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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

From: Breaking News

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

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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

Fees much bigger worry than online agents, says state-of-the-sector report

Repairs software provider Fixflo has issued its annual state-of-the-lettings-industry report - with fees the biggest concern to letting agents.   Some 42 per...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free legal seminars on tenant eviction

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

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising 2.4% across the UK as London returns to growth

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent during August - the highest rate of annual growth...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Here's how much it costs to run one lettings property per year

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.    The numbers...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Court imposes confiscation order of over £1m on disgraced letting agent

A former letting agent from Kettering has been ordered to pay a confiscation order of over £1m made under the Proceeds...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

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

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency introducing 'ultra prime' lettings division

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

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Student rental sector may suffer because of Brexit, agency warns

As applications from EU students to UK universities fall for the first time in six years, an over-supply of purpose-built student...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: trade body wins £1.5m funding for lettings energy changes

The Residential Landlords Association has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON - the only such funding dedicated solely...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent removes website claim after advertising watchdog intervenes

Bob Parry Lettings, a north Wales agency, has removed a claim from its website concerning a plot of land, following a...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent expelled from RICS after £25,000 taken from clients' accounts

The head of an estate and lettings agency has been expelled from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors after admitting taking...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency reports record figures for lettings in London and the regions

Carter Jonas has reported a record quarter across its lettings business in the period to August 2017. In London turnover was up...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say it's no surprise lettings complaints are surging

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is not surprised the majority of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent renews attack on pro-deposit operators

Ajay Jagota, the north east agent known for his campaign against rental deposits, says recent initiatives by two deposit protection services...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents edging up across Britain according to latest analysis

Average rents for newly-let property across Great Britain rose to £954 per month in August, reflecting a 1.6 per cent annual...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo graduates in London could spend 75% of pay on rent

Graduates sharing in London spend upwards of 45 per cent of their monthly take home pay on accommodation according to a...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

The majority of MPs speaking at a House of Commons debate yesterday acknowledged they are wary of the 'unintended consequences' of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir posts impressive results, despite 'challenging' market

Belvoir, the UK's largest property franchise group, has reported an increase in profit and revenue in the first six months of...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir says latest acquisitions take it over 57,000 lettings units

Belvoir has told shareholders and the City that it now has 57,637 lettings units under management following the addition of 1,310...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market resilient ahead of lettings agency rules changes

A report into the Scottish rental market by Your Move says letting agents north of the border are already preparing for...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says 25% boost in lettings is down to more use of PropTech

A lettings management agency in Cardiff says it has boosted business by a quarter in the past year, mostly thanks to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Century 21 franchise company wins new Build To Rent contract

SDL Group - owner of the UK franchise for Century 21 lettings and estate agency branches - has been named as the...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up independent lettings firm - and wants more

West Country chain Bradleys Estate Agents has acquired Premier Lettings, formerly situated in the Preston area of Paignton, Devon.     Premier had...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - role of parental finance help in private rental sector

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

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO expels agency failing to honour compensation to landlord

The Property Ombudsman has expelled a London lettings and estate agency after it failed to honour a compensation payment to a...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall up to 10% in prime London despite increased activity

Prime Central London’s lettings market has improved gradually during the first two quarters of the year according to JLL.   It says transaction...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Most lettings investors want stamp duty surcharge scrapped

Perhaps unsurprisingly, a survey reveals that most buy to let and other property investors want the three per cent stamp duty...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits cap could lead to more disputes, inventory clerks warn

A leading trade body says a cap on damage deposits paid by tenants - as proposed by the government - could...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says landlords should become more professional

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

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lomond Capital on the lettings acquisition trail once again

A company owned by Lomond Capital has snapped up a Scottish lettings operation with an asset value of £45m.   Lomond owns Stonehouse...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says there's been 33% fall in tenants entering lettings market

The number of tenants entering the market across the UK has risen by 7.3 per cent on the month - but...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market hit worrying low in recent weeks, says board firm

July’s activity data from board company Agency Express has revealed a significant slowdown in the number of rental properties coming on...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another online letting agency is seeking funds for expansion

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

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning about Airbnb hosts breaching lease terms

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

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Well done! Agency's new manager is product of apprentice scheme

London agency Ludlowthompson has just appointed the first manager to emerge from the company’s apprenticeship scheme.    Launched in 2011, the scheme now...

18 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents down but demand up - is London's lettings market stabilising?

Foxtons reports that average rents continued to fall across many parts of the capital in the second quarter of this year,...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency scores big by opening new lettings department

Allsopp & Allsopp, an agency operating across Warwickshire, has launched a lettings division and has immediately scored big thanks to its...

16 August 2017

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Big surge in complaints over property management and deposits

The Property Redress Scheme, one of three approved redress operations, says it saw a 33 per cent increase in membership in...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts launches fixed-fee online-only lettings option

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

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says falling supply is pushing up rents in many areas

The annual rate of rental growth across Britain doubled between June and July driven by a turnaround in the London market,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

We've got mews for you - if you can pay £4,250 a week in rent

The agent behind London’s newest letting opportunity says it’s the most luxurious property in the capital’s most presigious neighbourhood - and...

