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KEYWORD "Lettings Agent" - 343 RESULTS
Low rental supply pushes demand and rental increases to record highs

Record demand and low levels of supply have pushed the number of tenants experiencing rental increases to new highs, lettings agents...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub What services...

23 September 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Rent arrears rise by £88m during pandemic waves, lettings agency claims

An estate and lettings agent has analysed how the level of rental arrears has grown between each wave of the pandemic. The...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent jailed after £182,000 fraud

A lettings agent has been jailed for three years for defrauding tenants and landlords out of more than £182,000.  Lee Clarke, 42,...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings - ex agent given suspended sentence for fraud

A six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, has been handed to a former lettings agent from Eastbourne for charges of...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents concerned about lettings stock as more landlords sell-up

Lettings agents have highlighted a lack of stock as their main concern, research claims. The latest State of the Lettings Industry report...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland lettings agents braced for new laws

New laws to limit rent increases to once a year in Northern Ireland have moved a step closer and lettings agents...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents offered free sleep wellbeing seminar

Agents are being invited to take part in a free online wellbeing programme. PropTech company Rlet has partnered with wellbeing experts to...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Emotional post goes viral after agent earns first salary in two years

A lettings agent has expressed his amazement after an emotional LinkedIn post about paying himself a salary for the first time...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agencies described as ‘Blockbuster stores of today’

A lettings agent who sold his business to Chestertons last year has claimed the sector has come to the “end of...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Portfolio landlords hold key to lettings agency returns

Portfolio landlords can be the key to running a successful lettings agency. That is the latest claim from lead generation software provider...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some rents soar 25% in a year says leading lettings agent

Rents in some of the most popular locations of the country have risen 25 per cent in the past year according...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency completes its sixth acquisition in three years

The agency My Property Box has completed the acquisition of established North Yorkshire letting agent WardHorne – its sixth such deal...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent urges tenants to take landlords to court over conditions

A lettings agent has taken the unorthodox approach of advising tenants to take their landlords to court in a bid to...

31 August 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how rent controls could work - one agent's view

A senior lettings agent and property management company owner has set out how rent controls could work in very specific circumstances...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent slams planning reforms for creating poor homes

A lettings agent who has made a series of outbursts against landlords and councils, has now turned his anger on proposed...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the things letting agents hate most (and love most)

A PropTech company has revealed what letting agent hate and love most about their work. On the plus side the RentProfile platform’s...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Does the Tenant Fees Ban stop agents  charging for viewings?

A new service has been launched to charge prospective tenants £30 - potentially even more - just to view a property...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Referencing provider integrates with agency software platform

Referencing provider RentProfile has partnered with Dezrez to provide an integration allowing agents to request checks within the Rezi software platform. Dezrez...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent accuses landlords of ‘not taking responsibilities seriously’

A controversial lettings agent who has set up a business to sell rental insurance has accused landlords of not taking their...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

How much does a physical viewing cost a lettings agent?

A supplier of virtual viewings claims each property’s physical viewings cost £233 of an agent’s time on average - and that’s...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Complaints about lettings agents are soaring, says redress firm

Complaints referred to the Property Redress Scheme against its members grew by more than a quarter during 2020. In its annual report...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let investment split nears 50:50 men and women, says agency

Women now make up 48 per cent of the 2.6m buy to let investors in the UK, according to London lettings...

12 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent spots illegal rental scam - and police refuse to get involved

A lettings agent has told the BBC that he has spotted illegal rental scams using online platforms, but the police have...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent insults Ombudsman with “indolent Chihuahua” slur

A lettings agent who wants tenants to take out policies to fund complaints against agencies and landlords has branded the social...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free compliance webinar tomorrow

Anti-money laundering specialist FCS Compliance is to lead a free-to- attend Q&A webinar for Rightmove agents tomorrow.   Let’s Discuss Money Laundering is...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under threat from huge revamp to private rental sector

A scheme being proposed in Northern Ireland has been branded as a threat to letting agents. The Northern Ireland Executive is considering...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry partnership offers courses for lettings agents

