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KEYWORD "Legal " - 898 RESULTS
Agency given penalty notices for operating illegally

A letting agency has been issued with penalty notices worth £3,000 for operating illegally. Back in 2014 it became a legal requirement...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent renews attack on landlords and councils

A lettings agent who also runs a tenant complaint insurance service has renewed his attack on landlords and local authorities. Ajay Jagota...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents in firing line as councils get enforcement kit

Effective enforcement is crucial to stamp out rogue lettings agents and protect consumers says safeagent. In the latest edition of its Effective...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

24-year-old launches lettings platform to fix ‘toxic’ rental market

A lettings platform set up by a 24 year old is today announcing an expansion from its Bristol start up to...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Higher demand for car charging means government must do more

There’s been an increase in demand for rental properties with electric charging points for cars, according to ARLA Propertymark. The news has...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Younger tenants claim “unforeseen” agency fees make them poorer

Many young Britons allegedly live beyond their means, blaming high rents and “unforseen” agency charges as contributory reasons.  A home insurance company...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC Regulations: Rental sector’s uphill struggle to meet targets

Just as COP26 is drawing to a close, so one of the lettings industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Should you use CRMs to create your contracts?

Why CRMs should not be relied upon for contract creation and management. Customer relationship management platforms (CRMs) are useful tools that...

02 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Caught! Agency that illegally evicted tenant ends up in court

A lettings agency has been prosecuted by Birmingham council for unlawfully evicting a tenant. Principal Homes is based at Great Barr and was...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant fraud surges massively in Build To Rent sector

The Build to Rent sector is being targeted by criminals with a 364 per cent rise in fraudulent tenant applications in...

26 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant sets out blueprint for solving Britain’s housing crisis

New research published by Build To Rent operator L&G reveals what it believes to be a crisis surrounding rental properties, affordable...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: ‘information checklist’ to avoid potential fines and claims

A checklist for agents to help ensure they steer clear of unwanted fines or claims has been provided by the Guild...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord tweaks insurance offer because of lengthy eviction cases

Letting agents using rent protection and legal expenses insurance via Goodlord will have their rent protected until vacant possession, with no cap...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery agent refuses to pay £150,000 owed in guaranteed rent

The Property Redress Scheme has expelled an agent operating a guaranteed rent scheme which failed to pay £150,000 to a former landlord client. The agent...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

A senior Conservative in Wales wants the Welsh Government to consider creating a housing tribunal in the light of rising tenant arrears. Janet Finch-Saunders,...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why is tenancy fraud on the rise?

More and more people are committing tenancy fraud and it’s having a massive impact on the industryAs a lettings agency, you...

07 October 2021

From: Proptech & Innovation

New international Data law likely to affect many letting agents

A high profile and respected lettings sector legal expert is inviting questions from agents at a webinar next week - and he’ll...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings platform signs deal with referencing and due diligence service

An international residential platform which manages 200,000 properties in 29 countries across Europe - including the UK - has signed an...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub What services...

23 September 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

'Drugs, booby-traps and rentals' – an expanding issue for agents?

Agents need to be diligent regarding the the growth of cannabis in rental properties and the devastating lengths tenants will go to...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenants – how long has it taken to evict them during Covid?

The latest research by lettings agency Benham and Reeves has analysed how the pandemic has affected the UK rental market when...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar - how will China’s new data protection law affect UK's letting agents?

As a letting agent in the UK, you might think what happens in China has no bearing on your work here....

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent and Referencing

It’s an exciting time when prospective tenants show an interest in your listed property. However, it's important not to let that...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Drone technology – a game changer for property marketing

Drone technology has come on a long way in recent years, with different use cases across various industries. New developments in...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should offer digital platforms for tenants to check documents

Agents should go further in allowing tenants to have digital access to key documents such as contracts and fees information. That’s one...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent urges tenants to take landlords to court over conditions

A lettings agent has taken the unorthodox approach of advising tenants to take their landlords to court in a bid to...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Right To Rent - government issues new guidance

Virtual Right To Rent checks by agents, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on boards after code of conduct ‘ignored’ by agents

A local authority in Essex is cracking down on what it claims to be the increase of illegally positioned estate agent...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings is “terrible idea” says leading agent

A prominent lettings agency owner has given his verdict on the concept of charging renters to view a property - “it...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

HMO property agency and landlord hit with fine and costs

A landlord and the property company of which he is director have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £17,000...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons-backed PropTech firm acquired by property legal group

A PropTech lettings platform boasting investment from the Foxtons agency has been snapped up by LegalforLandlords for an undisclosed figure. Propoly, launched...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Do you have questions about deposit disputes 

Through our FREE online deposit dispute webinars, we’ve trained thousands of landlords and letting agents about how the dispute resolution process...

