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KEYWORD "Government" - 100 RESULTS
Activist claims “horrendous exploitation” by “profiteering” letting agents

The deputy chief executive of an organisation funded by the Nationwide Foundation claims to have suffered “horrendous exploitation” at the hands...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Experts warn against corporates monopolising private rentals

The decision of property developer Berkeley Group to enter the private rental sector is bad news for tenants, it’s claimed. Berkeley plans...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Bidding Wars - letting agents mostly to blame, says campaigner

A ban on so-called bidding wars, which Labour now proposes, would have to include letting agents as well as landlords a...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Call for a new Ministry of Housing with long-term minister

The next Government should create a separate Ministry of Housing and encourage MPs of all parties to work together to solve...

24 June 2024

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Energy group slams “irresponsible” criticism of EPCs and assessors

The Property Energy Professionals Association - a trade group representing accreditation schemes for energy assessors - is complaining that it’s not...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Soaring Council Tax Arrears prompts call for new bailiff rules

Outstanding council tax arrears have soared according to new government figures. Data from he Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour to ban bidding wars and high upfront rental payments

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

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Agents join call for Radical Reform of inaccurate EPCs

Letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has backed a call by consumer group Which? for radical reforms to Energy Performance Certificates. Yesterday we...

19 June 2024

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Renting Still Cheaper Than Buying with a 5% Deposit

Would-be buyers with a 5% deposit face paying £300 per month more in mortgage repayments than if they continued renting, says...

19 June 2024

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Energy Performance Certificates slammed as “inaccurate”

Energy Performance Certificates can be riddled with inaccuracies and give unhelpful advice to property owners. That’s the view of consumer service Which? Which?...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill flop allows lettings market to return to normal

An increase in property listings is helping to create a more normalised market which is a welcome relief to renters, landlords...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Is Far From Over, Whoever Wins on July 4

Leasehold reform still has a long way to run, according to the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). The major party manifestos...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Eco-Improvements demanded by most tenants - new bank survey

A small survey by a bank suggests that almost 100% of buy to let investors surveyed have received requests from tenants...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

‘No Interest Rate Cut This Summer’ after bad news from government

Any lingering hope of a pre-election interest rate cut by the Bank of England has been hurt by the government’s Office...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Word-for-Word - Conservative Rental and Housing Manifesto Pledges

The Conservatives have this afternoon set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Tax Change - Short Lets sector warned of possible losses

An accountancy firm is warning those using Airbnb and similar short let platforms that new tax rules mean they could lose...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s big idea to shift first time buyers from rental sector

Labour is launching a new Freedom to Buy scheme to get 80,000 young people on the housing ladder, over the next...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Challenge - Tories pledge 'no change' but will Labour follow?

The housing market has suddenly become a major part of the General Election campaign as a result of a challenge thrown...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO award winners revealed - are you amongst them?

Software company COHO has presented wards to agencies, suppliers and individuals involved in the HMO business. The firm says the awards honour...

07 June 2024

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Councils ‘must take over ex-private rental Right To Buy flats’

A pro-tenant group wants the next government to take Right To Buy properties back to public ownership when they come up...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants rent for longer according to latest government survey

Tenants today spend 12% longer in the same property before switching, than they did a decade ago. Analysis of the English Housing...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Pro-regulation Labour veteran takes over industry body leadership

The Property Institute - a body for the residential property management sector - has announced the appointment of a Labour baroness...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Eviction Court Delays still in place for new government to resolve

A prominent solicitors’ firm says the failure of the Renters Reform Bill to become law may have attracted headlines but the...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Change from Tomorrow - reminder to agents

As a result of an announcement back in March, in the government’s final Budget, a major change to stamp duty comes into...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Eco-grants and first time buyer help - Rightmove’s Election Wishlist

Rightmove has produced five core demands on behalf of the rental sector, which it would like the next government to meet. These...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan accused of failing over rental sector reforms

In an early General Election skirmish, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing to enact key private rental...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Forget party policies - check interest rate movement

A prominent housing market analyst says people shouldn’t bother reading election literature but instead study interest rates if they want to...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Prioritise First Time Buyers - demand grows for next government to take action

Four fifths of developers believe that the next government needs to do more to support first time buyers, according to the...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

First Timers stuck renting because of lack of understanding - claim

A mortgage lender claims many potential first time buyers are missing out because they don’t understand the concept of shared ownership. Just...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Many agents relieved Renters Reform Bill dropped - Propertymark

The agents’ trade body says many in the industry will be pleased that the Renters Reform Bill has bitten the dust...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been...

