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Conservative lettings agent lets rip at government over regulation delays

The former president of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government for failing to regulate the agency industry. Maxine...

30 June 2022

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Reform Timetable needed to stop uncertainty says leading industry supplier

A prominent lettings industry supplier says uncertainty over the details and timescales to implement rental reforms will dog the sector for...

30 June 2022

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The party’s over for Airbnb

Airbnb says that its so-called ‘party ban’ - introduced in 2020 at the height of the pandemic - is being made...

30 June 2022

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Pressure mounts on politicians to relax proposed eviction rules change

Another prominent industry voice is warning of the dangers of the Scottish Government’s new eviction policies. So far the National Residential Landlords...

30 June 2022

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New twist in revealing true cost of Purplebricks lettings error

Troubled online agency Purplebricks says it’s going to finally release its full year figures in the first week of August -...

29 June 2022

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Agents’ body queries ability of courts to cope with possessions

Propertymark is questioning whether the Scottish Government is adequately funding the First-tier Tribunal to cope with any extra demand placed on...

29 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Mayors may get new powers over Airbnb and short lets sector

Speculation in national newspapers suggests that the government is considering giving local mayors some powers over parts of the private rented...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must ease shortage of supply - Propertymark speaks out

The agents’ trade association Propertymark says the government’s high-profile rental sector reforms should address the continuing shortage of supply. Propertymark chief executive...

28 June 2022

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Public kick back against rental reform proposals

An interesting survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website suggests a lack of support for some proposals in the government’s...

24 June 2022

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Essential to involve agents and landlords in reform - agency chief

Comprehensive rental reform requires the buy in and understanding of letting agents and landlords from the outset - and not as...

24 June 2022

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New tenancy rules may be threat to student lettings - claim

There’s concern in the student lettings sector about the impact of the government’s Fairer Private Rental Sector White Paper. For this specialist...

24 June 2022

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Warning over Electric Vehicle charging at rental properties

Electric Vehicle charging points in rental properties are going to be expensive and should be planned and saved for now, according...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Backlash over wide-ranging holiday lets rules change

A tourism chief has likened new anti-holiday let regulations to those of a Stalinist dictatorship. Ashford Price, secretary of the Welsh Association...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New branch opens as franchisees celebrate three years with brand

The franchise owners of a Parkers branch have marked their third year under the brand by opening a second office. Brendan and...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

The sweeping reforms for the private rental sector announced by the government at the end of last week do not go...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent advocate want special treatment for growing niche

A property investment company says Build To Rent is key to helping Britain meet its current housing and climate change challenges...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Get Involved Now! Big industry debate on Rental White Paper

Today’s proposed changes to the private rental sector are the most radical for a generation. The first industry debate on this hot...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Is rental reform a distraction from government failures elsewhere?

A prominent lettings industry supplier has asked whether the earlier-than-expected arrival of the rental reform white paper was a distraction from...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms to be unveiled by government tomorrow

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Change on the agenda for leading inventory clerks’ trade association

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it’s going to propose evolutionary changes at its upcoming annual general meeting. This will include...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties may be obliged to change for disabled tenants

A consultation over the summer looks set to be the first part of a radical change to the structure of communal...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Will agents pass on energy help to tenants, charity asks?

More than one in eight private renters may miss out on support to cope with rising energy costs, Citizens Advice claims.  The...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy extension plans criticised as “laughable … unworkable”

A selection of property industry figures have spoken out against the government’s latest proposals to extend Right To Buy to housing...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - body discussing implementation recruits top agency figure

A Parliamentary group currently investigating the possible implementation of rent controls is to be joined by a senior figure from Propertymark. The...

07 June 2022

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Agents warn Boris Johnson: “Stop punishing the private rental sector”

A new survey is a warning the government that it must stop forcing landlords out of the private rental sector by...

07 June 2022

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Activists want sweeping new taxes on some lettings properties

Activists are calling on the government to impose swingeing taxes on some lettings properties “to bring them back into the residential...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should identify homes with poor EPCs says Propertymark

Letting agents should consider how the properties they manage can become more energy efficient, says Propertymark. And they should tap into new...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

“What’s taking so long?” - Agents amazed at latest reform delay

Agents have reacted with amazement to the latest delay that the Labour-run Welsh Government has announced for its much-hyped rental reform. The...

01 June 2022

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Evictions - What Next? Industry must rethink process, say leaders

Two of the most respected figures in the lettings sector are calling on agents, landlords and tenants to consider the future...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for higher Capital Gains Tax rise for some buy to lets

Labour’s Sadiq Khan wants an increase in Capital Gains Tax for some buy to let investors. The London Mayor made his response...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Consultation - only days left for agents to respond

There’s just a week left - including the long Jubilee celebration period - for agents to respond to a major property tax...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Millions in tax lost through lettings loophole - claim

Local and central government is losing out on millions of pounds of council tax income this year because of the business...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent’s “misleading analysis” slammed by letting agents

A claim by the activists running the Generation Rent group has been branded as “misleading” by Propertymark. Generation Rent claims its research...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

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

26 May 2022

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Agents told to encourage landlords to better energy-efficiency

Propertymark says the new boiler upgrade scheme, which comes into effect this week, is an opportunity for letting agents to promote...

26 May 2022

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Far reaching reforms demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have set out what they want to see...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Higher taxes on empty homes? OK with us, says Propertymark

Propertymark says it welcomes measures in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill that will mean swifter action to get the hundreds...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets with poor EPCs falling out of favour fast - new study

A new survey gives an indication of how quickly properties with poor Energy performance Certificates are falling out of favour in...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants scrapping of Section 21 to be accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants 25 mile limit for some tenants and properties

A Conservative MP is suggesting that there could be a ’25 mile limit’ imposed around certain rental properties to ensure they...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Redress expert to tell agents latest news on rental reform

Sean Hooker, head of redress at the Property Redress Scheme, will discuss the latest rental reform proposals and answer letting agents'...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Don’t delay Renters Reform Bill again - agents warn government

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that it should not delay further on its long-awaited Renters Reform Bill, because of the...

17 May 2022

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Second Home Taxes - government releases more details

The government has released more details of the powers being given to local authorities to levy additional taxes on second homes.  The...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Drastic fall in HMO numbers as government regulations bite

The number of HMOs in England has fallen as a result of government intervention in the market. In 2018 new regulations were...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform aimed mostly at north of England, government admits

The government is admitting that its rental reform agenda is aimed primarily at the north of England - which just happens...

