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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 29,474 | UK Deaths: 2,352 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 110,574 | Italy Deaths: 13,155 | Italy Recovered: 16,847 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 104,118 | Spain Deaths: 9,387 | Spain Recovered: 22,647 SEE MAP See the latest Coronavirus statistics from across the world on our world map SEE MAP UK Confirmed cases: 29,474 | UK Deaths: 2,352 | UK Recovered: 135 SEE MAP Italy Confirmed cases: 110,574 | Italy Deaths: 13,155 | Italy Recovered: 16,847 SEE MAP Spain Confirmed cases: 104,118 | Spain Deaths: 9,387 | Spain Recovered: 22,647 SEE MAP

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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

Short lets sector collapses with 70 per cent of rentals cancelled

Airbnb and similar platforms have seen a collapse of business since the start of the Coronavirus crisis with some 70 per...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

Like many agencies, the Milton Keynes company Cauldwell Property Services has most of its staff working from home and handling sellers’...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - key way to keep staff as industry is Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London agencies digging deep and leafletting to help the community

When it comes to good works, one frequently-featured agency is Chestertons in London - and again it’s come up trumps during...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Nurses get to the frontline using a letting agency's spare car

A Blackpool lettings agent has come to the rescue of two NHS nurses whose car had broken down - and now...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

 Clever branding by agent promotes Stay At Home, Protect The NHS

An estate agency has enterprisingly labelled all of its property listings with the mantra we must all respect - Stay At...

01 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

‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

Knight Frank is reporting that tenants in high-value London markets are agreeing deals that allow them to delay the start of...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Belvoir franchisees being helped to “reshape their businesses”

Franchise giant Belvoir says it’s helping its franchisees “reshaping their businesses” to cope with the Coronavirus crisis. In a trading statement showing...

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

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action and star of a Channel 5 programme on evictions, says he fully backs the...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

There’s growing concern across the lettings sector about the buy to let mortgage market seeing lenders pull product ranges, tighten lending...

27 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

Robust systems vital to manage rent and mortgage holidays - claim

A leading Proptech expert says agents must have robust payment systems to cope with the unusual pressure of tracking mortgage and...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help for self employed agents and new lettings info: Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to the latest Conquering Corona - our guide for agents to get through these challenging times. Please let us...

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

Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

Paperwork released overnight by the government appears to confirm that the notice period for evictions is extending from two months to...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent activists defy lockdown and vandalise branch office

Two lettings agencies have been vandalised by activists who defied the Coronavirus lockdown to damage property. Local media reports in Cheltenham say...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency offers staff and cars to help NHS tenants and landlords

A lettings agency in central London is setting an example to the industry by offering help to its landlords and tenants...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants eviction ban ‘reinstated’ for Coronavirus crisis period

Labour is on the warpath against the government following the surprise contents of the Coronavirus Emergency Bill, apparently watering down the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Great news - Short let properties opened to Key Workers for free

There are few silver linings to today’s Coronavirus crisis but there’s a heroic effort being made by a short let accommodation...

24 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

Shares in top lettings agency plummet 50% in one month

Although the worst of the stock market bloodletting triggered by Coronavirus now appears to have gone, franchise agency group Belvoir has...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lender offers ‘instant’ mortgage decisions for buy to let borrowers

A lender is now offering what it calls ‘instant decisions-in-principle’ for buy to let purchasers still buying property at the moment. Landbay...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column on Friday. Before we get on with it, a reminder...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector abandons short-lets as virus kills off tourist business

There’s been a sharp drop in rental churn since the Coronavirus outbreak worsened according to a flat-sharing website. SpareRoom says that across...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus damage to rental sector could hit £15 billion - claim

New research suggests the damage to the private rental sector in terms of non-payment of rent could be a remarkable £15...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets shouldn’t have to give cash refunds, says new trade body

The growing number of companies offering support services to hosts and agencies that operate short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms...

20 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

Acts of Kindness - an agency’s experience with its landlord clients…

We imagine many agencies have encountered acts of kindness from their clients in recent days - and agents themselves are going...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Total ban on evictions for three months, with blessing of trade groups

The government has announced a complete ban on evictions in the private and social sectors for any tenant affected by the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new webinars, contingency plans, trade groups info

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Winkworth snaps another independent

Franchise giant Winkworth has expanded its presence in Reading with the acquisition of a local independent lettings agency. It’s snapped up AMPM,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors considering selling - even before virus

A survey of the buy to let market conducted by a bank before the latest acceleration in the Coronavirus outbreak suggests...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New advice on staff rights, home working, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

One of the lettings sector’s leading trade bodies has called on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures...

17 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

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Severe stock shortage strengthens rental market ahead of virus

A lettings market snapshot conducted before the worst effects of the Coronavirus were known suggests the rental market is relatively strong...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Swedish investors behind massive UK Build To Rent fund-raising

A massive £250m has been raised from a Swedish pension fund towards UK Build To Rent projects. Property development firm Oxford Properties...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: Daily tips and news for agents to beat the virus

Letting Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat.  This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC warns investment sellers on CGT changes

HM Revenue & Customs has issued a new warning to buy to let and Holliday home owners about a major change...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

PropTech platform teclet is offering letting agents that list with OnTheMarket a three month trial offer of a digital inventory service. One...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Does paying 50% of salary in rent really make an area affordable?

A PropTech platform claims that an area where the average rent is 50 per cent of less of an average salary...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Double top! Leaders Romans Group’s second acquisition in a few days

Leaders Romans Group has made another acquisition of a multi-office independent agency. It’s snapped up six-branch Outlook Property, which has offices across...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

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

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

The government has been called upon to issue specific Coronavirus guidance for the rental sector. The chief executive of the Association of...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference postponed until September due to virus

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference until September. In a statement to registered attendees last evening ARLA says: “After...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget “fails tenants” say trade groups - but at least no new rental taxes…

The Budget has failed tenants by doing nothing to increase the supply of private rental property according to two lettings sector...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative supplier signs another 31 agency branches

One of the major deposit alternative operators has announced 31 new letting agency branches have signed up, from three high-profile brands. Zero...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let HMO did not even have a working smoke detector

A shocking case of a buy to let HMO that did not even have a working smoke detector has led to...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Fitness For Human Habitation

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force across the country on the 20th March 2019. The act is designed...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Breakthrough for agents as Open Banking set to speed and improve payments

Letting agents will for the first time be able to use Open Banking to process payments more efficiently, following a decision...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency buys £2.6m of student properties on behalf of investors

A lettings agent has completed a £2.6million property acquisition plan in one city on behalf of investors, and will go on...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Not so grand - average rent still under the £1,000 threshold

The latest lettings market snapshot by HomeLet shows that average rents across the UK are still not breaking through the £1,000...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

The Bournemouth branch of Martin & Co has acquired a local independent agent. Bullock & Lees, a local south coast firm, has...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does...

