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Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

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

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group snaps up another independent agency

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired an independent lettings agency in Bath, taking it into the south western region for the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency slapped on wrist for wrongly-targeted flyer

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority says a flyer from an estate agency suggesting that a property was to let...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge - claim

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Senior Build To Rent figure spells out his hopes for the Budget

One of the senior figures in the UK’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector has called on the Chancellor to help this...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector pessimistic ahead of the Budget

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

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales prosecutes letting agent and self-managing landlord

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

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Growing support for campaign urging mandatory inventories

Reporting software company InventoryBase has backed a campaign urging for inventories to be made mandatory in the lettings sector. The Association of...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond restructures top brass ahead of London lettings entry

Fast-expanding property group Lomond Capital has announced a restructure of its top tier as it prepares to make long-awaited acquisitions in...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent outraged at government “kick in the teeth” over fees

A Birmingham agent has branded the government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill - which proposes a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental yields - London and SE fail to break into top 25 postcodes

A survey has been undertaken of the top 25 UK postcodes in terms of yields for investors - and London and...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme discriminates against rental units with poor EPCs

A local authority currently consulting on private rental licensing is using improved energy efficiency as one of the criteria for landlords...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent To Rent needs better regulation, urges redress operator

One of the government’s three approved official redress providers says companies operating in the Rent-to-Rent sector should be obliged to join...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will require better contracts, says mortgage chief

The buy to let sector should prepare itself for issues which may arise if the government goes ahead with its intention...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage market strong despite recent regulation changes

The autumn's Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with months of rate rise predictions, seem to have had little effect on the cost of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in pensioners who rent privately, warns pressure group

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports big rise in landlords who buy in cash

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

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Cap could push typical deposits to £1,400 - claim

The government's plan to cap tenancy deposits at six weeks rent threatens to cost Britain’s renters an average of £1391 –...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London rents slip back as Midlands and Wales see strongest growth

The annual rate of rental growth slowed between September and October according to Countrywide. The cost of the average new let in...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The will is there to provide longer tenancies, says trade body

The will exists in the private rental sector to provide the longer term tenancies advocated by the government, says a trade...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

The National Landlords Association reports that Bournemouth council has taken the unusual step of rejecting a proposal to introduce a landlord licensing...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings management platform secures over $1m new investment

No Agent, a platform for landlords which says circumnavigates the need for letting agents, has announced $1.1m in investment - around...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology is the key to growing business, letting agents told

A prominent PropTech company chief has repeated his claim that old-fashioned methods of business administration could be prohibiting letting agents from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£12,000 fine for illegally letting out London basement

A buy to let investor has been fined over £12,000 for illegally renting out a basement underneath an outbuilding at his...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspaper-backed online site aims to bypass lettings agencies

A new online service backed by newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror says it wants to enable tenants to bypass lettings agents. HomeRenter offers what...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants clearer lines of responsibility for fire safety

An industry trade group says residents in high rise blocks of flats are being let down by a system in which...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Some student rents have risen 18% in just a year, claims agent

Student rents in some parts of the country have risen by as much as 18 per cent in the past year...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London's rental market to outperform sales long-term, says Savills

Rental growth is forecast to exceed house price growth in London, despite a glut of properties on the lettings market in...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

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

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: 50 per cent of those responding to consultation were tenants

The controversial consultation period undertaken by the government in support of its proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

Letting agents and landlords are being urged by a trade body to sign a petition calling on the government to make...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide warns that Brexit could cut demand for rental units

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Prepare for retaliatory eviction disputes' urges legal expert

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

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency spills the beans on the most common deposit disputes

A study by the Romans lettings agency group has highlighted common issues cited by agents and landlords deducting funds from a...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

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

31 October 2017

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

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

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils accused of inadequately policing private rental sector

Almost 60 per cent of councils across Britain have not prosecuted any landlord for any offence in the past year according...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Higher mortgage costs are the latest blow to buy to let sector

A leading independent mortgage market monitor is warning that increases in mortgage costs are now proving the latest blow to the...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial review site claims to be able to identify 'bad agents'

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” claims that its aim...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May is a buy to let landlord earning £10,000 a year

It’s been reported that Theresa May and her husband Philip jointly own a London apartment which is now let out and...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency boss backs insurance-based alternatives to deposits

Online lettings agency Upad says landlords are concerned that insurance-based alternatives to traditional deposit schemes may not cover them for repairs...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Recent increase in average rents now at an end, says ARLA

After several months of rising rent costs, the number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing prices for tenants fell substantially...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Two acquisitions in 24 hours for speedy Leaders Romans Group

The Leaders Romans Group is continuing on the acquisition trail with two more deals within 24 hours.   On Tuesday the company acquired...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

MPs from the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness have spoken out on the need to help homeless people into the...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: independent 'inspection' of scheme announced

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has started what is described as an official inspection of Right To Rent. Legislation...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction of tenant leads to 12-month Community Service Order

A local authority has prosecuted a landlord for illegally evicting a tenant. Tendring district council prosecuted Lisa Bottone of Chelmsford who admitted...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top Slicing' mortgages may allow more lettings sector borrowing

Consumer organisation Which? says a handful of buy to let mortgage lenders have found a way of helping so-called ‘portfolio landlords’...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency urges more maintenance to avoid tenants' winter gripes

An online agency is urging landlords to try to avoid unnecessary voids or tenant gripes by preparing their investment properties for...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Show Off your Staged Properties for the Chance to Win

The lettings market typically heats up in autumn, with landlords and tenants back off their holidays and ready to start the...

23 October 2017

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Be part of the bigger picture with Rent4sure

  At Rent4sure we understand the challenges and increasing responsibilities that face every letting agent right now. With government plans for an outright...