12 May 2022

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Rental groups should unite and not argue, says industry figure

The chief executive of industry accreditation service Safeagent has made another plea for unity within the private rental sector. In a response...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

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Radical reform of private rental sector announced by government

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Take - Second home owners who don’t let out must pay more

Leaks from government ahead of this morning’s Queen’s Speech suggest that second homes which are not let out are likely to...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 widely expected to be scrapped - announcement today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

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Labour claims thousands threatened with homelessness by S21

Just over 7,000 households in London have been threatened with homelessness in the past three years alone after being issued with...

10 May 2022

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Rental properties become more energy efficient, say tenants

A survey conducted by financial institutions has found the first suggestion that rental properties are slowly becoming more energy efficient. A study...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked in provocative Shelter video

Campaigning charity Shelter is accusing some letting agents of “cutting corners” and has produced a provocative and satirical video showing a...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Eviction law change will hurt rental supply - government warned

Three organisations have written a joint open letter to the Scottish Government warning that the supply of homes for rent –...

09 May 2022

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

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

06 May 2022

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New flexible ‘lifetime deposit’ option launched by Zero Deposit

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit is launching a new option which it says gives tenants more flexibility to split the guarantee...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Vote 2022 - today's elections could change course of rental reform

A leading lettings sector commentator believes today’s local elections may not directly change the private rental sector but could have a...

05 May 2022

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We Told You! Propertymark warns on impact of government policy

The chief executive of Propertymark says a warning from agents about rents rising and stock diminishing as a result of a...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency chief’s cautious welcome for extended Right To Buy

The head of a prominent brand in a fast-expanding lettings and sales agency group has given a cautious welcome to government...

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

Propertymark is the latest part of the lettings sector to fight back against criticism and claims of extreme evictions made by...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter leads opposition to new tenant Right To Buy proposal

Shelter has made an outspoken attack on a government proposal to extend Right To Buy to housing association tenants. The idea -...

03 May 2022

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Government says city’s entire private rental sector must have licensing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA slams “tenant centric” approach to rental sector reform

ARLA Propertymark is the latest rental industry organisation to hit out at what it calls the “tenant-centred approach” being taken to...

26 April 2022

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Licensing to print money? One of UK’s largest schemes launched

A new and huge private rental licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42...

26 April 2022

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Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

Propertymark has said that the government’s ban on ground rent on new leasehold properties should go further. The government revealed over the...

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb demands end to Section 21 and creation of landlord register

Airbnb, so often criticised for operating in the largely-unregulated short lets market, has called on the UK government to scrap Section...

22 April 2022

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Your Chance - Tell the BBC the private rental sector is under attack!

The industry’s main trade body for lettings agents is telling its members to let the BBC know if they believe the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s here - Lifetime Deposit concept launched ahead of government reform

PropTech company Canopy is partnering with deposit funding firm Fronted to launch the concept of a lifetime deposit, which can be...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings trainer wants more public cash for rental enforcement

Lettings accreditation and training service Safeagent is calling on the government to make more public cash available for councils to exercise...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid fall-out sees demand move outside cities in the long term

Remote work could enable over 13m Britons to ultimately live and work outside the major cities, according to research by a...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

Private rental property conditions and the enforcement of regulations by councils and government have all been in the firing line from...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficient buy to lets seen as hedge against inflation

Unsurprisingly, perhaps, buy to let investors are becoming increasingly keen on upgrading homes to make them more energy efficient according to...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new guidelines on Ukraine refugees, but grey areas remain

Industry trade body Propertymark says no Right To Rent checks will be required to be conducted by letting agents on Ukranian...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

HMOs can beat capital appreciation of same size houses - claim

The average HMO is worth a third more than a comparably sized house according to new research. The typical HMO now costs...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? Call for letting agents to use mediation processes

Propertymark has stepped up its call for a dedicated Housing Tribunal to improve mediation and enhanced dispute resolution. The trade body also...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new government code in force today

A new Home Office code of practice comes into force today making changes to what letting agents in England need to...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls threat under discussion at Rightmove event

Rightmove’s April webinars for agents continue today with Daryl Mcintosh, Policy Manager at Propertymark, giving a legal and compliance update for...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister warns letting agents over higher energy charges

Agents and landlords are being warned by a government minister not to charge all-inclusive HMO tenants more than necessary in a...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Inventories key to ensuring agents comply with law, claims supplier

Inventories are a key tool to ensuring they, and the properties they let, comply with the law. That’s the claim from industry...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Grants available for Electric Vehicle chargers on rental properties

Owners of some rental properties, and agents acting on their behalf, can now apply for grants to contribute towards the cost...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls - agents send clear message to politicians

One of the country’s most outspoken advocates of rent controls has been told why agents and landlords oppose them. Propertymark has hosted...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Managing agents - new trade body called The Property Institute

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and the Institute of Residential Property Management have been merged under the name The Property...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC Upgrades - Government slammed over costs of improvements

A property finance company says increased taxes and regulations for the private rental sector mean that energy efficiency improvements to raise...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – supporting smarter, more streamlined enforcement with PropTech

Housing is back on the political agenda with a bang. The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper sets out sweeping reforms...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister Madness! Industry supplier hits out at politicians

A prominent industry supplier has hit out at what he calls “the merry go round of housing ministers” following yet another...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Guidance for agents with tenants wanting to host Ukraine refugees

A trade body says letting agents are receiving growing numbers of contracts from tenants wanting to take part in the Homes...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned - don’t fix a lettings system that isn’t broken

A warning has gone out to politicians from lettings agency trade body ARLA Propertymark - don’t try to fix a system...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ questions to top property law expert to be answered live

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar aimed at...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Possession Process Guidance changes to reflect Covid relaxations

The government has issued revised guidelines for the possession process in the private and social rented sectors in the light of...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock as lettings PropTech firm backs Labour call for rent freeze

A PropTech supplier to the lettings industry that has just signed a deal with OnTheMarket has come out in support of...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government stepping up compliance checks say companies

