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

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

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of homes to let must improve, says PropTech chief

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons gives upbeat report on London lettings market

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

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

March date for next Fees Ban debate by Welsh parliament

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

18 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

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

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents: Be diligent on promoting code of practice

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Big drop in prime London rental stock says new LonRes report

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

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Student search platform launches automated feed for letting agents

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

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour rent controls will worsen London landlord exodus warns ARLA

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

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Common outsourcing myths busted

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

01 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Simon Duce, Managing Director.

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

01 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stock shortage prompts better news on prime central London lettings

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

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

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

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords still claim billions in tax relief every year

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

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Outrage at Labour bid to introduce rent controls in London

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

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

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

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial Labour council ‘to prioritise which landlords to penalise’

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

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

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

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rents still creeping up according to HomeLet data

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

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

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

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beat the deposit cap  with this one, simple solution

It’s 2019, and we may all be wishing each other a Happy New Year, but for UK landlords, the outlook might...

09 January 2019

From: Sponsored Content

'Create a rental property MOT certificate' says top inventories firm

The UK’s largest provider of inventory services says the creation of an MOT certificate system for properties in the rental sector...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb management firm to list homes on long-term rental website

A holiday lettings company and a longer term private rental listings services have come together to try to optimise income for...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings trade body almost doubles in size over three years

The Residential Landlords Association’s membership has hit a new high of 35,000.  Established in 1998 the not-for-profit association - which describes itself...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Most buy to let fixed rate mortgages cheaper now than a year ago

Most buy-to-let fixed rate mortgages are currently cheaper than they were a year ago - some by as much as £29...

08 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks-style lettings management portal to be launched

A new property management portal is being launched with the familiar aim of revolutionising the lettings industry - and it will...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme targets independent agents

Zero Deposit, the firm set up by former Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley, says it now has around 850 offices using...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA restates opposition to MIR changes as tax deadline looms

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding members of tax changes ahead - a timely intervention with the deadline for...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Best yields and buy to let rents? Head to the North of England...

The latest market snapshot from LSL Property Services once again shows that buy to let investors in northern regions have enjoyed...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

New online agency will get reviews of tenants from past landlords

Another online lettings agency launches in March with a claim that it “will streamline and automate the majority of admin tasks...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by big corporate

LSL Property Services has acquired LetCo Homes, a lettings and property management specialist based at Whiteley in Hampshire.  LetCo, which operated chiefly...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm in court over dangerous flats above famous pub

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘must add value for landlords’ if they want to survive 2019

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says letting agents must provide value for their landlord clients through technology, transparency and service if they...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Court: agents have less than three weeks left to respond

Agents have under three weeks left to respond to the government’s proposals to introduce a Housing Court to settle disputes in...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Impress landlord clients by pointing them at these HMRC webinars

Agents who want to go the extra mile for their landlord clients may want to point them to assistance for the...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill: no implementation date known for some weeks

The government says it will not reveal an implementation date for the banning on agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies give the thumbs-up to new room size guidance

There’s been a broad welcome from the industry to new guidance on room sizes on rented homes. The guidance was released just...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government's bold claim - 'Fees Ban won't hurt many agents'

The government has made the controversial claim that the ban on the levying of fees on tenants will not produce “significant...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Council 'celebrates' £300,000 penalties on private rental sector in 2018

A local authority has taken the unusual step of issuing a celebratory press release stating that it issued penalty notices adding...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as landlord exodus in one region is twice the UK average

The number of landlords exiting the market in the East of England is 100 per cent higher than the national average...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government revises rental property minimum room size guidance

In an announcement made just hours before much of the industry started its Christmas break, the government has clarified its guidance...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be clearer on Right To Rent' government urged by trade bodies

A trade body has spoken out about the lack of detail in government plans for Right To Rent, as contained in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise 7.5% over next three years predicts Countrywide