10 March 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

£10m investment for PropTech firm to expand offering to agents

PropTech company Goodlord, already used by hundreds of agencies across the UK, has revealed a £10m investment windfall after its latest...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group snaps up another independent chain

Leaders `Romans Group has snapped up the scottfraser lettings and sales business.  scottfraser has four Oxford offices and a fifth in Witney,...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£87,000 fine after rental flats declared “serious risk to life”

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of letting out poor quality living accommodation that was said to pose...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief to set out objectives of new rental sector body

The chief executive of a new lettings sector trade body is to address his first conference next month, giving an indication...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: trade group tries to reassure agents

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has issued guidance to members about how to reassure its lettings agent and landlord clients...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 tenants sign up to Zoopla rental programme

Over 100,000 current or aspiring tenants have signed up to an education programme explaining how the rental sector works, run by...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council uses Foxtons-style ‘big data’ to police lettings

The controversial Liverpool council licensing scheme is to be policed through the use of what the authority calls “cutting-edge big data...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists angry at councils not taking action over 'unsafe' homes

Pressure group Generation Rent claims half of London’s councils did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Voids and rent steady as lettings market stabilises

It’s steady-as-she-goes in the rental market according to the latest market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord.  Void periods dropped slightly in...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants with Coronavirus should get three months free rent - call

An anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert says any private rented sector tenant with Coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

112 redundancies after Airbnb support firm collapses

It’s now been revealed that 112 redundancies have followed the collapse of controversial short lets support firm Hostmaker. The overseas operation of...

05 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

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short-lets support firm collapses with huge debts

Hostmaker, a property management firm working with properties listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has ceased trading with its parent...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: major rental sector energy changes soon

The Guild of Property Professionals is reminding the rental sector that owners of properties to let have only until April 1...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Under Investigation! Agents probed for alleged Fees Ban breaches

A newspaper claims multiple councils are opening investigations into agents allegedly defying the tenant fees ban - and at least one...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons in £2.2m deal to buy independent agency

Foxtons has snapped up a lettings agency in suburban London. It’s bought London Stone Properties Limited and its subsidiary company London Stone...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Police hit ‘slavery’ landlord with landmark court order

The West Midlands Police force says it’s secured what it calls a “landmark court order” against a rogue landlord who turned...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council says 11,000 homes in its patch are on short-let sites

The leaseholder of a council property in central London has been found guilty of advertising it on Airbnb and the Booking.com...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in sealed bids for Central London rental properties

Growing demand and a shrinking supply of rental properties in prime central London has led to a 50 per cent surge...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

The clampdown on referral fees, until now concentrated on the sales sector, will extend to letting agents too. James Munro, head of...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Victory for buy to let as minister stops another licensing scheme

The government has rejected a council’s bid to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: annual costs of being a buy to let investor these days...

A typical buy to let property pays over £600 in fees a year according to a new study released today. Insurance company...

28 February 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

Lettings sector optimism on the rise, despite string of obstacles

Optimism amongst investors in the private rental sector is on the rise, despite the various tax and regulation obstacles facing the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

A council’s intervention has stopped a landlord forcing his private tenants to use an external staircase to enter their home -...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand from prospective tenants at an all-time high, say agents

Demand for rental properties in January increased to the highest level on record with 88 prospective tenants registered per lettings agency...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council links rogue landlord case to its dispute with government

A buy to let investor has been hit with a bill of almost £9,500 after being accused of allowing a tenant...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Big rise in lettings activity for Arun group

Arun - which has the brands of Douglas Allen in East London and Essex, Ward & Partners in Kent, Cubitt &...

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

Right To Rent red-tape no clearer under new immigration system

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has been informed that the controversial Right To Rent checks forced on to agents and...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Top London agency expanding with ‘free six months’ to landlords

London agency Draker Lettings is expanding its patch - and offering landlords a free service for six months. Draker, which is 10...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Too many Airbnb short lets? Blame government, says trade body

The government is driving landlords into the short let sector according to a trade body. The Residential Landlords Association, responding to recent...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

Shelter, which routinely criticises lettings agents and landlords, has been slammed for the huge amount of public funding it receives -...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets management firm scrambling for investors - claim

A newspaper claims that a short lets management firm that handles properties let on Airbnb and similar platforms is scrambling for...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Drive To Survive:  This flat to rent comes with a Bentley…

For a cool £1,153 a week you would expect a flat, even in pricey central London, to come with some perks. A...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent confronted over £23,000 stolen to fund gambling habit

A lettings agent who stole over £23,000 from tenants to pay for his gambling habit and pay off debt has escaped...

24 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

Five agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme after disputes

The Property Ombudsman has expelled five agencies, mostly for failures to honour awards: four of them are lettings operations and one...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s bid to restore reputation destroyed by employee

A lettings agency owner has spoken about his bid to restore his firm's reputation after it was destroyed by a former employee. Earlier...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the optimum property type for the best buy to let yield

Two bedroom properties produce the best yields for buy to let investors according to the latest research. Lettings management platform Howsy has...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another huge Build To Rent scheme - 348 city centre homes

Grainger, one of the biggest names in Build To Rent, has agreed to buy a proposed 348 home-scheme in central Nottingham. The...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media

Who are you? Jed Topping, Business Development Executive for Virgin Media How can sales and letting agents work with Virgin Media to earn extra revenue? By...

