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KEYWORD "Housing " - 1002 RESULTS
Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

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

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency wins race to manage high profile Build To Rent scheme

A lettings agency is celebrating winning the obstruction to let and manage a 63 unit Build To Rent scheme for students...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants 25 mile limit for some tenants and properties

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

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring rents, Bidding wars, Supply drought - the market today

A senior lettings chief says the supply drought is making the rental market as overheated now as at any time in...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy lifecycle transformed by pandemic - top agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says the lifecycle of a typical tenancy has been transformed in recent years, as a result...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning that millions of tenants will hit fuel poverty this year

A PropTech firm is warning that well over two million private rental sector households could be in fuel poverty by the...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

MP says Airbnb glut contributing to “devastation” of city

A Labour MP says a surge in the number of stag and hen parties in her constituency - undertaken by people...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Home Taxes - government releases more details

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Urban living back in fashion as agents report demand soaring

The appeal of city living has been reignited across Scotland with new figures showing a surge in demand and rents for...

13 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform aimed mostly at north of England, government admits

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

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property land company set to become major Build To Rent player

One of the leading names in property land and regeneration has announced what it calls Project Spur - a massive launch...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical reform of private rental sector announced by government

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Boss: is Britain’s top Lettings Guru in line for job?

Speculation is growing that a high profile former leader of the Association of Residential Letting Agents may become the next chief...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 widely expected to be scrapped - announcement today

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour claims thousands threatened with homelessness by S21

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory hits back at demands for rent controls

One of the most high profile members of the Welsh Parliament has hit back at calls from the controlling Labour and...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency chief’s cautious welcome for extended Right To Buy

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

04 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

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

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter leads opposition to new tenant Right To Buy proposal

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

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent controls ineffective as tool to reduce homelessness

Propertymark has dismissed suggestions from critics of the lettings industry that higher rents are leading to more homelessness.  The trade body says...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets - momentum builds for more animal-friendly lettings

New research appears to be adding to the momentum to have more flexibility over pets in private rental accommodation.  Nearly one in...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Improve housing standards! Propertymark’s call to winning politicians

Propertymark is calling on candidates in next week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections to support policies that will increase housing supply and...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for property company ignoring improvement notices

A property ownership and management company has been fined £20,000 for failing to carry out safety and fire safety improvement works...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agencies targeted by crime syndicates, claims trade body

The UK lettings and estate agency is being targeted by crime syndicates in order to launder dirty money. That’s the claim of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA slams “tenant centric” approach to rental sector reform

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

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government should go further on ground rents, say agents

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

25 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide rule change - agents urged to prepare

Agents are being urged to prepare for  changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations which may come in this...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings trainer wants more public cash for rental enforcement

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

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

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

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental market set to stay strong as first time buyer deposits soar

A new analysis of prospective first time buyers suggests that the cost of their initial deposit has soared in the past...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? Call for letting agents to use mediation processes

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

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

10-fold rise in tenancy fraud triggers new guarantor service

A PropTech provider has launched a renter guarantor service after claiming there’s been a 10-fold rise in tenancy fraud in the...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister warns letting agents over higher energy charges

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

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Campaigners demand council introduce city-wide licensing

Activists in the Acorn campaign group are lobbying a council in a bid to - in its words - “ban slum...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists slam councils for failing to regulate agents and landlords

An activist group in London has launched a scathing attack on councils which it claims have been ineffective in regulating rogue...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents trade body teams up with pro-pets group for survey

Letting agents are to be quizzed to establish the true cost of damages to rental accommodation by tenants. The “What’s the damage?”...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing Momentum Grows - two London boroughs consulting

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

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Grants available for Electric Vehicle chargers on rental properties

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

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants getting older - dramatic demographic changes on the way

Homes headed by a person over the age of 45 will account for at least half of all privately renting households...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims economy stacked against private tenants

The leader of the Generation Rent campaign group has accused Chancellor Rishi Sunak of “stacking the economy against private renters who...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Criminal record checks may be introduced as part of HMO rules

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

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome energy efficiency VAT help for rental sector

There’s been a broad welcome from letting agents to the Spring Statement not loading more tax or restrictions on buy to...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – supporting smarter, more streamlined enforcement with PropTech

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

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister Madness! Industry supplier hits out at politicians

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

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to buy than rent IF you can afford the deposit

