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Call for open-ended renting with reduced rent for long-term tenancies

There should be open-ended tenancies with reduced rent for long-term contracts and any rent increase tied only to inflation. This dramatic reform...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA blasts government threat to end freedom of movement on October 31

The Association of Residential Letting Agents made a short sharp attack on the government last night, over freedom of movement and...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents thrive in a growing rental market?

With the recent introduction of the Tenant Fees Act – which bans upfront fees charged by letting agents and caps security...

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Guild wins confirmation that Section 21 change will not be retrospective

The Guild of Property Professionals has received confirmation that the government’s proposed changes to Section 21 will not be retrospective. “What this...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s official - private rents are FALLING in real terms

Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rising by 1.3...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

Claims that the use of Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New housing court in England and Wales 'should follow Scots model'

A new property court similar to the Scottish system should be established in England and Wales to deal with the proposed...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

Do you know how much your deposits should be? Since June 1 of this year, the government has capped deposits at...

15 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Fees Ban Cash Crisis: letting agents expect to lose 30% of annual income

The first ‘state of the industry’ report on the lettings agency sector since the introduction of the fees ban suggests individual...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Why I may quit buy to let - a landlord explains their S21 dilemma

A private landlord has gone on record to explain her own dilemma with a tenant - and why the government’s scrapping...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

A Labour council which has become famous for its critical approach to the private rental sector has now been given almost £200,000...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 abolition has a silver lining says Haart

The Haart lettings agency says the government’s plan to abolish landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers may not be a bad thing. The...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Four months: how long it takes to repossess a rental property

The Ministry of Justice says it takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a repossession claim to the...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

What a performance! Edinburgh artists suffer because of rental rules

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

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent become first in Wales to scrap fees levied on tenants

A Cardiff lettings agent claims to have become the first in Wales to stop charging fees to new and existing tenants. CPS...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

Confusion reigns over inventory reports and how letting agents and landlords comply with the Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Act 2018. That’s...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Eight Cabinet ministers are private landlords - and claim rent on expenses

The Mirror newspaper says eight members of the new Boris Johnson-led Cabinet are buy to let investors - and it accuses...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains to Boris Johnson about a lettings agency

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a remarkable attack on a lettings agency, accusing it of “an abuse of power” over its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council seeks government backing to widen licensing

Another local authority has announced that it wants to introduce another selective licensing scheme and designate its entire patch for HMO...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say: We need a dedicated housing court

The vast majority of letting agents and private landlords with experience of using the courts to repossess properties say the system...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme will be the country’s largest yet

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, which will include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 could be chance for agents to secure more work - claim

If the government follows through with its plan to scrap Section 21 there could be more work for agents as a...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory says government “war on landlords” will make housing crisis worse

An outspoken Conservative party figure says government policies such as the scrapping of Section 21 will play into the hands of...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings trade body congratulates Johnson on election success

The lettings establishment has sent its congratulations to Boris Johnson on his election as Tory leader and, from this afternoon, Prime...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned sales agents ‘could be setting up rogue lettings firms’ - claim

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it fears the government needs to do more to prevent the possibility of banned...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Bailiffs to carry mandatory body-worn cameras to deter aggression

The Ministry of Justice has announced that body-worn cameras must be worn by bailiffs recovering debt from individuals. The ministry adds that...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-regulation of Airbnb-style lets could damage tourism - claim

Over-regulation of short-term let accommodation in some areas of rural Scotland could pose a risk to rural tourism, a business organisation...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern as government hints at wider scope for ‘rogues database’

There’s been a sceptical response to news leaked from government over the weekend suggesting that a database of rogue landlords would...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lights! Camera! Short Lets! - how movies have led to a rental surge

The number of film-related enquiries for short lets received by Knight Frank in the year to May has shown a rise...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry reform “toothless” if rogue agents aren’t stopped - warning

There’s a warning this morning that the root-and-branch reform of the agency industry recommended by a government-backed working party will be...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand to move soars after Tenant Fees Act … but rents up, too

Data from Rightmove suggests that demand from tenants looking for a new home has soared seven per cent since the Tenants...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 will put vulnerable tenants most at risk - claim

Vulnerable tenants suffering a higher risk of rent arrears will be hit hardest by plans to change the way landlords can...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs Up: trade groups back industry reform proposals

Trade organisations including the Association of Residential Letting Agents have welcomed today’s publication of the report of the Regulation of Property...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Hands off the private rental sector’ - warning to new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will face an immediate crisis in the private rented sector if government doesn’t rethink its plans to...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold: government fails to respond