20 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

New warning about imminent buy to let tax clampdown

There’s a new warning today for buy to let investors who will be hit by tax changes coming into effect on...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

“Inefficient” High Street agencies accused of making voids longer

An online lettings agency has accused High Street rivals of being “inefficient” and making voids longer than necessary.  Home Made, which operates...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Double Trouble as crooks smash offices and steal computers - twice

A Sheffield agency has suffered two break-ins over just four days, with computers stolen and offices damaged. MorfittSmith’s sales office was the...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock for buy to let as income plummets by a fifth in a decade

The typical landlord’s income from property has plummeted by a fifth in under a decade according to the National Landlords’ Association. Its...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the top priorities for tenants in 2020

A survey by lettings agency Carter Jonas has revealed what the firm calls the top priorities for tenants as the 2020s...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let demand to rise this year according to lender’s study

Nearly four out of 10 landlords believe that tenant demand will rise this year, according to a study by high-profile buy...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

'Stay as long as you want' tenancies for key workers and graduates

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent developers says it is specifically targeting certain tenant types for one of its...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency snaps up local independent

London agency Keatons has acquired a nearby independent rival, JD Property. JD Property’s staff have already been relocated into Keatons existing office in Deptford.  This is Keatons' third acquisition in three years and now...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Slash Capital Gains Tax on rental sales, Chancellor urged

A trade group’s submission to the Treasury ahead of next month’s Budget includes a call for the new Chancellor to slash...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Stand by for rent rises in 2020, says leading franchise agency

Almost three quarters of Belvoir’s lettings franchisees anticipate rent increases this year.  In a survey of the franchise firm’s offices across the...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Emergency Prohibition Order over shocking dangerous bedroom

A council in a leafy area of south east England has issued an emergency prohibition order to a buy to let...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

 HMRC grabs millions in latest clampdown on buy to let

It’s been revealed that a clampdown on the buy to let sector by HM Revenue and Customs has produced millions of...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Told You So! Landlord numbers plummet according to agency's figures

Cynics who rejected claims that landlords would quit the buy to let sector because of increasing bureaucracy and higher taxes may...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five-branch firm is latest customer for online agency platform

A five branch lettings and sales firm is the latest agency to sign up to love2move, a PropTech platform that allows...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let getting a new look in one part of the country says top agent

One of the country’s leading buying agencies says buy to let is changing in prime central London, as corporate structures replace...

14 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

More independent agencies snapped up by regional giant

The Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has revealed more acquisitions of independent agencies as it tightens its grip on the regional...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rivalry between agents is key feature of enhanced PropTech platform

The PropTech platform Movebubble has upgraded its features to increase rivalry between lettings agents and thus enhance the renting experience for...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus guidance for lettings sector issued by trade body

The National Landlords Association has issued advice for the lettings sector on the coronavirus infection. Although much of the advice is a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - scrap SDLT surcharge and reverse tax changes!

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has made an uncompromising set of demands on the government, asking it to implement a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla now leading portal for lettings in London, it claims

Zoopla says it’s now in what it calls “a clear, market-leading position” in terms of rental properties in the capital. In a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Portal, agencies and directors hit with £100,000 penalty over unsafe flat

A room-finding portal, along with the owners of a London lettings agency and management firm, must pay over £100,000 for letting...

12 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

Most of UK sees rent rises of 2% to 5% in past year

The latest lettings market snapshot provided by HomeLet shows that the average rent across the UK as a whole is now...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The shape of buy to let - Ed Sheeran’s £57m property empire

One of Ed Sheeran’s first massive hits was Lego House. And now, not many years later, it’s been revealed that he’s...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More letting agents want to sell-up, says PropTech report

A survey by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests a growing number of agents want to sell up. Goodlord surveyed 200 agencies for its...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Innovative co-living rental option offered by new developer

A new concept of co-living is being offered on a rental basis at a new purpose-built development in west London. The firm...

11 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

Older renters likely to transform lettings landscape, says report

A government report suggests the private rental sector is attracting an increasing number of older tenants - and the sector needs...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

BBC asks: Do letting agents mis-sell deposit alternative schemes?

A BBC investigation suggests some agents may be mis-selling deposit alternative schemes. Tenants are then hit by what the probe says are...

10 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

HMRC data shows landlords quitting buy to let as tax rises bite

An analysis of HMRC data reveals that the number of small buy-to-let landlords has dropped for the first time in five...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

Pet-friendly tenancies of the kind envisaged by the government could oblige some private landlords to quit the sector, it’s claimed. Over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Humiliation for government as rogues’ database is largely ignored

The government’s hugely-publicised database for rogue letting agents and landlords has been running for almost two years and has…wait for it…just...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant reveals four new developments for 2020

Grainger, one of the biggest names in Build To Rent in the UK, says its current BTR pipeline stands at 24...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb clampdown on young renters of party houses - but not yet in UK

Airbnb is reported to have banned under-25s in Canada from booking whole properties in their local areas to prevent potentially-violent house...

07 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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Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

Generation Rent - an outspoken organisation sharply critical of lettings agents and many aspects of the private rental sector - is...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: shocking impact on agents revealed in report

The majority of letting agents have lost up to 20 per cent of their revenue because of the fees ban -...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pause for thought before accepting pets, agents advised

Agents and landlords are advised to think carefully before allowing tenants to keep pets, despite a government push to relax restrictions. The...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple prosecutions as council names and shames rogues

A council has prosecuted five private landlords who failed to get licences for the properties they let out. Oldham council says its...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency claims it’s winning landlords from “lax” rivals

A lettings agency in one of the most competitive markets in Britain says it’s enjoyed a record year winning landlords from...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s huge boost to local economies revealed by survey

A mortgage company has attempted to quantify how much private landlords inject into local economies. Aldermore’s research, surveying 1,000 UK-based landlords, discovered...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

London’s lettings market mixed, according to high end agency

Knight Frank has released its latest rental market summary for London, and it paints a mixed picture. Firstly the number of properties...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for repeatedly ignoring rental licensing laws

A landlord has ended up with fines totalling over £90,000 after repeatedly ignoring a council’s selective licensing regime. Stephen Ige pleaded guilty...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Over a billion pounds in deposits could be unprotected - claim

One of the growing number of deposit replacement providers claims that there could be £1.2 billion in deposit monies that are...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Corporate makes 150 acquisitions - and now says it wants more

Leaders Romans Group has snapped up another independent - this time the three office Welsh agency Moginie James. Moginie James - owned by...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings supplier wins Gold Trusted Service Award

Lettings payment automation provider PayProp has won a Gold Trusted Service Award from online reviews platform Feefo. The PropTech firm was deemed...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as 500,000 rental homes lost to Airbnb and others

Nearly half a million properties could be removed from the long-term lettings market as disenchanted landlords move to short-lets. A survey by...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Asking rents hit new record according to latest Rightmove figures

London’s asking rents hit a new record average of £2,119 per calendar month as the ongoing shortage of property for tenants...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

High-flying Belvoir bats off fees ban to record another profits rise

Belvoir, which describes itself as the UK’s largest property franchise, has just released figures showing its 23rd successive year of uninterrupted...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Goal! The industry’s favourite five-a-side tournament is back...