An anti-money laundering service has linked with a lettings software specialist. The alliance between FCS Compliance and  Rent4sure will provide Rent4sure clients...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Now! Major newspaper backs activists’ campaign

One of the country’s major regional newspapers has launched a campaign for the urgent introduction of rent controls. The Bristol Evening Post,...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Tax Hikes: Agents slam politicians for failing to understand effect

ARLA Propertymark has slammed politicians who appear to have ignored a public consultation and gone ahead with draconian changes affecting second...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector energy crisis as average bills may hit £3,000 per year

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to add to fuel price pressures with a typical household annual bill now predicted to...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlord clients turning their back on Airbnb

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

The increasingly shrill anti-landlord rhetoric from some politicians is making it harder for tenants, claims a leading industry spokesman. John Blackwood, chief...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urge government cash to use empty homes for renters

New financial incentives are needed to bring thousands of empty homes back into use and give a much-needed boost to the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Avoid rent freezes but some controls can work, academics claim

A 68-page academic report urges governments not to adopt hard controls that simply freeze rents - even though it acknowledges that...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 used as excuse to bring in anti-buy to let rules - agency group

Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade body, has accused governments across the UK of using Covid 19 rule changes to slip in...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 “Wilful disregard of private rental sector” slammed by letting agents

Propertymark has waded into the controversy surrounding regulations removing extended notice periods in Scotland. The notice periods for residential tenancies - extended...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

More industry regulation needed - but not if it alienates agents

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer, more transparent and ultimately more...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove slammed by agents over cladding comments

The criticism by landlords aimed at Housing Secretary Michael Gove for some of his comments regarding the cladding issue, has now...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Automation set to help agents meet Levelling Up agenda

A PropTech supplier claims that increased automation can help letting agents meet the demands of the government’s Levelling Up agenda. Openview –...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Another Labour politician urges immediate rent controls

Another prominent Labour politician has thrown his weight behind rent controls. And Mark Griffin - who is the party’s housing spokesman in...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New Listings Requirements - lettings supremo welcomes compulsory changes

Theresa Wallace, the chair of The Lettings Industry Council, has given her backing to compulsory changes to rental property listings introduced...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - compulsory new info on lettings listings coming soon

Trading Standards and the government have jointly announced compulsory new data which must appear on property listings. A property's council tax band or...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls and Stricter EPCs - virtual summits to discuss changes

A radical overhaul of the private rental sector is underway in Scotland and agents’ body Propertymark says it wants all sides...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent group joins short lets body to access corporate tenants

The UK Apartment Association - set up six years ago as a form of trade body for Build To Rent operators...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Lettings industry body joins forces with trade group

The Lettings Industry Council - which arguably has a low profile with agents - has become an industry partner of another...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Ideological attack on rental sector underway, warns leading agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says a consultation looking at changes to private renting proposed by the Scottish Government is merely...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Stock shortage to worsen unless massive rental targets are met

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control momentum building rapidly across UK

Politicians across the UK appear to be growing more vocal in their support for rent controls. The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants is introducing a new qualification and training for borough council housing enforcement officers to...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - years of legal and regulation changes ahead

A senior figure in an industry trade body says lettings agents are going to have their hands full dealing with legislative...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs equal homeless people, triggering call for short let controls

Figures obtained by ITV News suggest that one of the country's most popular tourist locations has as many Airbnbs listed as...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says eviction surge justifies scrapping Section 21

Campaigning charity Shelter says new government figures reveal an increasing number of renters are facing eviction.  And it warns that more renters are...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Take That! Agency chief lets rip at flawed policies of government

The leader of one of Britain’s highest profile lettings agency operations has let rip at the government for what he calls...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Government warned - don’t let Capital Gains Tax kill buy to let

A finance chief is warning that the threat of possible rises in Capital Gains Tax should be dismissed by the government to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

What future for rental reform under new housing minister?

Housing ministers come and go with brutal frequency in UK governments of all colours, so yesterday’s departure of Chris Pincher -...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets firm says tourist areas need more affordable homes

A major holiday let company in one of the country’s prime tourist destinations says more affordable homes should be built to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets come one step closer with pledge of 'new solutions'

A suite of new ‘pet-let’ products is to be offered by The Lettings Hub, which already has some 1,000-plus agents on...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

2,000 complaints over Airbnb-style short lets in just one area

Westminster council wants central London to have the same powers as Paris and Amsterdam to stop anti-social behaviour caused by Airbnb...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech: CRM software now integrates with government-backed TDS

Lettings software provider Acquaint CRM has integrated its technology with the new API solution created by government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme.  The TDS...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Further Rental Reform White Paper scheduled for the spring

It’s now been made clear that there will be a detailed White Paper in the spring explaining radical changes to the...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low tenant and public awareness over Boiler changes, say MPs

Many people - including agents, landlords and tenants - are unprepared for the domestic heating revolution on its way to Britain. That’s...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Who’s going to police new higher standards for rental sector?

ARLA Propertymark has identified a key weakness in the government’s ambitious plans to reform the private rental sector as part of...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning, includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Review underway into agents’ CPD training and qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland wants to investigate the existing qualification and training requirements for letting agencies in that...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mandatory register and redress for landlords to be revealed this week

A radical shake up of the private rental sector is expected to be announced tomorrow by Housing Secretary Michael Gove. The main...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Include Buy To Let in cladding action - government support demanded

Propertymark has entered the debate about whether buy to let landlords should be amongst those receiving help from the government in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings error will cost millions to fix

Purplebricks has revealed that it will cost some £3.6m to correct compliance issues in its lettings division. The agency continues to stay...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should act now ahead of Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

Trade body UKALA has cautioned letting agents to act now following the government announcement that it intends to extend the need...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing will cut stock and hike rents, warns top agency

One of the leading lettings agencies in Liverpool has issued a warning about the city’s controversial new licensing scheme. The Labour council...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controls on Airbnb are “hugely disproportionate’ - claim

New measures to reduce the impact of Airbnb and other short lets in Scotland are “hugely disproportionate” a property group claims. The Scottish...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent backers jump on government Levelling Up bandwagon

The trade body which serves as a cheer leader for Build To Rent says the niche sector is part of the...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents use new ID tech for Right To Rent checks from April

The Home Office has confirmed that letting agents, landlords and employers will be able to use certified new technology to digitally...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controlling Airbnb - England behind the curve, says Propertymark