23 October 2017

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MPs today debate whether rent should contribute to credit scores

MPs are today going to debate whether rent payments should be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

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

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Five weeks before one of lettings sector's biggest ever rule changes

One of the most dramatic changes in the UK’s private rental sector regulations is set to take place in five weeks...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest change particularly hits large-portfolio BTL investors

New analysis shows how the phasing out of mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let investors may prove a particular...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords steal nearly £850,000 - and counting

A lettings agency chief who monitors legal action against rogue agencies and landlords says almost £850,000 of deposits have been stolen...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency hosting seminar on challenging London lettings sector

London lettings agency Portico is working with a trade body to organise a seminar on what it admits is the “challenging”...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

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

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Biggest-ever fine for failure to secure buy to let licence

Four landlords have been fined and ordered to pay costs totalling £232,155.68 in the first prosecutions of its kind brought by...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies to be awarded 'star ratings' in new review process

Newham council in London has published the UK’s first ever ratings scheme for letting agents, in which firms receive anything from...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation launched on 'Fitness for Human Habitation' rental rules

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the Fitness for Human Habitation requirements for...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent fuelling massive ID fraud, BBC investigation reveals

The BBC says Right To Rent legislation is fuelling a burgeoning market in fake IDs - in some cases creating access...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Country agency that opened surprise London office names lettings chief

Humberts, the country agency which raised eyebrows earlier this year by announcing it was to open an office in prime central...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Deposit Passports' won't change key rental problems, warns agent

A campaigning lettings agent says proposals to allow renters to transfer tenancy deposits between properties are to be welcomed – but...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

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

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports record exodus of private tenants from London

Countrywide says a record 64,672 tenants left London over the last 12 months with an unusually-high proportion going on to rent elsewhere. Some...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency wants landlord clients to give it social media publicity

An online agency aimed at the student market is launching a sister service for the mainstream rental sector.  ClickTenant - set up...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency group takes a stake in new digital mortgage service

LSL Property Services, which owns Your Move and Reeds Rains lettings and estate agencies, is investing in an online buy to...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What exactly is “Fair” Wear & Tear

Wear and tear can be a highly contentious issue for many tenants and landlords; many arguments have arisen because of unclear definitions...

12 October 2017

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Another big rise in buy to let mortgage lending to companies

There’s been another large increase in the number of buy to let mortgages sought by limited companies - they accounted for...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity Release operator ramps up pitch for buy to let business

Equity release firm Retirement Advantage - which recently launched two new products aimed at buy to let operators aged 55 and...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

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

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES fundamentally flawed for heritage properties, claims group

The CLA says the energy efficiency regulations for the lettings sector coming into effect in April are “fundamentally flawed” when it...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm teclet is latest category partner for The ESTAS 2018

PropTech firm teclet has been announced as a main category partner for the 15th annual ESTAS Estate and Letting Agent Awards...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents down 3% and gross yield just 3.2%

Average rental values fell three per cent in the year to September 2017 according to Knight Frank.   This decline is the smallest...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One of buy to let's most famous mortgage firms is rebranding

One of the industry’s best known buy to let lenders, Paragon, is combining its Mortgage Trust and Paragon Mortgages product ranges...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall and void periods lengthen as supply starts to exceed demand

Rents outside of London have dropped by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year according to new data...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Insurance specialist warns of fire dangers in student accommodation

A lettings insurance specialist company is warning that students moving into private rental accommodation may pose a greater-than-average risk of fire. Total...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release 'could help portfolio landlords hit by new rules'

Portfolio landlords unable to borrow or contemplating selling because of new Prudential Regulation Authority rules are being urged to consider equity...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must communicate better with landlords and tenants says BTL expert

A leading buy to let expert is calling on agents to work more closely with landlords and tenants to improve communications...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council forces planning consent for HMO buy to let conversions

Greenwich is the latest council to make it compulsory for planning consent to be given before converting homes into Houses in...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Under-35s pay approaching half the UK's total rent bill, says Savills

The increasing number of renters and low interest rates for existing home owners mean that the total rent bill is now...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency chain acquires city-based independent firm

A Leicestershire agency chain has acquired a rival Leicester-based independent.  Whitegates, which has offices in Loughborough, Mountsorrel and central Leicester, has acquired...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings company fined £200,000 over dangerous properties

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

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Insurer Direct Line invests in deposit-alternative start-up

The insurance group Direct Line says it is taking a 15 per cent equity stake in Canopy, an ‘alternative deposit’ company.    Canopy...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Tories unveil slew of new controls for private rental sector

The Conservatives have used their annual conference in Manchester to unveil a raft of new controls and regulations applying to the...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords must improve offer to compete for students

Online lettings agency Upad says that with the volume of purpose-built student accommodation set to increase 17 per cent this year,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Shelter queries whether rent controls would really work

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

Pressure from the consumer lobby is building for the introduction of a ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants -...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns some BTL applications 'could take three months'

The mortgage director of Romans, one of the country’s largest agency groups, says the new Bank of England rules being introduced...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents still slowly rising according to latest Your Move data

Latest data from Your Move’s rental indices suggest that rents are growing, with the average in England and Wales now £904,...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Many agents and landlords seek only high-salary tenants - claim

Even those earning average salaries risk being priced out of the lettings market by high rents according to an insurance agency.    Research...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent fined £75,000 over rat-infested over-crowded HMO

A letting agent named in a case concerning a rat-infested House in Multiple Occupation in Leytonstone, East London, has been fined...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent will never meet demand by tenants, government told

A trade body says the expanding Build To Rent sector will never be large enough to meet tenant demand and as...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

