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Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp Duty reform, More new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils insist there's no conflict of interest after press revelations

Research by The Guardian newspaper reveals that massive numbers of local authority councillors are also buy to let investors - and...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector pessimistic ahead of the Budget

After the series of anti-buy to let measures contained in recent Budgets, it is perhaps unsurprising that a survey of landlords...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales prosecutes letting agent and self-managing landlord

Rent Smart Wales, the licensing and training regime which is now a year old, has taken an agent and a landlord...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection could make lettings 'most transparent ever'

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

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done’ to ensure safety of agents and other staff

A report on progress into the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s new code - introduced precisely a year ago - suggests more still...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in pensioners who rent privately, warns pressure group

The pressure group Generation Rent - often identified with highlighting issues concerning young tenants - is now warning of a massive...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent up only 1.5 pr cent in past year says The DPS

The average UK rent increased just £11.55 or 1.51 per cent over the last year according to The Deposit Protection Service. The new DPS...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports big rise in landlords who buy in cash

A record 65 per cent of landlord purchases over the last 12 months were made by cash buyers according to Countrywide. In the...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide warns that Brexit could cut demand for rental units

The Nationwide has set out a comprehensive study of how migrstion impacts on housing demand in the UK, especially in the...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Prepare for retaliatory eviction disputes' urges legal expert

A leading legal expert specialising in the private rental market says the sector should set up basic procedures to protect against...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency threatened by fees ban turns to PropTech

A family-run lettings agency says its viability is seriously threatened by the likely fees ban to be introduced in 2018 -...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

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Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pushes up rents and house prices, claims new survey

What is believed to be the first-ever study of Airbnb’s effects on house prices - not just rents - suggests the...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Concern that Client Money Protection pledge may be forgotten

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

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

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

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings company fined £200,000 over dangerous properties

A property company and a landlord have been fined over £200,000 after being accused of putting tenants’ lives in danger by...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour's rent controls - more details emerge of how they would apply

The shadow housing minister, John Healey, has started to flesh out the details of Labour's proposed rent controls, announced by Jeremy...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Shelter queries whether rent controls would really work

The housing charity Shelter - which in recent years has been aggressively critical of letting agencies and landlords in the private...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation in Oxford that was...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

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

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after student property breached HMO rules

Letting agency Spicerhaart has been fined £2,670 after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.   A prosecution was brought...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Pensioners should 'think twice' before committing to property investment

A leading figure in the buy to let broker industry has called for would-be ‘pension pot’ landlords to seek advice before...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation from October 1 - just the latest London council to tighten its private...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

A Scarborough buy to let investor has been found guilty of two offences under the Housing Act 2004 for non-compliance with...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

Housing minister Alok Sharma has been told face to face that he should rethink the government's plans to cap security deposits...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

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

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

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Housing minister rules out rent controls for rest of this parliament

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

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says Build To Rent could help solve housing crisis

A respected letting agency research head says Build To Rent could be a significant step towards solving the overall shortage of...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

The majority of MPs speaking at a House of Commons debate yesterday acknowledged they are wary of the 'unintended consequences' of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords favour fee cap as MPs push for blanket ban

The majority of landlords still believe that a cap on letting agent fees will be more effective than an outright ban,...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs set to debate letting agent fee ban in House of Commons

A Westminster Hall debate for MPs on letting agent fees will take place this morning in the House of Commons. The debate...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Only TWO letting agencies sign up to council's 'no fees' scheme

An attempt by a Labour council to encourage letting agencies to get ahead of the curve and scrap fees for tenants...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent says key Housing Act is now as good as useless

Anti-deposits campaigning agent Ajay Jagota says the 2004 Housing Act - which actually came into effect in 2007 - may now...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy in UK is now 20 months - and many are longer

The average UK private rental tenancy is now 20 months, almost a fifth longer than in 2014 according to research from...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils uses dawn raids in clampdown on sublets and beds in sheds

A London council is using dawn raids in its clampdown on illegal subletting and on so-called ‘beds in sheds’ where tenants...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings demand to stay high as '30% of tenants plan never to buy'

New data from a survey of tenants suggests demand for the private rental sector looks set to be high for the...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister told by council to 'act now' on agents fees ban

The government has been urged by a London council to act now to end letting fees for private renters.   Hackney council says...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter insists age, not taxes, forces landlords to quit buy to let

The reasons behind ‘landlord churn’ - when buy to let investors sell up - are more connected with personal circumstances than...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body angry over misleading and distorted evictions report

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written an angry letter of protest to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation following the publication of what...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let in trouble? Not according to this trading statement...

Mortgage Advice Bureau increased revenue by 15 per cent to £49m in the first half of 2017, and reports that the...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

MP resumes bid to allow private tenants to sue over squalid conditions

Labour MP Karen Buck is to reintroduce her Private Members Bill into Parliament today - and if it is passed, she...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agency

A specialist student lettings agency says the drop in the number of applicants for UK higher education courses this year threatens...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rental tenants 'more satisfied with housing than social tenants'

The myth has been broken - tenants in the private rental sector are more satisfied with their accommodation than those in...

