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KEYWORD "Government" - 866 RESULTS
Licensing never works! - industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention - a review into how...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces review of selective licensing in private rental sector

The government has announced a review to assess how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent To Buy - might this be the next big idea from the government?

The Independent online newspaper says Conservative MP Gary Streeter will tomorrow meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and urge her to...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government clarifies Holding and Tenancy deposits provision in Fees Bill

The government has written to two senior MPs in a bid to clarify two detailed provisions in the Tenants Fees Bill,...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still strong in the long term, insists 'state of the sector' report

The growth of the private rental sector has slowed thanks to government intervention and economic uncertainty - but it will expand...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Our industry is losing £61m pcm, says campaigning agent

Letting agents and landlords could be missing out on £61m of rent every month because families in temporary and emergency accommodation...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets closer in Wales - but it will still take many months

A Bill which is likely to end up banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants in Wales has been introduced into...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

The biggest challenge facing estate agents today…

What is the biggest challenge in estate agency today? At the risk of sounding flippant, selling houses! It’s a unique industry...

11 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Right To Rent: pressure group crowdfunding to pay for Judicial Review

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants is now crowdfunding to pay for the Judicial Review of the government’s controversial...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent - government under pressure on two fronts

The government’s flagship immigration Right To Rent policy is under threat on two fronts. Firstly a cross-party group of MPs has written...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm questions whether long-term tenants need referencing

A prominent PropTech startup is questioning whether long-term tenants need to go through the traditional referencing process when moving between rental...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Far more than Three Billboards - £10,000 wanted for anti-S24 campaign

A campaign opposing the government’s recent tax changes which have penalised buy to let investors has taken a leaf out of...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court go ahead for Judicial Review of Right To Rent

The High Court has this afternoon agreed to allow a judicial review of the government’s Right to Rent policy. Right to Rent...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign for mandatory electrical testing of appliances in rental properties

An electrical testing equipment firm and an MP are setting up a national campaign to demand new laws on appliance testing...

06 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

Forces' families being hurt by government lettings sector tax changes

A trade body is claiming that armed service personnel who let out their homes whilst stationed away are being hit by...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - landlords to be hit most, Scottish experience suggests

A major Scottish property management firm says agents and landlords south of the border should prepare now for the likely agency...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bring on ban of ‘beyond cheeky’ tenant fees, says high-profile landlord

A high-profile landlord says the upcoming ban on letting agent fees 'can't come soon enough'. Writing a column in the Evening Standard's...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Conservative councillors back charity's call for low-cost rental homes

Over 70% of Conservative councillors and housing leads have indicated that £2 billion pledged for affordable housing is not enough to...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes 'level the playing field' - government responds to BTL petition

The government has responded to a petition calling for it to abolish the 3% stamp duty surcharge and reintroduce full buy-to-let...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial tax changes are 'choking off' rental property supply

The introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of buy-to-let properties and the phasing out of buy-to-let mortgage...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to provide last-minute views on the Tenant Fees Bill

Letting agents - and anyone with ‘relevant expertise and experience or a special interest’ - have been invited to provide their...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Citizens Advice calls for default fees ‘loophole’ to be closed

A national charity is calling on the government to tighten the 'default fees' clause which is part of the Tenant Fees...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Empty homes: Agents missing out on millions of short-term rental income

London landlords and letting agents could be missing out on up to £111 million of short-term rental revenue each year, according...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to highlight 'effective enforcement' in fight against rogues

Today Trading Standards teams across the country will highlight the work they do to protect landlords and tenants from rogue letting...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to respond to petition calling for reform of 'disastrous' BTL tax changes

An online petition which calls on the government to reintroduce full buy-to-let mortgage interest tax relief and abolish the 3% stamp...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent Awareness Week: Consumer money still at risk until April 2019

Consumers' money remains at risk until April 1 2019 is the key message of this year’s SAFEagent Awareness Week. Over the next...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to consult on longer private tenancies

The government has announced that it is to formally consult on proposals for longer tenancies in the private rental sector. Although there...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LonRes reveals strategic alliance with lettings service provider

LonRes, the data and agent network business specialising in central London, is entering into a strategic partnership with rental services provider...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government probe into deposit-alternatives welcomed by campaigner

A prominent campaigner for alternatives to traditional rental sector deposits is welcoming the government’s commitment to consider the issue in the...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Use technology to offset cost of fees ban, says PropTech chief