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme and industry supplier Inventory Hive are working together to provide two new training courses.  Led by Michael Hill...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate landlords over Breathing Space scheme - call

A prominent industry figure says lettings agents will have a key role educating landlords over the controversial Breathing Space scheme introduced...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Booming demand for suburbs according to buy to let specialist

Booming demand for homes in commuter zones and well-connected towns is causing a mini-boom in the lettings market. That’s the view of...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: Students-with-pets are becoming more common…

Lettings agents are being told by an online platform to be extra-vigilant as increasing numbers of student tenants are getting pets. The...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent “illegally working” without redress scheme membership

The Daily Mail says it has informed Trading Standards of a lettings agent which is claims is “illegally working” despite not...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters steal listings and place them on Facebook Marketplace

A lettings agency is warning that fraudsters have copied property listings and put them on Facebook Marketplace, demanding deposits from the...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid will drastically change rental landscape warn leading agents

A series of leading lettings agents have warned that the rental sector is set for significant change as the Coronavirus pandemic...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents should be proud of their role, urges industry supplier

Letting agents should stand proud of their record helping both landlords and tenants, especially in these more difficult times. That’s the view...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent speaks out against possible ‘money making’ licensing scheme

A lettings agent has spoken out at a local council landlord licensing scheme, suggesting it might just be nothing more than...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Advanced Rent Option opportunities for agents ‘going fast’

A new rental system allowing licensed lettings agents to offer landlords a year’s rent up-front has had hundreds of responses in...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Standout success for four lettings agents after year like no other

Congratulations from all of us at Letting Agent Today to four students at Propertymark Qualifications who have attained a distinction in...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban – financial tips to plug the gap in 2021

The Tenant Fees Act 2019’s 12-month transition period came to an end on 31 May, prohibiting various payments and charges that...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Regulation chief says complaints about rental sector are common

The architect of the Regulation of Property Agents working group - which has called for agents to be trained and licensed...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group recommends referral fee policy of transparency

The UK Association of Lettings Agents is recommending transparency in relation to the disclosure of referral fees to landlord clients. Last month...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge licensing crackdown in 2021 gives agents a chance to shine - claim

A new assessment of legislation and council rules surrounding the private rental sector suggests a severe crackdown may be coming in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Up-front rental payment system being rolled out across the UK

The Advanced Rent Option, which allows licensed lettings agents to offer their landlords a year’s rent upfront as part of their...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent

Agents have another 12 months to make referral fees more transparent according to an update from the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Enhanced appointment booking tool unveiled by Rightmove

Agents on Rightmove can now start using the portal’s new appointment booking tool, Viewings Manager, which has just completed its test...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

The main trade body representing lettings agents has described the government’s latest eviction ban as “a further blow” for the sector. At...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents “slow to respond to consumers moving online” - claim

A prominent lettings agent and property management expert says the industry has been reluctant to recognise the increasing trend of consumers...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

£100,000 compensation to be paid by rogue lettings agents

Three lettings agents who kept tenants’ rent instead of passing it to the landlords have been ordered to pay almost £100,000...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New lettings agent qualification launched by landlords group

A new nationally recognised letting agent qualification is being launched by a landlord body. The Managing Property and Residential Lettings Level 3...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Fake lettings agent almost conned £1,500 out of tenants

A fake lettings agent has been caught trying to cheat prospective tenants out of £1,500 which she claimed was a deposit...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool tells agents if tenants are affected by Covid

A new PropTech tool called Covid Profile tells lettings agents if tenants are self-isolating or in quarantine because of Coronavirus.  The cloud-based...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New app provides lead to agents and pays if tenants switch utilities

A new free-to-list ‘lifestyle’ app that aims to be bigger than Rightmove says it will pay lettings agents when renters switch...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why some landlords do not use letting agents

Light has been shed at last on the long-running uncertainty about why some landlords choose to use lettings agents and some...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Name and shame rogue lettings agents, says top industry figure

One of the highest profile figures in the rental sector says rogue letting agents should be named and shamed as a...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool creates white-label guides for landlords and tenants