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slated by Tory MP and agency chief over Sections 21 and 24

The chairman of Hunters estate agency, who is also a Conservative MP, has hit out at the government over its handling...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 breaches of tenant deposits’ law, research shows

In the past 18 months more than 200 landlords from across Scotland have been found to be in breach of a...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and government interference start to hurt rental sector

Rents are rising at the fastest rate since 2017, pushing the average yield on residential property to 4.5 per cent, its...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: industry and government go back to court

Both sides of the Right To Rent debate are squaring up for their latest court battle. Earlier this year the High Court...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rental spokesman's seat under threat from Momentum

Media reports in London suggest that Labour’s hyper-active housing spokesman on the Greater London Assembly may be under threat from Jeremy...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade association calls for government to halt PRS intervention

A trade association has called for a 'moratorium' on any further government intervention in the buy-to-let sector in order to stop...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: plans to introduce 'scandalous' 12-month tenancy contracts

The Welsh government is planning to make changes to the notice period for eviction which would see tenants given 12-month contracts...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Benefits tenants could be biggest losers if Section 21 is scrapped

Tenants on state benefits could be the 'biggest casualties' of the government's 'ill-thought-out' plans to scrap the Section 21 evictions process,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Property investors urge government to scrap stamp duty surcharge

Property investors are calling for the government to provide more support to the UK property market. A survey of investors, carried out...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Landlords want 'fast track housing tribunal'

A survey of landlords has found that 39% would like to see a fast track housing tribunal introduced if and when...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent blasts government for going to war on buy to let

A senior London lettings agent has accused the government of “going to war” on buy to let investors. The director of Benham...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership duo: help the lettings industry!

A leading trade body is urging the candidates to lead the Conservative Party to adopt a more positive approach to the...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government considers ‘deposit passports’ in yet another rental reform

The government is considering the idea of a deposit passport for use by tenants when they move from one property to...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The soaring value of property management

If you are a letting agent who has begun to question your worth, stop. The value of property management is rising...

27 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Selective licensing: 12 big changes being considered by government

An independent review into selective licensing in the private rental sector makes a series of recommendations to tighten processes, with the...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

U-turn Hypocrites! Government accused of reneging on rental sector pledge

A trade body has accused the government of going back on its promise not to introduce a national register of landlords. The...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants pay up to 83% of their salary in rent, claims online firm

An average of 34 per cent of a tenant’s typical salary is spent on rent across the UK, according to an...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS award rises from the ashes after devastating fire

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which suggested a devastating fire in early January, has been recognised for the professional, efficient and calm...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide: Vast majority of tenants haven't heard of it...

The government has been told it needs to provide tenants with better information about their rights and responsibilities if it’s to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents: are there Whirlpool tumble dryers in your properties?

Whirlpool has been ordered to recall 500,000 tumble dryers in what has been described as an “unprecedented” government move. Around half a million...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank scraps 'No DSS' BTL mortgage rule after pressure from ministers

The government says thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules announced by Metro Bank. Currently the bank prevents landlords...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body hits out over 'high rents for Millennials' claim

A trade body has hit out at government policy following a think tank’s claims that young people are less mobile because of...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Searing criticism of agents and landlords by leading consumer group

A prominent consumer group claims that one in 10 tenants currently renting say they have at some point been evicted “for...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' staff levels will be hit by Fees Ban, says HR chief

The head of the country's oldest agency recruitment consultancy says the tenant fee ban will hit staffing levels in the industry...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group tries to take credit for momentous Fees Ban

The consumer charity Citizens Advice has hailed the Tenant Fees Act and the ban on letting agents’ charges to renters as...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs Labour council’s ‘unique’ licensing scheme

The government has agreed that a council in London where all 51 councillors are Labour should go ahead with a five...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban is here: but will it achieve what the government wants?

The Tenant Fees Act comes into effect in England tomorrow - but a senior lettings expert is questioning whether it will...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Farage on the spot: What will he do to help the private rental sector?