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

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Some rents still rising in bid to counter tax and policy changes

The number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing rent costs for tenants rose to 35 per cent in August according...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to visit letting agents today as new clampdown begins

Trading Standards says representatives from 15 departments will today visit lettings and property management firms across London in a bid to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector unprepared for tax changes, accountancy firm warns

A leading accounting and advisory service says key tax changes that could damage the buy to let sector are still not...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Treasury told: 'Reform Capital Gains Tax to help lettings sector'

The National Landlords’ Association appears to be first off the starting blocks with its submission to government ahead of the next...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Pensioners should 'think twice' before committing to property investment

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

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private tenants to have their rents returned after council intervenes

A landlord has been prosecuted and ordered to repay over £5,000 to his tenants for letting an unlicensed House of Multiple...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation rents static, says state-of-the-sector report

A new report into student accommodation has found that private student rent remains at an average of £100 to £119 a...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants government action on gas and carbon monoxide

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until tomorrow.  “As Gas Safety Week...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

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

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds shocking 35-man overcrowding in three-bed house

A dawn raid on a home in north London has discovered 35 men bedding down on mattresses in every room except...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL owner fined for failing to improve condition of two apartments

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

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees much bigger worry than online agents, says state-of-the-sector report

Repairs software provider Fixflo has issued its annual state-of-the-lettings-industry report - with fees the biggest concern to letting agents.   Some 42 per...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

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

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

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

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? warns BTL borrowers could be rejected for mortgages

Consumer group Which? is warning that buy to let investors with multiple properties in one locality could risk being turned down...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free legal seminars on tenant eviction

A series of free legal events for letting agents and landlords is to launch this month with an advisory session on...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded to create professional inventories for student tenants

Letting agents are being reminded of the importance of independent and professionally compiled inventories for individual students as they start or...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

UK buy to let investors slipping down European league table

Yields from buy to let in the UK are now amongst the worst in Europe according to a new league table drawn...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising 2.4% across the UK as London returns to growth

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent during August - the highest rate of annual growth...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Here's how much it costs to run one lettings property per year

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.    The numbers...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Court imposes confiscation order of over £1m on disgraced letting agent

A former letting agent from Kettering has been ordered to pay a confiscation order of over £1m made under the Proceeds...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS warns new rules and tax changes will force out many landlords

Some 61 per cent of chartered surveyors believe there will be a net exodus of landlords over the coming year thanks...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'could become a car crash next month' - warning

The buy to let market risks becoming a car crash following the changes of lending rules for so-called portfolio landlords with...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2017

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Council demands info on tenants for every week of the year

The local authority in Islington, north London, is attempting to close what it calls a loophole concerning private rental property and...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents fail to conduct robust financial checks on tenants - claim

Letting agents have been accused of failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on prospective tenants.    Tenant referencing and insurance operator Landlord...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let mortgage products surges to 1,725

The number of new buy to let mortgages available to investors has hit 1,725 - its highest point since 1,942 products...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: trade body wins £1.5m funding for lettings energy changes

The Residential Landlords Association has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON - the only such funding dedicated solely...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: agents can offset losses by streamlining processes

Letting agents across the UK must prepare now for a ban on fees charged to tenants says a PropTech company -...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit leading more tenants into arrears, warns trade body

Over a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are now in rent arrears, up by over...

13 September 2017

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Agent removes website claim after advertising watchdog intervenes

Bob Parry Lettings, a north Wales agency, has removed a claim from its website concerning a plot of land, following a...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Council acts over cockroaches and overcrowding at rental property

A buy to let investor who kept 24 adults and children in what a local council calls “appalling conditions” has a...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says landlord numbers down but portfolio sizes are up

The number of landlords has fallen over the last two years despite a rise in supply of homes available to rent,...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say it's no surprise lettings complaints are surging

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is not surprised the majority of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme...

11 September 2017

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Rents edging up across Britain according to latest analysis

Average rents for newly-let property across Great Britain rose to £954 per month in August, reflecting a 1.6 per cent annual...

11 September 2017

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Suspended jail sentence after failing to maintain gas appliances

A landlord from Cornwall has been fined after failing to maintain gas appliances at his rental properties in Launceston.   Truro Crown Court...

11 September 2017

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Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency survey says 66% of landlords undeterred by tax changes

A survey for online letting agency Upad claims that 66 per cent of landlords are not going to change their property...

08 September 2017

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Agency chief says Build To Rent could help solve housing crisis

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

08 September 2017

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Solo graduates in London could spend 75% of pay on rent

Graduates sharing in London spend upwards of 45 per cent of their monthly take home pay on accommodation according to a...

08 September 2017

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MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: Brexit is making it harder for EU tenants

Almost a fifth of landlords say they are now less likely to let to EU nationals or people from the European...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords favour fee cap as MPs push for blanket ban

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

07 September 2017

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Third of tenants can't imagine ever owning a home

A third of tenants can't imagine ever taking their first step on the property ladder and owning their own home. This is...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

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Rogue landlord given just three months to pay huge £300k fine

A landlord who was found guilty of illegally converting a hotel into 26 flats has been given three months to pay...

06 September 2017

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TPO extends rogue letting agency's ban by four years

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has extended its expulsion of a letting agency by an additional four years. Premier Property Management, based...

05 September 2017

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Fees ban: agents urged to switch to custodial schemes to offset losses

Letting agents using insured deposit protection schemes have been urged to switch to a custodial model in order to compensate for...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending changes could result in rental stock surge

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS to provide dispute resolution for deposit replacement company

The Dispute Service (TDS) has announced today that it will provide dispute resolution for a new deposit replacement company.  The 'long-term strategic...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Client demand and void periods 'keeping landlords awake at night'

A study by an online letting agent suggests that client demand and void periods are two of landlords' biggest concerns, and...

