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Agency takes green approach by committing to local climate campaign

A Plymouth sales and letting agency has taken a number of measures to help raise awareness of climate change in its...

09 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency confident home is gas safe despite tenant's claim of 'highly toxic' gas

A letting agency has denied that 'highly toxic' gas is leaking into one of its tenant's homes in Worcester. Leaders has said...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New ethical letting agency launches with focus on 'people, not fees'

A new ethical letting agency has launched in partnership with a housing association and is promoting its low fee structure. Home Makers,...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent partners with TDS to revolutionise the end of tenancy process

Well-known letting agent Kristjan Byfield has announced the details of his new product which aims to reduce the workload of the...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency recruits former Purplebricks director and LPE

An online letting agency which launched last month has announced the recruitment of two former Purplebricks staff. Michael Booth, the hybrid agency's...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Further criticism of Labour's controversial Right to Buy plans

A group of landlords in the North East are the latest to criticise Labour's plans to introduce a Right to Buy...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Straight-As - uni dropouts thrive with student letting agency

Two university dropouts who started their own student letting agency have recorded their busiest ever start to an academic year. Harry Conti,...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Branching out – letting agency excels in growing Build to Rent sector

An independent letting agency has reported its success in helping two large Build to Rent (BTR) developments to successfully let properties...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: Rent rises reach record high for fourth consecutive month

The number of tenants experiencing rent rises following the introduction of the Tenant Fees Act continued its upward curve in August. The...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency entrepreneur merges with first employer to expand reach

North east agency My Property Box has announced it has merged with Sandersons Lettings, the firm which gave its founder his...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards crackdown finds most agency websites illegal

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

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock claim that one-in-five agents still have no Client Money Protection

An estimated 20 per cent of letting agents have still not signed up for a Client Money Protection scheme, six months...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Advanced Rent Option means less work for landlords - claim

The lettings agency owners behind the Advanced Rent Option, which provides landlords with up to 12 months’ rent in advance, says...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned that let-only tenant-find portfolios are less profitable

A respected transfer agent who has been selling lettings businesses for 25 years has issued a warning that tenant-find let-only portfolios...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities as safeagent partners up in Scotland

Not-for-profit accreditation scheme safeagent has partnered with Landlord Accreditation Scotland to provide specialist training for agents north of the border.  LAS is...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental option gives landlords average £10k-plus lump sum

A new rental option for landlords could see them receiving an upfront annual lump sum of over £10,000. The Advanced Rent Option...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Revolutionary’ rental option to be unveiled to lettings industry

Lettings experts are being invited to the unveiling of a service described by its creators as “a revolutionary rental product.” It is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit strikes partnership deal with second landlord trade body

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has become the “exclusive deposit replacement partner” of the National Landlord Association - less than two...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

We are family – new agency smashes targets in first six months’ trading

A family-run property management and letting agency, launched at the start of the year, has doubled its year one target within...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Fake rental applications on the rise as fraudsters up their game

The number of fake or fraudulent rental applications is on the rise, with landlords and letting agents being fooled by a...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hunting acquisitions vows to return to 'aggressive growth strategy'

A national letting agency has vowed to return to an 'aggressive growth strategy' as it looks to make several acquisitions. Lomond Capital...

03 July 2019

From: Breaking News

ONE WAY TO BEAT THE INDUSTRY BLUES

 – use technology to build a trusted brand as a people-focused custodian of client money Non-stop regulatory changes in the industry are...

01 July 2019

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Agent insists Fees Ban may have positive side-effects

A lettings agent and investment adviser says there is a positive interpretation of the fees ban introduced this month in England. Abi...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Second office for agency run by former students in their 20s

The agency handling the largest volume of student accommodation in Lincoln is celebrating its fourth birthday by opening a second office...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells landlords: 'don't stress too much over Brexit'

The operations director of letting agency haart has told landlords not to 'stress too much' over Brexit. Paul Sloan says it's easy...

13 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Under investigation: over 100 agents fail to apply for mandatory register

The Scottish Government is investigating 114 businesses suspected of carrying out letting agency work without registration and has issued 86 compliance...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Foxtons denies bait-and-switch after tenant couple rent “dud” flat

A national newspaper story suggests that a couple seeking an apartment to rent in Brixton were signed up to the wrong...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

More red tape as government wants Anti-Money Laundering for letting agents

A formal consultation process has started to consider government plans to extend Anti-Money Laundering from property sales to lettings as well. Unveiled...

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative operator wades into spat over agency scheme

A dispute concerning a ‘no deposit option’ put forward by a letting agency has reached the Daily Mail. The newspaper’s online service...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must hammer home buy to let benefits, says PropTech chief

It’s a vital time for letting agents to hammer home the benefits of buy to let and the dangers to landlords...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Ker-ching! Councils cash in as revenue soars from licensing schemes

The implementation and costs of landlord licensing schemes in Britain are a lottery. That’s the conclusion of a new analysis of licensing...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings service 'pays outgoing tenants to find replacements'

An online lettings service says it will pay existing tenants for finding replacements and handling viewings, in a bid to reduce...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Action! Agency business booms thanks to cinema tickets for landlords

An independent letting agency in the north of England is offering landlords two free cinema tickets when they book a valuation...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier teclet continues ESTAS category sponsorship

PropTech company teclet has announced it will this year once again be a main category partner at The ESTAS estate and...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive £30,000 fine for rogue London letting agent

A lettings agency and its director have been fined a total of £30,000 for failing to licence HMOs and giving sham...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

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

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agents group stages more direct action protests

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

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New Client Money Protection service launched for managing agents

The Association of Residential Managing Agents has launched a first-of-its-kind Client Money Protection to members.  Although CMP schemes are to be mandatory...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch deposits - 43% of tenants want a no-deposit alternative

A new study shows that 43 per cent of tenants want the system of private rental deposits to be dropped and...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agency hit with £10,000-plus fine for smoke alarm failings

A London council has fined a letting agency over £10,000 for failing to install smoke alarms in a rental property. Waltham Forest...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies team up to limit damage from fees ban

Two independent agencies have joined forces in a bid to minimise damage caused by next year’s ban on fees levied on...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency on course to manage 1,000 properties before tenth birthday

A letting agency says it is on course to manage 1,000 properties before it marks its tenth anniversary next year.  Tay Letting,...