Rents are likely to rise 2.5 per cent in 2019, then 3.0 per cent in 2020 and a further 2.0 per...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stolen: £1.3m of tenants’ cash pilfered by rogue agents and landlords

A rental campaigner claims the amount of money stolen this year by crooked lettings agents and landlords has topped the £1.3m...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings platform beefs up listings with new 'flow' feature

Online lettings platform HomeRenter says its property listings are now more detailed and more compelling thanks to a new ‘property creation flow’...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Lull before the 2019 storm for tenants, warns ARLA

It’s the lull before the storm for private tenants according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents. In its market snapshot looking...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

Research by franchise lettings agency company Belvoir suggests that landlords are continuing to exit the property market, although not at the...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Automate admin to win ‘furnished premiums’ urges PropTech platform

A PropTech platform claims landlords can cut administration costs so much that they could afford to offer their lettings units furnished...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Right To Rent judicial review to be heard today

The High Court today begins a Judicial Review of the government’s controversial Right to Rent scheme. The scheme began operating nationwide in...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big penalty for owners of buy to let property shut down by the police

The owner of a buy to let property already shut by police has been fined by a court in Devon.  In June...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation orders on landlords could set precedent for private rental sector

A local authority claims that a court decision may set a legal precedent for other councils across the UK using the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports huge fall in number of overseas landlords

The proportion of homes let by an overseas based landlord has more than halved in the last eight years according to...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

10 ways to cut costs

With 2019 almost upon us, letting agents are finally unburying their heads from the ignorant bliss of the sand pit and...

14 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Bill giving tenants the right to sue is on verge of becoming law

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties is just...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents 'growing strongly in regional cities but not in London'

Rents in major regional cities are growing significantly faster than both London and the UK average, according to data from buy...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Zoopla withdraws lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace

Zoopla is withdrawing its lettings listings from Facebook Marketplace, only three months after putting them on. Officially the withdrawal takes place this...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

True spirit of Christmas as PropTech chief gives shelter to homeless

Five homeless people will have a roof over their heads this Christmas thanks to a kind-hearted PropTech chief. Mike Georgeson, founder of...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings hit by surge in supply as tenant numbers fall back

High end lettings agency Knight Frank says the proportion of properties listed for rent in prime London residential markets in October...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents using technology can cut arrears and voids - claim

Increased use of PropTech by letting agents can cut rent arrears, minimise voids and reduce the financial and legal fall out...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

Some 79 per cent of landlords are only servicing the interest on their mortgages, not paying down their loans, according to...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Can’t afford to stay on the high-street? Think again!

The death of the high street agency is a familiar headline, but PropTech can lower costs for bricks-and-mortar agencies and help...

07 December 2018

From: Sponsored Content

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants 'know too little about the rental sector' suggests report

Tenants know very little about their rights and responsibilities as renters according to a new survey produced by TotallyMoney. Some 97 per...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter under fire for paying 'derisory' wages to staff

The charity Shelter, which regularly campaigns against lettings agencies and landlords, is bracing itself for a strike next week - and...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty fuels more rental demand, says lettings agency

Continued political and economic uncertainty is likely to fuel increased tenant demand in the private rented sector, says Haart.  The company’s latest...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Ban the Rogue Agents! NALS helps councils get tough

The National Approved Letting Scheme has published the latest version of its Effective Enforcement Toolkit - aimed at helping councils clamp...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher council tax? That'll help the rental sector, says lettings agency

A lettings agency says proposals for landlords to pay more council tax on homes they leave empty could indirectly help the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents set to increase next year as supply diminishes

Rent increases seen in London this year are likely to continue in 2019 because of the diminishing supply of homes to...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm wanting to create a 'Rental Brand' gets £2.5m injection

A London-focussed ‘rental brand’ called Residently has just secured £2.5m in funding.  Residently manages houses and flats for landlords, letting them directly...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government cuts tenant deposit cap from six weeks to five weeks

The government has this afternoon confirmed that the amount tenants have to pay up front to secure a home will be...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Anger at possible government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