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been put on the spot by the person many consider to be the country’s most...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme makes £25,000 award after “failings” by lettings agent

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-backed redress operators for the lettings and sales service, has outlined its work...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another warning to government of buy to let sell-off thanks to S21

There’s been another major industry survey revealing that a high number of lettings agents and landlords may quit the private rental...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: New call for government to rethink proposed ban

There’s been another call on the government to rethink its plans to change the Section 21 eviction process.  The founder of Landlord...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories haemorrhage support after frequent attacks on buy to let

Only one in six private landlords say they would support the Conservatives in an election according to a new poll. Buy to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven new Hunters branches this year so far, with more to come

Hunters says it’s opened seven new branches this year so far - well ahead of the three it had launched at...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Section 21: trade body receives record response to consultation call

Over 6,000 people have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented sector should look...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as agency backs Fees Ban - and gives its profits to the homeless

An estate agency that describes itself as a ‘social enterprise’ says it will spend its profits on the homeless and related...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Housing minister pledges repossession reforms

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has pledged that the government will make changes to the court repossession process alongside its plans to...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells landlords: 'don't stress too much over Brexit'

The operations director of letting agency haart has told landlords not to 'stress too much' over Brexit. Paul Sloan says it's easy...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged the government to 'fix' the court system before it goes ahead with its plan...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Treasury does not understand basics of taxation, says damning report

A damning report on taxation in the private rental sector (PRS) has accused the treasury of appearing not to understand 'the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Under investigation: over 100 agents fail to apply for mandatory register

The Scottish Government is investigating 114 businesses suspected of carrying out letting agency work without registration and has issued 86 compliance...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Crisis-point: Huge buy to let sell-off imminent according to new figures

A quarter of private landlords are looking to sell at least one property over the next year according to new research...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quiz The Minister: send questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

 Union wants its members to ensure Section 21 is actually scrapped

A trade union says the government’s intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is “a huge victory” - but...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech should free agents to meet customers ‘not lead to fewer jobs’

Increased use of PropTech by lettings agencies should allow staff to be freed up to engage in all-important face-to-face contact with...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

'Pro-lettings sector' group may be set up by political party

A Liberal Democrat activist is considering establishing a landlords’ group consisting of party members. Tony Harris, writing on the LibDem Voice website,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 fall-out continues: trade group launches its own consultation

The official government consultation period on the scrapping of Section 21 eviction begins shortly, but now a leading lettings sector trade...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

A formal consultation process has started to consider government plans to extend Anti-Money Laundering from property sales to lettings as well. Unveiled...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Government accused of Dickensian view of buy to let

The scrapping of Section 21, as proposed by the government, shows that Whiteall has “a Dickensian view” of the buy to...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove bans ‘No DSS’ from listings and falls in line with Zoopla

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term ‘No DSS’ from its lettings agents’ listings from the...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to Section 21 “not fit for purpose” says lettings group

The government’s wish to use a modified Section 8 as an alternative to Section 21 for landlords seeking possession of their...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Only 129 agents respond to consultation on S21 and longer tenancies

The government consultation process which fuelled its decision to axe Section 21 eviction powers and move towards longer tenancies received only...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents now at their lowest level for three years says DPS

Average monthly UK rent is now at its lowest level for three years according to the Deposit Protection Service. Average rent fell...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council crackdown on buy to let rogues gets new online back-up

The government has beefed up its support for councils identifying and prosecuting rogue landlords. Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More Brexit chaos with warning EU citizens ‘may have problems renting’

A lettings sector trade body says EU citizens may face problems getting private rented accommodation after Brexit. And the body - the...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Parliamentary call for tax relief for rental home improvements

A trade body has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for the buy to let sector to improve...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings reform: major announcements soon, says government

A housing minister has pledged that more key reforms for the private rental sector will be revealed soon, despite Brexit political...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban toolkit for agents launched as deadline nears

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has launched a 10-element tool kit for agents ahead of the fees ban on June...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new guidance notes for agents, tenants and landlords

The government has issued new guidance notes on the Tenant Fees Act, aimed at agents, landlords and tenants. The publications come ahead...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for CGT relief if tenants are families or domestic abuse victims

Fergus Wilson, arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord and almost certainly the individual with the largest number of buy to lets in...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘CMP will protect clients from agents that go under after Fees Ban’

The mandatory Client Money Protection scheme membership that comes into effect today will protect landlords and tenants from letting agents that...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scandal: Agent steals £350,000 but pays back just one pound

A lettings agent who stole over £350,000 is reported to have been told to pay back…£1. Local media in the south of...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on lettings sector 'rogues' by government minister

The government is back to business attacking the lettings sector with an extraordinary claim by a minister that many students are...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Scrap Right To Rent’ call after latest controversial court ruling

With the government already on the ropes over Brexit, there’s a call today for one of its flagship immigration policies to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises still well below inflation, government figures show

Rent rises in the year to the end of February, as released by the government’s Office of National Statistics, show growth...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: how will it work with Brexit Freedom of Movement rules?

