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Buy To Let property profile changes as landlords diversify

Houses in Multiple Occupation are making up an increasing percentage of buy-to-let business, according specialist lender Shawbrook.  In both 2022 and 2023,...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Digital Property Logbook tested for lettings market

Property logbook company Chimni is trialling a new form of Digital Property Logbook aimed at the Lettings markets.   The new logbooks...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents listed on rogues’ database and fined over HMO failures

Managing agents in London have been instructed to pay a £15,000 fine for operating a House in Multiple Occupation without the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief named for key Knight Frank branch

Knight Frank’s Richmond residential lettings team has welcomed Ivanka Modesteva-Gyurova as Head of Lettings. Modesteva-Gyurova began her career at Foxtons in 2007,...

15 March 2024

From: Breaking News

London lettings agency expands network with 14th branch office

London lettings agency Martyn Gerrard has opened a new flagship office in Hampstead, expanding its network across the North and Northwest...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council attack on private rental sector ‘is next Post Office scandal’ - claim

The excessive enforcement of council rules on private landlords while social housing is so poorly run will be ‘the next Post...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Last-minute government U-turn on HMO regulation changes

The government has done a U-turn on its original policy to relax HMO regulations on private rental properties used by asylum...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

High profile agency snaps up London independent

The Martyn Gerrard agency has acquired a London independent - Range Homes. Range Homes, based in the north London suburb of Palmers...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Sara Stevenson, Lettings Director at Sourced Living, part of the Sourced Property Group.

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Sara Stevenson. I am the Lettings Director...

04 February 2024

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Rebrand for one of lettings industry’s best known suppliers

One of the lettings sector’s longest-standing suppliers - Mortgages for Business - is rebranding. It’s to be known as Mortgage Finance Brokers,...

18 January 2024

From: Breaking News

New lettings brand claims franchisees can earn £100k-plus per year

A new lettings franchise is being launched, which claims its franchisees can earn £100,000-plus annually.  The Sourced Group has launched Sourced Living,...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ views sought for large HMO licensing scheme

Agents, landlords and others’ views are being sought in a consultation on proposals to introduce a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rates War! Mortgage lenders slash BTL borrowing costs

A series of lenders have slashed their buy to let mortgage rates in a bid to win business. These include: - LendInvest Mortgages...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Seven Tips this lettings agency is giving its landlord clients

Online rental platform Lettingaproperty is telling landlords to take a strategic approach to property management in 2024, to help navigate legislative...

08 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings and Build To Rent experts head ARLA chief’s speaker list

The president elect of ARLA Propertymark has created a comprehensive list of female experts in different property disciplines. Angharad Trueman, Group Lettings...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour to ban bidding wars and offer new anti-social behaviour rules

A prominent housing market commentator says Labour would introduce a tougher version of the Renters Reform Bill if it forms the...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s rental licensing scheme will be one of UK’s largest

A Labour-run London council is consulting on a new licensing scheme for private rented property.  If it goes ahead it will be...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO warning letters ignored by rogue lettings agency

A lettings agency has pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to an HMO. IHomes Letting Limited has been fined £16,970 for failing...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency installs new systems after error leaves HMOs unlicensed

A lettings agency has initiated new systems to ensure there is no repeat of a mistake that left some client properties...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists oppose move away from Open Ended Tenancies

The Generation Rent activist group has come out against an amendment to the Renters Reform Bill which reversed the threat of...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ queries pour in to fast-expanding Lettings Helpline

Propertymark is hailing its new Lettings Helpline as a success, just a month after it launched. In that four week period the...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents supporting HMO council tax breakthrough

Propertymark has welcomed the government’s commitment to end the practice of council tax of banding single rooms in HMOs, potentially saving...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency slams four councils for policies which directly hit rental supply

The lettings agency Winkworth has taken the unusual step of criticising policies of a series of councils. The councils are all Labour...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians want to take ‘harder line’ with rogue agents

Harlow council says it wants to take a harder line against agents and landlords who knowingly let unsafe and substandard properties...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Where Rents Have Risen 41% in Five Years

Tenants in Bristol are paying 41 per cent more for a rental property than they did just five years ago, it...

05 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Leading agent angry over licensing lack of communications

A high profile lettings agent has written to his local council seeking information about an Additional Licensing scheme which has expired...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour boss says “uninterested agents” force tenants to “disgusting conditions”

Two massive new rental licensing schemes are set to be approved in Brighton - and part of the reason is “uninterested...

14 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Ban on HMOs converting to Airbnb causes consultation uproar

A move to stop HMOs being used as Airbnb or other short lets has been put forward in the westcountry -...