A new PropTech tool called Lettings Intelligence is being launched this week with the claim that it is “revolutionising the way that lettings...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency signs deal to manage business estate’s resi portfolio

A lettings agent has been awarded the contract to take over the rental properties, marketing and inspections of the entire residential...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's Not On: Agents tell government new EPC targets can't be met

New long-term targets for improving energy efficiency across the private rental sector simply are not realistic, the government has been warned. The...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents escape referral fees clampdown - at least for now

It appears lettings agents may have escaped the recommended demands for referral fees to be made more transparent to customers. A statement...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency business model set to change if second wave of Covid hits

The business model underpinning most lettings agencies is set to change fundamentally if there is the much-anticipated second wave of Coronavirus. That’s...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow

There’s to be a new editor for Landlord Today from tomorrow, Thursday October 1. It’s to be Graham Norwood, currently editor of...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Expelled! Agency kicked out of redress scheme for phishing

North of England lettings agency Matthew & Evans Rentals has been kicked out of the Property Redress Scheme, one of the two...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Crooked agent escapes prison after stealing almost  £30,000

A crooked lettings agent stole almost £30,000 from dozens of clients to prevent his business from going bankrupt. Tim Catherall, of Nottinghamshire,...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most agents positive about sector but worried about virus

A survey of 350 lettings agents suggests the large majority feel positive about the rental market despite the challenges of new...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent backs eviction ban extension but wants cash help for landlords

A prominent lettings agent has come out in favour of the eviction ban extension - but he wants government cash help...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in arrears should have alternative homes by now - top agent

A vocal London lettings agent says it isn’t the responsibility of agents or their landlord clients to take the financial hit...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Redress operator bigs up its own mediation service

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-authorised redress services, claims its new mediation option is a success. In March this...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up as consolidation goes on

Hampshire independent agency Harcourts Property Agents in Southampton has been acquired by another independent, Beal’s. Harcourts has over 35 years experience in...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Some lettings agents ignoring No DSS ruling, claims Shelter chief

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter claims some lettings agencies are ignoring the recent ruling that private landlords cannot discriminate against...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords fined tens of thousands in vermin scandal

Two London landlords and their lettings agents will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds after a home they were letting...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents in demand thanks to stamp duty holiday, reports website

A lettings agent comparison website, Rentround, says the stamp duty holiday has spurred existing and would-be landlords to search for new...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Payback time! Letting agents better rewarded than sales agents

New figures on pay and perks in the industry show that letting agents are better rewarded than their sales counterparts. A survey...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

PM presses Starmer on Labour’s “stamp duty bung” claim

The Prime Minister has stepped into the ongoing row over a Labour claim that last week’s stamp duty holiday was merely...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents' warm welcome for £5,000 Green Homes Grant scheme

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has given a warm welcome to this week’s news that buy to let investors as...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA leadership to be merged with NAEA at start of 2021

Propertymark has announced that the leadership structure of the lettings side is to be merged with the estate agency section, with...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Software firm to host 'post-Covid' PropTech webinar with partners

The MRI Software company is hosting a free webinar with key figures from two companies it works with.  Viewber co-founder Ed Mead...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app by-passes agents but charges landlords £799

A new app called Rentd by-passes lettings agents but charges landlords £799 for a full listing. Landlords pay the one-off £799 fixed...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New online course shows best practice in starting a tenancy

The Deposit Protection Service and safeagent (formerly NALS) have created a free, online course showing best practice in starting tenancies.  The new...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re Back! Agents and lettings market resume work today

From midnight lettings agents in England have been able to resume work thanks to an amendment to Coronavirus legislation that was...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six lettings agencies expelled from TPO for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must have complete records to avoid Corona complaints - claim

A leading PropTech expert has urged lettings agents to improve their administration and paperwork if they want to avoid what could...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent-turned-Tech-chief criticises industry for lack of transparency

A former estate agent who has set up an online platform giving information on property values for London renters and buyers...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents asked to relax rents for students during virus crisis

Student bodies want letting agents to acknowledge that many students have lost their incomes and have been forced to return to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rent-free living for eight weeks offered to NHS by generous agent

