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KEYWORD "Landlords" - 1002 RESULTS
It’s official - private rents are FALLING in real terms

Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rising by 1.3...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

Claims that the use of Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New housing court in England and Wales 'should follow Scots model'

A new property court similar to the Scottish system should be established in England and Wales to deal with the proposed...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Bond, Managing Director of Bonds Estate Agents

What is your business?    Bonds Estate Agents, the modern hybrid agent bridging the gap between the traditional high street agent and online...

15 August 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Rogue tenants can cost £40,000 to £100,000 to evict, warns top agent

Research by London agency Benham and Reeves says the cumulative cost of a landlord suffering a bad tenant and then evicting...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm claims rental app now used by 450,000 tenants

PropTech supplier Movebubble claims that over 450,000 tenants use its app. Users can schedule viewings, share feedback with agents or landlords or...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing association appeals to private landlords for help

The housing association Cadwyn is calling for private sector landlords with properties in Cardiff to lease their houses to those on...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Why I may quit buy to let - a landlord explains their S21 dilemma

A private landlord has gone on record to explain her own dilemma with a tenant - and why the government’s scrapping...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

A Labour council which has become famous for its critical approach to the private rental sector has now been given almost £200,000...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘have key role to reduce stress for landlords and tenants’

Lettings professionals should do more to raise awareness of the need to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords. Industry supplier Tenant...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 abolition has a silver lining says Haart

The Haart lettings agency says the government’s plan to abolish landlords’ Section 21 eviction powers may not be a bad thing. The...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let company purchases thanks to tax changes

New research shows more than half of landlords plan to use limited companies to buy properties in the year ahead.  The study...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Four months: how long it takes to repossess a rental property

The Ministry of Justice says it takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a repossession claim to the...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to start adjusting deposits to new cap limit

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of 10 of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial short lets management firm launches ‘digital door opening’

A short lets management firm which was earlier this year at the centre of an advertisement controversy is now partnering with...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

What a performance! Edinburgh artists suffer because of rental rules

A lettings group says the high-profile struggle performers at the Edinburgh Fringe now face to find affordable short-term accommodation was entirely...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector doesn’t want “Marxist dystopia” rent controls - claim

Rents in London are rocketing but a leading market commentator says this is no reason to give in to a “Marxist dystopia”...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent become first in Wales to scrap fees levied on tenants

A Cardiff lettings agent claims to have become the first in Wales to stop charging fees to new and existing tenants. CPS...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

Confusion reigns over inventory reports and how letting agents and landlords comply with the Homes (Fit for Human Habitation) Act 2018. That’s...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Eight Cabinet ministers are private landlords - and claim rent on expenses

The Mirror newspaper says eight members of the new Boris Johnson-led Cabinet are buy to let investors - and it accuses...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Revolutionary’ rental option to be unveiled to lettings industry

Lettings experts are being invited to the unveiling of a service described by its creators as “a revolutionary rental product.” It is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bans new home buyers short-letting on Airbnb and the like

A local authority in Manchester is pioneering a ban to prevent buyers of homes at a new development from selling them to...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“It’s Illegal!” - council licensing scheme blasted by trade body

A local authority is being warned that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association, which represents...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council seeks government backing to widen licensing

Another local authority has announced that it wants to introduce another selective licensing scheme and designate its entire patch for HMO...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings software platform in strategic partnership with MAB

Lettings software platform teclet has announced a strategic partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau. It means MAB’s intermediary products and services will...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: record rent rises in response to Tenant Fees Act

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says there has been a record number of rent increases reported by its members. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit strikes partnership deal with second landlord trade body

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has become the “exclusive deposit replacement partner” of the National Landlord Association - less than two...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency steers wealthy landlords towards north of England

A London lettings agency is launching a service to enable landlords to invest in mainstream buy to let or Airbnb-style short...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents say: We need a dedicated housing court

The vast majority of letting agents and private landlords with experience of using the courts to repossess properties say the system...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: Foxtons claims to have frozen fees to landlords

Foxtons has announced that it is officially freezing its fees to landlords. The move was previewed in Foxtons’ recent trading statement which...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 could be chance for agents to secure more work - claim

If the government follows through with its plan to scrap Section 21 there could be more work for agents as a...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

G'day: who knew Aussies owned so many buy to lets north of the border?

An analysis of rental properties in Scotland to discover the most numerous overseas landlords has discovered, perhaps surprisingly, that they come...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tory says government “war on landlords” will make housing crisis worse

An outspoken Conservative party figure says government policies such as the scrapping of Section 21 will play into the hands of...

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove marches on as it snaps up tenant reference company

In what some see as a sign of the growing importance of the lettings sector over sales, Rightmove has acquired tenant...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Two lettings platforms go for Open Banking system

An ‘open banking’ PropTech platform has partnered with two rental organisations which will offer agents, landlords and tenants direct payments and...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven people in a one bed property - hefty fine for buy to let investor

A buy to let investor has been fined almost £5,000 after admitting overcrowding.  Matteo Mariano, from Gedling in Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty at...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords return to prime central London says top agency

The supply of lettings property has begun to increase in higher price brackets in prime central London, leading rents to fall...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings trade body congratulates Johnson on election success

The lettings establishment has sent its congratulations to Boris Johnson on his election as Tory leader and, from this afternoon, Prime...

24 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned sales agents ‘could be setting up rogue lettings firms’ - claim

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it fears the government needs to do more to prevent the possibility of banned...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry rages against Labour’s “laughable” rent control plan

Calls by Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition. Business organisation...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern as government hints at wider scope for ‘rogues database’

There’s been a sceptical response to news leaked from government over the weekend suggesting that a database of rogue landlords would...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

One-in-eight buy to lets run by company landlords says Countrywide

Some 12 per cent of homes to let are operated by a ‘company landlord’ according to an analysis by Countrywide high-end...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agent bites the dust as franchise branch acquires

Another Martin & Co franchisee has acquired a nearby independent agency. The franchise firm’s Falmouth branch, run since 2013 by Felicia and...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry reform “toothless” if rogue agents aren’t stopped - warning

There’s a warning this morning that the root-and-branch reform of the agency industry recommended by a government-backed working party will be...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

London Mayor told: Introduce deluded rent controls and you'll lose votes

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been told by a lettings industry body that he’ll lose votes if he introduces rent controls...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Demand to move soars after Tenant Fees Act … but rents up, too

Data from Rightmove suggests that demand from tenants looking for a new home has soared seven per cent since the Tenants...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 will put vulnerable tenants most at risk - claim

Vulnerable tenants suffering a higher risk of rent arrears will be hit hardest by plans to change the way landlords can...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over £3,000 spent improving each buy to let property annually

Buy to let investors in the UK are spending nearly £4.7 billion a year on their rental properties, an average of...

