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Over 100 Build To Rent units coming from Barratt Homes

A 101-home Built To Rent estate is being created by Barratt Homes in Cambridge, as part of a deal with BTR...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO sales agency begins UK-wide roll out in four cities

HMO Sales Expert, a 2024 start-up, has launched a UK-wide partnership programme. It’s commenced with Plymouth, Doncaster, Leicester, and Peterborough, and later...

24 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Two new London offices for Connells’ high-end brand

John D Wood & Co., one of the UK’s oldest lettings and estate agents dating back over 150 years, has expanded...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech link with landlord-owned lettings compliance service

PropTech platform Goodlord has partnered with safety certificate provider Safe2 to offer compliance work for the lettings sector.  Safe2 - recently acquired...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Demand slows as agents warn about unsustainable rent rises

The latest market report from Propertymark’s lettings agents suggests the demand is slowing. The latest data - for March - shows that...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency urges second home owners to be Airbnb hosts for tax reasons

The head of a lettings agency in Kent says it would be a “practical solution” for second home owners to become...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Local man with global experience takes over branch franchise

Stephen Castellani has been confirmed as the new owner of Martin & Co’s Tonbridge office, taking the reins from Robert Gordon-James...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Agency kicked out by Ombudsman for just £1,100

A lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme following itsfailure to pay £1,100 out of an adjudicated award...

26 March 2024

From: Breaking News

London lettings agency expands network with 14th branch office

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

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Third independent lettings operation snapped up by franchisee

Long-standing lettings franchisee Kevin Hall has snapped up a third independent agency in his town. Hall, who has run the Ashford branch...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

New lettings director arrives from arch rival agency

Savills has appointed Marielle Papadopoullos as head of lettings in its key Hampstead office.  Papadopoullos, who joins as a director, has over...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rightmove data chief to update agents on rental market latest

Propertymark’s regional conferences are now in full swing with the next event at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge in Kent on  November...

16 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Vintage lettings agency snaps up rival “with similar morals”

The century-old Wards Estate Agents - part of Arun - has snapped up Kite Homes, a lettings and property management company...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage deals pulled from market

Moneyfacts, the respected independent mortgage market monitor, is warning that lenders have been withdrawing buy to let fixed deals. Within the buy...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Flats are now good value, possible investment potential - Zoopla

An end-of-year assessment by Zoopla suggests the price of flats across the UK have underperformed the rest of the market and...

23 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up by growing franchise operation

Martin & Co’s Ashford branch is celebrating the countdown to Christmas with another independent agency acquisition. The franchised office, owned by Kevin...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents amongst the big winners at ESTAS 2022

Lettings and sales agents, along with other members of the property industry, have been celebrating at the ESTAS Customer Service Awards...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Coffees all round as relocated agency celebrates major milestones

An independent agency chain operating in the Garden of England has just located one of its office to a former coffee...

29 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent justifies rent level after politician brands it “disgraceful”

A lettings agency in Kent has been drawn into a spat about rent levels following a councillor’s comment on Twitter. Liberal Democrat...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Court Drama - Agency accused of violence and vandalism against tenants

A lettings agency is alleged to have used violence and vandalism over a prolonged period against the tenants of at least...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA reveals new President to take Propertymark position

David Votta from the Kent-based Votta Sales and Lettings has been revealed as the new ARLA Propertymark President. He has been in...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

Yet another independent lettings agency has been acquired by the Martin & Co brand of The Property Franchise Group. The owner of...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Expanding agency group seeking new lettings acquisitions

The Acorn Group has opened its 40th branch - and it says it’s on the look-out for new acquisitions, including those...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Race For Space Is Over - tenants quit Home Counties for London

London rents are rising at a record pace with growth being driven by tenants returning from outside the capital.   That’s the suggestion...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council-run lettings agency aims to attract private landlords

A council-run private rental sector lettings agency which so far claims to manage 300 properties it launching an advertising campaign to...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove to tell agents how to increase lettings revenue

Rightmove’s latest webinar tomorrow will focus on the revenue generation opportunities that exist at every stage of the process of letting...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Hundreds of new rental flats planned for London sites

Build To Rent operator Avanton has pledged to build hundreds of new homes in two London hotspots under its A:Living brand. They...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA President lifts the lid on Propertymark and careers for agents

ARLA Propertymark President Maxine Fothergill has lifted the lid on what is required of a letting agent holding that position in...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets rip off? Airbnb owners hike rents up to 300% at peak

A new survey suggests Airbnb owners are charging over 300 per cent more to stay at their properties during major events...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Maxine Fothergill, ARLA President

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Maxine Fothergill and for the past ‘almost’...