Wales and Scotland are ahead of the game when it comes to limiting the impact of short term lets on the...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Memo to government: Slash stamp duty surcharge to get more rental units

Politicians who express concern over the number of holiday lets and Airbnbs in tourist areas miss one major point - if...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Returning EU citizens will boost lettings market - agency chief’s view

EU citizens with settled status in the UK, but who have stayed in their native countries during the pandemic, are likely...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on letting second homes confirmed by government

Owners of second homes who abuse a tax loophole by claiming their often-empty properties are holiday lets will be forced to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Plea for tenants in arrears to contact their local council

A senior Welsh politicians has urged anyone who has fallen behind in paying rent because of the pandemic to contact their...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to stage unannounced letting agency visits

A Trading Standards team is to carry out what it calls “unannounced inspections” of lettings agencies in one part of London...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Good news for London's rental market at last

The London rental market stock surplus spurred by pandemic uncertainty has started to subside, with prime boroughs seeing some of the...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation giant reveals figures on Covid recovery

The largest provider of purpose built student accommodation in the UK, Unite, has issued a trading statement giving the latest state...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to letting and estate agents

Propertymark, the main industry trade body, has this evening updated its guidance on Covid safety for letting and estate agents in England.  - Isolation...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians slam private rentals as “increasingly unaffordable”

A report from the House of Lords has condemned the private rental sector as being ”increasingly unaffordable” as well as being...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New rules for un-vaccinated tenants living with those with Covid

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines issued by...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Five reasons why Airbnb and short lets should be regulated - MPs told

MPs and the wider public have been presented with a lengthy report on the growth of Airbnb and similar platforms across...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition grows to regulation bid over Airbnbs and short lets

Opposition appears to be growing to the first major bid in the UK to regulate the spread of Airbnbs and properties...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Sniping At Private Renting! Agency chief tells politicians to stop

The coming year should be about promoting harmony in the lettings market says the head of an agency that’s now part of a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents may shun landlords with poor compliance record - claim

Self-managing landlords who think they don’t have the same compliance obligations as agents could face serious repercussions, Trading Standards chiefs have...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Restrict buy to let - Conservative’s shock demand to government

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading expert on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21 evictions...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency slams ‘unhealthy’ criticism of private rental sector

An agency has issued a statement strongly rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris Wood and Ross McDonald...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ballistic! Lettings market ends year with a bang

A leading market forecaster has described the level of rent rises in one part of the country as “going ballistic”. “The London...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for agents

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for agents on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency pays thousands for breaching Tenant Fees Act

A London-focussed lettings agency group has paid £2,000 as a result of breaching the Tenant Fees Act. The issue relates to the...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit out at call for rent controls and anti-eviction measures

Propertymark has strongly opposed a proposal by the Scottish Government to radically reform the private rental sector. The proposals put out for...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors may quit buy to let, leading agency chief warns

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears rising as Omicron hits tenants across rental sector

Propertymark says arrears in the private rental sector are rising once again as the Omicron variant continues to push across the...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Get set for rent controls in one part of the UK

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugee Crisis - agents have role in finding properties

Propertymark is telling its letting agent members that they have a role in helping solve the Afghan refugee crisis. It says some...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Reform tax, Beef up rogues database - Agents demand radical rental reforms

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Will rental sector benefit from growing pessimism over scale of housing crisis?

Only 15 per cent of adults are confident the housing crisis will be resolved in their lifetime. New research among 2,000 individuals...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils warn that Airbnbs threaten mainstream rental supply

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark forecasts the 2022 rental market and issues

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No more red tape! - Agents warn government to get reform right

ARLA Propertymark is backing a call for the government to set a clear vision for how it sees the private rental...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-created arrears still rising, warns trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association says average rent debt owed by tenants as a direct result of the pandemic is still...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions: Labour claims “stark rise” in homeless since ban lifted

A senior Labour politician in the capital claims that there’s been “a stark rise” in people losing their homes since the...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency given penalty notices for operating illegally

A letting agency has been issued with penalty notices worth £3,000 for operating illegally. Back in 2014 it became a legal requirement...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rentals as many tenants can’t buy, government told

A think tank says it would take a major policy change to fulfil Boris Johnson’s goal to turn generation rent into...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

600 hopefuls turn up for agency recruitment days

Spicerhaart says some 600 hopefuls turned up for a series of recruitment days in three parts of the country. Around a third...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings chief quits after deposit controversy

Purplebricks says its head of lettings has left after just eight months - and just days after a crisis involving tenant deposits. A Purplebricks...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Controversy as cryptocurrency investors focus on buy to let

Property is fast becoming a preferred investing option for advocates of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, an investment company claims.  Sequire Property Investment...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many tenants and landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring deposits...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

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

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Higher demand for car charging means government must do more

There’s been an increase in demand for rental properties with electric charging points for cars, according to ARLA Propertymark. The news has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss Sex For Rent scandal today

The House of Lords will today discuss the apparently-growing Sex for Rent scandal. Campaigners say a search on websites such as Craigslist...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government gets lesson in how to stimulate buy to let market

New figures show how effective the stamp duty holiday was in stimulating buy to let - and how similar measures could...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest ever Build To Rent study claims sector is not over-priced

Results have been released of an analysis of over 20,000 Build To Rent tenants in over 15,000 homes across the UK...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blasts government for unaffordable homes

Shelter - so often critical of the private rental sector - has instead turned its fire on the government over what...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply worsening in every region of England, says index

Home, the property website that publishes an authoritative market snapshot for lettings and sales each month, says the long-standing supply drought...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Going Green: Agency urges rival firms to follow its lead

After becoming the first large agency to move to electric BMW i3s in 2019, Chestertons is urging others in the industry to follow...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC Regulations: Rental sector’s uphill struggle to meet targets

Just as COP26 is drawing to a close, so one of the lettings industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

A new government survey of private renters is checking whether they received the correct documentation from their agent when they begin...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

 New tax system for Airbnbs and holiday lets being finalised by government

The government says it’s finalising plans for a new tax regime to apply to additional homes, and in particular those used...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters Raid: Police arrest at lettings agency

Media reports in Stoke on Trent say a man was arrested after a police raid on the Homes2Let lettings agency in...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar – how can letting agents be compliant with Trading Standards rules?

