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KEYWORD "Lettings" - 1002 RESULTS
Another two lettings agencies expelled by TPO for unpaid awards

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Liquidators for agency say landlords and tenants will get their money

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

And another ... Leaders Romans reveals sixth acquisition of the year

The Leaders Romans Group has revealed its sixth business acquisition of 2018 - the Worthing and Bognor Regis lettings portfolios of...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Many independent letting agencies will shut' warns franchise firm chief

Belvoir says a surge in business for its Assisted Acquisition Programme is because of the challenging market and upcoming fees ban...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Still no sign of sluggish lettings market picking up for autumn

The latest market data produced by the Agency Express board company has revealed a further decline in activity for the lettings...

20 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council acts against agent and says tenants pay through the nose

A lettings agent described as ‘rogue’ by a London council, along with two lettings companies, have been heavily fined for operating...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

500 not out - NALS hits Foundation Lettings Course milestone

The National Approved Letting Scheme is celebrating the 500th candidate to complete its Foundation Lettings Course. Moira Devlin of Lowther Homes, in...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents wanting to restructure lettings businesses

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

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market 'has fallen into recession' says The DPS

A gloomy report from The Deposit Protection Service says the UK’s rental market is in recession for the first time since...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant's success makes it number two in lettings to Countrywide

Franchise giant Belvoir Lettings has told the City and the firm’s shareholders that revenues and profits have risen in the first...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

London agency's lettings book rebranded by ex-Countrywide team

The lettings book of My London Home will be absorbed into the Stirling Ackroyd portfolio and rebranded this autumn. Consisting of nearly...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed Zero Deposit scheme signs up more independent agencies

More independent lettings agencies - Anthony Pepe, Let Leeds and Alexander & Co (formerly kaleidoscope Group) - have signed up to...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Family-run hybrid agency clinches £300k student lettings deal

A family-run hybrid based in the North East has secured the £300,000 contract to manage a new student accommodation development in...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Double acquisition marks further expansion for fast-growing regional

Fast-growing regional Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has announced the details of two new acquisitions. It has picked up the lettings books...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild members to be trained by former ARLA president

Members of the Guild of Property Professionals will be given access to a series of training videos put together by former...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Spark to offer low price energy deals for cost-cutting agents

Lettings sector energy firm Spark has announced that it is launching a business-to-business energy service which will initially target high street...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Acquisition allows agency to stay independent ahead of fees ban

An agency claims that the acquisition of a competitor’s lettings department has allowed it to save two companies, avoid cutbacks and...

31 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency tests 'hub' structure to allow agents to work more flexibly

High end agency Knight Frank is reorganising a regional lettings division in a bid to create a ‘hub’ system which should...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency back in lettings, five years after portfolio acquired by Leaders

An independent agency in Gloucestershire is returning to the lettings business to complement its existing sales and land arms. Perry Bishop and...

30 August 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - rental demand at its highest since last September

In what seems to be increasingly rare good news for the private rental sector, ARLA says demand from new tenants has...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Experts In Property agency snaps up independent's lettings team

An agency in the Experts In Property trade group has snapped up the lettings side of a rival independent company. Collyers Properties,...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

Last week Shelter and the National Housing Federation took a swipe at lettings agents, and now Citizens Advice has joined the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns over insurance cover for Airbnb-style lets

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection scheme launched by Propertymark

Propertymark has launched a new Client Money Protection system, Money Shield, with a support statement from much of the lettings sector...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Controversial council warns landlords not to raise rents to pay licences

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

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Summer slowdown hits lettings market says Agency Express

The lettings sector is in the midst of a summer slowdown with no pick up in activity expected until next month,...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to answer lettings critics by issuing fire guidance

Airbnb, the short lets platform that has received substantial criticism from the buy to let sector over its largely unregulated status,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Scottish lettings reform has led to glut of buy to let sell-offs - claim

The Scottish Government’s private rental reforms are shaking up the sector according to new data, which reveals rental property sales have...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firm will 'pre-screen' agencies for tenants, and vice versa

LetsBid, a digital online auction service for lettings and sales, has extended its pre-screening service for agents with a new agreement...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Agency and its boss fined for breaching council licence

A Luton lettings agency and its director, plus a landlord, have all been found guilty of offences related to a breach...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one snapped up - Leaders Romans acquires independent firm

The Leaders Romans Group has snapped up yet another small independent agency - GPS Property Management based at Ravenshead in Nottinghamshire. For...

15 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets - look before you leap, top agent advises landlords

One of the country’s largest independent property management firms says it’s seeing a clear shift within the rental sector from traditional...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

David Brent becomes a lettings agent. Fact. Well, sort of...

You may have spotted a particularly entertaining ad yesterday for lettings property management firm ARPM - it’s the one that featured...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London rents pass £1,600 pcm level for first time as market improves

Average rents in London are £1,615, up 3.3 per cent on last year, according to HomeLet’s latest index. This is the first...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

TV should show buy to let's good guys as well as rogues, says agent

Negative media portrayals of the buy to let sector could help to tip Britain into a housing crisis, claims an online...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency works with university in two-way business exercise

A lettings agency has teamed up with a university to give young students an insight into how small businesses operate. Priestley’s, a...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings cool as the North sees best yields, reports agency

The latest Your Move rental tracker suggests that London’s lettings market has continued to cool with prices falling by 0.5 per...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Hope for central London as rents rise for second successive month

Data from Knight Frank’s lettings division suggests that rents in the troubled Prime Central London area have risen for the second...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine for breaching conditions of London lettings licence

A London landlord has been ordered to pay over £13,000 for breaching the conditions of his licence as a result of...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Business as usual after tenancy change in Scottish lettings sector

CityLets, Scotland’s largest online lettings listings service, says it’s business as usual for the market north of the border despite a...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: low take-up for licensing scheme that starts tomorrow

It appears that take-up of an apparently compulsory licensing scheme in one city has been shockingly low - and the scheme...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Central London agency reports record lettings results for first half-year