19 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents need to adapt to changing landlord and tenant habits

Letting agents need to adapt to changing landlord and tenant habits The way letting agents, landlords and tenants communicate has changed significantly...

18 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Figures show criticism of private renting is unjustified, claims trade body

A leading industry trade body says the latest English Housing Survey report proves that criticisms of the private rental sector’s costs...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC tax clampdown on buy to let finds 16,000 investors underpaid

A campaign by HM Revenue & Customs to encourage buy to let investors to ‘fess up’ to their unpaid tax has...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another council wants to sub-let private flats to the homeless

Portsmouth council is the latest local authority to offer to rent properties from private landlords to let out to the homeless.  The...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Student rents flatline after surge in purpose built accommodation

Data from a student accommodation specialist firm shows average rents across many cities are stuck at around a 20-year average of...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech deposit alternative and rental passport provider beefs up product

A PropTech supplier specialising in rent passports and tenancy deposit replacement has launched an advanced version of its primary product, on...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Hands off the private rental sector’ - warning to new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will face an immediate crisis in the private rented sector if government doesn’t rethink its plans to...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ditch licensing and introduce Property Passports, says lettings chief

The concept of a so-called rental property passport would rapidly improve the quality of accommodation and landlords, and would be far...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slated by Tory MP and agency chief over Sections 21 and 24

The chairman of Hunters estate agency, who is also a Conservative MP, has hit out at the government over its handling...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Traditional deposit and deposit alternative now possible via link-up

Deposit alternative provider flatfair has teamed up with mydeposits - and claims to now be the first provider to bring tenancy...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 breaches of tenant deposits’ law, research shows

In the past 18 months more than 200 landlords from across Scotland have been found to be in breach of a...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and government interference start to hurt rental sector

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the future but only if it provides benefits, says top consultant

The future of the lettings industry will be tech-driven says one of the industry’s leading consultants, who is now also director...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: industry and government go back to court

Both sides of the Right To Rent debate are squaring up for their latest court battle. Earlier this year the High Court...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rents in second quarter, reports DPS

The average UK rent rose from £757 to £771 during the second quarter of 2019 - that’s 1.7 per cent, according...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

A managing agent has been convicted by a local council for failing to properly license his property. Leon Hill, of Leighton Buzzard,...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rental spokesman's seat under threat from Momentum

Media reports in London suggest that Labour’s hyper-active housing spokesman on the Greater London Assembly may be under threat from Jeremy...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade association calls for government to halt PRS intervention

A trade association has called for a 'moratorium' on any further government intervention in the buy-to-let sector in order to stop...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: plans to introduce 'scandalous' 12-month tenancy contracts

The Welsh government is planning to make changes to the notice period for eviction which would see tenants given 12-month contracts...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Is virtual reality the next step for independent inventory reporting?

The chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) is predicting that augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for greater referencing technology to improve detection of fraud

Eviction expert Paul Shamplina has urged letting agents and referencing companies to invest in technology to improve fraud detection. The call comes...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in landlords declaring unpaid tax following HMRC crackdown

The number of landlords admitting to not paying tax has soared in the past year, according to new data. During 2018/2019, 16,110...

08 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fake rental applications on the rise as fraudsters up their game

The number of fake or fraudulent rental applications is on the rise, with landlords and letting agents being fooled by a...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Benefits tenants could be biggest losers if Section 21 is scrapped

Tenants on state benefits could be the 'biggest casualties' of the government's 'ill-thought-out' plans to scrap the Section 21 evictions process,...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rates, yields, demand and tax - reasons why holiday lets are booming

A holiday lets and short-term lettings market boom can be put down to a combination of four reasons, according to specialist...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

'Local councils not doing enough to prosecute rogue letting agents' - NLA

Local authorities are failing in their duty to prosecute criminal letting agents, the National Landlords Association (NLA) has warned. The NLA says...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Landlords want 'fast track housing tribunal'

A survey of landlords has found that 39% would like to see a fast track housing tribunal introduced if and when...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tricky conditions mean agents need to impress professional landlords

A rise in the number of professional landlords means letting agents need to ensure their service meets the expectations of experienced...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords to benefit as buy-to-let mortgage costs fall

Landlords can make savings by switching their buy-to-let (BTL) mortgages as average costs have started to fall.  The latest analysis from Mortgage...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister raises concerns over controversial accreditation scheme

Junior housing minister Heather Wheeler MP has written to Hull City Council to express her concerns about the authority's controversial accreditation...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t quit the day job – only a third of landlords earn entire living from property

Only one in three landlords across the buy-to-let market earn their sole living from their property portfolio, according to research. Specialist lender...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage choice for first time landlords hits record high

The number of buy to let products for first time landlords has risen to an all-time high. Data from independent mortgage market...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of issuing 133 penalty notices and 23 improvement notices

A London council wants to extend its private rental sector licensing scheme - and in doing so is boasting of the...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

ONE WAY TO BEAT THE INDUSTRY BLUES

 – use technology to build a trusted brand as a people-focused custodian of client money Non-stop regulatory changes in the industry are...

01 July 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Over 50 agents found charging fees - but are they acting illegally?

A BBC investigation of 52 lettings agents has found that two thirds were levying charges on tenants, but it is uncertain...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership duo: help the lettings industry!

A leading trade body is urging the candidates to lead the Conservative Party to adopt a more positive approach to the...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another deposit alternative provider names new agency client

Competition between various deposit alternative providers continues apace, with one of the earliest companies - Reposit - naming a new agency...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government considers ‘deposit passports’ in yet another rental reform

The government is considering the idea of a deposit passport for use by tenants when they move from one property to...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to buy to let investors about CGT changes coming soon

Second home owners, landlords and property investors are being urged to beware a “dramatic change” to the current capital gains tax...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: the real impact hasn't hit yet, warns senior agent

Monday marks the one month anniversary of the Tenant Fees ban coming into force, but a senior London agent warns the...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The soaring value of property management

If you are a letting agent who has begun to question your worth, stop. The value of property management is rising...