A Northern Ireland lettings agent is providing rent-free housing for NHS staff who have moved out of their own homes to...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agent provides scores of homes for NHS staff

Birmingham agent Bobby Singh, who runs the Love Your Postcode agency, epitomises the heart of the industry right now.  He has created...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

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

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: trade group tries to reassure agents

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

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

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

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rivalry between agents is key feature of enhanced PropTech platform

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

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

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

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier says it’s key to electrical safety compliance

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

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

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

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents to get ARLA resources as anti-money laundering changes kick in

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it will be issuing resources to support for lettings agents in the coming days...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 200 complaints of agents allegedly charging illegal fees

The Times claims there have been well over 200 complaints lodged with redress schemes, alleging that lettings agents tried to charge...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency boss jailed for £230,000 fraud scandal

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

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications must be priority for new government says ARLA

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

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents and demand dip as festive slowdown grips lettings market

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

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets offer opportunities for agents - but only if they’re regulated

The growing chorus of calls to professionalise the short lets sector has won influential backing from a senior PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency compensates tenants and landlords after employee’s scam

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

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

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has expelled three lettings agencies from its scheme because of unpaid awards to landlord clients. The first is Kingsman...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters 'union' asks tenants to report agents levying illegal fees

The controversial tenants union Acorn has set up a web page where disgruntled renters can lodge complaints about letting agents. In the...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Insurance for tenants could be additional revenue stream for agents

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

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm to scrap tenant screening costs for agents

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

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Crooked lettings agent in court again after row over solicitors

A lettings agent jailed in March for taking £220,000 from tenants and landlords is now in trouble over her legal representation. Heather...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Terry Fisher, Marketing Director at Movebubble

1. Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Terry Fisher, Marketing Director at Movebubble 2. What is Movebubble...

10 October 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Artificial Intelligence could save agents 2.5 hours time each day - claim

A typical lettings agent could save some two and a half hours’ time each working day if they adopted more Artificial...

20 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide invests in anti-agent digital lettings service

The Nationwide is investing in a digital lettings service called Bunk - it’s headed by a 24 year old who has...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Trading Standards claim: almost half of letting agents breaking the law

London Trading Standards has made the startling claim that 46 per cent of almost 2,000 agents it has surveyed are falling...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: messy post-Brexit rules unveiled by ARLA

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents is urging member agents and the industry to ensure it is up to date with...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning over charging tenants agent commission as well as repair bills

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has taken legal advice on what can be charged to tenants for so-called ‘contractual damages’. ARLA...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents and tenants to access rogue landlord database

The Association of Residential Letting Agents wants agents and tenants to have access to the government’s high profile but so far...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA joins criticism of Labour’s private tenant right to buy policy

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents appears to have joined the chorus of criticism against Labour’s controversial right to buy policy...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

£5m new funding for PropTech anti-agency management platform

Property management platform Howsy has revealed new funding to the tune of £5m - and it now claims to be one...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks-style online agency looking for franchisees across the UK

A new online lettings agency called Accommodation.co.uk is looking for franchisees to join ahead of its formal launch next month.  The company...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent's fury at three month delay in getting proof of CMP policy

A lettings agent says she has just spent three months trying to get evidence of her Client Money Protection policy -...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA gives public a five point plan on how to choose a lettings agent

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has released a five point plan on how the public can choose a letting agent. 1....

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent become first in Wales to scrap fees levied on tenants

A Cardiff lettings agent claims to have become the first in Wales to stop charging fees to new and existing tenants. CPS...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA fees ban roadshows begin tomorrow in Wales

With less than four weeks to go to the start date of the Welsh Tenant Fees ban, the Association of Residential...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: record rent rises in response to Tenant Fees Act

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says there has been a record number of rent increases reported by its members. In a...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

London agent’s £37,000 bill after “repeated negligence” over HMOs

A London council’s action against a property agent it has accused of “repeated negligence” has resulted in £37,000 of fines and...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies wooed to handle Build To Rent tenants

A platform which works with independent lettings agents and Build To Rent operators says it is linking them to provide mutual...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned sales agents ‘could be setting up rogue lettings firms’ - claim

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it fears the government needs to do more to prevent the possibility of banned...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Give All Your £ to Google

In the last ten years Google's revenue, largely from pay per click ads (Adwords), has grown by 527% (Source: Statista). In...