11 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant's mammoth dispute with agency over fees and redress

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

09 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Sequence UK firm snaps up another independent agency

William H Brown, part of Sequence UK, has revealed it has snapped up another small independent - just days after its...

09 August 2017

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Agency now offering Airbnb 'design' service as well as management

A lettings agency that already operates an Airbnb management service has now launched an additional ‘interior styling service’ for landlords who...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council to have star-rating system for all letting agencies in its area

Newham council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.   The...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord moves into rent protection

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

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings demand to stay high as '30% of tenants plan never to buy'

New data from a survey of tenants suggests demand for the private rental sector looks set to be high for the...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide director aims to treble agency's lettings book

Haslams, a prominent agency in the Reading area, has appointed ex-Countrywide figure Martin Hembra as director of lettings.   Hembra has over 20...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to courses on new lettings energy requirements

Training organisation Solvo Vir is inviting letting agents and landlords to attend courses to bring them up to date with new...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Foxtons man snapped up by agency  for London and Home Counties

Knight Frank has recruited Neil Cunningham to become head of South West London and Home Counties lettings, overseeing the performance of...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tech firm says agents could reduce complaints - by using more tech

A PropTech firm claims more effective use of technology and automation by letting agents could reduce the number of complaints made...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to have their say on maintenance and repairs

Repairs service provider Fixflo is this week opening its annual call for comments from letting agents on repairs and maintenance issues.   Although...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks' letting director sells 60,000 shares in hybrid agency

Purplebricks has announced that its lettings director, Richard Jacques, has sold a total of 60,000 shares in the hybrid agency.   Jacques sold...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body establishes 'research lab' to inform lettings policy

The Residential Landlords Association has established the Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab - PEARL - to better inform policy-making...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London tenants 'seek smaller rental units with better amenities'

Prime central London is seeing the rise of the micro-apartment, according to new research, as squeezed accommodation budgets have seen singles...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

'Landlords discriminate against students on gender, race' claims agency

An online lettings agency specialising in student accommodation alleges that student tenants are discriminated against by landlords on the basis of...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency claims online firms can reduce voids by up to a week

An online agency claims landlords who use online operators are likely to reduce average void periods by up to a week.    In...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove experimenting with Facebook Messenger lettings bot

Rightmove is testing an experimental Facebook Messenger bot in the London lettings market.    For the unitiated a bot is software that can...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter insists age, not taxes, forces landlords to quit buy to let

The reasons behind ‘landlord churn’ - when buy to let investors sell up - are more connected with personal circumstances than...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

10% of landlords quit lettings sector each year, says Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter claims around one in 10 landlords quit the lettings sector each year.   Using new research by YouGov it says...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Top student lettings provider may be affected by cladding issues

It is being reported that one of the major providers of purpose-built student accommodation to let - Unite - could temporarily...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings at heart of latest acquisition by Countrywide quartet

Stirling Ackroyd’s lettings book, with which it manages 1,400 properties, lies at the heart of the London agency’s acquisition by Nick...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent's retirement triggers merger between two independent firms

Two independent agencies in Newbury are merging.    After a 40 year career in agency, Jeffery Brown from Atkinson Keene decided to retire...

25 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings Fees Ban - now Welsh Government  jumps on the bandwagon

The Welsh Government is now kicking off a similar consultation process to that conducted by the Department for Communities and Local...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

BBC programme is wake-up call for lettings industry, says AIIC

The BBC’s reality programme The Week The Landlords Moved In should act as an eye-opener for the lettings industry when it...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

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

20 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings campaigner says latest fraud scandal must prompt action by police

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

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market cooling during early summer, says Agency Express

There’s been a cooling in the lettings market in the early part of summer - a time when the sector is...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

eMoov chief mentors launch of new lettings communications platform

Another new cloud software platform - HeyLandlord - has been launched to make it easier for agents and landlords to communicate...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Modest 1.1% rise in average rents in past year, says Countrywide

Countrywide says that the average price of a new let in Britain rose by 1.1 per cent year-on-year in June 2017...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'Super prime' London lettings booming claims high-end agency

Activity in the super prime London market, where tenants are prepared to pay £5,000 or more per week for a home,...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agency

A specialist student lettings agency says the drop in the number of applicants for UK higher education courses this year threatens...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency opens new central London office

Draker, which describes itself as the largest lettings-only agency in Kensington and Chelsea, has now expanded by opening a new office...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders snaps up lettings firm's 500-plus property portfolio

Leaders has snapped up the 500-plus property portfolio of Derby-based lettings firm MBM Management Limited.   The company was established in 1996 and...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm says agencies must modernise as lettings sector expands

Letting agents need to modernise and digitise to prepare for a surge in the size of the private rental sector according...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Franchise Group makes large single office acquisition