There has been widespread Industry anger at news of a possible U-turn by the government over the proposed cap on security...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent arrested on fraud and theft charges after media probe

A lettings agency owner in Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft following a newspaper probe. Earlier this year...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

2018 lettings market in three words - taxes, laws, quitting

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has put together a brief summary of the 2018 rental market. In figures, the supply of...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Sigh of relief as London council delays enforcement action timetable

One of London’s most enthusiastic councils for additional and selective licensing has pushed back the date for enforcement action against landlords...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency to offer Direct Debit rent collection to landlords

Online lettings agency Upad says it’s to offer landlords a proprietary system to collect rental payments via Direct Debit. Its system, called...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

English investors attracted to buy north of the border, agency claims

The average rent across Scotland is now running at £573 per calendar month - but that figure hides wide variations in...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Incentives possible for private rental sector 'to house those most in need'

The private rental sector in Wales could be offered incentives and other support to house those most in need, the Welsh...

03 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency in ‘viewing charges’ controversy has had protests in the past

Letting Agent Today can reveal that the agency at the centre of the scandal over alleged charges for viewings has been...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Up they go - rents to rise in 2019 despite tenants negotiating reductions

There’s been a large jump in the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions according to the Association of Residential Letting...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge London agency chain is latest to offer no-deposit scheme

London agency giant Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward is the latest to offer its tenant clients a no-deposit service.  It's going to use...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils slammed for failing to police their own schemes

Two thirds of local authorities in England and Wales brought no prosecutions against private landlords in 2017/18 according to research by the...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Paws For Thought: should agents and landlords allow pets?

The first-ever pet think tank has launched to address what is claimed to be a lack of pet-friendly rental accommodation in...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

National rental market stable as Christmas lull approaches

Rents are rising very gently across almost all of England and Wales with only London and East Anglia showing falls in...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Expose rogue tenants too' demands agent starting anti-licensing petition

The head of a lettings agency has launched a petition in opposition to a bid by a local council to extend...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agents group stages more direct action protests

A pressure group that in the past has protested outside letting agency branches has staged more direct action - this time against...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bastard landlords - the term used by a government minister

A government minister says the phrase ”rogue landlord” is too “cuddly” and he wants buy to let investors who broke the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£450,000: is this a record penalty for a buy to let landlord?

We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws - but...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

'Five months to regain possession through courts' new figures show

Private landlords have to wait an average of over five months to regain possession of a property when applying to the...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Take rogues to court’ - council urges private tenants to take civil action

Nottingham council - which recently introduced one of the largest and most controversial selective licensing schemes in the country - now...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - landlords will quit as rent stagnation squeezes profits

More landlords will leave the private rented sector in the next year as annual rental price growth has been flat or...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rat-infested homes let to tenants - owner to face criminal charges

A buy to let investor has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in Rotherham after they...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to TDS Adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme TDS will be in London in February to host a ‘hands-on’ half-day workshop for agents and landlords. Part...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Misleading guaranteed rent advert must not appear again

An advertisement on a property management firm’s website suggesting that rental income would be guaranteed to landlords has been banned by...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency swoops on independent firm specialising in student homes

Salford-based student-focussed lettings agency Student Haus has been acquired by the Mistoria Group, which runs Mistoria Estate Agents in the north...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

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

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants want to stay in rented homes when landlords sell to another investor

A growing number of tenants say they want to stay put in their rented home even if the landlord sells up. A...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let remains solid despite tax challenges, says lender

The head of a buy to let specialist mortgage broker insists the sector remains a solid investment despite the slew of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent admits taking over £220,000 from clients

A former lettings agent in Plymouth has finally admitted taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from tenants and landlords - the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos as thousands of licensing applications rejected by council

Local press reports say that one of the country’s most controversial buy to let licensing schemes has seen thousands of applications...