30 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Challenging conditions' allow large regional to make biggest acquisition

York's largest letting agency has completed the biggest acquisition in its 21-year history. Eleven-branch network Linley & Simpson - which operates across...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents hit with thousands of pounds in fines

Two rogue letting agents in London have been fined thousands of pounds as part of a council campaign to clean up...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Most renters happy with 12-month tenancies says agency chief

Research by a prominent letting agency suggests that the majority of renters in his city would be happy to sign tenancy...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency to be featured in TV documentary this evening

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

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency adds 1,000 units to stock after two acquisitions

Stirling Ackroyd, the six-branch estate and letting agency bought last summer by Nick Dunning Associates, has acquired the lettings book of...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Newspaper claims agency lures tenants with homes that are unavailable

The Observer newspaper has published a story alleging that a London lettings agency “pressured” prospective tenants into accepting accommodation without viewing...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

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

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Criminals hurl concrete block through agent's front window

A group of criminals threw a large concrete block through a window to gain access to an estate and letting agency. The...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA says new Code of Conduct is watershed moment for industry

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has described the introduction of a code of conduct and official register for letting agents...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agency told to 'educate student tenants to keep bins tidy'

A former councillor says letting agents should be responsible for ensuring student tenants know how to organise their bins in a...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from LAT - and here's a card to remember...

So here it is … a very Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media, with our very best wishes...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss guilty over HMO safety: sentencing next week

The director of a property management firm has been found guilty of nine offences of breaching regulations relating to a house...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital continues push into south of England with new acquisition

Lomond Capital has acquired independent Brighton letting agency Tanat-Jones & Company. The deal marks Lomond’s second acquisition in the city since purchasing...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Some student rents have risen 18% in just a year, claims agent

Student rents in some parts of the country have risen by as much as 18 per cent in the past year...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial review site claims to be able to identify 'bad agents'

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” claims that its aim...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Five weeks before one of lettings sector's biggest ever rule changes

One of the most dramatic changes in the UK’s private rental sector regulations is set to take place in five weeks...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

London online lettings agency secures £100,000 crowdfunding investment

Online lettings and sales agency Vesper Homes says the £100,000 investment secured via crowdfunding will create “a significantly enhanced user experience...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency boss on fraud and money laundering charges is re-bailed until 2018

The director of a Plymouth letting agency has been re-bailed and will appear in court again in January.    Heather Crabb, owner of...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council back on warpath fining agency for unauthorised boards

Letting agency Saxons has been fined more than £3,000 after pleading guilty to the offence of displaying an unauthorised To Let...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can minimise impact of fees ban - if they act now

Letting agents are being warned that they can minimise the impact of the fees ban levied on tenants by being proactive...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after student property breached HMO rules

Letting agency Spicerhaart has been fined £2,670 after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.   A prosecution was brought...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency survey says 66% of landlords undeterred by tax changes

A survey for online letting agency Upad claims that 66 per cent of landlords are not going to change their property...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says Build To Rent could help solve housing crisis

A respected letting agency research head says Build To Rent could be a significant step towards solving the overall shortage of...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO extends rogue letting agency's ban by four years

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

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Agency expanding due to high demand from EU nationals

A London letting agency is opening a new branch thanks to continued high demand from EU nationals looking for rental property...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

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

31 August 2017

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

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

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says landlords should become more professional

The boss of a lettings agency in London says there is a need for the private rental sector to become more professional...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another online letting agency is seeking funds for expansion

A company which already runs a student accommodation lettings service online is to expand and open a general online lettings agency...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

The Agent's Cafe - A skinny latte and a student flatshare please...

Planning permission has been granted for a hybrid letting agency and a café bar to be installed - together - in...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Online firm's survey makes sombre reading for agents and landlords

The results of a survey of 2,000 people conducted by an online letting agency appear to make sombre reading for letting...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant's mammoth dispute with agency over fees and redress

A former tenant is the subject of a major investigation by a London newspaper after she claimed to have spent eight...

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents - blog claims they're tricksters, liars, con-merchants

A no-holds-barred blog on a controversial website claims that it lifts the lid on being a letting agent in central London...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

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

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rental growth 'not driven by foreign investors' says Countrywide

Countrywide says the rapid growth in the size of the private rental sector in recent years is not down to a...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Theresa May confirms fees ban - but remains vague on timescale

The Prime Minister has confirmed that her minority Conservative government will press ahead with the ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency criticises tenants for madness of no contents insurance

New research conducted by a letting agency shows that 61 per cent of tenants currently have no contents insurance, with 48...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals dangers of landlords using 'risky' online sites

New research shows that thousands of landlords are using what are described as “risky online sites” in their bid to avoid...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog upholds complaints made against rental property listing

Government watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld four complaints made against a Liverpool letting agency. The complaints were made against...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retired tenants spending record sums on rent' - Countrywide

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency. Countrywide reports that pensioners...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reports specific lack of rental stock in market towns

The latest analysis of buy to let trends by letting agency franchise chain Belvoir has identified a specific lack of rental...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents to put their feet up after quarter of a century

Two letting agents who have run their town centre business for 24 years are starting well-earned retirements.   Nicky Nettelfield and Irene Brown...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

