warns ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing a consolidation of agencies ahead of the ban on agents’ fees...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

The Conveyancing Association has made a wide-ranging response to the government’s call for evidence on the regulation of letting and managing...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

30% of landlords may stop using agents if fees go up - survey

Some 30 per cent of landlords may be discouraged from using a letting agent if landlord fees increase as a result...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure launches By Your Side

In a time of unprecedented change for the lettings sector, you need a supplier who will safeguard your business and give...

28 November 2017

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Buy To Let sector pessimistic ahead of the Budget

After the series of anti-buy to let measures contained in recent Budgets, it is perhaps unsurprising that a survey of landlords...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Developer offers ‘free management’ on selected new-builds

Barratt Homes’ London division is offering what it describes as ‘free property management’ on new-builds purchased at selected schemes and then...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman launches latest phase of clampdown on rogue lettings agents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has launched the third and latest phase of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir's Northwood makes five more portfolio acquisitions

Northwood, a wholly owned subsidiary of Belvoir, has made five portfolio acquisitions in the past two months. At the end of August, Belvoir...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology is the key to growing business, letting agents told

A prominent PropTech company chief has repeated his claim that old-fashioned methods of business administration could be prohibiting letting agents from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents to lobby MPs in campaign against fees ban

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has taken the unusual step of making a fact sheet available to all agents, not...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap: Mayor repeats claim that government bottled it

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

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: anti-deposit campaigner unconvinced by criminal sanctions

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: 50 per cent of those responding to consultation were tenants

The controversial consultation period undertaken by the government in support of its proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market to benefit from first time buyers' inexperience

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

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

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency threatened by fees ban turns to PropTech

A family-run lettings agency says its viability is seriously threatened by the likely fees ban to be introduced in 2018 -...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

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Student rental block purchased after largest-ever crowdfunding

A rental investment platform is claiming to have succeeded with the world’s largest property crowdfunding exercise, raising £2,992,800. Property Partner says it...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

MPs from the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness have spoken out on the need to help homeless people into the...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Be part of the bigger picture with Rent4sure

  At Rent4sure we understand the challenges and increasing responsibilities that face every letting agent right now. With government plans for an outright...

23 October 2017

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Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must communicate better with landlords and tenants says BTL expert

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

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords must improve offer to compete for students

Online lettings agency Upad says that with the volume of purpose-built student accommodation set to increase 17 per cent this year,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

Pressure from the consumer lobby is building for the introduction of a ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants -...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency amends advert after complaint about missing VAT figure

An estate agency in Bournemouth has amended an advertisement after a complaint to a watchdog about the absence of any reference...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can minimise impact of fees ban - if they act now

Letting agents are being warned that they can minimise the impact of the fees ban levied on tenants by being proactive...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to visit letting agents today as new clampdown begins

Trading Standards says representatives from 15 departments will today visit lettings and property management firms across London in a bid to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees much bigger worry than online agents, says state-of-the-sector report

Repairs software provider Fixflo has issued its annual state-of-the-lettings-industry report - with fees the biggest concern to letting agents.   Some 42 per...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

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

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Here's how much it costs to run one lettings property per year

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.    The numbers...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

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Fees ban: agents can offset losses by streamlining processes

Letting agents across the UK must prepare now for a ban on fees charged to tenants says a PropTech company -...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords favour fee cap as MPs push for blanket ban

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir posts impressive results, despite 'challenging' market

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise group, has reported an increase in profit and revenue in the first six months of...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir says latest acquisitions take it over 57,000 lettings units

Belvoir has told shareholders and the City that it now has 57,637 lettings units under management following the addition of 1,310...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Only TWO letting agencies sign up to council's 'no fees' scheme

An attempt by a Labour council to encourage letting agencies to get ahead of the curve and scrap fees for tenants...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New Build To Rent scheme reveals rent, fees and facilities details

A new Build To Rent scheme from specialist developer Get Living is to charge from £410 a week for units at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits cap could lead to more disputes, inventory clerks warn

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants urged to have their say on agents' fees ban consultation

The Welsh Government’s communities and children secretary, Carl Sargeant, is calling on tenants to have their say on proposals to ban...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Big surge in complaints over property management and deposits

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

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online firm's survey makes sombre reading for agents and landlords

The results of a survey of 2,000 people conducted by an online letting agency appear to make sombre reading for letting...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant's mammoth dispute with agency over fees and redress

A former tenant is the subject of a major investigation by a London newspaper after she claimed to have spent eight...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister told by council to 'act now' on agents fees ban

The government has been urged by a London council to act now to end letting fees for private renters.   Hackney council says...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of rent rises hits 14-month high, says ARLA Propertymark

The number of letting agents reporting rent rises over the past month is the highest for over a year according to...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings Fees Ban - now Welsh Government  jumps on the bandwagon

The Welsh Government is now kicking off a similar consultation process to that conducted by the Department for Communities and Local...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

With a host of changing regulations hitting the private rental sector, some landlords may be put off using letting agents, but...