The Property Franchise Group has revealed that is has made one of its largest ever single office acquisitions. Martin & Co Plymouth...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional inventories prove invaluable in high-turnover rental season

The current ‘busy season’ for lettings turnovers at the end of student terms would be made significantly easier if agents and...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent on the march in major Scottish cities

Purpose-built and professionally-managed Build To Rent - until now seen as a primarily London phenomenon - appears on the march in Scotland...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Really? Around half of agents back fees ban, survey suggests

A survey of letting and estate agencies suggest around half broadly back the changes to the private rental sector outlined in...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for national lettings agency service

The UK-wide property management firm and private rental sector specialist has rebranded its lettings agency service as Touchstone Agent Solutions.   The firm...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dlighted chief accuses Mydeposits boss of bully tactics

A prominent lettings industry campaigner says the head of a tenancy deposit scheme has “serious questions to answer” after his comments...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tells trade body - new EPC rules will come in next April

The Residential Landlords’ Association has been told in no uncertain terms by the government that changes to Energy Performance Certificate scheduled...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap will make it harder for many to rent says lettings guru

The government’s proposal to limit tenancy deposits to one month of rent and reservation fees to one week of rent will...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sees supply surge but steady rents - except for London

Asking rents outside London continue to hold up despite the market having more available properties, according to Rightmove.   Prices rose 2.8 per...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

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

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents across much of UK dip for second successive month

Rents fell in June by 0.3 per cent when compared to the same time last year, the second successive month in...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London rental market at its least affordable for a decade - Hometrack

Rented housing in London is at its least affordable levels for 10 years after typical rent rises of 47 per cent...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

Proposals in Scotland for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could damage the sector, especially in rural communities.   That’s...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector tax increases - they're hurting, but they're not working

The Residential Landlords’ Association says recent fiscal changes hitting the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of financial jobs threat to London lettings market

Knight Frank is warning that changes to regulatory supervision of the European Central Bank could, if they went the wrong way,...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

One in seven tenants spends over half of total income on rent - claim

Almost one in seven private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent, in stark contrast to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London rent falls now less severe than earlier in year

Rents in prime central London have dropped 4.4 per cent in the past year - although that annual drop is not...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of more rent rises to come thanks to Tenants' Fees Bill

Over a quarter of letting agents saw rents rise in May - the highest level since June last year when 28...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end lettings and sales agency expands in prime central London

Pastor Real Estate, a long-standing agency operating in Mayfair and Monaco, is expanding its London activities.   The boutique agency, which covers lettings and sales as...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Finance magazine poll shows strong support for online lettings/sales

A poll for Moneywise magazine and website suggests over three quarters of respondents would be willing to use an online estate...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New bidding software available to letting agents for the first time

Bidding software that provides a new revenue stream for letting agents has been unveiled by a start up called Letsbid4lets.    The bidding...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New referencing product aims to avoid problem highlighted by TPO

The software company behind a new product claim it helps agents comply with The Property Ombudsman’s code of practice on referencing...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Eviction firm Landlord Action acquired by redress scheme owner

HF Resolution Ltd, a subsidiary of Hamilton Fraser, has acquired one of the industry’s leading tenant eviction solicitor firms, Landlord Action.   Landlord...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO makes year's biggest compensation award against letting agent

The annual report of The Property Ombudsman, released today, reveals that the largest compensation award of the year has been made...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition by Leaders as group snaps up lettings business

Leaders has returned to ther acquisition trail with its purchase of a local agency in Nottingham.   Leaders has snapped up Bulmer Estates,...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims 11.6% drop in available letting stock since 2011

The UK rental market has seen a slump of 11.6 per cent in available stock over the last six years, according...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market enjoys 'robust' boost, claims board company

There has been a ‘robust’ improvement in the lettings market according to board company Agency Express.   It says its nationwide data on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings companies fined over illegal advertising boards

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

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents down 4.8 per cent in a year says Knight Frank

Rents in prime central London are down 4.8 per cent in the past year according to Knight Frank - a slightly...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Launch event for rental auction site receiving strong interest from agents

The preview event for the launch of a new rental auction site is receiving strong interest from letting agents. LetsBid4Lets says that...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide director expands Badger Holdings with acquisition

The firm run by former Countrywide lettings director Nick Dunning has announced the details of its latest acquisition. Nick Dunning Associates has...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of households to be private renters by 2021

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will rise to 24% over the next four years, according...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Iain Duncan Smith to join panel of experts at industry event

Former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is set to speak at a lettings sector event...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Growing city agency takes on nine new members of staff

A growing sales and lettings agency in Leeds has announced the recruitment of nine new members of staff. Morgans, which describes itself...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent's new lettings team aiming to compete with sales division

A growing agency has appointed a new lettings team and is aiming to compete with its successful residential sales division. Heywoods, the...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents invited to preview rental auction site

A new rental auction website is inviting letting agents to preview its launch at an event later this month. LetsBid4Lets.com, which claims...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders agent appointed as ARLA’s Midlands board member