Chestertons has announced record lettings results for the first half of 2018, claiming growth in market share and increased productivity. The agency...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency conned out of £34,000 by employee

The former office manager of an estate agency in Scunthorpe conned her employer out of over £34,000, a court has heard. Local...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill - date set for next stage on path to becoming law

The government has announced that the Report Stage for the Tenants’ Fees Bill will be held on September 5, the day...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency aims to double workforce in next year

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty has moved into a new home and says it plans to double its staff by adding five...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed Zero Deposit wins over another agency

The ZPG-backed Zero Deposit service is to be used by growing lettings operation Nick Dunning Associates as an alternative to the...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Expect market wobbles when fees ban kicks in, warns Connells Group

Connells Group says a growing number of small-scale landlords are likely to quit because of the tax and regulation red tape...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London tops rent rise league table for first time since 2014 - Rightmove

A lack of new rental properties coming to the market in London has helped push the annual rate of London asking...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London lettings transactions slump 15% says JLL

The number of lettings transactions in Prime Central London in the second quarter of this year slumped 15 per cent compared...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's most controversial landlord wouldn't go in to buy to let now

Britain’s most controversial landlord, Fergus Wilson, says the recent changes in buy to let legislation means that if he was starting...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Insurer launches referral scheme for agents hit by fees ban

An insurer is launching a new referral scheme for letting agents to market to landlords and tenants as a way of...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fergus Wilson hits back on 'baby evictions', curry smells and more...

Britain’s most controversial buy to let investor, Fergus Wilson, has hit back and given his side of events on a series...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let owners must work to protect investment, says agency

One of London’s leading letting agencies says in the current neutral rental market, buy to let owners must work hard to...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds lettings agency bringing in liquidators

The lettings agency Elet, based in Harrogate, has appointed liquidators.  A Letting Agent Today reader spotted an announcement about the move in...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies - online agency is the latest to voice opposition

An online lettings agency is the latest to voice opposition to the government’s proposed three year standard tenancies for the private...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London agent teams up with interior designer and retailer

Prime central London lettings agency Draker has teamed up with a luxury interiors retailer and interior designer to launch what it...

19 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? calls on the public to submit nightmare rental stories

Which?, the consumer organisation which this week revealed details of an undercover investigation of 30 viewings of properties marketed by lettings...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fee Ban – Your Options

Let’s make no bones about it. When the Tenant Fee Ban comes into force you WILL: See a DROP in your income...

17 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Prizes offered to agents as Fixflo launches new Rental Repairs Survey

Fixflo is launching its fifth annual Rental Repairs Survey for lettings professionals  The survey, supported by ARLA Propertymark, gauges the opinions of...

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Average eviction now takes 17 weeks according to new analysis

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

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says proportion of homes let by 'firms' has hit all-time high

Some 18 per cent of properties let in the first half of 2018 were registered in the name of a company...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one bites the dust - independent agency snapped up by chain

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired Upp Property Lettings in Oakham and Stamford. The acquisition will see the existing Leaders branch in...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Net loss of 133,000 homes to let in coming year, trade body warns

A trade body says the country faces a net loss of 133,000 homes for private rent over the next year -...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Stath Lets Flats - but better customer service would let even more

Channel 4’s hit comedy Stath Lets Flats shows the funny side of running a lettings agency but one of the country’s...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

False gas safety certificates issued for lettings properties

A gas safety engineer has pleaded guilty with a landlord of falsifying gas safety certificates for a string of private rental...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'A ticking timebomb for lettings': warning over MEES energy efficiency measures

A specialist buy to let mortgage lender says buy to let investors should act now - even if it means borrowing...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top Scottish agency says new rules are 'turning point' for lettings

The major legislative changes introduced in Scotland’s letting sector are a major turning point but should not be feared, says one...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA teams with PropTech firm to help agents remain compliant

ARLA Propertymark has launched a new database to help its agent members keep abreast of compliance issues in the lettings sector.  The...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Petition to Parliament wants review of city's selective licensing

A petition has appeared on the government’s e-petition website calling for a review of a city council’s newly-introduced selective licensing system. Nottingham...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy proposals slammed by countryside organisation

Rural landlords say the government’s idea of making three year tenancies the norm across the private rental sector would damage the...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jolly good - Connells Group brand snaps up independent agency

Connells Group brand Fox & Sons has added a lettings portfolio in Salisbury to its network after completing the acquisition of...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Expanding Zero Deposit scheme launches advertising push on Zoopla

The Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme has launched what it calls “a heavyweight advertising campaign” - and unsurprisingly, it’s across the Zoopla...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

£10m investment to fund more acquisitions by top regional agency

A private equity company has made a £10m investment in Yorkshire estate agency Linley & Simpson to fund further expansion. Founded by...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

The only way is acquisition - Essex independent agency snapped up

Essex-based Balgores Property Group, which operates across that county and in Kent, has snapped up Woollens estate agents in Dagenham. Woollens has...

02 July 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove claims massive growth for franchise following acquisition

Hybrid agency EweMove is claiming massive growth for its branch in south Manchester, which it says has seen its lettings and...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Student renters encouraged to give views on agents and landlords

A students’ union is the latest body to partner a review platform allowing renters to give their verdict on dealing with...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

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

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Arson - police treat lettings agency fire as suspicious

A newspaper in Northumbria says local police are treating a fire at a lettings agency as a deliberate arson attack. Police are...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency opens third office as northern investment continues to boom

The Mistoria Group has opened its third office in the north of England - it now has a branch in Bolton...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Multitude of failings in lettings property results in hefty fine

A landlord has been prosecuted for failing to comply with Improvement Notices on her property and failing to licence her house...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Blame government for future rent rises, franchise guru warns

The chief executive of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the lettings sector will be to blame for higher rent...