The monthly costs for a first time buyer are some 13 per cent lower than that of a similar renter -...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Guidance for agents with tenants wanting to host Ukraine refugees

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

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Probe into housing options for people aged 16 to 34

A local authority is launching an investigation into what housing options there are for younger people within its patch, and whether...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - Labour politician speaks out about threat of short lets

The Labour Mayor of Bristol has spoken out about the threat to the mainstream rental sector posed by the proliferation of...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring fuel bills will hurt renters and lettings sector - warning

Lower income households, often found in the private rental sector, are set to bear the brunt of the rising inflation and...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb overwhelmed by support for Ukraine humanitarian help

Airbnb says it’s been overwhelmed by the support for its initiatives to help Ukraine. As of Tuesday this week there had been...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Another council has started consultations about stiffer controls on HMOs

Walsall council is proposing additional licensing to improve conditions and management of HMOs in five wards where there are high numbers...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech deal for property management specialist

Property management specialist Pinnacle Group has strengthened its digital offer for customers across its residential portfolio, signing a three-year deal with...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls Now! Major newspaper backs activists’ campaign

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

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Latest rental market snapshot from Goodlord released

The latest lettings market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord suggests that voids are reducing in almost all regions but that rents...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical Lettings Agency charges ultra-low fees

A so-called ethical lettings agency run jointly by two local authorities is handling private rental properties but is charging landlords just...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

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

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

UK rental market now the world’s fourth largest, research claims

The UK’s rental market is now the world’s fourth largest by total volumes of privately rented properties according to research from...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Avoid rent freezes but some controls can work, academics claim

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

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm fined over “atrocious” rental accommodation

A lettings company has been caught up in a case where rental accommodation has been described as “atrocious” and a landlord...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove slammed by agents over cladding comments

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

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Automation set to help agents meet Levelling Up agenda

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

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Another Labour politician urges immediate rent controls

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

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents hit back at politicians over rent controls

Propertymark has hit back at the latest demand by politicians for rent controls. The London mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his call for...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Ideological attack on rental sector underway, warns leading agent

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

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Stock shortage to worsen unless massive rental targets are met

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

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control momentum building rapidly across UK

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

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

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

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Expansion for “largest end-to-end rental marketplace”

A service which describes itself as Europe’s “largest end-to-end rental accommodation marketplace” has announced a new acquisition. Housing Anywhere has acquired a...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge 22.5 per cent rent rise in prime London, says LonRes

Rents in prime areas of London are rocketing at an annual level of 22.5 per cent according to LonRes.  Despite the falls...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs equal homeless people, triggering call for short let controls

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

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in guarantors as Covid rattles lettings market

The number of prospective tenants asked to provide guarantors ahead of renting has risen by a huge 36 per cent over...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

What future for rental reform under new housing minister?

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

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets firm says tourist areas need more affordable homes

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

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Further Rental Reform White Paper scheduled for the spring

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

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

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

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive rise on managed properties for agency group

The Property Franchise Group now manages in excess of 74,000 rental properties on behalf of landlords, according to a new trading...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Review underway into agents’ CPD training and qualifications

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

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mandatory register and redress for landlords to be revealed this week

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

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents' plea for new landlords to replace those quitting

ARLA Propertymark is warning that new landlords must be drafted in to the private rental sector to replace those exiting in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Include Buy To Let in cladding action - government support demanded

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

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should act now ahead of Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

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

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb lettings ‘racket’ condemned by prominent newspaper

One of the country’s best-read and respected regional newspapers has accused Airbnb of a ‘racket’ by advertising homes on its short-let...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent’s new firm threatens other agents with legal action over repairs

A lettings agent who also acts on behalf of tenants against landlords and agents claims to have received 1,000 enquiries from...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Short let units should switch to mainstream rentals, says agent

A prominent agent says the shortage of rental property is now so acute, and like to get still worse, that those...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controls on Airbnb are “hugely disproportionate’ - claim

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

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent backers jump on government Levelling Up bandwagon

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

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of new rental homes for the North West

A prominent provider in the Build To Rent sector is to offer over 1,300 new rental homes over three sites in...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controlling Airbnb - England behind the curve, says Propertymark

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

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax clampdown on letting second homes confirmed by government

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

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Plea for tenants in arrears to contact their local council

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

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to stage unannounced letting agency visits

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

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reform measures to become law in July

A controversial reform programme for the private rental sector in Wales is to go ahead from July 15 this year -...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent investment to improve rental stock energy efficiency