It’s back - the five-a-side football tournament which made its successful debut last year with teams from the agency and property...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market back in the black says Savills

The prime London lettings market has returned to growth after three years of falling rents, according to new five-year forecasts from...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Steve Rad, Managing Director at InventoryBase

Who are you and what is your role within the company? Steve Rad, Managing Director What is ‘company name’ and what does it...

30 January 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Clampdown on lettings agents triggered by MPs’ own experiences - claim

A prominent member of the House of Lords has given a surprising insight into how the fiscal and regulatory clampdown on...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s largest independent agent strikes PropTech partnership deal

Haart has announced a strategic partnership with software platform teclet which will now be adopted in all lettings offices in the...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency speaks out against long-term empty homes

A lettings agency is calling on local councils to tackle the growing problem of long-term empty homes. My Property Box says that...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

We warned you! Government told of rising rents thanks to fees ban

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions has hit an all time low...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We beat the fees ban’ - franchisees see revenue growth

The Property Franchise Group, which has a string of major agency brands, has reported a strong performance in 2019 despite the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another franchise branch snaps up a rival independent agency

Another branch of The Property Franchise Groups’s brand Martin & Co has snapped up an independent rival - and it’s the...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in fake inventories in the past year, claims lettings body

There was a surge in the number of fake lettings inventories submitted last year, allowing tenants to be conned out of...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘more interested in saving for holidays than a deposit’ - claim

More tenants save to go on holiday than to put a deposit down on a home to own according to buy...

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

Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier says it’s key to electrical safety compliance

Lettings PropTech platform teclet says its product is key for agents seeking to comply with new electrical safety regulations in a...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big London and SE England bias in buy to let investor profile

A third of all landlords live in Greater London and the South East according to data collated by a property management...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that one-in-50 London homes is a short let

New research claims that one in every 50 homes in the capital is let on a short-term platform like Airbnb or...

24 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

HMOs increasingly popular in lettings market despite complexity

The latest lettings market snapshot by mortgage lender Paragon has found that of the landlords planning to purchase property in the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

One in five landlords to invest in buy to let on 2020 - claim

A mortgage firm claims some 22 per cent of existing lettings sector investors plan to buy at least another one lettings...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

 Defunct online lettings agency had three possible buyers before closure

It’s been revealed that Upad, the lettings agency which closed at short notice in October last year, had three prospective buyers...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets supporters push back against possible restrictions

The new body representing short let digital platforms like Airbnb and the large number of associated companies that have sprung up...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent defends HMO scheme after “greedy” accusation

An agent acting on behalf of a landlord has defended a bid for retrospective planning permission, but a Labour councillor has...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets firm that had advertisement banned changes its name

A London company that has previously had an ad banned by the Advertising Standards Authority has announced a change of name. The...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another tax hike on its way for the lettings industry?

An accountancy trade body is warning of another possible tax hike to hit the lettings industry. The Association of Accounting Technicians is...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform helps agency staff quit and set up own companies

A new lettings platform claims it can help existing agents and staff working for companies quit and fulfil their dream of...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big drop in homes on lettings market, reports Zoopla

New investment in private rented housing has fallen since 2016 as some private landlords have dipped out of the sector in...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent named as new ARLA Propertymark president-elect

ARLA Propertymark has named Angela Davey as president elect, following Richard Selwyn stepping down last year due to personal circumstances. Davey has...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New acquisition means branch has become largest in national agency

The Gainsborough branch of Martin & Co has become the largest single office within the national agency thanks to a fifth...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals 30% rise in turnover after expanding into Build To Rent

Manchester lettings agency Ascend says it’s had a record year in 2019, bolstered by its new Build To Rent involvement. The company...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

safeagent announces new ‘qualified’ designation for agents

Accreditation body safeagent has announced a new designation for lettings and management agents who successfully pass its NCFE accredited courses. The designation...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders could rise this year after councils win extra cash

Councils that have been awarded additional cash injections by government could use their windfalls to enhance their enforcement of the private...

20 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

Technology will be crucial to maintaining relationships for letting agents in the 2020s

Technology has completely transformed the lettings landscape over the past decade, but perhaps not in the way many expected it would. Letting...

17 January 2020

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Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tax are key worries for buy to let investors in 2020

A new survey suggests there may be an exodus of investors out of buy to let - some 27 per cent...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaign group set to almost double in size

A campaign group that has held protests outside letting agents’ branches and has been fiercely critical of fees, says it’s seen a...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent takes 75% of income in some areas, admits agency

A lettings agency admits that the proportion of net income required to cover rent has hit 75 per cent in some...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession court delays - lettings industry worries grow

London courts are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases according to a trade body. New figures show the...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student specialist lettings agency enjoys record business

Specialist letting agency and property management company Student Housing has had its busiest quarter, it says. The Lincoln-based agency added 30 new...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Disgraced agency boss disqualified over deposit scandal

A lettings management boss has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard over £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Kelly Louise Forrester...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at licensing scheme extension being rejected

The fallout continues over the government’s shock refusal to allow Liverpool council to continue its huge landlord licensing scheme. Yesterday we reported that...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let league table reveals where demand is strongest

A rental management platform has compiled a league table of where tenant demand is strongest for homes to let - and...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings book acquisition leads to new franchise branch opening

Martin & Co’s Ashford branch is opening a new office just outside the Kent town following a deal to acquire a...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New carbon monoxide lettings rules set to be adopted by Assembly

The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to combat carbon monoxide poisoning. The regulations will require landlords and their...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb trying to tempt landlords seeking higher yields - claim

A leading property industry figure says Airbnb is attempting to persuade traditional buy to let landlords into going down the short-let...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £250,000 of public cash setting up lettings agency

Durham county council wants to spend just over £250,000 setting up a lettings agency to place tenants with private landlords. The authority...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Defunct online agency snapped up by PropTech rival

A trade magazine is reporting that online lettings agency Upad has been bought out by a PropTech platform. The Negotiator says Howsy...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property ‘guardian’ firm found guilty - now trading under new name

A company that slots temporary tenants into properties that it manages has been found guilty of 15 charges connected with Homes...