03 July 2019

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Top agent blasts government for going to war on buy to let

A senior London lettings agent has accused the government of “going to war” on buy to let investors. The director of Benham...

02 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 50 agents found charging fees - but are they acting illegally?

A BBC investigation of 52 lettings agents has found that two thirds were levying charges on tenants, but it is uncertain...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

A branch of Whitegates, part of The Property Franchise Group, has purchased an independent local operation to increase its managed property...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent falsified tenancies in bid to dodge council tax

A director of a lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies in a bid to avoid paying council tax...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Student lettings agency pledges growth through strategic acquisitions

A specialist student accommodation lettings and property management company says it’s preparing to grow through a series of strategic acquisitions. Bankers have...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent Guarantor provider launches referral project for agents

A rent guarantor service says it’s already chosen 25 lettings agents to take part in a trial of what it calls...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild links with insurance and tenant referencing service

The Guild of Property Professionals has announced a link with insurance product and moving services operation The Lettings Hub. Lettings Hub offers...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Option to buy’ rental clauses now reappearing, says lettings agent

A record number of tenancies have been agreed above £5,000 per week in London during the first four months of the...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent acquired by Property Franchise Group brand

A branch of the Property Franchise Group brand Whitegates has acquired a local independent lettings agency. Whitegates Huddersfield now has over 700...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency coughs up £16,000 it owes - on TV

Two landlords will this evening be seen securing the £16,000 they are owed by a rogue lettings agent - and TV...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter regulation can benefit landlords insists agency chief

A leading lettings expert insists that greater regulation in the private rental sector can work for the benefit of landlords and...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent insists Fees Ban may have positive side-effects

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

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Searing criticism of agents and landlords by leading consumer group

A prominent consumer group claims that one in 10 tenants currently renting say they have at some point been evicted “for...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' staff levels will be hit by Fees Ban, says HR chief

The head of the country's oldest agency recruitment consultancy says the tenant fee ban will hit staffing levels in the industry...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Seven rogue letting agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme

Seven agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman after failing to pay compensation awards made by TPO. All are...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss renews call for agents to offset Fees Ban through more IT

The head of an automated payment system for the rental sector says lettings agents can help offset losses caused by the...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban is here: but will it achieve what the government wants?

The Tenant Fees Act comes into effect in England tomorrow - but a senior lettings expert is questioning whether it will...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Sell off goes on with more landlords quitting as Fees Ban kicks in

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says the feared sell-off of private rental units is continuing apace on the eve of...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents to offer expert services after Fees Ban, predicts utility service

The best lettings agents will survive and shine through the ban of fees levied on tenants, which comes into effect this weekend. The...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fund boss attacks “amateur buy to let market” as “not fit for purpose”

The head of a firm that seeks investors to put money into residential property funds rather than individual homes for tenants...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents must get to grips with deposit alternatives - their time has come

Lettings agents are being urged to educate themselves as much as possible about rival deposit alternative schemes which are becoming increasingly...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme makes £25,000 award after “failings” by lettings agent

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the two government-backed redress operators for the lettings and sales service, has outlined its work...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Another warning to government of buy to let sell-off thanks to S21

There’s been another major industry survey revealing that a high number of lettings agents and landlords may quit the private rental...

22 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents made to pay record sum to consumers in 2018, says Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman (TPO) has released its annual report for 2018, showing that for the first time the value of awards...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2019 reveal major lettings sector supplier as ‘big day’ nears

HomeLet, the tenant referencing and specialist letting insurance company, has been announced as an ESTAS partner for the Estate & Letting...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Free property listings for agents on new student accommodation platform

A new PropTech start-up that claims to make student house-hunting easier is offering free listings to lettings agents with London properties. Polygon...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Unfurnished London lets take 30% longer to find tenants, says agent

One of London’s best known lettings agents says unfurnished properties can take 30 per cent longer to let than a furnished...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Higher rent to combat fees ban should be last resort says mortgage boss

The chief executive of a specialist buy to let lender says increasing the rent to combat additional costs put on landlords...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragedy as young agent dies of undiagnosed meningitis infection

A 23 year old lettings agent has tragically died from a bacterial form of meningitis, a serious infection of the thin...

