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KEYWORD "Housing " - 1002 RESULTS
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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

Another council ponders Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs

Walsall council in the Midlands is considering an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs.  As is often the case with such schemes, the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent says 2021 is chance to level playing field with tenants

A letting agent and property management expert says the likely introduction of the Renters Reform Bill in 2021 is a chance...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that both letting agents and landlords have...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs in the firing line: Another city ponders a clampdown

Another local authority is considering a clampdown on the spread and condition of HMOs. Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Regulation chief says complaints about rental sector are common

The architect of the Regulation of Property Agents working group - which has called for agents to be trained and licensed...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group recommends referral fee policy of transparency

The UK Association of Lettings Agents is recommending transparency in relation to the disclosure of referral fees to landlord clients. Last month...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit to make lettings sector even tougher in 2021 - claim

If you think 2020 has been complicated, just wait until 2021: that’s the claim of a rental guarantor service which warns...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists want to build rent strike momentum across student sector

Activists are attempting to build rent strike momentum amongst students who rent property across the country. ‘Rent Strike” is a national network...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

Two landlords in the same town - one the director of a lettings firm - have been prosecuted as their properties...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How was 2020 for you? Agents asked their views by industry suppliers

Two industry suppliers are asking agents to contribute to a survey assessing how the lettings sector has performed in 2020. Government-authorised deposit...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market recovering fast but now more segmented

The rental market is recovering fast from the Coronavirus crisis and still has a strong ‘offer’ for investors - but it’s...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Anderson has been an outspoken...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency network sees business storm back and repays furlough money

An extremely upbeat trading statement from Stock Market-quoted agency Belvoir suggests business has been ahead of even its pre-Coronavirus expectations in...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears set to worsen as a result of Sunak’s LHA freeze

There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee scheme for private sector launched by council

A council says it’s let 21 properties thanks to a rent guarantee system launched to woo private landlords to supply homes...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-second homes campaigners win talks with top politician

Councillors from a town council in Wales are to be given an audience with the country’s First Minister to discuss the...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona rules: Agents and tradespeople can still visit properties

New and tougher Coronavirus restrictions have been announced in Scotland with decisions on England’s new controls expected to be revealed today or...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want public funds to pay rent arrears’ - campaigners renew call

The Generation Rent campaign has renewed its call for public money to be allocated to clear at least some rent arrears...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent collection 97% and occupancy 95% says Build To Rent giant

One of the largest Build To Rent operators in the country is reporting that the pandemic has had relatively minor effects...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm strengthens repairs reporting service and data

The PropTech platform Plentific has acquired X-Tag, formerly known as Gas Tag. X Tag works with over 50 lettings agencies, property managers, councils and...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Massive Build To Rent scheme underway at gritty location

The first part of a massive Build To Rent scheme from developer Lendlease is nearing completion at Elephant Park in the...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent

Agents have another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent according to an update from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency has collected 99 per cent of rent during Coronavirus period

A lettings agency specialising in managing Build To Rent developments says it’s collected 99 per cent of all invoiced rent during...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

PropTech platform MakeUrMove, which launched back in 2008 as the first online lettings agency, has secured a £1.3m funding package from...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

The Resolution Foundation has added its voice to that of many charities and other think tanks demanding more government support for...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Kickstart can elevate agents’ reputation through apprenticeships

The group human resources director of the Leaders Romans Group wants the agency industry to improve its reputation by embracing more...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

The main trade body representing lettings agents has described the government’s latest eviction ban as “a further blow” for the sector. At...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims hundreds of S21s during Lockdown1, despite ban

Labour claims over 350 households in London alone were issued with a Section 21 notice during the first lockdown in spring...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

A new report from the Nationwide and campaigning charity Shelter puts letting agents in the dock over the standards in the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral fees webinar coming up with Trading Standards supremo

Propertymark is staging a webinar later this month on the topical subject of referral fees. Last month the National Trading Standards for...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Labour renews call for another eviction ban

Labour has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding the return of the eviction ban - even though, to all intents...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