13 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

Airbnb Under Attack: campaign grows to regulate short lets

Politicians from several parties say they want their local council in Bristol to have the powers to regulate the number and...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists protest outside agency demanding it ‘sacks’ landlord client

A protest has been held outside a lettings agency in Manchester by tenants demanding that the firm ‘sacks’ one of its...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs government bid for ‘level playing field’ within lettings

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has thrown its weight behind an initiative by the Scottish Government to control the growth...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let lenders slash rates as competition hots up

Two major buy to let lenders have slashed their rates in a bid to win business. One of the highest profile lenders,...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group selects new PropTech lettings platform

Leaders Romans Group has selected a new PropTech platform after a competitive tendering process. The winning company was PropCo, which already services...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-LSL lettings expert snapped up by London PropTech start-up

A former director at LSL’s Build To Rent division has today been named as head of business development at a London...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Gloom - over quarter of landlords may sell in 2020

Some 26 per cent of buy to let investors plan to sell one or more of their properties in 2020 according...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market ‘strong and stable’ as new decade dawns

The rental market is stable as it enters 2020 according to the latest index from PropTech company Goodlord.  Five out of the...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

London rent increases muted compared to many top European cities

London rents increased by an average of 3.5 per cent in 2019 according to a European lettings monitor called HousingAnywhere. While this...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big expansion for lettings agency after two merger deals in a year

Darlington-based My Property Box has welcomed five new members of staff to its team who between them have amassed more than...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies merge to “enhance customer experience”

Two long-established lettings and sales agencies on the south coast have merged in a bid to “enhance customer experience.” Smart Property and...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Ending pet ban part of “mission to improve life for tenants” says minister

The government - which over the weekend made a surprise move to try to stop landlords banning tenants from keeping pets...

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

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to end pet bans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to overhaul the model tenancy contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. A surprise statement from the...

04 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

Student Lets: Question mark over value for money of purpose-built flats

A huge survey of students, seeking their views on accommodation, has ended with a question mark over the value for money...

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

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

There’s been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook, head of residential research at...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can beat S21 ban by working harder to avoid evictions - claim

Letting agents can beat the upcoming ban on Section 21 by updating key documentation and automating arrears management to reduce the...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade - and this is what rentals looked like in 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the rental market that’s dominated by football

A high end lettings agency says the most expensive rural rental market in the north west of England is dominated by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter boss and lettings agency critic honoured in New Year’s list

The chief executive of Shelter - the campaigning charity which has been sharply critical of letting agents in the past -...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits: ARLA sets out demands for safeguards

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has set out its demands should the governmental go ahead with proposals for lifetime deposits. In...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s largest-ever trade body launches this month

This month sees the launch of a new trade body for the lettings sector - the National Residential Landlords Association. It’s the...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents to see double digit rise by 2024

Knight Frank forecasts cumulative rental growth of 11 per cent in prime outer London and 10 per cent in prime central...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

No timetable for controversial Renters’ Reform Bill

No date has been set by government for the second reading of the Renters' Reform Bill 2019-20. The Bill was announced in...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shocking 12% drop in homes to let in parts of Britain in 2019

Countrywide has calculated that with many landlords exiting the buy to let market, the number of homes available to rent has...

27 December 2019

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

This is how much rents grew across Britain in 2019

Rental growth in Great Britain picked up throughout 2019 according to Countrywide.   In an analysis of the market released under the name...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Savvy landlords can still make Buy To Let work insists property chief

There’s still life in the buy to let market despite the regulatory and financial changes in recent years according to a...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to accelerate in 2020 according to surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a brief but optimistic assessment of the private rental market for next year. “As...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today - enjoy the festivities!

This is our last edition of Letting Agent Today until Friday December 27 and everyone at Angels Media, LAT and the...

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

Shock Survey: a third of landlords to quit or scale down investments

Just over third of private landlords are planning to quit the sector or cut the number of homes they let in...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents - the risk of voids increases at New Year

There’s a heightened risk of voids in the New Year period and agents and landlords should prepare: that’s the warning from...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise in 2020 as supply contracts still further - ARLA

An overwhelming proportion of letting agents - 84 per cent - say rents will rise next year, well up on the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings training and compliance info offered to independent agents

The fast-growing Federation of Independent Agents has this morning revealed that it’s linking with Training For Professionals, the largest provider of...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: Buy to let mortgage costs continue to drop

Mortgage costs in the buy to let market have continued to fall over the last three months - a trend seen across...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Complex buy to let investments set to become more popular next year

One of the highest profile buy to let mortgage lenders predicts that 2020 will see increasing numbers of investors going into...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Modest annual rent rise reported by HomeLet

The latest lettings market snapshot by referencing firm HomeLet shows the average rent in the UK is now £947. This is up...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency boss jailed for £230,000 fraud scandal

A Southampton lettings agency owner has been jailed after defrauding landlords and tenants out of £230,000. Andrew Whitehead has been jailed for...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications must be priority for new government says ARLA

The new government must prioritise the implementation of proposals to ensure letting agents and others in the industry are appropriately qualified. That’s...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents and demand dip as festive slowdown grips lettings market

New data from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents shows how the festive slowdown has hit the market. The number of tenants...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned! Man cannot be letting agent or landlord for 30 months

A landlord has been banned for two and half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing. This...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warnings that further rental reform mustn’t jeopardise supply

Richard Donnell, research director at Zoopla, is warning the government that future reform of the private rental sector must not jeopardise...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s that time again - ESTAS entries closing

