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KEYWORD "Flats" - 237 RESULTS
Best new build buy to let investment - a house or a flat?

New figures from the National Home Building Council suggests the popularity of detached properties has soared during the pandemic - prompting...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to London as half of renters say they’d leave if they could

The pandemic has brought with it a whole new way of working, with many businesses now offering a hybrid model, and...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Major overseas investor shifts to long-term lettings from short-lets

A lettings agency with links to Saudi Arabian investors has produced a case study of how faith is returning to the long...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns council that new HMO licensing will backfire

A lettings agency says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental properties. This...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand soars as tenants leave parents and return to the market

‘Room wanted’ ads are currently outnumbering ads for ‘rooms available’ on flatshare site SpareRoom for only the third time in six...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Rogue letting agents kicked out by The Property Ombudsman

Six agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensatory awards - five of them for offences...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Just Here - Rents rising across Europe, new figures show

Campaigners against letting agents and landlords appear to suggest that the issue of rising rents is uniquely confined to the UK...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic rental trends are here to stay, says leading agency

The rush for space to work and relax at home will still dominate the rental market for the short term at...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

International firm lets 20 flats in 12 weeks at fast-growing London site

It’s been announced that UK Sotheby’s International Realty has secured tenants for 20 apartments in record time at Embassy Gardens, a...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new London Build To Rent scheme wins funding

Specialist property lender Castle Trust Bank has agreed a £13.2m development loan for a Build To Rent scheme within a mixed...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rise in investor demand for properties to continue, predicts Zoopla

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

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Green Light for huge new Build To Rent development

Planners have given the go-ahead for a 23-storey Build To Rent development in Sheffield. The scheme, from Godwin Developments, will have 336...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new licensing scheme will focus on 9,000 properties

One of the largest new additional licensing schemes for HMOs anywhere in the country is set to come into force in...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Flats still popular purchases, despite bad press during pandemic

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

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Safety warning over quality of office-to-resi conversions

There’s a warning today that office-to-resi conversions - popular with landlords in recent years - are at an increased risk of...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents show another modest rise across UK - with London an exception

Average rents in London declined during the second quarter of 2021, according to the latest market snapshot from the  Deposit Protection...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Collapse in supply of houses listed for rent in prime London

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says there’s been a huge loss of houses available for renters in prime London in the...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order threat to property company owner

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

London commuter belt rental market still performing strongly

Rents across the wider London commuter belt continued to rise in the first three months of the year, according to a...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned about cash crisis amongst renters under 40

Flatshare website SpareRoom says over a fifth of 18 to 24 years olds have moved back in with their parents to...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new student rental development announced in university city

Unite Students, the UK’s largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation, has been granted planning approval for a new...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

The controversial subject of pet-friendly tenancies has been grabbed by the scruff of the neck by the government. The Ministry of Housing,...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

More evidence of Central London rental over-supply

Another major agency operating in central London confirms that the fall-out from the pandemic continues to produce a glut of units...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market across UK softens as tenants drop urban flats

The lettings sector has softened over the past year as the demand for urban living with shorter commutes has been replaced...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Beat Lockdown! Big surge in tenant moves in London, says agency

The number of tenants that moved home in London in December was double that of December 2019, according to an agency...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double the size of HMO licensing regime

Lambeth council is consulting agents, landlords and others on its latest licensing proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation. The new proposals would...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

34-storey block of flats set to dominate new Build To Rent scheme

A Build To Rent scheme of 322 flats will include a 34 storey tower, it’s been revealed. Developer and property management firm...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus lifestyle changes play into hands of Build To Rent - claim

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says it’s to have a second significant...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

EPCs should last just five years and not 10 - property group

A collective of government appointed accreditation schemes has called on the government to do more to improve energy efficiency in the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Retail Future? Debenhams store to become 338 flats to rent

One of the biggest commercial property operators in the country is to build 338 apartments to rent on the site of...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency strongly defends £3,600 charge to departing tenants

A London lettings agency has described a £3,600 charge to a tenant as “entirely reasonable and legal.” The i newspaper has featured a...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts strong 2021 lettings sector but wants help for renters

Some 90 per cent of branches from franchise giant Belvoir believe house rents will rise or at least stay static in 2021,...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge change in tenant priorities thanks to Covid - agency chief

One of the country’s major lettings agency chiefs says there is a “massive” change in tenant priorities underway. Michael Cook, national lettings...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