16 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings review website wins backing from students

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” has won the backing...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency bags three year deal to let homes built by developer

Darlington lettings agency My Property Box has signed a new deal to let properties in the area on behalf of developer...

15 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Reform possession process as part of Housing Court idea - call

A call has been made for the government to review the section 8 possession process as part of its call for...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

The private rental sector is not fit for purpose when it comes to housing vulnerable tenants, claims debt charity StepChange which...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Government creates housing court and wins support from trade body

The government is consulting on the proposal for a specialist Housing Court which, if it goes ahead, would be a “single...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - buy to let mortgages likely to become more expensive

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let mortgage broker is warning that mortgages for landlords are likely to become...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply plummets in prime central London as landlords ‘forced’ to sell up

The number of lettings listings in prime central London fell 18 per cent in the year to September, says Knight Frank. The...

13 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-office firm snaps up retirees’ independent agency

Somerset agency Mark Templer Residential has acquired independent company Wrington Vale Lettings. Husband and wife team John and Vanessa Webb with business...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done to stop the rogues’ government told

A lettings trade body has welcomed extra government funding for English councils to clamp down on criminal landlords. But the Residential Landlords...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery: What does new ‘global immigration system’ mean for agents

The government has unveiled the spectre of a ‘global immigration system’ to be introduced from the end of 2020 - but...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant-power on the rise as landlords reveal willingness to cut rent

The power held by tenants is growing across the UK, as new research indicates 61 per cent of buy to let...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

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Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MP demands government clarity on moves against landlords

The Labour MP who chairs the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee in the House of Commons is pressing the government...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body threatens council with Judicial Review over licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association is threatening a council with a judicial review because of unresolved concerns over the authority’s selective licensing...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to send hundreds of buy to let fixed-penalty notices today

A council says it has been preparing prosecution and penalty notices “for hundreds of private landlords that have failed to apply...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New property management firm says it undercuts rivals by two-thirds

A property management firm is launching with a claim that its charges are under a third of some rivals.  Online service ManageMyHome...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb planning consent - could it cross the water and happen here?

The Republic of Ireland has adopted new policies requiring owners in 'high housing demand areas' to secure planning consent if they...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour threat to create private rental register and more licensing

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has made a clear pledge to tighten regulations surrounding the private rental sector. In an interview with The...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech service complements checks on tenants' social media posts

Good tenant referencing should include awareness of would-be renters’ social media history according to RentalStep - but it says more thorough...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency boss admits hundreds of thousands in fraud and theft charges

The former owner of a lettings agency has admitted charges of fraud, false accounting and theft involving some hundreds of thousands...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants one step closer to being able to sue landlords over conditions

Tenants are now a step closer to being able to sue landlords if they do not properly maintain their properties. The Commons...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents reach record high as plummeting supply begins to hurt

Rightmove is reporting that average asking rents outside London have topped £800 per month for the first time, fuelled by a...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order issued - £4,000 in rent to be handed back

A landlord had been ordered to give back almost £4,000 that was paid to him while operating without a licence. The case...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate tenants' powers to sue over property conditions

MPs in the House of Commons will today debate the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by a Labour backbencher...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

£261,750 - one council's buy to let fines issued in just six months

Havering council in London has issued £261,750 in penalty notices to what it calls ‘criminals’ operating in the private rental sector.  Between...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be given access to database of rogue agents and landlords

The Guardian says the government is committed to making a datebase of rogue letting agents and landlords available to tenants. The newspaper quotes...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising despite fall in tenant demand - ARLA

The number of tenants seeing their rents rise continues to go up according to the latest market snapshot produced by the...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let mortgage products for companies, not individuals

The number of buy to let lenders lending to limited companies has risen by 47 per cent over the past year,...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm claims new service cuts pre-tenancy admin for agents

A PropTech provider of inventory services says its new tool will significantly cut pre-tenancy admin for letting agents and landlords. No Letting...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher tax bills lead to surge in buy to let remortgaging

The proportion of buy to let investors looking to remortgage is now at an all-time high according to respected specialist mortgage...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech key as London agency launches aggressive acquisition campaign

After reporting record summer figures from its lettings division, Chestertons says it’s on the acquisition trail and looking for agencies to...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings love-in! Landlords really like tenants, despite the tough-guy image

An insurance firm has conducted research showing that not all landlords are heartless - in fact, quite the reverse.  The study by...