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has asked the government for urgent clarification on how Right To Rent will work post-Brexit...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards launches bid to lift energy standards in rental sector

TrustMark, the government-backed quality kite mark scheme for tradespeople, is launching a pilot with Trading Standards to improve the quality and...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up for Zoopla's 'No DSS' listings ban

The Residential Landlords Association has given its backing to Zoopla’s ban on agents and landlords advertising properties to rent as ‘No...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants invited to ‘better relationship’ sessions

A Scottish mediation company and the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust are to create eight workshops aiming to improve relationships between agents, landlords,...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC still on Buy To Let warpath, despite campaign flop - warning

There is a warning that the HMRC’s Let Property campaign, which received huge publicity and attention for some years, has so...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of almost destroying traditional lettings market”

One of Britain’s most experienced lettings experts has condemned the government for “almost singlehandedly destroying the traditional lettings market.” Lisa Simon -...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five CMP providers but government says more may be approved

The government says it is still considering applications to operate Client Money Protection schemes from April, despite approving five schemes so...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade group demands government acts on scourge of empty homes

A lettings sector trade body is demanding that the government brings forward tax measures to address what it calls “the scourge...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventories ‘could be integral part of rental redress reform’ claim

Independent inventory reporting is the perfect complement to the government’s proposed housing reforms. That’s the view of the UK’s largest provider of...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be reviewed - but it stays in place for now at least

The Home Office says it will reassess the Right To Rent scheme following last week’s decision by the High Court that...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guidelines issued for new Human Habitation law from March 20

The government has issued guidelines for the implementation of the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which comes into effect...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - momentum building to end bias against benefit tenants

Momentum is building in the campaign to end ‘No DSS’ discrimination against private rental sector tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Late...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for Right To Rent after government's bloody nose?

There’s been general support for last week’s judgment by the High Court that the government’s Right To Rent policy breaches human...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Public money to pay deposits for some homeless renting privately

The government has announced that over £19.5m is to be spent on paying deposits or paying the first month’s rent for...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

New figures from a leading trade body suggest that councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection: more providers win government approval

Propertymark’s Money Shield service and the National Approved Letting Scheme have each received government approval to operate Client Money Protection schemes. From...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL management service says it offers wider choice than traditional agents

An online platform says its management service for landlords can vary depending on individual client needs - a vital response to...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

First Client Money Protection scheme wins approval ahead of deadline

Client Money Protect has gained formal government approval to operate a client money protection scheme when the regulations go live on...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency says Brexit having “significant impact” on rental sector

Belvoir says a survey of its franchisees shows that Brexit is having what it calls “a significant impact” on the rental...

19 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stable rents show that buy to let is still sound, says leading agent

Latest official figures show that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.0 per cent in the...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme wants landlords to join now 'on a voluntary basis'

One of the existing two government-authorised redress schemes governing estate and letting agents has called on landlords to voluntarily join, ahead...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal boss talks up huge opportunity for agents to hike landlord fees

The chief executive of a still-to-be-launched property portal says Christmas may have come early for letting agents because of the “huge...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

The government has published an independent assessment of its Tenants Fees Bill proposal - the ban on fees levied by letting...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants stay an average 4.1 years, says government's own figures

Private rental sector tenants in England stay an average of 4.1 years in their property - casting doubt over the justification...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to tenants: You face a rocky 2019, says lettings chief

Tenants are in for a rocky ride this year - and it’s chiefly the fault of government, says the chief executive...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New redress scheme 'must be free for renters' insists consumer group

The government’s new redress system, announced last week and to be implemented later this year, must be free for renters to...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords still claim billions in tax relief every year

London-focussed lettings agency ludlowthompson says buy to let landlords across the country claimed a record £17.7 billion in tax relief last...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 'should be just the start of more power for tenants'

The chief executive of the Citizens Advice consumer charity says she wants government “to do even more to strengthen the hand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

Disrepair in communal areas of private blocks is to be tackled in a new series of seminars for letting agents and...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

There’s been an angry reaction to the suggestion that London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to introduce rent controls in...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for tenants as rents have dropped in the past year

Renting became more affordable in 2018 thanks to a combination of a once-in-a-decade fall in annual rents and wage inflation, according...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Proposed ban on boards prompts call: 'Do we still need To Let boards?'

Another council has been given the go ahead to ban To Let boards in part of a city - with government...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bags £35,000 public money for complaints database for tenants

The council at Brighton & Hove has won an extra £34,820 in public money from the government to help it build...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents 'could get quicker, fairer redress' through Housing Court

A leading PropTech exponent is supporting the government’s Housing Court initiative, suggesting it could make redress for agents, landlords and tenants...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pro-fees ban agent admits there will be “unintended consequences”

A lettings agency boss who says she is actually in favour of the agents’ fees ban nonetheless admits there will be...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge surge in Build To Rent: problem or opportunity for letting agents?