15 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm says agencies must modernise as lettings sector expands

Letting agents need to modernise and digitise to prepare for a surge in the size of the private rental sector according...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants' charter launches in borough with 40% private renters

A new charter has been launched to promote the rights of tenants in a London borough where, for the first time...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another day, another council considering more selective licensing

Yet another local authority is considering introducing selective licensing of private rental property. Luton council has issued a statement saying that within...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

The government has revealed that it has received over 4,700 responses to its official consultation over the proposed ban on letting...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest 'Rugg Review' for private rental sector calls for evidence

The latest investigation into the ability of the private rental sector to meet the needs of the population is calling for...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London rental market at its least affordable for a decade - Hometrack

Rented housing in London is at its least affordable levels for 10 years after typical rent rises of 47 per cent...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

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

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

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

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

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

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantor service clarifies website after ad watchdog steps in

A rent guarantor operator has changed the wording of a description of its services on its own website following the intervention...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Younger private tenants increasingly likely to register to vote

After criticism of many younger voters allegedly failing to turn out during the June 2016 EU Referendum, new analysis of voter...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

The consumer group Citizens Advice says it welcomes the Queen’s Speech confirmation of the upcoming ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent could impact British citizens without passports

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

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of households to be private renters by 2021

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will rise to 24% over the next four years, according...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Corporate agents and ARLA make last-ditch plea

A string of corporate letting agencies plus ARLA Propertymark have again called on the government to reconsider its proposed ban on agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First court case and penalties emerge from Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has been fined £4,400 for operating a dangerous, unlicensed house in multiple occupation and failing to comply with...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

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

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Has Theresa May become an ally of 'hard-pressed renters'? asks Shelter

In a blog which appears - perhaps surprisingly - to be supportive of Theresa May’s General Election manifesto, campaigning charity Shelter...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London council issues first lettings sector 'civil penalty'

The London council of Newham is thought to be the first local authority in the UK to use new powers to...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group wants new government to improve slow court process

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

The first letting agents to have completed a new training course aimed at improving services for tenants and landlords have graduated.    Some...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation 'remains massive investment opportunity'

Research experts at high-end agency Savills say a total of £5.3 billion is expected to be invested in the student accommodation...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny fine after 'potentially dangerous' buy to let property suffers fire

A private landlord in Saffron Walden has been fined for letting what the local council describes as “poor and potentially dangerous...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-year buy to let ban after tenants' lives 'put at risk'

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a buy to let landlord...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fair Fees Forum outlines possible risks of agents' fees ban

The Fair Fees Forum, originally established before the proposal to ban letting agents’ fees imposed on tenants in England, now says...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

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

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants on benefits 'discriminated by mortgage lenders' - claim

A letting sector trade body says two thirds of the largest buy to let mortgage lenders do not allow landlords to...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of creating 'miserable' living conditions

A landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of fire safety hazards has been prosecuted by a local authority.    The...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour not ruling out rent controls as possible manifesto pledge

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

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS wants 'rogues database' extended to include more agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has called for the London Mayor’s new rogue agents’ database to be extended to include those...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords' group opposes ARLA-approved 'rogue agents register'

The Residential Landlords Association has broken ranks with the Association of Residential Letting Agents by opposing an ARLA-backed public database of...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body repeats call for private rental sector 'housing court'

The Residential Landlords Association has repeated its calls for a new housing court “to speed up justice for landlords and tenants.”   The...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: 'policy may be lost thanks to election' warns trade body

A trade body has suggested that the General Election on June 8 may lead to a government with new priorities, meaning...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

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

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Facebook group set up to name and shame 'tenants from hell'

A Facebook group has been set up to name and shame so-called ‘tenants from hell’.   At the moment the page applies to...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 150 agencies now listing on student accommodation website

University Cribs, the student property search engine, is expanding to list accommodation in the London market.    The service says that with its...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting too small room leads to £46,650 bill for rogue operator

A landlord of a shared house in Hove, near Brighton, has been found to be ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ and ordered to pay...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Richard Price, Sales Director at Glide Utilities

Who are you? Richard Price What does it say on your business card? We don't have our roles on our business cards. I...

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats take 'credit' for letting agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats appear to be taking what they see as the credit for the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

US corporate makes key hire for London short-lets market

A US firm that is believed to want a slice of the UK’s growing short-lets market has made a key business...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of private tenants wouldn't admit to damaging property

Just over a quarter of all tenants across private and public housing would not say if they had caused significant damage...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA to launch anti-fees ban campaign in a matter of days

ARLA Propertymark says it will launch a campaign against the government’s proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants “in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Green light for another Build To Rent development in London

Build To Rent operator Essential Living has won planning consent for 221 new homes in Brentford - part of the firm’s...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

DPS celebrates 10 years of custodial deposit protection

Custodial deposit protection was introduced 10 years ago this week and the Deposit Protection Service has been marking the anniversary. Custodial protection...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top buying agency admits more purchasers turning to renting

Prime Purchase, the buying arm of estate agency Savills, says renting may be “a more financially sound route” for some wealthy...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector increases as 'young adult owner' numbers plunge

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

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Muted welcome for latest review of private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association has welcomed the new Rugg Review into the state of the private rental sector - but few...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent review into private rental sector now underway

There is to be a new high-level and independent review of the private rental sector in England.   The Nationwide Foundation is funding...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry joy as government formally backs mandatory CMP for agents

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

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Make Client Money Protection mandatory on agents' government told

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

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator reveals rents for new London flats scheme

L&Q has launched 59 Build To Rent units on the site of the former Walthamstow greyhound racing stadium in London.   The operator...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major city to have its first Build To Rent scheme

Bath is to have a major Build To Rent scheme from Legal & General, believed to be the first development of...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction lands property firm owner with electronic tag

A property company owner who waged a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a young mother he wanted to illegally evict...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

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

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice renews attack on letting agents' fees

Citizens Advice has spoken out about soon-to-be-banned letting agent fees charged to tenants. The organisation's 'A State of Disrepair' report says that...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body asks government to give reasons for incoming tax changes