A recent industry roundtable event hosted by PayProp, which brought together some of the lettings industry’s biggest hitters, will be live streamed next week...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes: Resolution system could avoid court last resort

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a new dispute resolution service as a quicker and less expensive alternative to court...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour joins call for faster scrapping of S21 evictions

Labour has joined with campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Backlog Breakthrough? Huge extra funding for courts

There may be a breakthrough in clearing the huge backlog of possession cases as the government is allocating an extra £324m...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for short lets classification to be ‘amateur’ and ‘commercial’

Proposals to regulate Airbnbs and other short lets in one part of the UK should be modified, a trade body says. Currently,...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Heatpump proposals may be hot air, suggests PropTech platform

PropTech investment platform Houzen has raised concerns over the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy. This is the satrategy that offers rental sector...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

Two recent calls for the introduction of a national mandatory landlord register in England have been rebuffed by agents’ trade body...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

Propertymark has taken the unusual step of thanking the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and the Communities for the...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

Letting agents in England with tenants in rent arrears because of Covid are to be helped via a council-run £65m rent fund. Although...

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-Debate - A One Size Fits All solution won’t work for agents

Propertymark has told the government that imposing the same solution to the Net Zero challenge on all of the private rental...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency wants incentives for long term lets over Airbnb-style lets

A leading lettings agency wants next week’s Budget to unveil incentives to bolster supply in the long term rental sector. Richard Davies,...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent welcomes more pets in rental property - with conditions

A London lettings agent says it welcomes increasing moves towards allowing pets in rental properties - with some conditions.  Bective’s head of...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban: Letting agents put the heat on government

ARLA Propertymark has blasted the government over its net zero policy of banning new boilers from 2035 and giving landlords £5,000...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

More buy to let and Build To Rent new-builds ‘will help developers recover’

Savills says an increase in the number of new builds bought for buy to let and other property investment will help...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency head tells Sunak - stop hammering the private rental sector

The head of a lettings agency has drawn up a wish list for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to address in his Budget...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Strict contracts and inventories could defuse Pets In Lets issue

One of the industry’s leading suppliers says the controversy over pets in private rental properties could be defused relatively easily. Inventory management firm...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tells government it has better way of regulating short lets

Airbnb has backed the Scottish Government's backtrack on pledges to exercise more centralised regulation over short let properties. The country’s ruling SNP-Green coalition...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs away from stricter regulation of Airbnb and short lets

The Scottish Government - which earlier this year suggested it would be clamping down heavily on Airbnbs, especially in Edinburgh -...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

ARLA Propertymark is calling on the government to properly fund local authorities so they can combat rogue operators in the private...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

A senior Conservative in Wales wants the Welsh Government to consider creating a housing tribunal in the light of rising tenant arrears. Janet Finch-Saunders,...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - fix rental sector or face stock drought

The lettings agents’ group Propertymark has told Chancellor Rishi Sunak that unless the private rented sector is overhauled many landlords will...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper still some weeks away, hints government minister

The long-awaited White Paper on rental reform is some time away, with a minister at the centre of its preparation saying he and...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New calls to stop rental homes switching to Airbnb

A new call has come for government action to stop the hemorrhage of properties shifting from long term rental to Airbnb...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb glut slashes rental stock and leads to Housing Crisis - claim

A lack of longer term rental accommodation thanks to the growth of Airbnb and other short lets has led to a...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to Boris: don’t hurt rentals in push for home ownership

A prominent industry supplier is warning the government not to damage the private rental sector in its push to promote ever-more...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand set to stay high as first time buyer age rises

With house prices at an all-time high, showing no signs of waning, the age of first-time buyers is on the rise...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Benefits of scrapping S21 outweigh problems, insists Shelter

The chief executive of Shelter says the experience of Scotland shows that the scrapping of S21 eviction powers produces benefits that...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to help tenants reduce energy bills

After 10 days of reports of soaring energy costs, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced a series of tips for letting agents...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let still seen as heavily regulated and unsympathetic to landlords

The end of the stamp duty holiday today has triggered a reduction in the number of buy to let investors saying...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Safeagent at odds with lettings groups over Covid arrears solution

Not-for-profit accreditation scheme safeagent wants the government to help tenants clear Covid-related arrears through an overhaul of Discretionary Housing Payments. Enhancing these...

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

How agents can support tenants with rising energy bills

Rik Smith, Head of Tenant Services at Goodlord, outlines in this tips piece how agents can support tenants with rising energy...

29 September 2021

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

£10m grants to clear tenant arrears - is this the right approach?

Councils across Scotland have been given £10m to provide grants to tenants who have Covid-related arrears and risk eviction. The grants will...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Cut Us Some Slack! Politicians told to stop demonising letting agents

Propertymark is telling politicians to stop demonising letting agents and landlords. The unusualy bluntl message has come in response to the latest...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to review tax reliefs applying to private rental sector

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has told the Labour Party conference that if her party wins the next General Election she will...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent re-runs argument with government over Section 21

Campaign group Generation Rent, led by former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, has renewed its call for the scrapping of Section 21...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice Rumpus - agents hint that politicians are out of touch

A statement from ARLA Propertymark has hinted that it believes politicians may be out of touch with the reality of how...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit back as Welsh Government extends notice periods again

Landlords in Wales have been told that rules giving tenants six months’ notice to vacate a property will remain in place...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Opinion - what does Lloyds’ entry into the private rented sector reveal?

An investment firm has flagged up the recently announced move by banking giant Lloyds to enter the private rented sector as...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Treat us fairly’ say UK landlords in call to Michael Gove

A new survey has revealed that just 11% of people think Michael Gove, who was announced as the new Housing Secretary...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Potential ‘cliff edge’ for renters and landlords as furlough winds up

Private tenants and landlords across the country face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefit...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent arrears rise by £88m during pandemic waves, lettings agency claims

An estate and lettings agent has analysed how the level of rental arrears has grown between each wave of the pandemic. The...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic delays review of tenant fees ban in Wales

The Welsh Government has revealed that it hasn’t had time to evaluate its tenant fee ban due to the pandemic. Tenant fees...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity: Covid debt crisis will escalate unless Universal Credit cut is reversed

A £360 million wall of rental debt built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove - what's in the new Housing Secretary's lettings in-tray?