08 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Large numbers of HMOs “scare” home owners - MP’s claim

An MP says owner occupiers are “scared, unable to sleep at night, worried about their safety and even concerned about whether...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords warned over imminent changes to HMO regulations

Agents representing landlords of HMOs In Portsmouth are being warned by the council that their need to be licensed or face...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency builds HMO for Guaranteed Rent service

Elliot Leigh - an agency that is the largest guaranteed rent provider in London and Essex - has completed phase one...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

‘Inspiring’ franchisee takes control of his fourth branch

Belvoir franchisee Lloyd Rumbold has completed on the acquisition of Belvoir West Bridgford, adding a fourth franchise to his portfolio of...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on HMOs across large London borough

Buy to let investors who want to convert family homes into HMOs in Hounslow for three to six tenants will now...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agent hit with five figure fine for breaching HMO conditions

A landlord who is also the owner of a High Street lettings agency has been fined £17,293 for breaching housing licence...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Root and branch HMO crackdown on the agenda for council

A new action plan to tackle issues around HMOs is being drawn up by a Midlands council next week. West Northamptonshire council’s...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents' Teach-In Month - Webinars begin tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the start of a month of webinars hosted by Rightmove to help agents understand compliance changes and how they...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Automated admin makes property maintenance easy with PayProp

PayProp is known for its award-winning rental payment platform, which combines bank-integrated client accounting with automation to save letting agencies time...

29 June 2023

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Family agency scoops major award for second year in a row

A family business has been named Residential Letting Team of the Year for the second time. The small At Home In Edinburgh...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour complains about asylum seeker HMOs being unlicensed

The Labour-run London Assembly says it is concerned about government plans to allow landlords to house asylum seekers for two years without...

28 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Three agents and landlord hit with massive fines for safety failings

Three property management companies and a landlord have been fined approaching £80,000 for health and safety failings. Mohammed Ali Abbas Rasool, Cadogan...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told ‘Get A Move On’ as licensing scheme flags

  A council has told letting agents to ‘get a move on’ as it admits there’s been a slow start to its...

20 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge fines for agency and management company over safety failures

A management company and a lettings agency involved in running a London HMO have been prosecuted for fire safety failures. Monsoon Properties...

12 June 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO investment platform gives outline of growth strategy

Five franchisees who purchased an investment platform say they want to double the size of the business by 2028. Established in 2007,...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Asylum Seekers in HMOs - last minute plea to government

A council is pleading with the government to think again about proposals to suspend the need for an HMO licence for...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Law service takes swipe at “incompetent letting agents”

Landlords are urged to be cautious and do extensive research before signing up to a letting agent in the face of...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme - last chance for agents’ input

Letting agents have a final chance today to have their say on a consultation into a newly proposed licensing scheme for...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Inventories to become key as fire rules tighten further - claim

A trade body says inventories are set to play an increasingly important role in the private rental sector as fire regulations...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency says students now drive the lettings market

Investors looking to add to their portfolios in 2023 should be urged to consider student housing opportunities, according to a Newcastle...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour supports rent controls - and opposes them

Senior Labour figures have come out with sharply opposing views on whether the party backs rent controls. Shabana Mahmood, a senior MP...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Student activists allege high incidence of damp and mould

An activist group claims that 54 per cent of students are currently living with damp and mould. The group - Students Organising...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents slam ‘postcode lottery’ of tax imposed on HMOs

The letting agents’ trade body Propertymark has slammed the current lack of consistency of council tax on HMOs. It describes today’s system...

17 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency fined for its role in illegal HMO letting

A London lettings agency has been ordered to pay over £12,000 in a fine and costs for its part in running...

11 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Tory wants clampdown on HMOs run by “dubious people”

A veteran Conservative is calling on his government to clamp down on HMOs and ensure there is better council regulation and...

05 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency brand expands once again in London

After announcing a new license in Southwark and Camberwell earlier this month Fine & Country is now expanding further in London...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Charity claims new eviction powers will punish the homeless

A charity is claiming that new powers to evict anti-social private tenants could lead to more homelessness, while those already living...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New eviction powers to get rid of anti social tenants

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are to be given more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO clampdown spun as ‘preserving character of communities’

A clampdown on HMOs is to begin this week - and the council behind it is describing it as ‘preserving the...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

More renters lie about pay to secure tenancies - claim

Over half of all fraudulent tenancy applications involve fake or doctored pay slips, a PropTech firm claims. Goodlord analysed a sample size...

16 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings in the spotlight as current and future regulations hit the headlines

We’re only in February and it’s already clear that this year will set the future direction of the private rented sector...

15 February 2023

From: Features

Judge rejects claim that ‘property guardians’ stopped house being HMO

A property firm has been fined £8,000 for operating an HMO on one of Britain’s most famous roads. Westminster council has won...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Second huge fine for lettings firm’s HMO non-compliance

A lettings company called Trophy Homes Limited, based in Liverpool, has pleaded guilty to failing to apply for an HMO licence...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

HMO numbers falling despite need for more rental properties

England’s HMO market is shrinking despite a widespread need for more affordable rental accommodation. In 2019/20, there were an estimated 510,776 HMOs...