The ESTAS, the national customer service awards recognising the best agents, brokers and suppliers, closes for entry at the end of...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency to link with software platform

The giant Hunters franchise chain, which has over 200 offices across the UK, Is boosting its technology through a strategic partnership...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 WILL be scrapped - it’s in Thursday’s Queen’s Speech

Number 10 briefings to the national media suggest that the scrapping of Section 21 - long talked about by the previous...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told: Improve communications with tenants

If letting agents want more satisfied clients and fewer disputes they should provide better information to tenants. That’s the view of PropTech...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Chinese buy to let investors buoyed by Tory landslide

Reports from China suggest that property investors from that country - a staple in the buy to let market in many...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories should adopt Labour housing policy, say anti-agent campaigners

Generation Rent, a campaign group that is consistently critical of lettings agencies and landlords, says a priority of the new government...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Three lettings agencies have been expelled from TPO - in each case the agency failed to honour a payment as instructed...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

19-branch family agency snapped up by Belvoir brand in £2m deal

Newton Fallowell, part of the Belvoir Group, has snapped up the Lovelle franchised agency group adding a further 19 offices to...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Help the rental sector! Trade body demands new government action

A trade body is warning of a crisis in the private rental market as new figures show a sharp drop in...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Let's celebrate! It’s been a decade of rental sector growth, says agency

Haart is trying to shift the mood music around the private rental sector from challenging to celebratory, saying there is plenty...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 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

Yet another fall in available rental stock, say surveyors

Once again the monthly market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reports a decline in the stock of rental...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

High-end agency claims best ever month for lettings division

The sales market in London continues to wreak havoc with agencies, as yesterday’s Foxtons story revealed, but one lettings agency is...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confusion prompts industry groups to create ‘the matrix’

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme have created a matrix for letting agents and landlords about...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lobbying works - ARLA wins 11-week delay in Welsh deposits change

Lobbying government can work, at least in some circumstances, as the Association of Residential Lettings Agents has seen in Wales.  Letting agents...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow lenders to see rogue landlord database, says mortgage chief

A prominent buy to let mortgage chief says lenders should be able to access the rogue landlord database launched last year. John...

10 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

Revealed: Why council's lettings fine was slashed by £28,000

A compliance consultant has explained why a local council’s penalty on a rogue landlord - initially £31,499 - was slashed to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top cities for buy to let revealed by new market tracker

A mortgage lender’s new Buy to Let City Tracker tool has calculated the best cities in the UK for buy to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents should respond to renters’ growing eco-worries, says supplier

An industry supplier says letting agents should respond supportively to the growing eco-consciousness shown by younger people who are likely to...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for a deposit dispute means you might avoid one…

Letting agents and landlords who prepare for a dispute at the outset of a tenancy increase their chances of avoiding one...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Second lettings agency merger in same city in two weeks

Longstanding Leeds based property company Adair Paxton has acquired boutique estate agency firm, Hudson Moody Wass. Founded in 2001, Hudson Moody Wass...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantee claim amended after watchdog intervenes

A developer offering a rent guarantee on its homes has amended its advertisement wording after an intervention by the Advertising Standards...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Prepare for imminent Anti-Money Laundering changes

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

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Rental sector “in a state of despair” warns lettings agents' chief

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Repayment and banning orders may be applied to rogue landlord

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

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Yet another independent snapped up as consolidation continues

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

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Landlord sentiment: things are bad…and getting worse

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

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Big regional firm announces its latest agency acquisition

Fast-growing Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has opened a new office in Leeds after acquiring a long-standing lettings firm. Snapping up Morgans...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Onwards and Upwards as Belvoir acquires independent agency

Belvoir has acquired another independent sales and lettings agency - this time it’s Onwards and Upwards, a firm in the Morley...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals Red Hot growth plans as it merges with rival

One of the north east of England’s higher profile estate agencies has restructured and merged with a rival ahead of what...

03 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

Landlord fined £340,000 in 2017 is now fined another £150,000

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £150,000 after failing to rectify safety hazards in a property he let. Latif Rehman...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property company boss fined £35,000 for buy to let licence breaches

The owner of two properties has been fined £35,000 for breaches of the selective licensiing regime in his local area.  At a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Expect a new breed of buy to let investor in 2020, says top agency

The Black Brick agency, which operates with high net worth clients, is forecasting that 2020 will see the arrival of a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s time again - we want your office Christmas photos and videos!

Don’t even think how quickly Christmas has come around again: it’s already December so we imagine many offices will be getting...

02 December 2019

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Tenant reference firm links with PropTech supplier to Leaders Romans

One of the UK’s largest tenant referencing and let insurance providers has announced a new integration with a PropTech firm -...

02 December 2019

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Huge rise in agents witnessing rent rises compared to a year ago

The latest rental market snapshot from the Association of Residential Letting Agents suggests that 50 per cent of agents witnessed an...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets firm tries to woo landlords away from buy to let

A short lets firm that describes itself as an “Airbnb management service” is launching an advertising campaign to woo landlords away...

29 November 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

Rental homes at Tube stations - first details from lettings giant

More details have emerged of the long-term scheme to site Build To Rent homes at Transport for London tube stations and...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternatives: new entrant to market is Hamilton Fraser

A new product in the increasingly competitive field of deposit alternatives has been launched by lettings and landlord insurance industry giant,...

28 November 2019

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Good news for lettings - upbeat market forecast for next five years

There’s been an upbeat assessment of how the private rental sector will fare in the next five years from a leading...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb firm backed by two Dragons Den stars rebrands as Nestor

The London Airbnb property management company previously known as AirAgents, has rebranded as Nestor. Established in 2015, AirAgents went on to win...

28 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

The next generation of renters has arrived. Are you ready to find them a home?

You don’t need to go far for news about the UK lettings market. From the banning of tenant fees to proposed...