26 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act to be used against jailed agents, council confirms

Cornwall council has confirmed that it’s to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to try to win compensation for victims of...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent hit with £52,000 bill after pleading guilty to 18 offences

A rogue letting agent has been ordered to pay £42,596 in fines and costs of £10,626 after pleading guilty to a...

23 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Could future rental properties just be empty shells for tenants to fit out?

A senior lettings agent has raised the spectre of rental properties in future being German-style ‘empty shells’ - without even white...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

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

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-standing critic of agents and landlords quits charity position

One of the most vocal critics of lettings agents in recent years appears to be moving away from the property industry. Campbell...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rightmove bans ‘No DSS’ from listings and falls in line with Zoopla

Rightmove has fallen in line with Zoopla and is banning the term ‘No DSS’ from its lettings agents’ listings from the...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Taha Dar, founder and CEO of SearchSmartly.

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Taha Dar, founder and CEO of SearchSmartly. What is SearchSmartly and...

09 April 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Fees Ban - ‘impact to be less than expected’ admits major agency

One of the country’s largest networks of franchised lettings agents says the impact of the Fees Ban coming into effect in...

05 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: ‘Uber for Letting Agents’ moves outside of London

A PropTech lead generation app that dubs itself the ‘Uber for Lettings Agents’ has launched in Manchester. The app, from Movebubble, already...

04 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents start to rise despite dip in demand, says ARLA

The number of agents seeing rent rises imposed on tenants hit 34 per cent in February, well up on the 26...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Scandal: Agent steals £350,000 but pays back just one pound

A lettings agent who stole over £350,000 is reported to have been told to pay back…£1. Local media in the south of...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new workshop aims to help agents offset damage

Hamilton Fraser’s Academy programme has announced its next workshop, on May 14, to target how lettings agents can future-proof their business...

25 March 2019

From: Breaking News

People 'living in vans because of high rents and bad properties' - claim

A postgraduate’s study of people who live in cars and vans on Bristol’s streets says they make the choice to do...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a series of events to educate letting agents and landlords on deposit protection. Starting next month...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent lied about working for company even after being sacked

A rogue lettings agent has been fined over £72,000 after being found guilty of 15 separate offences relating to three illegally established houses...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rental income leaps 15% in just one year says lettings agent

A lettings agency that has analysed HMRC data says rental income for buy to let landlords has leaped 15 per cent...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban ‘could keep High Street agents viable’ says PropTech chief

The tenants’ fees ban coming into effect from June 1 could help traditional lettings agents keep their place on High Streets,...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Portal boss talks up huge opportunity for agents to hike landlord fees

The chief executive of a still-to-be-launched property portal says Christmas may have come early for letting agents because of the “huge...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning to industry: ’A fifth of agents will go by end of 2020’

The UK’s largest property franchise business, Belvoir Lettings, says it beat its own ambitious target for its franchisees’ Assisted Acquisitions programme...

11 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Crooked lettings agent convicted of £20,000 fraud

A crooked lettings agent who illegally pocketed tenants’ deposits to pay for his gambling addiction and lavish lifestyle has been convicted...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stolen: £1.3m of tenants’ cash pilfered by rogue agents and landlords

A rental campaigner claims the amount of money stolen this year by crooked lettings agents and landlords has topped the £1.3m...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Lull before the 2019 storm for tenants, warns ARLA

It’s the lull before the storm for private tenants according to the Association of Residential Lettings Agents. In its market snapshot looking...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms claim new products will help lettings agents

Two PropTech suppliers are claiming their new products will help lettings agents in the future, especially in the light of the...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in tenants sourcing properties through letting agents

The number of tenants saying they are using letting agents to find a place to live has increased 12 per cent...