04 September 2017

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Landlord hit with fine for illegally evicting tenant

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for evicting a tenant illegally.  Last week, Suhail Mahmood, 30, was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates'...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Modern rent collection systems could net agents thousands - claim

Agents who review and modernise their rent collection procedures could claim back thousands of pounds in rent, an automated payments platform...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market resilient ahead of lettings agency rules changes

A report into the Scottish rental market by Your Move says letting agents north of the border are already preparing for...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Part 3: Free photography course for letting agents (until 25th September)

Over the past few months, hundreds of agents across the UK have been improving their photography skills by taking part in...

01 September 2017

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Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

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

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

31 August 2017

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Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Prosecution of agency over 'sham licences' is first of its kind

This month’s prosecution of a letting agency for issuing ‘sham licences’ that suggested occupiers had no right to challenge eviction and...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Westminster uncertainty hurting rental sector - survey

Political uncertainty across the UK and increased restrictions on buy to let are leading many landlords to raise rents and review...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New bank targets professional investors in the private rental sector

Redwood Bank, an online institution which says one of its target customers is the professional landlord within the private rental sector,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order bans landlord, 84, from instructing agent

A rogue landlord in Corby has been ordered to pay over £20,000 and sign up to a Criminal Behaviour Order which...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS launches new 'end of lease' guide for letting agents

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a new guide for agents, landlords and tenants on how to make concluding a lease...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agent's cheeky interpretation of trade body figures

Landlords who rent out their property via online letting agents are in a stronger position to deal with new financial and...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest ARLA figures show little change in rent, supply and demand

The number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing rent costs for tenants remained at 31 per cent in July -...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in Airbnb-style short lets 'is down to tax relief change'

More landlords are quitting conventional letting and resorting to holiday lets or, increasingly, Airbnb-style short lets.    The move is particularly acute in...

24 August 2017

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TPO expels agency failing to honour compensation to landlord

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency after it failed to honour a compensation payment to a...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release product launched specifically for buy to let investors

Equity release specialist Retirement Advantage has launched a range of products specifically for owners of Buy To Let properties.    These products will...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits cap could lead to more disputes, inventory clerks warn

A leading trade body says a cap on damage deposits paid by tenants - as proposed by the government - could...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body tells buy to let investors: 'remortgage now, while you can'

The National Landlords Association is urging buy to let investors to consider remortgaging in the very near future ahead of new...

23 August 2017

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Agency chief says landlords should become more professional

The boss of a lettings agency in London says there is a need for the private rental sector to become more professional...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital on the lettings acquisition trail once again

A company owned by Lomond Capital has snapped up a Scottish lettings operation with an asset value of £45m.   Lomond owns Stonehouse...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market hit worrying low in recent weeks, says board firm

July’s activity data from board company Agency Express has revealed a significant slowdown in the number of rental properties coming on...

21 August 2017

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Another online letting agency is seeking funds for expansion

A company which already runs a student accommodation lettings service online is to expand and open a general online lettings agency...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds agents about Register My Appliance safety scheme

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should remember that a ‘Register My Appliance’ scheme has been set up to...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TV advert being prepared to show importance of using letting agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has started work on a TV advertisement to highlight the importance of landlords instructing agents. The...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rent records info added to tenants' credit scores

Rent payments should be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own, says...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Some landlords beginning to quit buy to let, insists leading agency

Belvoir is warning that some buy to let investors are quitting the sector.   “Although we are not currently seeing a huge exit...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

League table claims student accommodation gives up to 12% yield

A league table drawn up by a rental sector insurance specialist claims private rental accommodation in university locations can produce yields...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender changes rules ahead of Bank deadline

Skipton is the latest lender to confirm that it will continue lending to so-called portfolio landlords after new Bank of England...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Academic alleges massive tax evasion across private rental sector

An economics academic says the country’s taxpayers should be “very angry” with the government for failing to collect taxes to which...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body to monitor rise and rise of Airbnb-style short lets

The Residential Landlords’ Association, which last autumn published important statistics on the spread of short lets within London, is now looking...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts launches fixed-fee online-only lettings option

Humberts has launched an online-only lettings option for landlords with a PropTech firm which has previously operated a service described as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says falling supply is pushing up rents in many areas

The annual rate of rental growth across Britain doubled between June and July driven by a turnaround in the London market,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide profits dive thanks to clampdown on buy to let

  Nationwide - the UK's second largest buy to let lender - has reported a 20 per cent drop in profits and admits...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fifth of landlords to sell one or more units this year, trade body says

A survey of almost 3,000 landlords suggests more than one in five plans to sell at least one of their investment...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

The Agent's Cafe - A skinny latte and a student flatshare please...

Planning permission has been granted for a hybrid letting agency and a café bar to be installed - together - in...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

More overseas action against Airbnb and short-lets: is UK next?

The international backlash against Airbnb and similar short-let online platforms continues.    Earlier this week a video being shown on cable TV in the...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Pressure group urges £5,000 cap on energy efficiency rental work

An energy efficiency lobbying group says it backs new government energy efficiency guidelines to improve 300,000 private rented homes - but...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council private rental sector licensing offering 50% discounts

Redbridge council in London is offering 50 per cent off the cost of its private rental sector licensing scheme until September...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest overhauls buy to let mortgage offer ahead of rules change

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has announced a major overhaul of its buy to let mortgage offer, but it is bucking the trend...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online firm's survey makes sombre reading for agents and landlords

The results of a survey of 2,000 people conducted by an online letting agency appear to make sombre reading for letting...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence ebbing away in private rental sector, says trade body

Buy to let investors are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields, according to recent figures from...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency now offering Airbnb 'design' service as well as management

A lettings agency that already operates an Airbnb management service has now launched an additional ‘interior styling service’ for landlords who...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major Buy To Let lender tightens portfolio landlord rules

Leeds Building Society is the latest major lender to reveal changes to buy to let lending ahead of new rules coming...

