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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

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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

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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

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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

The soaring value of property management

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

27 June 2019

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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

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

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

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

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

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider exchanges contracts on 44-storey resi tower

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on the West Tower in Manchester’s Deansgate, bringing the firm’s total of BTR units in...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning over dangers of utility meter-tampering in private rental sector

The rental market is being warned of the dangers from unsafe gas and electricity supplies caused by meter-tampering.  Research undertaken by the Grosvenor...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: date set for full High Court challenge

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

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA urges agents to back Gas Safety Week awareness campaign

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s asking its member to get behind Gas Safety Week which takes place from...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Aggressive practices against tenant lead to £1,750 fine

A buy to let investor has been fined £1,750 because of his alleged “aggressive practices”.  Shafaqat Ali Sadiq, of Derby, has been...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Date set for Bill allowing tenants to sue over property conditions

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

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

L&G says 50% of latest Build To Rent scheme has been pre-let

Legal & General, one of the biggest players in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector, says it has pre-let 50 per...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

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

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Broker reveals buy to let impact of road crash Brexit negotiations

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

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

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sub-letting deal with lettings agency 'could be start of a trend'

Airbnb, which is facing tough local restrictions in many of the largest cities in which it operates, says its new link...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge 650-unit Build To Rent site in London snapped up by key developer

Legal & General, one of the biggest players in Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent market, has exchanged contracts on its largest...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Trio of lettings agencies fined in overcrowding and sub-letting scandal

Three agencies have been heavily fined after a property in London was being used for multiple occupation with 11 people living...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

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

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

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

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

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

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Kicked out: two lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

High Court go ahead for Judicial Review of Right To Rent

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign for mandatory electrical testing of appliances in rental properties

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

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be challenged in court this week

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

04 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants massively ignorant of health and safety in their homes

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey finds many tenants don't check tradespeople's credentials

A new survey of tenants suggests many know little about essential maintainance of their property, and often fail to check the...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Another redress scheme runs a special offer - this time for agents in NALS

The scramble for members amongst rival redress systems continues apace. Earlier this week The Property Ombudsman announced it was to waive joining...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents should embrace Build To Rent, urges PropTech chief

The chief of a PropTech firm says letting agents should consider participating in the growing Build to Rent sector.  Until now, many...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid in London reveals illegal House in Multiple Occupation

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

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir brings industry veteran Michael Stoop on board

Belvoir Lettings has announced that industry veteran Michael Stoop has joined the board as a non-executive director, with Nicholas Leeming stepping...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels lettings agencies over payments issues

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

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Management firm's £2,000 bill for failing to keep property in good repair

A property management company has been landed with a legal bill of almost £2,000 after admitting that it failed to keep...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

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

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

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

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Court case shows agents must be scrupulous in issuing paperwork to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members - and all letting agents - of the need to be...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Milestone: £12 billion of BTL mortgages transferred between lenders

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

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent joins Proptech firm behind lettings scheduling tool

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs attempts to overturn Right To Rent migrant checks

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

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Two legal challenges being mounted against Right To Rent policy

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another city to host its first Build To Rent development

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

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas check changes give more flexibility to agents and landlords

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Smart Wales issues 185 fixed penalty notices and 15 prosecutions

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

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

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

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

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

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

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans gives insight into its campaign against sub-letting

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

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major Build To Rent provider strengthens housing team with key hire

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

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

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

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest conviction under controversial Rent Smart Wales regime

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

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold campaigner calls on Queen to end 'feudal' system

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

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Deposit Scheme's new hire will lead digital innovation

The Tenancy Deposit Service has created the new post of chief operating officer, with the first postholder charged with “leading our...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial licensing scheme said to have won government backing

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

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm owner jailed for failing to repay 'illegal' rent

The owner of a property firm who reportedly misled tenants and let an illegally converted property has been jailed for 155...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New site could provide hundreds more Build To Rent properties