One of the PropTech companies at the centre of the Rent Recognition Challenge contest is calling on letting agents to use...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government told - Help us to help older tenants

A trade body has stepped up its calls on government to help the lettings industry do more for older renters. Responding to...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - mandatory Client Money Protection for all agents from next April

The government has confirmed that all property agents in England will need to be part of an approved Client Money Protection...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Furious industry criticism as government reveals costs of ban on tenants’ fees

The industry has reacted angrily to the announcement yesterday that the Tenants’ Fees Bill is now formally starting its progress through...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Change Right To Rent' new Home Secretary is urged by trade body

The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to look again at the Right To Rent policy and produce “a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launching another review of Carbon Monoxide regulations

The government has announced that it’s launching a review into the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms in homes across England. The review...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Windrush update to Right To Rent policy accused of lacking clarity

New guidance over Right To Rent, issued by the government in what appears to be a panic response to the Windrush...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property law expert joins criticism of Right To Rent's 'Windrush failure'

A leading property disputes solicitor has joined a growing chorus of criticism of how Right To Rent will cope with issues...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Why it’s time to give a spring clean to your business energy bills

Spring – the season of rebirth, revitalisation and regeneration – is now upon us, and it’s a time of the year...

26 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Tories told: adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing election

The government has been told is should simply adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing the next General Election -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges 'living rent' at one third of local average income or less

Labour insists that if it forms the next government it will introduce ‘living rents’ in a new range of affordable homes...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of buy to let investors looking beyond residential

Over half of mortgage brokers say they have been approached by buy to let investors seeking to diversify their portfolios within...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity returns to the attack over alleged ‘revenge evictions’

The Citizens Advice consumer charity claims that 28 per cent of private tenants who have experienced problems while renting have not...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants progress on counting rent towards creditworthiness

One of the six PropTech start-ups shortlisted to develop a system allowing tenants’ rental histories to count towards their creditworthiness says...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenant-power and rent controls demanded by key think-tank

An influential think tank is calling on government to radically reform the private rental sector because a generation of young people...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Group’s new chair wants inventories at heart of ‘professional’ lettings

The new sole chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says he wants the service to be at the heart...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group reveals possible financial cost of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has given an insight into the effect of the ban on lettings fees likely to be introduced...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty figures show massive reliance on buy to let purchases

Some 43 per cent of all stamp duty comes from buy to let investors and holiday home purchasers - and almost...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let investors hits a record 2.5m says agency

The number of buy to let investors in the UK has hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents with banning orders: government to release numbers for each area

A statement from the government has repeated its determination to clean up the private rental sector through a series of measures,...

09 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

'Clumsy' new lettings rules may lead to agents quitting - claim

Ian Wilson, chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, says new rules for regulating the lettings sector will probably be clumsily...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' body brands secret database of rogue landlords pointless

ARLA has branded the government’s long-awaited database of rogue landlords as “pointless” because it will not be made public. The Ministry of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading Conservative says government should cut tax for rental sector

A leading Conservative peer says the government should cut taxes for buy to let investors and regard them as part of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for government's crackdown on agents

The Property Ombudsman is the latest property industry player to throw its support behind the introduction of mandatory qualifications and a...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'not demonstrating its worth' says government inspector

The controversial Right To Rent policy has been attacked as having failed “to demonstrate its worth” in encouraging immigration compliance. Under Right...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of thousands of landlords not ready for energy changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that “thousands” of landlords simply are not ready for energy efficiency changes coming...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another £1.4m of public funding for PropTech 'help tenants buy' projects

The government says that later this year it will allocate a further £1.4m to PropTech firms looking at how tenants’ rent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Volatile lettings sector means increasing use of rental-protection products

Increased volatility in the private rental sector and rising costs for landlords and investors have combined to lead to an increased...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average London tenant now requires £3,000 deposit, claims agent

A warning has come from a campaigning letting agent that London’s landlords agents could be costing themselves tenants by requiring them...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

One of the client money protection schemes operating in the lettings sector says he believes agents and property managers could be...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government's rental sector taxes blamed for curbing house building totals

A lettings trade body says a major house builder has blamed, in part, recent tax increases on private landlords as a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says tax increases are choking off rental investment

A trade body says new figures released by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility show that the government’s recent tax increases...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body accuses government of allowing 'money grabbing' new charge

A trade body is calling on the government to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when an Article 4...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Top industry body joins calls for councils to prioritise Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is calling upon more councils to support Build To Rent following the government’s recognition of the sector in...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for council officers and members to 'get educated about Build To Rent'

Reaction to the government’s call for developers and planning authorities to be more flexible in their approach to increasing the housing...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for tax reform and 'new business model' for lettings sector

Tax increases on the rental sector are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need, an industry body claims. The...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent likely to feature prominently in planning framework revamp

Experts suggest that Build To Rent is likely to be heavily promoted when the government announces its latest revamp to the...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to review selective licensing schemes in near future

The government has pledged to begin a review of the selective licensing across the private rental sector once MPs return from...