27 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

40% of landlords worried about Brexit and 20% set to sell - survey

A new survey by a specialist property sector lender reveals that 19 per cent of landlords are looking to sell in...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

Weak regulation of private renting is leaving hundreds of thousands of tenants living in hazardous homes in England, claims Citizens Advice. A...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

A branch of Whitegates, part of The Property Franchise Group, has purchased an independent local operation to increase its managed property...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of large-scale landlords as buy to let amateurs quit

A new survey by one of the sector’s most respected lenders, Paragon, suggests large scale landlords are now a bigger force...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing: 12 big changes being considered by government

An independent review into selective licensing in the private rental sector makes a series of recommendations to tighten processes, with the...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

U-turn Hypocrites! Government accused of reneging on rental sector pledge

A trade body has accused the government of going back on its promise not to introduce a national register of landlords. The...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS award rises from the ashes after devastating fire

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which suggested a devastating fire in early January, has been recognised for the professional, efficient and calm...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - city where ‘two in every 13 homes are listed on Airbnb’

A senior Labour politician has claimed that there is a city in the UK where two out of every 13 residential...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Student lettings agency pledges growth through strategic acquisitions

A specialist student accommodation lettings and property management company says it’s preparing to grow through a series of strategic acquisitions. Bankers have...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership candidates - Scrap Right To Rent!

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt have been given a message from a consortium of groups this morning - Scrap Right To...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide: Vast majority of tenants haven't heard of it...

The government has been told it needs to provide tenants with better information about their rights and responsibilities if it’s to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Managing agent and landlords in court for 25 HMO offences

A managing agent and several landlords have been fined almost £5,000 after forcing tenants to live in unacceptable conditions in a...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

120,000 buy to let mortgages redeemed since 2016 SDLT surcharge

Savills says some 120,000 buy to let mortgages have been redeemed since the launch of the additional homes stamp duty surcharge...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - drivers behind Build To Rent, its clients and its investors

A European law firm has set out a critique of the driving forces behind Build To Rent - and it says...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent activists want £10k to create app to 'mobilise' supporters

An activists’s group which in the past has held protests immediately outside letting agents’ offices is appealing for £10,000 to develop...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Anti-rental activists in bust up with council over landlord licensing

A group of activists has expressed outrage over a council’s private rental licensing scheme, claiming it is too small to catch...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets: High-end agency talks up the advantages

Despite criticism from some within the industry about the effects of short lets, the high-end agency Knight Frank has spoken of...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Disaster for buy to let investors if Berlin-style rent freeze happens

New research shows that some buy to let investors in London could typically lose over £19,000 a year if Berlin-style rent...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service reveals another new partnership

Deposit alternative service flatfair has partnered with Barbon Insurance Group to co-market the two organisations’ products. “We’re thrilled to partner with the...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Thousands of buy to let investors may be due stamp duty rebates - claim

Landlords have been urged to seek advice about potential stamp duty rebates on ‘uninhabitable’ second properties after a landmark tribunal case. A...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s selective use of statistics attacked by lettings group

A call by Shelter for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies in the private rented sector has been attacked...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings management platform reveals new API partner

The online platform teclet, which enables agents to automate the lettings and management process, has announced that Movinghub has become an...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenants caught on camera and to be on TV tonight

More nightmare tenants have been the subject of investigation in a Channel 5 TV programme to be shown this evening. In the...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offering let-only services ‘miss out on thousands in revenue’

A research report claims letting agents could be missing out on thousands of pounds of potential income each year by not...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency advises landlords on three key risks to successful letting

High profile agency Haart has issued a warning to landlords on what it sees as the three key risks to successful letting...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

Two housing organisations have come together to fund a major research programme to improve standards in the private rental sector. They are...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Out of order! Council accused of illegal licensing fee structure

A lettings sector trade body has written to a council accusing it of initiating an “unlawful” fee structure for a licensing...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage bonanza means it's vital for investors to use a broker

A leading buy to let specialist lender says the vast number of BTL mortgage products now on the market has made...

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Let your property through us and pay no fees, says council

Private landlords are being asked to consider letting out their properties through the local council.  Slough council is looking for flats and...

13 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online chief aged 24 blasts “obsolete” agents “writing their own rules”

The 24 year old head of an online lettings platform called Bunk says it’s up to letting agents to show they...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank scraps 'No DSS' BTL mortgage rule after pressure from ministers

The government says thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules announced by Metro Bank. Currently the bank prevents landlords...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more licensing: Consultation underway to extend London scheme

Consultation is underway to extend a landlord licensing scheme in a London borough where a third of households rents privately.  Three types...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: Highest number of buy to let mortgage products for 12 years

We may be all-too-familiar with the challenges facing letting agents and landlords in the private rental sector but there is at...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech product claims breakthrough with same-day referencing

A PropTech product is claiming a breakthrough for letting agents who can now access same-day referencing on prospective tenants. LetAlliance claims that...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency coughs up £16,000 it owes - on TV

Two landlords will this evening be seen securing the £16,000 they are owed by a rogue lettings agent - and TV...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter regulation can benefit landlords insists agency chief

A leading lettings expert insists that greater regulation in the private rental sector can work for the benefit of landlords and...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative provider strikes deal with regional agency chain

Tenancy deposit alternative provider Reposit has been taken on by Devon-based agency chain Webbers.  The agency’s 15 offices operate in north Cornwall,...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb distances itself from controversial short lets management adverts

Airbnb has issued a statement distancing itself from controversial advertisements from a short lets management service. Hostmaker - which describes itself as...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Disgusting” - short lets management firm slammed by campaign group

A statement issued by short lets management firm Hostmaker about its controversial advertising campaign has been branded “disgusting” by a campaign...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech partnership as deposit alternative flatfair links with Goodlord

One of the growing number of deposit alternative services, flatfair, has announced a partnership with lettings platform Goodlord. Agents and landlords can...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body hits out over 'high rents for Millennials' claim

A trade body has hit out at government policy following a think tank’s claims that young people are less mobile because of...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent insists Fees Ban may have positive side-effects

A lettings agent and investment adviser says there is a positive interpretation of the fees ban introduced this month in England. Abi...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Searing criticism of agents and landlords by leading consumer group

A prominent consumer group claims that one in 10 tenants currently renting say they have at some point been evicted “for...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors warned they’ll be “lucky to get 2.5% yield”

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests the typical buy to let investor will be lucky to generate annual...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents join grand industry coalition to retain Section 21

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is one of many industry groups in a new coalition calling for S21 repossessions to be...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' staff levels will be hit by Fees Ban, says HR chief

The head of the country's oldest agency recruitment consultancy says the tenant fee ban will hit staffing levels in the industry...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chief locks horns with rent control campaigners

A property management chief is arguing that rent controls would restrict mortgage loans to buy to let investors and drive existing...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Defiant Airbnb management service says it doesn’t reduce affordable stock

Airbnb and short let management service Hostmaker - at the centre of a dispute involving a landlord trade body and the...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ outrage over government handling of Fees Ban documents

Agents have reacted angrily to the way in which the government released a new set of rental documents updated to include...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service announces link with landlords’ trade body

The Residential Landlords Association has entered into a partnership with deposit alternative service Zero Deposit. The RLA says the service will be...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban is here: but will it achieve what the government wants?