One of the biggest Build To Rent operators in the UK is investing in new technology with the aim of boosting...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New Covid guidance to letting and estate agents

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

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want big rental sector controls ‘to solve housing crisis’

The Liberal Democrats have proposed sharp restrictions on holiday rentals at the heart of the party’s plans to solve the housing...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians slam private rentals as “increasingly unaffordable”

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

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lending set to fall back this year - forecast

Buy To Let lending is set to fall back this year, after a hectic 2021. That’s the forecast from the Intermediary Mortgage...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned - implement health and safety laws, or else

A council is warning letting agents to adhere to health and safety laws or else face the legal consequences. Telford & Wrekin...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches research into rental sector capital appreciation

Capital appreciation over the past decade has been driven more by the value of homes in the rental market than by...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Opposition grows to regulation bid over Airbnbs and short lets

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

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent To Buy scheme snaps up senior housing guru

One of the most respected figures in British housing has joined one of the growing number of Rent To Buy companies. Lord...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Russians to displace Chinese as top foreign investors in London - claim

A leading agency handling international investors and buyers says Russians will displace the Chinese as the main purchasers of buy to...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

British Build To Rent pioneer sold to global rental giant

One of the UK’s first ever Build To Rent companies, Fizzy Living, has been sold to a global real estate company...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is Shelter right? Do high rents impact women more than men?

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents may shun landlords with poor compliance record - claim

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

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-ARLA chief lifts the lid on how Buy To Let was created 25 years ago

A former president of the Association of Residential Letting Agents has lifted the lid on how buy to let came about,...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Student renting made easier, claims rental guarantor service

Rental guarantor service Housing Hand has announced a new partnership with student accommodation provider Kexgill. The firms claim the arrangement will challenge...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive surge in Airbnb takes stock directly from mainstream rentals

A report prepared by housing experts in Manchester shows a massive surge in the number of Airbnbs in the city -...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors may quit buy to let, leading agency chief warns

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

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears rising as Omicron hits tenants across rental sector

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Get set for rent controls in one part of the UK

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

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

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council extends already-large licensing scheme

Bristol council has approved plans to introduce licensing in more parts of the city. Additional Licensing and Selective Licensing schemes will be...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Refugee Crisis - agents have role in finding properties

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

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils warn that Airbnbs threaten mainstream rental supply

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

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark forecasts the 2022 rental market and issues

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

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

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

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds surveys housing market ahead of huge rental investment

Lloyds Banking Group, which is known to be investing huge sums in the UK private rental sector, has published the results...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid-created arrears still rising, warns trade body

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-level enquiry into ‘exempt’ rental accommodation

A major Select Committee of MPs has launched an enquiry into so-called exempt rental sector accommodation - a niche sector that...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank rental plans much larger than originally announced

Lloyds Banking Group - which this year announced its intention to become a private landlord through the acquisition of new build...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Top rental investment locations - where’s hot and where’s not

A new Buy To Let ‘tracker’ from a prominent buy to let mortgage lender has revealed what it considers to be...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Where Airbnb listings outnumber ‘normal’ lettings by 60-to-1

Shocking figures produced by a council in the south west show the vast number of short lets available - and by...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent renews attack on landlords and councils

A lettings agent who also runs a tenant complaint insurance service has renewed his attack on landlords and local authorities. Ajay Jagota...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

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

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

The UK Association of Letting Agents says it welcomes new rules for alarms which put the social and private rental sectors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames end of eviction ban for glut of pleas for help

Shelter claims its helpline has received 1,000 callers a day since the eviction ban began easing at the start of summer. It says...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival to Airbnb aims to use booking fees for community benefit

A community interest company is setting up a rival platform to Airbnb, with the aim of using the commission to benefit...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the city tipped for rental expansion by property experts

A prominent consultancy advising the Build To Rent sector has identified one British city as the prime location for investment in 2022. BNP...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

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

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government gets lesson in how to stimulate buy to let market

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

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blasts government for unaffordable homes

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

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam using Facebook Marketplace sees tenants lose thousands

A scam in one city has reportedly seen scores of individuals robbed of thousands of pounds as short lets have been...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: government survey on documents handed to tenants

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

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector already cleaning up its act on EPCs, suggests bank

The private rental sector is already attempting to improve its EPC results according to research from Shawbrook Bank.  From 2025 new rules...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Local authority wants agent and landlord contact ahead of evictions

A local authority has launched a free service seeking to avoid evictions. New Forest council says its new 'Call Before You Serve' programme is a free service providing...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour joins call for faster scrapping of S21 evictions

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

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Should you use CRMs to create your contracts?