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

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants are paying less and staying longer, analysis reveals

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

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm fined for not buying council licence

MNY Property Management Ltd has been fined £3,390 for offences under the Housing Act - specifically, failing to buy a licence...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for HMO owner who failed to buy council licence

The owner of a house in multiple occupation in the leafy Hampstead area of north London has been hit with a...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rents now rising at less than half rate of inflation

Rents rose by a year-on-year average of 0.8 per cent at the end of last month - while inflation in the...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

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

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants with children staying longer in rental accommodation

Tenants in private rented housing are staying longer than ever in their current homes as the proportion of tenants with children...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

Letting Agent Today’s Conor Shilling was in the audience of The Great Buy To Let Debate - always one of the...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

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

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

It stinks! - Tory MP's scathing attack on some landlords in his city

A Conservative MP has launched a scathing attack on some landlords in his own constituency following a local council initiative to...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord fails to overturn eviction conviction and sentence

A rogue landlord found guilty of waging a campaign of harassment and intimidation against a young mother he wanted to illegally...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants much stricter regulation on letting agents

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

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Kevin Ward, Agent Locator

1) Who are you? Kevin Ward – Director and founder of Agentlocator.co.uk 2) For those not familiar with Agent Locator, can you explain...

16 February 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Short-lets explosion: 'Airbnb time limits just won't work'

The explosion in the short-lets sector continues apace with one third of London councils telling the BBC that Airbnb’s 90-day time...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby MPs against buy to let tax changes ... urges a Tory MP

Saturday is traditionally the day many MPs hold their constituency surgeries, listening to grievances and opinions from their electors.    Conservative member of...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will NOT apply to Buy To Let properties

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

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter says government must deliver on longer tenancies

Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban still unlikely to be introduced until 2018

The government’s Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger at government 'failing to fix broken market'

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

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government considers mandatory Client Money Protection

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

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent ends up with bill for over £5,000 after HMO offences

A letting agency which has pleaded guilty of poorly managing a house in multiple occupation has ended up with a bill...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short let platform says agents could help break into student market

A short-let platform says overseas students may be a new market sector for agents who handle Airbnb-style bookings on behalf of...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-lets boom: US corporate eyes London expansion

One of the world’s largest ‘temporary furnished accommodation’ specialists is reported to have £20m to spend on renting property to re-let...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Anger reported over buy to let lender's 'increase rents' demand

A trade magazine and a national newspaper are reporting anger amongst landlords, tenants and housing groups following the discovery of a...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents' fees spread over six months, not up-front

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has repeated it call for the government to ban up-front letting agent fees at the...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm raises concern over agents' fees ban

Tenant referencing and insurance firm FCC Paragon says its own referencing sector, as well as independent letting agents and smaller corporate...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says lettings sector starting to feel like a protection racket

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

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS backs system allowing rent to contribute to credit scores

The National Approved Letting Scheme is the latest organisation to back a system allowing tenants to strengthen their credit history, simply...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent gets £20,000 in fines over HMO breaches

A landlord and letting agency have been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences at two properties...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb offers free accommodation to those hit by Trump ban

Airbnb’s co-founder says his short-lets platform will provide free housing “to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US.”   The offer, made...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government Housing White Paper now tipped to appear on February 6

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

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations.  For the last two days, Paul Turner has appeared...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Southern Rail strikes beginning to hit local lettings markets

A buy to let mortgage lender claims that five out of six areas affected by the long-running spate of strikes on...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

First-ever apprenticeship in property management takes shape

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

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet another council consults on extending private rental licensing

Consultation has begun on a new licensing scheme for landlords being proposed by Nottingham council.    It runs until March 31 and gives...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Now Ireland looks at planning issues surrounding Airbnb lets

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

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents circulated with 'banned list' by Britain's biggest landlords

The couple believed to be the owners of Britain’s largest buy to let portfolio have defended sending letting agents an 11-point...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

There's still too little specialist student accommodation, says website

Despite what many in the industry believe to be an upsurge in specialist student accommodation construction in recent years, one student...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council launches agency-style tenant vetting and sign-up service

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a scheme for private landlords offering some of the services more typically associated with...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council introducing up to four licensing schemes after policy U-turn

Manchester council - which previously described selective licensing schemes in the private rental sector as ineffective - has done a U-turn...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm forced to pay back £40,000 in housing benefit

It hasn’t been a happy Christmas for one London landlord, who has been told to repay £40,000 in rent received in...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body rejects London mayor's call for yet more rental licensing

The National Landlords Association has rejected a central plank of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan for housing - the introduction of yet more...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another selective licensing scheme to be introduced in 2017

Yet another London borough is introducing a selective licensing scheme, under which parts of a local authority patch are subject to...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank wants register of Airbnb and other online short let 'hosts'

A new report by think tank IPPR supports those who feel the so-called ‘sharing economy’ - short lets via Airbnb and...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another boost for Build To Rent as L&G fund tops £1 billion

The fast-growing Build To Rent sector has seen another boost in investment from a major player - Legal & General.    Earlier this week...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council proposes one of UK's largest lettings licensing regimes

The local council in Nottingham wants to introduce a city-wide licensing scheme of all landlords across its estimated 43,000 private rental...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP suggests buy to let tax breaks for longer tenancies

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that she is in favour of a tax regime that would reward...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Faulty wiring and broken smoke alarms lead to hefty court fine

A private landlord has been fined by a London magistrates court for poor and potentially dangerous housing conditions.    Monojor Ali was fined...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent changes website after complaint to ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint about a claim which was on an online letting agency’s website suggesting it...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS 'fair fees' agents committed to making fee ban work