08 August 2017

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Rents on the rise again after recent falls, says HomeLet

Rents are gently rising again after some months of small dips according to HomeLet.    It says the average new tenancy signed during...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council to have star-rating system for all letting agencies in its area

Newham council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.   The...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 81,000 Build To Rent units in England completed or planned

New government figures reveal that there are 80,855 Built To Rent homes either completed or planned.    It says investment in this element...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord moves into rent protection

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord is branching into rent protection with a product that can be integrated into the company’s app.   “Agents can...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in ex-pats investing in UK buy to let, says lender

Specialist mortgage lender Skipton International says it has received over £500m of expat mortgage enquiries for UK buy to let property...

04 August 2017

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Another buy to let lender gets strict ahead of 'portfolio' rules change

The Coventry building society is the latest buy to let lender to tighten its portfolio buy to let criteria ahead of new...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords with Reference Plus

A 3-in-1 referencing solution to help agents secure safer tenancies. Rent4sure’s 3-in-1 referencing solution has been specifically designed to help agents secure...

03 August 2017

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Agents invited to courses on new lettings energy requirements

Training organisation Solvo Vir is inviting letting agents and landlords to attend courses to bring them up to date with new...

03 August 2017

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Tech firm says agents could reduce complaints - by using more tech

A PropTech firm claims more effective use of technology and automation by letting agents could reduce the number of complaints made...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to have their say on maintenance and repairs

Repairs service provider Fixflo is this week opening its annual call for comments from letting agents on repairs and maintenance issues.   Although...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

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

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body establishes 'research lab' to inform lettings policy

The Residential Landlords Association has established the Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab - PEARL - to better inform policy-making...

02 August 2017

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Part 2: Free photography course for letting agents (until 21st August)

Let’s start with a quick fire quiz. How many more leads do you think you’d get with photos that have been...

01 August 2017

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Good news for letting - costs of buy to let mortgages still falling

Buy to let mortgage competition is showing no signs of stopping, thus giving one of the few pieces of good news...

01 August 2017

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Prime London tenants 'seek smaller rental units with better amenities'

Prime central London is seeing the rise of the micro-apartment, according to new research, as squeezed accommodation budgets have seen singles...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Landlords discriminate against students on gender, race' claims agency

An online lettings agency specialising in student accommodation alleges that student tenants are discriminated against by landlords on the basis of...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims online firms can reduce voids by up to a week

An online agency claims landlords who use online operators are likely to reduce average void periods by up to a week.    In...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands 'power shift' in favour of private tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter - which last week suggested landlords were more likely to quit buy to let because they grew old...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of tenants have pets - but many don't admit it...

A survey of over 2,000 private renters for an animal insurance company apparently produces the result that 27 per cent of...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of rent rises hits 14-month high, says ARLA Propertymark

The number of letting agents reporting rent rises over the past month is the highest for over a year according to...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 50% of buy to let investors have checked fire safety - survey

More than half of buy to let landlords have taken measures to check the fire safety of their properties in the...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents have stolen £700,000 so far this year says campaigner

Crooked letting agents have been convicted of stealing almost £700,000 of tenants’ deposits in the first half of 2017.   Campaigning letting agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

10% of landlords quit lettings sector each year, says Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter claims around one in 10 landlords quit the lettings sector each year.   Using new research by YouGov it says...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top student lettings provider may be affected by cladding issues

It is being reported that one of the major providers of purpose-built student accommodation to let - Unite - could temporarily...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: agency chief says it'll be more complex under Brexit

The head of an online letting agency specialising in student accommodation says the controversial Right To Rent legislation may have to...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body angry over misleading and distorted evictions report

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

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for unregulated eviction firms to sign up to redress schemes

One of the leading eviction specialists is calling for unregulated companies offering similar services to sign up to redress schemes in...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another BTL lender changes criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to change its lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more investment...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

More than 100 criminal prosecutions have been secured against landlords since the start of an enforcement crackdown by Brent council in...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another city private rental licensing scheme moves a step closer

A new licensing scheme in Nottingham has moved a step closer with the proposal being sent to the government for approval.    The council’s...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - over 20 per cent of MPs are landlords

New research by Channel 4 reveals that 123 MPs - just over one fifth of the total - let out at...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Portal that by-passes letting agents wants more crowdfunding money

Ezylet, an online portal that appears to allow landlords to bypass agents, is seeking more funds via a crowdfunding site. The platform...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid reveals shocking London private rental overcrowding

Council officers discovered men living mattress to mattress inside a run-down flat above a commercial premises during a dawn raid.   Police and...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Bill of £17,500 for failing to maintain gas appliance at rental property

A landlord has been fined over £15,000 after failing to maintain gas appliances at the domestic property in Haverfordwest.   Llanelli Magistrates’ Court...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory backs Labour MP's Bill to improve rental property standards

The Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP Karen Buck, which could give tenants the right to sue landlords if...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings Fees Ban - now Welsh Government  jumps on the bandwagon

The Welsh Government is now kicking off a similar consultation process to that conducted by the Department for Communities and Local...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BBC programme is wake-up call for lettings industry, says AIIC

The BBC’s reality programme The Week The Landlords Moved In should act as an eye-opener for the lettings industry when it...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns that buy to let taxes could trigger pension crisis

The impact of recent changes to the way buy to let properties are taxed could create the next pension crisis, a...