There has been a massive surge in the volume of lettings properties under construction for the burgeoning Built To Rent sector. Data...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban could cost agencies £60,000 in two years, claims campaigning agent

English letting agencies could lose over £60,000 each in the next two years alone as a result of the Tenant Fees...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up they go: Rightmove says rents to rise because of stock famine

A lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests asking rents in London are now increasing at an annual rate not seen for...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 90 S21 notices to be issued this week by controversial landlord

The man who is arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord - Fergus Wilson - is likely to be issuing up to 90...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Today's big vote - no, not Brexit, but the Tenant Fees Bill

Today’s vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal may be dominating the headlines but it’s the...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial figures claim much more private rental overcrowding

A report claims that England has just 825 homes for every 1,000 families as a result of two decades of house...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS HQ destroyed by fire just as ‘reviewer’ scheme announced

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - which was hit by a serious fire at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters last evening - has appointed...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beat the deposit cap  with this one, simple solution

It’s 2019, and we may all be wishing each other a Happy New Year, but for UK landlords, the outlook might...

09 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

'Create a rental property MOT certificate' says top inventories firm

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says the creation of an MOT certificate system for properties in the rental sector...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Scottish 'stamp duty' surcharge rising to 4% later this month

The stamp duty surcharge - which across the rest of Britain is currently three per cent on additional homes such as...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Court: agents have less than three weeks left to respond

Agents have under three weeks left to respond to the government’s proposals to introduce a Housing Court to settle disputes in...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill: no implementation date known for some weeks

The government says it will not reveal an implementation date for the banning on agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies give the thumbs-up to new room size guidance

There’s been a broad welcome from the industry to new guidance on room sizes on rented homes. The guidance was released just...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government's bold claim - 'Fees Ban won't hurt many agents'

The government has made the controversial claim that the ban on the levying of fees on tenants will not produce “significant...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Upbeat look to prime London lettings as year draws to a close

Knight Frank has issued a relatively upbeat assessment of the prime London lettings market as the year draws to a close.  Firstly...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban update: ‘Enforcement authority’ for lettings sector to be revealed shortly

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that it will shortly choose which local authority will be the...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

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

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government revises rental property minimum room size guidance

In an announcement made just hours before much of the industry started its Christmas break, the government has clarified its guidance...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be clearer on Right To Rent' government urged by trade bodies

A trade body has spoken out about the lack of detail in government plans for Right To Rent, as contained in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stolen: £1.3m of tenants’ cash pilfered by rogue agents and landlords

A rental campaigner claims the amount of money stolen this year by crooked lettings agents and landlords has topped the £1.3m...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

Research by franchise lettings agency company Belvoir suggests that landlords are continuing to exit the property market, although not at the...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme. The scheme began operating nationwide in...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Charge! Lettings management firm fits car-charging points at properties

Newton Property, a lettings management company in Scotland, is spending £100,000 on installing electric car charging points in properties it manages.  It...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour claims it was behind the deposit cap dropping to five weeks

Labour claims it was the driving force behind the government’s decision to cap tenants’ security deposits from six weeks to five...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

Some 79 per cent of landlords are only servicing the interest on their mortgages, not paying down their loans, according to...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty fuels more rental demand, says lettings agency

Continued political and economic uncertainty is likely to fuel increased tenant demand in the private rented sector, says Haart.  The company’s latest...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government cuts tenant deposit cap from six weeks to five weeks

The government has this afternoon confirmed that the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home will be...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Anger at possible government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

There has been widespread Industry anger at news of a possible U-turn by the government over the proposed cap on security...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Incentives possible for private rental sector 'to house those most in need'

The private rental sector in Wales could be offered incentives and other support to house those most in need, the Welsh...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency in ‘viewing charges’ controversy has had protests in the past

Letting Agent Today can reveal that the agency at the centre of the scandal over alleged charges for viewings has been...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Five months to regain possession through courts' new figures show

Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - under 1% of tenancies end with deposit disputes

Fewer than one per cent of private tenancies end in a dispute over the deposit - and the figure is this...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reform possession process as part of Housing Court idea - call

A call has been made for the government to review the section 8 possession process as part of its call for...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

The private rental sector is not fit for purpose when it comes to housing vulnerable tenants, claims debt charity StepChange which...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government creates housing court and wins support from trade body