20 July 2017

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Flat fees on buy to let mortgages now at one-year low, says top broker

The flat fees for buy to let mortgages are now lower than they have been at any point in the past...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agency

A specialist student lettings agency says the drop in the number of applicants for UK higher education courses this year threatens...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir's £2m acquisition 'aims to mitigate effect of fees ban'

Belvoir, which has over 300 high street offices, has acquired Brook Financial Services Ltd, which trades as Mortgage Advice Bureau, in...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

The government has revealed that it has received over 4,700 responses to its official consultation over the proposed ban on letting...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

Bristol council is resuscitating a so-called ‘rental standard’ which it expects local letting agents to meet. Back in January 2016 Letting Agent...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May confirms fees ban - but remains vague on timescale

The Prime Minister has confirmed that her minority Conservative government will press ahead with the ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New package counteracts ban on fees, claims service provider

A company claims to have a package of services which would help letting agents overcome the widely-anticipated ban on fees being...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of more rent rises to come thanks to Tenants' Fees Bill

Over a quarter of letting agents saw rents rise in May - the highest level since June last year when 28...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by firm offering possible way around future deposits cap

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

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

The consumer group Citizens Advice says it welcomes the Queen’s Speech confirmation of the upcoming ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents ask: Why did we even bother with fee ban consultation?

ARLA has led a call by many letting agents on hearing the Queen’s Speech - what was the point of a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals dangers of landlords using 'risky' online sites

New research shows that thousands of landlords are using what are described as “risky online sites” in their bid to avoid...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban -...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Corporate agents and ARLA make last-ditch plea

A string of corporate letting agencies plus ARLA Propertymark have again called on the government to reconsider its proposed ban on agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on the warpath once more over agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has provided material to The Guardian newspaper suggesting that a typical two-adult household is being charged letting agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise group says Fees Ban will have only limited effect

Hunters says its franchise agents and offices may suffer less than other firms thanks to their sales operations.   Addressing the Hunters Group...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm sets up specialist Fees Ban team

Tenant referencing company Rent4sure has set up a new team to support agents in the light of the expected ban on...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency beefs up lettings team by recruiting top fee earner

Chelsea estate agency Russell Simpson has appointed a new senior lettings director in a bid to boost the firm’s rental offering.  Having...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global agency the latest to drop up-front tenant fees

The UK arm of Sotheby's International Realty has announced that it has removed all letting agent fees while the government consults...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant happiness on the rise as more opt to rent long-term

A study of over 3,000 tenants has found that an increasing number of renters are 'very happy' with their living situation. LSL...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency offering free management for landlords ahead of fee ban

A two-branch letting agent is offering landlords 0% management fees for six months in preparation for the proposed ban on agent...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents respond to pressure group's 'league table' of fees

Agencies are responding to the latest criticism of their fees on tenants, levied by the pressure group Generation Rent.    The group -...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb changes website after complaint over cost estimate

Airbnb has changed details on its website following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.   The short-let platform’s website, seen on December...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees street protest staged outside letting agency office

The campaign group Acorn, which has in the past named individual letting agencies that it claims are charging unfairly high fees,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss says he wants 'transformation of letting agents'

The founder of a PropTech start up called No Agent says despite his firm’s name he does not want to see...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

No surprise as poll reveals majority of public want no letting agents' fees

A survey conducted for a property sales platform shows a very substantial majority of the public against any agents' fees being...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 700 responses to ARLA fee ban consultation - more wanted

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it has so far received over 700 detailed responses to its consultation on the...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fair Fees Forum outlines possible risks of agents' fees ban

The Fair Fees Forum, originally established before the proposal to ban letting agents’ fees imposed on tenants in England, now says...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing must be exempt from agents' fees ban, insists ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the costs of tenant referencing must be exempt from the government’s proposed ban on...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation delayed until after election - but only for one council

A local authority consultation exercise on a licensing system for local landlords has been postponed until June 12, four days after...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS wants 'rogues database' extended to include more agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has called for the London Mayor’s new rogue agents’ database to be extended to include those...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks has mystery shopped over 280 letting agencies across UK

Hybrid agency Purplebricks has given details of a mystery shopping exercise it has undertaken across over 280 letting agencies throughout the...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees pressure group says ban must be implemented after June 8

The anti-letting agency fee pressure group Generation Rent is urging its supporters to participate in the government formal consultation over agents’...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twenty agencies back call to extend or suspend fees ban consultation

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

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns: Tax changes are forcing landlords to quit