The NALS ‘Fair Fees Forum’ - set up before last week’s announcement on the banning of letting agency fees levied on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Two more big city Build To Rent schemes announced

The largest Build To Rent deal in Bristol has been announced.  Grainger, the UK's largest listed residential landlord, will forward fund, acquire...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group disowns 'death' comments after Private Eye story

At the end of an already-challenging week for the industry, a landlord group has distanced itself from comments made in its...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

It's here - controversial scheme requiring letting agents to be trained

Rent Smart Wales, a controversial scheme that require letting agents to be trained, comes into effect today after a troubled lead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain on brink of Build To Rent explosion says letting agency

New research suggests the UK is on the brink of a large-scale, commercially developed, owned and operated Build To Rent sector. A...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency says government seen as anti-landlord, pure and simple

More than 92 per cent of landlords believe the government is anti-landlord and want the Chancellor to back them in this...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

British nationals without a passport face Right To Rent difficulties

Right To Rent legislation means British nationals without a passport face difficulties according to the Residential Landlords’ Association.    According to its latest...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents: we're nearly at the affordability ceiling, warns HomeLet

Average rents across the country have risen just three per cent in the past year and typical tenants are staying an...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents praised by council for professional property management

We often report local authorities criticising the standards of letting agents and landlords - now here's a quite different story. Letting agents...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Claims to repossess private rental properties down 21% in two years

Data from the Ministry of Justice suggests the number of claims made by private sector landlords to repossess a property has...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief demands government support for rental sector

A leading mortgage industry spokesman says he hopes Theresa May's "more balanced approach" to housing policy will trigger government support for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Noose tightens around Airbnb 'hosts' who abuse lettings system

Local authorities appear to be at the forefront of identifying abuses of the Airbnb short-let platform and have called executives from...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Typical Airbnb listings bring in twice the rent of long-term lettings

Research by data company Propcision has revealed that across London typical Airbnb rental rates for apartments are double that of long-term rental...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents in Britain rose an average 2.3% in a year

Government figures from the Office for National Statistics show average rents in privately let homes across Britain rose by an average...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Minimum room sizes could backfire and produce higher rents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that proposals to enforce minimum room sizes in HMOs in the privste rental...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older renters set to soar - 'but conditions must improve'

Age UK says the number of older people renting in the private sector is set to soar in the near future...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Want to know about buy to let tax change problems? It's all here...

Some of the property professionals behind the campaign against the changes to buy to let landlords’ taxation have compiled a comprehensive...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More Build To Rent flats as Legal & General increases production

Another 400 purpose-built Build To Rent apartments have been given the green light by planners in London.    Legal & General’s plans for...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan backs Build To Rent and more landlord licensing

London mayor says the private rental sector will play an increasing part in solving the capital’s housing shortage - but insists...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents consulted over London councils' licensing extensions

Brent council in London is seeking the views of agents- as well as landlords, tenants and others - on the extension...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Wales ducks chance to scrap SDLT surcharge

The Welsh Government - which now has additional fiscal powers allowing it to be more independent from Westminster - has chosen...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Up to 70% of eviction notices could be defective claims law firm

A legal firm claims up to 70 per cent of eviction notices issued could be defective, leaving agents and landlords open...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body urges major tax breaks to boost Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is urging Chancellor Phillip Hammond to bring in tax measures to help the purpose-built Build To Rent...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter's non-stop attack on rental sector is plain wrong

An industry group says the seemingly non-stop attack on the private rental sector by campaigning charity Shelter is “plain wrong.”   After a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer renews attack on his party over buy to let tax grab

A senior Conservative peer has renewed his attack on his own party over the buy to let tax grab on landlords,...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Five-figure bill after HMO deemed to put tenants' lives at risk

A Norwich landlord has been prosecuted “for putting lives at risk” according to the local council.  Piang Fui Pun has pleaded guilty...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour's John Healey back on front bench after 'coup' against Corbyn

Labour’s respected housing expert, John Healey, is now back on the front bench as the party’s housing spokesman after a spat...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Alert to agents: check out Landlord Today and Property Investor Today!

Agents don’t need reminding that Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today are invaluable sources of daily industry news - but...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Failure for landlords trying to overturn buy to let mortgage interest change

The attempt to seek a Judicial Review of legislation reducing the mortgage interest tax relief for landlords has failed. The case was...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council preparing to start its own letting agency

Canterbury is the latest council to consider setting up its own letting agency. The authority hopes to tempt private landlords with promises...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine after landlord claims he couldn't afford to improve property

A London landlord who failed to comply with an Improvement Notice to maintain his property for his tenants has a £4,000-plus...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Local authorities are letting down tenants, say landlords

Two landlord associations have criticised local councils for a lack of enforcement and failing to prosecute criminal landlords.  The Residential Landlords Association...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Beds in sheds' landlord hit with £7,000 fine

A landlord has been fined £7,000 for letting two properties which were unfit for habitation. Shahzad Mehmood was prosecuted at Swindon Magistrates'...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined for overcrowding

A letting agency has been fined after one of its landlords was found to be cramming six families into an unlicensed...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan sets out first details of 'London Living Rent'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the first details of his plan to introduce a 'London Living Rent'. This new...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined over £20,000

A letting agency and one of its landlords have been fined over £20,000 and given criminal records for failing to licence...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More support for compulsory Client Money Protection review

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is the latest industry body to back the Government's review of mandatory Client Money...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents urged to lobby MPs over mortgage interest tax changes