21 July 2017

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Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

With a host of changing regulations hitting the private rental sector, some landlords may be put off using letting agents, but...

20 July 2017

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

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market cooling during early summer, says Agency Express

There’s been a cooling in the lettings market in the early part of summer - a time when the sector is...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rents up 1.8% in past year, say official government figures

The typical rent paid by tenants across Britain rose by an average of 1.8 per cent in the 12 months to...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

eMoov chief mentors launch of new lettings communications platform

Another new cloud software platform - HeyLandlord - has been launched to make it easier for agents and landlords to communicate...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Modest 1.1% rise in average rents in past year, says Countrywide

Countrywide says that the average price of a new let in Britain rose by 1.1 per cent year-on-year in June 2017...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's app allows high-end clients to handle repairs, payments

One of Countrywide’s high-end brands, Hamptons International, is launching its first app to give landlords and tenants “a single integrated point...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'The Week The Landlord Moved In' seeks new case studies

The independent production company making the life-swap series The Week The Landlord Moved In series, now showing on BBC1, is having...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agency

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

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rental growth 'not driven by foreign investors' says Countrywide

Countrywide says the rapid growth in the size of the private rental sector in recent years is not down to a...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes government U-turn on digitisation deadline

A trade body has welcomed a government U-turn on implementing the ‘Making Tax Digital’ initiative - but it says the decision...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another court case over controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations

A buy to let investor who ignored the controversial Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill of more than £3,500 for...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for independent complaints body to be set up for private renting

Private renters aren’t pressing agents and landlords to carry out repairs to their home over fears they’ll be evicted, claims Citizens...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm may have to repay 12 months' rent after fine

A south London property firm has been prosecuted by a local authority over its HMO management and may now have to...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let: investors buying smaller homes with larger yields

Landlords continue to look for cheaper, higher-performing properties according to the results of an index produced by Mortgages for Business. An analysis...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens rules for investors with four or more buy to lets

Paragon is the latest lender to announce it’s falling in line with Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority requirements for more...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants' charter launches in borough with 40% private renters

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

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another day, another council considering more selective licensing

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

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

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

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New buying agent-style service launches for busy London renters

A new app called UrbanCo is launched today in London as part of a buying agent-style service aimed at busy would-be renters.    A...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional inventories prove invaluable in high-turnover rental season

The current ‘busy season’ for lettings turnovers at the end of student terms would be made significantly easier if agents and...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent on the march in major Scottish cities

Purpose-built and professionally-managed Build To Rent - until now seen as a primarily London phenomenon - appears on the march in Scotland...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told to tackle private rental damp, condensation and mould

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has commissioned buy to let expert Kate Faulkner to assess issues in the private rental sector -...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

Bristol council is resuscitating a so-called ‘rental standard’ which it expects local letting agents to meet. Back in January 2016 Letting Agent...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New insurance product launched aimed at Buy To Let sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender LandBay has teamed up with financial services giant Legal & General to provide a new...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dlighted chief accuses Mydeposits boss of bully tactics

A prominent lettings industry campaigner says the head of a tenancy deposit scheme has “serious questions to answer” after his comments...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tells trade body - new EPC rules will come in next April

The Residential Landlords’ Association has been told in no uncertain terms by the government that changes to Energy Performance Certificate scheduled...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap will make it harder for many to rent says lettings guru

The government’s proposal to limit tenancy deposits to one month of rent and reservation fees to one week of rent will...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental growth slows as London goes negative, index claims

The average rent of a new letting in the UK grew by 0.24 per cent in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sees supply surge but steady rents - except for London

Asking rents outside London continue to hold up despite the market having more available properties, according to Rightmove.   Prices rose 2.8 per...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon says investors want government to scrap BTL tax changes

Paragon Mortgages says its most recent survey of buy to let investors makes it clear that the vast majority want the...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May confirms fees ban - but remains vague on timescale

The Prime Minister has confirmed that her minority Conservative government will press ahead with the ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Figures debunk myth that buy to let investors are wealthy

Far from being wealthy property investors, two thirds of individual landlords pay merely the basic rate of income tax according to...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New package counteracts ban on fees, claims service provider

A company claims to have a package of services which would help letting agents overcome the widely-anticipated ban on fees being...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 50% of buy to let lending now goes to 'company landlords'

Over half the value of buy to let lending in the second quarter of this year was provided to limited companies...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents across much of UK dip for second successive month

Rents fell in June by 0.3 per cent when compared to the same time last year, the second successive month in...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

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

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Free photography course for estate agents pt 1

**The free photography course for estate agents (part one) offer has now expired. It is still available in special circumstances so...

03 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

New bidding software available to letting agents for the first time

Bidding software that provides a new revenue stream for letting agents has been unveiled by a start up called Letsbid4lets.    The bidding...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London rents have dropped 5.0 per cent in the past year

London rents have fallen by an average 5.0 per cent in the past year according to new data released by Your...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New help for expat buy to let investors facing UK tax changes

Skipton International has launched a guide to help expat buy to let investors trying to make sense of the UK government’s...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents slump in General Election build-up says Your Move

Rents in Scotland dropped 2.3 per cent on average in the month leading up to the General Election according to Your...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

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

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet sister company launches revolutionary rent collection system

Barbon Insurance Group, owner of HomeLet, today formally launches what it calls a "revolutionary" rent payment system aimed at locking tenants into...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Could it happen here? Australian agents specifically ban Airbnb sublets

Reports from Australia suggest some of the country’s leading letting agencies have inserted clauses into their tenancy contracts to ban renters...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group urges checks on white goods across private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association is urging checks on white goods in privately rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.    The association is...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Thousands wasted on wrong Section 21 notices claims lawyer

Agents and landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by firm offering possible way around future deposits cap

An alternative to traditional deposits, already tested in the German rental market, is now being introduced into the UK - and...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

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

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Government's Tenants' Fees Bill may effectively ban tenants with pets

The National Landlords Association has come up with an unexpected possible side effect of the new Tenants’ Fees Bill - it...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender launches financial guidance for company buy to lets

Expanding buy to let lender Landbay says it plans to launch an accounting, reporting and tax compliance service for those holding...

