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Huge rise in thefts of tenants' cash, says campaigning letting agent

Crooked landlords and letting agents were convicted of stealing £1,162,037 of tenant’s cash in 2017 – a rise of 14 per...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

42 per cent of tenants unhappy with agents' fees despite imminent ban

A new survey claims that 42 per cent of private sector tenants are unhappy with paying letting agents’ fees, despite the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Third of professional landlords to expand portfolios, despite buy to let woes

A third of UK property professionals are set to expand their portfolios in 2018 despite a backdrop of increased challenges in...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fines total £27,000 for failure to abide by council licensing regime

Two buy to let investors have been fined a total of more than £27,000 under enforcement powers introduced in Burnley to...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

We’re grateful to The Property Group, an agency in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, for alerting us to an incident involving its Mayfair Town...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proved - rent controls linked to inflation would cost tenants more

The Residential Landlords Association says Labour’s proposals to link rent increases to inflation would leave tenants worse off according to official...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK’s largest selective licensing scheme outside of...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency partners with online auction firm to sell tenanted properties

Lettings agency IPS Estates is partnering with Midlands auction specialist SDL Auctions to sell tenanted properties online. IPS Estates, based in Derbyshire, will...

15 February 2018

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Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

The city council in Nottingham claims it has taken action against no fewer than 561 unauthorised To Let boards under powers...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour must clarify tenants-with-pets policy, says trade body

A trade body says it wants more clarity from the Labour Party on its proposals to allow private sector tenants to...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council drops lettings licensing plan after massive backlash

This is a rare story: a council has dropped a plan for a lettings licensing scheme as a result of 900...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council marks 125 prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letters

A London council is marking 125 successful prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letting tenants since 2016. The authority, Brent, says the convictions...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension

A crooked lettings agent has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds from his pension. As previously reported on Letting Agent Today...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Older prime London properties ‘harder to let’ warns agency

High end agency Strutt & Parker is warning that older properties in prime central London are getting harder to let, with...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another increase in number of buy to let properties in arrears

The number of buy to let properties in arrears has risen again according to figures released by UK Finance, formerly the...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolios set to expand despite tax obstacles, claims broker

No fewer than 44 per cent of landlords plan to expand their portfolios before July 2018 despite tax obstacles, according to...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Compulsory independent inventory petition to MPs nears 1,000 signature mark

An online petition urging MPs to make it compulsory for privately let properties to be subject to independent inventory reporting is...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator and developer announces two new projects

Build To Rent developer and operator PLATFORM_ has announced its first scheme in Scotland and an expansion of an existing development...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

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New website plans to sell buy to let properties with tenants in place

A new website called Vesta has launched aiming to sell investment properties with tenants in place.  The team behind the site describe...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir keen to snap up agencies selling-up after fees ban

Belvoir has told its shareholders that it aims to acquire agencies that exit the lettings sector when the ban on fees...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents climbing in every UK region for first time in two years - claim

The average cost of renting a home is now rising across every UK region for the first time in almost two...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise as lettings stock not keeping pace with demand - RICS

Tenant demand edged up in the three months to January, according to RICS, but landlord instructions have fallen back - suggesting...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Net buy to let investment slumps 80 per cent in two years - claim

Net buy to let investment has fallen 80 per cent in the past two years, a mortgage lenders’ group claims.  The Intermediary...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents starting to moderate in outer London says lettings trade body

The National Landlords’ Association is reporting that around 16 per cent of its members in outer London have reduced rents over...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage applications grow in regions outside London

Specialist buy to let lender Commercial Trust claims at least two other regions of the UK are now vying with London...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fines and costs for property firm and landlord over HMO breaches

A council says it hopes a massive set of fines and costs imposed on one buy to let investor and his...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency prosecuted for breaking HMO and licensing regulations

A lettings agency apparently trying to get around HMO regulations has been prosecuted for licensing and housing offences.  Easy Let Agency let...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lender creates specialist 'family buy to let' mortgage product

A mortgage lender has created a special buy to let product aimed at landlords who let a property to a close...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent joins Proptech firm behind lettings scheduling tool

The veteran estate agent Michael Stoop has become a non-executive director of Sorbet, a PropTech company which has created a software...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown continues on 'self managing landlords' in Wales

Landlords in Wales who manage their own properties are being reminded that they must submit their licence application to Rent Smart...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' code of conduct could happen in England, says PropTech chief

The man behind a leading lettings industry PropTech company says the new Code of Conduct to clean up the rental sector...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growing despite tax and other issues - Nationwide

Analysis of government figures by the Nationwide suggest that the buy to let sector is still growing despite tax changes and...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

'Serious' landlords not giving up on buy to let, claims agency chief

An online agency claims that serious portfolio landlords are staying faithful to buy to let despite recent tax and regulation changes...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Join the growth platform!