The first letting agents to have completed a new training course aimed at improving services for tenants and landlords have graduated.    Some...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency chain enters into deal with specialist energy provider

One of the UK’s largest independent letting agency chains, Leaders, has entered into a partnership with specialist energy provider Spark Energy.    Leaders...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Best letting agents named at glittering ESTAS bash

Over 1,000 guests celebrated the success of the industry at the 14th annual ESTAS awards on Friday. The event, which is sponsored...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency offering free management for landlords ahead of fee ban

A two-branch letting agent is offering landlords 0% management fees for six months in preparation for the proposed ban on agent...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency takes initiative by encouraging landlords to speak out on licensing

A letting agency is urging landlords to respond to the consultations for three selective licensing schemes in its local area. homes4u, which...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit drop in EU student numbers 'significant impact on rentals'

A seven per cent fall in the number of EU students seeking places at UK universities, matched with a 4.3 per...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees street protest staged outside letting agency office

The campaign group Acorn, which has in the past named individual letting agencies that it claims are charging unfairly high fees,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals 6,000 private rental complaints - only one prosecution

A prominent campaigning letting agent has discovered that more than 6,000 tenants in one region alone have complained to local authorities...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency merges with franchise outlet to fight online firms

A lettings and sales agency in the West Midlands has merged with its franchise outlet.   Lawsons was founded by Sally Lawson in...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees pressure group says ban must be implemented after June 8

The anti-letting agency fee pressure group Generation Rent is urging its supporters to participate in the government formal consultation over agents’...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders and Romans hunting for further letting agency acquisitions

Leaders and Romans have announced that both brands are seeking to expand this year through acquisitions following what they call "a...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-backing agent predicts fee ban may be in Conservative manifesto

A prominent campaigning letting and sales agent predicts that the Conservatives are likely to put their proposed ban on letting agency...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £235,000 bill for agency boss letting out illegal bedsits

An east London landlord, who was also director of a letting agency, has been forced to pay out over £235,000 for...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sticks the knife in after Winkworth fee controversy

Hybrid agency Purplebricks has entered the debate over the £835.38p reportedly charged by a branch of Winkworth when it changed the...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of grubby overcharging by national newspaper

The Guardian has accused a branch of Winkworth letting agency in south London of “grubby overcharging” for allegedly asking a new...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims many landlords don't know of buy to let tax changes

Almost 20 per cent of the landlords using an online letting agency are apparently unaware of the mortgage interest tax relief...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Same company named best and worst letting agency by Labour MP

Controversial Labour MP Stella Creasy has presented her annual awards to estate and letting agents in her London constituency of Walthamstow...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

4,000 letting agency jobs at risk if fees ban happens warns ARLA

There are 4,000 jobs at risk if an outright ban comes into force on letting agents’ fees according to new research...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency slams 'student accommodation for the rich'

An online letting agency has sharply criticised student accommodation branded as affordable yet costing, it claims, nearly twice the maximum maintenance...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: you need 100% evidence before deducting deposits

A trade body is warning letting agents and landlords of the need to have detailed evidence to support any deduction made...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Online letting agency secures multi-million pound investment

Online agency OpenRent has secured a £4.4 million investment to help grow its offering. The agency, which was founded in 2012, says...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

Belvoir says new figures from across its network of agents shows that the government is wrong to claim that renting is...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

Scotland’s largest professional organisation for letting agents is urging all those in the rental sector to ensure they are fully compliant with...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Student online agency to expand into mainstream lets

An online lettings agency specialising in student accommodation has raised £310,000 to grow its business.    StudentTenant says its aim is to rival conventional...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency owner ordered to pay £25,000 to victims

A convicted Surrey letting agent who used his clients’ money to cover his business debts has been ordered to pay £25,000...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency hands over £865 after students win deposit court case

A group of students in Bristol has won a court case after a lettings agency acting for a landlord deducted money...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent must pay £5,000 'no redress' fine to local council

The operator of a troubled letting agency in Huddersfield has had until this week to pay a £5,000 fixed penalty notice...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent on bail after theft and fraud charges

The director of a letting agency in Devon has been released on bail until June 2.   In November and December, Letting Agent...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

The need for letting agencies to assist landlords with the increasingly-complicated private rental sector has been hammered home by the results...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings agency shuts office with no notice

A letting agency at the centre of a controversy following a ruling by The Property Ombudsman has shut its office and...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants action as Trading Standards begin agency probe

Conservative MP Oliver Colvile is calling for urgent action following a recent spate of fraud involving rogue letting agents.   When approached by...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent ends up with bill for over £5,000 after HMO offences

A letting agency which has pleaded guilty of poorly managing a house in multiple occupation has ended up with a bill...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency appoints head of new PropTech group to board

Online letting agency Upad has appointed the chairman of the new UK PropTech Association to its advisory board.   Eddie Holmes, who announced...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm raises concern over agents' fees ban

Tenant referencing and insurance firm FCC Paragon says its own referencing sector, as well as independent letting agents and smaller corporate...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says lettings sector starting to feel like a protection racket

A campaigning lettings agent is demanding action over what he suggests is a tenancy deposit system that is in need of...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent gets £20,000 in fines over HMO breaches

A landlord and letting agency have been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences at two properties...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

£200,000 bill for lettings firm - agent given suspended sentence

A letting agency specialising in student accommodation in Nottingham city centre and its director have admitted a series of breaches of...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sowerbys expands with letting agency acquisition

Sowerbys has expanded with the acquisition of lettings agency Steggles Larner for an undisclosed sum.   “We were delighted to be given the...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Bid to ban letting agents' fees on tenants in another part of the UK

Letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - already banned in Scotland and now likely to be banned in England according to...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent hits £830 pcm in England and Wales, says letting agency

The average rental property was let for £830 a month in November according to Your Move - that means the average...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency office suffers arson and break-in within 24 hours