05 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

ARLA's advice over next month's MEES changes: act - and quickly

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members to tell landlord clients that they have only a month to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees ban looks set to be implemented soon in Wales

The Welsh Government’s housing minister has tweeted that the results of a formal consultation process on a ban on agents’ fees...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents being selected to take part in most authoritative rental survey

Some letting agencies and selected landlords are being asked to take part in a new survey investigating views and experiences in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords: 'theft totaliser' looks set for record year

The cash value of tenancy deposits crooked landlords and letting agents have been convicted of pocketing in 2018 has already passed...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs protest over ‘damage’ done by spread of Airbnb-style short lets

Senior Labour MPs have spoken out about what they believe are the anti-social and detrimental effects of short lets on surrounding...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for affordable rental homes to help families trapped in 'insecure' PRS

A housing charity has called for the government to build more affordable social homes for rent to help families 'trapped' in...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme as it nears £1m in fines

Brent Council has confirmed that the government has approved its request to extend the local selective licensing scheme. The local authority, which...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to give evidence to MPs over Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

The sittings of the select committee looking into government proposals to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants resume this week...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in thefts of tenants' cash, says campaigning letting agent

Crooked landlords and letting agents were convicted of stealing £1,162,037 of tenant’s cash in 2017 – a rise of 14 per...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK’s largest selective licensing scheme outside of...

15 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

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Compulsory independent inventory petition to MPs nears 1,000 signature mark

An online petition urging MPs to make it compulsory for privately let properties to be subject to independent inventory reporting is...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New website plans to sell buy to let properties with tenants in place

A new website called Vesta has launched aiming to sell investment properties with tenants in place.  The team behind the site describe...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growing despite tax and other issues - Nationwide

Analysis of government figures by the Nationwide suggest that the buy to let sector is still growing despite tax changes and...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA says new Code of Conduct is watershed moment for industry

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has described the introduction of a code of conduct and official register for letting agents...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer up-front costs could kick-start market, says tenant referencing firm

The trend towards reducing or eliminating deposits at the same time as edging towards a ban on letting agents’ fees on...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade group releases details of anti-fees ban evidence put to MPs

The Residential Landlords’ Association has released details of the evidence it put to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland

The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

Research by NALS has revealed extensive increases in the cost of licensing of lettings properties and landlords by local authorities in...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

Romans has thrown its weight behind the banning orders being introduced in April which could see rogue letting agents and landlords...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

The government has been accused by a lettings sector trade body of skewing the market to encourage more short-lets.  The claim comes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise this year - and it's the fault of government, insists Belvoir

The head of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the rental sector is likely to result in a rise in...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide updated - it's vital that agents use new version

The How To Rent guide - the document which has to be given to new tenants by letting agents or landlords...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents join growing army of supporters for tenants' right to sue

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is the latest industry body to throw its weight behind the Private Members’ Bill that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

Lettings agency Haart says the government should go much further than the legislation it is supporting giving tenants the right to...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government 'should probe tax arrangements' of online short-lets

An accountancy trade body, the Association of Accounting Technicians, is advising the government to investigate what it calls “the questionable tax...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

There have been more expressions of support from industry bodies for the Private Members’ Bill from Labour’s Karen Buck MP which...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a Private Members Bill which wants tenants to have the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed Bill allowing tenants to sue will be debated on Friday

The Private Members’ Bill that has won government backing - and which would give tenants the right to sue landlords over...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs move to allow tenants to sue over 'unfit properties'

The government has taken the unusual step of working with a Labour MP to ensure her Private Members Bill can become...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

In an unusual move the government has today, Sunday, announced that it wants tenants to have the right to take legal...