The government is consulting on the proposal for a specialist Housing Court which, if it goes ahead, would be a “single...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done to stop the rogues’ government told

A lettings trade body has welcomed extra government funding for English councils to clamp down on criminal landlords. But the Residential Landlords...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery: What does new ‘global immigration system’ mean for agents

The government has unveiled the spectre of a ‘global immigration system’ to be introduced from the end of 2020 - but...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands government clarity on moves against landlords

The Labour MP who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the House of Commons is pressing the government...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants one step closer to being able to sue landlords over conditions

Tenants are now a step closer to being able to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties. The Commons...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate tenants' powers to sue over property conditions

MPs in the House of Commons will today debate the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by a Labour backbencher...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given access to database of rogue agents and landlords

The Guardian says the government is committed to making a datebase of rogue letting agents and landlords available to tenants. The newspaper quotes...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising despite fall in tenant demand - ARLA

The number of tenants seeing their rents rise continues to go up according to the latest market snapshot produced by the...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

A poll of 1,250 landlords suggests that far from being concerned about the profitability of buy to let, almost 80 per...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme bags £5m in 'lost' council tax from buy to let sector

Since one London local authority introduced private rental sector licensing in 2013 an extra £5,002,203 in council tax has been collected...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting 'would boost repairs and give more tenant security'

Some 1.5m tenants could be at risk of losing their deposits, claims a campaigner for insurance-based alternatives to deposits. Ajay Jagota, head...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lodger dodgers and Airbnb landlords may be targeted in Budget

A newspaper claims landlords who ‘game’ the current tax regime for short term lets and lodging may be in the firing...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 30% fall in buy to let purchases in just three years

Countrywide says landlords spent £12.1 billion buying rental properties in the first half of this year - a full 30 per...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

A call has been made for the Tenants’ Fees Bill to be made even stricter following a claim that over a...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants more likely to vote - is this why rental sector is under attack?

New research may explain why the government and Labour appear to be competing with each other to attack landlords and letting...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising - but should buy to let investors consider Ireland?

With an average rental return of 7.69 per cent Ireland has been named as the top location in Europe for buy to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent and Brexit: 'give EU citizens the paperwork' say groups

The Home Secretary has been asked by a leading lettings sector trade organisation to ensure hard copy documents are given to...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

CGT incentive for longer tenancies - limited backing from trade body

There has been limited support given from some parts of the lettings industry to a proposal offering Capital Gains Tax relief...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban moves a step closer - Bill returns to Parliament this week

The Tenant Fees Bill is back in Parliament this week when it goes for its Second Reading in the House of...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows longer tenancies could deter many landlords

The shock findings of a new survey suggest that 32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch bans tenant fees and gives discounts to public sector workers

A new branch of franchise agency Century 21 has opened in Chelmsford with two unusual pitches - its own ‘ban’ on...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two thirds of Britain ‘unaffordable to young renters’ claims BBC

A salary of £51,200 a year is required to rent a one bedroom home in London according to research conducted by...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey claims 1.5m deposits 'not in any protection scheme'

A comparison website claims that over 1.5m tenants know their landlord has not placed their deposits into a government-backed deposit protection...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA courses for agents still unsure about Section 21 changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agencies has set up a course - for non-members as well as members - on Ending...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Note to Chancellor - scrap stamp duty and capital gains tax surcharges

The first of the industry trade bodies to issue a series of demands for this month’s Budget is the National Landlords Association...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Give the rental sector a (tax) break' agency tells government

The Haart agency is calling on the government to give the private rental sector a break in the autumn Budget, as...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Now isn't the time to introduce three year tenancies, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has released details of its response to the government’s official consultation on possible three year...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Tenants carry burden of landlords quitting buy to let' warning

Latest government figures show that private rents paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 0.9 per cent in the 12...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental standards up, but sector still needs to improve - new report

There have been “significant leaps forward” in the standards of the private rental sector in the past four years, but safety...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch deposits - 43% of tenants want a no-deposit alternative

A new study shows that 43 per cent of tenants want the system of private rental deposits to be dropped and...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Very large clouds over rental sector' warns Emoov-owned agency

The lettings director at Urban, the online agency recently snapped up by Emoov, says the rental market is faced with significant...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Start-up snapped up - Movem bought by HomeLet parent firm

Barbon Insurance Group, which trades as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, has now snapped up Movem. Movem uses personal online banking transaction data...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

A landmark report on private renting provides the opportunity to stop blaming letting agents and landlords for the sector’s problems, a...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill: date set for next Parliamentary stage

It’s been announced that the next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be its Second Reading in the...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More red tape? Labour gives top-level support for 'mandatory register'

Shadow housing minister John Healey has given his backing to a Labour MP’s attempt to introduce a mandatory national register for...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for 'landmark' review of rental sector

The National Landlords Association is the latest trade body to back what is being described as a landmark review of the...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

MPs have proposed a series of amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill as part of its Report Stage and Third Reading...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to pull the plug on three-year tenancies?