“Airbnb pricing us out of our communities!” - MP slams short lets

An MP claims the proliferation of short lets via Airbnb and similar online platforms is indirectly pricing local people out of...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Lowdown - Emergency webinar for agents tomorrow

A lockdown emergency webinar is to be held tomorrow to help letting agents get the regulatory and restriction lowdown on how...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Strange’ market still showing rent increases in almost every region

Another market snapshot from HomeLet suggests that there was a 2.2 per cent average rent increase across the UK in the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent increases slow and tenancies lengthen despite Covid

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell by almost a fifth in the year to the end of September according...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Agency named to handle lettings at new Build To Rent city scheme

The team behind Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent housing development has announced another multi-million-pound BTR project. Kelvin Properties, which...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Viewings banned, moves halted, no on-site surveys - Wales lockdown

The Welsh government has given details of the rentals and sales house moving process during the 16 day lockdown beginning 6pm on Friday...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents still border control officers under Right To Rent - top lawyer

The Right to Rent scheme’s revised code of practice coming into effect next month does nothing to stop agents and landlords...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a “massive increase” in evictions in the near future. In a briefing paper the...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Unify UK property tax to attract investors, agency boss says

Scotland must encourage more investors into its property market as a way of supporting its economy once the Coronavirus recedes according...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's Not On: Agents tell government new EPC targets can't be met

New long-term targets for improving energy efficiency across the private rental sector simply are not realistic, the government has been warned. The...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents escape referral fees clampdown - at least for now

It appears lettings agents may have escaped the recommended demands for referral fees to be made more transparent to customers. A statement...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

The investment arm of the Big Issue street newspaper is putting £3m into a new form of lettings agency.  Homes for Good was...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link for outsourced viewing service and fledgling portal

Fledgling portal Homesearch has partnered with outsourced viewing service Viewber in a new PropTech teaming. Under the deal, agents who receive an...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever wanted to know about evictions - and more...

A definitive document has been published by the House of Commons library listing every eviction-related measure taken by UK governments during...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

The Citizens Advice charity claims that new figures suggest concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.  It...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Make landlords centre of lettings to close 'digital gap', says PropTech firm

A new whitepaper argues that landlords and tenants aren't getting what they want from the rental market. It says landlords need...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

Campaigners against evictions during the Coronavirus crisis have launched a last-ditch call for the government to grant another extension to the current...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

A lettings agency that told a prospective tenant it had a policy of not offering tenancies to housing benefit recipients has...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is joining forces with housing organisations to argue against private...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran and regulation expert is new ARLA president

The ARLA Propertymark president for the year ahead is a long-standing board member with significant experience in regulation. Angela Davey succeeds Phil...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

Agents and landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict, except in the most serious of cases,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid break clauses defended “and most agents agree” - claim

A rent guarantor service has rejected criticism of so-called Coronavirus break clauses in rental contracts. There’s been criticism in recent months of...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that’s the message from a leading property lawyer.  Mary Rouse,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

A deposit scheme has launched a new service designed to help tenants and landlords who have experienced issues with rent arrears as...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: Campaigners demand answers from government

The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector warned: Stand by for a Winter of Discontent

A specialist mortgage operator is warning letting agents and landlords to gear up for a winter of discontent as a result...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

The Generation Rent pressure group has made a last-ditch argument in favour of keeping the evictions ban, which will lapse at the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £20,000 and “up his game” in future

A landlord taken to court by a council has ended up with a bill in excess of £20,000.  Dennis Goodwin of Highbury...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group to protest in 10 or more cities this weekend

The anti-letting agent group ACORN is to stage protests in 10 to 15 UK cities this weekend according to an activists’...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Instagram Offices - send us your end-of-summer team photos

Whisper it quietly but in just 10 days time we have the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. We would like to mark...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour likens evictions ban ending to Tories’ exams fiasco

Labour’s housing spokeswoman says “after the incompetent handling of the exams fiasco, the government must act now to avoid more chaos...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents excluded from new student property platform