PayProp had an exceedingly good 2017, enjoying excellent growth in client numbers, new regions – and, best of all, our customers’...

02 February 2018

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Proceeds of Crime Act used for first time to punish lettings licensing breach

A London council has been the first in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act for a breach in...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs attempts to overturn Right To Rent migrant checks

The Residential Landlords Association has reiterated its opposition to Right To Rent, and is backing two legal challenges to the measure. Letting...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA says new Code of Conduct is watershed moment for industry

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has described the introduction of a code of conduct and official register for letting agents...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

£650,000 for Proptech firm that streamlines lettings utility bills

A PropTech firm that simplifies utility billing, with the aim of reducing property management effort by letting agents, has received £650,000...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Two legal challenges being mounted against Right To Rent policy

It’s been revealed this morning that there are two legal challenges being mounted against the Right To Rent policy, which obliges...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sex for Rent: TV programme exposes 'alternative payments' sleaze

A TV news programme has exposed how a sleazy male landlord - who presumably did not instruct a letting agent -...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer up-front costs could kick-start market, says tenant referencing firm

The trend towards reducing or eliminating deposits at the same time as edging towards a ban on letting agents’ fees on...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade group releases details of anti-fees ban evidence put to MPs

The Residential Landlords’ Association has released details of the evidence it put to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another city to host its first Build To Rent development

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to acquire land in the centre of Brighton in order to deliver the city’s first...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of fraud, false accounting and theft amounting to £450,000

The former director of a lettings agency in Plymouth is to appear in court in March facing charges of fraud, false...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills urges landlords to be flexible to attract 'the short-let demographic'

Savills is urging its landlord clients to be more flexible in order to meet the new expectations of younger renters in...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Unite trials no-deposit insurance scheme for students renting in HMOs

Student accommodation specialist Unite is launching a new service, called Conker, which aims to replace deposits with insurance schemes for students...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland

The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings agency to trial no-deposit rentals in four offices

Countrywide’s Hamptons International is to work with a PropTech firm to try out a no-deposit lettings scheme in four of its offices. Hamptons’...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

Two landlords and two tenants were fined a total of over £11,000 after losing their appeal against housing convictions concerning property...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

Research by NALS has revealed extensive increases in the cost of licensing of lettings properties and landlords by local authorities in...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch promotes no-deposit service as '21st century letting'

A new branch of the Move Revolution agency has opened in Weston-super-Mare, heavily promoting the concept of no-deposit renting.  The branch is...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Midlands and north of England come out top for buy to let yields

Liverpool and Nottingham are the UK’s best performing property investment locations, according to mortgage broker Private Finance.  Both cities enjoy average rental...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that recent buy to let investors will face losses by 2021

Well over half of those investors who recently secured buy to let mortgages risk facing losses when mortgage interest tax changes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

Romans has thrown its weight behind the banning orders being introduced in April which could see rogue letting agents and landlords...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alexa! Tell me about this agency's service for landlords and tenants

Vesper Homes, a high-end London property management firm, has developed an Alexa Skill which will mean landlords and tenants can receive...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas check changes give more flexibility to agents and landlords

Agents and landlords with responsibilities to ensure gas checks are carried out in private rental properties may have more flexibility over...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

Rent Smart Wales says it is “heartening” that there has been a substantial recent rise in the number of agents, properties...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

The government has been accused by a lettings sector trade body of skewing the market to encourage more short-lets.  The claim comes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

HMOs producing highest yields in buy to let, says mortgage lender

Homes in Multiple Occupation produced average yields of 8.9 per cent in 2017, the highest of all buy to let property...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing now tougher for portfolio buy to let investors

Nearly three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Another index suggests rents rose only modestly in 2017

The average rent in England and Wales was £850 in December 2017, an increase of 2.3 per cent in the last...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise this year - and it's the fault of government, insists Belvoir

The head of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the rental sector is likely to result in a rise in...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in the UK rose 1.7 per cent in 2017 says HomeLet

The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in December was £907 according to the insurance firm HomeLet, compared to...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Donation made to Auschwitz Memorial after accidental use of image

A representative of the Landlords’ Union has posted an apology on the Property118 website for accidentally using a photograph of the...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide updated - it's vital that agents use new version

The How To Rent guide - the document which has to be given to new tenants by letting agents or landlords...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents join growing army of supporters for tenants' right to sue