Letting agents have reporting an average of four landlords per branch selling up and quitting the buy to let sector in...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Extend lettings fee ban consultation or scrap it completely, urges ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is calling on the government to either extend the consultation period for the proposed ban...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: 'policy may be lost thanks to election' warns trade body

A trade body has suggested that the General Election on June 8 may lead to a government with new priorities, meaning...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: government scraps workshops but consultation goes on

The Department of Communities and Local Government is scrapping a series of workshops for letting agents to discuss the proposed ban...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sticks the knife in after Winkworth fee controversy

Hybrid agency Purplebricks has entered the debate over the £835.38p reportedly charged by a branch of Winkworth when it changed the...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'unlikely before late 2018' whatever election result

The ban on letting agents in England imposing fees on tenants is unlikely to be implemented before late next year according...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of grubby overcharging by national newspaper

The Guardian has accused a branch of Winkworth letting agency in south London of “grubby overcharging” for allegedly asking a new...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP to help stop fees ban, ARLA tells members

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has told its agent members that they should urgently lobby their Members of Parliament to...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

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

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Richard Price, Sales Director at Glide Utilities

Who are you? Richard Price What does it say on your business card? We don't have our roles on our business cards. I...

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Liberal Democrats take 'credit' for letting agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats appear to be taking what they see as the credit for the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA to launch anti-fees ban campaign in a matter of days

ARLA Propertymark says it will launch a campaign against the government’s proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants “in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban consultation - Agents have until June 2 to respond

The government has finally unveiled its formal consultation process on the proposal to ban letting agents levying fees on tenants in...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Government repeats 'fees will be banned' - but still no consultation...

The government has issued a new statement saying unequivocally that letting agents’ fees on tenants will be banned in England -...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Same company named best and worst letting agency by Labour MP

Controversial Labour MP Stella Creasy has presented her annual awards to estate and letting agents in her London constituency of Walthamstow...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA still angry over increasing tax burden on lettings sector

As the new restrictions on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief come into effect this week, ARLA Propertymark has restated its objections...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told of '10 easy ways' to grow their businesses

Agency software company Eurolink says there are ’10 easy ways for letting agents to grow their businesses’ - with most of...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting agents' fees cheaper than many countries, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is keeping up its campaign against a ban on agents’ fees in England by showing...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord group wants agents' views on private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association is calling on letting agents in the organisation to contribute to their latest research.    “As part of our...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4,000 letting agency jobs at risk if fees ban happens warns ARLA

There are 4,000 jobs at risk if an outright ban comes into force on letting agents’ fees according to new research...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: new campaign to catch those ignoring law on fees

The Property Ombudsman and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute have announced a second phase of their campaign to tackle letting agents...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and tenants to suffer because of fees confusion

A leading insurance company says letting agents and tenants alike will suffer if the government’s proposed ban on fees levied on...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority not to investigate agents' fees

The Competition and Markets Authority says there is no time to undertake a review into the lettings market and the role of...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will still use letting agents after fees ban - claim

The substantial majority of landlords who now use letting agents will continue to do so even if they see their premiums...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Student survey finds over 44% claiming to pay 'hidden' fees to agents

A survey of students in Birmingham has discovered that over 44 per cent of respondents claim to have paid what the...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA and landlord body push for meeting over agents' fees ban

ARLA Propertymark and the Residential Landlords Association have written to the Welsh Government seeking a meeting to discuss a possible ban...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Referencing firm to offer agents utility-management service

The Lettings Hub is broadening its offer to agents by launching a utility management service on top of its traditional referencing...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice renews attack on letting agents' fees

Citizens Advice has spoken out about soon-to-be-banned letting agent fees charged to tenants. The organisation's 'A State of Disrepair' report says that...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: NALS wants a 'PRS for all'

As the industry awaits the delivery of today's Spring Budget, the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called on the government...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

Letting Agent Today’s Conor Shilling was in the audience of The Great Buy To Let Debate - always one of the...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator names managing agency for first scheme

L&G, one of the biggest firms involved in Britain’s Built To Rent sector, has named the agency it is appointing to...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban 'highlights need for professional inventories' - claim

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

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Kevin Ward, Agent Locator

1) Who are you? Kevin Ward – Director and founder of Agentlocator.co.uk 2) For those not familiar with Agent Locator, can you explain...

