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KEYWORD "Housing" - 102 RESULTS
Beef Up Renters Reform Bill to stop even more evictions - call

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

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Restrictions - Gove slammed by Labour-dominated council body

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

21 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Good news on Inflation expected this week

Inflation is expected to drop sharply in the April figures due out this week. The Office for Budget Responsibility and Bank of...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

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

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

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

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour split as MP defies party policy and calls for rent controls

A Labour MP is calling for rent controls to be introduced, with powers for councils to tweak them as they see...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Get the Rent To Rent house in order, demands Propertymark

Propertymark has come out in support of the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agency Team’s probe into Rent-to-Rent.    NTSELAT has...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Brexit and High Interest Rates pose major challenges to agents

Letting agents believe Help to Buy has been the most positive influence to the property market in recent times, while on...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Pity The Poor Renter - analyst says tenants face tough conditions

An Office of National Statistics survey shows that the top three issues facing the UK are still the cost-of-living crisis (89%),...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Gimmick Stamp Duty Cut would trigger evictions - claim

A stamp duty cut in the run up to a General Election would see house prices go up and evictions soar,...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Freeholder hits at government over slow responses on building safety row

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

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove turns the safety screws on reluctant freeholders

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

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Money-Making Machine set to hike agent fees again

Number one portal Rightmove has upgraded growth expectations in its latest statement to shareholders - and is again growing its average...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians should realise how rent controls force landlords out - call

The pressure on rents for new tenancies in Scotland’s private rented sector have started to ease with all major cities now...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

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

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan housing tax policies criticised by Left-wingers

Even as he was being elected as Mayor of London for a record-beating third successive time, Sadiq Khan was under pressure...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with £500,000 health and safety fine

A housing company has been fined £528,000 after an employee repairing a fence post inadvertently struck an underground cable, suffering burns...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Good News - buy to let yields at their highest for six years

The average gross rental yield reported by landlords has reached the highest level since the second quarter of 2018, according to...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Lords won’t wreck Renters Reform Bill - trade body

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

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

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

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Banking Group rental project now has 2,000 properties

Citra Living, part of Lloyds Banking Group, is to bring more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Tenants 'get stuck' if letting agents fail to solve problems

Half of all private renters would not know where to turn to if a letting agent failed to address a problem...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

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

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Banned - Agency cannot let homes for four years; put on rogues’ database

A council has placed a Banning Order on a lettings agency operating unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation. Trophy Homes Ltd was hit...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - groups still lobbying for further changes

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

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

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

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 April 2024

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Extraordinary 200 amendments to Renters Reform Bill in Commons today

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

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark not giving up on the Regulation of Property Agents

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

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Boost for Buy To Let as mortgage product choice improves

There's good news for the buy to let sector as mortgage product availability is showing signs of stability, according to the...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Backing for Ground Rent Cap being announced this week

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

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to attend Equality and Cultural Awareness event

Propertymark is urging member agents in Wales to attend a so-called Cultural Awareness Course which will explain their responsibilities under the...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Ceilings Have Been Reached - agency's stark warning

The chief executive of one of Britain’s largest franchise agency chains is warning that rents may no longer be able to...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

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

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

TV Property Guru to give keynote speech at Propertymark One

TV property guru and Move iQ founder Phil Spencer to be a keynote speakers at Propertymark One this year, the trade...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

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

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

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

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Managing agent bags hundreds of homes in new deal with L&G

Property management and facilities firm Pinnacle is to become the leading managing agent for Legal & General Affordable Homes. In recent weeks, the...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand easing at last says agency chief

The UK's rental market is experiencing a slowdown says a lettings chief. Nicky Stevenson, Managing Director of Fine & Country notes that...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

How Knight Frank sees it - market update from research guru

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

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

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

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

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

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Key industry supplier names ex-housing chief as chairperson

The Tenancy Deposit Service, the provider of tenancy deposit protection and dispute resolution services, has appointed Fay Selvan as its new...