The Tenant Fees Act comes into effect in England tomorrow - but a senior lettings expert is questioning whether it will...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sell off goes on with more landlords quitting as Fees Ban kicks in

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says the feared sell-off of private rental units is continuing apace on the eve of...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Public are sceptical and confused about Fees Ban: survey

The public are described as being “sceptical and confused” over the fees ban that comes into effect tomorrow.  A survey by insurance...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets ringing endorsement ... from a lettings agency

The Tenant Fees Act coming into effect tomorrow and banning fees on tenants in England has been given a ringing endorsement...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Farage on the spot: What will he do to help the private rental sector?

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has been put on the spot by the person many consider to be the country’s most...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban will particularly hurt tenants in selective licensing areas - claim

The National Landlords Association says it’s concerned the Fees Ban coming into effect in just two days’ time may limit access...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how Inadash can help you deal with a surge in activity post-fees ban

A number of industry experts have warned letting agents and landlords to prepare for a surge in tenants moving property once...

29 May 2019

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Online lettings agency operating for 12 years opens High Street office

An online lettings agency that has been operating for 12 years has now opened a High Street office. Nantwich-based LetLord, founded in...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents to offer expert services after Fees Ban, predicts utility service

The best lettings agents will survive and shine through the ban of fees levied on tenants, which comes into effect this weekend. The...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fund boss attacks “amateur buy to let market” as “not fit for purpose”

The head of a firm that seeks investors to put money into residential property funds rather than individual homes for tenants...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial short-lets firm tries to deflect growing criticism

A company appearing to call on landlords to abandon tenants and instead let their properties to short-let visitors is now trying...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must get to grips with deposit alternatives - their time has come

Lettings agents are being urged to educate themselves as much as possible about rival deposit alternative schemes which are becoming increasingly...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: many London tenants won't feel the benefit, insists agent

The fierce competition in the lettings market in parts of London means that some tenants will feel no benefit from the...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Students want three year tenancies, cleaning and faster responses

A survey of 500 undergraduates has given a rare insight into what they want as accommodation priorities.  The study, by a landlord...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many agents regard tenants as just ‘cash cows’ claims property chief

A lettings agency chief in Scotland says the upcoming ban on agents levying fees on tenants - to be introduced in...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier tweaks products to meet Fees Ban requirements

PropTech supplier Goodlord says it’s updated its core product to ensure compliance with new regulations - and it says it’s offering...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing minister dragged into mystery of agency owing thousands

A Midlands MP says he has spoken with housing minister Kit Malthouse about the case of a two-branch lettings agency that...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims to charge ‘less than half of a letting agent’

A PropTech tool wants landlords to manage their own properties and is accusing agents of being likely to increase charges to...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban these short let adverts! - trade body and Labour unite in plea

The Mayor of London is under pressure to pull advertisements calling on landlords to stop providing homes for Londoners and move...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional portfolio landlords take larger chunk of buy to let market - lender

A leading buy to let mortgage provider says the professional landlord with multiple properties is increasingly becoming the backbone of its...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fury over lettings agency owing thousands to landlords and tenants

A lettings agency in the West Midlands is reported to have closed its two offices at short notice, leaving clients angry...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another warning to government of buy to let sell-off thanks to S21

There’s been another major industry survey revealing that a high number of lettings agents and landlords may quit the private rental...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: New call for government to rethink proposed ban

There’s been another call on the government to rethink its plans to change the Section 21 eviction process.  The founder of Landlord...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

It's A Gas: new partnership to promote safety in private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association and Gas Safe Register have joined forces to promote gas safety awareness in the private rental sector. The...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories haemorrhage support after frequent attacks on buy to let

Only one in six private landlords say they would support the Conservatives in an election according to a new poll. Buy to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: agents must prepare immediately, trade body urges

ARLA Propertymark is urging agents across England and Wales to ensure they have every preparation in place for the arrival of...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: more deposit disputes settled by agreement, not adjudication

Not-for-profit operator Tenancy Deposit Scheme says early intervention between landlords and tenants across the UK is resulting in many more deposit...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Section 21: trade body receives record response to consultation call

Over 6,000 people have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented sector should look...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

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MP to intervene over wound-up lettings agency owing £30,000

An MP says he will raise with local police chiefs a series of claims from landlords and tenants concerning a lettings...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: agents warned to prepare for a flurry of tenant moves

Agents and landlords are being warned to prepare for a surge in tenants moving property once the fees ban kicks in...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit impact on London lettings not as bad as expected - at least yet...

The impact of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has not hit the central London lettings sector as much as...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Deposits often reduced’ if rent guarantor provided, claims company

A rent guarantor provider claims that deposits which prospective tenants are required to pay are often reduced if such a service...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Housing minister pledges repossession reforms

Housing minister Heather Wheeler has pledged that the government will make changes to the court repossession process alongside its plans to...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents advised to reduce admin workload ahead of fees ban

Letting agents are being urged to consider how they can reduce their administrative workload, following huge growth in the size of...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

UK's best letting agents and suppliers revealed at ESTAS Awards 2019

The scores have been counted and the results are in for the 2019 ESTAS Awards, sponsored by Zoopla. On Friday May 10,...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords selling up made average gain of £80,000 in 2018

The typical landlord who sold a rental property in England and Wales made a gross gain of £79,770 before tax last...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells landlords: 'don't stress too much over Brexit'

The operations director of letting agency haart has told landlords not to 'stress too much' over Brexit. Paul Sloan says it's easy...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Government urged to fix court system before Section 21 is scrapped

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged the government to 'fix' the court system before it goes ahead with its plan...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Treasury does not understand basics of taxation, says damning report

A damning report on taxation in the private rental sector (PRS) has accused the treasury of appearing not to understand 'the...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

The age of the silver landlord? Number of older BTL mortgage applicants rises

There was a notable increase in the number of older buy-to-let investors in 2018, according to Commercial Trust Limited. The specialist buy-to-let...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agent network partners with PropTech platform Goodlord

The newly-formed Federation of Independent Agents (FIA), the network set up by former Property Franchise Group managing director Graham Lock, has...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA threatens council over 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory' accreditation scheme

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme. The...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Should ‘revenue raising licensing schemes’ reinvest in the PRS?