A lettings agency office at Longton in Staffordshire has suffered a break in, less than 24 hours after what it believed...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency lists 10 factors influencing local rental markets

Martin & Co claims to have identified the 10 key factors that influence local rental markets in terms of tenant numbers...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign set up to 'force' government to honour fees ban

A campaign group has been refocussed with the objective of making the government honour its Autumn Statement pledge to ban letting...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after string of HMO management breaches

A Birmingham letting agency and a landlord have been fined £5,590 for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fees ban may drive investors north says buy to let guru

The Northern Powerhouse agenda, increased infrastructure investment announced in the Autumn Statement and low entry prices make the north of England...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

Rents will "unpreventably rise" thanks to the government's proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants and because of its...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agent changes website after complaint to ad watchdog

The Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint about a claim which was on an online letting agency’s website suggesting it...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims over 20% of landlords wait four months for first tenant

Some 21 per cent of landlords wait four months or longer from purchasing their buy to let property before signing up...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS 'fair fees' agents committed to making fee ban work

The NALS ‘Fair Fees Forum’ - set up before last week’s announcement on the banning of letting agency fees levied on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban won't stop this group of buy to let investors, insists bank

The government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants - and the possibility that they may instead fall on...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Good lettings news at last - buy to let mortgages are cheaper

There is good news to end a difficult week for the letting agency industry - there’s been a further drop in...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

Many agencies have spoken out in dismay at the announcement by government that letting agency fees on tenants would be banned...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: Industry bodies dismayed after  failing to convince Hammond

  Industry groups have warned that the government’s ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in England will backfire, with most...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain on brink of Build To Rent explosion says letting agency

New research suggests the UK is on the brink of a large-scale, commercially developed, owned and operated Build To Rent sector. A...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns city licensing scheme as simply a landlord tax

One the leading letting agencies in Brighton has sharply criticised a proposal by the local council to introduce a selective licensing...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant opens latest lettings and sales office

The franchise giant Century 21 UK has opened its latest estate and letting agency office - and it's in Southampton.  The office,...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bill seeking a ban on agents' fees to be debated again next week

The Renters’ Rights Bill - which includes provisions scrapping agents’ fees for tenants, mandatory registration of landlords and limiting the size of...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Stand by: E4 commissions TV comedy about ... a lettings agency

Unlikely as it seems one of Channel 4's digital networks, E4, has commissioned a comedy series based in ... a lettings...

07 November 2016

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Letting agency's advertisement banned over inaccuracies

Two complaints about an advertisement for a property have been upheld by a watchdog - which has now banned a letting...

26 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says rents flat-lining in London, falling in prime areas

Rents have flat-lined across most of the capital according to Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, which says it is advising its...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fees: NALS launches 'fair fees' forum to consider cap

The National Approved Letting Scheme has stepped into the heated debate about letting agents’ charges by launching what it calls a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Nine rescued from apartments above London letting agency office

Local media in west London report that nine people have been rescued by firefighters after a fire above a letting and...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council preparing to start its own letting agency

Canterbury is the latest council to consider setting up its own letting agency. The authority hopes to tempt private landlords with promises...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Key day as landlords seek judicial review of buy to let tax change

Legal represenatives for two landlords will today make the case for a judicial review of Section 24 of the Finance (No.2)...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Concern growing over fate of letting agency and clients' money

The local press serving the area of Kirkcaldy is reporting concern about a local letting agent after numerous tenants and landlords...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Firm charges 19% as 'Airbnb manager' for owners wanting to short let

A company called My Property Host is seeking to attract failed sellers to become ‘accidental landlords’ and let out their homes...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Ad watchdog steps in as agency shows wrong ombudsman logo

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in to ensure that a letting agency displays the correct logo for the redress organisation...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined for overcrowding

A letting agency has been fined after one of its landlords was found to be cramming six families into an unlicensed...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice reports rise in problems with letting agents

Citizens Advice has recorded an increase in the number of problems with letting agents reported by tenants, with a sharp rise...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who stole thousands from clients has sentence appeal dismissed

A letting agent who stole more than £400,000 from clients has had her sentence appeal dismissed by judges. Amy Williams, who part-owned Williams...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Linley & Simpson acquires 'long-established rival'

Yorkshire letting agency Linley & Simpson has announced the acquisition of one of its competitors.  The agency has taken over the rental...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlord fined over £20,000

A letting agency and one of its landlords have been fined over £20,000 and given criminal records for failing to licence...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Mayor and council back anti-letting agent group's new 'charter'

The newly-elected mayor of Bristol and the city’s council have endorsed a so-called ethical lettings charter created by a group known...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency struck off in latest stage of landmark ruling

A letting agency has been removed from a Scottish council’s approved list after failing to conform with rules protecting the deposits...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks ramps up attack on questionable agency fees

Hybrid letting and sales agency Purplebricks is ramping up its attack on high street agents with a claim that prospective tenants...

02 September 2016

From: Breaking News

TPO wants letting agency industry's views on Client Money Protection

Lettings agents are being invited to take part in a national online survey launching today and seeking to get an industry-wide...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Have you been scammed by fake 'Red Brick Estate' letting agent?