16 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Fraudster jailed after keeping 'holding deposits' from tenants

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

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter says government must deliver on longer tenancies

Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban still unlikely to be introduced until 2018

The government’s Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest Build To Rent scheme emphasises 'no agents'

Wembley Park in north London is to host Britain’s largest Build To Rent scheme yet after Quintain revealed a programme for...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

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01 February 2017

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ARLA wants agents' fees spread over six months, not up-front

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has repeated it call for the government to ban up-front letting agent fees at the...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm raises concern over agents' fees ban

Tenant referencing and insurance firm FCC Paragon says its own referencing sector, as well as independent letting agents and smaller corporate...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - timetable suggests it won't be in place until 2018

The government says the formal consultation on the proposed introduction of a ban on letting agent fees levied on tenants in...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS-led forum asked to consider how fees ban could operate

The Fair Fees Forum, a platform for letting agencies and trade bodies set up by the National Approved Lettings Scheme, has...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons branch fined £2,500 over failure to describe fees properly

A branch of Foxtons has been fined £2,500 for failing to properly describe a fee charged to tenants.    The agency was caught...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with fines after failing to abide by new consumer legislation

Lettings agents have been issued fines totalling £14,100 by a local authority for failing to comply with consumer rights laws.   Officers from...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fee ban: Tory MP warns of unintended consequences

A Tory MP has taken to the internet to warn against what he calls the “unintended consequences” of a ban on...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today - this is what's in store

This is the final Letting Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

High-profile opponent of agents' fees is to speak at ARLA conference

Vicky Spratt - whose blogging to highlight the various fees charged to tenants by letting agents triggered a campaign to get...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS wants Competition and Market Authority to look at agents' fees

The National Approved Lettings Scheme says it wants the Competition and Markets Authority to step into the debate over lettings fees A...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Substantial majority of letting agents expect rent rises in 2017

Some 80 per cent of letting agents say they expect rents to rise next year.   In the latest market survey by the...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

It's official - letting agents save landlords an average £1,910 per year

A new survey suggests that a letting agent saves a landlord an estimated £1,910 a year.   The result of an investigation into 500...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency reports 44 per cent surge in repeat clients

Online agency Upad claims it has seen a 44 per cent annual growth in repeat business for its digital lettings service,...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees: Agency boss wants 'Fairness' campaign for tenants and landlords

The head of a major lettings agency in Brighton says fees can work out to be “disproportionately high for tenants” but...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks join clamour for caps on agents' fees on tenants

Letting agencies and landlords must club together to campaign for a cap on agents' fees charged to tenants, rather than an...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign set up to 'force' government to honour fees ban

A campaign group has been refocussed with the objective of making the government honour its Autumn Statement pledge to ban letting...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

2017 will see fewer homes to let and higher rents, claims ARLA

Members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents predict a fall in the number of homes being available to let next...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Ban could mean tenants pay three times current fees, claims agency

Agency chain Spicerhaart is warning that tenants could pay up to three times as much as they currently do, if tenant...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fees ban may drive investors north says buy to let guru

The Northern Powerhouse agenda, increased infrastructure investment announced in the Autumn Statement and low entry prices make the north of England...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: automated NoAgent lettings service valued at over £3.5m

A digital property management platform that automates the rental process including marketing, bookings, reference checks, maintenance and compliance, claims it is now...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online petition against ban calls for agents' fee 'cap' instead

An online petition is being staged to voice opposition against the government's proposed ban on letting agents' fees levied on tenants...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

Rents will "unpreventably rise" thanks to the government's proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants and because of its...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: here's a calculation of how much it might cost landlords

City investment consultancy Jefferies has calculated the impact on landlords if the country’s second largest agency group - LSL Property Services...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Advice from a letting agent where fees are already banned

The managing director of one of the most prominent letting agencies in Edinburgh and Glasgow - where agents’ fees on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS 'fair fees' agents committed to making fee ban work

The NALS ‘Fair Fees Forum’ - set up before last week’s announcement on the banning of letting agency fees levied on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban won't stop this group of buy to let investors, insists bank

The government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants - and the possibility that they may instead fall on...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency makes league table of highest/lowest tenant fees

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

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban not stopping agency rejoining lettings sector

In the week that the government announced a ban on letting agents levying fees on tenants, one multi-office estate agency has...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Could portals have done more to stop fees ban being considered?

Lettings guru David Lawrenson has given an unusual perspective on the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’ fees on tenants in...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: Industry bodies dismayed after  failing to convince Hammond

  Industry groups have warned that the government’s ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in England will backfire, with most...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaigning charities welcome ban on letting agents' fees to tenants

Two charities that have been at the forefront of campaigns to have a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants have...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Renters' Rights Bill - anti-fees measure continues through Lords

The controversial Renters’ Rights Bill, which wants to sharply reduce the ability of letting agents to levy charges on tenants and...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for 'referencing passports' to be transferable between agents

The boss of easyProperty says he wants the Associational of Residential Letting Agents to back an initiative for so-called ‘referencing passports’...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS forum sets up group to consider what are 'reasonable' agency fees

The NALS Fair Fee forum - an initiative launched last month - has now set up a working group to consider,...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Peter Grant, CEO of VTUK

Who are you? Peter Grant, currently serving year 27 of my sentence in the property industry and still loving every moment of working...