27 November 2019

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App-based property management system targets SE England

A new PropTech app-based service claiming to reduce paperwork in property management is rolling out in London and the south east. Herddle...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency targets lettings with new one-stop-shop services

The relatively low profile 99home online agency says it is now the UK’s fifth largest operation in the online sector after...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Slow winter ahead for private rental sector warns market monitor

Agency Express, the board company that monitors the lettings market through demand for its To Let and Let By boards, warns...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency creating “the city’s most luxurious student accommodation”

A lettings agency has marked six months in business by embarking on a £100,000 project to create what it calls its...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters group urges ‘mass voter registration’ to sway Election

A pressure group that has spoken out against letting agents and landlords is urging private tenants to take part in a...

25 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

Labour council reveals huge rises in landlord licensing charges

There’s been a steep rise in the costs of landlord joining a compulsory licensing scheme operated by Labour-controlled Nottingham city council. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories' Lifetime Deposit idea is fundamentally flawed - claim

A leading provider of deposit alternatives has voiced concern at the Conservatives’ proposal to have a lifetime deposit scheme to make...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tax proposals 'final nail in the coffin of buy to let' - warning

Two specific elements of Labour’s tax proposals, outlined in its manifesto, could “drive a nail into the coffin of buy to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings portal raises £7m as it prepares for New Year launch

High-profile property management firm DJ Alexander is set for expansion following a £7m investment from Santander.  The capital funding package will be...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour to end Right To Rent but shift rental sector power to tenants

As the battle of political policies continues ahead of next month’s General Election, now Labour has unveiled a raft of initiatives...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories’ Lifetime Deposits get backing from trade group and renters

The Conservatives’ new concept of a so-called Lifetime Deposit has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association.  Yesterday, Letting Agent Today revealed...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Lettings platform reveals ‘repair or replace’ API partner

Lettings platform teclet has announced another API partner - the latest of many in recent months.  It’s the Product Care Repair or...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing, long tenancies, rent controls advocated by LibDems

The Liberal Democrats is the first of the major parties to release its party manifesto for the December 12 manifesto, and...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise group hikes charges to landlords by 10% because of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has issued an upbeat trading statement indicating that it’s mitigated much of the financial impact of the...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Family lettings company acquires three-year-old independent

A long-established lettings company in Scotland has acquired a three year old independent with a small portfolio of 45 properties. Riccardo Giovanacci...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence still rock bottom according to yet another survey

Another survey of private landlords show a majority feeling less confident about the market than they were three months ago. Last week...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams can be reduced by property visits, agents advised

An inventories supplier is advising that the growing number of sub-letting scams can be reduced by regular property visits by agents...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21: Anti-agency group steps up campaign

The pressure group Generation Rent, which in the past has been highly critical of letting agents and other aspects of the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm and landlord fined £22,000 for issuing ‘sham licences’

A rogue landlord and the property company he ran have been fined £22,000 for dishing out ‘sham licences’ to tenants in...

20 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

A Farce! Council issues rental licences to just 3% of applicants

A controversial private rental licensing regime that has already made the headlines for the wrong reasons has now been branded a...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Penalty notices may be issued after 500-plus complaints by tenants

A local council claims it has received over 500 complaints from private rental tenants since the start of April - approaching...

19 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

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

Labour has dropped its controversial policy under which private tenants would have been able to buy their homes at a discount. Press...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Well known regional agency strikes out into new territory

An independent Yorkshire letting agency has broken new ground by extending into Humberside for the first time, after striking a major...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Average UK rent up 2.7% in the past year says HomeLet

The latest lettings market snapshot by insurance firm HomeLet says the average rent across the UK is now £953, up 2.7...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, Licensing and HMOs: many agents fear they’re breaking the law

Just over a fifth of lettings agents questioned in a major industry survey are concerned that may not be complying with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rise in eviction delays show need for specialist court - claim

New figures just released by the government emphasise the significance of creating a specialist housing court says one of the lettings...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency that launched in 2017 in £250,000 deal to acquire independent

A lettings agency that launched just two years ago has snapped up an independent firm in the same city in a...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech property management platform signs 25 partners for launch

The property management platform Apropos, scheduled to launch early next year, says it’s signed up 25 business partners ahead of schedule. The...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents are less efficient because software is poorly integrated - claim

A PropTech firm says lettings and sales agents are less efficient because software providers and the wider industry have done too...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS launches its own fully-fledged review platform

ESTAS, the national customer service award scheme which recognises estate and letting agents,  conveyancers and mortgage advisors, has now fully launched...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council coordinating trial of digital checks on agents

A Labour council is leading a trial by local authorities of a new digital platform that checks whether agents, landlords and...

13 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

Big majority of landlords to purchase buy to lets via company structures

Almost two thirds of landlords say their next buy to let purchase will be through a limited company, not by themselves...

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

Crooked agent steals thousands ... and pays back just £850

A north of England letting agent who conned home owners out of thousands of pounds has been ordered to pay it back...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rent across Britain now £999 pcm says Countrywide

The average rent of a newly let property in Great Britain rose to £999 pcm in October according to data from...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Confidence in lettings sector plummets to all-time low amongst landlords

Landlords’ confidence in their lettings business has slumped to an all-time low, according to research by the National Landlords Association. In a...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Big rise in foreign landlords thanks to Brexit’s weak pound

The proportion of homes in Great Britain let by overseas based landlords is 11 per cent, up from seven per cent...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's veteran lettings supremo leaves at end of fees ban work

Countrywide has issued an unusual statement saying that the veteran lettings expert recruited to steer the organisation through the tenant fee...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London Labour Mayor repeats his call for rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls. Khan...