Why CRMs should not be relied upon for contract creation and management. Customer relationship management platforms (CRMs) are useful tools that...

02 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Foxtons says Buy To Let sector must aim to be as good as Build To Rent

Foxtons is extensively praising the apparent benefits of Build To Rent, a sector in which the agency is keen to become...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

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

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban renting changing thanks to pandemic, says PropTech platform

PropTech platform Lavanda says urban property is changing thanks to the pandemic, and it tells agents, landlords and other providers to...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

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

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency has 10,000 lettings enquiries in one month alone

A lettings agency in Manchester has received over 10,000 rental enquiries in just one month. Manchester Apartments says it received some  21,000...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

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

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One of UK’s largest licensing schemes revealed - consultation starts today

Consultation begins today on a selective licensing scheme for privately rented housing in 25 wards of Birmingham. Under the suggested scheme, all...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals rent arrears package for tenants in England

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

23 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban: Letting agents put the heat on government

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

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant sets out blueprint for solving Britain’s housing crisis

New research published by Build To Rent operator L&G reveals what it believes to be a crisis surrounding rental properties, affordable...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of court cases and fines against letting agents

One of the local authorities with the tightest clampdowns on letting agents has issued a statement celebrating its successes. Tower Hamlets council in...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you seeing more ‘later life’ buy to let landlords?

A new report suggests that agents may already be seeing more middle-aged and older landlords - and if that hasn’t happened...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency head tells Sunak - stop hammering the private rental sector

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

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Grants covering Covid arrears will boost tenants’ health, says Shelter

Shelter claims the health of one in five renters in England is harmed by poor housing, and says grants covering Covid-related...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs away from stricter regulation of Airbnb and short lets

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

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

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

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New calls to stop rental homes switching to Airbnb

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

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: “unreasonable fee” puts industry in a dilemma

A leading property lawyer is warning that a tribunal case between a London letting agent and a tenant - involving a...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Safeagent at odds with lettings groups over Covid arrears solution

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

30 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight – what will the main rental trends be in 2022?

We may still be some months off 2022, but property experts are already beginning to make their predictions for next year...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Gove as new Housing Secretary

The property industry has broadly welcomed Michael's Gove appointment as Housing Secretary after he replaced Robert Jenrick yesterday afternoon. “We welcome today’s...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark calls for return of lettings perks to meet rental demand

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

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

New laws to limit rent increases to once a year in Northern Ireland have moved a step closer and lettings agents...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to encourage landlord investment in rental sector

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to make it more attractive for landlords to invest in the private rental sector. Sunak...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction notice periods return to normal next month - official

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

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government told off by Propertymark over Green Homes Grant farce

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

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank may use local agents to find tenants for new rental units

It is understood that Lloyds Bank may use local agencies to find tenants for new private rental sector activities. In recent weeks...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give new warning on costs of pets in rental property

ARLA Propertymark has waded into the growing controversy over pets being allowed in rental properties. Last week a letter was sent to...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Average rent across UK hits record high for third month in a row

The lettings market continues to boom, with HomeLet’s latest index showing average UK rents at a record high for the third...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Council launches lettings agency and wants landlords to sign up

A council has just launched it own publicly-funded lettings agency and wants private landlords to sign up. The 'Your Choice' lettings agency,...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls - agents warn politicians against hasty change

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

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

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

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

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

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Started - UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme

The UK’s largest ever additional licensing scheme for HMOs has come into effect over the long weekend.  Westminster council’s scheme will focus...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rise in investor demand for properties to continue, predicts Zoopla

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

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

How agents can best prepare for post-pandemic business

As the summer begins to draw to a close and the letting market regains its stride, attention is turning to the...