02 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant fraud hits Build To Rent sector

Two PropTech companies say tenant fraud - reported to be a growing problem in buy to let - is now an...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Maxine Fothergill, ARLA President

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Maxine Fothergill and for the past ‘almost’...

28 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Town with 57% second homes clamps down on future lettings

A town with one of the UK’s heaviest concentrations of holiday homes is clamping down on future purchases by outsiders who...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Does the Tenant Fees Ban stop agents  charging for viewings?

A new service has been launched to charge prospective tenants £30 - potentially even more - just to view a property...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid: Virtual viewings should still be first priority, says government

The latest version of the government’s guidance to agents over how to operate during the continuing pandemic suggests that virtual viewings...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - Rental fraud on the rise, alleges due diligence firm

There’s a new warning the rental fraud could be on the rise. Due diligence firm Homeppl says the combination of possible job...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Keep wearing facemasks after July 19, ARLA Propertymark tells agents

New guidance has been issued to agents as the government confirms that most remaining Coronavirus restrictions are to be lifted from...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings PropTech firms announce full software integration

Two well known PropTech providers to the lettings sector have announced they have now fully integrated their technology, meaning users of...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The value of using a specialist referencing supplier

It always pays to rely on the services of a reputable referencing company. The lure of free credit checks or basic referencing...

05 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant offers agents hush money over cannabis factory

A rogue tenant has tried to bribe two letting agents with hush money after they discovered his cannabis growing factory. Anisi Hamollari,...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent spots illegal rental scam - and police refuse to get involved

A lettings agent has told the BBC that he has spotted illegal rental scams using online platforms, but the police have...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Long arm of the law stretches to two agency branches

The new co-owner of two branches of Martin & Co is combining legal work with sales and lettings. Barrister Tom Fazackerley has...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurance dealer sets up service for tenants to win compensation

The man behind an early version of deposit replacement for the private rental sector has now set up a service encouraging...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents highlight their role in educating tenants about rights

ARLA Propertymark says letting agents have a vital role to play in highlighting the rights of private rental sector tenants. The comment...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Manage: huge scheme to be operated with property consultancy

Ringley Group has secured the UK’s largest apartment complex to be managed by leaseholders as a franchisee client.  The Century Wharf Estate...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord now selling injury and illness insurance to tenants

PropTech firm Goodlord is to offer illness and injury insurance to tenants  via a link with Legal & General.  Goodlord already sells...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The importance of referencing - and why you need the professionals.

Reliable referencing remains the cornerstone of every letting agent’s business. Landlords rely on their agents to get it right, and to protect...

14 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Massive £17m-plus mortgage deal for London buy to let purchase

An experienced buy to let mortgage specialist has completed on its largest and most complex loan to date — a £17.35m...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is now finally at an end and from today there is a change to the notice...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb extends lettings restrictions until the end of the summer

A global ban on parties in Airbnb properties, started back in August last year, has been extended until the end of...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC deadline for letting agents in just two weeks’ time - warning

There are just two weeks left for letting agents to register with HM Revenue & Customs if they want to be...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - apology by lettings agency after advertisement blunder

A lettings agency which markets private rental properties and units operated by a housing association has apologised for its ‘No DSS’...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Trade body rival to ARLA reports another boost in membership

The UK Association of Letting Agents - a trade body rival to ARLA Propertymark - says it’s seen “a robust membership...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord industrial dispute - it’s far from over insists trade union

Last week’s bid by PropTech referencing firm Goodlord to draw a line under its long-running ‘fire and rehire’ industrial dispute has...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents advised to ‘up their game’ on landlord ID checks

Many letting agents fail to conduct the obligatory identity checks on landlord clients according to an industry supplier. Blinc UK says that...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate landlords over Breathing Space scheme - call

A prominent industry figure says lettings agents will have a key role educating landlords over the controversial Breathing Space scheme introduced...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

E-signature legal controversy - lawyer’s update for agents

Leading property lawyer David Smith is to give agents an update on a key legal case at a webinar next week. Smith,...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ - Agency unlawfully discriminated against tenant

Another lettings agency has been found to have unlawfully discriminated against a tenant receiving benefits. Worthing County Court declared that Michael Jones & Company unlawfully...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents back idea of renters getting more upfront info

The two letting agents’ trade groups have backed a call for more upfront information to be given to prospective renters. The National...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? These webinars may help you resolve them...

