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Speculation that three-year tenancies could be announced next week

Speculation is growing that three year tenancies for private renters - long favoured by the government - could be announced as...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

The council behind a controversial private rental sector licensing scheme is trying to justify its introduction on health and safety grounds. On...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yields: North on top when it comes to university towns' buy to lets

There’s more evidence today that the largest buy to let investment yields are coming from the north of England and the...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent payments adding to creditworthiness: more progress announced

The Rent Recognition Challenge, an initiative to use technology to help share renters' payment histories with lenders and credit reference agencies,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish lettings reform has led to glut of buy to let sell-offs - claim

The Scottish Government’s private rental reforms are shaking up the sector according to new data, which reveals rental property sales have...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New powers for social housing tenants on the way

The government has outlined increases in powers it wants to give social housing tenants - but no details of increases in social housing building. The...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits: government urged to look at reform or alternatives

Just under a third of people moving from one privately rented property to another in the past two years had to...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have merely kept pace with RPI over past five years - Allsop

Rent rises in the private rental sector have merely tracked inflation and the Retail Price Index over the past five years...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check clients' licenses after council website blunder

Agents and landlords are being advised to check the status of their HMO licenses in the London Borough of Harrow following...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes lead to big fall in overseas-based buy to let investors

The proportion of landlords of British buy to let properties who are themselves based overseas has fallen to a record low...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit confusion: 'EU nationals in UK risk losing their rental homes'

A leading trade body says EU citizens living in the UK run the risk of losing their rental homes without swift...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets - look before you leap, top agent advises landlords

One of the country’s largest independent property management firms says it’s seeing a clear shift within the rental sector from traditional...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

The government’s controversial Right To Rent policy is to be challenged in the High Court just before Christmas. It was announced in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents to soar 15% as battered landlords pull out, says RICS

Rents are expected to surge 15 per cent over the next five years thanks to increasing demand and limited supply following...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful! Trade body tells another council its licensing plans are illegal

The Residential Landlords Association has told another council that its plans to introduce selective licensing in areas of its town are...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: council lists seven prosecuted over licensing scheme

A local authority has taken the unusual step of naming seven buy to let landlords prosecuted in the past month in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight weeks left for agents to apply to join new register in Scotland

There are now only eight weeks left for agents to apply to join a new statutory register which comes into effect...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

TV should show buy to let's good guys as well as rogues, says agent

Negative media portrayals of the buy to let sector could help to tip Britain into a housing crisis, claims an online...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government feels the heat over private rental energy efficiency targets

The government should be more ambitious when it comes to ensuring the private rented sector becomes increasingly energy efficient. That’s the message...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Caught on camera: Council allows TV to film raid on unlicensed HMO

A London council has agreed to a TV crew taking part in a raid on an overcrowded and unlicensed HMO. The surprise...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb bookings in one UK city surge 70% in just a year, says agency

The proportion of visitors to Edinburgh using Airbnb surged 70 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. Commercial agency Colliers,...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Date set for Bill allowing tenants to sue over property conditions

A date has been set for the next stage of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, which is being promoted...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings cool as the North sees best yields, reports agency

The latest Your Move rental tracker suggests that London’s lettings market has continued to cool with prices falling by 0.5 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC hasn't thought through latest rental tax change, say accountants

Government plans aimed at stopping the abuse of the current Rent A Room tax perk may overcomplicate the system and deter...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

'Pay for a holiday instead of a letting agent' advises rental platform

A new online rental platform claims that landlords could save enough to afford an additional holiday this year if they signed...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Hope for central London as rents rise for second successive month

Data from Knight Frank’s lettings division suggests that rents in the troubled Prime Central London area have risen for the second...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

The government has produced new guidelines on setting up client money protection schemes for the private rented sector. They are evidently aimed...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: low take-up for licensing scheme that starts tomorrow

It appears that take-up of an apparently compulsory licensing scheme in one city has been shockingly low - and the scheme...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short-let platforms under scrutiny again - this time from MPs

It’s been a difficult summer for Airbnb and other short-let platforms operating in the UK. Recently the European Commission gave Airbnb until the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Central London agency reports record lettings results for first half-year

Chestertons has announced record lettings results for the first half of 2018, claiming growth in market share and increased productivity. The agency...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Broker reveals buy to let impact of road crash Brexit negotiations

No fewer than 93 per cent of landlords financing buy to let property chose a fixed rate mortgage in the second...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory inventories could still happen, says campaigning trade body

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it still believes there is an opportunity for the government to introduce mandatory inventory...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent rises hit 10-month high in June, says ARLA

The number of tenants experiencing rent hikes rose to 35 per cent in June, up from 28 per cent in May...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The Airbnb threat to buy to let - huge rise in multiple landlord listing

The number of landlords with more than 10 Airbnb accommodations listed in London has risen by 8.4 per cent in the...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Expect market wobbles when fees ban kicks in, warns Connells Group

Connells Group says a growing number of small-scale landlords are likely to quit because of the tax and regulation red tape...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London tops rent rise league table for first time since 2014 - Rightmove