The Thames Valley Police says it wants to speak to a man in connection with an investigation in which a number of...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agent campaigners up in arms over council licensing U-turn

The campaign group ACORN, which has in the past organised protests outside letting agency offices, is up in arms that a...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New court date for possible judicial review of buy to let tax changes

The date for the court hearing to decide whether there should be a judicial review of the buy to let tax...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New service offers to 'manage' properties let via Airbnb

A new kind of what appears to be an online letting agency is launching today to manage properties listed by individuals...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another survey shows tenants demanding Client Money Protection

Another survey, this time from an online letting agency, reveals that as many as 70 per cent of tenants are concerned...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to meet campaigners against buy to let tax changes

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has agreed to meet campaigners opposed to the clampdown on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief. The measure -...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Independent agency stages conference to discuss future of lettings sector

An enterprising letting agency in the east Midlands is to stage a series of events under the title The Future of...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Watchdog steps in over online letting agency's fee information

The Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in after receiving a complaint about the display of fees on a letting agency’s website.    The...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's move into sales pays off with five key hires

Five new staff have been appointed at Leeds-based Morgans, bolstering the sales division of a company once known solely for its...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Police seek help after break-in at letting agency office

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a letting agency was broken into over the weekend.   At some point between 4.30pm...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Room-sharing website jumps on 'scrap agency fees'  bandwagon

EasyRoommate, a room-sharing website, says it is backing the Renters’ Rights Bill currently going through parliament and aiming to restrict letting...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit: 'Racist backlash' will damage rental sector, warns agency

The Belvoir franchise letting agency group has taken the unusual step of calling for clarity on government migration policy.   Belvoir managing director...

18 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency tells landlords to check properties to deter sub-letting

An online letting agency claims a third of tenants are subletting without the agreement of their landlord, with an even higher...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit could help London lettings market claims leading agent

A leading London lettings agency chief suggests that Brexit may - against the expectations of many - actually be a good...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined in pioneering law case about tenant deposits

A lettings agency has become the first in Scotland to be sanctioned for breaching rules that secure the deposits of its...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency changes its website after watchdog intervenes

A letting agency that claimed it had a 24-hour emergency phone line has changed its advertising - because the service did...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA-backed Fixflo letting agency survey is launched

The latest annual letting agency survey has been launched by Fixflo, with the support of the Association of Residential Letting Agents. Last...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

New online lettings agency being tested in commercial sector

A new online commercial property letting agency is using the residential model of offering a fixed fee-based service.  Virtual Commercial, which is...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents pessimistic after shock Brexit vote and Cameron quitting

Agents have been giving their reaction to the shock Brexit referendum result - and their comments have ranged from the gloomy...

24 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over illegally-established HMO

A letting agent and his landlord client have been fined thousands of pounds for a number of offences relating to what...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency data shows trend towards long-term renting

Data produced by Scottish lettings agency DJ Alexander Lettings appears to show a growing trend towards long-term letting over buying. The agency,...

21 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined by council for 'ghost listing' flats to let on Zoopla

A London council has prosecuted a letting agency that was ’ghost listing’ on Zoopla flats that were not in fact available...

10 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP tells Commons letting agents are completely unregulated

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that letting agents are “completely unregulated” and that tenants are being “held...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Another independent letting agency snapped up by franchise giant

One of Belvoir's newest and youngest franchise owners has completed on a substantial acquisition to kick-start his new business.  Luke Marchbanks, 25,...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a quarter of landlords consider using online letting agents to save money

Some 27 per cent of landlords consider an online letting agency to be a more attractive option for managing property than...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £11,000 over advertising HMO that was later shut down

A lettings agency has been fined over £11,000 for alleged breaches of regulations in advertising an unlicenced HMO that was later...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

UK's first online commercial estate agency launches today

Today sees the launch of what claims to be the UK's first online commercial estate and letting agency.  Virtual Commercial will offer...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

London firm recruits 19 agents to staff growing branch network

A London estate and letting agency has announced the appointment of 19 new members of staff as a result of a...

03 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent managing Airbnbs to capitalise on booming short-lets market

A letting agent has launched its own management service for landlords organising short-term lets on Airbnb.  ACEProperty, an estate and letting agency...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental supply falls in April as letting agents predict prices rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 5% during April when compared to the previous year, according to figures from the...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency drops all fees charged to tenants

A letting agency in London has announced that it has dropped all fees it charges to tenants.  STANLEY Chelsea, a one branch...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent announces recruitment drive after doubling in size

A letting agency in Hampshire has doubled in size after acquiring one of its competitors. LetCo, a four branch agency working across...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Let Well' programme aims to stamp out criminal operators

Letting agents in Scotland have started to sign up to a new compliance programme which has the aim of stamping out...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

London's 'fastest growing' letting agent opens 15th office

A firm which claims to be London's fastest growing letting agency has opened its fifteenth branch. Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings' latest...

23 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency warns against 'easy alternatives' to buy to let

An online letting agency is warning against investors angry at government attacks on the private rental sector looking for ‘easy alternatives’...

17 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency changes fees info on portal after ad watchdog steps in

A letting agency has pledged to make its fees information clearer on its Rightmove listings. The Advertising Standards Authority had received a...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Another lettings acquisition for fast-growing Connells Group

Connells Group has acquired another letting agency - Touchstone Residential Lettings, which has nine offices in Kent, Buckinghamshire and the west country. TRL's...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Ban for appalling letting agency chief who kept tenants' deposits

The head of a lettings company who kept tenants' deposits worth almost £7,000 has been barred from renting out homes by...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says landlords increasingly pet-friendly to attract tenants

Some 68 per cent of landlords now accept tenants with dogs and cats according to a survey conducted by online letting...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end letting agency's ad is banned because of 'unclear fees'

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an ad from high-end letting agency Hamptons International because of an apparent lack of clarity...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide snaps up another independent letting agency

Countrywide is continuing its aggressive acquisition programme in the rental sector by snapping up The Letting Bureau agency in Colne, Lancashire. The...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

'Unchartered waters' as agency sees biggest-ever rent fall in Scotland

March saw the sharpest month-on-month fall in Scottish rents on record, according to the letting agency Your Move.  Average residential rents in...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts London two-bed rents to top £2,000 pcm by late summer

Average monthly rents for London two-bed homes will top £2,000 by the late summer according to letting agency Portico.  The average rent...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Petition wanting ban on letting agency fees passes 245,000 signatures