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buy to let investors wooed by lender’s reduced rates

One of the most active lenders for international investors in UK buy to let claims to have produced a market-leading mortgage...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another agent ejected by Ombudsman may be trading illegally

Another lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay an outstanding compensation award - but...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Management firm and landlord guilty of 27 safety breaches

A property company and a landlord have each been found guilty of 27 charges relating to the management of two properties...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals details of arrears mediation scheme

The government has at last released details of its mediation scheme - this was hinted at when Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition adds to fast-growing agency chain’s portfolio

The lettings book of one of the UK’s oldest property and law companies has been snapped up by a firm in the...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for London agency without Client Money Protection

A lettings agency in central London has been issued with a fine for not belonging to a Client Money Protection scheme. The...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

There's been a warning that tenants should not be deceived when a landlords wants possession of their property. Lindsays law firm says...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenant illegally posing as landlord caught out by council

A head tenant who posed as a landlord has been taken to court by a London council. Sonia Nascimento rented a converted...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s David Cox to discuss Pets and Budget fallout for lettings

Rightmove’s David Cox - formerly of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - is to talk through the Budget fallout for...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

Local media in the Homes Counties report that two arrests were made after police were called by a lettings agency where...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions and arrears webinar this morning aimed at rental sector

There’s an hour-long webinar this morning, aimed at giving property professionals the latest information on arrears, possession cases and evictions.  It’s at...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

A landlord who built unlawful extensions to a family home and squeezed up to 14 people into the rooms has forfeited...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent “illegally working” without redress scheme membership

The Daily Mail says it has informed Trading Standards of a lettings agent which is claims is “illegally working” despite not...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction.  Buy to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in lettings properties - key topic at today’s ARLA webinar

The controversial subject of pets in private rental properties is likely to be the chief point of debate at a webinar...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions, possession, Right To Rent - all being debated today

Some of the most prominent names in the rental sector are taking part in a debate on threats and challenges for...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

The controversial subject of pet-friendly tenancies has been grabbed by the scruff of the neck by the government. The Ministry of Housing,...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London council wants to double the size of HMO licensing regime

Lambeth council is consulting agents, landlords and others on its latest licensing proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation. The new proposals would...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee product offers “a market first” for agents - claim

HomeLet and Let Alliance have announced what they call a market first with a rent guarantee providing cover until vacant possession...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies must be more tolerant of staff doing home schooling

The head of industry recruitment consultancy Property Personnel is calling on agencies to be more tolerant of the struggles working parents...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry activists want arrears cancelled as well as full eviction ban

Activists from a range of pressure groups have reacted angrily to what they call a half-baked eviction ban announced by the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator claims 6,000 new homes are underway

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s started work on 6,000 residential units in...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reveals ‘command centre’ to curb New Year’s Eve revellers

Airbnb has unveiled a set of restrictions which it is operating across the UK - and the rest of western Europe...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus lifestyle changes play into hands of Build To Rent - claim

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says it’s to have a second significant...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban – financial tips to plug the gap in 2021

The Tenant Fees Act 2019’s 12-month transition period came to an end on 31 May, prohibiting various payments and charges that...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Council’s huge fine on owner after refusing planning consent

A long-running case about a house divided up and let out without planning permission has resulted in a fine of nearly...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

Two landlords in the same town - one the director of a lettings firm - have been prosecuted as their properties...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning letter over letting agent fees

A warning about illegal fees by letting agents has been produced by a local council Trading Standards team.  It has come from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 10 agencies a week closing down, claims protection scheme

One of the government’s approved client money protection schemes claims over 10 lettings agencies a week are closing. Client Money Protect makes the...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Overwhelming number of agents pay TPO compensation awards

An overwhelming 98 per cent of agents who are members of The Property Ombudsman scheme pay compensation when an investigation is...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier links with legal protection service

PropTech provider Canopy is linking with a legal protection service which it says could enhance agents’ offer to landlords. If the tenant does...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency strongly defends £3,600 charge to departing tenants

A London lettings agency has described a £3,600 charge to a tenant as “entirely reasonable and legal.” The i newspaper has featured a...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

PropTech platform MakeUrMove, which launched back in 2008 as the first online lettings agency, has secured a £1.3m funding package from...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

Letting agents are being offered a free consultation helpline during the pandemic.  Julie Condliffe, a lawyer and property investment expert, says the...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Viewber outsource service links with another PropTech platform

Viewber has linked with the PropTech property management service PlanetRent. Viewber offers agents access to an online database of vetted viewing assistants,...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction ban - is it even legal?

A top property law firm is questioning whether the government’s current eviction moratorium - effectively banning evictions until mid-January at the...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Push - new products launched aiming at letting agents

There’s been a flurry of new PropTech products launched, mostly focussed on lettings agencies. Australian-based supplier Movinghub, which works the UK market...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Lowdown - Emergency webinar for agents tomorrow

A lockdown emergency webinar is to be held tomorrow to help letting agents get the regulatory and restriction lowdown on how...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

£100,000 compensation to be paid by rogue lettings agents

Three lettings agents who kept tenants’ rent instead of passing it to the landlords have been ordered to pay almost £100,000...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

David Cox, former ARLA chief, in dramatic return to the industry

In a dramatic return to the agency world, the former chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is joining...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Time-waster applicants turfed out by new PropTech tool

A new PropTech tool for agents claims to help weed out time-wasters and reduce the viewing-to-offer ratio. Rental Passport, produced by LegalforLandlords,...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Issue second S8 notice if arrears exceed six months - legal expert

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark is recommending that letting agents consider serving a second Section 8 notice if a tenant's...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to ensure a smooth pre-tenancy process

Making sure the check-in process for tenants is carried out in a smooth manner is more important than ever, in light...