24 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency loses £53,000 a year managing just 25 homes

A council-run lettings agency looks likely to be scrapped after it apparently lost some £53,000 - even though it manages only...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Crisis? What crisis? London lettings agency reports busiest-ever quarter

One of London’s most respected lettings agencies says it’s recorded its best-ever quarter for business - defying claims from some that...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine after untrue claim that properties to let 'were empty'

A landlord has been ordered to pay £452 after he breached the terms of his licence in an area of County...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't discriminate against benefit claimants buy to let lenders told

Urgent action is needed to tackle discrimination against benefit claimants by buy to let mortgage providers according to a leading trade...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

No mass exodus of buy to let investors, poll suggests

A poll of 1,250 landlords suggests that far from being concerned about the profitability of buy to let, almost 80 per...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme bags £5m in 'lost' council tax from buy to let sector

Since one London local authority introduced private rental sector licensing in 2013 an extra £5,002,203 in council tax has been collected...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another independent signs up with Zero Deposit scheme

Zero Deposit, one of the insurance-based schemes offering an alternative to traditional tenancy deposits, has signed up its first independent agency...

19 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban silver lining: It may save the High Street office, says agent

A lettings agent says the fees ban expected to be introduced next year may end up indirectly helping to save the...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

PropTech repairs service Fixflo has published its latest annual report on the industry, based on information from over 400 lettings professionals...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting 'would boost repairs and give more tenant security'

Some 1.5m tenants could be at risk of losing their deposits, claims a campaigner for insurance-based alternatives to deposits. Ajay Jagota, head...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency fined twice in a year - once over fees, once over licensing

A London agency has been fined for the second time in 11 months. Local media in Barking, east London, report that Primelodge...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London's luxury letting sector sees sharp drop in growth

The growth in tenancies agreed in London’s super-prime sector has slowed sharply from 20 per cent earlier this year to just...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Not so grim up north as buy to let investors move from south

New data from Countrywide’s luxury brand agency Hamptons International says the average price of a home bought by a landlord in...

16 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lodger dodgers and Airbnb landlords may be targeted in Budget

A newspaper claims landlords who ‘game’ the current tax regime for short term lets and lodging may be in the firing...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 30% fall in buy to let purchases in just three years

Countrywide says landlords spent £12.1 billion buying rental properties in the first half of this year - a full 30 per...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit warning issued by HomeLet chief executive

Brexit is causing concern among landlords, according to HomeLet. The initial results of HomeLet’s annual landlord survey says nine out of 10...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Arrears rocket for tenants on Universal Credit

Around two thirds of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit have experienced rent arrears according to new research. Based on responses...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent attacks lettings industry for 'immoral' and 'below the belt' fees

The head of the online lettings agency recently scooped up by Emoov says traditional lettings agents have made a rod for...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Make Tenants' Fees Bill even tougher, demands consumer charity

A call has been made for the Tenants’ Fees Bill to be made even stricter following a claim that over a...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants more likely to vote - is this why rental sector is under attack?

New research may explain why the government and Labour appear to be competing with each other to attack landlords and letting...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Supply down, viewings up, more deals done - that's the market today

A new quarterly overview of the UK lettings sector reveals three key trends: viewings are rising and more tenancies are being...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

UK rents rising - but should buy to let investors consider Ireland?

With an average rental return of 7.69 per cent Ireland has been named as the top location in Europe for buy to...