A petition opposing lettings agents’ fees in England and Wales has now gathered over 245,000 signatures. Vicky Spratt, features editor on the...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal challenge to buy to let tax change: new fund-raising bid launched

The two landlords spearheading a campaign to challenge the change to buy to let mortgage interest tax relief have launched another...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined £3,000 for failing to join approved redress scheme

Let Belle Vue, a lettings and property management agency in Darlington, has been fined £3,000 for not being in an official...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Weeks later ... and council letting agency still has just one home listed

It’s several weeks on from our story about a local authority setting up its own private letting agency and having only...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency used as cover for vast cannabis farming network

A trio of criminals have been jailed for 18 years after using the cover of a lettings agency to allow them...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven-figure sum to buy independent agency confirmed by negotiators

It has been confirmed that letting agency Underwoods Town and Country has been snapped up by Countrywide for a seven figure...

06 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Council's private letting agency to cost over £1.3m and has ONE home to let

An investigation by the BBC has exposed that a London council's new private lettings agency - scheduled to cost well over...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency provokes criticism by promising higher rents for landlords

A letting agency has been criticised by local students after sending a touting letter to landlords saying it could increase rents...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Police and local council investigate sudden closure of agency

A letting agency is being investigated by a local council and the police after it closed suddenly last month. Dukes Letting Department,...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London council latest to set up own letting agency

Haringey Council in North London is the latest local authority to launch its own letting agency for private tenants. Move 51⁰ North...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenant's attack on letting agent 'was ignored by police'

A tenant has been found guilty of an assault of a letting agency staff member and has been ordered to do...

11 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for control on agents' fees and new landlord register

Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his manifesto which returns to the party’s recent themes of...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency uses Twitter to disown comments by branch manager

A London lettings has tweeted that it does not share the view of one of its own branch managers who said...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

No police action over letting agency closure with loss of £130,000

No action is to be taken over a lettings agency which has closed leaving landlords and tenants with a reported combined loss...

07 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Major lettings agency may urge its landlords to incorporate

Martin & Co - one of Britain’s largest letting agency networks with 192 offices across the country - says it may...

03 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Foxtons receives 'letter of claim' seeking £2m settlement talks over fees

Foxtons has been served with a ‘letter of claim’ which warns that unless it enters into talks concerning fees charged to...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Most renters prefer short-term tenancies, claims letting agency poll

A survey suggests that almost 80 per cent of tenants want a lease between six months and two years, with just...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Arrears being paid off as household finances improve, says letting agency

Scottish tenants are paying off late rent amid improving household finances, according to Your Move.  As of January the proportion of late...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agent campaign wants tenants to 'rate' named agencies

The controversial campaign group ACORN, which has made headlines by protesting outside letting agency offices in Bristol, is launching a new...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent guilty of nine fraud offences involving £157,250

A former letting agent has pleaded guilty of nine offences of fraud involving the retention of deposits and rents belonging to...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide, Connells and Zoopla sign up to online lettings software deal

Countrywide is to lead a group including Connells and Zoopla in a partnership with the proptech company Fixflo, currently best known...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's survey shows Osborne measures hurting private rental sector

Government policies aimed at curbing the buy to let market are directly leading to more pressure on the lettings sector, according...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency asks landlords to contribute to Osborne legal challenge

The franchise letting agency chain Belvoir is urging its landlord clients to offer fiancial support to the national campaign to fight...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog bans ad by controversial 'sting' letting agency

A letting agency that has been the subject of a BBC investigation and has gone into liquidation in controversial circumstances has...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

End of year surge in rents north of the border, says letting agency

There has been an end of year surge in Scottish rents according to a buy to let index run by Your...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises will outstrip buy to let tax rises, predicts letting agency chief

George Osborne has done more for the rental market than any other chancellor in history claims Marc von Grundherr, lettings director...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

It's that time again - are you ESTAS Letting Agent of the Month?

Robert Watts Lettings has secured the latest Lettings Landlord award from the ESTAS.  Kate Watts, head of lettings of the agency based...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Average home let within 20 days as rent rises go on - Countrywide

Britain's largest letting agency says rents grew by an average of 3.1 per cent in 2015, taking the average monthly rent...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

New London office is letting agency's 14th - and another is on the way

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, London’s largest independent letting agency, has opened its 14th office. It's in Surrey Quays and is the agency’s...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter back on the warpath over letting agents' fees

Campaigning charity Shelter has returned to the warpath against letting agents’ fees. This time the focus is on Wales, where the charity...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Leading agent claims buy to let tax changes have 'very negligible impact'

Buy to let tax relief is still set to total around £15 billion annually even after changes to tax relief are introduced,...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Senior agent urges caution over setting-up buy to let limited companies

One of Britain’s most senior letting agency bosses is warning landlords to take care if considering setting up a limited company...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Two agencies win coveted ESTAS Agent of the Month lettings awards

The ESTAS organisation has announced its latest Agent Of The Month award winners, with the two successful lettings category firms being...

10 December 2015

From: Breaking News

One in three agents and landlords have 'refused' a repair, claim tenants

Another survey suggests that approaching 50 per cent of tenants experience unreasonable delays in getting repair work done - and one...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Seventh acquisition of the year as Romans snaps up another agency

The Romans Group has made its seventh and final acquisition of 2015 with the takeover of Bramptons sales and lettings branches...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

High Street agency launches 'hybrid' lettings service

The Orchard & Shipman Group is launching what it calls a ‘hybrid’ lettings service which - in its words - “brings...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

One more independent letting agency snapped up by chain

Leaders has acquired another lettings independent, Faulkner Property Management. Faulkner has two branches in Milton Keynes and Buckingham - new areas for...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Are you aware of how your tenants are acting?