A letting agent working for Leaders has been appointed as the new ARLA Propertymark board member for the Midlands. Duncan Chambers, who...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New joint chairs for lettings industry trade body

Lettings industry regulatory trade body the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced the appointment of two new joint chairs...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA Vice President to join TDS team

Deposit protection organisation the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has announced that current ARLA Propertymark Vice President Claire Lloyd will be joining...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

New owner announced for lettings and landlord show and awards

A residential asset management firm has acquired The Landlord and Letting Show, The Landlord and Letting Awards and The Landlord and...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency beefs up London lettings team with new appointments

JLL has made three new director-level appointments to its prime London lettings team.   Andrew Keelan has joined as associate director and manages...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS launches new online course and wins new accreditation

The National Approved Letting Scheme has launched a new course which it describes as “ground-breaking” and which allows candidates to become...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - only a week remaining for fees ban consultation

Only just over a week remains before the end of the formal consultation on the government’s proposal to ban letting fees...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New deal means agency group manages homes worth £2.5 billion

The latest deal by Lomond Capital means the rapidly expanding property group now manages over £2.5 billion of residential units.   Lomond has...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London council issues first lettings sector 'civil penalty'

The London council of Newham is thought to be the first local authority in the UK to use new powers to...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert release video 'shows' for use by agents

A series of six video ‘shows’ - ideal for agents to promote to would-be investment buyers - has been launched by...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency chain enters into deal with specialist energy provider

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Small-scale BTL investors 'waking up to tax change' says trade group

Single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Franchise group says Fees Ban will have only limited effect

Hunters says its franchise agents and offices may suffer less than other firms thanks to their sales operations.   Addressing the Hunters Group...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency beefs up lettings team by recruiting top fee earner

Chelsea estate agency Russell Simpson has appointed a new senior lettings director in a bid to boost the firm’s rental offering.  Having...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants get along well with agents and landlords

New research shows that the image of tenants with fractious relationships with their letting agents or landlords is generally untrue. No fewer than...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies after complex investigations

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

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market wobbling according to figures from board company

Data from Agency Express suggests that the lettings market is wobbling with a sharp decline in its usual measure - the...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two letting agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme

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

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier announces acquisition and targets multi-utility growth

Spark Energy - the specialist energy supplier to the UK lettings sector - has announced the acquisition of broadband firm Home...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global agency the latest to drop up-front tenant fees

The UK arm of Sotheby's International Realty has announced that it has removed all letting agent fees while the government consults...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry's 'outstanding learners' recognised at Propertymark Awards

A selection of letting agents, estate agents and property professionals were recognised as 'outstanding learners' at the Propertymark Qualifications Awards last...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Best letting agents named at glittering ESTAS bash

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

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

There is no ‘buy-to-let famine’ in the capital, reports agent

Rental growth in London remained relatively stable during the first quarter of 2017, according to Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings. The firm's...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector.   In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo tenants aged 18 to 39 'pay 69% of monthly income on rent'

Tenants aged between 18 and 39 and living alone spend 69 per cent of their monthly post-tax income on rent according...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats back more Build To Rent and more online reviews

A Liberal Democrat spokesman has used a lettings sector trade body website to outline his party’s support for a range of...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency merges with franchise outlet to fight online firms

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

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS wants 'rogues database' extended to include more agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has called for the London Mayor’s new rogue agents’ database to be extended to include those...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks has mystery shopped over 280 letting agencies across UK

Hybrid agency Purplebricks has given details of a mystery shopping exercise it has undertaken across over 280 letting agencies throughout the...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twenty agencies back call to extend or suspend fees ban consultation

Twenty agency groups have backed a call by the Association of Residential Letting Agents urging the government to extend or scrap its...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders and Romans hunting for further letting agency acquisitions

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

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency chain opens its 43rd lettings office

Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has opened a new lettings branch in Clapham, south London, moving into an office already occupied by...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Extend lettings fee ban consultation or scrap it completely, urges ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is calling on the government to either extend the consultation period for the proposed ban...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over third of adults now living in rental sector, claims survey

Over a third of adults are now living in some sort of social or private rental accommodation.    New research from insurance firm...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

The number of people committing to tenancies for two years or more is declining according to new data released by Foxtons.   In...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says enquiries and tenancies up but rents are falling

The number of prospective new tenants in the Home Counties over the first three months of the year has risen 15...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market activity on the rise according to board company

The latest data from Agency Express suggests nationwide increases in both new listings and properties let during March.    National figures for properties...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency runs 'largest ever survey' to debunk lettings sector myths

London agency Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings has surveyed its tenants and, based on 1,400 responses - a third of the...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional chain acquires independent agency - and wants more

Manning Stainton, which has 19 offices in West and North Yorkshire, has completed the acquisition of a local independent agency.  AR Estate...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge has cut level of rental growth - claim

The speed at which rents across are growing has more than halved since a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on second...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

DPS celebrates 10 years of custodial deposit protection

Custodial deposit protection was introduced 10 years ago this week and the Deposit Protection Service has been marking the anniversary. Custodial protection...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent falls in prime central London slowing at last, says agency

The fall in rents across prime central London’s lettings market are slowing according to Knight Frank. It claims rents have dropped 4.9...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Same company named best and worst letting agency by Labour MP

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

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Top buying agency admits more purchasers turning to renting

Prime Purchase, the buying arm of estate agency Savills, says renting may be “a more financially sound route” for some wealthy...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Save 50-75% of time and spend while transacting property

2017 is set to be a big year for Goodlord, which means more savings for UK agencies. As your trusted lettings transaction platform,...