A campaign group is urging letting agents to join with landlords in lobbying MP over the government’s change to buy to...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Mayor and council back anti-letting agent group's new 'charter'

The newly-elected mayor of Bristol and the city’s council have endorsed a so-called ethical lettings charter created by a group known...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More tenants agree to pay above asking rent - except in London

Across the UK as a whole there has been a slight increase in the number of tenants who agree to pay...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Squalid conditions and no fire detectors lead to £11,000 bill

A pair of landlords have been slapped with a hefty fine for allowing people to live in damp-riddled rooms without fire...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

The chairman of the Residential Landlords’ Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country’s...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Stop attacking buy to let' government is told by news editor

The news editor of London financial daily City AM has made an outspoken attack on the government’s fiscal assaults on the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let firm ordered to pay over £15,000 after licensing failure

A company operating a number of buy to let properties has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 by magistrates for...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at industry claims over 'unregulated' private lettings

Airbnb has hit back at a claim by the Residential Landlords Association that lets promoted by the firm effectively worsened London’s housing...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb 'worsening London's housing shortage' claims industry group

A landlords’ group says the widespread letting of homes in London on Airbnb and similar platforms is worsening the shortage of...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill

An industry body has backed a Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill, which has been published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.   The...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Many 25-to-45 year olds 'permanent tenants' forecasts one economist

"A large proportion of 25 to 45 year olds will be permanent tenants rather than buyers" a senior economist has predicted.   Tony...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New law gives tenants' association rights to more information

Some industry organisations have spotted that under new legislation now in effect, tenants’ associations are being given the right to gain...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups firmly behind call for mandatory Client Money Protection

Several influential industry bodies have thrown their weight behind a review into whether Client Money Protection should be mandatory for letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage sales down 39 per cent over past year

New data from referencing company Equifax Touchstone suggests that this July’s buy to let mortgage lending total is 39 per cent...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign group urges complaints to MPs about letting agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has returned to attacking mode with an article criticising letting agents’ fees to tenants and effectively urging...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents have until October 3 to comment on Client Money Protection

Letting agents and others in the industry have until October 3 to respond to a new review in to Client Money...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let is big winner from housing benefit surge, says federation

The amount of housing benefit going to private landlords has more than doubled in the past decade according to the National...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on yet another private rental sector licensing regime

The local authority in Manchester is proposing to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the north of the city and has...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour hopeful wants more licensing, rent controls and landlord buy-outs

Former shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham - now Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - has outlined a string of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency tells Minister: incentivise buy to let, reverse tax changes

Belvoir is calling on the government to reverse its punitive tax policies against buy to let and introduce incentives to make...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

£40,000 bill after squalid HMO found to be massively overcrowded

A rogue landlord faces a court bill of almost £40,000 after being caught cramming 24 people into a house in north...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Now over 60,000 Build To Rent units complete or on their way

There are now 60,139 Build To Rent units constructed or in the pipeline across the UK according to the British Property...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another survey shows tenants demanding Client Money Protection

Another survey, this time from an online letting agency, reveals that as many as 70 per cent of tenants are concerned...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government energy policy will push up private rents, insists industry group

Government policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will increase rents for tenants. New laws mean that from...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to meet campaigners against buy to let tax changes

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has agreed to meet campaigners opposed to the clampdown on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief. The measure -...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency network reports lack of family houses across lettings market

Belvoir says the majority of franchise owners in its 170-strong network are reporting a shortage of family housing as one opf...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Independent agency stages conference to discuss future of lettings sector

An enterprising letting agency in the east Midlands is to stage a series of events under the title The Future of...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Demolished! Lotto winner's illegal outbuilding to let is now rubble...

A millionaire landlord who built an illegal outbuilding at his home has been forced to demolish it after pressure from his...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector.   In...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS says latest call to ban letting agent fees is not the answer

The National Approved Letting Scheme says the most recent call to ban letting agent fees - in a demand made by...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group slams Labour rent control call as disaster for tenants

Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for rent controls and “secure tenancies” in the private rented sector would spell disaster for tenants, reducing the...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

£38,000 fine for landlords as council expands rental licensing regime

Two private landlords have been found guilty of failing to obtain the appropriate licenses for their properties.   Jagtar and Jagdish Kandola, who...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Massive bill for landlord failing to renovate apartment to let

The landlord of a London flat is almost £18,000 worse off and has a criminal record after failing to make renovations to...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Near-doubling of private rental sector in just 12 years

Much publicity has been given to the Resolution Foundation’s report into falling home ownership - but the flip side is that...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Group slams claim that private rental sector 'not fit for purpose'

An industry body has blasted an analysis of housing trends in England that claims the private rented sector is ‘not fit...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Council says it's coming down hard ahead of new licensing scheme

A council has issued a press release to say that a trio of prosecutions on private landlords combine to prove it...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New £1m-plus student lettings portal seeking listings from agents

A new property tech startup is launching this month with the promise that it will “completely transform the way university students...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New Bill in Commons aims to curb 'over-extended' student lets

A Birmingham MP is to put a Bill to the House of Commons after the summer in his bid to stop...

29 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' course can lead to Chartered Institute of Housing award

Letting agents and landlords operating in Northern Ireland are now being invited to go through an accredited training programme being operated...