11 October 2018

From: Breaking News

First council backs campaign to scrap S21 eviction powers

Croydon council is reported to have become the first local authority to back the scrapping of Section 21 of the 1988...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fledgling trade group dares any challenger to bring it on

A post on a landlord website suggests that a new trade body is being set up to challenge the dominance of...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent and Brexit: 'give EU citizens the paperwork' say groups

The Home Secretary has been asked by a leading lettings sector trade organisation to ensure hard copy documents are given to...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Goodlord secures another £7m to enhance digital contracts service

Rental platform Goodlord - which in January made around 40 staff redundant in a restructuring move - has now announced that...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

CGT incentive for longer tenancies - limited backing from trade body

There has been limited support given from some parts of the lettings industry to a proposal offering Capital Gains Tax relief...

09 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey shows longer tenancies could deter many landlords

The shock findings of a new survey suggest that 32 per cent of landlords would be less likely to buy new...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up independent in bid for 1,000 managed units

North west lettings and student accommodation specialist Mistoria Group has purchased an independent with 200 properties under management across Greater Manchester.  The...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage are main reasons students lose deposits at check-out

The Deposit Protection Service says almost a quarter of students lost part of their tenancy deposit when they left their accommodation...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Glimmer of hope: more improvements in London lettings market

Knight Frank says the annual rental value growth has returned to prime central London due to declining supply levels - the...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - how and why rents will rise after buy to let tax changes

New research has attempted to quantify the number and scale of rent rises that are likely to take place as landlords...

04 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech could boost letting agents' support for student tenants

A PropTech entrepreneur says all agents would benefit from the introduction of more automation, but that those with student tenants may...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings market will recover - but it'll take two years at least

A major property platform says London’s rental and sales market may well be on the road to recovery - but that...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey claims 1.5m deposits 'not in any protection scheme'

A comparison website claims that over 1.5m tenants know their landlord has not placed their deposits into a government-backed deposit protection...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Inventory wars hot up as warning issued over 'for-profit' trade bodies

Lettings agents, landlords and consumers are being warned about a growing number of ‘for-profit’ companies claiming to be independent inventory trade...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Two new PropTech products aimed at lettings agencies

Two new PropTech services launched, targeting the lettings industry. Tenancy referencing firm FCC Paragon has launched MyMoveIn, an online platform that supports...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA courses for agents still unsure about Section 21 changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agencies has set up a course - for non-members as well as members - on Ending...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Protest follows agency owner's refusal to sign 'pledge' document

The head of a lettings agency has refused to sign a pledge document put to him by a protest group - and...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Note to Chancellor - scrap stamp duty and capital gains tax surcharges

The first of the industry trade bodies to issue a series of demands for this month’s Budget is the National Landlords Association...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

They're nearly here - new S21 notices come into effect on Monday

Changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords on Monday.  This will require all Assured Shorthold...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move chief boasts of higher yields than most of England and Wales

The latest rental figures produced by Your Move for Scotland have prompted a claim that the country now has better yields...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Give the rental sector a (tax) break' agency tells government

The Haart agency is calling on the government to give the private rental sector a break in the autumn Budget, as...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings struggle in London sub-markets, Knight Frank figures show

Three London lettings sub-markets performed relatively weakly according to data just released by Knight Frank. Wimbledon’s rental values fell 1.5 per cent...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London council threatens bans and fines as it brings in new licensing

The Labour-led local authority in Hackney has issued a statement pledging fines or even bans if landlords fail to get appropriate...

27 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency reveals drastic overhaul of services

Online lettings agency Upad has drastically overhauled its product range, introducing a ‘pick and mix’ option allowing landlords to choose services...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Now isn't the time to introduce three year tenancies, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has released details of its response to the government’s official consultation on possible three year...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar after police say they're not investigating missing agent

There has been a furious response from landlords and tenants to a police letter which says a local force is not...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos ahead? 'Councils may not be ready for HMO change' warning

There’s less than a week to go to the introduction of new rules broadening the range of houses including in mandatory HMO...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour to scrap S21 and match Tory pledges on fees and tenancies