27 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management chief calls for national tenant register

The head of a property management company is calling on the government to introduce a tenants' register which would help rogue...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New referencing product aims to avoid problem highlighted by TPO

The software company behind a new product claim it helps agents comply with The Property Ombudsman’s code of practice on referencing...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency criticises tenants for madness of no contents insurance

New research conducted by a letting agency shows that 61 per cent of tenants currently have no contents insurance, with 48...

26 June 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

Right To Rent may be tweaked as part of Brexit process

The controversial Right To Rent, which obliges letting agents and landlords to check the right of prospective tenants to live in...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Eviction firm Landlord Action acquired by redress scheme owner

HF Resolution Ltd, a subsidiary of Hamilton Fraser, has acquired one of the industry’s leading tenant eviction solicitor firms, Landlord Action.   Landlord...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

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

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents ask: Why did we even bother with fee ban consultation?

ARLA has led a call by many letting agents on hearing the Queen’s Speech - what was the point of a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO makes year's biggest compensation award against letting agent

The annual report of The Property Ombudsman, released today, reveals that the largest compensation award of the year has been made...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims 11.6% drop in available letting stock since 2011

The UK rental market has seen a slump of 11.6 per cent in available stock over the last six years, according...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit means holiday homes give higher yields than buy to let - claim

The weakness of the pound since Britain’s decision to quit the European Union a year ago means that holiday properties are...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

City agencies agree to voluntary restrictions on To Let boards

Letting and estate agencies in Brighton and Hove have agreed to voluntary restrictions on the erection of To Let and For...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals dangers of landlords using 'risky' online sites

New research shows that thousands of landlords are using what are described as “risky online sites” in their bid to avoid...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm claims tool will ease agents' maintenance record-keeping

A PropTech company claims its new software platform will make it easier for letting agents and property managers to co-ordinate maintenance...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents down 4.8 per cent in a year says Knight Frank

Rents in prime central London are down 4.8 per cent in the past year according to Knight Frank - a slightly...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Northern locations still the best for buy-to-let investment

Stoke-on-Trent has been named as the UK's buy-to-let 'sweet spot'. Analysis of data from Home.co.uk by property crowdfunding plaform Property Partner shows...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent could impact British citizens without passports

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

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL index: Nothing to choose between Tory and Labour-voting regions

The top ten buy-to-let postcodes in England and Wales are evenly split between locations that voted for the Conservatives or Labour. Luton...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Launch event for rental auction site receiving strong interest from agents

The preview event for the launch of a new rental auction site is receiving strong interest from letting agents. LetsBid4Lets says that...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA to offer landlords free advertising through TheHouseShop

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has agreed a partnership with property marketplace TheHouseShop. The website is now one of the NLA's recognised...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London: rental declines are slowing

The pace of decreasing rental values in Prime Central London (PCL) has slowed, according to the latest data from Knight Frank. Average...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding campaign for Right to Rent challenge exceeds target

The crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme across the UK has exceeded...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector encouraged to promote benefits of Direct Debit to tenants

Letting agents and landlords are being encouraged to promote and increase Direct Debit sign-ups for rental payments. Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs)...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £10,000 after serious fire safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching three separate fire regulations. Charles Thornton was fined...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA surveying landlords to 'inform future policy decisions'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched its Quarter Two Landlords Survey. The research study has been launched hot on the heels...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Metro Bank enters consumer buy-to-let market

High street operator Metro Bank has announced that it is entering the consumer buy-to-let market and will now accept consumer applications...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith to join panel of experts at industry event

Former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is set to speak at a lettings sector event...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents warned about rent guarantee insurance

A specialist insurance provider has reminded landlords and letting agents of the pitfalls associated with rent guarantee insurance.  Cover4LetProperty suggests that squeezed...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge nears funding target

A crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme is nearing its funding target. With...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for fire safety failings, mould and dangerous wiring

Two landlords have been fined almost £14,000 for breaching a multitude of property management regulations. Abdul Qadir, 56, and Dr Mohammed Anwar,...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Landlords adapting to controversial tax changes

The nation's landlords are adapting to ongoing restrictions to tax relief on buy-to-let mortgage interest, according to Mortgages for Business. Upon releasing...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents invited to preview rental auction site

A new rental auction website is inviting letting agents to preview its launch at an event later this month. LetsBid4Lets.com, which claims...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders agent appointed as ARLA’s Midlands board member

A letting agent working for Leaders has been appointed as the new ARLA Propertymark board member for the Midlands. Duncan Chambers, who...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Election and Brexit uncertainty delaying tenant moves, says Landbay

The prospect of today's General Election as well as ongoing uncertainty surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union is having a...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlord fined almost £6k for licensing failings

A student landlord has been fined for failing to obtain the appropriate licences for two rental properties. Lisa Chatfield was ordered to...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sorbet is the refreshing way for letting agents to organise maintenance inspections

Letting agents and property managers will soon have a new way to coordinate maintenance reports and inspections, thanks to a refreshing...