03 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

App allows independent agencies to create branded mobile content

A new app created in partnership with a homelessness charity aims to give independent agencies the ability to push properties direct...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees: Ombudsman and Trading Standards in new initiative

The Property Ombudsman scheme and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute have joined forces to tackle lettings agents that are breaking the...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Next year's buy to let tax change will hit almost half a million

The National Landlords Association claims that changes to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief being introduced in six months time...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fees: NALS launches 'fair fees' forum to consider cap

The National Approved Letting Scheme has stepped into the heated debate about letting agents’ charges by launching what it calls a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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17 October 2016

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

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

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent backs call for debate on letting agent fees

SAFEagent, the kitemark scheme for agents offering Client Money Protection, has backed the National Approved Lettings Scheme's (NALS) call for a...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS calls for cap instead of ban on letting agent fees

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called for a cap on excessive letting fees charged to tenants, instead of a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice reports rise in problems with letting agents

Citizens Advice has recorded an increase in the number of problems with letting agents reported by tenants, with a sharp rise...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants would rather rent cap than ban on fees

Almost 60% of the 500 tenants surveyed by an online letting agent said they would rather rent rises were capped instead...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Winkworth reports strong lettings and property management figures

Franchise estate agency Winkworth has reported its figures for the first half of 2016, noting a particularly strong performance in its...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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13 September 2016

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13 September 2016

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

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

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ramps up attack on questionable agency fees

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

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Veteran PropertyFinder chief executive joins online lettings agency

Gillian Kent - once employed by News International to run a portal to rival Rightmove - has now been appointed chairman...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Student rents rise at twice the rate of mainstream rents

London agency Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says student rents have risen by 55.5 per cent over the past 20 years,...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign group urges complaints to MPs about letting agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has returned to attacking mode with an article criticising letting agents’ fees to tenants and effectively urging...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog steps in over online letting agency's fee information

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in after receiving a complaint about the display of fees on a letting agency’s website.    The...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS says latest call to ban letting agent fees is not the answer

The National Approved Letting Scheme says the most recent call to ban letting agent fees - in a demand made by...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency pays 12 months' rent up-front for a 10% landlord fee

An online agency says it has attracted ”many hundreds” of landlords by giving 12 months’ rent up-front. LetMe also offers a guarantee...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Website accuses agents of pocketing fifth of tenants' moving costs

Individuals must find an average of £1,175 to move into a privately rented apartment or house across the UK - or £2,043...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims some letting agencies flout the law on fees

A report from Citizens Advice claims to show that a city’s letting agents charge a complex array of fees - with...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

easyProperty joins clamour for caps on letting agents' fees to tenants

easyProperty says it’s backing a Labour MP’s bid to cap letting agents‘ fees on tenants “in order to provide a more...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP presents petition urging cap on letting agencies' fees

A Labour MP has presented Parliament with a petition urging that letting agents’ fees should be capped. There were a modest 1,500...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks want rethink on proposed letting agencies' fees ban

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says the government should not back a provision in the Renters' Rights Bill which would...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents being targeted by new toolkit for councils

The National Approved Letting Scheme has created a toolkit which it says will help local authorities tackle rogue letting agents who...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New online lettings agency being tested in commercial sector

A new online commercial property letting agency is using the residential model of offering a fixed fee-based service.  Virtual Commercial, which is...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign set to launch 'once in a generation' anti-Foxtons case

A law firm called CaseHub says it is launching a “once-in-a-generation fight back against extortionate letting agent practices” in the shape of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims one-in-23 tenants in some areas are at risk of eviction

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that in some areas of the country no fewer than one-in-23 private rental sector tenants are apparently...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings Bill in Lords may strengthen electrical checks

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

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords call for cap on letting agents' fees plus greater transparency

A survey has revealed that 59 per cent of London landlords support forcing letting agents to publish a breakdown of what...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax and mortgage interest relief are top worries for landlords

The exemption of residential property from the new Capital Gains Tax cuts tops the list of concerns expressed by professional landlords...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents set to remind consumers about client money protection

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

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency drops all fees charged to tenants

A letting agency in London has announced that it has dropped all fees it charges to tenants.  STANLEY Chelsea, a one branch...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Pressure group running comparison site for letting agent fees

Campaign group Generation Rent is running a research project into letting agent fees via a comparison website named Letting Fees UK. The...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency changes fees info on portal after ad watchdog steps in

A letting agency has pledged to make its fees information clearer on its Rightmove listings. The Advertising Standards Authority had received a...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end letting agency's ad is banned because of 'unclear fees'

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad from high-end letting agency Hamptons International because of an apparent lack of clarity...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats latest to demand ban on letting agents' fees

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

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter invites anonymous claims about letting agents' fee displays

The charity Shelter has renewed its campaign to expose letting agencies which allegedly do not reveal their fees in line with...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Identity checks you can trust with Rent4sure’s online solution for safer tenancies

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the lettings industry, thousands of agents nationwide rely on Rent4sure’s expertise and experience...