11 April 2024

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Agents facing huge rise in tenant fraud

An analysis of over 600,000 tenancy applications has found that fraudulent applications rose by 140% last year.  The analysis, carried out by...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Almost No Reduction in Buy To Let Supply, insists think tank

There’s been at most a one per cent reduction in landlords in the buy to let sector, a think tank claims...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark bats off surprisingly downbeat housing index

Propertymark has batted away any possible market pessimism as a result of a downbeat price index result from the Halifax  Just before...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

“Bold” new Labour reforms for private rental sector coming next month

An influential Labour website says a raft of proposed reforms for the private rental sector will be unveiled next month -...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents say 10 renters to every one property to let

The number of new prospective tenants registered per Propertymark member branch decreased from 97 in January to 89 in February -...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new eco scheme

Legal & General’s suburban Build To Rent business, called LGSBTR, has exchanged on 41 new BTR homes in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.   Consisting...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says space running out for stands at ‘the big one’

The UK’s largest multi-disciplinary property conference - Propertymark One in association with Rightmove - is in June and the organisers claim...

05 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Improving market doesn’t solve underlying problems - Propertymark

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

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Massive PropTech boost from Rightmove and finance institutions

Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, NatWest and Rightmove have announced a strategic investment in Coadjute, a prominent PropTech business.  This is the first...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

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

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant awareness of Renters Reform Bill very low, says charity

The substantial majority of tenants are completely unaware of the Renters Reform Bill, it’s been alleged. A survey of over 2,000 private...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Changes to Renters Reform Bill after Easter

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

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

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

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls! Propertymark’s plea to leading politician

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

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents listed on rogues’ database and fined over HMO failures

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

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

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

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New London rental licensing regime launches next week

A new borough-wide landlord licensing scheme is set to launch in the London borough of Brent on April 1, the council...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Material Information - new digital tool aims to help letting agents

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

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Local Housing Allowance - momentum grows for annual increase

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

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove accused of dragging his feet over agent regulation

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

22 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Get On With It! - agents say Bank should cut rates now

Propertymark is telling the Bank of England that now is the perfect time to cut base rate and trigger wider interest...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government figures show another sharp rent rise

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

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Property portal claims industry-first with AI investment

A property portal claims it’s struck an industry-first by making a “substantial investment” of over £250,000 in Artificial Intelligence.  The local portal...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ single demand of government - solve the housing emergency!

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to resolve the country’s ongoing housing emergency. The news comes as Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - new RICS standard for agents to launch this year

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new Residential Retrofit Standard in a bid to help the housing industry...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

No scrapping fixed term tenancies - new appeal over Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has emphasised the importance of retaining fixed term tenancies under the Renters Reform Bill. Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson met Housing...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory ex-housing minister quits, claiming he was a success

A former housing minister responsible for the sell off of huge numbers of social homes has told the Prime Minister he...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency to manage getting empty homes into private rental sector

Owners of vacant properties are being offered an improved incentive to bring their house back into use. Plymouth council is re-launching its...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy cash ‘stolen’ by government will worsen rental crisis

An umbrella group called London Councils has expressed “extreme concern” at the government’s decision to stop letting local authorities keep money...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government to double council tax on empty homes after one year

Sharpened rules to double council tax on long term empty properties will come into force from April 1, says the government.  A...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Powers to evict anti-social tenants set to be beefed up

Propertymark has welcomed proposed reforms to evict tenants who show persistent anti-social behaviour.   In 2018, a Northern Ireland Department of Justice consultation...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Most would-be buyers say they cannot afford an open-market home

A survey from property portal Share to Buy suggests that over three quarters of buyers believe they cannot afford to purchase...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory MP reported to bring Renters Reform Bill “to brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent set to suffer from Hunt’s stamp duty changes

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Budget is set to hit Build To Rent. The British Property Foundation is reacting to news that Multiple dwellings...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of lettings agents imminent, suggests Propertymark

Propertymark says the regulation of agents has come a step closer.   The trade body gave evidence at a House of Lords Industry...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Chancellor reveals property tax change in Budget

The Chancellor has used his Budget to confirm a 2p cut in National Insurance, from April 6. This will take it...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill threat to student accommodation, say experts

New research suggests that a majority of the British public believe the government should be doing more to support students find...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

A figure in one of the country’s highest profile lettings companies has hit out at a government proposal to penalise the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide demands four tax changes to help the private rental sector

Nationwide has taken the unusual step of using its buy to let lending arm - The Mortgage Works - to make...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Grab - rental sector may not be viable warns Propertymark

The chief executive of Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government in response to its latest attempt to extract...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Raid planned on rental sector in Budget - report

The Budget on Wednesday will contain a £300m tax raid on the rental sector according to a report this morning -...

03 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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