04 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rightmove founder Hill joins 'disruptive' Airbnb management company

The founder of Rightmove and former chief executive of Countrywide, Harry Hill, has joined a lettings start-up company called Lavanda which...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA still angry over increasing tax burden on lettings sector

As the new restrictions on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief come into effect this week, ARLA Propertymark has restated its objections...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide director to lead agency's 13-office lettings team

Andrews Property Group has announced that Hannah Norris to lead its lettings business across its three major regions of Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent 'provides cover for the buy to let bigots' - claim

The website of a respected political weekly journal says Right To Rent’s immigration checks provide cover for “buy to let bigots”...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax chiefs issue mortgage interest reminder to lettings sector

The Chartered Institute of Taxation has issued a reminder to buy to let investors that the first phase of the restriction...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

New independent review into private rental sector now underway

There is to be a new high-level and independent review of the private rental sector in England.   The Nationwide Foundation is funding...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting agents' fees cheaper than many countries, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is keeping up its campaign against a ban on agents’ fees in England by showing...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry joy as government formally backs mandatory CMP for agents

There has been widespread pleasure from throughout the industry at the government’s decision to accept the recommendation of a working group...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord group wants agents' views on private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association is calling on letting agents in the organisation to contribute to their latest research.    “As part of our...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: new campaign to catch those ignoring law on fees

The Property Ombudsman and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute have announced a second phase of their campaign to tackle letting agents...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax change leads to huge fall in growth for private rental sector

Research by a lettings sector trade body shows that net growth of units within the private rental sector - that is,...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap tenancy deposits to help first time buyers, urges agent

  Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of London letting agents report rent falls

Rent increases have slowed in London with only eight per cent of agents reporting increases last month - and a quarter...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP introduces Bill urging greater policing of Airbnb-style short lets

Labour MP Karen Buck has introduced a 10-minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to highlight the dangers of Airbnb-style...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Competition and Markets Authority not to investigate agents' fees

The Competition and Markets Authority says there is no time to undertake a review into the lettings market and the role of...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More evidence that lettings market is slowing across the UK

New lettings data from Agency Express supports the belief that the rental market may be slowing down across much of the...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer-term lets aren't very popular after all, claims insurance firm

Contrary to a number of trends identified by lettings organisations and surveys of tenants, an insurance firm is claiming that longer-term...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent agency created out of management buyout

A new lettings and property management company firm has launched in Hertfordshire after a management buy out.    Insider Media reports that the...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide manager to head Humberts' new lettings division

Humberts has announced the setting up of a new lettings department to be headed by a former Countrywide branch manager.   Suzanne Diamond has...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Additional £7.2m investment for rental transaction platform

Cloud-based rental transaction platform Goodlord - already used by some agencies in the UK including Strutt & Parker and Remax -...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end London agency recruits award-winning Foxtons agent

High-end London agency Glentree International has expanded its lettings team by recruiting a former Foxtons agent as its senior negotiator.  Freddie Gershinson,...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Referencing firm to offer agents utility-management service

The Lettings Hub is broadening its offer to agents by launching a utility management service on top of its traditional referencing...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Five-office agency's latest acquisition takes it to new territories

Lenwell Property Services, a five-office lettings agency in the Home Counties, is spreading its wings into Hertfordshire with the acquisition of...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

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

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency claims Manchester is magnet for buy to let investors

Upad, which claims to be Britain's larges online lettings agency, says Manchester has seen a 100 per cent increase in buy to...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: NALS wants a 'PRS for all'

As the industry awaits the delivery of today's Spring Budget, the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called on the government...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlords concerned about prospect of fast-track degrees

Student landlords are concerned that fast-track two-year degrees could have an impact on their rental businesses. This is according to StudentTenant.com, which...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rents now rising at less than half rate of inflation

Rents rose by a year-on-year average of 0.8 per cent at the end of last month - while inflation in the...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Jackson-Stops & Staff moves into holiday lettings

Jackson-Stops & Staff has surprised the industry by announcing its expansion into holiday lettings.    The agency’s Sherborne branch is expanding its residential...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'40 per cent of students lose some or all their deposits' - claim

An online lettings firm claims that last year four out of 10 students had some or all of their deposits kept...

02 March 2017

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The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

Letting Agent Today’s Conor Shilling was in the audience of The Great Buy To Let Debate - always one of the...