He’s back! Comedy letting agent Stath gets a third series

Channel 4’s BAFTA award-winning comedy Stath Lets Flats is back on the market for a third season. The agency-based sit-com from writer-performer...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Up and Up: Asking rents in much of UK hit record highs

Asking rents outside London have hit a new high according to Rightmove’s latest market snapshot. The pressure comes from record demand from...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords, with agents and others...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exposed - fake lettings agency with the Lithuanian connection

Which? is warning prospective renters to beware scam lettings agencies and scam landlords following a case where £5,600 was conned out...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demands change as lockdown reveals the ‘new normal’

Research from franchise giant Belvoir is the latest to show what may be rapidly changing aspirations from private tenants. “The results confirm...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Winkworth snaps another independent

Franchise giant Winkworth has expanded its presence in Reading with the acquisition of a local independent lettings agency. It’s snapped up AMPM,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency buys £2.6m of student properties on behalf of investors

A lettings agent has completed a £2.6million property acquisition plan in one city on behalf of investors, and will go on...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£87,000 fine after rental flats declared “serious risk to life”

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of letting out poor quality living accommodation that was said to pose...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Scandal of tenant rescued from ledge ends with huge fine

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More independent agencies snapped up by regional giant

The Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has revealed more acquisitions of independent agencies as it tightens its grip on the regional...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The shape of buy to let - Ed Sheeran’s £57m property empire

One of Ed Sheeran’s first massive hits was Lego House. And now, not many years later, it’s been revealed that he’s...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

Pet-friendly tenancies of the kind envisaged by the government could oblige some private landlords to quit the sector, it’s claimed. Over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

HMOs increasingly popular in lettings market despite complexity

The latest lettings market snapshot by mortgage lender Paragon has found that of the landlords planning to purchase property in the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to end pet bans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to overhaul the model tenancy contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. A surprise statement from the...

04 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student Lets: Question mark over value for money of purpose-built flats

A huge survey of students, seeking their views on accommodation, has ended with a question mark over the value for money...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss says he cannot abide by Improvement Notices

The owner of a Derbyshire property must pay out more than £3,000 after being found guilty of failing to comply with...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

UK rents on the rise but failing to keep pace with inflation

Average UK rents continued to rise between July and September, but failed to keep up with inflation, according to The Deposit...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative view: 'Average rents not affected by fees ban'

The cost of renting a room in the UK remained steady during Q3, according to SpareRoom. The country's biggest flatsharing site says...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge Confiscation Order of £400,000 imposed on buy to let investor

A rogue landlord who divided his three-bedroom home in central London into eight flats has ended up with a bill of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour Right To Buy policy dismissed as “damaging and distorted”

As the row over Labour’s proposal rumbles on the think tank Centre for Policy Studies - which has previously argued that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: London-focused rental platform wins £7m investment boost

A London-focused PropTech startup has just won another £7m in funding. Residently manages houses and flats for landlords, letting them directly to...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

£140,000 in fines for buy to let couple failing to maintain properties

A husband and wife pair of buy to let investors have been prosecuted after letting out a property that contained serious...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

What a performance! Edinburgh artists suffer because of rental rules

A lettings group says the high-profile struggle performers at the Edinburgh Fringe now face to find affordable short-term accommodation was entirely...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

While we wouldn’t be so bold as to say the government gets its daily fix of property news from the Today...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to sub-let private flats to the homeless

Portsmouth council is the latest local authority to offer to rent properties from private landlords to let out to the homeless.  The...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

An ageing rental population? Huge increase in tenants aged 45+

The 45+ age demographic is the fastest growing tenant market, according to flatsharing site SpareRoom. The website's data shows that the total...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Unsafe and unlicensed: big fine for investor after past warnings ignored

A buy to let investor who let out an unsafe and unlicensed property in London has now been hit with a...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed - buy to let investor who illegally converted flats

A landlord who illegally converted a London home into two flats without planning permission has been given a prison sentence after...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined for having only 'limited' redress cover through TPO

The Property Ombudsman has issued a reminder to all agents to ensure they have the correct redress membership to cover the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

£1.2m confiscated from rogue buy to let firm and landlord

A London council has won one of the largest-ever Proceeds of Crime claims from an unscrupulous buy to let investor. Andre Charles Trepel,...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine after flat was let out despite Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has received a hefty fine “for endangering the lives of his tenants by failing to meet...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills launches lettings division in top buy to let hotspot

