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KEYWORD "Fire" - 100 RESULTS
Fewer tenant disputes, claim new industry partners

Inventory services supplier No Letting Go and my deposits have announced a strategic partnership.  The partners claim the deal with combine reports...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Hate Crime - Anti-Second Home Posters reported to police

Anti-second home posters seen in parts of North Wales and on social media have been reported to the police as a...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Brexit and High Interest Rates pose major challenges to agents

Letting agents believe Help to Buy has been the most positive influence to the property market in recent times, while on...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Freeholder hits at government over slow responses on building safety row

The corporate freeholder which has been obliged to fix serious building safety issues at a tower block has issued a statement...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove turns the safety screws on reluctant freeholders

The government has won a landmark legal challenge against a freeholder forcing it to fix serious building safety issues in a...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket claims parity with Rightmove for new-build listings

It claims that “following a significant increase in the number of new homes advertised on the site” its new build listings...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with £500,000 health and safety fine

A housing company has been fined £528,000 after an employee repairing a fence post inadvertently struck an underground cable, suffering burns...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

Propertymark is demanding equal treatment with the social housing sector. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove intends to boost standards in social housing...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket expansion continues as it signs large multi-branch agency

Seymours, one of the largest independent agency networks operating in the South East of England, is to advertise its lettings and sales...

09 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents listed on rogues’ database and fined over HMO failures

Managing agents in London have been instructed to pay a £15,000 fine for operating a House in Multiple Occupation without the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

E-bike Fires cause new tenancy and insurance concerns

Despite several fires in rented properties, the government is proposing to double the maximum legal power of e-bikes. A Department of Transport...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter threatens government after big rise in Section 21 evictions

Shelter is warning that the government’s failure to abolish Section 21 evictions will backfire and that “renters will remember who stood...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket president welcomes latest lettings agency  to drop Zoopla

Lettings agency Edward Mellor, which operates its 15 branches across Greater Manchester, has signed up to OnTheMarket. This follows the controversial CoStar...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour bid to regulate agents welcomed by major industry body

The Property Institute has welcomed a Labour Party move to introduce the regulation of property agents across much of the sector. Tabled...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Row over government bid to turn renters into first time buyers

Controversy surrounds a government idea - floated over the weekend - to allow renters to secure mortgages with just one per...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency strategy change is slap in the face for Zoopla

A large multi-brand lettings agency group is dropping its listings on Zoopla and instead going to list rental properties on OnTheMarket...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants additional health and safety cladding measures

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark says one of the UK governments should go further in ensuring the safety of tenants...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning over rechargeable device fires in rental properties

Insurance giant Aviva is urging consumers to be on their guard after seeing a seven per cent increase in customer claims...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Downturn? What downturn? Propertymark books entire hotel for a party!

Propertymark is revamping the big London conference it trialled this year - and it’s fired an entire hotel for the after-party...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

It looks like more politicians are preparing a U-turn on energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. Media reports indicate there...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency adds £1m to revenue through diversification

A letting agent with a background in renovation has been able to grow her business by offering investors a swathe of...

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ queries pour in to fast-expanding Lettings Helpline

Propertymark is hailing its new Lettings Helpline as a success, just a month after it launched. In that four week period the...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Rate Rise Fears return after “bad news” inflation figure

There are growing fears of yet another Bank of England base rate rise next month following the surprise inflation figure released...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s Section 21 Reform must not kill private rental sector - warning

Propertymark has fired a broadside at Labour saying it must provide agents with a proper court system to handle evictions. Labour deputy leader...

10 October 2023

From: Breaking News

RICS tells Tories - do more to improve supply of rental properties

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is launching its manifesto at this week’s Tory party conference - and improving the supply...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Police urge agents to smoke out illegal cannabis farms

Police are urging letting agents and landlords to act swiftly if they think one of their properties is being used as...

26 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Young people rent - “the old and rich buy”

The UK’s housing market is increasingly driven by older, affluent home owners with younger generations squeezed out.  That’s the view of data...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - what are your views on key health and safety issues?

Propertymark is urging agents to give it their views on two consultations on health and safety issues coming out of Northern...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Factsheets for Letting Agents facing new safety rules

Propertymark has created a series of fact sheets to help letting agents understand the Building Safety Act 2022, which carries complex...