03 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Franchise brand opens new office and eyes further expansion

Winkworth is expanding in the south west with a new office opening in the Bishopston area of Bristol, tapping into a...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Award for agent who doubled fees and expanded his business

The founder of a Barnsley based lettings and property management company is celebrating transforming his business - and winning an award...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Leading agent writes to Gove with ‘lay off the rental sector’ message

A prominent letting agent has written an open letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove, calling for a halt on government attacks...

19 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency names new lettings supremo in key London branch

Savills has promoted Sophie Candlin, a negotiator in its south west London Teddington office, to become its head of lettings. She takes...

05 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial city HMO licensing scheme to go ahead

A new licensing scheme for HMOs, agreed by leaders of Portsmouth council, will be implemented from September 1 2023. Licensing of HMOs...

30 November 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO Council Tax Reform - government pledge to consider change

The government has made a general commitment to work with those who want council tax reforms for Homes in Multiple Occupation. Earlier...

25 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Call for industry to lobby MPs over HMO council tax

A lettings network is urging landlords to back a campaign to abolish council tax re-banding for shared houses. Platinum Property Partners says...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Controversial letting agent’s company sold for undisclosed sum

The lettings agency operated by controversial agent Ajay Jagota has been sold for an undisclosed sum. Jagota set up KIS Lettings with...

01 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent’s huge fine for failing to licence an HMO

An agent operating an HMO on Deeside without a licence and breaking other housing laws has been fined £28,000. Flintshire council carried...

26 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent urges tenants to claim compensation from landlords

A lettings agent has taken the surprising step of encouraging tenants to seek compensation if their landlords fail to abide by...

11 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs continues as another council takes action

A consultation period has started on another council’s set of proposals to clampdown on HMOs. Blackburn with Darwen council wants to impose...

08 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - reform agenda is WRONG for HMOs!

A network of professional landlords is warning the government that its reform agenda for the private rental sector is plain wrong...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency offers bespoke investment property-sourcing service

Newcastle-based agency Walton Robinson is offering a buy to let property sourcing service.  This year, the agency claims it’s secured rental increases...

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomtime for lettings market as big student room shortfall predicted

Rising numbers of young people going to university and a relatively low supply of new student housing means that by 2025...

22 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants demand better quality and bigger HMOs, survey shows

Tenants are demanding better quality HMOs according to new research from specialist buy to let lender Paragon Bank. The bank’s survey of...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

HMOs to be restricted in move by city council

New plans to help control the numbers of residential properties turned into HMOs in parts of Coventry are moving a step...

18 August 2022

From: Breaking News

New head of lettings for London office of major agency

Knight Frank has named Camillo Degregorio as head of lettings in its Richmond office in London. Degregorio started his career in 2010...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm changes start in seven weeks time

Yet another revision to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations takes effect from October 1 - that’s just under...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Guide for agents on how to spot fraudster tenant applicants

An analysis from PropTech firm Goodlord claims that agents and landlords would have lost a combined £1m over the last year...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO PropTech platform claims fast growth amongst agents

A PropTech platform that boasts 200 letting agents and landlords amongst its current clientele has won over £500,000 in additional funding...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Periodic Tenancies - new data shows threat to private renting

HMOs rented by students can be up to £30 a week cheaper than purpose built student accommodation in halls of residence. That’s...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Price shock for renters renewing tenancies, warns agency

London-focussed lettings agency Benham and Reeves says renters who secured bargain properties during the pandemic now face huge rent rises when...

28 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Amend Tenant Fees Act before pets allowed - demand to government

New details from a survey conducted by industry organisations concerning pets in rental properties show the extent of the problem. Some 537...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge expansion of HMO licensing proposed by city council

Birmingham’s Labour-controlled council is launching a consultation on a vast expansion to its existing HMO Additional Licensing scheme. The proposal is for...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check out new licensing scheme

Agents with landlord clients who let properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they should apply for...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss hit with big fine for failing to produce documents

A landlord has been fined a four figure sum for failing to produce documentation for a council. Fathima Syeda Kauser of Luton pleaded...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency director already banned - now fined tens of thousands

The sole director of a lettings agency, who was recently made the subject of an anti-social behaviour injunction and banning order,...

10 June 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

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

Agency grows SW London network with 10th residential lettings branch

An agency has opened its 10th residential lettings office in south west London. The new Savills branch, which will also handle sales,...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Blatant, continuous breach of regulations” lands HMO firm in court

A company which operated an unlicensed HMO and its then-director have lost their appeal against the imposition of financial penalties.  Gatwick and...

13 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

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

Licensing Momentum Grows - two London boroughs consulting

Two more London boroughs are consulting about licensing schemes which will require landlords or their agents to pay hundreds of pounds...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings licensing success justifies new five year extension - claim

Another council is to conduct a consultation process to expand selective and additional licensing schemes for the next five years. Under existing...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Criminal record checks may be introduced as part of HMO rules

A council says it’s considering introducing criminal record checks on individuals who apply to run HMOs as part of a wide-ranging...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent fails to secure renewal of landlord’s licence in controversial case

An agent’s plea to councillors to renew the HMO license for a landlord client fell on deaf ears in a controversial...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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