07 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

Government intervention, which in recent years has seen scores of legal and regulatory changes to the private rental sector, may be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Expelled! Agency kicked out of redress scheme for phishing

North of England lettings agency Matthew & Evans Rentals has been kicked out of the Property Redress Scheme, one of the two...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

The decline of the high street - which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic - is forcing commercial investors to...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of investors and landlords sign up to receive latest 'Zooploma'

Some 25,000 investors and landlords have signed up to receive a free expert guide from Zoopla in just over a week...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks Red Tape: Breakthrough for agents on Pooled Client Accounts

ARLA Propertymark says there has been a breakthrough on the banking clampdown on pooled client accounts - a pain in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must not be tempted to charge illegal fees, industry chief warns

One of the leading figures in the PropTech world is warning that letting agents must not be tempted into charging illegal...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New referencing product shifts emphasis and cost to tenant

A new product aims to improve tenant referencing by shifting the emphasis to the renters themselves. LegalforLandlords has just launched its new...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

Agents and landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict, except in the most serious of cases,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus break clauses being demanded by student tenants

Student renters want break clauses automatically included in tenancy agreements to protect them financially in the event of a second wave of...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blow for Airbnb and short lets in landmark appeal ruling

A council has won a planning appeal banning the use of a property for short lets - considered a landmark case...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

Tenant concierge service Tenant Shop is linking with Legal & General to offer insurance products across the private rental sector.  Tenant Shop...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Pot-smoking agent escapes driving ban after court hears career risk

A Derbyshire estate agent has escaped a driving ban after being found smoking cannabis in a car. Annabelle Lamb was spotted with...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Some lettings agents ignoring No DSS ruling, claims Shelter chief

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter claims some lettings agencies are ignoring the recent ruling that private landlords cannot discriminate against...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top housing lawyer now acting for newly-merged lettings body

Leading housing lawyer David Smith has become the legal counsel for the new National Residential Landlords Association. Smith is a partner at...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free legal evictions advice offered to landlords by law service

A service called Landlord Advice UK is offering free no-obligation consultations with landlords dealing with evictions over the coming months. Under the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New call to government to prevent some evictions after ban ends

A debt charity is urging the Housing Secretary to pledge that no one who has lost income because of Coronavirus will...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Referencing platform snapped up by Goodlord

PropTech company Goodlord has acquired referencing platform Vouch to form an industry player that will be handling over 500,000 references per...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry-first as PropTech platform signs race equality statement

In what is claimed to be an industry first, PropTech platform Goodlord has signed the Race Fairness Commitment. This commits Goodlord to...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

GDPR and property - guidance book on sale from today

David Smith - a solicitor specialising in residential property, agency and regulatory law - today launches a book advising property professionals...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant pledges ‘net zero carbon enabled’ by 2030

One of the biggest names in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says all of its new housing stock...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Orders - council reveals action against landlords

The council at the centre of one of the planning controversies involving Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has issued a warning to...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Economist calls for immediate 20% rent reduction for tenants

A prominent economist who has called for a raft of measures to protect tenants during the Coronavirus crisis is now calling...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants enforcement against agents still charging illegal fees

Shelter is calling for stricter enforcement against letting agents in Northern Ireland which it claims are illegally charging tenants fees for...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Give judges more power to defend tenants, government urged

Pro-tenant campaign group Generation Rent says judges should have more power to protect tenants from eviction while the Coronavirus outbreak continues. The...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning of huge eviction hearing delays once ban finally ends

Figures unearthed by the Daily Telegraph show the scale of the arrears and eviction court case backlog likely to face the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council knocks down illegal rental ‘shed’ - and sends owner the bill

A property built without planning consent and then illegally let to a family has been knocked down by Ealing council in...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

“This stinks” - renters’ leader verdict on Jenrick planning scandal

The director of renters’ campaign group Generation Rent says the long-running scandal of a planning decision made by the Housing Secretary...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Industry relief for court ruling over possession claims

A legal expert says the Court of Appeal ruling on S21 possession orders last week has resolved one of the most...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court boost for private rental sector after key S21 judgement

Successes for the private rental sector may seem few and far between these days but the Court of Appeal has now...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb must pay out over sub-letting - could it happen here?