Legal & General, one of the largest operators in the growing Build To Rent sector, has acquired a 272 acre site...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done’ to ensure safety of agents and other staff

A report on progress into the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s new code - introduced precisely a year ago - suggests more still...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will require better contracts, says mortgage chief

The buy to let sector should prepare itself for issues which may arise if the government goes ahead with its intention...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£12,000 fine for illegally letting out London basement

A buy to let investor has been fined over £12,000 for illegally renting out a basement underneath an outbuilding at his...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must undergo training, government consultation reveals

The government has announced that all letting agents will be required to “satisfy minimum training requirements” in order to trade. The provision...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Prepare for retaliatory eviction disputes' urges legal expert

A leading legal expert specialising in the private rental market says the sector should set up basic procedures to protect against...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call on government for leaseholders to get fair treatment

It is 50 years since the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 became law and now a firm speciaising in enfranchisement extension wants the government...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Free seminar for agents on sub-letting and rental sector changes

A leading legal firm is staging a free and interactive seminar on sub-letting, aimed at letting agents. The event takes place on...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: independent 'inspection' of scheme announced

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has started what is described as an official inspection of Right To Rent. Legislation...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Illegal eviction of tenant leads to 12-month Community Service Order

A local authority has prosecuted a landlord for illegally evicting a tenant. Tendring district council prosecuted Lisa Bottone of Chelmsford who admitted...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator moves to no-fees model for London scheme

Build To Rent developer Be says it is moving to a no-fees model for its development at Hayes in west London....

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords steal nearly £850,000 - and counting

A lettings agency chief who monitors legal action against rogue agencies and landlords says almost £850,000 of deposits have been stolen...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent fuelling massive ID fraud, BBC investigation reveals

The BBC says Right To Rent legislation is fuelling a burgeoning market in fake IDs - in some cases creating access...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES fundamentally flawed for heritage properties, claims group

The CLA says the energy efficiency regulations for the lettings sector coming into effect in April are “fundamentally flawed” when it...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency director banned from office after 'diverting' £900,000

The director of a lettings company has been banned from holding company office for eight years following the revelation that he...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants government action on gas and carbon monoxide

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until tomorrow.  “As Gas Safety Week...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency and director fined after council acts over illegal advertising

A lettings agency and its director have been ordered to pay more than £2,500 in fines and costs for illegally advertising...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation from October 1 - just the latest London council to tighten its private...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free legal seminars on tenant eviction

A series of free legal events for letting agents and landlords is to launch this month with an advisory session on...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency introducing 'ultra prime' lettings division

Rokstone has launched a new lettings division, operating out of the firm’s existing Marylebone offices and covering both short and long term...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: Brexit is making it harder for EU tenants

Almost a fifth of landlords say they are now less likely to let to EU nationals or people from the European...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord given just three months to pay huge £300k fine

A landlord who was found guilty of illegally converting a hotel into 26 flats has been given three months to pay...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO extends rogue letting agency's ban by four years

The Property Ombudsman scheme (TPO) has extended its expulsion of a letting agency by an additional four years. Premier Property Management, based...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with fine for illegally evicting tenant

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for evicting a tenant illegally.  Last week, Suhail Mahmood, 30, was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates'...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

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Prosecution of agency over 'sham licences' is first of its kind

This month’s prosecution of a letting agency for issuing ‘sham licences’ that suggested occupiers had no right to challenge eviction and...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should beware growing ID fraud, warns reference provider

Reference provider Rent4sure says agents should beware of the growing issue of online identity fraud, especially hitting people in their 30s.   A...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - role of parental finance help in private rental sector

The Bank of Mum and Dad isn’t just a phenomenon in the sales market - new research shows it’s a growing...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Bizarre court case means tenant will have 'cheap rent for life'

A tenant appears to be entitled to pay sub-market rent for the rest of his life after a legal case involving...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning about Airbnb hosts breaching lease terms