25 August 2021

From: Legislation & Compliance

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

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

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls to be introduced after deal between politicians

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

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand at five year high thanks to Covid relaxation - trade group

Demand for private rental housing is now at a five year high according to the National Residential Landlords Association. In the association’s...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings? Trading Standards revises advice

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

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark steps up attack on government benefit cuts

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

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC law change may create havoc across rental sector - warning

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

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock statement by agents - we've lost faith in court system

Agents’ body Propertymark says it wants a dedicated housing court because it’s lost faith in the mainstream court system to handle...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new licensing scheme will focus on 9,000 properties

One of the largest new additional licensing schemes for HMOs anywhere in the country is set to come into force in...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back charity groups over poverty threat from benefit cuts

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

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge pressure on lettings market from sellers temporarily renting

A study by Hamptons shows that so far this year 10 per cent of new tenancies have been taken by someone...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Return? Labour wants it for furloughed workers

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

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act “does not ban charging for some viewings”

Guidance from Trading Standards suggests that it is possible, in some cases, to charge tenants to view a property to let...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent slams planning reforms for creating poor homes

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

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

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

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tax Take: Petition for Sunak to close holiday lets tax loophole

A tenant who says his former rental property has been turned into an Airbnb has set up a petition demanding Chancellor...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent’s huge fine is largest in five year compliance clampdown

An analysis of the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlord and Letting Agent Checker shows that since it was introduced in 2018...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tory MP to declare ‘state of emergency’ over loss of rental stock

A Conservative MP says he is to declare a “state of housing emergency” in his constituency because of the loss of...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Take that! Labour chief hits back at buy to let attack by tenants

A Labour council leader has hit after being attacked for his support for buy to let and property investment. Last week we...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Safety warning over quality of office-to-resi conversions

There’s a warning today that office-to-resi conversions - popular with landlords in recent years - are at an increased risk of...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back campaign for deposit reform and rental register

Propertymark has joined four so-called ‘action groups’ advocating housing policy changes including the setting up of a national landlord register and...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Town with 57% second homes clamps down on future lettings

A town with one of the UK’s heaviest concentrations of holiday homes is clamping down on future purchases by outsiders who...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings register and deposit system demanded in new report

A new report calls for large scale reform of the private rental sector, including a national landlord register and changes to...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

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

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents growing impatient with government over Covid arrears

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

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Climate Change Targets: Agents demand cash help for rental sector

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

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour and Generation Rent join forces again for rent controls

The Generation Rent campaign group and Labour are again uniting to argue in favour of rent controls in London. Just last week...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group warns of widespread evictions without government support

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

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit back at Labour Mayor’s demand for rent controls

ARLA Propertymark has hit back at a demand from London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan that he be given the powers to...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

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

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic reform likely for rental sector in Scotland - warning

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

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

First tenants to move into Lloyds Bank rental units this summer

Lloyds Bank says tenants will “within the next few weeks” move into the first of a series of new developments it...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wales to clamp down on holiday lets and additional homes

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

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid by politician to ban buy to let at key development

A politician is stepping up his bid to ban buy to let purchasers acquiring any units at a 150-home scheme. ITV News...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ body backs controversial £10m tenant support scheme

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

02 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent insults Ombudsman with “indolent Chihuahua” slur

A lettings agent who wants tenants to take out policies to fund complaints against agencies and landlords has branded the social...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government launches online checker for private rental repairs

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

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says some agent-run properties create “anti-social behaviour

The Labour-run Haringey council in London says some housing conditions in the private rental sector lead to anti-social behaviour. Letting Agent Today...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say holiday homes to let are risk to stable communities

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

24 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

One man band agency grows into large team winning key instruction

A private agency and management firm that says it’s grown from a one man band into a large team of 35...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank sets up management firm to handle apartments to let

It’s been reported that the Lloyds Banking Group is set to buy its first property as it seeks to become a...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Stop Rent Rises and Tax Second Homes - petition wins huge support

Almost 40,000 people have signed a petition urging rent caps for private tenants and hefty tax rises for second home owners. The...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: government accused of hypocrisy over tenants’ rights

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

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents highlight their role in educating tenants about rights

ARLA Propertymark says letting agents have a vital role to play in highlighting the rights of private rental sector tenants. The comment...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Private sector could benefit from letting to social tenants - claim

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

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting now cheaper than buying, new research shows

It is now cheaper to rent a home than buy one - the first time this has been the case since...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - agents back extended time limit, with qualifications

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a call for HMRC to extend the time limit for the payment of Capital...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Acute rental shortage now hitting every part of the country

Areas of the country which appear to have had a surplus of rental stock in the past is now reporting a...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Show Us The Results: Agents demand mediation pilot evidence

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

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Government revises Mediation guidelines for ‘life after eviction ban’

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers free online training for letting agents