Savills has launched a new residential lettings service in one of the country’s most successful buy to let and investment locations...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says landlords should “account for their tenants’ behaviour”

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

18-month probe into HMOs ends with fine for rogue operator

An 18 month probe by different authorities has led to a £4,000 fine for an HMO owner in the Highlands. The local...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New clampdown on 'No DSS' ads by letting agents and landlords

The government says it wants “an immediate change” in the policy of some letting agents and landlords who advertise ‘No DSS’...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb-style lets slammed as noisy, irritating and with too many parties

Short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms are causing increasing irritation for owners in residential blocks, according to a property management...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat report on London lettings market

Foxtons has given a relatively upbeat assessment of the capital’s rental market in its survey of the sector in 2018. It says...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive £30,000 fine for rogue London letting agent

A lettings agency and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 for failing to licence HMOs and giving sham...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Major Build To Rent provider signs deal to provide 324 city flats

One of the country’s major Build To Rent providers has signed a deal to deliver 324 flats in a major city...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property MOTs' for all rental flats and houses, demands ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is demanding 'property MOTs' to help landlords trying to meet new energy efficiency targets. The government’s...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm in court over dangerous flats above famous pub

Three brothers and a property management company have received fines and a confiscation order, and must pay costs, following what a...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

A lettings agency has been banned from running an Airbnb let in a residential block. It relates to a block in Glasgow...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings platform beefs up listings with new 'flow' feature

Online lettings platform HomeRenter says its property listings are now more detailed and more compelling thanks to a new ‘property creation flow’...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Closed shops 'could be a boom for the private rental sector'

A new survey suggests that the demise of the High Street for shopping could lead to a surge in the supply...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £1.5m penalty for criminal buy to let 'slumlord millionaire'

A notorious rogue landlord must pay £1.5m or risk spending up to nine years in prison after what is thought to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wanting to create a 'Rental Brand' gets £2.5m injection

A London-focussed ‘rental brand’ called Residently has just secured £2.5m in funding.  Residently manages houses and flats for landlords, letting them directly...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

£60,000 rent to be repaid by property firm after council steps in

A London property firm must repay no less than £60,000 in rent after a council obtained a Rent Repayment Order against...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

To Let boards restricted in size, number and location by local council

A city council has introduced highly specific guidelines as to the number, size and positioning of To Let boards following apparent...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Student surge gives London agency a late summer boost

JLL says its London offices saw increased demand in the third quarter of the year, underpinned by the student sector. Lonres data...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another day, another landlord in court for not licensing an HMO

A landlord who rented out an unlicenced HMO has been fined more than £22,000 after the local council found five people...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos ahead? 'Councils may not be ready for HMO change' warning

There’s less than a week to go to the introduction of new rules broadening the range of houses including in mandatory HMO...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a reminder to the industry of the need to understand and abide by...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with huge fine for 'worst property seen in years'

A landlord has been hit with a total fine of almost £40,000 for breaching House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) management regulations. David...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Second charge loan on Buy to let property? We can help

If you’re a landlord who owns a buy to let property or perhaps a portfolio and need to raise money against...

28 August 2018

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Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Stath Lets Flats - but better customer service would let even more

Channel 4’s hit comedy Stath Lets Flats shows the funny side of running a lettings agency but one of the country’s...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Refinancing buy to let mortgages likely as HMO changes near

A buy to let mortgage firm says it’s likely that there will be a spike in refinancing enquiries as landlords meet...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Arson - police treat lettings agency fire as suspicious

A newspaper in Northumbria says local police are treating a fire at a lettings agency as a deliberate arson attack. Police are...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-let platforms under scrutiny by city council

A city council is to investigate the impact of Airbnb and other short let online platforms on the local housing market...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Trades union wades into debate over London private rents

The GMB trades union has waded in to the debate over whether rents in the private rental sector in London are...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

These figures show how important flats are to the rental market

The Nationwide has bucked the trend of many industry organisations by insisting that the private rental market is still in good...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Major milestone as all London boroughs sign up to ‘rogue database’

This week marks a major milestone in Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's efforts to crack down on the capital's rogue letting...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Generation rent booms as flatsharing site passes £1m funding milestone

Flatsharing website Ideal Flatmate has passed the seed funding milestone of £1 million. The website - which includes former Green & Co...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency is fined over £20,000 for failing to licence house to let