A lack of new rental properties coming to the market in London has helped push the annual rate of London asking...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Illegal! - trade body says council's licensing plan breaks the law

The Residential Landlords’ Association says proposals from Great Yarmouth council to introduce selective licensing in one part of the town contains...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Insurer launches referral scheme for agents hit by fees ban

An insurer is launching a new referral scheme for letting agents to market to landlords and tenants as a way of...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£500,000 cash injection for deposit-alternative PropTech firm

The concept of deposit alternatives is gathering pace and now one PropTech firm closely involved in it - Reposit - has...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let owners must work to protect investment, says agency

One of London’s leading letting agencies says in the current neutral rental market, buy to let owners must work hard to...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's second-largest lettings licensing scheme starts in a week's time

From August 1 Nottingham council is introducing a new selective licensing regime covering an estimated 32,000 privately rented homes. This is an...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant who sub-let death trap property must pay over £26,500

A tenant who was ripping off other tenants in an overcrowded bungalow "death trap" has been fined tens of thousands of...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'Scrap S21 eviction powers' petition gets 20,000 signatures

Campaigning group Generation Rent has secured over 20,000 signatures for a petition it says will “end unfair evictions”. The petition, on the...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent presses council to rethink £945 licensing proposal

Councillors in Stockton-on-Tees are under pressure to rethink plans to introduce Selective Licensing of private rented housing in two areas of...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London agent teams up with interior designer and retailer

Prime central London lettings agency Draker has teamed up with a luxury interiors retailer and interior designer to launch what it...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants government to fund private blocks fire safety improvement

A trade body is backing a call by a parliamentary committee for the government to fund certain fire safety improvements in...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of growing arrears if wider economy doesn't improve

Letting agents and landlords have been warned to expect a possible rise in arrears in the coming months if conditions in...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fee Ban – Your Options

Let’s make no bones about it. When the Tenant Fee Ban comes into force you WILL: See a DROP in your income...

17 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Crooked agents and landlords pocket almost £1m in just six months

Crooked letting agents and landlords have so far this year been convicted of illegally pocketing over £900,000 of tenant’s cash – and there’s...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prizes offered to agents as Fixflo launches new Rental Repairs Survey

Fixflo is launching its fifth annual Rental Repairs Survey for lettings professionals  The survey, supported by ARLA Propertymark, gauges the opinions of...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

A new analysis reveals that it takes an average of 118 days for court-appointed bailiffs to remove tenants from private homes...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap eviction powers and restrict landlords' right to sell, government told

The pressure group Generation Rent has joined forces with other critics of the private rental sector to demand an end to...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says proportion of homes let by 'firms' has hit all-time high

Some 18 per cent of properties let in the first half of 2018 were registered in the name of a company...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Figures prove vast majority of private tenants satisfied with their homes

A large majority of private sector tenants, 84 per cent, are satisfied with their housing according to the English Housing Survey...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Net loss of 133,000 homes to let in coming year, trade body warns

A trade body says the country faces a net loss of 133,000 homes for private rent over the next year -...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Important update for agents - new How To Rent guide is issued

The government has issued a new How To Rent guide - a key document which agents or landlords managing their properties...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax bombshell may curb Airbnb-style short lets

The government has suggested that it is at least considering changing the terms of its Rent A Room system which could...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA teams with PropTech firm to help agents remain compliant

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database to help its agent members keep abreast of compliance issues in the lettings sector.  The...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Collapse in demand for buy to let in London says top buying agency

One of the most respected buying agencies, Black Brick, says the collapse in demand for buy to let is the most...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory activist rounds on government over three year tenancies

A Tory activist has made an outspoken attack on the government’s policies towards the private rental sector on the pages of...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online platform links with mental health charity to help students

Online accommodation platform Student.com has linked with mental health charity Student Minds in a bid to prioritise mental health awareness amongst...

09 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Scrap the surcharge! Strong support for petition to repeal buy to let taxes

There has been strong support for an e-petition calling for the scrapping of the stamp duty surcharge on buy to let...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top London politicians call for scrapping of S21 eviction powers

Two senior London politicians are backing a campaign to scrap the powers of agents and landlords to evict tenants under Section...

06 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - will rent rises have to be agreed in advance?

Close examination of the consultation document on possible three year tenancies issued by the government suggest that it may want rent...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy proposals slammed by countryside organisation

Rural landlords say the government’s idea of making three year tenancies the norm across the private rental sector would damage the...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - record number of mortgage deals for new BTL investors

The independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says there is now a record number of mortgage deals for those entering the buy...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three Year Tenancies - Possible tax incentives are welcomed

Buy to let landlords are welcoming proposals being considered by the government to provide financial incentives for those offering longer tenancies. In...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Rows erupt over mandatory three-year tenancies and six-month break clauses

Arguments have already started over the government’s proposals to make three year tenancies the norm in the private rental sector. Letting Agent...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting stock supply at highest level seen this year - ARLA

The latest monthly report from the Association of Residential Letting Agents puts the  number of rental properties managed by agents at...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Refinancing buy to let mortgages likely as HMO changes near