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is the latest industry body to throw its weight behind the Private Members’ Bill that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings reformer and co-founder of ARLA remembered, 10 years on

The agency Leaders has been marking the 10th anniversary of the death of its founder Neville Lee, who was a key...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Former LSL boss backs AI PropTech property management system

The former executive director of LSL Property Services, David Newnes, is one of the key backers of a new property management...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

Lettings agency Haart says the government should go much further than the legislation it is supporting giving tenants the right to...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £29,000 fine after tenants' lives put at risk in BTL property

A fine of over £29,000 has been imposed on an absentee landlord whose property was said to have put tenants’ lives...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited company buy to let purchases outstrip remortgaging

Almost three-quarters of buy to let mortgage transactions made by landlords operating via limited companies in the final quarter of last...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government 'should probe tax arrangements' of online short-lets

An accountancy trade body, the Association of Accounting Technicians, is advising the government to investigate what it calls “the questionable tax...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

There have been more expressions of support from industry bodies for the Private Members’ Bill from Labour’s Karen Buck MP which...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firm is latest to link rent payments with credit score company

NoAgent, an online service charging landlords a fee to manage their properties, is the latest to offer a link between tenants’...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition to oppose credit/debit card surcharge ban

An agency operating in London and Essex has launched an online petition to oppose the ban on credit and debit card...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform links rental payments to credit scores

A new PropTech platform has launched today linking tenants’ rental payments with their Experian credit histories, as well as providing reports...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents rising at slowest rate for six years

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.2 per cent in the 12 months to December according...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a Private Members Bill which wants tenants to have the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

The Treasury has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that the ban on credit card surcharges which came into effect in recent...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed Bill allowing tenants to sue will be debated on Friday

The Private Members’ Bill that has won government backing - and which would give tenants the right to sue landlords over...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Expansion for LSL-backed broker seeking to emulate online letting agents

A digital start-up that uses algorithms to match the requirements of landlords against the entire buy to let mortgage market of...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Foxtons asked to prove it’s competent to manage rental properties

Letting Agent Today understands that Foxtons has been asked to appear at a hearing staged by a London council to prove...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: number of homes bought for buy to let at nine-year low

Last year saw a significant drop in the number of homes bought by landlords according to data released this morning by...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs move to allow tenants to sue over 'unfit properties'

The government has taken the unusual step of working with a Labour MP to ensure her Private Members Bill can become...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent gets £1,000 bill after telling tenant to dump rubbish

A lettings agent has been charged £1,000 after telling a new tenant to dump waste left by a previous occupier into...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth up in 2017 with London and Scotland strongest regions

Rental growth across Great Britain picked up in 2017 according to data released today by Countrywide.   Last year rents rose by an...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

In an unusual move the government has today, Sunday, announced that it wants tenants to have the right to take legal...

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says 20% of landlords set to reduce portfolios in 2018

The National Landlords Association says 20 per cent of its members plan to reduce the size of their portfolios in the...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 2019 deadline shouldn't lull industry into complacency - agent

This week’s news that the government will not be implementing the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017 according to...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans gives insight into its campaign against sub-letting

Romans’ lettings managing director Michael Cook has given details of his agency’s approach to identifying and responding to sub-letting. Cook says: “We...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major Build To Rent provider strengthens housing team with key hire

Legal & General - one of the country’s largest players in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector - has made a...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has today announced three expulsions of agencies as a result of non-payment of rent or awards. Firstly, a...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says business strong despite regulation changes

Specialist buy to let lender Accord Mortgages says seven per cent of its business in 2017 came from first time landlords...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

London-based property investment firm opens north of England office

Surrenden Invest, which specialises in selling off-market new-build properties to buy to let investors, has opened an office in the north...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

Buy to let expert Kate Faulkner says tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency says buy to let still benefits from £16.7 billion tax relief

The UK’s army of buy to let landlords will still benefit from £16.7 billion worth of tax relief even after the...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wary of government 'rebranding' of housing department

At least one trade body has expressed an apparent scepticism about whether the rebranding of the Department of Communities and Local...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender extends tenancies policy to 36 months

One of the lettings sector’s biggest lenders, Santander, is allowing its buy to let landlord borrowers to offer assured shorthold tenancies...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate impact of Universal Credit on private rental sector

MPs today discuss the impact of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, in a debate prompted by the Liberal Democrat’s...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Today sees the return of MPs to Parliament following the Christmas break, and one early task is to hear oral evidence...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit 'direct payments'