Labour has outlined its proposals for the private rental sector if it gains power at the next General Election - and...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Tenants carry burden of landlords quitting buy to let' warning

Latest government figures show that private rents paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 0.9 per cent in the 12...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Plummeting lettings supply means higher rents for London tenants

The number of available properties to rent is falling at an alarming rate, particularly in Greater London, according to property platform...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules next month 'will cost landlords £95m'

More than 77,000 UK landlords will be shelling out a combined £95 million this month, as new occupancy laws come into...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More lettings agencies expelled by TPO for unpaid awards

Two more lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman as a result of unpaid awards following disputes involving landlords...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Liquidators for agency say landlords and tenants will get their money

Liquidators Grant Thornton says funds found in the accounts of a Guernsey lettings agent are likely to be sufficient to pay...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency expelled by TPO after 100 complaints, owing £419k in awards

An agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman after receiving over 100 separate complaints, and failing to pay over £419,000...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords are struggling – and you can throw them a lifeline!

20% more landlords* are struggling compared to last year. They’ve been caught in a perfect storm of higher interest rates, bigger...

20 September 2018

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'Suspend Right To Rent' call as Home Office reconvenes industry panel

The Home Office is to reconvene its private rental sector stakeholder panel on Right to Rent. This follows a controversial period for...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental standards up, but sector still needs to improve - new report

There have been “significant leaps forward” in the standards of the private rental sector in the past four years, but safety...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a reminder to the industry of the need to understand and abide by...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-to-rent firm says London lettings market led by Tech hubs

Rent-to-rent operator Residently says area with high volumes of tech company employees are leading the lettings market’s growth in London. The firm...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success: head of property firm acquitted of charges relating to HMO

A property management firm chief who had to pay over £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences relating to an...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents wanting to restructure lettings businesses

Free seminars are to be held next month to help letting agents restructure their business to optimise opportunities in the current...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenants' social media accounts being checked, claims lender

One in nine landlords now check prospective tenants’ social media accounts to try to assess how they may behave as renters,...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing lettings agent and missing money - new call for police action

There’s a growing call for more police action over tracing a lettings agent who is apparently missing - as is some...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £947, up 0.9 per cent on last year - or up...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Very large clouds over rental sector' warns Emoov-owned agency

The lettings director at Urban, the online agency recently snapped up by Emoov, says the rental market is faced with significant...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage costs increase after Bank of England rate rise

New figures out show that buy to let mortgage rates are showing the effects of last month’s base rate rise. Online mortgage...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

A landmark report on private renting provides the opportunity to stop blaming letting agents and landlords for the sector’s problems, a...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More red tape? Labour gives top-level support for 'mandatory register'

Shadow housing minister John Healey has given his backing to a Labour MP’s attempt to introduce a mandatory national register for...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for 'landmark' review of rental sector

The National Landlords Association is the latest trade body to back what is being described as a landmark review of the...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery as established agent goes to ground owing furious clients thousands

A letting agent operating in Cambridgeshire has seemingly 'gone to ground', owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds. Frank Smart, who has...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Just three weeks until new HMO licensing rules are introduced

It is now just three weeks until licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is extended. The new rules, which will require...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils must use their 'extensive powers' to root out rogue landlords

The policy director of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on local councils to use the 'extensive powers' they have...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents growing at highest rate since 2016, index shows

The average rent in the UK increased by 0.13% last month - the highest level of monthly growth recorded since April...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Student property - Birmingham is UK's leading buy-to-let hotspot

The UK's second city Birmingham takes top spot when it comes to student property returns for buy-to-let investors. Analysis by online letting...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

MPs have proposed a series of amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill as part of its Report Stage and Third Reading...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage again most common reasons for deposit deductions

Cleaning and property damage are the most common reasons landlords make deposit deductions, according to data released by The Deposit Protection...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Selling up? Almost half of landlords want out of buy-to-let