08 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

Agency voluntarily scraps To Let boards ‘as most renters look online’

A lettings agency has voluntarily decided to scrap To Let boards in densely populated areas, because they are unsightly and in...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Market snapshot: Voids reducing slightly, but rents dipping too

The latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord shows some regions enjoying lower void periods with others slower to stabilise.  Specifically, the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise as Prime London supply glut begins to subside

Knight Frank says the supply of new lettings properties in prime central London is likely to slow - and as a...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent protection firms merge to form ‘strategic partner for agents’

Industry supplier Let Alliance has merged with the Barbon Insurance Group, which includes HomeLet and Rentshield     The announcement was made at...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings director quits to go to rival hybrid franchise firm

A lettings guru who worked at Purplebricks for five years in a string of key roles has quit the company to...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offering insurance to tenants “increase peace of mind for all”

Lettings agents who diversify to offer tenant liability insurance not only broaden their own business but also increase peace of mind...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

Welsh housing minister Julie James is to address agents, landlords and other property professionals at the Residential Landlord Association’s Future Renting...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency compensates tenants and landlords after employee’s scam

Martin & Co says it has compensated clients fully after a rogue lettings agent in Cornwall added sums to invoices sent...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets may have tighter controls in Scotland

The Scottish Government says it’s looking at whether to regulate Airbnb and other short let activities after a consultation found widespread...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell a big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.  Manchester local authority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories - you have been warned, says lettings trade group

One of the industry’s leading trade groups has repeated a warning to the Conservatives that they cannot rely on the votes...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Plumbing and electrical problems are most common for buy to let

An insurance firm has broken down the causes of major problems for buy to let landlords and tenants - and, perhaps...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax perks demanded for landlords who use deposit alternatives

One of the leading providers of deposit alternatives in the UK wants the government to embrace the option - even to...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty on buy to let! Trade body sets Election demand

One of the leading lettings sector trade bodies has unveiled what it describes as “a positive vision for the private rented...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Short Lets: New body bids to make sector more professional

A new trade body is being set up in a bid to professionalise the short lets sector. The sector - which embraces...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Halloween pics and vids: lettings agencies’ tricks are a treat

In recent days we’ve been running images and videos from Halloween-decorated offices over on our sister publication Estate Agent Today -...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rich Pickings: prime central London lettings market booms, says agency

A new report from Knight Frank shows how the country’s most expensive lettings market - prime central London - has boomed. The...

31 October 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

Battered and Bruised: but a few buy to let investors remain optimistic

Many buy to let investors are still badly bruised by the government’s wave of fiscal and regulatory assaults on the private...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative war hots up as Zero Deposit signs 15-branch agency

The growing deposit alternative sector continues to be ultra-competitive with 15-branch agency Kings Lettings signing up to Zero Deposit. Kings Lettings operates...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage encourages students to become first time landlords

A new building society mortgage product is aimed at allowing students to become first time buyers and to simultaneously become first...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Election is chance to woo new landlords into lettings sector

The likely general election is an opportunity for the government to make the lettings sector more appealing for would-be landlords, says...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four independent agencies snapped up by Belvoir brand Northwood

Northwood franchisees have completed four acquisitions, taking the total this year to eight. As part of the Belvoir Group, Northwood and has...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Short Lets and Brothels: police force warns agents and landlords

A police force has issued a warning to agents and owners of short-let properties to look for signs of modern slavery...

28 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

Congratulations! ARLA and NAEA celebrate training achievements

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark’s Qualifications division has held its annual awards ceremony in the House of Lords, recognising achievement and celebrating...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four figure bill for buy to let investor failing to licence an HMO

A landlord has been found guilty of failing to license an HMO - and has ended up with a bill of...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Accept end of S21 or let Build To Rent take over, says agent

A leading agent has repeated his controversial belief that the proposed scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers should be seen as...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning of rocketing rents as buy to let investors quit the sector

A trade body says the private rental sector is facing a major crisis - more landlords are selling properties than buying...

25 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

Interest rate worry for buy to let as mortgage costs plateau

New research suggests that the recent fall in the cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages may be coming to a halt. Online...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge 20% jump in number of Build To Rent units in just one year

Research by the British Property Federation shows that there are now 148,046 build-to-rent homes complete, under construction or in planning across...

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

How to have the pawfect pet tenancy

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets....

23 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Are HMRC and Airbnb about to go to court over taxes?

The BBC is reporting that the short lets giant Airbnb has been contacted by HM Revenue & Customs about its tax...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency snapped up ... for a cool million

Belvoir has confirmed that its Brighton franchisees have acquired the independent Homelets agency in the town - for a cool £1m. Existing...

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

Insurance for tenants could be additional revenue stream for agents

Life insurance sold to tenants could provide a valuable additional income stream for agents whose revenue has been hit by the...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lord Alan Sugar’s ‘home’ used in Airbnb short let scam

Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar has warned about the dangers of short let scams after an American family was apparently conned out...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide brand marks “ethical and sustainable” lettings growth  

Countrywide’s high-end Hamptons International brand says it’s growing its lettings business “ethically and sustainably, regardless of market conditions.” It has ended the...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm to scrap tenant screening costs for agents

A PropTech firm says it is going to eliminate tenant screening costs by 2021 for lettings agents and landlords who use...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns of “no hiding place” in rental crackdown

A statement from Hackney council in north east London says those who break its licensing provisions for the private rental sector...

21 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

Online lettings agency at heart of money laundering crimes

Three criminals have been sentenced after pleading guilty to money laundering involving an online lettings agency. The sentences follow an investigation spearheaded...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the 10 key locations for buy to let investors in 2020

Property development and investment firm SevenCapital has released a top 10 league table of UK cities which it claims will perform...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: no evidence it’s hit room rental costs, says PropTech chief

A co-founder of a room rental PropTech service says there’s no clear evidence yet that the fees ban introduced in April...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by Leaders Romans Group

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired yet another independent agency - this time it is Essex and Suffolk Lettings. Based in Colchester,...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Seminar to debate tax, regulation and market challenges for lettings

A London-focussed lettings agency is hosting a seminar for landlords in association with a rental sector trade body. The key theme of...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Why Section 8 is NOT the best eviction option - top agent speaks out

One of the country’s leading lettings experts has outlined why the government is wrong to suggest that Section 8 powers could...

17 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

Upad closure: Another agency offers deal to stranded customers

Another online lettings agency has come forward with a deal to help landlords and tenants stranded after the closure of Upad. Last...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents up but void periods down, according to new Zoopla survey

UK-wide rental prices are up 2.0 per cent annually to £876 – a three-year high – according to a new quarterly...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up as rival expands hub operation

One of West Sussex’s largest agencies, Michael Jones & Company, has acquired an independent rival as part of a move to...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A sex toy, a giant python and glowing swear words - all left by tenants...

Giant glow-in-the-dark swear words, a sex toy and a pet python are among some of the items that students left in...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform freezes fees for agents - so long as they invest

A PropTech platform that earlier this year was reported to be valued at £2.8m is making an unusual offer to letting...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News