25 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Kicked out: two lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

At last - lettings market comes back to life after 'slumber spring'

The lettings market is looking distinctly healthier now than a month ago according to data just released by board company Agency...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

World's worst lettings agency revealed by TV programme

A TV station has gone public on revealing what it calls “the world’s worst lettings agency” - but it may not...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing letting agent - a Church is amongst those owed money

It’s been revealed that a church is amongst those owed thousands of pounds by a letting agent who has gone to...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for Countrywide staff with new ARLA qualification initiative

Countrywide is introducing the ARLA Level 2 qualification throughout its branch network.  All customer-facing lettings staff who joined the business on or...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency closes, boss disappears, and thousands owed to clients

A regional newspaper claims that a lettings agency has collapsed, its boss has gone to ground, and thousands of pounds are...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Regional agency is latest to offer deposit-free rental model

Norfolk-based estate agency Sowerbys is the latest to announce that it is offering its landlords the opportunity to use a deposit-free...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

How outsourcing could save your lettings business

Outsourcing has long been an effective strategy in business. It enables you to provide a new, improved or more streamlined service...

14 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent sees franchise group as way to combat online competitors

A lettings agent says she is returning to a High Street franchise agency group to help her combat competition from online...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New firm aims to compensate for rogue estate agents

A new lettings agency set up at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset says it’s setting out to atone for the misdemeanours of nearby...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'What kind of monster would do this?' asks politician after lettings bust

A council leader in London, so outraged after a bust of a rogue lettings property, has asked: “What kind of monster...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal teams up with digital banking company

Lettings portal Ezylet has partnered with Revolut, a digital banking company.  Revolut’s product allows users to make free international ATM withdrawals and...

08 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent tells MPs: 'Fees ban OK in principle and won't raise rents'

The chief of what is described as Britain’s largest lettings agency has told an influential group of MPs that the proposed...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm questions whether long-term tenants need referencing

A prominent PropTech startup is questioning whether long-term tenants need to go through the traditional referencing process when moving between rental...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to use PropTech to help clean up their act

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has renewed his call for letting agents to use more technology to clean up their act when...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Forces' families being hurt by government lettings sector tax changes

A trade body is claiming that armed service personnel who let out their homes whilst stationed away are being hit by...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency predicts massive rent hikes this year

Two million tenants will this year be hit with rent rises totalling a combined £46m a month according to an online...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Repairs pilot scheme being rolled out to agents in two regions

Repair and maintenance management software firm Fixflo and emergency contractor supplier AXA Partners are rolling out a pilot scheme for lettings...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords self-managing to save money is a false economy, argues agent

An experienced agent claims that forgoing the services of a letting agent to save money is a false economy for landlords. In...

24 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

Acquisition apiece for fast-growing Leaders and Romans

The Leaders Romans Group has announced the details of two new acquisitions to further strengthen its huge network. Sales and lettings business...

23 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Empty homes: Agents missing out on millions of short-term rental income

London landlords and letting agents could be missing out on up to £111 million of short-term rental revenue each year, according...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

LonRes reveals strategic alliance with lettings service provider

LonRes, the data and agent network business specialising in central London, is entering into a strategic partnership with rental services provider...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency celebrates £100m of homes under management in one region

A lettings agency that started life as an idea between two friends 15 years ago is now celebrating managing over £100m...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

The Property Ombudsman has issued its annual report for 2017 and it makes grim reading for the rental sector - there’s...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

The big buy to let sell-off: good for first time buyers but...

A lettings trade body says 380,000 landlords may be about to sell at least one property - potentially flooding the sales market. The...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents 'talking down the lettings culture' says Spicerhaart

Spicerhaart says that with the lettings agency industry under attack there is a danger of some within the sector focussing too...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government probe into deposit-alternatives welcomed by campaigner

A prominent campaigner for alternatives to traditional rental sector deposits is welcoming the government’s commitment to consider the issue in the...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Online operator says it aims to be lettings version of Deliveroo

An online lettings service which says it’s aiming to triple its level of business in the next 12 months claims it’s...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership with lettings body aims to boost use of skilled builders

The National Federation of Builders is linking up with a lettings trade body to make it easier for reputable craftspeople to...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government told - Help us to help older tenants

A trade body has stepped up its calls on government to help the lettings industry do more for older renters. Responding to...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More independents snapped up by big agency chains

The Lomond Capital acquisition bandwagon continues apace with the latest independent to be snapped up being the well known Bonett’s Estate...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New Central London tenancies drop 11% says agency

Strutt & Parker says the take up of new rental tenancies in prime central London in the first quarter of this...

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'House of Horrors' - a council's description of unfit lettings property

A local authority has described a lettings property as “a real House of Horrors that put the health and safety of...

10 May 2018

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Countrywide reveals how it aims to combat fees ban income loss

Countrywide - which is making the lettings sector a key part of its ‘back to basics’ programme - is proposing to...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rent across the UK up 1.5% in the past year says HomeLet

The average rent in the UK is now £918, up by 1.5 per cent on the same time last year according...

09 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

Independent snapped up by LSL's Reeds Rains chain

Reeds Rains has snapped up one of north west England’s better known independent lettings agencies, Nurture.  Nurture is owned by James Coubrough...

08 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - mandatory Client Money Protection for all agents from next April

The government has confirmed that all property agents in England will need to be part of an approved Client Money Protection...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy to let sector remains stable despite recent upheavals

Buy to let sector confidence across a range of measures remained stable or increased in the first quarter of 2018 compared...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Time is money.

How much more of it would you have if you could do all your month-end payments and reconciliations in a couple...

03 May 2018

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Lomond Capital deal allows SDL Group to focus on Build To Rent

Midlands-based SDL Group has announced the sale of a Birmingham residential lettings portfolio to Lomond Capital. SDL Property Management now focuses on...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge surge in London properties short-letting via Airbnb

There’s been a huge 43 per cent rise in the number of London properties registered to be short let on Airbnb...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent hits back at journalist who condemned entire agency industry

One of Britain’s best known lettings agents has hit back at a journalist’s claims that the industry is in danger of...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent faces theft and fraud charges involving hundreds of thousands

The owner of a Plymouth lettings agency is to stand trial in November and faces charges of fraud, false accounting and...