Landlords should make sure they are regularly checking their property to ensure tenants are not subletting without permission. Staying on top of...

20 November 2015

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Another independent letting agency snapped up by Your Move

LSL Property Services has snapped up another independent letting agency - and says it’s looking for more.  The agency, PHP Lettings in...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' tax sell-off will reduce London rental supply

Franchise letting agency giant Winkworth is warning that London’s tenants face higher rents as some landlords sell investment properties in the...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

ESTAS letting agents of the month: are you a winner?

Congratulations to Buckley Frayne Estate Agents and SageWard Residential Lettings - the latest winners of the ESTAS Agent Of The Month...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Newspaper exposes scam 'London Home Let' agency website

The Mirror has exposed what it believes is a scam letting agency website attempting to get would-be renters to part with...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Tax threat fails to dampen appeal of buy to let insists agent

The controversial changes to landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief and to the wear and tear allowance “have failed to dampen the...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Regulator to probe link between charity and letting agency

The Charity Commission is to probe the links between a letting agency that has allegedly been paid more than £5.5m in...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Spotlight on letting agency receiving £5.5m in housing benefit

The BBC is investigating a letting agency that has allegedly been paid more than £5.5m in housing benefit after its owner...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Council sets up letting agency and bids to woo private landlords

Hastings council has launched its own letting agency called Letstart Letting. The authority says its aim is to help make accommodation accessible...

27 October 2015

From: Breaking News

BBC Rogue Traders sting on letting agency that has voluntarily liquidated

Letting Agent Today last week reported on Lancaster Property Network Management when it went into voluntary liquidation - now the agency...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency says four out of five tenants believe landlords should pay for damage

About 80 per cent of tenants think that their landlords should pay for damage they have caused when their tenancy ends. That...

23 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency gives warnings about bogus letting agent entering houses

Elgin Management letting agency in Liverpool is warning tenants following an incident when a bogus letting agent entered the home of...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Student lettings agency manager says he will cooperate with police probe

The manager of a Lancaster letting agency dealing chiefly with students says he will co-operate with any police investigation into his...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

London rental sector benefits from sales market woe says letting agency

The struggling London sales market is provoking a boom in the capital’s rental sector according to data from Benham & Reeves...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

It could be you: The ESTAS latest letting agency award winner is ...

Beatrice Carter Property in Bury St Edmunds has picked up the Best Letting Agent for Landlords gong in the latest ESTAS...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency gets maximum fine for not giving information to council

A letting agency has received a maximum £5,000 fine after apparently ignoring a request for information from a local council.  Hamlet Homes...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Councillors consider setting up their own 'social' letting agency

Councillors in Northampton are to discuss plans to create a ‘social’ lettings agency to improve standards of privately-let homes. The proposal -...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Choices chief condemns lack of 'level playing field' on BTL tax breaks

The chairman of Choices letting agency says the government is wrong to say its proposed tax changes will create a level...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

More tenants with dogs means massive deposit premiums

A London letting agency says a huge rise in the number of tenants with dogs, combined with a lack of supply...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency warns government against driving out rental investors and landlords

A long-established letting agency and a campaign group have joined forces to analyse a UK government's private rental sector reform proposals...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The power of an account manager

Our team of heroes have been helping thousands of UK letting agents for the past 20 years, during this time we...

06 October 2015

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Landlords' top gripe is extortionate letting agent fees (says online agency)

The most common complaint about high street lettings agents amongst landlords is that they charge extortionate fees - that is the...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency warns about prime central London sub-letting scams

A prime central London letting agency says there has been a rise in the number of subletting scams in that part...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Another day, another acquisition for fast-expanding agency group

Romans Group has made yet another acquisition - this time it is letting agency Gregory & Company in Windsor. This is in...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports record proportion of landlords increasing rents

No fewer than 45 per cent of tenants renewing their tenancies were given rent increases in August, the highest since Countrywide's...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency launches first 'customised homes' on lettings market

A letting agency has won a management deal for new-build homes which a landlord can buy with a choice of size,...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Ethical Letting Agency launches with 'fair fees' claim

A “lettings agency with a conscience” that wants to put £30,000 into the local community over the next two years has...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Double whammy for letting agency in ESTAS monthly award

Platinum Properties has won the ESTAS monthly letting agency awards in both the landlord and tenant categories for the second month...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency analysis claims landlords undeterred by tax threat

Research by a prominent letting agency chain suggests that despite the onslaught of red tape thrown at landlords, almost half are...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government confirms no ban on letting agent fees in England

The government has confirmed that it has no plan to ban letting agency fees in England. Fees are already banned in Scotland...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

How well do you know your tenants?

The private rented sector is becoming an increasingly diverse place. Its growth into the UK's second largest form of housing has...

15 September 2015

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Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo

Who are you? I’m the managing director of Fixflo and before starting Fixflo I worked as a property lawyer in London and...

14 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Letting agency group profits slip thanks to election uncertainty

Lettings franchise group Belvoir Lettings has suffered a setback in its profits.  In the six months to the end of June, the...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Watchdog praises letting agent for amending advert after complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority has praised a letting agency after it agreed to amend an advertisement following a complaint - meaning...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage firm opens first letting agency office

The broker Independent Mortgage Solutions - which until now has found loans for clients interested in residential sales, self-build and buy...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm prosecuted over carbon monoxide risk

A mother and her young son were put at risk of suffering carbon monoxide poisoning for seven years at their home,...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined over condition of landlords' properties

A letting agency has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs after being convicted of seven...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Attack on letting agency that urged landlords to raise rents

The office of a letting agency that urged its landlord clients to consider increasing rents has been the subject of an...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Wanted: one tenant, must be over 90...