Revenue raised by landlord licensing schemes should be used to enforce rental sector regulation, according to PayProp. It says that the money...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shop ‘til you pop-up? National agency launches shopping centre branch

National sales and lettings agency Martin & Co has launched what it calls a 'pioneering new service' in the North East. The...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit replacement scheme partners with 26-branch independent network

Tenancy deposit alternative Reposit has announced a partnership with Pattinson, the largest independent agency network in the North East. The 26-branch network...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents made to pay record sum to consumers in 2018, says Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has released its annual report for 2018, showing that for the first time the value of awards...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings expert sounds Airbnb warning to landlords

A rental market expert is urging landlords to be cautious when considering to use short-term lets websites such as Airbnb to...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New online calculator to help agents comply with deposit cap

A new solution to help letting agents deal with the introduction of the security deposit cap under the Tenant Fees Act...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech could be key to boosting health and safety in rental sector

Increased use of technology could boost gas-related health and safety in the private rental sector according to the people behind a...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Crisis-point: Huge buy to let sell-off imminent according to new figures

A quarter of private landlords are looking to sell at least one property over the next year according to new research...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Free property listings for agents on new student accommodation platform

A new PropTech start-up that claims to make student house-hunting easier is offering free listings to lettings agents with London properties. Polygon...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency strikes deal with home staging trade group

Online lettings agency RentMyHome is partnering with a trade group for home stagers in order to offer clients discounted services. MyHomeGroup owns...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

London’s buy to let market has turned a corner, says optimistic broker

New data from specialist mortgage firm Commercial Trust suggests that London’s buy to let sector turned a corner in the first...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quiz The Minister: send questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let with no windows and no heating lands couple in court

Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned. Sandeep Jarjapu...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit disputes could drop through new tool, claims review site

A controversial review website which says it identifies “good (and bad) letting agents” has introduced tools aiming to reduce disputes at...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Gibson, director at Daniel Craig Residential

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  My name is Daniel and I’m a director at...

30 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Unfurnished London lets take 30% longer to find tenants, says agent

One of London’s best known lettings agents says unfurnished properties can take 30 per cent longer to let than a furnished...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let back in favour three years after SDLT surcharge, says agent

Three years after the introduction of the second homes stamp duty surcharge, landlords are “beginning to come to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency moves off the High Street to offset fees ban income cut

An agency in the north east of England is moving its HQ off the High Street and into an office block...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Higher rent to combat fees ban should be last resort says mortgage boss

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let lender says increasing the rent to combat additional costs put on landlords...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector changes are positive, insists deposit replacement chief

A senior figure at a deposit replacement service says the current flurry of changes in the private rental sector are positive. Daniel...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

 Union wants its members to ensure Section 21 is actually scrapped

A trade union says the government’s intention to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is “a huge victory” - but...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents stagnate across England and Wales, agency index reveals

Rents across England and Wales have not moved in the last 12 months, according to Your Move.  The agency says the typical...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Consolidation of agencies is bad news for renters, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says there is a record number of homes available to renters - but this does...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest acquisitions take agency to over 3,000 managed properties

Clyde Property in Scotland now has over 3,000 properties under management, making it one of the largest portfolios north of the...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New online investment platform seeks portfolio landlord customers

An online platform claims it has found a new and easy way for investors to become landlords, describing itself as ‘PayPal...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency investigating 19 ‘No DSS’ properties out of 1,900 units to let

The chief executive of Hunters has told MPs there are 19 properties on its books which specify ‘No DSS’ - but...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

How is Inadash revolutionising the rental market?

How is Inadash revolutionising the rental market? Searching for a new rental property can be a stressful, time-consuming and frustrating process, but...

24 April 2019

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Lettings agency bosses to give evidence to MPs this morning

Senior lettings agency figures are amongst those who will this morning give evidence to a committee of MPs investigating so-called ‘DSS...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

'Pro-lettings sector' group may be set up by political party

A Liberal Democrat activist is considering establishing a landlords’ group consisting of party members. Tony Harris, writing on the LibDem Voice website,...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More PropTech pledged after management buy-out of lettings business

The senior executive who has bought out the lettings side of a Glasgow agency business says increased use of PropTech is...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 fall-out continues: trade group launches its own consultation

The official government consultation period on the scrapping of Section 21 eviction begins shortly, but now a leading lettings sector trade...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Need to replace lost fee income? Trio of suppliers say they will show how

With the tenants’ fees ban just five weeks away focus is shifting to how agents can make up for lost income...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife must pay £8,000 after 17 beds found in bungalow to let

A husband and wife must pay joint fines, penalties and costs totalling over £8,000 after complaints about a bungalow they owned...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Could future rental properties just be empty shells for tenants to fit out?

A senior lettings agent has raised the spectre of rental properties in future being German-style ‘empty shells’ - without even white...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: deposits still over £4,000 in high-rent hotspots, despite cap

Figures calculated by Rightmove suggest that even when the Fees Ban and Deposit Caps kick in on June 1, some deposits...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing critic of agents and landlords quits charity position

One of the most vocal critics of lettings agents in recent years appears to be moving away from the property industry. Campbell...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

A formal consultation process has started to consider government plans to extend Anti-Money Laundering from property sales to lettings as well. Unveiled...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping S21 isn’t enough - cap rent rises too, say London politicians

The scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers has been welcomed by the London Assembly - but apparently it doesn’t go far...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders Flop: not even one issued after 12 months

A Freedom of Information request by The Guardian newspaper has produced the startling admission from government that not even one landlord...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Government accused of Dickensian view of buy to let

The scrapping of Section 21, as proposed by the government, shows that Whiteall has “a Dickensian view” of the buy to...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative to Section 21 “not fit for purpose” says lettings group

The government’s wish to use a modified Section 8 as an alternative to Section 21 for landlords seeking possession of their...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Only 129 agents respond to consultation on S21 and longer tenancies

The government consultation process which fuelled its decision to axe Section 21 eviction powers and move towards longer tenancies received only...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investors desert London ‘because of stamp duty’

Data from a Countrywide agency shows that 59 per cent of landlords who live in London purchased their buy to let...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be MORE complex after Brexit - warning

A leading legal firm is warning that Right To Rent could become even more complicated for letting agents and landlords after...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New buy to let purchases to plummet as landlord taxes bite - forecast

There will be less buy to let remortgaging in future as landlords consolidate rather than expand their portfolios. The prediction comes from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills launches lettings division in top buy to let hotspot

Savills has launched a new residential lettings service in one of the country’s most successful buy to let and investment locations...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Double whammy for buy to let as rents stagnate and taxes rise

Buy to let investors are facing a double whammy as stagnating rents and reduced tax relief are hitting profitability. A study from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Mother-and-daughter agent fraudsters told to expect jail time

Mother and daughter lettings agency fraudsters have been told to expect jail sentences after defrauding landlords and tenants of £266,000 over...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent’s lettings business snapped up by Corporate

Connells Group has acquired the lettings business portfolio of an independent agency in a move it describes as “part of its...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council crackdown on buy to let rogues gets new online back-up

The government has beefed up its support for councils identifying and prosecuting rogue landlords. Yesterday the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban coming into effect on September 1 in Wales