Reports have emerged this week that the government is planning a U-turn on its proposals to introduce mandatory three-year minimum tenancies...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments and credit scores - new partnership to benefit renters

Rent recognition platform CreditLadder, which enables renters to add their payments to their credit history, has announced a partnership which aims...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes deposit scheme paper ahead of fees ban Report Stage

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes ahead of the Report Stage of the Tenant...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government rental chief to be quizzed at upcoming industry event

The government's director of rented housing is set to address the industry at an upcoming event open to letting agents and...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes are making London rents less affordable, says top agent

A top London letting agent working for Knight Frank has commented on the 'irony' that the government's series of tax changes...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

Last week Shelter and the National Housing Federation took a swipe at lettings agents, and now Citizens Advice has joined the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges no premature decision on longer tenancies

A trade body says it has been assured by the government that there will be no premature announcement introducing longer tenancies...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government is forcing more landlords to quit, top agency claims

Belvoir says more landlords are selling up and fewer newcomers are investing in the private rental sector because of increased legislation...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Benefit Row: 'the system is at fault, not the rental sector'

The ongoing debate over some letting agents and landlords allegedly refusing to accept tenants in receipt of housing benefit has now...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

Lettings agents for or against the government’s proposals for longer tenancies have only a very short time left to respond to...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection scheme launched by Propertymark

Propertymark has launched a new Client Money Protection system, Money Shield, with a support statement from much of the lettings sector...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

Lettings agents’ representatives have hit back at an accusation of discrimination made against the industry. A report by Shelter and the National...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector will return to growth - but maybe not until 2021...

A new analysis of the buy to let market forecasts more bad news for agents, landlords and investors over the next...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investment evenly split between genders, says agency

The ownership of buy to let property is much more evenly split between women and men than amongst other forms of...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Speculation that three-year tenancies could be announced next week

Speculation is growing that three year tenancies for private renters - long favoured by the government - could be announced as...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments adding to creditworthiness: more progress announced

The Rent Recognition Challenge, an initiative to use technology to help share renters' payment histories with lenders and credit reference agencies,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish lettings reform has led to glut of buy to let sell-offs - claim

The Scottish Government’s private rental reforms are shaking up the sector according to new data, which reveals rental property sales have...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - agents have less than two weeks to respond

Agents and others wishing to respond to the official consultation on government proposals for longer tenancies have only until late evening...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New powers for social housing tenants on the way

The government has outlined increases in powers it wants to give social housing tenants - but no details of increases in social housing building. The...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits: government urged to look at reform or alternatives

Just under a third of people moving from one privately rented property to another in the past two years had to...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit confusion: 'EU nationals in UK risk losing their rental homes'

A leading trade body says EU citizens living in the UK run the risk of losing their rental homes without swift...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

The government’s controversial Right To Rent policy is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas. It was announced in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents to soar 15% as battered landlords pull out, says RICS

Rents are expected to surge 15 per cent over the next five years thanks to increasing demand and limited supply following...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

TV should show buy to let's good guys as well as rogues, says agent

Negative media portrayals of the buy to let sector could help to tip Britain into a housing crisis, claims an online...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government feels the heat over private rental energy efficiency targets

The government should be more ambitious when it comes to ensuring the private rented sector becomes increasingly energy efficient. That’s the message...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Opposition grows to threat of another stamp duty attack on buy to let

Opposition is growing fast to the threat of another stamp duty attack on the buy to let sector, rumoured to be...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - ANOTHER stamp duty threat to buy to let this autumn

A newspaper in warning that the beleaguered buy to let sector may be under attack yet again with the government considering...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb bookings in one UK city surge 70% in just a year, says agency

The proportion of visitors to Edinburgh using Airbnb surged 70 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Commercial agency Colliers,...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Date set for Bill allowing tenants to sue over property conditions

A date has been set for the next stage of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which is being promoted...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC hasn't thought through latest rental tax change, say accountants

Government plans aimed at stopping the abuse of the current Rent A Room tax perk may overcomplicate the system and deter...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory checks get predictable support from electrical trade body

The government’s announcement that it will bring in mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector has been welcomed - perhaps...