A legal firm has added its weight to the warning that many Airbnb hosts could be, by accident or design, breaching...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils uses dawn raids in clampdown on sublets and beds in sheds

A London council is using dawn raids in its clampdown on illegal subletting and on so-called ‘beds in sheds’ where tenants...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts launches fixed-fee online-only lettings option

Humberts has launched an online-only lettings option for landlords with a PropTech firm which has previously operated a service described as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord moves into rent protection

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord is branching into rent protection with a product that can be integrated into the company’s app.   “Agents can...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords with Reference Plus

A 3-in-1 referencing solution to help agents secure safer tenancies. Rent4sure’s 3-in-1 referencing solution has been specifically designed to help agents secure...

03 August 2017

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Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: agency chief says it'll be more complex under Brexit

The head of an online letting agency specialising in student accommodation says the controversial Right To Rent legislation may have to...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for unregulated eviction firms to sign up to redress schemes

One of the leading eviction specialists is calling for unregulated companies offering similar services to sign up to redress schemes in...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

More than 100 criminal prosecutions have been secured against landlords since the start of an enforcement crackdown by Brent council in...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - over 20 per cent of MPs are landlords

New research by Channel 4 reveals that 123 MPs - just over one fifth of the total - let out at...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

With a host of changing regulations hitting the private rental sector, some landlords may be put off using letting agents, but...

20 July 2017

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Lettings campaigner says latest fraud scandal must prompt action by police

A property campaigner says the failure of the police to investigate a lettings agent who was eventually convicted of fraud after...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for independent complaints body to be set up for private renting

Private renters aren’t pressing agents and landlords to carry out repairs to their home over fears they’ll be evicted, claims Citizens...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New insurance product launched aimed at Buy To Let sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender LandBay has teamed up with financial services giant Legal & General to provide a new...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

A lettings firm and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government is offering private buy to let investors who have properties in high-rise buildings...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

The head of the parent firm of mydeposits is warning tenants and landlords tempted to enter into new ‘no-deposit’ schemes to...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council steps up action to curb Airbnb-style short lets

Southwark council in south London is sending leaflets to all its leaseholders to warn them that letting out homes on any...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings companies fined over illegal advertising boards

A local authority has clamped down on what it describes as illegal advertising boards, fining agencies thousands of pounds in the...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding campaign for Right to Rent challenge exceeds target

The crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme across the UK has exceeded...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £10,000 after serious fire safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching three separate fire regulations. Charles Thornton was fined...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent legal challenge nears funding target

A crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme is nearing its funding target. With...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

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Salford Build to Rent scheme opens its doors to tenants

A Build to Rent scheme in Salford is launching this week with tenants moving in to purpose-built rental accommodation at 'The...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Majority of councils failing to police compulsory fee disclosure

Research by the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has identified that some 93% of local authorities have failed to issue a...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies after complex investigations

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme.   As we reported when the story broke yesterday afternoon, one...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two letting agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme

Two lettings agencies have this afternoon been expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme. In one case, TPO expelled Lettings Solutions Ltd...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity crowdfunding for legal challenge against Right to Rent rollout

Immigration charity Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are unenforceable, say rural landlords

A group of rural landlords has called on the government to clarify Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation being introduced next...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds is next stop for Legal & General Build to Rent project

Legal & General has announced that its fifth Build to Rent scheme will be in Leeds. The site, Mustard Wharf, has permission...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning from top agent to prepare for energy efficiency change

Agents and landlords are being warned by a property management agency to prepare for the next round of energy-efficiency regulation changes...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-year buy to let ban after tenants' lives 'put at risk'

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a buy to let landlord...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Evicting a tenant takes nine months and costs £2,000 says agency

It can take up to nine months to evict a tenant who isn’t paying their rent, according to an analysis by...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council demands every HMO in its patch be licensed

Greenwich council in London is the latest to announce an extension to its HMO licensing policy. The council is already legally obliged...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News