A lettings agency has been fined over £20,000 for failing to licence an overcrowded semi detached house in London. The fine was...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches Build To Rent 'boutique' flats in trendy Shoreditch

A newly built, boutique development of eight luxury Build To Rent apartments has come to the market in uber-fashionable Shoreditch, east...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £40,000 after death of woman in block

A property managing agent has been ordered to pay £40,000 following the death of a woman at a fire at a...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says post-Grenfell fire report is 'a missed opportunity'

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is missing the opportunity to assess fire safety regulations on a wider...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

A couple who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been found guilty for disregarding planning laws - and...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London-based student lettings platform targets global audience

Spotahome, a London-based student lettings platform, has acquired another platform aimed at students, Erasmusu, in a bid to expand its international...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body upset at provisions of extended HMO mandatory licensing system

The Residential Landlords’ Association is upset at the government’s confirmation that the extension of mandatory HMO licensing will come into force...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council proposes hefty £1,660 lettings licensing charge

Bristol council is consulting on a licensing scheme which could see buy to let investors paying £1,660 for a five year...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Second fine in two months for poor standard rental accommodation

A rogue landlord has been fined twice in the space of two months for failing to provide a suitable standard of...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

The city council in Nottingham claims it has taken action against no fewer than 561 unauthorised To Let boards under powers...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fines and costs for property firm and landlord over HMO breaches

A council says it hopes a massive set of fines and costs imposed on one buy to let investor and his...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

HMOs producing highest yields in buy to let, says mortgage lender

Homes in Multiple Occupation produced average yields of 8.9 per cent in 2017, the highest of all buy to let property...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals new minimum room sizes for HMOs

The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding. In addition to...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

The government has released more details on long-discussed proposals to tighten up licensing in the private rental sector. It wants landlords in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Complaint about agent using show-flat pictures in property details

Two complaints linked to agency activity have been dealt with through the Advertising Standards Authority informal resolution process. In the first a...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New survey shows rents stable but some landlords selling up

Latest lettings findings from franchise agency Belvoir shows that in the third quarter of this year average rents were just £3 a...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm owner jailed for failing to repay 'illegal' rent

The owner of a property firm who reportedly misled tenants and let an illegally converted property has been jailed for 155...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants clearer lines of responsibility for fire safety

An industry trade group says residents in high rise blocks of flats are being let down by a system in which...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call on government for leaseholders to get fair treatment

It is 50 years since the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 became law and now a firm speciaising in enfranchisement extension wants the government...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime rental market strengthens in Home Counties, says agency

The typical rent of a prime Home Counties property rose by 1.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year,...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council back on warpath fining agency for unauthorised boards

Letting agency Saxons has been fined more than £3,000 after pleading guilty to the offence of displaying an unauthorised To Let...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 40% of tenants in blocks have seen fire doors left open

A survey of 1,000 tenants in blocks of flats conducted on behalf of London Fire Brigade reveals that almost 40 per...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

A Scarborough buy to let investor has been found guilty of two offences under the Housing Act 2004 for non-compliance with...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council demands info on tenants for every week of the year

The local authority in Islington, north London, is attempting to close what it calls a loophole concerning private rental property and...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord given just three months to pay huge £300k fine

A landlord who was found guilty of illegally converting a hotel into 26 flats has been given three months to pay...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Capital appreciation on 'classic' tiny buy to let flats may be limited

Consumer group Which? says ‘micro-apartments’ - which have proliferated in recent years - may not be good investments.    The group has focussed...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

The Agent's Cafe - A skinny latte and a student flatshare please...

Planning permission has been granted for a hybrid letting agency and a café bar to be installed - together - in...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

A lettings firm and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer EU nationals looking to rent in the UK since Brexit

The number of EU nationals looking to move to the UK and rent has fallen in the year since the UK...

19 June 2017

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Landlord ordered to pay £10,000 after serious fire safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching three separate fire regulations. Charles Thornton was fined...

14 June 2017

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Property management firm hit with record health and safety fine

A management firm and corporate landlord have been hit with a £250,000 fine after a “potentially lethal” flat blaze in London -...

30 May 2017

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Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

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Look who's set up a buy to let company ... it's Tony Blair

A landlord has set up a company to handle the ownership and management of buy to let properties - and the...

02 May 2017

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Massive £235,000 bill for agency boss letting out illegal bedsits

An east London landlord, who was also director of a letting agency, has been forced to pay out over £235,000 for...