20 April 2016

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Law expert urges landlords to use not-for-profit agencies, not private ones

A housing law expert says landlords should consider using not-for-profit letting agencies, claiming they have “no big overheads” and have a...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency accuses rivals of not displaying fees in line with consumer legislation

A local agency in Essex is accusing an unspecified number of rival firms in the area of not publicising their fees...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Petition wanting ban on letting agency fees passes 245,000 signatures

A petition opposing lettings agents’ fees in England and Wales has now gathered over 245,000 signatures. Vicky Spratt, features editor on the...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank sees Zoopla lettings leads as key to agents' portal decisions

The real estate analysis team of BNP Paribas says what it calls “Zoopla’s impressive lead generation” on lettings may be more...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees are major problem for 30% of tenants, claims group

A survey from tenant servicing company Tenants Plus claims that letting agents’ fees are a major problem for approaching a third...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

'No licence' landlord gets four-figure bill after ignoring council warnings

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after admitting operating in Burnley without a proper licence.  Matthew Hartley...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Take the stress out of Right to Rent with Rent4sure’s new online facility.

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05 April 2016

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Council claims 90% of letting agents breaking the law over display of fees

A local council claims around 90 per cent of the 100 or so letting agents operating within its area are breaking...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings expert says portals should be forced to display agents' fees

One of the country’s top lettings experts says last year’s law changes concerning the increased transparency of agents’ fees have “missed...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Guardian takes pop at letting agents over how they display fees on websites

The Guardian newspaper has taken a perhaps-predictable swipe at letting agents and property portals for the way in which they display...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New fee structure for agents announced by Rent Smart Wales

New licence fees for letting and managing agents have been announced by Rent Smart Wales, the Welsh Government’s registration and licensing scheme which...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant spends over £500 on agent fees

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

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London council latest to set up own letting agency

Haringey Council in North London is the latest local authority to launch its own letting agency for private tenants. Move 51⁰ North...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for control on agents' fees and new landlord register

Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his manifesto which returns to the party’s recent themes of...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings groups modify advertisements after complaints to watchdog

Three lettings groups have modified their advertisements after complaints were received by the Advertising Standards Authority. The UK Association of Letting Agents...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lawyers call for more landlords to join challenge over Foxtons' fees

The London legal firm Leigh Day - which last week announced it was leading a legal action on behalf of 55...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons receives 'letter of claim' seeking £2m settlement talks over fees

Foxtons has been served with a ‘letter of claim’ which warns that unless it enters into talks concerning fees charged to...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agent campaign wants tenants to 'rate' named agencies

The controversial campaign group ACORN, which has made headlines by protesting outside letting agency offices in Bristol, is launching a new...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Online company claims to be Britain's biggest lettings agency

OpenRent, set up in 2012 and more recently the recipient of investment from media group Northern & Shell Ventures, is now...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

When to charge your landlords more

Laura Severs from LetMC Knowing when to increase your management fees can be tough. However on LetMC there are some easy to...

28 January 2016

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Operator enters Build To Rent with ambitious 5,000-property programme

L&Q has launched its programme to create 5,000 new homes for the Build To Rent sector in London and south east...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

'The market will stop lenders overcharging buy to let limited companies' claim

A specialist buy to let lender says some mainstream mortgage companies are over-charging borrowers who have incorporated in order to minimise...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter back on the warpath over letting agents' fees

Campaigning charity Shelter has returned to the warpath against letting agents’ fees. This time the focus is on Wales, where the charity...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let valuations as landlords try to beat deadlines

The buy to let market has experienced annual growth of no less than 26 per cent between November 2014 and last...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Up to 5,000 landlords to receive licensing fee refunds

Up to 5,000 landlords are reported to be receiving licensing fee refunds as a result of legal advice given to the...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA's new guidance for students in private rental accommodation

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

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Compliance expert says advert guidance on agents' fees is misleading

A compliance expert has taken the Advertising Standards Authority to task over its guidance to letting agents on the advertising of...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents fail in their appeals against 'no redress scheme' fines

Two letting agencies in the London borough of Camden have lost their appeal against fines for failing to join a redress...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge: conveyancers face mayhem and may raise fees

The controversial three per cent stamp duty surcharge on buy to let and other second home purchases will cause conveyancing “mayhem”...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

New system for fees, licensing and training starts Monday in Wales

Rent Smart Wales, the new registration and licensing system in Wales, launches on Monday - and it represents a major change...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Advertising body updates guidance on display of letting agents' fees

The body which issues codes of advertising has issued new guidance for letting agents on how to publicise rental fees in...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Estate agents urged not to be deterred from seeking buy to let instructions

Estate agents shying away from sales of buy to let properties because of recent government clampdowns on the sector risk missing...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage fees falling thanks to increased competition

The costs of lender arrangement fees, valuation fees and legal costs attached to new buy to let mortgages are falling as...