A buy to let mortgage firm says it’s likely that there will be a spike in refinancing enquiries as landlords meet...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Yield of Dreams: research reveals the highest buy to let returns

A new analysis of rental yields across all of the UK’s local authorities has revealed exactly where the best places are for...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

We need more tax reform to help rental sector, repeats trade body

The government should scrap the tax on new homes which is punishing those in need of a home to rent, the...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on buy to let properties could boost quality - claim

A PropTech company chief is backing the controversial idea of spot checks on private rental sector properties in a bid to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Take care!' - Broker advises caution over buy to let incorporation

A specialist buy to let broker is urging landlords to tread with caution before jumping feet first into incorporating their property...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Student renters encouraged to give views on agents and landlords

A students’ union is the latest body to partner a review platform allowing renters to give their verdict on dealing with...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

This is how buy to let investors have improved energy efficiency

Landlords are most likely to have invested in a boiler upgrade in the last 12 months to boost the energy efficiency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents 'may be tempted to act illegally' says lettings guru

Property expert Kate Faulkner says the massive surge in new regulations, legislation and fiscal measures aimed at the private rental sector...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let landlords are a dying breed, warns finance chief

Buy to let landlords are on the way out and Build To Rent will dominate the sector in the foreseeable future.  That’s...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'You're completely wrong' trade body tells Tory-backing think tank

The conclusions of a new think tank analysing the private rental sector are “fundamentally wrong” according to a trade body.  The Residential...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Tell us what’s happening!’ - lenders told to do more to help buy to let

Mortgage lenders and brokers have been too quiet over changes to buy to let lending, according to a trade body. The National...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame government for future rent rises, franchise guru warns

The chief executive of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the lettings sector will be to blame for higher rent...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents - here’s ARLA’s guide through the red tape for accidental landlords

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has provided a check-list for so-called accidental landlords. The association says that with 145 pieces of...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kicked out: two lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme. The first is Bower & Bower (B&B), a sales and lettings...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenant jailed for 16 weeks for illegally sub-letting HMO

A head tenant who changed the locks on a property that was illegally sublet to no fewer than 35 men has...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing never works! - industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention - a review into how...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing letting agent - a Church is amongst those owed money

It’s been revealed that a church is amongst those owed thousands of pounds by a letting agent who has gone to...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces review of selective licensing in private rental sector

The government has announced a review to assess how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

You want easier property management? Then let out to families...

A trade body says it has evidence that families take up the least amount of property management time when compared to...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors lose thousands - and it's their own fault, suggests firm

Investors in buy to let in the UK are losing thousands of pounds in income - and it’s their own fault...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government clarifies Holding and Tenancy deposits provision in Fees Bill

The government has written to two senior MPs in a bid to clarify two detailed provisions in the Tenants Fees Bill,...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency closes, boss disappears, and thousands owed to clients

A regional newspaper claims that a lettings agency has collapsed, its boss has gone to ground, and thousands of pounds are...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Pro-Corbyn activists to campaign against S21 eviction powers

A collection of rental sector protest organisations is getting together to campaign against S21 powers under which landlords or agents on...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency is latest to offer deposit-free rental model

Norfolk-based estate agency Sowerbys is the latest to announce that it is offering its landlords the opportunity to use a deposit-free...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge drop in number of homes to let across the UK

Landlords exiting the market because of tax and red tape have led to “an acute shortage of available properties to rent”...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let new loans and remortgaging show encouraging progress

Figures from UK Finance show there were 5,000 new buy to let house purchase mortgages completed in April - the latest data...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Father and son investors fined for breaching Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has ended up with a bill for thousands of pounds after being found guilty of breaching...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How outsourcing could save your lettings business

Outsourcing has long been an effective strategy in business. It enables you to provide a new, improved or more streamlined service...

14 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online platform urges landlords to handle viewings to avoid agents

An online property platform that last year said tenants prefer to deal directly with landlords has returned to the theme with...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

One in six BTL investors set to boost portfolio despite red tape

One in five UK landlords have entered buy to let without even planning to, finding themselves with a property ‘accidentally’ or...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Our industry is losing £61m pcm, says campaigning agent

Letting agents and landlords could be missing out on £61m of rent every month because families in temporary and emergency accommodation...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban gets closer in Wales - but it will still take many months

A Bill which is likely to end up banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants in Wales has been introduced into...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

41% of tenants create 'issues' - and leave £210 of repairs when they go

A survey suggests that 40 per cent of tenants have ‘issues’ with their agents or landlords and when they check out...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group says no-deposit scheme is no-brainer for clients

Multi-brand agency company Acorn Group says it has rolled out a no-deposit scheme to all 31 of its offices “with a...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be flexible over tenant demographics and aims' investors urged

A Build To Rent business says investors in the private rental sector should be more flexible in their approach to private...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents challenge Labour MP: why not show us your evidence?