A dramatic day, which saw a Cabinet reshuffle seemingly come out of the blue, ended with Michael Gove as the new...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent and Referencing

It’s an exciting time when prospective tenants show an interest in your listed property. However, it's important not to let that...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Propertymark calls for return of lettings perks to meet rental demand

Propertymark has called for a return of mortgage interest relief and a review of landlord taxes to boost the rental sector. The...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction notice periods return to normal next month - official

The government has set in motion a Parliamentary procedure meaning the notice periods for evictions in England return to normal from...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must back letting agents as rental reform nears - call

There’s been a call for government to do more to support letting agents as an autumn of rental reform begins. Mark Hayward,...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told off by Propertymark over Green Homes Grant farce

The farcical implementation of the government’s Green Homes Grant scheme has been sharply criticised by Propertymark. Timothy Douglas, the organisation’s policy and...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some rents soar 25% in a year says leading lettings agent

Rents in some of the most popular locations of the country have risen 25 per cent in the past year according...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should offer digital platforms for tenants to check documents

Agents should go further in allowing tenants to have digital access to key documents such as contracts and fees information. That’s one...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls - agents warn politicians against hasty change

ARLA Propertymark has voiced its concern over rent controls to a politicians who is leading the charge to introduce them to...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes tumble thanks to Covid caution by tenants

Reluctance to move during the pandemic is thought to be a key reason for a sharp drop in tenancy disputes between...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

A property consultancy says it’s identified the next ‘landmine’ in the building safety saga facing agents and landlords around the country. Mary-Anne...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New government guidance incorporates latest Right To Rent changes

The government has updated its formal guidance to letting agents and landlords on Right To Rent. This sets out the continuation of online...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how rent controls could work - one agent's view

A senior lettings agent and property management company owner has set out how rent controls could work in very specific circumstances...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Right To Rent - government issues new guidance

Virtual Right To Rent checks by agents, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deal to introduce rent controls “ill thought out” say agents

The deal to introduce rent controls in Scotland - the result of a deal between two parties in the Scottish Parliament...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-Friendly Rental Properties - demand soars, says Rightmove

New data from Rightmove shows that demand for pet friendly rental properties has increased by 120 per cent compared to last...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rise in investor demand for properties to continue, predicts Zoopla

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

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New call for rent controls in area hit by short lets and holiday homes

A part of the country which has seen a severe long term rental stock shortage as a result of switches from...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls to be introduced after deal between politicians

Rent controls are to be introduced into part of the UK as a result of a deal between two political parties. The...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings? Trading Standards revises advice

The controversy over whether a new PropTech service can be used by agents to charge people to view a property to...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark steps up attack on government benefit cuts

Earlier this week Propertymark revealed it had co-signed an open letter criticising proposed government cuts to benefits.  That open letter was co-signed...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings agencies amongst those fined by HMRC for breaches

Two lettings agencies are amongst three property agents which have been fined by HM Revenue & Customs for breaching anti-money laundering...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC law change may create havoc across rental sector - warning

An analysis of new government legislation on energy efficiency suggests it may lead to chaos in the private rental sector. Geospatial technology...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back charity groups over poverty threat from benefit cuts

Propertymark has joined a series of charities and a landlord body to warn about the poverty risk of expected changes to...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning of “dark cloud over lettings market” - leading analyst

A housing market analyst is warning of "one heck of a dark cloud on the horizon for the lettings market” as...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Return? Labour wants it for furloughed workers

Labour shadow housing secretary Lucy Powell has resuscitated the eviction ban, this time for furloughed workers whose government support ends in...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Control Area - is this a way of controlling Airbnb?

A consultation is to begin next month regarding the designation of an entire city as a Short Term Let Control Area. If...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue Agents' Database: still no response to formal consultation

There has still been no formal response to a government consultation on the database of rogue agents and landlords, 25 months...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent slams planning reforms for creating poor homes

A lettings agent who has made a series of outbursts against landlords and councils, has now turned his anger on proposed...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Named and shamed’ - agency placed on minimum wage list

A letting agency has appeared on a ‘name and shame’ list of companies which failed to pay staff the minimum wage. Tetsuo...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Property management trade groups want to join forces

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and The Institute of Residential Property Management have informed their respective memberships that they are pondering combining forces. The...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent changes this month - call for automation to help agents

Upcoming changes to Right To Rent procedures make the case for increased automation of the process to save agents from additional...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Maxine Fothergill, ARLA President

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Maxine Fothergill and for the past ‘almost’...

28 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

 Agent victims of tenancy fraud invited to come forward

Propertymark wants agents to come forward with examples of fraudulent tenancy applications - a growing problem in the rental sector. A statement...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

A leading private rental trade body says only bespoke financial help can ensure the private rental sector meets government energy efficiency...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid: Virtual viewings should still be first priority, says government

The latest version of the government’s guidance to agents over how to operate during the continuing pandemic suggests that virtual viewings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for private rental sector

The government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m arrears scheme launches to help Covid-hit renters

A new £10m scheme to help renters with Covid-related arrears has been launched in Wales.  Called the Tenancy Hardship Grant, and introduced...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Working from home spells bad news for agents renting to office staff

There may be bad news for agencies with reliance on office workers who rent - a new survey suggests 10 per...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New drive to make all rental properties improve energy efficiency

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents growing impatient with government over Covid arrears

Agents say not enough is being done to help tenants with Covid-related problems - and that’s despite the issue repeatedly being...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

End all S24 evictions now, demand Baroness and Lord

A prominent member of the House of Lords and a rental activist are calling for an immediate suspension of all Section...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Climate Change Targets: Agents demand cash help for rental sector

Propertymark says new figures detailing the costs of energy efficiency improvements in the private rental sector show the need for a...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency uses podcast to explore growing retail-to-resi trend

A lettings agency is using its latest podcast to explore the retail-to-resi trend in the housing market. Winkworth’s podcast under The Property...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Keep wearing facemasks after July 19, ARLA Propertymark tells agents

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group warns of widespread evictions without government support

The UK Association of Letting Agents trade body is warning of “widespread evictions” unless government support is offered to tenants. UKALA chairman...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

The latest English Housing Survey shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property. Some 38 per cent of...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic reform likely for rental sector in Scotland - warning

There was much publicity this week for the efforts of the Welsh Government to deter the letting of second homes. Now it...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour demands powers to control private rents

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has made a new call for power to cap private rents. He’s claimed that rents in the...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wales to clamp down on holiday lets and additional homes

Wales’ Labour-led administration is to announce a three-pronged approach to affordability issues - and it looks likely to involve a clampdown...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

A record! Average UK rent over £1,000 pcm for first time

The average UK rent now stands at a record £1,007 per calendar month - the highest ever, according to HomeLet. It’s up...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for extended Airbnb tax to offset damage to rental market

A fund instituted by Airbnb to help compensate for the effects of short let accommodation should be extended, local politicians say. In...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ body backs controversial £10m tenant support scheme

ARLA Propertymark is backing a controversial scheme allocating £10m of taxpayers’ money to assist tenants with Covid-related arrears. The Tenancy Hardship Grant...