01 March 2017

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It stinks! - Tory MP's scathing attack on some landlords in his city

A Conservative MP has launched a scathing attack on some landlords in his own constituency following a local council initiative to...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Student online agency to expand into mainstream lets

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

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fixflo and Qube join forces on property maintenance platform

Smart repair reporting software Fixflo is teaming up with Qube Global Software to allow letting agents and property managers to handle...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency's roadshow for landlords and tenants continues

The Nottingham-based Harrison Murray lettings agency is continuing its innovative roadshow aimed at demonstrating to landlords and tenants how its services...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency hands over £865 after students win deposit court case

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

23 February 2017

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

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

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm pledges to remove testimonials after complaint

Bristol lettings agency Livnlet has told the Advertising Standards Authority it is removing four testimonials from its website after a complaint...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer landlords likely to sell, Paragon lettings survey reveals

Tenant demand for private rented accommodation is continuing to rise according to a market report from specialist lender Paragon Mortgages.    While a...

22 February 2017

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Trade body wants much stricter regulation on letting agents

The Chartered Institute of Housing wants the government to introduce a raft of new measures including significantly greater regulation of letting...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

17 letting agencies sign up to Labour MP's rental charter

A total of 17 letting agencies have signed up to a rental charter set up by a Labour MP.   Alan Whitehead, Labour...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

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

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings agency shuts office with no notice

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

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants action as Trading Standards begin agency probe

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

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure launches dynamically generated AST to help support our agents

The latest addition to Rent4sure’s referencing services makes setting up a secure tenancy even easier. Rent4sure’s new dynamically generated AST documents save time...

13 February 2017

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Right To Rent 'discriminating against legal tenants' - claim

A report out today claims foreigners and Britons without passports, particularly from ethnic minorities, are being discriminated against in the lettings...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let investors 'set to reduce portfolios in next year'

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove and Zoopla partner property management app

Rightmove and Zoopla have entered into partnerships with a property management app - Rentr - which is aimed at lettings sector...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter says government must deliver on longer tenancies

Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger at government 'failing to fix broken market'

Agents and many industry bodies have expressed their disappointment and anger at many provisions of the Housing White Paper produced by...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

New Build To Rent brand - 'Simple Life' - launched by Sigma

Sigma Capital, one of the earliest investors in the UK Build To Rent sector, is creating a new brand called Simple...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to prepare for new Scottish agents' code of practice

The Law Society of Scotland is urging letting agents to prepare for a new code of practice coming into force north...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency appoints head of new PropTech group to board

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

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax changes not hitting buy to let significantly, says agency chief

The head of MartinCo, the country’s largest franchise agency group, says the government’s buy to let tax changes and lettings fee...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Two high street brands snapped up by ex-Countrywide boss

A firm run by the former commercial director of Countrywide has made its first large scale acquisition with the purchase of...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent says lettings sector starting to feel like a protection racket

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

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoid council licensing by setting up their own alternative

A group of landlords that mounted a successful legal challenge to a council’s proposed licensing scheme is continuing to recruit letting...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls to two-year low according to ARLA

There were 26 prospective tenants registered at each member branch of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - the lowest level...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Government Housing White Paper now tipped to appear on February 6

It’s been a long time coming but the government’s White Paper on Housing - tipped to contain major reforms affecting the...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body announces details of 2017 training courses

Industry trade body the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced the first batch of dates for its 2017 training...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency acquisition marks entrance into short-term lettings market

A Scottish agency group has announced that it has acquired a lettings business in order to move into the short-term lettings...

24 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings franchise acquires 130-strong property portfolio

Belvoir Cardiff has completed the acquisition of a management portfolio of 130 rental properties. The purchase of all properties managed by Letwise...

24 January 2017

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

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

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Southern Rail strikes beginning to hit local lettings markets

A buy to let mortgage lender claims that five out of six areas affected by the long-running spate of strikes on...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency staging public meetings to sell services to landlords

Harrison Murray Lettings is holding a roadshow to showcase what it calls “its experienced and professional service for landlords and tenants.”   Over...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Don't raise rents - try to keep tenants' letting agent tells landlords

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says it is encouraging its London landlords to avoid rent rises and instead focus on retaining...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS-led forum asked to consider how fees ban could operate

The Fair Fees Forum, a platform for letting agencies and trade bodies set up by the National Approved Lettings Scheme, has...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent keeps running total of crooked agents' 'swag'

Property campaigner Ajay Jagota has launched what he calls a “stolen deposits totaliser” to keep track of how much cash crooked...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Sowerbys expands with letting agency acquisition

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

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New hybrid lettings and sales agency to be launched

A new lettings and sales franchise agency is being launched later this month.    Business brokerage and franchise development firm Transworld Business Advisors...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market - falling rents for re-lets

Figures from investment company London Central Portfolio suggest that re-lets of older properties to new tenants showed a fall in rents...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Partnering with Rent4sure in 2017

Time to change suppliers? For first class service and support, plus so many opportunities to boost your business, then look no further...