A Member of Parliament who says “the majority of agents” engage in “dirty tactics” when it comes to fees imposed on...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey shows the rise and rise of buy to let limited companies

New research nearly two out of five landlords will use limited companies to buy properties over the next year compared to...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Allowing tenants to keep pets? Make sure you protect your property...

A trade body is advising landlords and agents acting on their behalf to take precautions to protect their investments if they...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'What kind of monster would do this?' asks politician after lettings bust

A council leader in London, so outraged after a bust of a rogue lettings property, has asked: “What kind of monster...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: pressure group crowdfunding to pay for Judicial Review

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants is now crowdfunding to pay for the Judicial Review of the government’s controversial...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent tells MPs: 'Fees ban OK in principle and won't raise rents'

The chief of what is described as Britain’s largest lettings agency has told an influential group of MPs that the proposed...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm questions whether long-term tenants need referencing

A prominent PropTech startup is questioning whether long-term tenants need to go through the traditional referencing process when moving between rental...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Far more than Three Billboards - £10,000 wanted for anti-S24 campaign

A campaign opposing the government’s recent tax changes which have penalised buy to let investors has taken a leaf out of...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court go ahead for Judicial Review of Right To Rent

The High Court has this afternoon agreed to allow a judicial review of the government’s Right to Rent policy. Right to Rent...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs legal challenge to Theresa May's Right To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has reiterated its support for a legal challenge to Right To Rent which is to be made...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign for mandatory electrical testing of appliances in rental properties

An electrical testing equipment firm and an MP are setting up a national campaign to demand new laws on appliance testing...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 5 Things Landlords Wish Tenants Knew: What Letting Agents Can Do

Renee Wells, on behalf of Just Landlords, has compiled a list of what letting agents can do to ensure that tenants...

05 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Call for agents to use PropTech to help clean up their act

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has renewed his call for letting agents to use more technology to clean up their act when...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be challenged in court this week

The controversial Right To Rent regime whereby agents and landlords are expected to check the immigration status of would-be tenants is...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge slump in stock to let in prime central London says Knight Frank

There’s been a huge 15 per cent slump in the number of properties to let in prime central London over the...

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Record number of landlords quitting the sector, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing the highest number of landlords selling their buy to let properties...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Forces' families being hurt by government lettings sector tax changes

A trade body is claiming that armed service personnel who let out their homes whilst stationed away are being hit by...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency predicts massive rent hikes this year

Two million tenants will this year be hit with rent rises totalling a combined £46m a month according to an online...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - landlords to be hit most, Scottish experience suggests

A major Scottish property management firm says agents and landlords south of the border should prepare now for the likely agency...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in buy to let remortgaging according to top lender

There’s been a big rise in the proportion of landlords remortgaging according to one of the sector’s most prominent lenders, Paragon. In...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bring on ban of ‘beyond cheeky’ tenant fees, says high-profile landlord

A high-profile landlord says the upcoming ban on letting agent fees 'can't come soon enough'. Writing a column in the Evening Standard's...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: Home Office hands out over 400 fines since 2016

Figures from the Home Office show that as of the end of March, a total of 405 fines for non-compliance with...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tax changes 'level the playing field' - government responds to BTL petition

The government has responded to a petition calling for it to abolish the 3% stamp duty surcharge and reintroduce full buy-to-let...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Professional investors most active in the buy-to-let market' - Paragon

Buy-to-let lender Paragon says it has seen a 'marked shift' towards buy-to-let activity among professional investors. The organisation reports that this is...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Renters keen to experience new areas - key moving reasons revealed

A new study has revealed that the key reason tenants move between rental properties is to experience a different area. This is...

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial tax changes are 'choking off' rental property supply

The introduction of a 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of buy-to-let properties and the phasing out of buy-to-let mortgage...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant arrears are creeping up again, latest data shows

Data from Your Move's England and Wales Rental Tracker shows that the number of tenants in arrears increased for the fourth...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords self-managing to save money is a false economy, argues agent

An experienced agent claims that forgoing the services of a letting agent to save money is a false economy for landlords. In...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Major milestone as all London boroughs sign up to ‘rogue database’

This week marks a major milestone in Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's efforts to crack down on the capital's rogue letting...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to 'create a buzz' with its own online letting agency

A London council has launched its own online letting agency with the aim of creating a buzz in the 'London property...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Citizens Advice calls for default fees ‘loophole’ to be closed

A national charity is calling on the government to tighten the 'default fees' clause which is part of the Tenant Fees...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Failure for Foxtons in court appeal against £35,000 fine

Foxtons has lost an appeal against the £35,000 fine it was hit with at the end of last year.  The agency was...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Empty homes: Agents missing out on millions of short-term rental income

London landlords and letting agents could be missing out on up to £111 million of short-term rental revenue each year, according...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to highlight 'effective enforcement' in fight against rogues

Today Trading Standards teams across the country will highlight the work they do to protect landlords and tenants from rogue letting...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Generation rent booms as flatsharing site passes £1m funding milestone

Flatsharing website Ideal Flatmate has passed the seed funding milestone of £1 million. The website - which includes former Green & Co...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to respond to petition calling for reform of 'disastrous' BTL tax changes