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rentals: Agency says buy to lets are lagging behind

A lettings agency that works closely with Build To Rent developers says half of the schemes allow pets. Pet rentals have been...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m of taxpayers’ cash for tenants with Covid-related arrears

A new £10m grant will be introduced in part of the UK to help private rented tenants struggling to pay rent...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand for Right To Rent clarity as key deadline is reached

Agents need more clarity and transparency about the future of Right to Rent checks post-pandemic and post-Brexit, according to the UK’s...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told to 'big up' agents role in helping fix rental repairs

ARLA Propertymark says a new government online checker to help private tenants establish what repairs they may be entitled to should...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban extension “rushed through” says ARLA

Propertymark has accused the Scottish Government of rushing through the latest eviction ban extension without proper consultation. At the end of last...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government launches online checker for private rental repairs

The government has launched an online checker in a bid to avoid disputes between landlords and tenants over the entitlement for...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits is fault of government - new report

A leading trade body says the rental sector must not discriminate against tenants on benefits - and has told government it...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

What can agents expect from the Rental White Paper?

The government has pledged a White Paper to be issued in the autumn, dedicated to reform of the private rental sector. Some...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

London sees surge in international tenants as market picks up

High profile London lettings agency Chestertons says there’s been an increase in Hong Kong residents looking to rent a home in...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say holiday homes to let are risk to stable communities

Cornish MPs have spoken up in the House of Commons to highlight what they claim is the danger of having too...

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift from long term lets to Airbnb ‘contribute to housing emergency’

A politician in one of the poorest parts of the UK wants his local authority to declare a ‘housing emergency’. Cornish councillor...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Beware of property and other investment scams - warning

The Citizens Advice consumer charity is warning that fake investment scams are amongst the fraudulent activity that’s on the rise across...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension: Propertymark squares up for a fight

Tomorrow sees the start of a three-day debate over the extension of the eviction ban in Scotland - and Propertymark appears...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents given two months longer to prepare ‘normal’ Right To Rent

The government has extended the ‘special arrangements’ for Right To Rent checks - these will now be in force until September...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: government accused of hypocrisy over tenants’ rights

Baroness Alicia Kennedy has accused the government of hypocrisy over its diverging approach to evictions for commercial and residential tenants. On Wednesday...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell politicians to better understand cost of pets in lets

Propertymark has waded into the controversy over whether private rental tenants should be allowed to keep pets in their properties. As reported...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for letting agents as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for lettings sector as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents link with rental activists to demand help to clear Covid arrears

Propertymark has joined forces with the likes of Generation Rent and Shelter to step up the campaign for the provision of...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Private sector could benefit from letting to social tenants - claim

A property investment platform has taken the unusual approach of accusing the government of driving up homelessness through its policy of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned for 14 years - director who targeted property investors

The director of a company targeting ‘flipping’ property investors has been disqualified from holding directorships for no less than 14 years.  Mitchell...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beware - major change to lighting begins this autumn

Agents managing properties with halogen or high-energy fluorescent lights will have to switch in the near future. The government is to ban...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Simon Tillyer, founder of Vouch

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? That's very retro - I have not had one of...

08 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Airbnb tries to buy off rental criticism with local ‘tax’

Airbnb, which has been criticised by some for its impact on local rental markets, is to set up its own ‘tax’...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters’ group on the warpath over agents’ documentation

The activist group Generation Rent is urging tenants to scrutinise the paperwork they get from agents to use against possible eviction.  Failure...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Show Us The Results: Agents demand mediation pilot evidence

The Association of Residential Letting Agents’ wing of Propertymark is demanding to see the results of a mediation project initiated by...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties could boost EPC rating for £100 or even less

Some low-cost energy efficiency improvements to a property could boost its EPC rating according to an analysis undertaken by Rightmove. The portal...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New secure tenancy and assured tenancy forms MUST be used now

The government has released new forms for secure and assured tenancies - and agents who fail to use them risk having...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new housing chief wants to work with Tories to scrap S21

Labour’s Lucy Powell, the party’s new housing spokesperson, says she wants to work with the Conservatives to scrap Section 21 eviction...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is now finally at an end and from today there is a change to the notice...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government revises Mediation guidelines for ‘life after eviction ban’

The government has revised its guidelines for its new mediation scheme, which it says will avoid some possessions now that the...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Threat - petition launched to stop private sector rent caps

An outspoken property investor has launched an online petition on the government website to oppose the threat of rent controls. YouTube influencer...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb/Short Lets sector confident of quick recovery from pandemic

A study by a trade group representing the short lets sector says it’s confident of recovering to 2019 levels of business...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over HMRC probes if they use old-fashioned ID checks

An anti-money laundering PropTech consultancy claims agents are in serious danger of non-compliance with new regulations, unless they ditch paper documents and...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession cases FALLEN during pandemic, not risen - government

Official figures show that far from seeing a rise during the pandemic, there has been what the government calls “a massive...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost a billion pounds invested to improve buy to let sector

Landlords spend an estimated £839m each year upgrading newly purchased rental property before letting it out to tenants, helping to drive-up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Coming Out Of Covid tough for letting agents, says top supplier

Coming out of Covid and realising that relaxed procedures will be tightened up once again, will present challenges to letting agents...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for letting and estate agents

Propertymark has produced new guidance for letting agents in the wake of the latest step on the roadmap out of Covid restrictions. It says:...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Home Office extends Right To Rent video check scheme

The Home Office has told agents and landlords that Right To Rent checks can continue to be conducted via video calls...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction court process should be simplified in reform package - call

A leading buy to let mortgage expert has backed the government’s pledge to issue a White Paper and additional consultation before...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the government REALLY going to scrap Section 21 evictions?