A survey has revealed that 44% of landlords are looking to sell properties as a challenging market takes its toll. Octopus Choice,...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Market not prepared for growing trend of lifetime renting, says leading agent

A leading letting agent argues that the UK housing market is not prepared to deal with a growing number of lifetime...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fraud probe launched against agent which owes thousands to clients

The police have launched a fraud probe against a Norfolk estate agency which closed in June.  The Eastern Daily Press (EDP) reports...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes deposit scheme paper ahead of fees ban Report Stage

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes ahead of the Report Stage of the Tenant...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Agents must accommodate renters looking for deposit-free renting' - claim

The chief commercial officer of PropTech startup Canopy says that letting agents and Build to Rent landlords need to accommodate the...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New online training to help agents with 'complex legal environment'

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has this week launched a new Training Academy which aims to help landlords, agents and property...

04 September 2018

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Government rental chief to be quizzed at upcoming industry event

The government's director of rented housing is set to address the industry at an upcoming event open to letting agents and...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tighten up - student landlords warned over security ahead of academic year

Student landlords and letting agents are being warned by the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) to tighten up security in their properties...

03 September 2018

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Tax changes are making London rents less affordable, says top agent

A top London letting agent working for Knight Frank has commented on the 'irony' that the government's series of tax changes...

31 August 2018

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Retail guru is new chief executive of landlords’ body

A retail executive with specialist knowledge of customer loyalty has become the new chief executive of the Residential Landlords Association.   Andrew...

30 August 2018

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Council to lease homes from private sector, then let to social tenants

The New Forest district council in Hampshire is appealling to letting agents and private tenants to sign up to its Private...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

Generation Rent, the controversial pressure group campaigning alongside Shelter and others for the scrapping of landlords’ rights to evict under Section...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Second charge loan on Buy to let property? We can help

If you’re a landlord who owns a buy to let property or perhaps a portfolio and need to raise money against...

28 August 2018

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Government pledges no premature decision on longer tenancies

A trade body says it has been assured by the government that there will be no premature announcement introducing longer tenancies...

28 August 2018

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Agency warns over insurance cover for Airbnb-style lets

A London lettings agency is warning landlords who let out their properties via Airbnb or similar short let platforms to ensure...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank gives upbeat assessment of investors considering buy to let

Data produced by Sainsbury’s Bank Mortgages gives a trend-bucking upbeat assessment of investors’ renewed interest in buy to let.  Figures siuggest that...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government is forcing more landlords to quit, top agency claims

Belvoir says more landlords are selling up and fewer newcomers are investing in the private rental sector because of increased legislation...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Housing Benefit Row: 'the system is at fault, not the rental sector'

The ongoing debate over some letting agents and landlords allegedly refusing to accept tenants in receipt of housing benefit has now...

24 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

Lettings agents for or against the government’s proposals for longer tenancies have only a very short time left to respond to...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter told ‘vilifying letting agents won't solve the housing crisis’

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has issued a sharp rebuke to Shelter and the National Housing Federation following their controversial ‘End...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

The mystery surrounding a lettings and estate agency on the island of Guernsey offers an insight into a system where companies...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

Lettings agents’ representatives have hit back at an accusation of discrimination made against the industry. A report by Shelter and the National...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Investors still moving into buy to let - but it's a patchy regional picture

First the good news - investors are still purchasing buy to let properties; the less good news is that it’s a...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Almost one in five buy to let investors commit to sector 'indefinitely'

Almost one in five landlords intend to remain in the buy to let market indefinitely according to a new survey.  Research for...

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Here they go again - Generation Rent attacks S21 no-fault evictions

The campaign group Generation Rent is back on the warpath in opposition of Section 21, which it describes as “the leading...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector will return to growth - but maybe not until 2021...

A new analysis of the buy to let market forecasts more bad news for agents, landlords and investors over the next...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let investors pessimistic over future of sector

Over a third of London investors no longer view property as a good investment, according to a survey of over 1,000...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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 gove