An online petition which calls on the government to reintroduce full buy-to-let mortgage interest tax relief and abolish the 3% stamp...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to consult on longer private tenancies

The government has announced that it is to formally consult on proposals for longer tenancies in the private rental sector. Although there...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency celebrates £100m of homes under management in one region

A lettings agency that started life as an idea between two friends 15 years ago is now celebrating managing over £100m...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider eyes further growth after profits surge

The Build To Rent provider Grainger has reported a 23 per cent rise in profits and says it is looking for...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants massively ignorant of health and safety in their homes

A rental sector supplier claims huge numbers of tenants are extremely ignorant of the health and safety issues surrounding their rental...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The big buy to let sell-off: good for first time buyers but...

A lettings trade body says 380,000 landlords may be about to sell at least one property - potentially flooding the sales market. The...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents 'talking down the lettings culture' says Spicerhaart

Spicerhaart says that with the lettings agency industry under attack there is a danger of some within the sector focussing too...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government probe into deposit-alternatives welcomed by campaigner

A prominent campaigner for alternatives to traditional rental sector deposits is welcoming the government’s commitment to consider the issue in the...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Use technology to offset cost of fees ban, says PropTech chief

One of the PropTech companies at the centre of the Rent Recognition Challenge contest is calling on letting agents to use...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership with lettings body aims to boost use of skilled builders

The National Federation of Builders is linking up with a lettings trade body to make it easier for reputable craftspeople to...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government told - Help us to help older tenants

A trade body has stepped up its calls on government to help the lettings industry do more for older renters. Responding to...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Widespread 'mis-buying' of insurance across buy to let

A specialist insurance provider says there is substantial mis-buying of insurance products by buy to let investors.  A survey of 500 landlords...

11 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals how it aims to combat fees ban income loss

Countrywide - which is making the lettings sector a key part of its ‘back to basics’ programme - is proposing to...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of investors selling up but most adopt wait-and-see strategy

Buy to let investors are taking a wait and see approach when it comes to additional investment in the sector according...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading buy to let mortgage lender reveals it's on the acquisition trail

One of the most famous names in buy to let mortgages, Paragon, has revealed that it’s on the acquisition trail. There had...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency is fined over £20,000 for failing to licence house to let

A lettings agency has been fined over £20,000 for failing to licence an overcrowded semi detached house in London. The fine was...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The scores are in and the Landlord Of The Year is....

We’re delighted to announce that Elaine Kellington from Kelso in the Scottish Borders is winner of the Landlord Of The Year...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy to let sector remains stable despite recent upheavals

Buy to let sector confidence across a range of measures remained stable or increased in the first quarter of 2018 compared...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Furious industry criticism as government reveals costs of ban on tenants’ fees

The industry has reacted angrily to the announcement yesterday that the Tenants’ Fees Bill is now formally starting its progress through...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital deal allows SDL Group to focus on Build To Rent

Midlands-based SDL Group has announced the sale of a Birmingham residential lettings portfolio to Lomond Capital. SDL Property Management now focuses on...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market strong north of the border ahead of new agency rules

The Scottish rental market performed solidly in the last year, with the average rent rising by 0.6 per cent to hit...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive surge in buy to let mortgage choice - now over 2,000 products

The number of buy to let mortgage products on the open market has passed the 2,000 mark for the first time.  This...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Change Right To Rent' new Home Secretary is urged by trade body

The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to look again at the Right To Rent policy and produce “a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Hidden' Baby Boomers suffering in private rental sector, claims housing group

Up to 500,000 so-called Baby Boomers have been hit by allegedly unaffordable rents and a lack of appropriate housing for older...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launching another review of Carbon Monoxide regulations

The government has announced that it’s launching a review into the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms in homes across England. The review...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants have worked all year so far just to pay rent, claims BBC

Private rental sector tenants have spent the year so far working only to pay for their accommodation, the BBC claims.  The broadcaster...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Windrush update to Right To Rent policy accused of lacking clarity

New guidance over Right To Rent, issued by the government in what appears to be a panic response to the Windrush...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property law expert joins criticism of Right To Rent's 'Windrush failure'

A leading property disputes solicitor has joined a growing chorus of criticism of how Right To Rent will cope with issues...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England changes 'polarising buy to let mortgage market' - claim

Rules introduced last autumn by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority are hurting the buy to let mortgage market according...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Demand remains steady across lettings market, reports ARLA

The lettings market remains steady with demand roughly unchanged in March compared to the previous month according to the latest figures...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tories told: adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing election

The government has been told is should simply adopt some Labour rental policies or risk losing the next General Election -...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in number of fixed-rate buy to let mortgages for limited companies

There’s been a significant rise in the number of fixed-rate buy to let mortgages available to limited companies, says independent mortgage...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Regulation red tape means landlords can’t cope alone, survey shows

A survey has revealed that with over 145 individual laws and more than 400 regulations to follow, it’s dangerous for landlords...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector law expert warns on dangers of ignoring MEES regulations