28 May 2024

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Beef Up Renters Reform Bill to stop even more evictions - call

A charity claims that new official figures on rent rises will “create more worry among private renters.” StepChange charity is referring to...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Agents say they Don’t Know who they’ll vote for

Around half of letting agents and landlords say they are unsure about how they will vote in the General Election. A joint...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - will it become law by July 4?

A General Election has been called for July 4. So what happens to the Renters Reform Bill, which has been the subject...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cuts this year, suggests IMF - but it isn’t all rosy…

The International Monetary Fund has suggested that the British economy could accommodate three interest rate cuts this year, with Kate cuts...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Restrictions - Gove slammed by Labour-dominated council body

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove,...

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

What about Rental Reform? Labour puts issue on the back burner

Despite once claiming it would abolish Section 21 evictions “on its first day in office”, Labour appears to have gone cool...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Hate Crime - Anti-Second Home Posters reported to police

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

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax - that’s why rents are rising so much

Propertymark has given its view on why private rents have risen so much - 6.1% in England, 7.0% in Wales and...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs may need Planning Consent in key tourist location

A council claims it’s reached an important stage in the process of deciding whether to implement the Article 4 Direction power...

14 May 2024

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Freeholder hits at government over slow responses on building safety row

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

14 May 2024

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Michael Gove turns the safety screws on reluctant freeholders

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

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

Propertymark has urged Scotland’s new First Minister to end the country’s housing emergency. John Swinney is now First Minister and says he...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agent claims area is over-run with Airbnb-style short lets

A lettings agent who is also on the executive of Propertymark claims one of Britain’s tourist hotspots has been over-run with...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour must come clean on Business Rates, says agency

A prominent agent campaigning for business tax reform is urging Labour to come clean on its policies for business rates and...

03 May 2024

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Lords won’t wreck Renters Reform Bill - trade body

A lettings sector trade body predicts that the House of Lords is unlikely to make substantive changes to the Renters Reform...

03 May 2024

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Ground Rents defended by investors’ group

The ongoing debate over ground rents within Government is rapidly becoming a Parliamentary farce that could soon lead to an economic...

01 May 2024

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Tory says councils lose out by levying second home taxes

A politician is claiming that second home council tax premiums, where owners pay up to double the normal rate, is resulting...

01 May 2024

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Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

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Rent Controls - we’re unlikely to follow Scotland, says housing chief

The Housing Secretary in Wales says that nation is unlikely to follow the example of Scotland by introducing rent controls. At a...

30 April 2024

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Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

Housing minister Lee Rowley will be taking centre stage at the largest property agency conference in the UK this summer, Propertymark...

30 April 2024

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Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill “still misses the mark” says Propertymark

Propertymark says the controversial Renters Reform Bill still misses the mark, despite a string of amendments made to it as it...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Toxic attitude to Private Renting may now change, hopes lettings chief

A prominent lettings agency operator says he hopes the “toxic” attitude to the private rental sector by the Scottish Government may...

26 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill - groups still lobbying for further changes

A coalition of higher education and student housing organisations have called on the government to make further changes to the Renters...

26 April 2024

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Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

26 April 2024

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Gove hits back at critics after Renters Reform Bill wins key vote

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill...

25 April 2024

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More tenants borrowing to fund deposits on next property - claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

25 April 2024

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Extraordinary 200 amendments to Renters Reform Bill in Commons today

There’s a huge number of amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, which has its Third Reading in the House of Commons...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark not giving up on the Regulation of Property Agents

Propertymark says it will continue lobbying government for the implementation of the Regulation of Property Agents - even though the government...

24 April 2024

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Propertymark guide helps tenants complain and challenge rent rises

A new guide from Propertymark explains the rights which private rental tenants have - and sets out how they can challenge...

23 April 2024

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Big HMRC fines for agents prompt Anti-Money Laundering guidance

Recent substantial fines issued by HMRC are a harsh reminder to agents to ensure that their Anti-Money Laundering policies are up...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Backing for Ground Rent Cap being announced this week

An amendment is expected to be made by the government to its Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill. The Bill, put forward by...