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

University's in-house lettings agency wins national newspaper award

The University of Surrey’s in-house private lettings agency has won a gong at the Guardian University Awards 2018. The ‘Student Experience’ award...

27 April 2018

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Demand remains steady across lettings market, reports ARLA

The lettings market remains steady with demand roughly unchanged in March compared to the previous month according to the latest figures...

26 April 2018

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London agency says it's seeing competitive bids over best new-build lets

The JLL lettings team says it is now seeing competitive bidding now taking place on a number of developments in central London. The firm...

25 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Regulation red tape means landlords can’t cope alone, survey shows

A survey has revealed that with over 145 individual laws and more than 400 regulations to follow, it’s dangerous for landlords...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents should embrace Build To Rent, urges PropTech chief

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

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Average rents across Britain up 1.7% in a year says Countrywide

The average cost of a new let reached £951 per month in Great Britain in March - that’s up 1.7 per...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents remain unchanged across much of the UK

Rents have risen a negligible 0.9 per cent across the UK in the last 12 months according to HomeLet. The average monthly...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Student lettings firm snapped up by expanding franchise agency

Franchise agency Redstones, which has 13 offices across the Midlands, has acquired student letting company Housemates. Redstones, now one of the largest...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Group’s new chair wants inventories at heart of ‘professional’ lettings

The new sole chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says he wants the service to be at the heart...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Up to 10,000 agents could quit because of regulation - claim

Franchises giant Belvoir says there are over 10,000 potential acquisition targets which could be wanting a way out of the lettings...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group reveals possible financial cost of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has given an insight into the effect of the ban on lettings fees likely to be introduced...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Police and council probe lettings property riddled with safety issues

West Midlands Police and Birmingham council teamed up to investigate a property in the city which was riddled with health and...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Belvoir anticipates consolidation as firm reports profits leap

Belvoir has reported a year of strong growth in 2017, with group revenue up 14 per cent and pre-tax profit soaring...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental ‘sherpa’ start-up seeks £250,000 to use Artificial Intelligence

A PropTech firm which uses so-called ‘sherpas’ to find lettings properties for would-be renters, is now seeking £250,000 through crowdfunding to...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of those who let holiday homes live outside the area

The holiday lets market is just starting to pick up and new research shows that 80 per cent of those who...

10 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says post-Grenfell fire report is 'a missed opportunity'

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is missing the opportunity to assess fire safety regulations on a wider...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Clumsy' new lettings rules may lead to agents quitting - claim

Ian Wilson, chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, says new rules for regulating the lettings sector will probably be clumsily...

06 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

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for government's crackdown on agents

The Property Ombudsman is the latest property industry player to throw its support behind the introduction of mandatory qualifications and a...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Husband and wife agency owners start search for lettings firms to acquire

A Derby-based agency says it’s on the acquisition trail and seeking lettings operations to take over. Birchover Sales and Lettings - led...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm must pay almost £40,000 after 'record' fine

A property management company which ignored a series of housing safety regulations and flouted laws designed to protect tenants’ rights has...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent fined for placing tenants in his own unsafe properties

A Brighton and Hove lettings agent has been fined more than £3,000 for allowing two properties that he owned himself to...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart's 100-branch network signs up to no-deposit platform

Spicerhaart has signed up with a deposit-free renting platform to offer landlords and tenants the option of working with a no-deposit system...

27 March 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

Belvoir brings industry veteran Michael Stoop on board

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

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels lettings agencies over payments issues

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

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Veteran lettings industry chief returns to Countrywide fold

Well known lettings industry figure John Hards is re-joining Countrywide as National Lettings Director with immediate effect. He first joined Countrywide in...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces resignation of leading lettings figure

Countrywide has announced that Dan Channer - a well-known figure in the lettings industry generally, and managing director of Oxford-based Finders...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings market slowing according to latest Agency Express survey

Board company Agency Express says the buoyant start to the year’s lettings market has given way to a slowdown. In its February...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest crowdfunding lettings product aims to avoid buy to let constraints

Another property crowdfunding investment product has been launched, aiming to offer investors an alternative to the increasingly regulated and taxed buy...

22 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

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Mortgages for buy to let investors now harder to get, claims trade body

A new survey by a leading lettings trade body suggests that the Bank of England’s attempts to make buy to let...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Volatile lettings sector means increasing use of rental-protection products

Increased volatility in the private rental sector and rising costs for landlords and investors have combined to lead to an increased...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

University extends student lettings business to wider market

As students begin their search for housing for the next academic year, a university has relaunched a dedicated lettings agency service The...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

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

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaders announces 10th acquisition in just nine months

Leaders has completed its 10th acquisition in the last nine months. It has snapped up Temples agency which gives it new branches...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Government's rental sector taxes blamed for curbing house building totals

A lettings trade body says a major house builder has blamed, in part, recent tax increases on private landlords as a...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove’s biggest acquisition yet as it snaps up independent agency

Hybrid brand EweMove says its purchase of a traditional lettings agency with 350 properties on its book constitutes its biggest biggest...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says tax increases are choking off rental investment

A trade body says new figures released by the independent Office for Budget Responsibility show that the government’s recent tax increases...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Wrong move on Rightmove photos: spot the tenant and the agent....

Our thanks to the eagle-eyed Richard Cross of B H Realty for spotting one or two less-than-perfect things on a Rightmove...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

London-based student lettings platform targets global audience

Spotahome, a London-based student lettings platform, has acquired another platform aimed at students, Erasmusu, in a bid to expand its international...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency merger allows wider range of services for landlords and sellers

Two agencies in Cheshire have merged, allowing a lettings business to now offer sales, mortgages and other home mover packages to...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency bosses on fraud and related charges amounting to £450,000

The former owner and director of a Plymouth lettings agency are to stand trial on charges of fraud, false accounting and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More politicians back controversial site that reviews letting agents

Local media in Bristol say politicians in the city are considering supporting a controversial website that allows tenants to rate and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Use fees ban as opportunity to streamline your business, agents urged

A leading figure in the PropTech sector is urging letting agents to use the 2019 lettings fee ban as an opportunity...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty launches two new lettings option priced up to £499

Online agency easyProperty has announced the launch of two new lettings options.  One, called easyLet, is broadly a listings service: for £99...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council endorses lettings review website ‘to improve rental stock’

Oxford’s Labour council has given its support to a lettings review website because it claims it will help drive up the...