A leading property law specialist has warned that many buy to let investors remain unaware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of buy to let investors looking beyond residential

Over half of mortgage brokers say they have been approached by buy to let investors seeking to diversify their portfolios within...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More evidence that some buy to let investors are reducing portfolios

Small-scale landlords and those with the very largest portfolios appear to be ‘resizing’ - selling off some units to cope with...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Charity returns to the attack over alleged ‘revenge evictions’

The Citizens Advice consumer charity claims that 28 per cent of private tenants who have experienced problems while renting have not...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency’s ‘decade of data’ shows transformation of rental sector

Belvoir has published what it calls ‘a decade of data’ tracking the changes in the private rental sector since 2008, when...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

TV show acts as warning to letting agents over fake tenant references

A TV show on Channel 5 this evening may well serve as a warning to letting agents about the dangers of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey bucks trend by showing buy to let investors ready to expand

A new survey appears to buck the trend of recent rental market snapshots by showing that buy to let investors are...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants progress on counting rent towards creditworthiness

One of the six PropTech start-ups shortlisted to develop a system allowing tenants’ rental histories to count towards their creditworthiness says...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm that laid off 40 early this year now set to take on new staff

Goodlord, the PropTech company which restructured earlier this year and laid off a reported 40 members of staff, is fighting back...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey gives insight into tenants’ willingness to pay more rent

A new survey released this morning gives an insight into how tenants manage rental payments and their willingness - in some...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says more BTL investors remortgaging to improve  properties

The number of landlords re-mortgaging to release money for home improvements has reached a record high according to Countrywide. In the last...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid in London reveals illegal House in Multiple Occupation

Council officers staged a dawn raid to uncover an unlicensed HMO in north London. The team discovered 10 men and women sleeping...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Just Landlords’ Landlord Hero Competition – Ask Your Tenants to Nominate You!

There are plenty of helpful and reliable professionals in the letting industry, however it’s no secret that there are a lot...

13 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Group’s new chair wants inventories at heart of ‘professional’ lettings

The new sole chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says he wants the service to be at the heart...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Over half BTL investors to sell some properties’ - claim

Specialist funding platform Property Partner has conducted a survey which suggests that 54 per cent of landlords are selling all or some...

12 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where voids are at their worst (and their best)

The UK Association of Letting Agents has revealed where voids are at their worst in the rental sector - and where...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty figures show massive reliance on buy to let purchases

Some 43 per cent of all stamp duty comes from buy to let investors and holiday home purchasers - and almost...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let investors hits a record 2.5m says agency

The number of buy to let investors in the UK has hit a record high of 2.5m in the latest tax...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents with banning orders: government to release numbers for each area

A statement from the government has repeated its determination to clean up the private rental sector through a series of measures,...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says post-Grenfell fire report is 'a missed opportunity'

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is missing the opportunity to assess fire safety regulations on a wider...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another product offering an alternative to deposits hits the market

The rapid growth in alternative non-deposit schemes for letting agents, landlords and tenants has hit the market. This one, from Blinc UK, claims...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency to be featured in TV documentary this evening

A rogue lettings agency which is no longer trading is to be featured in a TV documentary this evening on Channel...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' body brands secret database of rogue landlords pointless

ARLA has branded the government’s long-awaited database of rogue landlords as “pointless” because it will not be made public. The Ministry of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading Conservative says government should cut tax for rental sector

A leading Conservative peer says the government should cut taxes for buy to let investors and regard them as part of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Council set to introduce spot-checks on conditions of rental properties

A council says it is adopting a new approach to proactively tackling poor housing conditions in privately rented homes in one...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL sector still needs £400m expenditure to boost energy efficiency levels

The buy to let sector still requires £400m spending on improving the energy efficiency of its stock in order to conform...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'not demonstrating its worth' says government inspector

The controversial Right To Rent policy has been attacked as having failed “to demonstrate its worth” in encouraging immigration compliance. Under Right...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of thousands of landlords not ready for energy changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that “thousands” of landlords simply are not ready for energy efficiency changes coming...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets company says amateur landlords could cash in this Easter

A short lets management firm claims Londoners who let their homes over the upcoming Easter weekend could bag themselves a small...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart's 100-branch network signs up to no-deposit platform

Spicerhaart has signed up with a deposit-free renting platform to offer landlords and tenants the option of working with a no-deposit system...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels lettings agencies over payments issues

The Property Ombudsman has released details of two letting agencies expelled over financial issues, and the extension of an expulsion period...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

300,000 buy to lets could be caught in energy switch, Which? warns

The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.  From...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest crowdfunding lettings product aims to avoid buy to let constraints

Another property crowdfunding investment product has been launched, aiming to offer investors an alternative to the increasingly regulated and taxed buy...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buy to let investors now harder to get, claims trade body

A new survey by a leading lettings trade body suggests that the Bank of England’s attempts to make buy to let...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council hits buy to let investors with fines in licensing clampdown

Two landlords have been hit with hefty court fines for failing to comply with a local licensing scheme. The pair are the...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Volatile lettings sector means increasing use of rental-protection products