23 April 2024

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Get On With It - major agency tells government to reform renting

A major agency has told the government to get on with ensuring the Renters Reform Bill is passed into law as...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Call by Labour MPs in defiance of party policy

Five Labour MPs have put forward an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling for rent controls - even...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of Property Agents - government slammed by Lords

The government’s failure to act on the Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working party - chaired by Lord Richard Best and...

22 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

A government-supporting newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill will be back in the House of Commons next week. Observers have been expecting...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative service plays up ‘unaffordable’ rents

A deposit alternative service claims the cost of rent has outpaced salary growth by 5.2% over the past 10 years, leaving...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to improve the private rental sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

A lawyer says radical rental reforms proposed for Scotland - which could be a model for change in England and Wales...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill isn’t stopping buy to let investment claims agency boss

A prominent lettings agency claims the Renters Reform Bill is not proving a deterrent to buy to let investors. The Leaders Romans...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

How Knight Frank sees it - market update from research guru

It feels as though the UK housing market is waiting for something to happen. The prevailing mood is one of anticipation with...

15 April 2024

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Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

Labour must build “a new generation of New Towns” if it gets into government, according to a parliamentary candidate linked to...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Leaseholder Right to Manage webinar for agents and landlords - free

Law firm Bishop & Sewell is hosting a webinar to give leaseholders information and advice about the Right to Manage, a...

12 April 2024

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Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

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

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Brownfield Development isn’t the only answer, agents tell government

Propertymark wants the government to cool down on its enthusiasm for brownfield development. It says in a response to a consultation that...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will build 6,000 “affordable” rental homes by 2030 - with their rents capped. Khan, standing...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Improving market doesn’t solve underlying problems - Propertymark

Promising figures from the latest house price index doesn’t mean underlying problems in the market have been solved, warns Propertymark. UK house...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry boss slams government for ‘grandstanding’ on rent issues

HomeLet and Let Alliance’s chief executive Andy Halstead has called for less “government grandstanding” and more direct action to recognise the...

03 April 2024

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Agents warned: Don’t be Left Behind when Regulation Comes In

Propertymark is urging agents to get ahead of the curve and be ready for the next big initiative - Regulation.  Propertymark has...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

Tenant groups and charities reacted angrily over the Easter weekend to the proposed changes to the Renters Reform Bill being advocated...

02 April 2024

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Changes to Renters Reform Bill after Easter

The government has written to Conservative MPs promising changes to the Renters Reform Bill to ease concerns over its anti-landlord bias. Jacob...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

Agents have expressed their anger at permanent rent controls proposed by the SNP and Green Party politicians running the Scottish Government. The...

28 March 2024

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No Rent Controls! Propertymark’s plea to leading politician

Propertymark has issued a no-holds-barred plea to the politician who has been named as the new housing minister in Wales -...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

For first time buyers, renting is cheaper than buying in most of the UK according to new data from the Halifax.  London, the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control architect threatens new package of ‘reforms’

The politician widely regarded as being the architect of rent controls in Scotland says he will shortly present a wider package...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Ground Rents U-turn hailed ‘a victory for common sense’

What appears to be another government housing policy U-turn - this time on ground rents - is being hailed as “a...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Material Information - new digital tool aims to help letting agents

The Open Property Data Association has released a new version of its property data standards framework to help letting agents comply...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Local Housing Allowance - momentum grows for annual increase

Propertymark is joining a growing chorus demanding an annual uprate of working age benefits and Local Housing Allowance. LHA rates have been...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Rental Crisis - big rise in countryside lets as rural house prices soar

England’s county councils want the next government to set out a long-term plan for housing, as a new report claims there’s...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent demands end of bizarre rule making tenants pay stamp duty

A prominent lettings agent is calling for an end to what he calls the “archaic” system under which some tenants end...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove accused of dragging his feet over agent regulation

The all-party House of Lords Industry and Regulators Committee has urged the government to get on with establishing a regulator of...

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government figures show another sharp rent rise

Average UK private rents increased by 9.0% in the 12 months to February 2024 according to the Office for National Statistics. This...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Give tax perks to renters to help them buy, urges think-tank

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Investor and landlord purchases rise, despite soaring taxes

The largest lettings agency in Scotland says purchases by landlords and other investor buyers in that country have risen sharply despite...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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