David Alexander, managing director of the letting agency DJ Alexander, has come across some unusual requests in over 30 years doing business...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels central London letting agency

Bruten & Co Limited, a sales and lettings agent based in Notting Hill Gate, London, has been expelled from membership of...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Survey confirms landlords recognise vital role of letting agents

A survey of 500 landlords suggest the vast majority want to avoid contact with tenants and instead want letting agents to handle property...

02 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Everyone needs a hero, even letting agents...

At HomeLet we have a team of heroes who have been helping the UK's letting agents with rent guarantees, tenant referencing...

01 September 2015

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Countrywide snaps up another independent letting agency

Countrywide has snapped up another independent letting agency - this time it is Thomas C Adams in Chester which has become...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency announces support for new immigration rules

A letting agency has announced its support for new rules which will allow landlords to evict illegal immigrants without a court...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent announces partnership with heating supplier

A letting agency has announced that it has formed a partnership with a heating installer to provide support for its managed...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent plays down impact of buy to let tax change

A London letting agency is playing down the impact of Chancellor George Osborne’s proposed changes to buy to let tax breaks,...

18 August 2015

From: Breaking News

10% of landlords have problems getting mortgages

A survey of 500 landlords suggest that 10 per cent of them have had difficulties in securing a mortgage over the...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 14.08.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video roundup of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on Zoopla’s fightback...

14 August 2015

From: Video Articles

Agent secures lets by using FaceTime app

Manchester-based estate and letting agency Ascend Properties claims it has secured lettings deals with clients in China, Kuwait, Canada and Ireland,...

12 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Another independent letting agency snapped up by Connells

Connells Group has announced the acquisition of another lettings business – Kingsford Letting in Leamington Spa.  Kingsford Letting was a local, independently...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme expels letting agent for not paying compensation

The Property Redress Scheme has expelled a letting agency following non-compliance with a redress decision. The complaint regarded a holding deposit. The...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents improve 'repair management' says survey

A survey of 750 letting agency branches and 70,000 tenant requests suggests agents are improving their management of repairs. The survey -...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's mystery closure - man arrested

Police say a man has been arrested on suspicion of fraud following the closure of east of England letting agency Kirby...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency chief urges planning help for Build To Rent schemes

The Build To Rent movement, whereby financial and other institutions fund the construction of purpose-built rental accommodation and go on to...

06 August 2015

From: Breaking News

NALS acts to help victims of 'closed' rogue letting agency

The National Approved Letting Scheme has acted about the mystery surrounding the future of east of England letting agency Kirby Property...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds fate of 'closed' letting agency

Mystery surrounds the fate of Kirby Property Management, a letting agency with offices at Cambourne, Cambridge and St Neots in the...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Families and schools have big role in setting rents

An analysis by Britain’s biggest letting agency, Countrywide, has thrown up a little known fact - with applications for school places...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Arrears rising - even where letting agent fees are banned

Tenant arrears are rising in Scotland, even though letting agents’ fees on tenants are banned. Agents’ fees on renters, which are legal in...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

LSL Property Services Signs Tenants in Under 10 Minutes with eSignatures

Leading letting agency improves efficiency and customer satisfaction with DocuSign. Company’s Top Objectives LSL Property Services is a leading provider of residential property...

08 July 2015

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Letting agent fined after not applying for HMO licenses

A letting agency that failed to apply for House of Multiple Occupation licences at three properties in Birmingham has been fined...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency must pay over £8,000 after HMO breach

A letting agency has been handed fines totalling £7,000 and costs of £1,140 after a council took it to court over...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Third of new lets agreed before existing tenant moves out

The largest national letting agency, Countrywide, says the market is now so buoyant that a third of landlords are able to...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Clerk replaces thief in letting agency - then steals money herself

A letting agency accounts clerk recruited to replace an employee dismissed because of theft has now herself been found guilty of...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

'Watchdog' presenters amongst those in class action against Foxtons

It appears that the former presenters of BBC consumer programme Watchdog are amongst those participating in a class action against Foxtons...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency becomes London’s ‘largest independent’ with new office

A letting agency chain is claiming to be London’s largest independent letting agent after opening its 13th office. Benham & Reeves Residential...

09 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency offers rental support to overseas students

Ahead of the next academic year, a letting agency has been advising prospective students on how to rent a property while...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must publish fees from today

It is now a statutory duty for letting agents to fully publicise the fees they charge to landlords and tenants.  Under the...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Help for agents who must display fees from next week

A set of ‘fees templates’ have been created for letting agents to download ahead of the legal requirement to display details...

21 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Helping letting agents stay on top of their growing workload

The general election result was greeted with a sigh of relief throughout the lettings industry. Thanks to the Conservatives' victory, the threat...

15 May 2015

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Anti-agent campaigner quits Generation Rent

Alex Hilton - a fiercely outspoken critic of the property establishment, especially letting agents - is stepping down tomorrow from his...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

TPO director warns anti-landlord government

A new director of The Property Ombudsman in Scotland and chief executive of one of that country’s major letting agencies ia...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

'Regulate letting agents - now' insists agency chief

The chief executive of Leaders letting and estate agency is demanding that the new Conservative government brings in the formal regulation...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency specialises in needs of disabled tenants

London letting agency Branch Properties has launched a service specifically aimed at meeting the accommodation needs of disabled people in London....

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency warns landlords over Green Deal

Letting agency GFW Lettings says new Green Deal targets to improve energy efficiency will have a challenging impact on private sector...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Advantages to long tenancies, rent caps - agent

There are “advantages all round” in the certainty that three-year tenancies and even rent controls can offer, according to the head...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency apprenticeship scheme starts

Belvoir has launched a new apprenticeship scheme for would-be letting agents.  Working alongside qualifications consultancy LMPQ, Belvoir will be offering talented young...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent quits campaign for more homes

The pressure group Generation Rent - which has been sharply critical of letting agents, landlords and the private rental sector in...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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