27 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Increased uncertainty could cause waves in the autumn, admits ARLA

Almost half of letting agents say they have seen uncertainty from their landlord clients “which could cause waves in the rental...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents appointed for London's first bespoke Build To Rent scheme

Hamptons International and Day Morris have been appointed as joint lettings agents for London’s first bespoke Build To Rent scheme.   Vantage Point...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Most want to own - but many prefer to rent, admits mortgage chief

The long-term aspiration of most Britons to own their home has not been deterred by the Brexit vote, according to the...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government 'makes it hard for claimants and homeless to privately rent'

Government policy is making it harder than ever for benefits claimants and the homeless to rent homes, according to a new...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty and end anti-buy to let taxes, urges pressure group

A consumer group dedicated to reducing tax says recent fiscal changes introduced by the government will end up hurting private rental...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group says Autumn Statement is chance to rethink housing taxes

The Residential Landlords Association says the build up to the new government‘s Autumn Statement - effectively its first budget - is...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Successive fire breaches - landlord to be sentenced next week

A landlord is to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court next week after pleading guilty to seven charges relating to fire...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

The Residential Landlords’ Association says Gavin Barwell, the new housing minister appointed by Theresa May this week, is a known critic...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Frustrated vendors urged to short-let homes while awaiting buyers

A hospitality start-up company claims the Brexit vote adds to uncertainty in the sales market - and it wants vendors to...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to set up its own lettings agency

Another local authority is aiming to set up its own ‘social’ lettings agency.   The proposal is one of five put forward by...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants housing minister to make Client Money Protection mandatory

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have asked new housing minister Gavin Barwell to...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Assembly urged to scrap its 3% buy to let stamp duty surcharge

The Residential Landlords Association is asking the Welsh Assembly to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on buy...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group welcomes House of Lords' swipe at Build To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has welcomed a report by the House of Lords that institutional investors behind the Build To Rent...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond urged to 'delete all and start again' on buy to let taxes

New Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been urged by an industry trade group to reset the government’s approach to taxing the buy...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Council halts private rental licensing idea after overwhelming hostility

A local council has halted proposals to introduce a licensing regime for a town’s privately let properties after what a newspaper called...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Mayor's office gives public support for Build To Rent in London

In one of the first signals that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan backs Build To Rent, his deputy responsible for housing...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New private rental licensing regime set for HMOs above shops

A new scheme governing the letting out of residential property above retail premises is to be launched in September in the London borough of...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Another large Build To Rent scheme announced for south of England

Housing association Radian is to build a £27m scheme of 113 Build To Rent homes in Bournemouth - its fourth BTR...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Police raid on HMO leads to prosecution and £5,000-plus bill

There has been yet another prosecution over an unsafe house in multiple occupation.   Syed Masum Ali appeared in Stafford Magistrates Court and...

07 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Warning - buy to let reforms could have unintended consequences

A senior mortgage lender is warning that government reforms of the buy to let sector could have wide-ranging and unintended consequences. Richard...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Badly managed HMO ends up with five-figure fine for owner

A landlord who rented out a house in multiple occupation has ended up with a £10,000 fine after pleading guilty to failing...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Savills snaps up block management and Build To Rent specialist

Chainbow, the specialist block management company that has recently taken a high profile approach to the Build To Rent sector, has...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Council pledges to reveal crackdown on HMOs next month

Bexley council in south east London says it is going to announce what it describes as a “crackdown” on HMOs next...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over illegally-established HMO

A letting agent and his landlord client have been fined thousands of pounds for a number of offences relating to what...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Angels Media welcomes one of Britain's top property journalists

Angels Media, publisher of Letting Agent Today, is delighted to welcome on board one of Britain’s top property industry journalists, Marc...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank issues dire warning about buy to let market and house prices

Deutsche Bank has issued a dire warning about the buy to let market in the UK, along with a broadside warning...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims one-in-23 tenants in some areas are at risk of eviction

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that in some areas of the country no fewer than one-in-23 private rental sector tenants are apparently...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

£24,000 bill after repeated serious breaches of fire regulations

A landlord in Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay a total of £24,168.29 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Management buy out on the cards for private rental sector energy supplier

A management buy out appears to be on the cards for Spark Energy, an energy supplier to the lettings and social...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Right wing group backs Corbyn's private sector Right To Buy idea

It started off as an idea from Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to become Labour leader but today it’s being backed by a...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

An industry body is warning new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan not to think he is helping renters by tying up...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Student buy to let investment due for major expansion, claims survey

A new report claims that over a third of student property investors plan to expand their portfolios in 2016, despite the...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Developers and investors lobby government for more Build To Rent

Developers and investors have written to housing minister Brandon Lewis proposing a three-point action plan that could see more than 250,000...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents set to remind consumers about client money protection

Next week letting agents across the country will be taking part in the fifth annual SAFEagent Awareness Week. The event aims to...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with £25k fine for HMO failings

A landlord has been fined almost £25,000 for a series of failings relating to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Birmingham-based Salih...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

Landlords are looking to house tenants less likely to miss rental payments in order to minimise the impact of a number...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes eleven landlords for ignoring selective licensing scheme

Burnley Council has named and shamed eleven landlords that have been prosecuted for ignoring its selective licensing scheme. One landlord, Pierce Mullally,...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting: Council wins landmark case against landlord

A landlord has been prosecuted for both illegal sub-letting and illegal eviction at the same time - an occurrence which is...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with fines for fire safety failings

Two landlords have been fined after being found guilty of fire safety failings in their rental properties. Both prosecutions were brought by...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

'Let Well' programme aims to stamp out criminal operators

Letting agents in Scotland have started to sign up to a new compliance programme which has the aim of stamping out...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

A third of landlords have had a property abandoned by tenants

Some 36% of UK landlords have had a property abandoned by tenants, according to research. Abandonment - which occurs when a tenant...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London's 'fastest growing' letting agent opens 15th office

A firm which claims to be London's fastest growing letting agency has opened its fifteenth branch. Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings' latest...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Institutional investment 'polarising' student accommodation market

Institutional investment in purpose built student accommodation has 'polarised' the market, according to Knight Frank's head of student housing. James Pullen says...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent must pay £6,000 because of HMO failings

An Oxfordshire letting agent has been ordered to pay £3,500 and costs of £2,700 for letting a house in multiple occupation...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Shawn Brown, PayProp Business Development Director

Q: What does it say on your business card? Director of Business Development Q: Who are PayProp? PayProp is an automated payment and reconciliation...