A new student accommodation property platform has been launched which aims to deliberately by-pass letting agents.  Housemates is for students, landlords and...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

The campaigning pressure group Generation Rent has returned to the battle to win an extension to the current evictions ban in...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants. Gedling council...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council reveals plan for massive licensing scheme

The controversial Labour-led council in Liverpool has started a lengthy consultation process over its latest proposals for landlord licensing. The authority was...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb pledges to identify professional landlords using platform

Airbnb is doing a U-turn with its global leader pledging to slash the number of professional landlords using the platform and...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

A leading politician is calling for a rethink of the six month possession period which has been imposed in Wales. Mark Isherwood,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents to review advertising following No DSS ruling

A property litigation expert is warning letting agents and landlords about far-reaching consequences of the recent ruling which declared a blanket...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Give tenants power to trigger energy improvements - Generation Rent

Campaign group Generation Rent says private tenants could miss out on an energy efficiency drive if they are not given the...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Never Knowingly Let - John Lewis moves into Build To Rent

Tenants who want to pop downstairs to the shop may soon be able to do so - thanks to the John...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It can be done! Agency business well up on 2019 despite virus crisis

One of the country’s biggest lettings agencies is reporting that both revenue and operating profit are “comfortably” up on 2019 levels...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

“Solid rebound” in buy to let expected to stay on track, say brokers

Four out of 10 mortgage brokers expect more buy to let business in the coming 12 months, according to a Paragon...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top housing lawyer now acting for newly-merged lettings body

Leading housing lawyer David Smith has become the legal counsel for the new National Residential Landlords Association. Smith is a partner at...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pre-qualify tenants before a viewing and reference them with one shareable viewing link from your CRM.

Can technology bring about the lasting change needed to the property industry? The industry has felt the effect of lockdown and...

28 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Lib Dems want government to finally scrap it

A Liberal Democrat bid is underway to accelerate the government timetable to scrap Section 21. The Renters’ Rights Bill put forward by government...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to licence 50,000 properties - council extends consultation

A local authority has extended its consultation process for a selective licensing system which, if it goes ahead, would see some...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: SIX months notice required in Wales

The Welsh Government has temporarily increased the notice period landlords must provide from three months to six months to end Assured...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks private rental sector help to ease waiting list problems

A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New call to government to prevent some evictions after ban ends

A debt charity is urging the Housing Secretary to pledge that no one who has lost income because of Coronavirus will...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private rental units are government option for vulnerable people

A £266m package of help to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation includes possible options to use the private rental...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CGT Threat: Propertymark warns government not to hurt buy to let

Propertymark is the latest industry body to warn the government against Capital Gains Tax changes that may disincentivise landlords. A joint statement...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New eviction court procedures to address Covid backlog

The government has outlined new court procedures to address the expected backlog of cases when eviction proceedings resume on August 24. For...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: domestic abuse and anti-social behaviour cases prioritised

The housing minister says the resumption of eviction possession court cases at the end of next month must be done in...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PM presses Starmer on Labour’s “stamp duty bung” claim

The Prime Minister has stepped into the ongoing row over a Labour claim that last week’s stamp duty holiday was merely...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - big cities say they want to end the ‘short lets problem’

The Irish government says it’s considering buying properties that were listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms before the pandemic. In an...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter “doubling up” its checks on letting agents for compliance

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is “doubling up” its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister enters row over Labour “bung” accusation

Housing minister Chris Pincher has entered the row over Labour claiming that the stamp duty holiday announced last week was in...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour says stamp duty holiday is “a bung for landlords”

Labour has described the stamp duty holiday introduced last week as “a £1.3 billion bung for landlords” because the tax break...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

 Private tenants increasingly satisfied with homes and landlords

There’s been another increase in the proportion of private tenants saying they are satisfied with their housing according to data published...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaigning Baroness slams Sunak over possible “mass homelessness”

Former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the new director of the campaign group Generation Rent, claims 500,000 renters are in arrears as...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News