12 January 2017

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Rightmove forecasts rents outside of London will rise 4% in 2017

Asking rents rose 3.0 per cent outside of London in 2016 - but will rise 4.0 per cent in 2017. That’s the...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons branch fined £2,500 over failure to describe fees properly

A branch of Foxtons has been fined £2,500 for failing to properly describe a fee charged to tenants.    The agency was caught...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with fines after failing to abide by new consumer legislation

Lettings agents have been issued fines totalling £14,100 by a local authority for failing to comply with consumer rights laws.   Officers from...

11 January 2017

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Lettings administrator admits stealing £16,000 from Savills branch

A former administrator at a Savills letting office has admitted embezzling around £16,000 from the firm over a five and a...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council considers restricting To Let boards in key rental areas

A consultation on whether to introduce stronger rules to control the number of 'to let' boards in Durham has just started.    The...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

High-end agency lures Countrywide manager to head lettings office

Carter Jonas has appointed Charlotte Rudkin-Wilson - a former business development manager at Countrywide brand Faron Sutaria - as its new...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Former Barratt boss to head fast-expanding Build To Rent company

Mark Clare, the former Barratt Developments chief executive, is to be the next chairman of Britain’s current largest listed landlord, Grainger,...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Want to lobby Phillip Hammond? Here's how you do it...

The government has published a new set of guidelines for organisations, companies and individuals to lobby the Treasury ahead of the...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm forced to pay back £40,000 in housing benefit

It hasn’t been a happy Christmas for one London landlord, who has been told to repay £40,000 in rent received in...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent reported arrested on fraud and money laundering charges

A local newspaper says a Plymouth lettings agent has been arrested by police on suspicion of theft, fraud and money laundering.    Last...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for Airbnb's 90-day limit to be introduced in four other UK cities

Airbnb’s new protocol seeking to stop London hosts short-letting their properties for more than 90 days a year without formal consent,...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS wants Competition and Market Authority to look at agents' fees

The National Approved Lettings Scheme says it wants the Competition and Markets Authority to step into the debate over lettings fees A...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency reports 44 per cent surge in repeat clients

Online agency Upad claims it has seen a 44 per cent annual growth in repeat business for its digital lettings service,...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees: Agency boss wants 'Fairness' campaign for tenants and landlords

The head of a major lettings agency in Brighton says fees can work out to be “disproportionately high for tenants” but...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Hunters sees 18% boost in letting income in first 10 months of 2016

Franchise giant Hunters has reported to its shareholders that it has seen an 18 per cent rise in its lettings income...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency highlights danger of Christmas sub-letting via Airbnb

An online student lettings agency claims there will be a growing number of students using the holiday season to boost their...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Voluntary buy to let training: is this how to stop council licensing schemes?

A group of landlords and buy to let investors that has already successfully persuaded a council to scrap plans for a...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Now the prime London sales slump is leading to lower rents, too

The dramatic slump in the prime central London sales market is now leading to a reduction in rents being achieved in...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after string of HMO management breaches

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

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

PropTech: automated NoAgent lettings service valued at over £3.5m

A digital property management platform that automates the rental process including marketing, bookings, reference checks, maintenance and compliance, claims it is now...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council proposes one of UK's largest lettings licensing regimes

The local council in Nottingham wants to introduce a city-wide licensing scheme of all landlords across its estimated 43,000 private rental...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: here's a calculation of how much it might cost landlords

City investment consultancy Jefferies has calculated the impact on landlords if the country’s second largest agency group - LSL Property Services...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Advice from a letting agent where fees are already banned

The managing director of one of the most prominent letting agencies in Edinburgh and Glasgow - where agents’ fees on tenants...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental licence operators threaten 'sensible, proportionate' enforcement

The controversial Welsh private lettings sector scheme called Rent Smart Wales had around 65 per cent of agents and landlords register...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

County independent snaps up smaller rival + Other moves

Curchods, the privately-owned, 21-branch Surrey agency which also trades as Burns & Webber, has acquired Aspire Management Services Surrey Ltd, an...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developer reaches landmark 1,000th property

Sigma, a Build To Rent developer, has completed and let its 1,000th rental home - a symbol of this fast-growing part...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban not stopping agency rejoining lettings sector

In the week that the government announced a ban on letting agents levying fees on tenants, one multi-office estate agency has...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

One industry force creates more opportunities than ever before

Following a period of substantial growth, Property Service Holdings (PSH) - which operates Leaders and Romans - has a huge variety of...

24 November 2016

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Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Could portals have done more to stop fees ban being considered?