12 May 2016

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Buy to let returns exceed those from FTSE-100 despite recent challenges

Buy to let returns have exceeded those from the FTSE-100 with average gains of 9.6 per cent across England and Wales...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Twitter debate on rental sector licensing to be staged this lunchtime

Letting agents are being invited to join landlords and local authority rental housing experts in a Twitter debate on private rental...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief tells new London mayor: 'treat rental sector as an ally'

The outgoing director of the Your Move chain of lettings agents says the new London mayor - whether Sadiq Khan or...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply of rental stock nose-dives according to ARLA

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents’ books fell sharply in March, to the lowest level since the start...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils condemned by trade body over poor lettings regulations

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed what it calls “worryingly low levels of enforcement of rented housing regulations” by local authorities. Using...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors' confidence 'at lowest level since 2006' claim

Private landlords’ confidence is at the lowest level since late 2006 according to market research company BDRC Continental, thanks to anti-buy...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for Housing Bill to include measures tackling problem tenants

A leading trade body has called for the Housing and Planning Bill now going through parliament to be widened to include...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter invites anonymous claims about letting agents' fee displays

The charity Shelter has renewed its campaign to expose letting agencies which allegedly do not reveal their fees in line with...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs government's U-turn on Client Money Protection measures

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has given its support for what appears to be a government U-turn on Client Money...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister claims buy to let tax changes will create a fairer system

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backed the raft of measures seen by many as anti-buy to let, including the restriction on...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Group protesting outside letting agents' offices starts campaign in second town

A community group that has in the past staged protests at letting agents’ offices in Bristol has now organised a petition...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns of Universal Credit 'disaster' for private rental sector

A trade body is warning that the government’s new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on private lettings with...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Law expert urges landlords to use not-for-profit agencies, not private ones

A housing law expert says landlords should consider using not-for-profit letting agencies, claiming they have “no big overheads” and have a...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents ran £2m drugs factory in properties they managed

A lettings agency in south London has been found to be the front for a cannabis growing operation, with drugs grown...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide - not just letting agencies but now into Build To Rent too

Countrywide - which has already acquired a string of letting agencies in recent months - continues to demonstrate its emphasis on...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on government's anti-buy to let 'short-termism'

A financial journalist has lambasted the government’s anti-buy to let policies, describing them as “political short-termism ... a vote winner to...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rents will rise to pay for Osborne tax changes, trade body warns

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face. According to a survey by the...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent: Legal & General beefs up £600m investment team

Legal & General Capital, which is set to be one of the biggest names in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector...

14 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Half of homes sold in late March were for buy to let - Countrywide

Countrywide says £28 billion worth of home sales were completed in March ahead of the stamp duty surcharge deadline, a 76...

11 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Patricia Barber, Chairman of AIIC

Who are you? Patricia Barber What does it say on your business card? Chairman of the Association of independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) How long has...

08 April 2016

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Warning that buy to let tax changes will damage sector in two years time

Respected credit ratings agency Fitch says buy to let will thrive for the next 12 to 24 months but the effects...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge will deter Build To Rent warns property federation

The British Property Federation says George Osborne’s stamp duty surcharge will threaten the success of the Build To Rent sector, which...

05 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Media criticism building against Osborne's buy to let attacks

More criticism of Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of buy to let reforms has appeared in the mainstream media, with much emphasis...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

UK's first specialist Build To Rent industry body set to launch next month

The UK Apartrment Association - which describes itself as the first organisation exclusively servicing this country’s Build To Rent sector -...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say landlords pay the price of councils' S21 guidance

Councils and other bodies advising tenants to ignore valid Section 21 notices and waiting to be evicted by bailiffs are costing...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body tells government: buy to let is fine, shortage of homes is not

The government has been told to back off its criticism of buy to let landlords and instead do more to address...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords disappointed with budget of 'missed opportunity'

Yesterday George Osborne delivered his eighth budget as chancellor, announcing an extra £3.5 billion in spending cuts by 2019-20. The Office for...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government urged to amend tenancy bill to protect rural landlords

Two organisations are appealing to Scottish Ministers to ensure that businesses have the ability to supply accommodation for workers in rural...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget: Further tax details expected as stamp duty takes centre stage

Later today chancellor George Osborne will make his latest budget speech. It has been speculated that the announcement could include new measures...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of single tenants falling as families and sharers enter PRS

The number of tenancies signed by a single tenant has fallen, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. Last year, tenants living...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London council latest to set up own letting agency

Haringey Council in North London is the latest local authority to launch its own letting agency for private tenants. Move 51⁰ North...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent angered by Lib Dem canvassing email

A London letting agent has expressed their dismay with a canvassing email sent by Liberal Democrat London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon. The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget Preview: Landlords wary of further setbacks

Some 66% of landlords predict more rental sector turbulence in this week's Budget, according to research by property crowdfunding platform The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New fly-on-the-wall eviction TV series starts this evening

This evening at 9pm sees the start of a second season of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Channel 5.  The 10-part series...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body slams proposal urging even more council lettings licensing