Airbnb has been ordered to pay some 52,000 euros in compensation to the owner of an apartment in Paris after a...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal aid for evicted tenants once ban ends, demands Law Society

The Law Society for England and Wales says legal aid should be made available for tenants who face eviction once the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Some tenants use Corona as excuse to skip rent, claims legal insurer

The managing director of an insurer and legal services supplier to the lettings industry has accused some tenants of using the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Longer eviction ban will hurt most vulnerable and damage rental sector

A prominent figure in the lettings industry has warned that any extension to the current evictions ban would risk hurting the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental website is first ever to display air quality information

Rental property website SearchSmartly is thought to be the first in the world to display air quality ratings on every listing. In...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter, which has been outspoken in its criticism of many letting agents in recent years, has now produced a...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

Labour’s proposal to extend the current ban on private rental sector evictions could end up with some landlords in financial ruin.  Landlord...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool monitors transactions + New Viewber partnership

PropTech company Teal Legal has designed a new tool which it says will help restore confidence in the property market once...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants tenants to have two years to pay back virus arrears

Labour wants tenants running up arrears during the Coronavirus crisis to have two years to repay them, as part of a...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform accelerated to market for use during virus crisis

A new automated lettings platform claims to automate key processes around compliance, marketing, leasing and management for letting agents. Ringley Group, a...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Special Coronavirus 'moral contracts' with tenants may not work - warning

Agents and landlords who use unorthodox methods of securing obligations from tenants to pay their rent during the Coronavirus crisis may...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six lettings agencies expelled from TPO for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yet more regulation of rental sector on the way, predicts Propertymark

Once the worst of the Coronavirus crisis passes there’s likely to be much more regulation of parts of the rental sector...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must have complete records to avoid Corona complaints - claim

A leading PropTech expert has urged lettings agents to improve their administration and paperwork if they want to avoid what could...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 350 Build To Rent homes announced as part of regeneration

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s to construct another 350 homes as part...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Issues with rent default and legal issues? These webinars are for you…

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting two webinars - the first of which is today - looking at issues surrounding rent defaulting...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent stays after court rules against campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New partner for fast-growing lettings PropTech platform

The lettings and management software platform teclet has announced its latest partner - LegalforLandlords. Agents using teclet - which is currently offering...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas and electrical certificates ‘should be extended for six months’

Gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended for six months to cover for the impact of the Coronavirus.  The call comes...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents asked to relax rents for students during virus crisis

Student bodies want letting agents to acknowledge that many students have lost their incomes and have been forced to return to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL latest, tenant info and selling from home - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Message to government - help us combat the ‘no rent campaigners’

One of the lettings sector’s biggest trade bodies is calling on government to make a clear statement to help landlords who...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency apologises after rent letter misinterpreted

A lettings agency has given a full apology after a letter - not approved by the company - was sent out...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

The former operations director at Purplebricks says he is waiving fees for letting agents who want to join his new online...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - new MEES rules come into effect next week

Despite the challenges being thrown up to the lettings sector by Coronavirus, this is a reminder that new MEES regulations on...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that student exodus could mean soaring rent arrears

The departure of almost all students from UK universities and colleges back to their parental homes for possibly several months has...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: All tenancies subject to ‘Human Habitation’ from tomorrow

It’s easy to forget in the Coronavirus frenzy but from tomorrow, Friday March 20, all tenancies are to become subject to...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

Labour says the government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent due to Coronavirus. John Healey, the shadow...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sex-For-Rent amendment bid to Renters’ Reform Bill

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking to amend the Renters’ Reform Bill to make it illegal for tenants to be offered...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant ‘financially exploited and harassed’ by landlord, claims council

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to harassing and financially exploiting...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay electrical rule changes to keep tenants safe, trade body urges

New regulations mean highest risk rental properties may not have legally binding electrical safety cover for a prolonged period of time. That’s...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Porsche-driving agent crook repays just £43,000 of missing £241,000

A jailed letting agent in a long-running legal saga has now been told she must repay her victims some £43,000 -...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Breakers! Half of Airbnb-style properties ignore 90-night limit - claim

A London council says nearly half of the Airbnb-style short let properties available in its patch last year exceeded their legal...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Considering quitting as a letting agent? Seminar roadshow announced

A seminar roadshow has been announced for letting agents considering quitting the sector.  LegalforLandlords says it’s organised the six events after discovering...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fees Act confusion could trigger surge in complaints about agents

Confusion among renters over the complex Tenant Fees Act could trigger a surge in complaints about agents to redress schemes -...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

A new service called Cornwall Housing Private Lets has been set up in the west country to try to lure private...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: ‘no documents needed’ if digital checks come in

The government says it’s working on an online digital Right To Rent status checking service for agents and landlords to use,...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent censured as council audits other firms over rental deposits

A former letting agent has been censured over the handling of tenancy deposits following an investigation by a local council. Andrew Rhys...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Government U-turn on the way over Labour licensing scheme?