08 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

Call for tax reform and 'new business model' for lettings sector

Tax increases on the rental sector are leaving young people unable to access the homes they need, an industry body claims. The...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental ratings and reviews platform tries to cut out lettings agents

A new online platform says it allows renters and landlords to review each other and give Trustpilot-style ratings - but it...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Second lettings sector body completes total rebrand exercise

A lettings trade body has announced a rebrand - the second organisation in the sector to do so in a matter...

06 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

Latest acquisitions by Belvoir will add millions to revenue stream

Belvoir has announced what it calls “a significant acquisition” by one of its franchisees, which is set to add almost £1m...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed 'no deposit' scheme wins agency investors

The ZPG-backed Zero Deposit scheme, one of a number now existing putting forward an alternative to traditional deposits, has announced four...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands to win back support from student tenants

Brighton’s largest lettings agency MTM Property has rebranded under the new name Coapt. The rebranding involved a year of workshops, client and...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fightback starts against huge lettings licensing charge imposed by council

The local media in Bristol are reporting that landlords in the city are complaining that they face backruptcy if a hugely...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise gently - but tenants may be persuaded to pay more, says LSL

The latest figures from LSL Property Services suggest that rents have increased across the UK by an average 2.5 per cent in the...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency launches 'pay on success' premium option

The online lettings agency Upad has launched what it describes as a “pay on success” option for landlord clients.  The company says...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues stark warning - Renters are in for a rough ride in 2018

ARLA Propertymark has issued a downbeat report on the lettings sector’s start to 2018.  Its report on the market's performance in January says...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss calls for introduction of ‘rogue tenants’ database

The head of a major PropTech company serving the lettings sector says he want to see the introduction of a database...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs protest over ‘damage’ done by spread of Airbnb-style short lets

Senior Labour MPs have spoken out about what they believe are the anti-social and detrimental effects of short lets on surrounding...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council proposes hefty £1,660 lettings licensing charge

Bristol council is consulting on a licensing scheme which could see buy to let investors paying £1,660 for a five year...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings market picking up momentum after annual lull

The UK lettings market has enjoyed a 'robust' start to 2018, according to the latest Agency Express Property Activity Index. The number...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole over £350,000 of deposits to fund lavish lifestyle

The director of a lettings agency who who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on holidays and other luxuries...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

42 per cent of tenants unhappy with agents' fees despite imminent ban

A new survey claims that 42 per cent of private sector tenants are unhappy with paying letting agents’ fees, despite the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency partners with online auction firm to sell tenanted properties

Lettings agency IPS Estates is partnering with Midlands auction specialist SDL Auctions to sell tenanted properties online. IPS Estates, based in Derbyshire, will...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents duped by man sub-letting homes to create £7m cannabis empire

Letting agents were amongst those duped by a Merseyside builder who rented 33 homes and then sub-let them to allow the...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

The city council in Nottingham claims it has taken action against no fewer than 561 unauthorised To Let boards under powers...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council drops lettings licensing plan after massive backlash

This is a rare story: a council has dropped a plan for a lettings licensing scheme as a result of 900...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Student-focussed lettings agency says business helped by SMS marketing

A Birmingham-based student lettings agency says it has seen improved response rates from student tenants and viewers thanks to the use...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rising in almost every region of the UK says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent in the year to the end of January according...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension

A crooked lettings agent has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds from his pension. As previously reported on Letting Agent Today...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

The new lettings market - fewer Millennials, more Generation Z

Countrywide’s latest analysis of the lettings market says millennials are slowly but surely becoming homeowners, giving ground in the rentals sector...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Older prime London properties ‘harder to let’ warns agency

High end agency Strutt & Parker is warning that older properties in prime central London are getting harder to let, with...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

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Belvoir keen to snap up agencies selling-up after fees ban

Belvoir has told its shareholders that it aims to acquire agencies that exit the lettings sector when the ban on fees...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove pair acquire 100-unit lettings portfolio from independent agency

Franchise holders of EweMove in the westcountry have acquired over 100 managed units from an independent agency. Anita Light and Paul Gammage,...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise as lettings stock not keeping pace with demand - RICS

Tenant demand edged up in the three months to January, according to RICS, but landlord instructions have fallen back - suggesting...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents starting to moderate in outer London says lettings trade body

The National Landlords’ Association is reporting that around 16 per cent of its members in outer London have reduced rents over...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency prosecuted for breaking HMO and licensing regulations

A lettings agency apparently trying to get around HMO regulations has been prosecuted for licensing and housing offences.  Easy Let Agency let...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Veteran agent joins Proptech firm behind lettings scheduling tool

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Join the growth platform!

PayProp had an exceedingly good 2017, enjoying excellent growth in client numbers, new regions – and, best of all, our customers’...

02 February 2018

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Proceeds of Crime Act used for first time to punish lettings licensing breach

A London council has been the first in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act for a breach in...