28 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Two acquisitions add to agency’s fast-growing lets portfolio

The Miles & Barr Group has snapped up two lettings and property management companies  – Roger & Hambidge and Brettsletts.  The acquisitions...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies won’t allow ‘real’ viewing until virtual one undertaken

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s Martin & Co brand is stopping potential tenants from booking a physical tour of...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency boasts huge number of virtual viewings during lockdown

A local estate agency network says it has hosted an extraordinary 96,524 virtual viewings during lockdown. The Miles & Barr agency -...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation continues as neighbouring agencies join forces

The fast-accelerating trend of takeovers and mergers continues this morning with news that two Kent agencies are combining. Oakwood Homes in Thanet...

18 March 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 can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

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“Rigorous selection process” for new ARLA regional representatives

It’s taken what Propertymark calls “a rigorous selection process” to find the latest four regional representatives for the Association of Residential...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

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‘Frontline agent’ takes senior role at ARLA Propertymark

A business owner who calls himself a “frontline agent” is the new Vice President of ARLA Propertymark.  David Votta, owner of Votta...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Are London renters looking to flee the city post-pandemic?

Some 60% of London office workers who rent in the capital say the pandemic has made them reconsider their living situation,...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing abandoned as council fears it will drive out landlords

A proposed licensing regime in Kent has been abandoned because of fears it would drive landlords away. Medway council proposed a scheme...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Industry relief for court ruling over possession claims

A legal expert says the Court of Appeal ruling on S21 possession orders last week has resolved one of the most...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘King and Queen of Buy To Let’ said to be worth a cool £140m

The so-called King and Queen of Buy To Let, the controversial husband and wife team of Fergus and Judith Wilson, are...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Personalised cards and a Social Chat session - more great work

We’re very grateful to Andy Wicking, managing director of Red Door Homes, an agency that punches well above its weight in beautiful...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six lettings agencies expelled from TPO for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of mortgage lenders still have products for landlords

The number of mortgage lenders still offering products to landlords is 42 - only seven fewer than at the peak of...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency secures £3.8m for management buyout and acquisitions

An ambitious Kent agency and management company has secured a £3.8m loan to underwrite a management buyout and an acquisition programme. Miles...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rise in lettings activity for Arun group

Arun - which has the brands of Douglas Allen in East London and Essex, Ward & Partners in Kent, Cubitt &...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Porsche-driving agent crook repays just £43,000 of missing £241,000

A jailed letting agent in a long-running legal saga has now been told she must repay her victims some £43,000 -...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings book acquisition leads to new franchise branch opening

Martin & Co’s Ashford branch is opening a new office just outside the Kent town following a deal to acquire a...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has expelled three lettings agencies from its scheme because of unpaid awards to landlord clients. The first is Kingsman...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency disappears as family franchise firm expands

The Tunbridge Wells office of Martin & Co has boosted its managed portfolio by 43 per cent by snapping up yet...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent opens up about mental health issues in the industry

A respected lettings and sales agent has opened up about his own mental health issues and those which exist thanks to...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry first as landlords offered a year’s rent in an up-front lump sum

A lettings agency is believed to be the first to offer landlords a year's rent in advance in one lump sum...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and government interference start to hurt rental sector

Rents are rising at the fastest rate since 2017, pushing the average yield on residential property to 4.5 per cent, its...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents can retain landlords 'by using PropTech to minimise voids'

Agents need to be pro-actively using PropTech and improving their work methods to reduce voids for their landlord clients. That’s the view...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Seven rogue letting agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme

Seven agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman after failing to pay compensation awards made by TPO. All are...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss renews call for agents to offset Fees Ban through more IT

The head of an automated payment system for the rental sector says lettings agents can help offset losses caused by the...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent launches product to protect landlords from 'expensive disasters'

The online property management platform Howsy, formerly known as NoAgent, has launched a new package for landlords. The platform says Howsy Protect...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for CGT relief if tenants are families or domestic abuse victims

Fergus Wilson, arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord and almost certainly the individual with the largest number of buy to lets in...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Maverick landlord names ‘preferred buyer’ of 400 buy to let homes

Fergus Wilson - the controversial buy to let landlord who with his wife once owned 1,000 homes - has named his...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that quarter of landlords considering stopping using agents