Liverpool’s Labour mayor says he is confident that the city will, after all, be able to renew its city-wide licensing scheme. Housing...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21 now, says top lawyers’ society

One of the country’s top law groups has backed government moves to scrap Section 21.  The call comes from the Law Society for...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent caught out on under-sized and unlicensed properties

A London council has caught out a rogue lettings agency for illegally operating two properties, with issues ranging from gas safety...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant wins £18,000 in first-of-its-kind tribunal decision

A tenant is thought to be the first ever to have been awarded damages under new Scottish lettings legislation. Dambaru Baral was...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new anti-money laundering rules kick-in today

It’s here - the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive comes into force today with significant challenges and implications for letting agents. The...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour mocks government’s new funding to combat rogue agents

The Labour party has mocked the government’s £4m new funding for councils to combat rogue agents and landlords as “puny.” A statement...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies back latest rogue agent and landlord clampdown

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Guild of Property Professionals have both given their backing to the government’s latest...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-lets: Trade body wants proportionate regulation

A new trade body set up to represent companies working with hosts using Airbnb and similar platforms says the government should...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: New lettings laws being introduced in 2020

A leading lettings sector trade body has outlined key pieces of legislation that will hit the private rental sector in 2020. The...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents to get ARLA resources as anti-money laundering changes kick in

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it will be issuing resources to support for lettings agents in the coming days...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

A rogue landlord has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices, and will be sentenced next month. Ragoopathy...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 complaints of agents allegedly charging illegal fees

The Times claims there have been well over 200 complaints lodged with redress schemes, alleging that lettings agents tried to charge...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Possession order ‘hotspots’ identified as eviction process faces reform

A league table has been drawn up revealing the UK’s possession order hotspots - just as the government seems keen to...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

A leading law firm has highlighted four key dates for letting agents and landlords to watch for in 2020. Paul Barnes, head...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

More tenants say landlords should take on responsibility for amenities

One in seven British renters expect their landlords to resolve arguments over bill payments, a utilities provider claims. The study, by Glide,...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Compensation for buy to let owners ‘possible’ says law firm

Owners of buy to let properties across the UK could be entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges according...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Acquisition means firm offers residential lettings for first time

Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray has shaped up Coulters Letting, meaning it now enters the residential rentals sector for the first...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds 17 tenants crammed into sub-let HMO

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from a London council has discovered 17 men sleeping on mattresses in a three bedroom...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender welcomes some Labour plans for rental sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender Paragon has welcomed Labour's General Election pledge to force rental properties to undergo an annual...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s shock £100,000 fines for substandard rental properties

Labour has given shocking new details of its proposals for the private rental sector including £100.000 fines if properties are deemed...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Labour councillor jailed after years of housing fraud

A former Labour councillor and solicitor Muhammad Harun has been jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to two counts of...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned not to ignore ‘snooping’ HMRC letter about landlords

The Chartered Institute of Taxation is urging tenants not to ignore a letter if they receive one from HM Revenue &...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets offer opportunities for agents - but only if they’re regulated

The growing chorus of calls to professionalise the short lets sector has won influential backing from a senior PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why S21 must stay: £29,000 arrears and £2,000 mess left by tenant

The government and local authorities run by all political parties are keen to advocate measures to curb rogue letting agents and...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Students say they’re targeted for “unfair” deposit deductions at check-out

The National Union of Students claims young people at college and university are being unfairly targeted by agents and landlords when...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How PropTech can aid compliance - Top agents reveal what they do

Three of the country’s most senior agents have told a PropTech supplier how they use technology to aid their compliance work...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

New law to ban landlord from letting for five years is backed by solicitor firm

A new piece of legislation has been invoked to ban a landlord from any involvement in the private rental sector for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Solicitor urges government not to take knee-jerk action

A solicitor has urged the government not to reform or scrap Section 21 eviction powers simply on the basis of protests...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has expelled three lettings agencies from its scheme because of unpaid awards to landlord clients. The first is Kingsman...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters 'union' asks tenants to report agents levying illegal fees

The controversial tenants union Acorn has set up a web page where disgruntled renters can lodge complaints about letting agents. In the...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s a drag: agency’s advice on tackling tenants who smoke

Government data suggests that almost 54 per cent of the UK’s remaining smokers are tenants - and against that backdrop, an...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Absolute Rubbish: agent fined over six-foot mound of garbage

An east London lettings agency must pay more than £2,500 after a six-foot-high pile of waste was found fly-tipped on land...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Tulisa’s trashed apartment shows X-actly why inventories are vital