02 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

Agency donates 15 per cent of profits to local housing association

A lettings agency operating in Cardiff has expanded its business and now donates 15 per cent of profits to a local...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

£650,000 for Proptech firm that streamlines lettings utility bills

A PropTech firm that simplifies utility billing, with the aim of reducing property management effort by letting agents, has received £650,000...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer up-front costs could kick-start market, says tenant referencing firm

The trend towards reducing or eliminating deposits at the same time as edging towards a ban on letting agents’ fees on...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of fraud, false accounting and theft amounting to £450,000

The former director of a lettings agency in Plymouth is to appear in court in March facing charges of fraud, false...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Savills urges landlords to be flexible to attract 'the short-let demographic'

Savills is urging its landlord clients to be more flexible in order to meet the new expectations of younger renters in...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

Countrywide lettings agency to trial no-deposit rentals in four offices

Countrywide’s Hamptons International is to work with a PropTech firm to try out a no-deposit lettings scheme in four of its offices. Hamptons’...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

Research by NALS has revealed extensive increases in the cost of licensing of lettings properties and landlords by local authorities in...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch promotes no-deposit service as '21st century letting'

A new branch of the Move Revolution agency has opened in Weston-super-Mare, heavily promoting the concept of no-deposit renting.  The branch is...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Criminal letting agent spared jail after stealing over £7,600 from tenants

A letting agent has been spared jail despite stealing over £7,600 from tenants to subsidise his failing business.  Simon Cawley, from Kingsbridge...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Stark warning that recent buy to let investors will face losses by 2021

Well over half of those investors who recently secured buy to let mortgages risk facing losses when mortgage interest tax changes...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

Romans has thrown its weight behind the banning orders being introduced in April which could see rogue letting agents and landlords...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

The government has been accused by a lettings sector trade body of skewing the market to encourage more short-lets.  The claim comes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Record entries for lettings and estate agents' awards at ESTAS 2018

The ESTAS Group has just announced record entries for its 2018 letting and estate agents awards.  The national award scheme - which...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in the UK rose 1.7 per cent in 2017 says HomeLet

The average rent agreed on a new tenancy signed in December was £907 according to the insurance firm HomeLet, compared to...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings reformer and co-founder of ARLA remembered, 10 years on

The agency Leaders has been marking the 10th anniversary of the death of its founder Neville Lee, who was a key...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Jobs Today - new feature coming later this month

We’re delighted to announce that later this month there will be a regular feature each week called Property Jobs Today.  It will...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

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

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government 'should probe tax arrangements' of online short-lets

An accountancy trade body, the Association of Accounting Technicians, is advising the government to investigate what it calls “the questionable tax...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New feature coming later this month - Property Jobs Today

We’re delighted to announce that later this month there will be a regular feature each week called Property Jobs Today.  It will...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents rising at slowest rate for six years

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.2 per cent in the 12 months to December according...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Expansion for LSL-backed broker seeking to emulate online letting agents

A digital start-up that uses algorithms to match the requirements of landlords against the entire buy to let mortgage market of...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: number of homes bought for buy to let at nine-year low

Last year saw a significant drop in the number of homes bought by landlords according to data released this morning by...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent gets £1,000 bill after telling tenant to dump rubbish

A lettings agent has been charged £1,000 after telling a new tenant to dump waste left by a previous occupier into...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental growth up in 2017 with London and Scotland strongest regions

Rental growth across Great Britain picked up in 2017 according to data released today by Countrywide.   Last year rents rose by an...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent says share, share, share his petition to reverse fees ban

An Essex lettings agent has explained why he has set up an online petition calling for a reversal of the government’s...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017 according to...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans gives insight into its campaign against sub-letting

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

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'not implemented until spring 2019 at least' - NALS

The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender extends tenancies policy to 36 months

One of the lettings sector’s biggest lenders, Santander, is allowing its buy to let landlord borrowers to offer assured shorthold tenancies...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark reduces compliance cost with accountancy deal

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have introduced a raft of deals in a bid to save agents money.  Membership subscription fees will remain...

09 January 2018

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Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Today sees the return of MPs to Parliament following the Christmas break, and one early task is to hear oral evidence...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets damage long term rental stock, research alleges

Research by the University of Sheffield is reported to show the apparent damage done by short lets on Airbnb and similar...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency sets up new 'rentals portal' as latest Proptech development

Harrison Murray, the lettings division of the Nottingham Building Society, has launched a portal for landlords and tenants. The agency says it...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals new minimum room sizes for HMOs

The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding. In addition to...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Consultation shows strong support for lettings sector 'banning orders'

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

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

London agent forecasts demand surge in key lettings sector

The lettings director of high-end London lettings agency Russell Simpson says he expects the capital’s rentals market to blossom next year...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

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

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency opens new office in bid to extend reach

Loveitts Estate Agents says it is “extending its reach” with the opening of a new expanded office in Nuneaton. The move to...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group welcomes cut to cost of lettings energy measures

The Residential Landlords Association says it welcomes the government’s decision to reduce the likely maximum payment by landlords for energy improvements...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent snaps up rival to have total 2,500 homes on its books

Tunbridge Wells independent Alexandre Boyes has snapped up the lettings and sales book of Edenbridge agency Foxwood Maclean. First established in 1877...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals top 10 lettings searches - and the south wins...

Rightmove has revealed the locations where prospective tenants have searched for properties on its portal in 2017 - and the winning...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fell in real terms in 2017 says HomeLet

Latest data from HomeLet suggests that typical rents across the UK have fallen in real terms over the past 12 months. Average...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New survey shows rents stable but some landlords selling up

Latest lettings findings from franchise agency Belvoir shows that in the third quarter of this year average rents were just £3 a...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says London rental market may now be in recovery mode

Foxtons insists the London rental market may now be in recovery mode with 9.2 prospective tenants per property registered in the third...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Yet another acquisition made by fast-expanding Lomond Capital

Lomond Capital has announced its second acquisition in two weeks by acquiring south Manchester lettings and sales agency Hallmark Residential.  The deal...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Media expert takes over as chair of lettings sector trade body

The National Landlords Association has appointed a new chairman - he’s Adrian Jeakings who comes to the position with many years of...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

70 per cent of landlords wouldn't let to student tenants - survey

Research by a student lettings software company suggests that 70 per cent of landlords say they would prefer not to let...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fall in rental supply may be because investors are quitting - claim

A fall in the supply of available rental properties suggests some landlords may be quitting the buy to let sector as...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by Martin & Co franchise couple

Gloucester independent lettings agency R M C Hardcastles has been acquired by Martin & Co franchisees Peter and Rani Grieve -...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

Some 70 per cent of letting agents expect taxes on the rental sector to rise further next year according to research...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says annual rate of rental growth picked up recently

The annual rate of rental growth picked up in November, with the cost of a new let across Great Britain rising...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Final 2017 rental figures for Prime Central London show recovery

The rental market in Prime Central London has shown signs of recovery at the end of 2017, according to a new...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New hire for regional agency's growing lettings team

Yorkshire agency Dacre, Son & Hartley has expanded its residential lettings team with the appointment of a new manager to cover...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition by Leaders Romans Group - the fifth in six weeks

The Leaders Romans Group has announced its fifth acquisition in just six weeks after completing the purchase of South & Co...