More than a third of landlords are looking to cut their annual spending - and many of them are considering ending...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 90 S21 notices to be issued this week by controversial landlord

The man who is arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord - Fergus Wilson - is likely to be issuing up to 90...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm in court over dangerous flats above famous pub

Three brothers and a property management company have received fines and a confiscation order, and must pay costs, following what a...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Millionaire buy to let landlord has £25,000 bill after disability row

Famous buy to let landlord Judith Wilson has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay almost £15,000 costs for failing to...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock call to agents: Wear a body camera when you meet tenants

The controversial landlord Fergus Wilson says he has purchased a Body Worn Camera for £75 in a bid to avoid at...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£20m property investment Ponzi scheme shut down by High Court

A property investment company operating a Ponzi scheme based on claims of capital appreciation and rental income has been shut down...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as top landlord stops letting homes because East Europeans quit UK

Fergus Wilson, frequently labelled Britain’s biggest individual landlord, says he is stopping letting out properties because of a shortage of East...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender warns over Brexit's impact on housing market

OneSavings Bank, the parent organisation of specialist buy to let lender Kent Reliance, has given a warning on the possible impact...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how interest rate rise led to immediate £50 pcm rent hike

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson has increased rents on all new tenancies in his property portfolio by £50 a week because of...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's most controversial landlord wouldn't go in to buy to let now

Britain’s most controversial landlord, Fergus Wilson, says the recent changes in buy to let legislation means that if he was starting...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fergus Wilson hits back on 'baby evictions', curry smells and more...

Britain’s most controversial buy to let investor, Fergus Wilson, has hit back and given his side of events on a series...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

He's at it again - now buy to let multi-millionaire evicts single mothers

Newspapers in Kent are reporting that controversial buy to let multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson has evicted four single mothers from his properties...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The only way is acquisition - Essex independent agency snapped up

Essex-based Balgores Property Group, which operates across that county and in Kent, has snapped up Woollens estate agents in Dagenham. Woollens has...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still strong in the long term, insists 'state of the sector' report

The growth of the private rental sector has slowed thanks to government intervention and economic uncertainty - but it will expand...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

In The Money: £162,500 profit from each buy to let over 25 years

Time to put the gloom and doom about buy to let to one side - a new analysis shows that a...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - mandatory Client Money Protection for all agents from next April

The government has confirmed that all property agents in England will need to be part of an approved Client Money Protection...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals top 10 rental growth areas over the past decade

Rightmove has revealed that the 10 year average growth in asking rents across London has been 25 per cent, and over...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender demands borrowers prove they conform with MEES

A specialist buy to let lender is making changes to its lending conditions to ensure its residential and commercial borrowers conform...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents would have to be pretty dumb to be fined for not displaying fees

A Kent county councillor says letting agents “would have to be pretty dumb” to allow a situation arise whereby they would...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent snaps up rival to have total 2,500 homes on its books

Tunbridge Wells independent Alexandre Boyes has snapped up the lettings and sales book of Edenbridge agency Foxwood Maclean. First established in 1877...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let end-of-year report: rents and values up but confidence weak

A cocktail of tax reform and tighter regulation is slowing growth across the private rental sector, despite its value hitting a new...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector now larger scale and more professional, says report

Larger scale landlords with 10 properties or more appear to be the most confident about the private rental sector, and are...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Gambling addict lettings agent who stole thousands is jailed

A lettings agent who stole thousands of pounds collected from tenants has been jailed for 20 months. Kent Online reports that gambling...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Value of Buy To Let sector has grown 5.5% in a year despite challenges

The latest Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report - seen as a snapshot of the state of health of the...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss says he wants 'transformation of letting agents'

The founder of a PropTech start up called No Agent says despite his firm’s name he does not want to see...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Race row landlord calls in police after To Let boards vandalised

The controversial landlord who made provocative remarks about some tenants leaving ‘curry smells’ in his properties is now complaining to the...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

UK's biggest buy to let investor 'will fight journalist for £10,000'

Fergus Wilson, long-regarded as Britain’s biggest buy to let investor and landlord despite recent attempts to sell some of his homes,...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

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Southern Rail strikes beginning to hit local lettings markets

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

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove forecasts rents outside of London will rise 4% in 2017

Asking rents rose 3.0 per cent outside of London in 2016 - but will rise 4.0 per cent in 2017. That’s the...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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