A proposal to make it easier for some local councils to introduce licensing schemes governing the private rental sector will do...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector should prepare for longer tenancies, warn inventory clerks

Letting agents and landlords should prepare for longer-term tenancies by improving their management and giving more choice to interior design, fixtures...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups push rental training for landlords and tenants

An initiative between the Residential Landlords Association and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector to expand after 30 years of amazing growth

The private rental sector could expand to cover 40 per cent of households and the UK population is likely to split...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost eight out of 10 private tenants are happy with their lot

Seventy nine per cent of tenants are happy with their circumstances according to a survey conducted by the National Landlords’ Association...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

'Mystery shopping' allegedly reveals letting agents anti-DSS bias

A campaign group in the north east London borough of Hackney claims to have ‘mystery shopped’ 50 letting agents and has...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Peer accuses government of hypocrisy over migrant checks

A Liberal Democrat peer has accused the government of being “a bit rich” in its willingness to jail letting agents or...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

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MPs want more energy info given to renters before tenancies are signed

MPs and members of the House of Lords want private sector tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector tenancies for families 'are getting longer'

Private rental sector tenancies are getting longer according to the Residential Landlords’ Association.  It says new government figures show that the average...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Another report shows younger people 'locked out' and forced to rent

A new report from the independent Social Market Foundation think tank has found that almost two million more people have been...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Returns from buy to let investment at their highest for over a year

Returns from buy to let properties have risen to their highest level in over a year.  Data from Your Move and Reeds...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank calls for 'social letting agencies' staffed by social workers

A think-tank is calling for the creation of ‘social’ letting agencies with staff who not only find housing but also get...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm and director hit with huge fines for HMO breaches

A property company managing an HMO in prime central London has been £47,900. The fine is in relation to 24 charges under...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Figures show why private rental sector is dominated by young tenants

The housing ladder is disappearing for most young working households on modest incomes who are obliged to rent for the indefinite...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams up as landlord possessions reach record high

The total number of evictions last year reached a record high of 42,728 according to data from the Ministry of Justice.  Whilst...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade union wades into row over privately-let ex-council flats

The Right To Buy policy “has turned into a rich harvest for the greedy elite” according to a trades union. The GMB...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs protest at threat to economy from Osborne buy to let onslaught

The influencial cross-party Commons Treasury Committee says the whole economy could suffer is George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body says some 18 to 21 year olds will soon find it harder to rent

Government changes to remove housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds from April will make it far more difficult for...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government on the high price of renting for younger tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents wants the government to allocate more spending and greater political priority to housing, after new...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs worried that 40% of Right To Buy units end up being privately let

A group of MPs is raising concerns about a claim that 40 per cent of homes sold through the Right To...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent may feature in Transport for London property plans

Transport for London - which last year admitted it may enter the fast-emerging Build To Rent sector - has listed 13...

05 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body and controversial council at loggerheads over licensing scheme

Liverpool council has completed only 648 of 39,100 licence applications by landlords in the first six months of its controversial scheme.  The...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Private renting has grown by 17,000 households a month in England claim

The government’s initiatives to try to increase house building and owner occupation will not stop demand for rented homes rising by...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

30,000 Build To Rent flats now have planning consent across UK

New figures from the British Property Federation show that there are now over 30,000 Build To Rent units with planning permission...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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01 February 2016

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Industry body upset at tenants being told to ignore eviction notices

The National Landlords’ Association says an alarming number of private tenants are being told by their local authorities to ignore eviction...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal & General reveals first three sites in 3,000-home Build To Rent plan

Legal & General Capital - which has recently made clear its intention to become a major Build To Rent player in...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants a 'Housing Court' to cover all lettings sector legal disputes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents wants a dedicated court or tribunal to deal with all property and housing related legal...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate owners upset over bid to limit 'tied cottage' vacant possession

A land-owners’ group is upset at the Scottish Government’s alleged “disregard” for estate- and land-owners to be able to gain vacant...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up 3.4% in 2015 but yields dip as a result of capital appreciation

Rents across England and Wales rose by an average of 3.4 per cent in 2015 - the fastest annual growth rate...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents ease in Scotland - just as rent caps are considered by lawmakers

Typical rents in Scotland are down from £757 per month to £747 according to Citylets - just as the Private Housing...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body taking advice on legality of Osborne buy to let tax changes

The Residential Landlords’ Association is taking legal advice on whether George Osborne’s buy to let tax changes are a breach of...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP claims councils take 'soft' approach towards buy to let rogues

Labour MP Karen Buck is accusing local authorities of taking a ’softly, softly’ approach to rogue letting agents and landlords. Buck, whose...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Local authority takes its own councillor to court over buy to let property

A London local authority has taken court action against one of its own councillors who has admitted failing to carry out...

19 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour and SNP 'buy to let MPs' did not vote for controversial amendment

The row over Tory MPs who voted against a bid to ensure all homes let to private tenants were “fit for...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Large parts of UK have shortage of homes to let claims survey

A survey conducted for buy to let lender Landbay claims that a strong lettings market even in winter demonstrates “the shortage...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

February 5 deadline for comments on future of regional private rental sector

A review of the private rental sector in Northern Ireland has been launched - but there is a tight deadline, with...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs give thumbs up to banning rogue agents and landlords

MPs have given their backing to a government proposal to ban rogue letting agents and landlords who repeatedly break private rental...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders hold 'January sale' to lure buy to let investors, says mortgage broker

Many lenders are holding the equivalent of ‘mortgage January sales’ in order to kick-start the market for borrowers, according to a...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News