30 August 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental firm’s big fine for repair failures on five storey block

The company which owned and was responsible for a five-storey block of rented flats in Bridlington has been ordered to pay...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill teach-in for agents and landlords

Letting agents and landlords operating in South Warwickshire are being encouraged to take part in the next industry forum on Wednesday...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Pets and evictions on the agenda at free info session for agents

Private landlords and lettings agents are being offered free advice and information at a networking event. Cumberland council says property owners and...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Latest rate rise ‘could light a rocket under UK housing market’

The US central bank has raised interest rates to the highest level in 22 years - even though inflation in that...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agent hit with five figure fine for breaching HMO conditions

A landlord who is also the owner of a High Street lettings agency has been fined £17,293 for breaching housing licence...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls backfire - Propertymark speaks out

Propertymark has given details of how it believes the Scottish Government rent control system has backfired and works against the interests...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Big rise in service charges for flats triggered by fire precautions

New research from lettings agency Hamptons shows that since 2018, average service charges for flats across England and Wales have increased...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Three agents and landlord hit with massive fines for safety failings

Three property management companies and a landlord have been fined approaching £80,000 for health and safety failings. Mohammed Ali Abbas Rasool, Cadogan...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Insurer woos tenants with monthly subscription model

General insurance platform provider Paymentshield has launched a rolling subscription model for tenants’ contents insurance. Now tenants pay for their contents cover...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge fines for agency and management company over safety failures

A management company and a lettings agency involved in running a London HMO have been prosecuted for fire safety failures. Monsoon Properties...

12 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘more likely to have Netflix than contents insurance’

A PropTech supplier to letting agents claims that tenants are more likely to have Netflix than contents insurance.  A survey of 1,013...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 helps nuisance tenants, warns property lawyer

A respected property lawyer is accusing the government of helping nuisance tenants at the expense of the weak and vulnerable. Ian Narberth,...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent in ‘stay calm’ plea to landlords with Bill worries

Private landlords should hold fire on plans to quit the private rental sector and give the government a chance to incentivise...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Law service takes swipe at “incompetent letting agents”

Landlords are urged to be cautious and do extensive research before signing up to a letting agent in the face of...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents key to reassuring high-rise tenants on fire safety - claim

Letting agents have a key role in ensuring updated fire safety regulations really do improve standards for tenants in taller buildings. That’s...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Economists tell government - rental reform will backfire

A prominent group of economists has predicted the measures in the Renters Reform Bill will backfire on the government. Matthew Lesh, Director...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Inventories to become key as fire rules tighten further - claim

A trade body says inventories are set to play an increasingly important role in the private rental sector as fire regulations...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent controls hurt lettings as government flounders

Research from Propertymark highlights a growing concern for the private rental sector in Scotland. As the Scottish National Party lurches from crisis...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

New date set for revised fire regs for some rental units

New legal provisions within Section 156 of the Building Safety Act 2022 that form the latest part of the Home Office's...

06 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Backfire - rents have actually RISEN instead...

Scottish rents in the private sector rose at a faster rate than the rest of Britain according to analysis by DJ...

31 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Council brands lettings agency “dodgy” and issues big fine

The agency and landlord responsible for letting a two-bedroom flat in Dagenham have been found guilty in court for providing extremely...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Over £25,000 fine for property management firm boss

The head of a property management company has been fined £25,800 after serious safety issues were discovered at a shared house...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent control law backfires as agents see landlords selling up

The Scottish Parliament’s so called Cost of Living Act - imposing rent controls on the private sector - is backfiring. That’s the...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Fire Hazards - two thirds of tenants don’t feel 100% safe

A poll of 2,000 non-freehold tenants suggests that almost two-thirds claim not to feel 100 per cent safe in their homes. Some...

24 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rogue agency hit with big fine for failing to licence properties

An estate agency has been prosecuted and ordered to pay £35,000 for falling foul of property licensing rules. Green House Estate Agents...

17 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Council using planning powers to try to “control” Airbnbs

A council says it’s using planning powers to try to control the proliferation of Airbnbs, but suggests the real answer may...

07 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Second huge fine for lettings firm’s HMO non-compliance

A lettings company called Trophy Homes Limited, based in Liverpool, has pleaded guilty to failing to apply for an HMO licence...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Government consultation launches to improve safety post-Grenfell

The government claims buildings will be made safer under new proposals including compulsory second staircases for new tower blocks. It says this...

28 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Jeremy Hunt fires starting gun on next spring’s Budget

The next Budget, setting out government tax and spending plans, will be held on March 15 next year. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt says...

23 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists blame letting agents for pushing up rents

Activist groups which previously focussed much of their fire on landlords are now attacking letting agents, accusing them of encouraging higher...