21 April 2017

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Another 68 units unveiled at south London Build To Rent scheme

Build To Rent operator L&Q has delivered another 68 homes in part of a drive which it says will eventually produce...

20 April 2017

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More consultation - this time Scottish rental sector energy efficiency

The Scottish Government has opened formal consultation on its attempts to introduce minimum standards of energy efficiency for the private rented...

13 April 2017

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Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 April 2017

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Buy to let investor may have to repay rent from seven illegal flats

A landlord who illegally converted a property into seven flats and rented them out without planning permission faces having to repay...

03 April 2017

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Agency boss calls stamp duty surcharge 'a government own goal'

The chief executive of Andrews Property Group says the government’s three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge on buy to...

27 March 2017

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Build To Rent operator reveals rents for new London flats scheme

L&Q has launched 59 Build To Rent units on the site of the former Walthamstow greyhound racing stadium in London.   The operator...

23 March 2017

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Another major city to have its first Build To Rent scheme

Bath is to have a major Build To Rent scheme from Legal & General, believed to be the first development of...

22 March 2017

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Website claims thousands of London lets defy licensing rules

An advice website claims that more than half of the privately rented properties in the selective licensing area imposed by a...

03 March 2017

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Fewer landlords likely to sell, Paragon lettings survey reveals

Tenant demand for private rented accommodation is continuing to rise according to a market report from specialist lender Paragon Mortgages.    While a...

22 February 2017

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Illegal buy to let house conversion ends with bill of £108,000

A buy to let landlord who converted an Uxbridge house into two flats without planning permission has been ordered to pay...

20 February 2017

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£30m land sale at London's biggest Build To Rent scheme

Imperial College London has paid £30m to acquire half of London’s largest Build To Rent scheme at The Perfume Factory in...

06 February 2017

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Pop-up brothels 'using privately rented apartments' say police

No fewer than 14 ‘pop up brothels’ have been discovered in one seaside town in six months, with all of them...

06 January 2017

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Another lender tightens buy to let guidelines as new rules start to bite

Specialist mortgage lender OneSavings Bank is the latest to announce that it is introducing stricter affordability assessments for all new buy...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government over room size and licensing proposals

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning the government that some of its proposed changes to regulations governing HMOs may...

19 December 2016

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£250,000 bill for firm illegally converting house into flats to let

A building firm that carried out illegal building work to create homes to let has been hit with a £250,000 confiscation...

12 December 2016

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Bill of nearly £25,000 for failing to licence three buy to let flats

A landlord has been prosecuted and ordered to pay a £12,000 fine as well as over £12,000 in court costs, after...

23 November 2016

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Council request to extend To Let board ban rejected by government

Brighton and Hove council has failed in its bid to win government backing to ban To Let boards. The council sought government...

22 November 2016

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Unsafe gas appliances in a third of private rental properties - claim

Unsafe gas appliances have been found in 21 per cent of privately-rented flats and houses according to Gas Safe Register.   Investigation data...

17 November 2016

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Freehold properties becoming rare in some parts of cities

A plentiful supply of freehold properties in our cities may become a thing of the past as urban areas become increasingly...

04 November 2016

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Large independent snaps up county lettings and estate agency

  Beal’s, a 13-office independent in Hampshire, has snapped up another independent in the county, Baker & Elder in Southsea.    Currently Beal’s -...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's advertisement banned over inaccuracies

Two complaints about an advertisement for a property have been upheld by a watchdog - which has now banned a letting...

26 October 2016

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More Build To Rent flats as Legal & General increases production

Another 400 purpose-built Build To Rent apartments have been given the green light by planners in London.    Legal & General’s plans for...

26 October 2016

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Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 October 2016

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£162,000 fine after 18 tenants crammed into central London flat

The landlord of an overcrowded flat which lacked proper fire precautions and had a dangerous boiler has been fined £162,000. Abbas Rasul...

17 October 2016

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Hefty fine for buy to let owner who dumped rubbish from rental flats

A landlord has received a £5,620 court bill after he pleaded guilty to three fly tipping offences. John Hills - who ironically...

07 October 2016

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Build To Rent provider's five-point strategy for government backing

Grainger, the UK’s largest residential property owner and manager listed on the London Stock Exchange, has set out an argument to...