Lettings guru David Lawrenson has given an unusual perspective on the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’ fees on tenants in...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-fees Renters' Rights Bill likely to be heavily amended

No decision yet appears to have been taken on the fate of the Renters’ Rights Bill - which had as a...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: Industry bodies dismayed after  failing to convince Hammond

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

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Quintessentially launches into prime London lettings market

There’s a new player in prime London’s burgeoning lettings sector - Quintessentially Estates.  The new division is to be led by Quintessentially...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency says government seen as anti-landlord, pure and simple

More than 92 per cent of landlords believe the government is anti-landlord and want the Chancellor to back them in this...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Renters' Rights Bill - anti-fees measure continues through Lords

The controversial Renters’ Rights Bill, which wants to sharply reduce the ability of letting agents to levy charges on tenants and...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another two independents taken over by Romans/Leaders brand

Another two independent letting agencies have been acquired by the Property Services Holding Group. comprising Leaders and Romans. Leaders has completed the...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank allows mortgage clients to let via Airbnb without prior consent

Metro Bank says its residential mortgage customers are now allowed to rent their properties through Airbnb and similar sites for up...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for 'referencing passports' to be transferable between agents

The boss of easyProperty says he wants the Associational of Residential Letting Agents to back an initiative for so-called ‘referencing passports’...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency warns tenants' arrears will worsen next year

An online lettings agency says tenants’ arrears are likely to be the biggest issue facing the rental sector next year unless...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another report of surge in supply of prime London homes to let

Property data company LonRes is the latest to report that the supply of property available to let in prime central London...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency holds seminars on impact of Brexit and buy to let tax changes

Another lettings agency has decided to stage a seminar for landlords to explain what Brexit and recent tax changes mean for the...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants in control of prime London lettings market, admits agency

Rents have fallen in prime central London for every month for the past year and tenants now have the whip hand,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents praised by council for professional property management

We often report local authorities criticising the standards of letting agents and landlords - now here's a quite different story. Letting agents...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another warning of a large rise in properties on the lettings market

There has been another market survey suggesting a significant rise in the number of homes available to rent.   There were 11.4 per...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body launches e-postcard campaign over buy to let taxes

The National Landlords Association has launched an e-postcard campaign for letting agent and landlord members to lobby the government over the...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large glut of available rental stock in prime London warns Knight Frank

There has been a 25 per cent rise in the number of prime central London tenancies according to Knight Frank -...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant opens latest lettings and sales office

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

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Noose tightens around Airbnb 'hosts' who abuse lettings system

Local authorities appear to be at the forefront of identifying abuses of the Airbnb short-let platform and have called executives from...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Peter Grant, CEO of VTUK

Who are you? Peter Grant, currently serving year 27 of my sentence in the property industry and still loving every moment of working...

03 November 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Massive variation in councils' lettings sector enforcement action

Councils in eight of London's 32 boroughs have failed to prosecute even a single landlord for providing unsafe accommodation during the...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New TPO guidance for letting agents on entering properties

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance concerning obtaining express consent from a tenant before accessing a property. The change comes as a...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency launches corporate and relocation lettings team

Strutt & Parker has launched a new corporate and relocation department for domestic and international tenants relocating within London and the...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Typical Airbnb listings bring in twice the rent of long-term lettings

Research by data company Propcision has revealed that across London typical Airbnb rental rates for apartments are double that of long-term rental...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large independent snaps up county lettings and estate agency

  Beal’s, a 13-office independent in Hampshire, has snapped up another independent in the county, Baker & Elder in Southsea.    Currently Beal’s -...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' fees: Ombudsman and Trading Standards in new initiative

The Property Ombudsman scheme and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute have joined forces to tackle lettings agents that are breaking the...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bad news for lettings sector in amended Homelessness Bill

An industry group has analysed changes made to the Homelessness Bill and has concluded that far from being something it could...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and city authority in legal spat: is London next?

A dramatic legal spat between New York’s civic leaders and online short-lets platform Airbnb escalated over the weekend in a dispute...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Jail sentences for fake letting agents after elaborate scam

Three men have received prison sentences of up to 28 months after a nationwide lettings scam was unearthed by trading standards...

20 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Stolen £1m is just the tip of the iceberg says angry agent

Crooked letting agencies have been convicted of stealing £1,018,100 of deposits this year alone – and one agent claims this figure...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Belvoir snaps up independent, says more acquisitions to come

Belvoir's Portsmouth office has acquired the local Lettings Direct business, adding a further 100 managed properties to its portfolio.    The move coincides...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Regional rent rises and yields outstrip London, says Your Move

Regional lettings markets around the country are now outperforming London according to Your Move.    While rents in London grew 6.9 per cent...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Credit crunch 'best thing that could have happened to lettings'

The financial downturn was “probably the best thing that could have happened” to this country’s private rental sector according to lettings...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free seminars on lettings sector legislation

Letting agents and landlords across Scotland have been invited to check they are up to speed with current regulations at a...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief to head agency chain after veteran CEO bows out

Michael Robson is to step down from Andrews Property Group after 35 years at the helm. He will stay with the company...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets: new warning that owners may breach leases

Respected legal firm Mishcon de Reya is the latest voice warning of problems which can be caused when apartment owners let...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit helps boost demand for prime central London lettings

New data produced by Knight Frank shows that the number of tenancies agreed in August this year was the highest on...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News