It’s been revealed that the Welsh version of the Tenants Fees ban will come into effect on September 1. “Agents need to...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More Brexit chaos with warning EU citizens ‘may have problems renting’

A lettings sector trade body says EU citizens may face problems getting private rented accommodation after Brexit. And the body - the...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service shortlisted for prestigious RESI award

Flatfair, which describes itself as the UK’s fastest-growing tenancy deposit alternative, has been shortlisted in the Best Newcomer category of the...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Parliamentary call for tax relief for rental home improvements

A trade body has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for the buy to let sector to improve...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fightback Begins: council’s £1,200 licensing fee provokes backlash

One of the most pro-licensing local authorities in the country has extended its own scheme to include the entire centre of...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Civil Penalty Notices served on pair who failed to improve buy to lets

Two buy to let investors have been fined thousands of pounds after failing to carry out improvements to unfit rental properties. Adur...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental fraud warning after shocking scam attempts

Prospective tenants are being warned about a fraud scam that cons people into paying an advance fee to rent a property. The...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords ‘must work with agents to understand new rental demographics’

London’s lettings sector is changing with tenants still wanting to buy but increasingly accepting they must rent for longer in the...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings reform: major announcements soon, says government

A housing minister has pledged that more key reforms for the private rental sector will be revealed soon, despite Brexit political...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban toolkit for agents launched as deadline nears

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has launched a 10-element tool kit for agents ahead of the fees ban on June...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new guidance notes for agents, tenants and landlords

The government has issued new guidance notes on the Tenant Fees Act, aimed at agents, landlords and tenants. The publications come ahead...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech firm joins crowded deposit alternative field

PropTech company Goodlord is the latest entrant in the deposit alternative field. Under Goodlord Deposit Replacement Insurance agents can provide landlords with...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says landlords should “account for their tenants’ behaviour”

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘CMP will protect clients from agents that go under after Fees Ban’

The mandatory Client Money Protection scheme membership that comes into effect today will protect landlords and tenants from letting agents that...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgages now much cheaper than three years ago

Buy to let mortgage costs remain stable with little movement recorded over the past three months according to a market snapshot...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords pulling out help prime London market stay stable

Latest lettings market data from high-end agency Knight Frank shows that average rents in prime central London rose 1.1 per cent...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: councils’ feeble enforcement against rogue operators

Figures given through a Parliamentary answer have revealed just how bad councils in England are at policing and enforcement action against...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sell-off is “snowballing” in London warns ARLA

The number of London landlords exiting the market last month was a whopping 125 per cent higher than the national average. The...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Think buy to let taxes are bad? They're even worse in Scotland...

A leading accountancy firm has analysed buy to let taxation policies north and south of the border and claims that from...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must hammer home buy to let benefits, says PropTech chief

It’s a vital time for letting agents to hammer home the benefits of buy to let and the dangers to landlords...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

2020 tax changes 'could accelerate buy to let sell-off' warning

Changes to Capital Gains Tax which reach their full impact in the next 12 months could fuel property changing hands between...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents start to rise despite dip in demand, says ARLA

The number of agents seeing rent rises imposed on tenants hit 34 per cent in February, well up on the 26...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council to educate letting agents on accurate property descriptions

The council for one of the wealthiest areas in the country says it will be “educating and advising letting agents” on...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: ARLA and others say inventories will still be useful

New ‘best practice’ guidance to letting agents and landlords has been introduced ahead of the introduction of the tenants’ fees ban...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents almost stagnating - they've risen just 0.4% in a year

The average rent across England and Wales in February was a mere 0.4 per cent higher than the same point a...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform teams up with deposit alternative provider

Utilities and comparative platform Tenant Shop has linked up with Reposit to offer a security deposit alternative product for agents. Tenant Shop’s...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scathing attack on lettings sector 'rogues' by government minister

The government is back to business attacking the lettings sector with an extraordinary claim by a minister that many students are...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors told: buy properties with high service charges

A property management company is taking the unusual approach of suggesting to buy to let investors that they purchase properties with...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

The Big Switch: more buy to let investors adopt limited company status

Large-scale buy to let investors are continuing to move to limited company status in a bid to limit their exposure to...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Investors retain faith in buy to let, especially in high yield areas

A survey of 500 buy to let landlords suggests that well over a third are planning to increase the size of...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new workshop aims to help agents offset damage

Hamilton Fraser’s Academy programme has announced its next workshop, on May 14, to target how lettings agents can future-proof their business...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Scrap Right To Rent’ call after latest controversial court ruling

With the government already on the ropes over Brexit, there’s a call today for one of its flagship immigration policies to...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide is latest lender to oppose ‘No DSS’

The Nationwide is the latest lender to say it will not insist its buy to let borrowers enforce a No DSS...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent rises still well below inflation, government figures show

Rent rises in the year to the end of February, as released by the government’s Office of National Statistics, show growth...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let landlords opting for holiday lets 'could be Brexit silver lining'

The UK’s holiday lets sector could be a beneficiary of the current Brexit uncertainty and people not vacationing abroad because they...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a series of events to educate letting agents and landlords on deposit protection. Starting next month...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings service 'pays outgoing tenants to find replacements'

An online lettings service says it will pay existing tenants for finding replacements and handling viewings, in a bid to reduce...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Court ruling prompts campaign to keep repossession rights

A trade body says a recent court case threatens the right of buy to let landlords to repossess their properties. The Residential...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: how will it work with Brexit Freedom of Movement rules?

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has asked the government for urgent clarification on how Right To Rent will work post-Brexit...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: tenants with pets could see 4% rent rise, warns agent

The JLL lettings agency is warning that the five week deposit cap enshrined in the Tenant Fees Act is likely to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid on HMO as London council continues crackdown

A dawn raid on unlicensed HMOs in north London last week were the latest sign of a crackdown on rogue operators...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent had a Land Rover, Porsche and a Florida home

A crooked letting agent took £220,000 from tenants and landlords and has been exposed as buying a home in Florida, renting...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards launches bid to lift energy standards in rental sector

TrustMark, the government-backed quality kite mark scheme for tradespeople, is launching a pilot with Trading Standards to improve the quality and...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Cash is king for London buy to let as mortgage access tightens

The proportion of landlords purchasing buy to let homes in London with cash rose from 33 per cent in 2017 to...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up for Zoopla's 'No DSS' listings ban

The Residential Landlords Association has given its backing to Zoopla’s ban on agents and landlords advertising properties to rent as ‘No...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Short let landlords 'not adequately covered by UK insurers’ - claim

There’s a claim today that around one million amateur and professional landlords in the new short lets sector are not adequately...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla bans ‘No DSS’ restrictions from all lettings listings