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent says share, share, share his petition to reverse fees ban

An Essex lettings agent has explained why he has set up an online petition calling for a reversal of the government’s...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says 20% of landlords set to reduce portfolios in 2018

The National Landlords Association says 20 per cent of its members plan to reduce the size of their portfolios in the...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

UKALA in deal to allow total loss client money protection through agents

The UK Association of Letting Agents has launched a deal with insurance firm Let Alliance to allow total loss client money...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 2019 deadline shouldn't lull industry into complacency - agent

This week’s news that the government will not be implementing the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'not implemented until spring 2019 at least' - NALS

The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency says buy to let still benefits from £16.7 billion tax relief

The UK’s army of buy to let landlords will still benefit from £16.7 billion worth of tax relief even after the...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wary of government 'rebranding' of housing department

At least one trade body has expressed an apparent scepticism about whether the rebranding of the Department of Communities and Local...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender extends tenancies policy to 36 months

One of the lettings sector’s biggest lenders, Santander, is allowing its buy to let landlord borrowers to offer assured shorthold tenancies...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit 'direct payments'

There has been a warm welcome for government changes to Universal Credit by the Residential Landlords Association.  The Department for Work and...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs to hear evidence into proposals next week

The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government begins tweeting that it's banning letting agents' fees

The government has started tweeting that it is to ban letting agents’ fees in England - but still isn’t revealing when...

04 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 lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

Figures released by the government show huge support for the extension of the offences under which agents and landlords may in...

29 December 2017

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

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The government is being criticised for its latest consultation exercise on the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards - because it ends...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Fees: Ban will not cut cost of renting, insists trade body

Government proposals to ban letting agent fees levied on tenants next year are unlikely to make renting cheaper as new research...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group welcomes cut to cost of lettings energy measures

The Residential Landlords Association says it welcomes the government’s decision to reduce the likely maximum payment by landlords for energy improvements...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents group won’t campaign against fees ban

Independent agents’ group CIELA is to launch after all, but now says it won’t be campaigning against the imminent ban on...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Halt Right To Rent' says trade body demanding investigation

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies wants the government to halt the Right To Rent programme after evidence shows some...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

London council deploys team to catch illegal Airbnb-style short lets

A new team of investigative council officers are hitting the streets of the capital to tackle unlawful nightly letting using websites like...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold campaigner calls on Queen to end 'feudal' system

A leasehold campaigner has called on the Queen to end her support for what he calls the UK's “feudal leasehold system” by changing the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA comes out against government-controlled Client Money Protection

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has come out against a single government-administered system for Client Money Protection in the private...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Recognition Challenge - government launches tech competition

The government is offering £2m to budding PropTech and financial technology entrepreneurs who can develop an application that will enable Britain’s 11...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Trade body welcomes Universal Credit changes but warns 'more needed'

Changes to Universal Credit have made it easier for claimants to rent homes but the government needs to do more to...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

The selective licensing scheme operated by Newham council in London is reported to have won government backing to be extended until...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 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

New tenancy rules starting in Scotland - and the change is enormous

A large shake up of the private rental sector begins in Scotland tomorrow with the introduction of Private Residential Tenancies replacing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Final day of consultation on letting and management agent proposals

You have only until 11.45pm tonight to have your say on government proposals to clamp down on letting and managing agents...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mandatory adding of rent payments to credit scores is now a step closer

The House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading and a step forward to ensuring that tenants’...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage demand falls 'thanks to government rule changes'

One of Britain’s best known and highest profile buy to let specialist lenders says the number of new BTL mortgages being...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

The industry is awaiting details of the latest government consultation concerning the private rental sector which will consider longer tenancies. The consultation...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Build To Rent figure spells out his hopes for the Budget

One of the senior figures in the UK’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector has called on the Chancellor to help this...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Client Money Protection could make lettings 'most transparent ever'

Mandatory Client Money Protection for lettings agents - currently the subject of a formal government consultation - will contribute towards making...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Growing support for campaign urging mandatory inventories

Reporting software company InventoryBase has backed a campaign urging for inventories to be made mandatory in the lettings sector. The Association of...

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

Enough! With 15 rental sector ‘consultations’ it’s time for action

A trade body says there are 15 formal government consultations going on within the private rental sector - and now it’s...

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

Council licensing scheme discriminates against rental units with poor EPCs

A local authority currently consulting on private rental licensing is using improved energy efficiency as one of the criteria for landlords...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent To Rent needs better regulation, urges redress operator

One of the government’s three approved official redress providers says companies operating in the Rent-to-Rent sector should be obliged to join...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will require better contracts, says mortgage chief

The buy to let sector should prepare itself for issues which may arise if the government goes ahead with its intention...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

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

The will is there to provide longer tenancies, says trade body

The will exists in the private rental sector to provide the longer term tenancies advocated by the government, says a trade...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 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

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

Mandatory agents' training: Agency groups back government proposal

Agency groups have spoken in favour of the government’s call for letting agents to be trained as a mandatory part of...