11 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

Supervision order after campaign of harassment against letting agent

A man is reported to have launched “a campaign of harassment” against a lettings agent just an hour after signing a...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents drop 2.4% in a year - the smallest fall for 18 months

Average rents in prime central London fell 2.4 per cent year-on-year in November, which was the most modest decline recorded in...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation increasing as fees ban looms, warns ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing a consolidation of agencies ahead of the ban on agents’ fees...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank lettings and sales search arm names new recruit

The search arm of Knight Frank, The Buying Solution, has a new recruit to handle both rental and sales clients in...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading agency welcomes tenancy overhaul in Scotland

One of Scotland’s leading lettings and estate agencies, Galbraith, has given the thumbs up to a new tenancy process introduced north...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency stalwart retires after 55 years of dedicated service

Gascoines agency at Southwell in Nottinghamshire is celebrating the retirement of one of its most loved staff members after no less...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief joins board of Tenancy Deposit Scheme

David Cox, the chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, has joined the board of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme as a non-executive director. Cox,...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure launches By Your Side

In a time of unprecedented change for the lettings sector, you need a supplier who will safeguard your business and give...

28 November 2017

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Universal Credit change welcomed by lettings sector groups

A change to the operation of Universal Credit has been welcomed by a trade body which has described it as good...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

The industry is awaiting details of the latest government consultation concerning the private rental sector which will consider longer tenancies. The consultation...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group snaps up another independent agency

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired an independent lettings agency in Bath, taking it into the south western region for the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency slapped on wrist for wrongly-targeted flyer

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority says a flyer from an estate agency suggesting that a property was to let...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge - claim

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection could make lettings 'most transparent ever'

Mandatory Client Money Protection for lettings agents - currently the subject of a formal government consultation - will contribute towards making...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Growing support for campaign urging mandatory inventories

Reporting software company InventoryBase has backed a campaign urging for inventories to be made mandatory in the lettings sector. The Association of...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond restructures top brass ahead of London lettings entry

Fast-expanding property group Lomond Capital has announced a restructure of its top tier as it prepares to make long-awaited acquisitions in...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires fourth independent company in the same city

Leaders has acquired its fourth agency in the same city, Norwich, in a sign of what it calls its commitment to...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent outraged at government “kick in the teeth” over fees

A Birmingham agent has branded the government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill - which proposes a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme discriminates against rental units with poor EPCs

A local authority currently consulting on private rental licensing is using improved energy efficiency as one of the criteria for landlords...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent To Rent needs better regulation, urges redress operator

One of the government’s three approved official redress providers says companies operating in the Rent-to-Rent sector should be obliged to join...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal offering reference service bags £350,000 new investment

A portal which allows renters to review their lettings experiences and which encourages agents to buy and download tenants' references has...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London council invites agents to briefing on additional licensing scheme

A London council is inviting letting agents in its boundaries to a briefing session tomorrow morning ahead of the introducing of an...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman launches latest phase of clampdown on rogue lettings agents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has launched the third and latest phase of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute...

14 November 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

Connells company acquires agency handling 800 lettings properties

Wales’ largest agency, Peter Alan, has acquired Roberts & Co Property Management Limited, a Newport company that manages 800 units.  The acquisition...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Security app warns if agents on viewings miss deadlines

A new app has been launched with the aim of offering extra security to lettings and estate agents and other sole...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

The National Landlords Association reports that Bournemouth council has taken the unusual step of rejecting a proposal to introduce a landlord licensing...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

KFH appointed to manage London Build To Rent scheme

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has been appointed joint agent and sole lettings manager for Britannia Point, a 182 unit Build To Rent...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More Prime Central London woe - rents are still falling

The story of falling sale prices in prime central London has become familiar in the past year; now Knight Frank reports...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings management platform secures over $1m new investment

No Agent, a platform for landlords which says circumnavigates the need for letting agents, has announced $1.1m in investment - around...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir's Northwood makes five more portfolio acquisitions

Northwood, a wholly owned subsidiary of Belvoir, has made five portfolio acquisitions in the past two months. At the end of August, Belvoir...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology is the key to growing business, letting agents told

A prominent PropTech company chief has repeated his claim that old-fashioned methods of business administration could be prohibiting letting agents from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive London lets have a special extra - a private club

A Mayfair lettings agency has taken on two new rental properties with an unusual perk for the tenant - private club...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspaper-backed online site aims to bypass lettings agencies

A new online service backed by newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror says it wants to enable tenants to bypass lettings agents. HomeRenter offers what...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir shakes off merger rebuff with high-profile award

Belvoir Lettings, the UK's largest property franchise, has been named as Franchise of the Year at the Negotiator Awards.  Belvoir has been...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London's rental market to outperform sales long-term, says Savills

Rental growth is forecast to exceed house price growth in London, despite a glut of properties on the lettings market in...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: anti-deposit campaigner unconvinced by criminal sanctions

Campaigning lettings agency chief Ajay Jagota says he is unconvinced by government plans to make it a criminal offence for letting...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market to benefit from first time buyers' inexperience

The private rental sector is likely to benefit as a result of first time buyers’ lack of understanding of the timings,...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New director aims to boost Your Move and Reeds Rains lettings

The managing director of LSL’s Corporate Client Department has been appointed as National Lettings and Franchise Director for Your Move and...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency threatened by fees ban turns to PropTech

A family-run lettings agency says its viability is seriously threatened by the likely fees ban to be introduced in 2018 -...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency spills the beans on the most common deposit disputes

A study by the Romans lettings agency group has highlighted common issues cited by agents and landlords deducting funds from a...