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants' group to protest at agents' offices not displaying fees

A tenants’ campaign group is planning a series of protests this coming weekend outside offices of lettings agencies which allegedly do...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Most agents in one city not displaying fees online, shows survey

A survey of one Home Counties area shows that out of about 40 letting agents some 24 appear not to be...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Video gives fascinating insight into legal case against Foxtons

A fascinating insight into claims being made against Foxtons by a legal firm acting on behalf of landlords has been posted online. In...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage market booms despite cloud over future lending

The prospect of lending restraints for landlords next year has done little to deter lenders offering a wide range of deals...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Bill changes tenancy contracts but leaves letting agents' fees unchanged

A Bill now making its way through the Welsh Assembly may “radically alter the way tenancy contracts are written” - but...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' top gripe is extortionate letting agent fees (says online agency)

The most common complaint about high street lettings agents amongst landlords is that they charge extortionate fees - that is the...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Ethical Letting Agency launches with 'fair fees' claim

A “lettings agency with a conscience” that wants to put £30,000 into the local community over the next two years has...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government confirms no ban on letting agent fees in England

The government has confirmed that it has no plan to ban letting agency fees in England. Fees are already banned in Scotland...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest landlord raises rent 33% - and blames Osborne

The country’s biggest buy to let landlord is to raise rents by up to 33 per cent, and puts the blame...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 11.09.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on the fortunes...

11 September 2015

From: Video Articles

Letting agency group profits slip thanks to election uncertainty

Lettings franchise group Belvoir Lettings has suffered a setback in its profits.  In the six months to the end of June, the...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

London foreign student letting market valued at remarkable £600m

The 107,000 overseas students using London’s burgeoning private rental market contribute some £600m annually to landlords, according to research by agency...

09 September 2015

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Don't use expensive agents says online repair service founder

A firm behind a new rental repair management claims landlords no longer have to pay ”expensive property management fees to lettings...

08 September 2015

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Boris backs lettings reform and banning rogue agents

London Mayor and Tory leadership wannabee Boris Johnson wants rogue operators in the private rental sectors to be banned with repeat...

08 September 2015

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Migration group says Right To Rent leads to racial profiling

The Right To Rent pilot project has forced letting agents and landlords into ‘increased racial profiling’ according to the Joint Council...

04 September 2015

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Property Ombudsman expels central London letting agency

Bruten & Co Limited, a sales and lettings agent based in Notting Hill Gate, London, has been expelled from membership of...

03 September 2015

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We will fine agents for non-compliance, says council

York Council is seeking the introduction of fixed penalty notices for letting agents and landlords in the city who are found...

24 August 2015

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Citizens Advice lobbying for more private rental regulation

The Citizens Advice charity is urging people to lobby for more controls over the private rental sector, letting agents and landlords,...

17 August 2015

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Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental...

17 August 2015

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Flat fees will be industry norm says online lettings chief

Flat fees, of the kind now offered by many online letting and sales agencies, will become the norm in the industry...

13 August 2015

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Over a quarter of landlords' income goes on mortgages

New figures from a landlords’ organisation show that mortgage repayments are easily the biggest outgoing for a large proportion of landlords.  The...

11 August 2015

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Redress scheme expels letting agent for not paying compensation

The Property Redress Scheme has expelled a letting agency following non-compliance with a redress decision. The complaint regarded a holding deposit. The...

11 August 2015

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Government must respond to 10,000-signature online petition

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has broken the 10,000 signatures mark which means...

10 August 2015

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6,300 sign online petition against ending BTL tax breaks

An online petition demanding the reinstatement of buy to let landlords' tax breaks has so far attracted 6,300-plus signatures. The petition, which...

03 August 2015

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Renewed concern over buy to let landlord-companies

A critic of the suggestion that buy to let landlords could set up companies to ‘beat’ the ending of tax breaks...

31 July 2015

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Arrears rising - even where letting agent fees are banned

Tenant arrears are rising in Scotland, even though letting agents’ fees on tenants are banned. Agents’ fees on renters, which are legal in...

22 July 2015

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Warning over tactics to avoid BTL tax clampdown

An accountancy firm is warning that there are pitfalls in trying to avoid the higher taxation which will result from the...

20 July 2015

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Private rental licensing will give council £470,000 windfall

Yet another council is proposing a licence on properties let out in the private rental sector - this time suggesting one...