03 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

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

London Bishops have written to housing minister Alok Sharma calling on him to do more to protect vulnerable private tenants. The Bishops...

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

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

Letting agents and landlords are being urged by a trade body to sign a petition calling on the government to make...

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

Letting agents must undergo training, government consultation reveals

The government has announced that all letting agents will be required to “satisfy minimum training requirements” in order to trade. The provision...

01 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

Deposits held in protection schemes now total over £4.1 billion

A campaigning letting agent says that at the start of this financial year the total cash value of deposits held in...

30 October 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

Free seminar for agents on sub-letting and rental sector changes

A leading legal firm is staging a free and interactive seminar on sub-letting, aimed at letting agents. The event takes place on...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Concern that Client Money Protection pledge may be forgotten

Kitemark-style scheme SAFEagent is calling on the government to ensure plans to make Client Money Protection schemes mandatory are not ignored...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Help the rental sector solve the housing crisis' Chancellor is told

A leading accountancy and business advice consultancy says residential landlords who want to downsize their portfolios because of recent tax changes...

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

Right To Rent: independent 'inspection' of scheme announced

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has started what is described as an official inspection of Right To Rent. Legislation...

25 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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Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

PropTech company PayProp says the government’s outline proposal for greater regulation of the private rental sector should be treated as good...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Five weeks before one of lettings sector's biggest ever rule changes

One of the most dramatic changes in the UK’s private rental sector regulations is set to take place in five weeks...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

Only two out of every 10 private rental sector landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Major leasehold firm welcomes possible watchdog for lettings

Leasehold enfranchisement specialist operator Leasehold Solutions is the latest to welcome the government’s suggestion of a regulatory watchdog to oversee leasehold...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Government considering new regulatory body for leasehold rentals

Plans for new measures regarding leasehold tenancies to help create “a fairer property management system that works for everyone” have been...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: government issues hefty 95-page guidelines for lettings sector

The government has published long-awaited guidelines for the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the private rental sector.   The hefty 95-page...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation launched on 'Fitness for Human Habitation' rental rules

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the Fitness for Human Habitation requirements for...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Info for agents: This is how to tell MPs about reform of rental sector

Agents have until November 24 - two days after the next Budget - to submit evidence to the latest probe into...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra affordable housing cash may help clean up private rental sector - claim

The National Landlords’ Association says the extra £2 billion in funding made available by the government for additional affordable housing may...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 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

Industry anger erupts at Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls

Trade groups have reacted angrily to Labour’s proposal to introduce rent controls if the party enters government.   The announcement, made by Labour...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent will never meet demand by tenants, government told

A trade body says the expanding Build To Rent sector will never be large enough to meet tenant demand and as...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader’s speech at the end of this week’s Labour conference in Brighton to commit the party...

27 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

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

Treasury told: 'Reform Capital Gains Tax to help lettings sector'

The National Landlords’ Association appears to be first off the starting blocks with its submission to government ahead of the next...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants government action on gas and carbon monoxide

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until tomorrow.  “As Gas Safety Week...

22 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

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

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

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

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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Housing minister rules out rent controls for rest of this parliament

Housing minister Alok Sharma has told a major residential conference that rent controls will definitely not be a policy of the...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Universal Credit leading more tenants into arrears, warns trade body

Over a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are now in rent arrears, up by over...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say it's no surprise lettings complaints are surging

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is not surprised the majority of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency survey says 66% of landlords undeterred by tax changes

A survey for online letting agency Upad claims that 66 per cent of landlords are not going to change their property...

08 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

Right to Rent: Brexit is making it harder for EU tenants

Almost a fifth of landlords say they are now less likely to let to EU nationals or people from the European...

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

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

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

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Most lettings investors want stamp duty surcharge scrapped

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a survey reveals that most buy to let and other property investors want the three per cent stamp duty...

24 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

Trade body wants rent records info added to tenants' credit scores

Rent payments should be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own, says...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Some landlords beginning to quit buy to let, insists leading agency

Belvoir is warning that some buy to let investors are quitting the sector.   “Although we are not currently seeing a huge exit...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Academic alleges massive tax evasion across private rental sector

An economics academic says the country’s taxpayers should be “very angry” with the government for failing to collect taxes to which...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Pressure group urges £5,000 cap on energy efficiency rental work

An energy efficiency lobbying group says it backs new government energy efficiency guidelines to improve 300,000 private rented homes - but...