01 November 2017

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The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

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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

Online agency boss backs insurance-based alternatives to deposits

Online lettings agency Upad says landlords are concerned that insurance-based alternatives to traditional deposit schemes may not cover them for repairs...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Two acquisitions in 24 hours for speedy Leaders Romans Group

The Leaders Romans Group is continuing on the acquisition trail with two more deals within 24 hours.   On Tuesday the company acquired...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Concern that Client Money Protection pledge may be forgotten

Kitemark-style scheme SAFEagent is calling on the government to ensure plans to make Client Money Protection schemes mandatory are not ignored...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Top Slicing' mortgages may allow more lettings sector borrowing

Consumer organisation Which? says a handful of buy to let mortgage lenders have found a way of helping so-called ‘portfolio landlords’...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency urges more maintenance to avoid tenants' winter gripes

An online agency is urging landlords to try to avoid unnecessary voids or tenant gripes by preparing their investment properties for...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Show Off your Staged Properties for the Chance to Win

The lettings market typically heats up in autumn, with landlords and tenants back off their holidays and ready to start the...

23 October 2017

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Be part of the bigger picture with Rent4sure

  At Rent4sure we understand the challenges and increasing responsibilities that face every letting agent right now. With government plans for an outright...

23 October 2017

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Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

PropTech company PayProp says the government’s outline proposal for greater regulation of the private rental sector should be treated as good...

23 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

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

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

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Major leasehold firm welcomes possible watchdog for lettings

Leasehold enfranchisement specialist operator Leasehold Solutions is the latest to welcome the government’s suggestion of a regulatory watchdog to oversee leasehold...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency hosting seminar on challenging London lettings sector

London lettings agency Portico is working with a trade body to organise a seminar on what it admits is the “challenging”...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: government issues hefty 95-page guidelines for lettings sector

The government has published long-awaited guidelines for the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the private rental sector.   The hefty 95-page...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies to be awarded 'star ratings' in new review process

Newham council in London has published the UK’s first ever ratings scheme for letting agents, in which firms receive anything from...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent fuelling massive ID fraud, BBC investigation reveals

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

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Country agency that opened surprise London office names lettings chief

Humberts, the country agency which raised eyebrows earlier this year by announcing it was to open an office in prime central...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Deposit Passports' won't change key rental problems, warns agent

A campaigning lettings agent says proposals to allow renters to transfer tenancy deposits between properties are to be welcomed – but...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Gambling addict lettings agent who stole thousands is jailed

A lettings agent who stole thousands of pounds collected from tenants has been jailed for 20 months. Kent Online reports that gambling...

16 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

Overseas students key for prime central London lettings sector

The rental market in parts of prime central London is becoming increasingly dominated by well-funded overseas students, according to a leading...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency group takes a stake in new digital mortgage service

LSL Property Services, which owns Your Move and Reeds Rains lettings and estate agencies, is investing in an online buy to...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide man joins fast-expanding Nick Dunning Associates

The fast-expanding Nick Dunning Associates - which acquired London agency Stirling Ackroyd over the summer - has strengthened its leadership team...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS says lettings market looks subdued in the near-term

Interest from prospective tenants edged up during September according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.    Of agent members who responded to...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES fundamentally flawed for heritage properties, claims group

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

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents down 3% and gross yield just 3.2%

Average rental values fell three per cent in the year to September 2017 according to Knight Frank.   This decline is the smallest...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall and void periods lengthen as supply starts to exceed demand

Rents outside of London have dropped by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year according to new data...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing lettings and estate agency snap up city independent

Manchester city centre-based agency Ascend Properties has acquired local independent company Living Quarter. The deal will see Ascend’s number of managed properties...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Insurance specialist warns of fire dangers in student accommodation

A lettings insurance specialist company is warning that students moving into private rental accommodation may pose a greater-than-average risk of fire. Total...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Crooked ex-lettings agent conned five other agencies into releasing keys

A former lettings agent stole thousands of pounds worth of cash and personal items from homes after conning other agents into...

06 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

One in 20 lettings properties would fail new energy standard - claim

One in 20 lettings properties breach minimum standards set to come into force next April, according to a survey for an insurance...

04 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

Lettings company fined £200,000 over dangerous properties

A property company and a landlord have been fined over £200,000 after being accused of putting tenants’ lives in danger by...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords must improve offer to compete for students

Online lettings agency Upad says that with the volume of purpose-built student accommodation set to increase 17 per cent this year,...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents still slowly rising according to latest Your Move data

Latest data from Your Move’s rental indices suggest that rents are growing, with the average in England and Wales now £904,...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Many agents and landlords seek only high-salary tenants - claim

Even those earning average salaries risk being priced out of the lettings market by high rents according to an insurance agency.    Research...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to visit letting agents today as new clampdown begins

Trading Standards says representatives from 15 departments will today visit lettings and property management firms across London in a bid to...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Treasury told: 'Reform Capital Gains Tax to help lettings sector'

The National Landlords’ Association appears to be first off the starting blocks with its submission to government ahead of the next...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency and director fined after council acts over illegal advertising

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

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Large regional agency continues to expand lettings division

Two new managers have been appointed by Yorkshire agency Dacre, Son & Hartley, as the firm’s lettings division continues to expand. Nadia...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spike in new rental listings according to board company survey

  Agency Express says there has been a bounce in the number of new lettings listings across the UK.   Following unusually slow activity...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News