16 July 2015

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Software firm reveals blizzard of red tape tying up lettings sector

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

09 July 2015

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Rent rises will be capped at inflation level says Labour hopeful

One of five people vying for selection as Labour’s candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral election says private sector rents can...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Pressure group claims 21 agents breaking law over display of fees

An organisation that describes itself as “an independent group of private renters” says it has identified 21 letting agents out of...

03 July 2015

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Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

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

26 June 2015

From: Features

As much as I enjoy a lock-in, this lock-out looks promising!

In my recent article, ‘Is Gazeal for Real?’ I reported on the imminent launch of this new product that claimed it...

26 June 2015

From: Features

See in the summer with £10K for your agency

TenTel are looking to work with letting agents with over 200 rental properties currently under management. If you meet this criteria, you...

22 June 2015

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Agent says foreign investors cannot believe UK letting agent fees

A buying agent who find properties for affluent overseas purchasers says they are often surprised by letting agents charging them what...

22 June 2015

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Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Legal expert says Foxtons may 'get its comeuppance' over fees

Prominent residential property and tenant law expert Tessa Shepperson says a class action against Foxtons alleging unfair charges to landlords will...

19 June 2015

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Lawyer warns agents over informal deals and bribery risks

The recent warning to estate agents by the Competition and Markets Authority sends a strong signal to the industry that “informal...

18 June 2015

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Anti-letting agent MP today bids for Labour deputy post

Nominations for Labour’s deputy leadership race close at midday today with Stella Creasy, an MP who has campaigned fiecely against letting...

17 June 2015

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Prominent landlord hits out at full-service letting agents' fees

Prominent landlord Liz Hodgkinson has hit out at the allegedly-high fees of letting agents who offer full management services, claiming their...

16 June 2015

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'Watchdog' presenters amongst those in class action against Foxtons

It appears that the former presenters of BBC consumer programme Watchdog are amongst those participating in a class action against Foxtons...

15 June 2015

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Mortgage firm's startling attack on rip off letting agents

A spokesman for the mortgage firm Ocean Finance has made a startlingly outspoken attack on the private rental sector, accusing letting...

12 June 2015

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How do they compare? The latest stats on Rightmove, Zoopla...

It seems like every day there’s a new article about On The Market. Usually it consists something Zoopla have said, followed...

02 June 2015

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Agents get behind SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015

This week over 3,000 letting agents from across the UK will be taking part in the fourth annual SAFEagent Awareness Week...

01 June 2015

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Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

Letting agents must publish fees from today

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

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding investment flat sells out in 35 minutes

A £212,900 property in Surrey which was advertising on a crowdfunding platform at 3pm was fully funded by 3.35pm, it is...

26 May 2015

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Oh no, not another complaint...

OK, you’ve had your fun. Now let’s leave the regulators regulate and work for the public. If you don’t know what...

22 May 2015

From: Features

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

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

22 May 2015

From: Features

What can you get for just £25 per week

Roy Fuller, owner at Everything Lettings’, says:  for just £25 per week you can have in place our emergency helpline 365...

21 May 2015

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Help for agents who must display fees from next week

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

21 May 2015

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Landlord fined for failing to fit fixed heating

A landlord has been ordered to pay a fine £1,344.57 after failing to install fixed heating to a property she was...

20 May 2015

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Helping letting agents stay on top of their growing workload

The general election result was greeted with a sigh of relief throughout the lettings industry. Thanks to the Conservatives' victory, the threat...

15 May 2015

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Anti-agent campaigner quits Generation Rent

Alex Hilton - a fiercely outspoken critic of the property establishment, especially letting agents - is stepping down tomorrow from his...

14 May 2015

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Agency unrepentant over anti-Labour letter

Belvoir remains unrepentant after criticism from some quarters over an email sent to tenants last week intimating that a vote for...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2015

From: Features

Do estate agents use undue influence?

The issue of some estate agents insisting that buyers and/or sellers use a particular solicitor or conveyancer has reared its ugly...

08 May 2015

From: Features

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

06 May 2015

From: Features

We don't know what UKIP stands for say landlords

The National Landlords’ Association has set out a table of where the political parties stand on issues of lettings sector reform...

05 May 2015

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Activists to award 'ethical letting agents'

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

30 April 2015

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Agents, landlords 'misjudge buy to let costs'

Landlords and letting agents are at risk of overestimating the profitability of Buy To Let investments by neglecting to take into...

29 April 2015

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Labour wants more controls on private rental sector

Labour’s onslaught on the private rental sector continues, with the party now setting out how it will implement its rent controls...

27 April 2015

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MPs and their own housing policy

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

23 April 2015

From: Features

Not sure who to vote for? Vote TenTel

With only a few weeks to go before polling day, the pre-election frenzy has now reached fever pitch.  As you mull over...

22 April 2015

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One month for agents to meet transparency rules

It’s now just one month until all letting agents have to do what most have done for some time - publicise...

22 April 2015

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