10 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

Politician says £10m tax may be avoided via short lets in one city alone

Green Party politician Andy Wightman claims that £10.6m in taxes are being avoided this year due to the boom in private...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 81,000 Build To Rent units in England completed or planned

New government figures reveal that there are 80,855 Built To Rent homes either completed or planned.    It says investment in this element...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body establishes 'research lab' to inform lettings policy

The Residential Landlords Association has established the Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab - PEARL - to better inform policy-making...

02 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

Top student lettings provider may be affected by cladding issues

It is being reported that one of the major providers of purpose-built student accommodation to let - Unite - could temporarily...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: agency chief says it'll be more complex under Brexit

The head of an online letting agency specialising in student accommodation says the controversial Right To Rent legislation may have to...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another city private rental licensing scheme moves a step closer

A new licensing scheme in Nottingham has moved a step closer with the proposal being sent to the government for approval.    The council’s...

25 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

From: Sponsored Content

Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent firms say housing survey show need for new sector to grow

The findings of the most recent English Housing Survey, an annual report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

IDS is latest Tory to criticise government's buy to let tax policies

Ian Duncan Smith is the latest Conservative to criticise his own government’s fiscal policies regarding buy to let.   Writing on the Conservative...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.8% in past year, say official government figures

The typical rent paid by tenants across Britain rose by an average of 1.8 per cent in the 12 months to...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes government U-turn on digitisation deadline

A trade body has welcomed a government U-turn on implementing the ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative - but it says the decision...

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

Government tells trade body - new EPC rules will come in next April

The Residential Landlords’ Association has been told in no uncertain terms by the government that changes to Energy Performance Certificate scheduled...

10 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

Paragon says investors want government to scrap BTL tax changes

Paragon Mortgages says its most recent survey of buy to let investors makes it clear that the vast majority want the...

07 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

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

Far from being wealthy property investors, two thirds of individual landlords pay merely the basic rate of income tax according to...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

A minister at the Departrment of Communities and Local Government has set out the government’s position in terms of the fire-related...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

Proposals in Scotland for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could damage the sector, especially in rural communities.   That’s...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector tax increases - they're hurting, but they're not working

The Residential Landlords’ Association says recent fiscal changes hitting the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

One in seven tenants spends over half of total income on rent - claim

Almost one in seven private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent, in stark contrast to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government is offering private buy to let investors who have properties in high-rise buildings...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New help for expat buy to let investors facing UK tax changes

Skipton International has launched a guide to help expat buy to let investors trying to make sense of the UK government’s...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

The head of the parent firm of mydeposits is warning tenants and landlords tempted to enter into new ‘no-deposit’ schemes to...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group urges checks on white goods across private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association is urging checks on white goods in privately rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.    The association is...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Thousands wasted on wrong Section 21 notices claims lawyer

Agents and landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims...

28 June 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

London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

The substantial majority of landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in one London borough if the government agrees...

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

Property management chief calls for national tenant register

The head of a property management company is calling on the government to introduce a tenants' register which would help rogue...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be tweaked as part of Brexit process

The controversial Right To Rent, which obliges letting agents and landlords to check the right of prospective tenants to live in...

23 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

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 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

High profile agent calls for 'cross-party housing tsar'

The boss of 300 branch agency Belvoir has called on the government to appoint a cross-party housing tsar to work with...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent could impact British citizens without passports

Almost a fifth of British citizens could find it harder to access rental property, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

16 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

Watchdog upholds complaints made against rental property listing

Government watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld four complaints made against a Liverpool letting agency. The complaints were made against...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

‘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

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

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

Conservative peer Lord Flight, a former shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says the UK needs “a vibrant and growing private...

31 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

Trade group wants new government to improve slow court process

The Residential Landlords’ Association is demanding that the new government improves the “slow, complex, and underfunded” system which means that it...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest tax change - election candidates receive 1,500 letters

Some 1,500 landlords have responded to a trade group’s campaign calling for them to press General Election candidates to oppose changes...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned: 'Ensure eviction notices are correctly served'

Agents are being warned to ensure they serve eviction notices correctly as the ‘peak eviction’ summer period arrives.  Specialist tenant referencing service...

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

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Valuations chief snipes at government's anti-landlord policies

Buy to let valuations fell to just seven per cent of the total valuations market activity in April as the sector...