If you want to know why inventories are vital for agents and landlords, look no further than the high-profile dispute over...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis alert for private rental sector as electricity thefts surge

New analysis by Direct Line for Business reveals a surge in the number of police investigations into the theft of electricity,...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

Another law firm has sharply criticised the government’s proposals to abolish Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Devonshires says the government should...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 reform slammed with warning it may backfire on tenants

Government plans to end so-called ‘no fault’ evictions may backfire and not improve tenants’ security at all. That’s the warning from Osbornes...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked lettings agent in court again after row over solicitors

A lettings agent jailed in March for taking £220,000 from tenants and landlords is now in trouble over her legal representation. Heather...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA claims scrapping Section 21 'dead on arrival' as consultation closes tomorrow

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has submitted its response to the government's consultation on scrapping Section 21 evictions, which closes tomorrow...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards crackdown finds most agency websites illegal

A crackdown on letting agency websites by a Trading Standards team has found the significant majority of them to be breaking...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for industry to crowdfund appeal at heart of eviction debate

A prominent trade body is urging its members and the wider industry to back a crowdfunding exercise to pay for a...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy

Did you know that preparing for a deposit dispute starts at the beginning of a tenancy? When tenants and landlords disagree about...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

UK’s first ever tenants’ rental protection insurance launched

Legal & General is introducing a Rental Protection Plan for tenants, thought to be one of the first examples of this...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister backs first-ever Banning Order used on rogue landlord

A Shropshire man has become the first in England to be banned from being a landlord.  In a case brought by Telford...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising curbs for Airbnb-style short lets welcomed by Labour

Labour is backing new guidelines which ban adverts which can be interpreted as encouraging landlords and home owners to flout restrictions...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge Confiscation Order of £400,000 imposed on buy to let investor

A rogue landlord who divided his three-bedroom home in central London into eight flats has ended up with a bill of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Merger of trade bodies backed by landlords - it’s on for January 1

Members of the industry’s two major landlord bodies have backed a merger which will now take place on January 1. Members of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA tells tenants to “walk straight out” if agent suspected of illegality

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging tenants to “walk straight out” if they believe an agency is breaking the...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Warning over charging tenants agent commission as well as repair bills

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has taken legal advice on what can be charged to tenants for so-called ‘contractual damages’. ARLA...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord without HMO but letting to 11 migrant workers

A landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally letting his property out to 11...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New EPC laws should be publicised by industry and government, insists expert

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation. That’s the view of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents Letting agents will need to come up with new ways to manage client money...

05 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Council uses drone to identify illegal rental ‘beds in sheds’

A council has used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to identify illegal ‘sheds’ where tenants are being rented beds...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Final Reminder - Fees Ban comes into effect in Wales on Sunday

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act - which bans fees levied by agents and landlords on tenants - comes into...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police want landlords to share information about tenants

Police in South Shields have called for the sharing of information about tenants in HMOs - and a council is considering...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

£140,000 in fines for buy to let couple failing to maintain properties

A husband and wife pair of buy to let investors have been prosecuted after letting out a property that contained serious...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Stand by for fees ban confusion - trade bodies speak out

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Landlords Association have spoken out about the complexity of the fees ban...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Back this Section 21 legal case, rental industry urged

Agents and landlords are being urged to back a legal case to protect their rights to repossess properties. This follows a recent...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank client account changes: Agents urged to have a Plan B

A leading industry figure is calling on agents to have a Plan B ready if their bank closes undesignated client accounts.  This...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

Do you know how much your deposits should be? Since June 1 of this year, the government has capped deposits at...

15 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

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

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let con-man must pay back £48,000 rent or go to prison

A man who claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord has been ordered to pay back more...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law does NOT require specific HHSRS inventories

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

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency caves in to tenants refusing to pay fee: does this set a precedent?

Two tenants who campaign against lettings fees are claiming victory after refusing to pay charges for renewing their tenancies.  The agency was...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agency steers wealthy landlords towards north of England

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

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: Foxtons claims to have frozen fees to landlords

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

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme will be the country’s largest yet

Legal & General has exchanged contracts to complete the largest privately funded development in Wales, Cardiff Central Square, which will include...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Major retirement housebuilder now letting homes, not just selling

Legal & General, one of the largest specialist builders of so-called retirement communities for the over-55s, is now going to let...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

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

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Ditch licensing and introduce Property Passports, says lettings chief

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

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

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

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to buy to let investors about CGT changes coming soon

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

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

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

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge £60,000-plus fine after London tenants’ lives “made a misery”

A rogue landlord has been ordered to pay over £60,000 after - in the words of the council - “being found...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent falsified tenancies in bid to dodge council tax

A director of a lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies in a bid to avoid paying council tax...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Jailed - buy to let investor who illegally converted flats