01 August 2018

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New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

The government has produced new guidelines on setting up client money protection schemes for the private rented sector. They are evidently aimed...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill - date set for next stage on path to becoming law

The government has announced that the Report Stage for the Tenants’ Fees Bill will be held on September 5, the day...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory inventories could still happen, says campaigning trade body

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it still believes there is an opportunity for the government to introduce mandatory inventory...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket reveals where and how it's cheap to rent in London

It’s a conundrum for many, especially those moving to the capital...but portal OnTheMarket claims it knows exactly where it is cheapest...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's most controversial landlord wouldn't go in to buy to let now

Britain’s most controversial landlord, Fergus Wilson, says the recent changes in buy to let legislation means that if he was starting...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Insurer launches referral scheme for agents hit by fees ban

An insurer is launching a new referral scheme for letting agents to market to landlords and tenants as a way of...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Scrap S21 eviction powers' petition gets 20,000 signatures

Campaigning group Generation Rent has secured over 20,000 signatures for a petition it says will “end unfair evictions”. The petition, on the...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Five year mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

All privately-let homes must have electrical installations checked every five years under new rules announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

20 July 2018

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Mystery surrounds lettings agency bringing in liquidators

The lettings agency Elet, based in Harrogate, has appointed liquidators.  A Letting Agent Today reader spotted an announcement about the move in...

20 July 2018

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Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

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

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes...

17 July 2018

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Airbnb sub-letting deal with lettings agency 'could be start of a trend'

Airbnb, which is facing tough local restrictions in many of the largest cities in which it operates, says its new link...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Net loss of 133,000 homes to let in coming year, trade body warns

A trade body says the country faces a net loss of 133,000 homes for private rent over the next year -...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

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Important update for agents - new How To Rent guide is issued

The government has issued a new How To Rent guide - a key document which agents or landlords managing their properties...

11 July 2018

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Top Scottish agency says new rules are 'turning point' for lettings

The major legislative changes introduced in Scotland’s letting sector are a major turning point but should not be feared, says one...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax bombshell may curb Airbnb-style short lets

The government has suggested that it is at least considering changing the terms of its Rent A Room system which could...

10 July 2018

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Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Big surge in Build To Rent homes complete or in the pipeline

The British Property Federation says there are now 124,037 Build To Rent homes complete, under construction and in planning across the...

09 July 2018

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Tory activist rounds on government over three year tenancies

A Tory activist has made an outspoken attack on the government’s policies towards the private rental sector on the pages of...

09 July 2018

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Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let...

06 July 2018

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Top London politicians call for scrapping of S21 eviction powers

Two senior London politicians are backing a campaign to scrap the powers of agents and landlords to evict tenants under Section...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham...

05 July 2018

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Three-year tenancies - will rent rises have to be agreed in advance?

Close examination of the consultation document on possible three year tenancies issued by the government suggest that it may want rent...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy proposals slammed by countryside organisation

Rural landlords say the government’s idea of making three year tenancies the norm across the private rental sector would damage the...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three Year Tenancies - Possible tax incentives are welcomed

Buy to let landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Next phase of Rent Recognition Challenge revealed this week

The next phase of the government’s Rent Recognition Challenge takes place this week, as six short-listed PropTech companies know which will...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

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Rows erupt over mandatory three-year tenancies and six-month break clauses

Arguments have already started over the government’s proposals to make three year tenancies the norm in the private rental sector. Letting Agent...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies proposals to be unveiled by government tomorrow

Leaks from government sources to at least two mainstream news outlets today suggest that radical proposals on longer tenancies and possible...

01 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New training course for agents in England unveiled by NALS

The National Approved Letting Scheme has unveiled a new specialist training course for letting agents. The NALS Level 3 Award in Letting...

29 June 2018

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We need more tax reform to help rental sector, repeats trade body

The government should scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on buy to let properties could boost quality - claim

A PropTech company chief is backing the controversial idea of spot checks on private rental sector properties in a bid to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

This is how buy to let investors have improved energy efficiency

Landlords are most likely to have invested in a boiler upgrade in the last 12 months to boost the energy efficiency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'You're completely wrong' trade body tells Tory-backing think tank

The conclusions of a new think tank analysing the private rental sector are “fundamentally wrong” according to a trade body.  The Residential...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

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Blame government for future rent rises, franchise guru warns

The chief executive of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the lettings sector will be to blame for higher rent...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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