Some lettings industry figures are beginning to express doubt as to whether the government’s broad commitment to reform the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists slam “reckless” end to eviction ban after 15 months

The head of the tenants’ campaign group Generation Rent has condemned the government as “reckless” for ending the eviction ban on May...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits: Warning over complexity of government pledge

The government’s pledge to introduce a lifetime deposits concept, theoretically making it easier and cheaper for tenants to move, has been...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants have already waited two years for reform, warns Baroness

The most vocal campaign group for tenants, Generation Rent, has warned government that renters have already been waiting two years for...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government willing to listen to agents on rental reform, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government is willing to listen to agents and other industry players ahead of...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government confirms rental reform to be pushed through this year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 - government may make pledge today

Today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the government’s legislative programme for the next year, is expected to include rental reform. It’s thought one...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector skewed against tenants says prominent London Tory

A prominent London Conservative MP has made a scathing attack on the current rental sector’s structure, saying it is skewed in...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in letting properties pushed by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator say it is promoting the concept of private tenants being allowed pets - and it takes a...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents performing strongly but sector needs backing - HomeLet

The latest HomeLet market index shows that the average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £996...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says rent controls for UK cities could be based on London

Labour’s candidate for London Mayor wants to control private rents - and he wants the capital to be a template for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand improved flood insurance cover for buy to let sector

Propertymark has waded in to the debate over flood prevention measures in the UK:il it wants insurance for homeowners and landlords faced...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Alert: government’s last-minute change to process

There’s been an urgent change to the arrears process over the weekend to dovetail with the government’s new Breathing Space initiative. From...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New call for letting agents to be trained, qualified and licensed

The Association of Residential Letting Agents' wing of Propertymark says the recent expulsion of three agents from The Property Ombudsman demonstrates the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government mediation can help agencies recover arrears - industry leader

A leading figure in the lettings sector says the government’s new Housing Possession Mediation Scheme can help agencies and landlords recover...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency block management firm wins millions for high-rise safety

A block management company owned by the Leaders Romans Group has been awarded over £6.5m in government building safety funds to...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill: timetable may be clearer next month

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Vets want pets in lets - and they want them now

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - wants pets to be allowed in private rental...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

Housing charity Crisis says government statistics show almost one in five private renters in England in arrears or likely to fall...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Government U-turn follows ARLA Propertymark campaign

Letting agents are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Taper notice periods as soon as possible, government urged

A major trade body has called for a tapering down of notice periods for Section 8 and Section 21. The government has...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s rental market stabilising at last?

London rents climbed for the first time for over a year during Q1 2021 —although the rise was a mere £8...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Strong capital appreciation deters landlords selling up, says agency

Buy to let investors are not cashing out of the private rental sector despite the restrictions and taxes imposed by government. Hamptons’...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Boris Johnson’s choice of agent to let his country house

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and predictably, he’s chosen an upmarket letting agent. Strutt &...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

Franchise giants Belvoir has revealed strong figures in a trading statement to shareholders - but it’s warning that 2021 remains shrouded...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents join protest against Labour proposals

Letting agents body ARLA Propertymark has joined the criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to be given the power...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over holiday lets mixed messages

A lettings management platform is hitting out at the government over the uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions, because of its impact on...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

The government has at last released details of its mediation scheme - this was hinted at when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up again - fourth increase in four months

Average rents across the UK have risen for the fourth time in as many months according to the HomeLet index. Typical rent...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency moving into sales after snapping up rival firms

Letting agency My Property Box is moving into property sales as part of a significant expansion of its business. The decision follows...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

The government has told estate agents to ensure at least one Union Jack is present in properties during both physical and...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say “no more” to last-minute panic eviction bans

An influential group of MPs wants an end to repeated last minute extensions to the ban on evictions and instead wants financial support...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid eviction backlog: Government told to find faster court solutions

A House of Lords committee is urging the government to find alternatives to court possession cases in a bid to deal...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

TV eviction expert warns of “court avalanche” when ban ends soon

Paul Shamplina, the man behind Landlord Action and a Channel 5 show on handling rental crises, is warning that county courts...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Pet campaigners want damage insurance as option for tenants

Momentum is building to have the Tenant Fees Act amended, allowing agents to charge tenants for damage insurance which would then...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reduced asking rents attract tenants back to London’s prime market

Central London’s prime rental market is witnessing a wave of enquiries from tenants wanting to strike a deal according to a...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to plug ‘rental tax gap’ for holiday lets

The government’s much-vaunted ‘tax day’ produced few challenges to the status quo - but holiday lets are under scrutiny. Currently the holiday let...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Capital Gains Tax left unchanged in government plans

The lettings sector is giving a sigh of relief at the absence of any change to Capital Gains Tax by HM Treasury. CGT...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

New modular homes built to rent have been delivered to Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire.  Each Town House home has been...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

Labour’s shadow housing secretary claims that private renters have been “barely considered” during the past year of the pandemic. Thangam Debbonaire made...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Students fed up with Zoom and will return to rental accommodation

Britain’s largest supplier of purpose-built student accommodation, Unite, says students are bored with Zoom and will return en masse to their rental...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Time To Talk About PropTech

Real estate as an industry has remained unchallenged throughout all of these years. For the industry worth more than 217 trillion...

19 March 2021

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Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

ARLA Propertymark says its disappointed over the latest extension to an eviction ban and the requirement for six months notice to tenants. The latest...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

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

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says it’s been standing up for members during pandemic

Propertymark - embracing the Association of Residential Letting Agents as well as sales agents, auctioneers and valuers - says it’s been...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban AGAIN insists new charity campaign

A charity wants yet another extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions. Step Change says new research it has conducted shows...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

The Law Society says it’s concerned about how the government will taper the end of the eviction ban, now extended until...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

Acorn, a prominent campaign group targeting letting agency offices for protests, says the latest eviction ban extension doesn't go far enough. While...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenant illegally posing as landlord caught out by council

A head tenant who posed as a l