There has been a warm welcome for government changes to Universal Credit by the Residential Landlords Association.  The Department for Work and...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency links with finance advisers to help buy to let investors

Online letting agency Upad is linking with high profile independent finance service John Charcol in a bid to make it easier...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise a tiny 0.56 per cent in 12 months, says buy to let lender

UK rents grew by a tiny 0.56 per cent in 2017 according to specialist lender Landbay. However, in a special exercise, the...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs to hear evidence into proposals next week

The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets damage long term rental stock, research alleges

Research by the University of Sheffield is reported to show the apparent damage done by short lets on Airbnb and similar...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agency told to 'educate student tenants to keep bins tidy'

A former councillor says letting agents should be responsible for ensuring student tenants know how to organise their bins in a...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm joins call for rent payments to count in credit scores

Automated rental payment provider PayProp has joined the call for private rent payments to be counted towards tenants’ credit scores in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government begins tweeting that it's banning letting agents' fees

The government has started tweeting that it is to ban letting agents’ fees in England - but still isn’t revealing when...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant Grainger makes fourth acquisition in two months

Grainger, which is already the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, is reported to have acquired an under-construction Build To Rent scheme...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA set to launch next phase of Propertymark Protected TV ads

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and its sister organisation the National Association of Estate Agents has launched the second phase of...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency sets up new 'rentals portal' as latest Proptech development

Harrison Murray, the lettings division of the Nottingham Building Society, has launched a portal for landlords and tenants. The agency says it...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

A survey from a specialist rental insurance firm suggests that contrary to popular belief, landlords care more than a little about...

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

Figures released by the government show huge support for the extension of the offences under which agents and landlords may in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents helped to steal £1m from tenants in 2017 - claim

Crooked letting agents and landlords have raided close to £1m from tenancy deposit accounts in 2017, new figures show. Campaigning agent Ajay Jagota,...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fine and costs of £20,500 for head of property management company

A landlord has been ordered to pay £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences in relation to a house in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

The government has released more details on long-discussed proposals to tighten up licensing in the private rental sector. It wants landlords in...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The government is being criticised for its latest consultation exercise on the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards - because it ends...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Fees: Ban will not cut cost of renting, insists trade body

Government proposals to ban letting agent fees levied on tenants next year are unlikely to make renting cheaper as new research...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group welcomes cut to cost of lettings energy measures

The Residential Landlords Association says it welcomes the government’s decision to reduce the likely maximum payment by landlords for energy improvements...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence after buy to let property's truly shocking fire risk

A buy to let property owner has received a four month prison sentence for letting out a property he had already...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First London boroughs roll out ‘rogue agents database’

The first London boroughs are now rolling out the Greater London Authority’s ‘Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’ - allowing tenants to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fell in real terms in 2017 says HomeLet

Latest data from HomeLet suggests that typical rents across the UK have fallen in real terms over the past 12 months. Average...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New survey shows rents stable but some landlords selling up

Latest lettings findings from franchise agency Belvoir shows that in the third quarter of this year average rents were just £3 a...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest conviction under controversial Rent Smart Wales regime

There has been another prosecution under the controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations - although this time the landlord in question was...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Halt Right To Rent' says trade body demanding investigation

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies wants the government to halt the Right To Rent programme after evidence shows some...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet another acquisition made by fast-expanding Lomond Capital

Lomond Capital has announced its second acquisition in two weeks by acquiring south Manchester lettings and sales agency Hallmark Residential.  The deal...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let slowdown may threaten house prices - claim

A pullback in the buy to let market is threatening to reduce sale prices further in London and parts of the...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Media expert takes over as chair of lettings sector trade body

The National Landlords Association has appointed a new chairman - he’s Adrian Jeakings who comes to the position with many years of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Millennials outside London will spend £111,000 on rent before buying

Millennials renting an average-sized property outside of London, who begin their tenancy at age 21, will spend an average of £110,830...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

70 per cent of landlords wouldn't let to student tenants - survey

Research by a student lettings software company suggests that 70 per cent of landlords say they would prefer not to let...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

London council deploys team to catch illegal Airbnb-style short lets

A new team of investigative council officers are hitting the streets of the capital to tackle unlawful nightly letting using websites like...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny but symbolic fall in rents recorded late this year, says lender

Rents across the UK began to shrink for the first time in over half a decade toward the end of 2017,...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fall in rental supply may be because investors are quitting - claim

A fall in the supply of available rental properties suggests some landlords may be quitting the buy to let sector as...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss guilty over HMO safety: sentencing next week

The director of a property management firm has been found guilty of nine offences of breaching regulations relating to a house...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£3,300 fine for owner failing to keep HMO safe for tenants