18 May 2017

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Charity crowdfunding for legal challenge against Right to Rent rollout

Immigration charity Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for...

17 May 2017

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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

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are unenforceable, say rural landlords

A group of rural landlords has called on the government to clarify Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation being introduced next...

16 May 2017

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Thousands of agents to campaign for Client Money Protection

This week, thousands of letting agents will be taking part in SAFEagent Awareness Week 2017. Agents taking part in the event –...

15 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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

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Landlord facing £57,000 fine 'could have benefitted from an agent'

The landlord of a west London property, described by a judge as a "deathtrap" and an "accident waiting to happen", has...

03 May 2017

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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

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Labour not ruling out rent controls as possible manifesto pledge

A senior Labour spokesman has refused to rule out rent controls as a possible manifesto commitment for the June 8 General...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - ARLA backs Mayor's rogue agents database

Letting agents who have broken the law are set to be ‘named and shamed’ by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,...

27 April 2017

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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

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Build To Rent developers say they want three-year tenancies as the norm

The British Property Federation says it is doing all it can to urge the fledgling Build To Rent sector to fall...

26 April 2017

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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

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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

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Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 April 2017

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Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

The number of people committing to tenancies for two years or more is declining according to new data released by Foxtons.   In...

24 April 2017

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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

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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

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20% of rental properties now let by companies, says Countrywide

A remarkable one in five properties now being let are operated by a company landlord - and the figure surges to...

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

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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

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Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 2017

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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

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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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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

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Anti-deposit campaigner warns of Client Money Protection side-effect

A leading letting agent campaigning against rental sector deposits is warning that the industry might be hit with “astronominal” insurance premiums...

10 April 2017

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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

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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

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Letting agents in the firing line as new civil penalties come into effect

New legislation coming into force today gives local authorities in England tough new powers to crack down on rogue agents and...

06 April 2017

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Almost half of 'victimised' buy to let investors ready to quit

A new study of landlords reveals that far more believe they will be affected by today’s buy to let mortgage interest...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

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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

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Rental sector increases as 'young adult owner' numbers plunge

Analysis of the government's latest English Housing Survey figures shows that there’s been a further decline in the home ownership rate...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 80% of Help To Buy: Equity Loan purchasers are first timers

Over 112,000 properties have been purchased through the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme since its launch in 2013 - and...

31 March 2017

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Right To Rent: trade body's concern over 'further sanctions'

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written to an immigration minister to express its concern over possible ‘further sanctions’ for landlords who...

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

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Industry joy as government formally backs mandatory CMP for agents

There has been widespread pleasure from throughout the industry at the government’s decision to accept the recommendation of a working group...

29 March 2017

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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

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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

'Make Client Money Protection mandatory on agents' government told

The working group set up by the Department of Communities and Local Government to consider Client Money Protection says the scheme...

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

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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

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

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Government should create 'Help To Rent' says homelessness charity

Half of England’s local authorities claim it is ‘very difficult’ to assist homeless applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a...

22 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

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

More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Short Lets - government to review Rent A Room tax relief

The Residential Landlords Association has spotted small print from the Budget that may suggest the government is about to review Rent...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

A trade body claims that vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced...

10 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

Buy To Let tax changes - opponents launch new website

The campaign against the phased reduction in landlords' mortgage interest tax relief is continuing with the opening of a new website,...

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

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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

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Student landlords concerned about prospect of fast-track degrees

Student landlords are concerned that fast-track two-year degrees could have an impact on their rental businesses. This is according to StudentTenant.com, which...

08 March 2017

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Trade body asks government to give reasons for incoming tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is writing to the Office for Budget Responsibility asking it to provide clarification on controversial tax...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor calls on short-term lets sites to bring in Airbnb-style limit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to six short-term lets websites calling on them to introduce a 90-day limit on rentals...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants are paying less and staying longer, analysis reveals

Analysis of the government’s respected English Housing Survey suggests that the reality of the private rental sector is far from the...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: ARLA outlines concerns ahead of UK roll-out

ARLA Propertymark representatives have met with Home Office officials in Cardiff and Edinburgh ahead of the government’s roll-out of Right To...

06 March 2017

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Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

Belvoir says new figures from across its network of agents shows that the government is wrong to claim that renting is...

03 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

Survey reveals tenants' shocking lack of knowledge about renting

A survey of 1,000 tenants and landlords has provided evidence of what many agents already know - that the growing complexity...

01 March 2017

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Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

Scotland’s largest professional organisation for letting agents is urging all those in the rental sector to ensure they are fully compliant with...