Zoopla says it’s introducing new measures to minimise the presence of what it calls “blanket restrictions” imposed on tenants who receive...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors told: Don’t sell up - cut costs instead

A PropTech firm says buy to let investors should not respond to the slowing market by selling up, but should instead...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants invited to ‘better relationship’ sessions

A Scottish mediation company and the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust are to create eight workshops aiming to improve relationships between agents, landlords,...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

HMRC still on Buy To Let warpath, despite campaign flop - warning

There is a warning that the HMRC’s Let Property campaign, which received huge publicity and attention for some years, has so...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour savaged for fundamental misunderstanding of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three Brits would be happy to rent for life

A new study claims one in three Britons would be happy renting for the rest of their lives - but the...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Government accused of almost destroying traditional lettings market”

One of Britain’s most experienced lettings experts has condemned the government for “almost singlehandedly destroying the traditional lettings market.” Lisa Simon -...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wins High Court case against landlords' group

Hull council has won a legal case in the High Court against a local trade body, the Humber Landlords Association. The claim...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade group demands government acts on scourge of empty homes

A lettings sector trade body is demanding that the government brings forward tax measures to address what it calls “the scourge...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

18-month probe into HMOs ends with fine for rogue operator

An 18 month probe by different authorities has led to a £4,000 fine for an HMO owner in the Highlands. The local...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Double Trouble: buy to let investors pay twice the tax of Tesco

Income tax paid by buy to let landlords now exceeds £3.8 billion annually – that’s more than double Tesco’s entire annual...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another London council launches additional licensing scheme for HMOs

Haringey council is the latest local authority in the capital to create a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for HMOs. It claims the...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘indefinite tenancies’ for private renters

Labour says it will introduce new ‘indefinite’ tenancies for private tenants, based on rules currently in place in Germany. It claims German...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New joiners take deposit alternative scheme's tally to 1,300 offices

Numerous regional independent agency chains have joined Zero Deposit, one of several rental deposit replacement schemes to have appeared in recent...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

£30,000 in fines for owners of unsafe and unlicensed HMO

Two landlords have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 for breaching fire safety and over-occupancy licence conditions at their House...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that quarter of landlords considering stopping using agents

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Inventories ‘could be integral part of rental redress reform’ claim

Independent inventory reporting is the perfect complement to the government’s proposed housing reforms. That’s the view of the UK’s largest provider of...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rental income leaps 15% in just one year says lettings agent

A lettings agency that has analysed HMRC data says rental income for buy to let landlords has leaped 15 per cent...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be reviewed - but it stays in place for now at least

The Home Office says it will reassess the Right To Rent scheme following last week’s decision by the High Court that...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guidelines issued for new Human Habitation law from March 20

The government has issued guidelines for the implementation of the new Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act which comes into effect...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings platform names comparison service as new partner

Lettings automation service teclet has revealed that the Tenant Shop is the latest partner integrated into its platform. Tenant Shop provides energy,...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents grow in parts of prime London for first time in three years

Data from Knight Frank shows that annual rental values actually grew in parts of prime outer London last month for the...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Action! Agency business booms thanks to cinema tickets for landlords

An independent letting agency in the north of England is offering landlords two free cinema tickets when they book a valuation...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor has £20,000 bill after failing to apply for council licence

A buy to let investor has been landed with a fine and costs of over £20,000 because he failed to apply...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New agents targeted for deposits training in Scotland

A programme of nine new educational workshops takes place next month, some of which target new agents with little or no experience of deposits...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - momentum building to end bias against benefit tenants

Momentum is building in the campaign to end ‘No DSS’ discrimination against private rental sector tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Late...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New clampdown on 'No DSS' ads by letting agents and landlords

The government says it wants “an immediate change” in the policy of some letting agents and landlords who advertise ‘No DSS’...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

What now for Right To Rent after government's bloody nose?

There’s been general support for last week’s judgment by the High Court that the government’s Right To Rent policy breaches human...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragic anniversary reminds agents about smoke alarm regulations

A regional fire service says a tragic anniversary is a good opportunity for agents and landlords to remember their legal obligations...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council launches 'food hygiene' style categories for letting agents

A council in the west country has launched a grading system for property agents which it says is designed to be...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

New figures from a leading trade body suggest that councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Free online training course to help agents through deposit disputes

A new free online training course which guides letting agents through the key principles of disputes has been released by The...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

BTL management service says it offers wider choice than traditional agents

An online platform says its management service for landlords can vary depending on individual client needs - a vital response to...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for Buy To Let as mortgage choice hits near-record high

Buy to let may have been in the doldrums in recent years thanks to new taxes and stricter regulations but there’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents rising as Fees Ban nears and landlords quit, reports ARLA

More tenants are seeing rent increases, according to the latest market snapshot delivered by the Association of Residential Letting Agents. It says...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more red tape? Gold and Silver rental standards being considered

Just when you thought there could not be any more rival licensing or accreditation systems in the private rental sector, a...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

Another controversial scheme licensing landlords who let their homes out may face legal challenge. Middlesbrough council’s formal consultation on the introduction of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hits the TV screen to explain its guaranteed rent scheme

Northwood, which is part of the Belvoir group, is launching a new TV advertising campaign to highlight its Guaranteed Rent Scheme. “We...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quarter of landlords consider short lets but only 3% have done it

Some 24 per cent of landlords have considered letting out their properties on a short let Airbnb-style basis - but only...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents have role in improving support for tenants with mental health issues

New research on private renting and mental health in Wales has concluded that more support is required.  The research was undertaken for...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

Sub-standard homes remain a key weakness in the private rental sector, which needs to get its house in order in the...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat report on London lettings market

Foxtons has given a relatively upbeat assessment of the capital’s rental market in its survey of the sector in 2018. It says...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

March 19 has been set as the next date for the Welsh equivalent of the Tenant Fees Ban Bill to be...

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit causing “measurable market slowdown” warns buy to let lender

A survey of mortgage experts conducted by one of the largest specialist buy to let lenders suggests that Brexit is hitting...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Stable rents show that buy to let is still sound, says leading agent

Latest official figures show that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.0 per cent in the...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents: Be diligent on promoting code of practice

ARLA Propertymark is warning members to be diligent in how they promote the letting agents’ code of practice.  ARLA has issued a statement...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Onliner’s higher fee to be payable only after tenancy agreement is signed

Online agency Upad has made another change to its charging structure. It has recently introduced revised packages for landlords, payment via Direct...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Lee Dahill, Director of Sales for the Today publications and The ValPal Network

Who are you? I’m the Director of Sales for both the well-known industry leading Today publications and The ValPal Network. Leading publications: Estate...