The landlord of an HMO has been fined £3,300 for failures to meet his obligations, particularly regarding fire safety. At Northampton magistrates...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

Some 70 per cent of letting agents expect taxes on the rental sector to rise further next year according to research...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says annual rate of rental growth picked up recently

The annual rate of rental growth picked up in November, with the cost of a new let across Great Britain rising...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market inflated by 80,000 properties let by 'accidental landlords'

Countrywide says one in every 12 homes that came on to the rental market in 2017 was for sale at some...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital continues push into south of England with new acquisition

Lomond Capital has acquired independent Brighton letting agency Tanat-Jones & Company. The deal marks Lomond’s second acquisition in the city since purchasing...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold campaigner calls on Queen to end 'feudal' system

A leasehold campaigner has called on the Queen to end her support for what he calls the UK's “feudal leasehold system” by changing the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector now larger scale and more professional, says report

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor's bill of £33,000 after found guilty of 15 offences

A buy to let investor who a judge said “cut corners” and exposed his tenants to “significant risk” has been ordered...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Supervision order after campaign of harassment against letting agent

A man is reported to have launched “a campaign of harassment” against a lettings agent just an hour after signing a...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents drop 2.4% in a year - the smallest fall for 18 months

Average rents in prime central London fell 2.4 per cent year-on-year in November, which was the most modest decline recorded in...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes Universal Credit changes but warns 'more needed'

Changes to Universal Credit have made it easier for claimants to rent homes but the government needs to do more to...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation increasing as fees ban looms, warns ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing a consolidation of agencies ahead of the ban on agents’ fees...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Sharp increase in cost of buy to let mortgages since base rate rise

There has been a sharp rise in the cost of buy to let mortgages since the November 2 announcement increasing the...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

The selective licensing scheme operated by Newham council in London is reported to have won government backing to be extended until...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

The Conveyancing Association has made a wide-ranging response to the government’s call for evidence on the regulation of letting and managing...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Acquisition takes Rendall & Rittner's portfolio to 50,000 units

Rendall & Rittner, a major operator in the residential block management sector, has completed its purchase of Braemar Estates from the...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading agency welcomes tenancy overhaul in Scotland

One of Scotland’s leading lettings and estate agencies, Galbraith, has given the thumbs up to a new tenancy process introduced north...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Many tenants put off by misleading ads or poor viewings' - claim

A claim has been made that as many as 80 per cent of prospective tenants have been put off renting a...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tool to keep across those 67 (and rising) licensing schemes

The National Landlords Association has unveiled a new tool which could help agents and landlords keep across the ever-rising number of...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent 'resilient' despite Brexit, says major operator

Grainger - Britain’s largest listed residential landlord, which has pledged to invest £850m in Build To Rent - says the rental...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

30% of landlords may stop using agents if fees go up - survey

Some 30 per cent of landlords may be discouraged from using a letting agent if landlord fees increase as a result...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council claims Airbnb takes hundreds of homes off long-term market

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking “hundreds”...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New tenancy rules starting in Scotland - and the change is enormous

A large shake up of the private rental sector begins in Scotland tomorrow with the introduction of Private Residential Tenancies replacing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market strong as new Scottish tenancy rules set to start

The Scottish rental market continued to perform strongly in the year to the end of October with the average property let for £572 on...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure launches By Your Side

In a time of unprecedented change for the lettings sector, you need a supplier who will safeguard your business and give...

28 November 2017

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Council may ban agents letting to students in part of city

A council is seeking to prevent letting agents and landlords from letting homes to students in an area of a city...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of properties on agents' books hits 12-month low - ARLA

The number of properties that agents managed per branch fell to a 12-month low in October according to new figures released...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill because buy to let investor failed to get HMO licence

A buy to let investor who failed to purchase a £542 licence for his HMO has been ordered to pay almost...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents up in most regions but yields down compared to a year ago

Rental prices in most areas of England and Wales have grown over the past 12 months with the East of England...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender lowers rates and aims to help accidental landlords

Specialist lender Together has lowered interest rates across a range of products including right to buy - and it’s making a...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage demand falls 'thanks to government rule changes'

One of Britain’s best known and highest profile buy to let specialist lenders says the number of new BTL mortgages being...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More and more tenants expect to move in one month or much less

Tenants are expecting to find and move in to new rental accommodation in ever-shorter periods of time.  Data from property website TheHouseShop.com...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit change welcomed by lettings sector groups

A change to the operation of Universal Credit has been welcomed by a trade body which has described it as good...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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