05 October 2016

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A record - huge £700,000 bill after buy to lets deemed 'sub-standard'

A landlord guilty of breaching a planning enforcement notice has been ordered to pay £700,000 in fines and costs - the...

04 October 2016

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Concern growing over fate of letting agency and clients' money

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

03 October 2016

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You can rent our home for free - so long as you look after Grandma...

A London couple have used a lettings website to advertise for flat sharers in their property overlooking the Thames - it...

03 October 2016

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Dramatic tripling in number of central London properties to let

The investment firm London Central Portfolio says the volume of prime central London rental stock has increased dramatically in recent months...

30 September 2016

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Fire door safety data shows tenants most vulnerable to blazes

New data produced for Fire Door Safety Week shows that lower income tenants are more concerned about fire safety where they...

28 September 2016

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Agents and landlords reminded of importance of fire doors

This week those working in the Private Rented Sector are being reminded of the importance of fire doors in rental properties. Fire...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let firm ordered to pay over £15,000 after licensing failure

A company operating a number of buy to let properties has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 by magistrates for...

07 September 2016

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Fine issued after flats called dangerous... defective... inadequate

The owner of a series of flats to let in Cardiff has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £200 costs...

06 September 2016

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£14,000 bill for incorporated landlord letting unlicensed flat

A landlord’s company has been left with a bill of over £14,000 for letting unlicensed flats in north London.   Appearing at Highbury...

16 August 2016

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Research smokes out worst areas for cannabis farming in rented flats

The problem of cannabis ‘farmers’ using privately rented properties to mass-produce the drug is at its worst in the West Midlands,...

11 August 2016

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Council brings in Article 4 planning status for HMOs in key areas

An east London council is changing its planning rules, bringing in Article 4 consent before homes in key areas are converted...

26 July 2016

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Onward march of Build To Rent - 500 more flats win planning consent

The Select Property Group has won planning permission for 506 residential apartments in a prime Manchester city centre location.   The two buildings...

15 July 2016

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Agency fined by council for 'ghost listing' flats to let on Zoopla

A London council has prosecuted a letting agency that was ’ghost listing’ on Zoopla flats that were not in fact available...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords favouring HMOs to benefit from 'higher yields'

Landlords are increasingly favouring Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and more 'complex property types' due to the often higher yields available.  Mortgages...

02 June 2016

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Landlords hit with fines for fire safety failings

Two landlords have been fined after being found guilty of fire safety failings in their rental properties. Both prosecutions were brought by...

25 May 2016

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One-bed flats tipped for biggest rental growth over next 12 months

Landlords predict that one-bedroom flats will be the property type to increase most in value over the next year.  Meanwhile, two-bedroom flats...

24 May 2016

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Brexit uncertainty hitting Prime Central London lettings market

Rent increases in Prime Central London have slowed due to uncertainty surrounding next month's EU Referendum, according to a new report. London...

24 May 2016

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£120,000 in fines for leaseholders and managers of HMO

Magistrates have fined the leaseholders and landlords of a 10-flat property in north London £120,000 after finding they had put the...

20 May 2016

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Huge £100,000 bill for investor who built rental flats without consent

Havering council has successfully prosecuted a landlord who must now pay £101,300 for building illegal flats at her property. Jaghtar Khaira was...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Are developers 'downsizing' flats to appeal to buy to let investors?

Developers of major London developments, including Battersea Power Station, may be considering 'downsizing' apartments that can't sell to make them more suitable...

09 May 2016

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Letting agent jailed after admitting 13 fraud charges against tenants

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

06 May 2016

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Ban for appalling letting agency chief who kept tenants' deposits

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

05 May 2016

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Warning of alleged perils of investing in student 'rooms and pods'

A student accommodation specialist is warning about the potential pitfalls of investing in individual student rooms or small pods as opposed...

05 May 2016

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Another day, another landlord fined for endangering tenants

The landlord of a property in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the...

12 April 2016

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Proposal unveiled for first 'commuter town' Build To Rent development

International development firm Westrock has given details of what it calls “the first homes designed specifically for rent in a key...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

£116,000 bill after house converted without consent into seven flats to let

Two buy to let investors who breached planning regulations by converting a house into seven studio flats have been ordered to...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2016

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Trade union wades into row over privately-let ex-council flats

The Right To Buy policy “has turned into a rich harvest for the greedy elite” according to a trades union. The GMB...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

30,000 Build To Rent flats now have planning consent across UK

New figures from the British Property Federation show that there are now over 30,000 Build To Rent units with planning permission...