11 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Closed shops 'could be a boom for the private rental sector'

A new survey suggests that the demise of the High Street for shopping could lead to a surge in the supply...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

TheHouseShop launches on Facebook and aims to list 30% of agents in 2019

The website TheHouseShop says it aims to recruit some 30 per cent of the country’s letting agents by the end of...

29 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent admits taking over £220,000 from clients

A former lettings agent in Plymouth has finally admitted taking hundreds of thousands of pounds from tenants and landlords - the...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

New property management firm says it undercuts rivals by two-thirds

A property management firm is launching with a claim that its charges are under a third of some rivals.  Online service ManageMyHome...

01 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New Client Money Protection service launched for managing agents

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

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban silver lining: It may save the High Street office, says agent

A lettings agent says the fees ban expected to be introduced next year may end up indirectly helping to save the...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent attacks lettings industry for 'immoral' and 'below the belt' fees

The head of the online lettings agency recently scooped up by Emoov says traditional lettings agents have made a rod for...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Inventory wars hot up as warning issued over 'for-profit' trade bodies

Lettings agents, landlords and consumers are being warned about a growing number of ‘for-profit’ companies claiming to be independent inventory trade...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London council wants agents to have a say in licensing review

A London local authority which is part way through its five year additional HMO licensing scheme wants lettings agents to give their...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Uproar after police say they're not investigating missing agent

There has been a furious response from landlords and tenants to a police letter which says a local force is not...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Martin & Co snaps up family agency to become largest in area

The local branch of franchise operation Martin & Co has acquired family business Oliver James’s Witney office to become the largest...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More lettings agencies expelled by TPO for unpaid awards

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Liquidators for agency say landlords and tenants will get their money

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

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Council acts against agent and says tenants pay through the nose

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

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

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

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

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

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

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

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

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

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not true! Agents reject claim of discriminating against benefit tenants

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

22 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

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

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

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

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Kicked out: two lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

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

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

World's worst lettings agency revealed by TV programme

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

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent sees franchise group as way to combat online competitors

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

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Repairs pilot scheme being rolled out to agents in two regions

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

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More independents snapped up by big agency chains

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

10 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Top agent hits back at journalist who condemned entire agency industry

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

27 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents should embrace Build To Rent, urges PropTech chief

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

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency group reveals possible financial cost of fees ban

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

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent fined for placing tenants in his own unsafe properties

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension

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

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

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

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Supervision order after campaign of harassment against letting agent

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

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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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

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Council threatens letting agencies with prosecution over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords are being reminded to comply with an obligation to remove ‘to let’ signs in certain parts of...

06 October 2016

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More details emerge of agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

On Friday afternoon Letting Agent Today broke the news of four letting agencies being expelled by The Property Ombudsman - and...

03 October 2016

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The Property Ombudsman expels four lettings and estate agencies

Four separate estate and letting agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman and from registration for lettings redress...

30 September 2016

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

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

01 September 2016

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Letting agents appointed for London's first bespoke Build To Rent scheme

Hamptons International and Day Morris have been appointed as joint lettings agents for London’s first bespoke Build To Rent scheme.   Vantage Point...

26 July 2016

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Inventory clerks want rethink on proposed letting agencies' fees ban

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says the government should not back a provision in the Renters' Rights Bill which would...

30 June 2016

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Letting agents unfazed by repercussions of possible Brexit vote

Whatever the outcome of today’s EU Referendum, ARLA says its lettings agent members do not believe supply, demand or rental costs...

23 June 2016

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The Property Ombudsman sees 14 per cent surge in lettings agent members

The Property Ombudsman scheme has reported a 14 per cent increase in lettings membership since the government made it a legal...

06 June 2016

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Agency chief tells new London mayor: 'treat rental sector as an ally'

The outgoing director of the Your Move chain of lettings agents says the new London mayor - whether Sadiq Khan or...

06 May 2016

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Two agencies expelled from TPO and barred from other redress schemes

Consumers are being warned by The Property Ombudsman redress scheme about the actions of two lettings agents based in Southampton.  Both agencies,...

04 May 2016

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Twitter hashtag campaign attacks letting agents and landlords

A Twitter campaign has been launched under the hashtag ventyourrent to expose what its users claim are the “rip off” rent...