20 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must do more to create ‘culture of safety’ - claim

A risk management service says agents and landlords must do more to create a culture of safety, particularly around fire. Research released...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Fire warning as agents and landlords mark Fire Door Safety Week

A safety training service is warning of “alarming statistics” showing an increase in the number of fires and fatalities and a...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change does nothing to help rental sector - claim

The euphoria caused by the stamp duty cuts announced just before the weekend has given way to a realisation that they...

26 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Ultimate Guide to next month’s new alarms laws

The law around the requirement for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental properties will change in England on October 1. Propertymark...

05 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Retired agent put vulnerable tenant's life at risk, says court

A retired estate agent has pleaded guilty to three charges of breaching fire safety in Devon. Retired Force and Sons agent David...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at risk because of delay to rental reforms - claim

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s been...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Bootcamp to focus on adding fire and revenue to agents’ businesses

A bootcamp which claims to help agents add up to £1m revenue to their business is to return this summer. The Agent...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Pilot scheme finds high proportion of rental homes need work - claim

A council claims that a pilot licensing scheme has discovered a very high proportion of rental homes requiring improvement. Plans to extend...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Noose tightens on unregulated city Airbnb and other short lets

One of Britain’s largest cities wants to regulate Airbnb and other short let platforms. The proposed scheme in Glasgow follows legal changes...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New regulations could “devastate” rental supply - warning

Housing groups have united to appeal to politicians to step back from new laws that threaten to “devastate” the number of...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reminder to Agents - new smoke and carbon monoxide rules coming up

A prominent agency lettings chief is alerting the industry that new smoke and carbon monoxide alarm rules are changing from October 1. Since...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss hit with big fine for failing to produce documents

A landlord has been fined a four figure sum for failing to produce documentation for a council. Fathima Syeda Kauser of Luton pleaded...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 and rental legal threats under discussion at webinar

A property law expert is aiming to demystify the upcoming rental legislation for agents at a webinar tomorrow. Robert Bolwell, senior partner...

15 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

Times names politician involved in rogue letting agencies

The Times has named a member of the City of London’s governing council as a key figure behind rogue letting agencies. Luis...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Clifford Thomas – Sales Director at The Letting Partnership

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Clifford Thomas – Sales Director at The Letting Partnership What is...

06 May 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents letting high-rise flats ‘must engage with residents over safety’

Propertymark says one lasting legacy of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is that agents letting properties in high rise blocks must engage...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancies legislation debated at webinar next week

Propertymark members are to get a briefing on Northern Ireland’s new Private Tenancies Act at a webinar hosted by the trade...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for property company ignoring improvement notices

A property ownership and management company has been fined £20,000 for failing to carry out safety and fire safety improvement works...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide rule change - agents urged to prepare

Agents are being urged to prepare for  changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations which may come in this...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Blatant, continuous breach of regulations” lands HMO firm in court

A company which operated an unlicensed HMO and its then-director have lost their appeal against the imposition of financial penalties.  Gatwick and...

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

Tax on homes to let is ‘hard to implement, not cost effective’

Tax experts say that an attempt to levy higher purchase tax on holiday lets and second homes in one part of...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent writes book telling landlords - “What’s holding you back?”

The owner of a Belvoir lettings franchise has fulfilled a lockdown ambition to write and publish her book ‘Landlords, what’s holding...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

App’s new feature allows agents to customise questionnaires

With the steady introduction of rental platforms and apps designed to bypass letting agents and property managers in the tenancy process,...

09 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

Lettings firm fined over “atrocious” rental accommodation

A lettings company has been caught up in a case where rental accommodation has been described as “atrocious” and a landlord...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Most tenants uninsured and would pay for damage themselves

New research from insurance provider Paymentshield has found that over one in five UK tenants have experienced a negative property event...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage rates to rise quickly this year - warning

Buy to let mortgage rates will rise “very quickly” this year according to a leading broker. Angus Stewart, chief executive of online...

04 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

Investors may quit buy to let, leading agency chief warns

The lettings agency boss at the centre of a major industry takeover has fired a warning shot about rent controls and...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency must pay £80,000 after multiple fire risk failures

A London property managing agent has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 for safety failings which “exposed a potentially large...

08 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

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

The UK Association of Letting Agents says it welcomes new rules for alarms which put the social and private rental sectors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

Agents have raised a specific concern about one aspect of a law change regarding carbon monoxide alarms.  Earlier this week the government...

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

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