A council is offering free training to letting agents, via online courses starting next Monday. Dorset council says it wants to work...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned: Rogue agency and director cannot let any property in England

A London council has secured banning orders against rogue property agents who were previously fined over £70,000 for letting an unlicensed...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - apology by lettings agency after advertisement blunder

A lettings agency which markets private rental properties and units operated by a housing association has apologised for its ‘No DSS’...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Another Shelter report condemns state of British rental sector

Another report by the campaigning charity Shelter is critical of the quality of Britain’s private rental sector - and indeed the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession cases FALLEN during pandemic, not risen - government

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

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering Co-Living rental conversion scheme gets go-ahead

A 133-unit co-living rental scheme is to be built in the Devon city of Exeter. The scheme will place an emphasis on community living...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Updated Covid guidance for letting and estate agents

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

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction court process should be simplified in reform package - call

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

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantor service increasingly used by colleges - claim

Rental guarantor service Housing Hand claims there’s been a rise in the number of universities enquiring about white label deals, as...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

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

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

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

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order threat to property company owner

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand improved flood insurance cover for buy to let sector

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

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists stage DSS protest outside agency office

Activists from the Acorn renters' campaign group have held a protest outside a branch of Chancellors in Oxford. The group says the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent in court over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO

A letting agent has been fined £11,500 for breaking HMO houses and fire safety rules at a property he manages. Agent Benjamin...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government mediation can help agencies recover arrears - industry leader

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

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells of “heartbreaking” need for affordable homes

A letting agent in Cornwall has told local TV how she finds herself in ”heartbreaking” situations because of the lack of...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Vets want pets in lets - and they want them now

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Energised! Stamp Duty Holiday turbocharges rental property sales

The extended stamp duty holiday is having a significant positive impact on the rental market, according to new research. In a survey...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ - Agency unlawfully discriminated against tenant

Another lettings agency has been found to have unlawfully discriminated against a tenant receiving benefits. Worthing County Court declared that Michael Jones & Company unlawfully...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Labour figure plans expanded ‘ethical lettings agency’ concept

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, says he wants to clamp down on the private rental sector. In his manifesto for next month’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

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

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

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

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

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

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents join protest against Labour proposals

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

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Hunters boss claims taxpayers’ money for accommodation as MP

Kevin Hollinrake, who until recently was the chairman of Hunters, has been named in an article about Tory MPs who have...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

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

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

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

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

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

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - London postcodes still in favour with investors and buyers

London lettings and estate agency Benham and Reeves has calculated a league table of the most popular postcodes in the capital...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

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

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

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

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid eviction backlog: Government told to find faster court solutions

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

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls back on the agenda as local elections near

Rent controls are being discussed again as candidates prepare for May's local elections. In London Green Party mayoral candidate Sian Berry -...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in rental demand as sellers put themselves in pole position

There’s been a spectacular surge in demand for lettings properties as vendors take advantage of the stamp duty holiday by selling...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

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

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Capital Gains Tax left unchanged in government plans

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

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

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

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

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

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter appeals for cash from public “for rocky months ahead”

Shelter has launched a fund-raising campaign because of what it calls a huge rise in demand for its emergency services, and in anticipation of what...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2021

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Over quarter of private renters afraid of becoming homeless - claim

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

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

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

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

11 March 2021

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

A head tenant who posed as a landlord has been taken to court by a London council. Sonia Nascimento rented a converted...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls must be off the agenda in spring elections, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning politicians fighting elections this spring that rent controls should be firmly off the agenda. The organisation traditionally sets...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental property capital values likely to soar in next five years

An assessment by Savills suggests capital values - including those for properties in the lettings sector - are likely to soar...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity asks for four-bedroom property for emergency shelter

Letting agents and landlords in a major city have been requested to see if there is a ‘spare’ four bedroom property that...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Yet ANOTHER takeover as lettings agency consolidation continues

A fast-growing regional chain of agencies has purchased another independent operator in the lettings sector. Yorkshire's Linley & Simpson has bought Sinclair Properties...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

An MP who says no one should have to give up their pet to live in a rental property insists that...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Two agents and their firm must pay thousands compensation to landlord

Two letting agents have been ordered to pay £16,000 to a landlord after their activities were found to be unregistered and...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Will it hurt or help the private rental sector?