Increased volatility in the private rental sector and rising costs for landlords and investors have combined to lead to an increased...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average London tenant now requires £3,000 deposit, claims agent

A warning has come from a campaigning letting agent that London’s landlords agents could be costing themselves tenants by requiring them...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

University extends student lettings business to wider market

As students begin their search for housing for the next academic year, a university has relaunched a dedicated lettings agency service The...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

One of the client money protection schemes operating in the lettings sector says he believes agents and property managers could be...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government's rental sector taxes blamed for curbing house building totals

A lettings trade body says a major house builder has blamed, in part, recent tax increases on private landlords as a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Significant fall in numbers using buy to let to fund retirement

There has been a drop in the proportion of people becoming buy to let landlords in order to boost their retirement...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Andy Burnham to reveal his vision for the private rental sector

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, will is to reveal his vision for the private rental sector to a Residential...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

A couple who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been found guilty for disregarding planning laws - and...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says tax increases are choking off rental investment

A trade body says new figures released by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility show that the government’s recent tax increases...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Just 4% of tenants and landlords up to speed on MEES - claim

A new survey suggests that only four per cent of tenants and landlords are aware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England issues gloomy buy to let mortgage lending figures

The Bank of England has issued gloomy figures on buy to let lending, suggesting the clampdown on mortgage interest tax relief...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-let management service secures £5m of new investment

Airsorted, which describes itself as “the world’s largest hosting management service” says it has secured £5m in funding to expand.  Airsorted provides...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants property professionals to serve as local reps

The National Landlords Association is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The association says these representatives “are...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency merger allows wider range of services for landlords and sellers

Two agencies in Cheshire have merged, allowing a lettings business to now offer sales, mortgages and other home mover packages to...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The search is on to find the Landlord Of The Year

A quest has started to find the UK’s best landlord who goes the extra mile to ensure tenants receive the ultimate...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body accuses government of allowing 'money grabbing' new charge

A trade body is calling on the government to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when an Article 4...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More politicians back controversial site that reviews letting agents

Local media in Bristol say politicians in the city are considering supporting a controversial website that allows tenants to rate and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL investors who sold last year made an average £86,651 - Countrywide

The average landlord who sold their rental property in 2017 did so for £86,651 more than they paid for it, having...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Use fees ban as opportunity to streamline your business, agents urged

A leading figure in the PropTech sector is urging letting agents to use the 2019 lettings fee ban as an opportunity...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty launches two new lettings option priced up to £499

Online agency easyProperty has announced the launch of two new lettings options.  One, called easyLet, is broadly a listings service: for £99...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals 70 councils now have selective or additional licensing

A survey by consumer group Which?, working with landlords’ associations, reveals that 70 local authorities now have selective or additional licensing...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TDS reveals dates for agents' training on deposits and adjudications

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has announced new dates for its academy courses, delivering training on tenancy deposit disputes and adjudication to...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council endorses lettings review website ‘to improve rental stock’

Oxford’s Labour council has given its support to a lettings review website because it claims it will help drive up the...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Strong growth in property investor numbers - at least until recently

An analysis of data released by HM Revenue and Customs shows that 1.9 million people earned money from property in 2015-16...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency says 85% of branches are seeing landlords quitting sector

Belvoir says there is no evidence of a large-scale sell-off of buy to let properties by beleaguered landlords, but 85 per...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

Three one-day courses are being held this year - the first next week - aimed at updating letting agents on changes...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency reports another drop in prime central London rents

Knight Frank says prime central London rents have fallen on a quarterly basis for the 28th consecutive month - a record. The...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for tax reform and 'new business model' for lettings sector

Tax increases on the rental sector are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need, an industry body claims. The...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental ratings and reviews platform tries to cut out lettings agents

A new online platform says it allows renters and landlords to review each other and give Trustpilot-style ratings - but it...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Second lettings sector body completes total rebrand exercise

A lettings trade body has announced a rebrand - the second organisation in the sector to do so in a matter...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

5 reasons landlords love PayProp

Your buy-to-let investment is an extremely valuable asset and you need to know the income generated from it will be safely...

05 March 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Rents in prime central London have now been falling for two full years

Average rental values in prime central London fell 2.1 per cent in the year to February according to Knight Frank -...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body upset at provisions of extended HMO mandatory licensing system

The Residential Landlords’ Association is upset at the government’s confirmation that the extension of mandatory HMO licensing will come into force...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA's advice over next month's MEES changes: act - and quickly

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members to tell landlord clients that they have only a month to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Alarm bells ring as ARLA warns of London rental supply slump

The number of properties available to rent in London is now 46 per cent below the national average according to ARLA...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New law urging longer tenancies and rent controls leads to rent rises - claim

Well over twice as many Scottish tenants have seen their rents rise at the start of the year compared to those...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents being selected to take part in most authoritative rental survey

Some letting agencies and selected landlords are being asked to take part in a new survey investigating views and experiences in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New tool allows agents to check property EPCs ahead of MEES change