01 March 2017

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To Let boards may be banned across one of UK's largest cities

Manchester council is considering a city-wide ban on letting agents’ To Let boards.   The local authority says the plethora of boards in some...

28 February 2017

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Trade group names MPs to target over buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association has listed key MPs in marginal constituencies who should be lobbied ahead of the March 8 Budget...

24 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

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Trade body wants much stricter regulation on letting agents

The Chartered Institute of Housing wants the government to introduce a raft of new measures including significantly greater regulation of letting...

21 February 2017

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Housing minister wants agents to say what they think of White Paper

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is organising a series of regional meetings for property professionals to give him their view of his...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent rises of 30% warns ex-Bank of England chief

Tenants face potential rent increases of between 20 and 30 per cent as a result of tax rises hitting landlords, says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group backs banning orders on rogue agents, landlords

A trade body has backed government plans to introduce so-called ‘banning orders’ for rogue letting agents and landlords, but it says...

17 February 2017

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Buy To Let tax opponents pledge shock and awe on Shelter

Opponents of the proposed change to mortgage interest tax relief for landlords have promised what they call a “shock and awe”...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminates against international students'

Right To Rent is encouraging discrimination against international students according to a student lts online service.    Government figures marking the first anniversary...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Economists asked to assess impact of buy to let tax changes

A trade group has commissioned a firm of economists to look at how the government’s mortgage interest tax relief change -...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminating against legal tenants' - claim

A report out today claims foreigners and Britons without passports, particularly from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the lettings...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will NOT apply to Buy To Let properties

The government has stepped in to clear up misunderstandings emerging from the Housing White Paper following its high profile call for...

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

Industry anger at government 'failing to fix broken market'

Agents and many industry bodies have expressed their disappointment and anger at many provisions of the Housing White Paper produced by...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government considers mandatory Client Money Protection

The government has announced in its Housing White Paper that it is still “working with industry experts” to consider whether Client...

08 February 2017

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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

Buy to let pleads to be kept at centre of White Paper's rental plans

The Residential Landlords Association has made a last-minute plea for buy to let investors to remain central to the government’s plans...

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

Even ex-Bank of England economist hates buy to let tax change

David Miles, a former Bank of England economist, has described the government’s mortgage interest tax relief reform as “terrible” - but...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes not hitting buy to let significantly, says agency chief

The head of MartinCo, the country’s largest franchise agency group, says the government’s buy to let tax changes and lettings fee...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: housing chief says it's not good enough

A damning critique of the one-year-old Right To Rent legislation in England suggests that the government is largely unaware of its...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty windfall 'justifies scrapping buy to let tax changes'

The government should think again about punitive tax changes to the private rented sector after receiving greater-than-expected revenue from the three...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Agent says lettings sector starting to feel like a protection racket

A campaigning lettings agent is demanding action over what he suggests is a tenancy deposit system that is in need of...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body sets out seven-point wish-list for March Budget

The Residential Landlords Association has been quick off the mark to issue what it calls a seven point wish list to...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Group calls for capital gains and energy efficiency reforms

The National Landlords Association is making only three demands on the government for its next Budget, because it recognises further reforms...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government Housing White Paper now tipped to appear on February 6

It’s been a long time coming but the government’s White Paper on Housing - tipped to contain major reforms affecting the...

26 January 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

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

First-ever apprenticeship in property management takes shape

The property management company Rendall & Rittner is spearheading the first ever government apprenticeship pilot in Housing and Property Management.    Since the...

19 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

Now Ireland looks at planning issues surrounding Airbnb lets

Properties let out via Airbnb in the Republic of Ireland may come under greater planning scrutiny.    It follows the news that a...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Think tank calls for more tenant-power in private rental sector

  The think tank IPPR has called for increased tenant-power within the private rental sector to give renters the kind of clout...

16 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

Another council considers restricting To Let boards in key rental areas

A consultation on whether to introduce stronger rules to control the number of 'to let' boards in Durham has just started.    The...

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

'How about a list of rogue tenants?' asks leading journalist

A leading personal finance journalist - and a former editor of Landlord Today - has used the columns of right wing...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Want to lobby Phillip Hammond? Here's how you do it...

The government has published a new set of guidelines for organisations, companies and individuals to lobby the Treasury ahead of the...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents back beefed-up campaign against changes to mortgage tax relief

The campaigners against planned changes to mortgage interest tax relief - set to come into effect from April, phased over four...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News