A leading PropTech expert says the lettings industry hopes next week’s Budget will provide clarity on taxes - but he’s also...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Inaccurate’ anti-eviction petition gains 30,000 signatures

An online petition which appears to inaccurately say private tenants can still be evicted “for no reason” has won 30,000 signatures...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

Labour says the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions doesn’t go far enough to help tenants. The extension to the...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 tenants in arrears by the end of 2021 warns supplier

There could be 700,000 private tenants in arrears by the end of this year - an unsustainable burden on agents and landlords,...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall in size of private rental sector according to government figures

There’s a been a slight fall in the size of the private rental sector in England according to government figures.  Latest data...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Large scale apprenticeship programme outlined by agency group

It’s now the annual National Apprenticeship Week and Leaders Romans Group has outlined how it’s opening up opportunities to newcomers to...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

For most letting agents the last year has been a challenging one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate,...

04 February 2021

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Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Major cash boost for fast-expanding rental platform

HousingAnywhere, a rental platform specialising in accommodation for young professionals and students, has raised some €24m for further expansion. The service covers some UK...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

An agency says it has recently let 26 properties in one month without conducting any physical viewings. Oakwood Homes, operating in Kent,...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters more likely than ever to remain in lettings sector

New research suggests even those renters who want to be owner occupiers are likely to remain in the lettings sector in the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body reinstates ‘TrustedStays’ for NHS and key workers

Members of a short lets group are offering free or discounted accommodation to NHS and other frontline workers during this current...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

The controversial subject of pet-friendly tenancies has been grabbed by the scruff of the neck by the government. The Ministry of Housing,...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told to prepare for complete market lockdown

Letting agents are being advised by an industry supplier to carry out essential checks now to prepare for a possible housing...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may purchase Right To Buy homes and then let to tenants

It’s been reported that a London council is considering spending £10m on purchasing 25 former council homes it previously sold off...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market across UK softens as tenants drop urban flats

The lettings sector has softened over the past year as the demand for urban living with shorter commutes has been replaced...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t force agents to test alarms on first day of tenancy - call

The government has been urged to backtrack on proposals for letting agents to check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on day one...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

James Lindsey, apropos agent

How did you get into property? My grandparents did some small property developments when I was growing up which always interested me,...

20 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets push up rents in local areas - claim

International research suggests that short lets - Airbnb and similar platforms - cause housing shortages and push up private rents. Research by...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

One of the housing ministers with responsibility for the introduction of the controversial Renters Reform Bill in the near future has...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping of S21 and new transferable deposits likely “very soon”

The long-awaited Renters' Reform Bill, promised 14 months ago, is likely to be introduced to the House of Commons “very soon.” The...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents should be proud of their role, urges industry supplier

Letting agents should stand proud of their record helping both landlords and tenants, especially in these more difficult times. That’s the view...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Property maintenance Covid regulations tightened in Scotland

There’s been a small change to the Coronavirus regulations as they apply to the maintenance and upkeep of properties in Scotland. First...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back new Mediation scheme between landlords and tenants

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind an idea from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to create a mediation service to arbitrate in...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists want arrears cancelled as well as full eviction ban

Activists from a range of pressure groups have reacted angrily to what they call a half-baked eviction ban announced by the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

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Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

Letting agents have joined forces with other players in the rental industry to demand the government finally get a grip on...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Build To Rent? BTR name may be ditched to boost image

Major players in the Build To Rent sector are joining forces to see if they can give the industry a more...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator claims 6,000 new homes are underway

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s started work on 6,000 residential units in...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Letting agents and the rental market in England are still in business even during the national lockdown already in force. The government’s...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No more rent controls! Politicians warned of supply shortage

Propertymark is making it clear that rent controls are not the way to operate an efficient lettings market. In a formal response...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

Only 0.3 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales ended with a dispute over the deposit in the six...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Tax premium’ levied on second homes to fund local properties

A Welsh council has agreed to levy what it calls “a tax premium” on second homes from now until 2027 to...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market open for business in new Tier 4 areas

Weekend statements from the government and Housing Secretary have made it clear that the rental market remains open for business even...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

There are growing calls for so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ to face the same controls that are exerted over the rest of the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

A rental guarantor service claims that it and companies like it have helped keep the UK’s private rental sector buoyant during...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

A controversial Labour council that locked horns with the government over landlord licensing is now submitting a new proposal for its...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaking at ‘Future of Housing’ online debate today

Chris Hope, senior partner at Dawsons and Fine & Country agencies, will be one of the main speakers at a prestigious...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News