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big drop in prime London rental stock says new LonRes report

Throughout 2018 the number of homes available to rent in prime areas of London dropped 13 per cent. In particular, 80 per...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: most buy to let fixed-rate mortgages are now cheaper

With good news in the buy to let sector in short supply, here’s a promising start to the week - a...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine after failing to give fees, redress and CMP information

A letting agent in east London has been fined £4,000 after apparently publishing the incorrect fees that it levies on tenants...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Beds In Sheds scandal - 19 tenants found at four bedroom property

Council enforcement officers have raided a house in Wembley, north London, and found 19 tenants paying a landlord £1,000 a week. Brent council’s...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban leads agency to buy fellow-independent firm in city

The Let Leeds agency has completed on the acquisition of another firm in the city, Milnes Walker - and the purchase...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Student search platform launches automated feed for letting agents

A student accommodation search engine is introducing an automated feeds service for letting agents and landlords with large property portfolios. The service,...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme wants landlords to join now 'on a voluntary basis'

One of the existing two government-authorised redress schemes governing estate and letting agents has called on landlords to voluntarily join, ahead...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent control: it can work but can also backfire on tenants, says BBC

The BBC’s Reality Check service, respected for giving a more realistic assessment of many politicians’ promises, has looked at London mayor...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs growth of Build To Rent, saying ”more is needed”

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank is predicting that £75 billion of investment will be committed to the Build To Rent sector...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'A flat white and a flat please' - short lets firm uses coffee shops as branches

The London-focussed lettings agency Portico is expanding its short-lets service Portico Host into Manchester and Liverpool - but it isn’t spending...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban ‘could keep High Street agents viable’ says PropTech chief

The tenants’ fees ban coming into effect from June 1 could help traditional lettings agents keep their place on High Streets,...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after buy to let owner fails to comply with Improvement Notice

A landlord who failed to comply with orders to improve the standard of a property has had to pay over £7,500...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal boss talks up huge opportunity for agents to hike landlord fees

The chief executive of a still-to-be-launched property portal says Christmas may have come early for letting agents because of the “huge...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

The government has published an independent assessment of its Tenants Fees Bill proposal - the ban on fees levied by letting...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rent controls will worsen London landlord exodus warns ARLA

Rent controls of the kind which London mayor Sadiq Khan wishes to introduce will worsen what is already a huge exodus...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Common outsourcing myths busted

Outsourcing. Everyone has an opinion on it and there’s a stigma surrounding it in the lettings industry. But get this…letting agents ARE...

01 February 2019

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Simon Duce, Managing Director.

ARPM  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Duce, Managing Director. What is ARPM and what does it...

01 February 2019

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Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants stay an average 4.1 years, says government's own figures

Private rental sector tenants in England stay an average of 4.1 years in their property - casting doubt over the justification...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to tenants: You face a rocky 2019, says lettings chief

Tenants are in for a rocky ride this year - and it’s chiefly the fault of government, says the chief executive...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage prompts better news on prime central London lettings

Knight Frank has given an upbeat snapshot of the lettings market in Prime Central London, based mostly on higher rental growth...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New redress scheme 'must be free for renters' insists consumer group

The government’s new redress system, announced last week and to be implemented later this year, must be free for renters to...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants 'must know their rights and responsibilities'

The latest report for the rental sector by the TDS Charitable Foundation calls for greater cooperation between property professionals and tenants...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents may hit landlords with new costs to cover fees loss, warns Spencer

TV property pundit Phil Spencer, who now runs property advice site MoveIQ, says letting agents may introduce new administration fees on...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords still claim billions in tax relief every year

London-focussed lettings agency ludlowthompson says buy to let landlords across the country claimed a record £17.7 billion in tax relief last...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

'Property MOTs' for all rental flats and houses, demands ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is demanding 'property MOTs' to help landlords trying to meet new energy efficiency targets. The government’s...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 'should be just the start of more power for tenants'

The chief executive of the Citizens Advice consumer charity says she wants government “to do even more to strengthen the hand...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

A PropTech firm is offering landlords the opportunity to manage their portfolios from £35 a month, suggesting it could be a...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

Disrepair in communal areas of private blocks is to be tackled in a new series of seminars for letting agents and...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

There’s been an angry reaction to the suggestion that London’s Labour mayor, Sadiq Khan, is seeking to introduce rent controls in...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as council actually praises lettings sector for good behaviour...

We are used to stories of councils condemning letting agents and landlords - but now a London council is praising the...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform allows Build To Rent units to be short-let during voids

A software platform has been launched which allows Build To Rent units to be short-let on the likes of Airbnb during...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents 'could get quicker, fairer redress' through Housing Court

A leading PropTech exponent is supporting the government’s Housing Court initiative, suggesting it could make redress for agents, landlords and tenants...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rip-off! Agents and landlords accused of overcharging students in most cities

A mortgage firm claims the lettings industry is ripping off students by overcharging them. Mojo Mortgages says it has compared the rent...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at councils renting back privately-owned Right To Buy homes

The Labour party has expressed outrage at the news that London councils are spending over £22m each year renting back homes...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Great guide for agents - this is exactly where you can help landlords

A new league table of worries for landlords shows exactly why letting agents are needed - and a lot of the...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Pro-fees ban agent admits there will be “unintended consequences”

A lettings agency boss who says she is actually in favour of the agents’ fees ban nonetheless admits there will be...

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

A controversial Labour-controlled local authority which already has 91 per cent of its private rental properties inside licensing schemes is now...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up they go: Rightmove says rents to rise because of stock famine

A lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests asking rents in London are now increasing at an annual rate not seen for...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit may have cost London buy to let investors £1,800 each - claim

Landlords in London are possibly £1,806 worse off since the vote to leave the EU in June 2016, according to specialist...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency's £20m windfall for tenants who opt for deposit-alternative scheme

Lettings agency Haart says it will return up to £20m in deposits to existing tenants if they sign up to a...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Today's big vote - no, not Brexit, but the Tenant Fees Bill

Today’s vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal may be dominating the headlines but it’s the...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

The lettings industry has welcomed news that reforms to Universal Credit will include a new online system for private landlords to...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches new charges ‘for tenant fee ban era’

Online letting agency MakeUrMove has launched a new subscription model which it claims will ”ready landlords for the incoming tenant fee...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents still creeping up according to HomeLet data

The average UK rental values continued to grow towards the end of last year according to data with the average rent now...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS HQ destroyed by fire just as ‘reviewer’ scheme announced

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - which was hit by a serious fire at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters last evening - has appointed...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender targets companies and 'Brexit worriers'

One of the buy to let sector’s main mortgage lenders, Paragon, has refreshed its range of mortgages with new products which...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News