07 June 2017

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‘Agents ignoring fees ban should be hit with heavy fines’ - CIEH

Large letting agents found to be flouting the incoming ban on letting agent fees should receive fines up to £30,000 to...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TheHouseShop teams up with Plentific to offer more services to landlords

Property marketplace TheHouseShop.com has announced a partnership with home services marketplace Plentific. Users of TheHouseShop will now be able to use Plentific’s...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landmark moment as average rents fall for first time in eight years

Average UK rents fell in May, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The figures show that the average UK rent on...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for new BBC One documentary series

The production company behind Grand Designs and Escape to the Country is looking for landlords to feature in a new BBC...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban -...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord possession figures drop again for eighth quarter in a row

Data from the Ministry of Justice suggest that incidents of landlord possessions have fallen at all stages, for the eighth quarter...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reports specific lack of rental stock in market towns

The latest analysis of buy to let trends by letting agency franchise chain Belvoir has identified a specific lack of rental...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals exactly why tenants lose all or part of their deposits

Research has revealed the top reasons tenants lose some or all of their deposits when they check out.    The survey of 2,588...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still viable 'but may suffer because of Brexit'

A new report says buy to let will continue to provide good investment opportunities but requires an increasingly professional approach.   The report,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on the warpath once more over agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has provided material to The Guardian newspaper suggesting that a typical two-adult household is being charged letting agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New owner announced for lettings and landlord show and awards

A residential asset management firm has acquired The Landlord and Letting Show, The Landlord and Letting Awards and The Landlord and...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First court case and penalties emerge from Rent Smart Wales

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

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit approaching landmark £1,000 figure

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 according to the Deposit Protection Service’s figures for the...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

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

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Uber announces first involvement with private rental sector

Uber and a Build To Rent developer have announced a PropTech deal which will see the transport company getting involved in...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with record health and safety fine

A management firm and corporate landlord have been hit with a £250,000 fine after a “potentially lethal” flat blaze in London -...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London sees one-third drop in homes available to let, reports ARLA

ARLA Propertymark says the number of properties managed per member increased marginally last month, from 183 to 185 - but there was...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS launches new online course and wins new accreditation

The National Approved Letting Scheme has launched a new course which it describes as “ground-breaking” and which allows candidates to become...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - only a week remaining for fees ban consultation

Only just over a week remains before the end of the formal consultation on the government’s proposal to ban letting fees...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS advising students on how to ensure deposits are returned

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme says the end of May usually triggers the annual movement of students from their rented properties -...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Data suggests fewer people ending tenancies because of bad conditions

Data gathered for a specialist insurance firm suggests that 14 per cent of private tenants have moved in the last five...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Family of rogue landlords guilty of 'Shanty Town' overcrowding

A family of rogue landlords who crammed 31 tenants into a 'Slumdog Millionaire'-style shanty home have this month been found guilty...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New deal means agency group manages homes worth £2.5 billion

The latest deal by Lomond Capital means the rapidly expanding property group now manages over £2.5 billion of residential units.   Lomond has...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London council issues first lettings sector 'civil penalty'

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

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert release video 'shows' for use by agents

A series of six video ‘shows’ - ideal for agents to promote to would-be investment buyers - has been launched by...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group wants new government to improve slow court process

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency chain enters into deal with specialist energy provider

One of the UK’s largest independent letting agency chains, Leaders, has entered into a partnership with specialist energy provider Spark Energy.    Leaders...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest tax change - election candidates receive 1,500 letters

Some 1,500 landlords have responded to a trade group’s campaign calling for them to press General Election candidates to oppose changes...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Small-scale BTL investors 'waking up to tax change' says trade group

Single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm sets up specialist Fees Ban team

Tenant referencing company Rent4sure has set up a new team to support agents in the light of the expected ban on...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned: 'Ensure eviction notices are correctly served'

Agents are being warned to ensure they serve eviction notices correctly as the ‘peak eviction’ summer period arrives.  Specialist tenant referencing service...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants get along well with agents and landlords

New research shows that the image of tenants with fractious relationships with their letting agents or landlords is generally untrue. No fewer than...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reminder for agents and landlords - act now ahead of MEES

An investment company says agents and landlords should start taking measures to ensure their properties comply with the new Minimum Energy...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive slump in buy to let lending since stamp duty surcharge

Mortgage lending for the buy to let sector has halved since the introduction of the stamp duty surcharge in April 2016 according...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies after complex investigations

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme.   As we reported when the story broke yesterday afternoon, one...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Valuations chief snipes at government's anti-landlord policies

Buy to let valuations fell to just seven per cent of the total valuations market activity in April as the sector...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market wobbling according to figures from board company

Data from Agency Express suggests that the lettings market is wobbling with a sharp decline in its usual measure - the...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two letting agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme

Two lettings agencies have this afternoon been expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme. In one case, TPO expelled Lettings Solutions Ltd...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity crowdfunding for legal challenge against Right to Rent rollout

Immigration charity Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

As the end of the academic year approaches, one deposit protection scheme is urging student tenants to reclaim their deposits.  SafeDeposits Scotland...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier announces acquisition and targets multi-utility growth

Spark Energy - the specialist energy supplier to the UK lettings sector - has announced the acquisition of broadband firm Home...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global agency the latest to drop up-front tenant fees

The UK arm of Sotheby's International Realty has announced that it has removed all letting agent fees while the government consults...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are unenforceable, say rural landlords

A group of rural landlords has called on the government to clarify Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation being introduced next...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'London landlords increasingly investing outside the capital' - Countrywide

Property investors based in the capital are increasingly purchasing buy-to-let properties outside of London, according to Countrywide. The UK's largest agency's latest...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Best letting agents named at glittering ESTAS bash

Over 1,000 guests celebrated the success of the industry at the 14th annual ESTAS awards on Friday. The event, which is sponsored...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News