An ‘instant EPC ratings check’ has been created on the website of Mortgages for Business allowing agents to check the ratings...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands to win back support from student tenants

Brighton’s largest lettings agency MTM Property has rebranded under the new name Coapt. The rebranding involved a year of workshops, client and...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents who say 'No DSS tenants' may be acting unlawfully

Letting agents who act on landlords’ instructions to refuse tenants claiming benefits may be breaking the law. A legal case recently found...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords: 'theft totaliser' looks set for record year

The cash value of tenancy deposits crooked landlords and letting agents have been convicted of pocketing in 2018 has already passed...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fightback starts against huge lettings licensing charge imposed by council

The local media in Bristol are reporting that landlords in the city are complaining that they face backruptcy if a hugely...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 17 per cent of tenants get mandatory How To Rent booklet - claim

A specialist insurance firm claims that only 17 per cent of tenants receive the latest version of the mandatory How To...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body rebrands with new-look logo and revised website

One of the industry’s highest profile trade bodies has rebranded with a new logo and heavily revised website.  The National Landlords Association...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims that evictions happen 'for no reason' are misleading, says agent

A head of a major agency says it is misleading to suggest that tenants are evicted ‘for no reason’. Mark Pilling, the...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues stark warning - Renters are in for a rough ride in 2018

ARLA Propertymark has issued a downbeat report on the lettings sector’s start to 2018.  Its report on the market's performance in January says...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss calls for introduction of ‘rogue tenants’ database

The head of a major PropTech company serving the lettings sector says he want to see the introduction of a database...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council proposes hefty £1,660 lettings licensing charge

Bristol council is consulting on a licensing scheme which could see buy to let investors paying £1,660 for a five year...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landmark court ruling stops councils over-reaching on licensing conditions

The Court of Appeal has ruled that councils cannot use selective licensing conditions to impose new standards on private rented homes. In...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Panorama: trade body says most landlords do not abuse eviction powers

Trade bodies have started to react to last evening’s Panorama programme claiming alleged abuse of the Section 21 eviction system in...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tonight's BBC Panorama to investigate controversial Section 21 evictions

Tonight's edition of BBC Panorama will investigate the Section 21 evictions process, also known as 'no-fault evictions'. The show - 'Evicted for...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for flouting selective licensing scheme

A local authority has fined four landlords who failed to licence a total of seven properties under its selective licensing scheme. Hastings...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings market picking up momentum after annual lull

The UK lettings market has enjoyed a 'robust' start to 2018, according to the latest Agency Express Property Activity Index. The number...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

London council extends licensing scheme as it nears £1m in fines

Brent Council has confirmed that the government has approved its request to extend the local selective licensing scheme. The local authority, which...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Milestone: £12 billion of BTL mortgages transferred between lenders

The successful transfer of £12 billion worth of buy-to-let mortgages has been completed.  Last year, Blackstone and Prudential purchased the book of...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proved - rent controls linked to inflation would cost tenants more

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

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

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council drops lettings licensing plan after massive backlash

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

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension

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

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Older prime London properties ‘harder to let’ warns agency

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

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another increase in number of buy to let properties in arrears

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

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

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

08 February 2018

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

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

08 February 2018

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

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2018

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

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

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents starting to moderate in outer London says lettings trade body

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

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage applications grow in regions outside London

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

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency prosecuted for breaking HMO and licensing regulations

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lender creates specialist 'family buy to let' mortgage product

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crackdown continues on 'self managing landlords' in Wales

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector growing despite tax and other issues - Nationwide

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

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs attempts to overturn Right To Rent migrant checks

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

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Two legal challenges being mounted against Right To Rent policy

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2018

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

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

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2018

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

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

31 January 2018

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

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

30 January 2018

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Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

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

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

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

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2018

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

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

29 January 2018

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

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

26 January 2018

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Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

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

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas check changes give more flexibility to agents and landlords

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

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

24 January 2018

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

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

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing now tougher for portfolio buy to let investors

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

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Donation made to Auschwitz Memorial after accidental use of image

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

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Former LSL boss backs AI PropTech property management system

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited company buy to let purchases outstrip remortgaging

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform links rental payments to credit scores

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

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

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth up in 2017 with London and Scotland strongest regions

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

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

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

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

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans gives insight into its campaign against sub-letting

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

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says business strong despite regulation changes

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wary of government 'rebranding' of housing department

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

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate impact of Universal Credit on private rental sector

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

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

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

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets damage long term rental stock, research alleges

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

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA set to launch next phase of Propertymark Protected TV ads

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

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

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

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

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

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

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

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Government outlines new clampdown on private rental sector abuse

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group welcomes cut to cost of lettings energy measures

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

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First London boroughs roll out ‘rogue agents database’

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

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New survey shows rents stable but some landlords selling up

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

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Halt Right To Rent' says trade body demanding investigation

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

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let slowdown may threaten house prices - claim

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

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Media expert takes over as chair of lettings sector trade body

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

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

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

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector now larger scale and more professional, says report

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

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

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

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News