03 February 2016

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Build To Rent gathers pace: almost £100m spent on site for 600 new flats

Grainger - which last week committed to spend £850m on the burgeoning UK Build To Rent sector - has announced that...

02 February 2016

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Clever Student Lets Ltd - a clarification

On October 6 2015 we published an article concerning Clever Student Lets Ltd, entitled “Agents back political probe into deal between...

14 January 2016

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Rents up in every region of England and Wales in 2015 says Rightmove

Rightmove says tenants serious about wanting to buy could do themselves a favour by flatsharing - and save themselves £210 a...

08 January 2016

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Tim Dray, Sky

Q: What does it say on your business card?   Head of Indirect Sales & Partnership Products Q: What does your role involve? I head up...

06 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

45% of landlords to raise rents in 2016 - many because of tax changes

Almost half of landlords are set to increase their rents in 2016 in a bid to counteract tax changes and higher...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

£23,000 fine and costs after property risked tenants' lives

The landlord of a property in Plymouth risked the lives of his tenants through a dangerous gas boiler installed in the...

02 December 2015

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Extraordinary £207,000 bill after flats are let without consent

A previously-convicted landlord has been ordered to pay over £200,000 by a court for illegally converting two properties into flats without...

17 November 2015

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Newspaper exposes scam 'London Home Let' agency website

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

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size and a re-defining of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation in...

09 November 2015

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£21,500 bill for man who turned house into nine illegal flats

A rogue landlord who illegally converted one house into a nine flats has been handed a maximum £20,000 fine after being...

09 November 2015

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Huge £400,000 bill for landlord letting flats without planning consent

A landlord has been ordered to pay more than £400,000 after converting a property into flats without permission. Gilbert Garrick let the...

13 October 2015

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More tenants with dogs means massive deposit premiums

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

13 October 2015

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Leading Tory warns much further to go on removing buy to let tax breaks

As the Conservative Party conference continues, a leading Tory has warned that "there is much further to go" on removing buy...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Over-35s flat-sharing makes lettings market tough for students

The shortage of rental accommodation in some university towns is so great that up to 22 people are competing for every...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Key meeting tomorrow over 'flats above shops' rental licensing

Lewisham council in south London is the latest local authority proposing to introduce a licensing scheme - starting, unusually, with residential...

14 September 2015

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Another London council edges towards private rental licensing

Barnet is the latest council appearing to edge towards increased private rental sector licensing as it enters the final two weeks...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Inappropriate 'slave' ad removed from flat-sharing website

An inappropriate advert for a rental property has been removed from a flat-sharing website. The ad, featured on flatshare.com, was for a...

20 August 2015

From: Breaking News

38% of Right To Buy homes end up in private rental sector

Nearly 40 per cent of all homes sold under Right To Buy in England have gone on to become buy to...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent migrant checks: now agents and landlords face jail

Agents and landlords who fail to identify and evict tenants who are illegal immigrants face up to five years in jail...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

£6m invested via buy to let crowdfund site in 2015

Almost 3,000 investors have crowdfunded more than £6m worth of buy-to-let property on one platform alone since its launch early this...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings database reveals England's most convicted landlord

The publication Environmental Health News has secured the release of files showing the details of hundreds of convicted private landlords in...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog bans 'misleading' landlord insurance ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a radio advertisement for Direct Line Landlord Insurance because it has been judged to be...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Pioneering regional Build To Let gets the go-ahead

A Build To Let scheme led by developer Dandara and property investment operator LaSalle is to be the first of its...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Central London average rents up - but Mayfair takes a tumble

Rents in prime central London are rising again after a prolonged period of stagnation, according to property advisers London Central Portfolio. “The...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding platform raises £1m-plus for buy to let schemes

Crowdfunding platform CrowdPropertyhas now raised a total of £1.43m across four residential property development projects in the UK.   It says almost 2,000...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

The Best Areas To Buy Property In London

Whether you are single or a family, looking to invest in rental property or want to lay down roots of your...

15 June 2015

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‘Repossession restrictions could drive up costs at world’s biggest arts event’

A Scottish agent has warned that government proposals to restrict landlord repossessions could negatively impact accommodation costs at the Edinburgh Festival. David...

08 June 2015

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Valuing the flat above the Girl Band

About ten years ago, I was working as the branch manager of an estate agency based in an affluent part of...

23 April 2015

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