A landlord who illegally converted a London home into two flats without planning permission has been given a prison sentence after...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

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

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Out of order! Council accused of illegal licensing fee structure

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 June 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Seven rogue letting agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme

Seven agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman after failing to pay compensation awards made by TPO. All are...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant tells BBC that agency changed locks and removed goods

Controversial London lettings agency Flintons has again been named by a BBC TV programme for allegedly unreasonable behaviour in relation to...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial short-lets firm tries to deflect growing criticism

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

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent fined for having only 'limited' redress cover through TPO

The Property Ombudsman has issued a reminder to all agents to ensure they have the correct redress membership to cover the...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Surge in illegal safety and compliance issues in private rental sector - claim

Inventory reports are increasingly revealing illegal safety and compliance issues within tenanted property, a trade body claims. The Association of Independent Inventory...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Simon Paul Skinner, Operations manager at LetHQ

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Paul Skinner, Operations manager at LetHQ. My business card...

16 May 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Huge London Build To Rent scheme unveiled by Legal & General

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on two adjacent sites in south London to deliver its largest Built To Rent scheme...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: it’s the final countdown says ARLA as agents’ roadshow continues

It’s now under four weeks to the introducing of the Tenant Fees Ban across England and the Association of Residential Letting...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove bans ‘No DSS’ from listings and falls in line with Zoopla

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term ‘No DSS’ from its lettings agents’ listings from the...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be MORE complex after Brexit - warning

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

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: councils’ feeble enforcement against rogue operators

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

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developer converting industrial estate to 200-unit scheme

Legal & General is to develop a Brighton industrial estate into the town’s first Build To Rent scheme. The work will go on...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council to educate letting agents on accurate property descriptions

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

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid on HMO as London council continues crackdown

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

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wins High Court case against landlords' group

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Another London council launches additional licensing scheme for HMOs

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

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that quarter of landlords considering stopping using agents

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

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent lied about working for company even after being sacked

A rogue lettings agent has been fined over £72,000 after being found guilty of 15 separate offences relating to three illegally established houses...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Guidelines issued for new Human Habitation law from March 20

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

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragic anniversary reminds agents about smoke alarm regulations

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

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive pay-out: council gives £100,000 to landlord after slander claim

Doncaster council has paid £100,000 to a private landlord who threatened to take it to court over alleged slander.  Local media outlets say...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection: more providers win government approval

Propertymark’s Money Shield service and the National Approved Letting Scheme have each received government approval to operate Client Money Protection schemes. From...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

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

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

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

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Connells-owned agency acquires two-branch independent company

Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman - the agency at the centre of the long-running legal dispute with OnTheMarket - has acquired the Rowcliffes...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor facing the music after illegally evicting DJ tenant

A landlord who left his tenant homeless after changing the locks while he was on holiday has been hit with a...

19 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

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

Major Build To Rent provider signs deal to provide 324 city flats

One of the country’s major Build To Rent providers has signed a deal to deliver 324 flats in a major city...

01 February 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

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

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

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

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

More Build To Rent: another city centre development revealed

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector has snapped up a site in a major city centre...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

We’ll help agents through June 1 lettings fees ban, insists ARLA

ARLA says it can help agents understand the intricacies of the Tenants Fees Ban, which completed its third reading in the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Off to ARLA conference? Early-bird tickets now available

Early bird tickets for this year’s ARLA Propertymark Conference, happening just days before the likely introduction of the ban on tenant...

16 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

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

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

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

Guilty! Crooked lettings agent convicted of £20,000 fraud

A crooked lettings agent who illegally pocketed tenants’ deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted...

24 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

Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for buy to let investor who illegally converted garage

Buy to let investor Changhaiz Ishaq has been ordered to pay a £8,510 fine for defying a prohibition order on his...

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

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

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

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

Massive £1.5m penalty for criminal buy to let 'slumlord millionaire'

A notorious rogue landlord must pay £1.5m or risk spending up to nine years in prison after what is thought to...

06 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

Scandal as letting agent ‘charges £300 to view properties’

The BBC claims that a lettings agency has been demanding hundreds of pounds in payment before prospective tenants are allowed to...

29 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

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

Shocking London 'Beds In Sheds' case leads to bill for £42,000

A landlord is almost £42,000 worse off after repeatedly ignoring council orders to stop illegally letting so called “beds in sheds”...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter on the warpath again over default fees

Shelter is campaigning for the outlawing if default fees levied on tenants by agents in Wales. While the campaigning group welcomes the Renting...

19 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

Agent hit with massive £30,000 fine for letting one tiny room

A lettings agent who let a tiny room behind a kitchen in a property in London has been ordered to pay...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Name and shame rip-off agents' demand Trading Standards and NALS

Trading Standards departments in London are asking renters to name and shame letting agents who are not complying with the law...

13 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