28 April 2016

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Law expert urges landlords to use not-for-profit agencies, not private ones

A housing law expert says landlords should consider using not-for-profit letting agencies, claiming they have “no big overheads” and have a...

20 April 2016

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Agency accuses rivals of not displaying fees in line with consumer legislation

A local agency in Essex is accusing an unspecified number of rival firms in the area of not publicising their fees...

19 April 2016

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

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

18 April 2016

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

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

15 April 2016

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The Power Of A Review In The Estate Agency Industry

It is safe to say that in the cyber world of today, a reviewing culture has been born. We have review...

25 February 2016

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11 February 2016

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Legal expert alarmed at agents not compliant with new tenancy regulations

A legal expert is claiming that changes to S21 eviction procedures introduced back in October are not being adhered to by...

08 February 2016

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02 February 2016

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Watchdog tells agents to improve handling of landlords' and tenants' data

Letting agents have been ticked off by an official watchdog for the way many of them handle clients' personal data. The Information Commissioner’s Office...

01 February 2016

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Advertising watchdog bans ad by controversial 'sting' letting agency

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

27 January 2016

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Last chance for agents to put buy to let tax views to David Cameron

Today is the last chance for Letting Agent Today readers to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

07 January 2016

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Buy to let and stamp duty changes - put your views to David Cameron

Letting Agent Today readers are being given the rare opportunity to have their concerns about proposed stamp duty increases and recent...

05 January 2016

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“Tenants will damage properties to avoid eviction” claims online lettings agent

Tenants could be trying to avoid eviction by damaging property and abusing the new legal system designed to ban revenge evictions,...

22 December 2015

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Agent says he's suing over BBC's Rogue Traders feature

A letting agent featured on a BBC Watchdog ‘Rogue Traders’ show has told a local newspaper that he is pursuing legal...

23 November 2015

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Most agents in one city not displaying fees online, shows survey

A survey of one Home Counties area shows that out of about 40 letting agents some 24 appear not to be...

27 October 2015

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Ellie Hall, Head of Acquisitions, LSL Property Services

  Who are you? Ellie Hall. What does it say on your business card? Head of Acquisitions. You're on the hunt for acquisitions, what makes a...

26 October 2015

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Countrywide puts acquisitions at centre of its lettings growth strategy

Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt has said the acquisition of best-in-class urban-based lettings agencies will be a major plank of her...

23 October 2015

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BBC Rogue Traders sting on letting agency that has voluntarily liquidated

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

23 October 2015

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

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

05 October 2015

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Legionnaires' - property firm says agents and landlords must test regularly

A property management firm is warning letting agents and landlords to fulfil their responsibilities to protect tenants from Legionnaires’ disease. Despite laws...

01 October 2015

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Property Ombudsman expels central London letting agency

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

03 September 2015

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Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental...

17 August 2015

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Letting agent foils armed robbers - police appeal for help

The owner of a Leeds lettings agent fought back when masked men armed with a hammer, baton and metal bar raided...

14 August 2015

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Industry thumbs-down to Green Deal scrapping

Lettings chiefs have responded with disappointment to the government’s announcement that it is scrapping the Green Deal.  The scheme offered cashbacks and...

27 July 2015

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Agent expelled by one redress scheme, suspended by another

Allen & Crane Estates, a sales and lettings agent based in Burnham near Slough, has been expelled from membership of The...

21 July 2015

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Revealed: the ESTAS agent of the month - is it you?

Three agents have been announced as winners of The ESTAS Agent of the Month competition for June.   The Birmingham Central branch...

08 July 2015

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New ARLA president wants to make industry appeal to young agents

Peter Savage is to become the new president of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, with an emphasis on trying to...

07 July 2015

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Scotland wins representation on ARLA board

Scotland is to be officially represented within the Association of Residential Lettings Agents with the appointment of a Your Move area...

02 July 2015

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Young agency smashes 1,000-unit target in just one year

Manchester based Ascend Properties says it has smashed its 1,000-unit target within just one year of trading - and is now expanding across...

19 June 2015

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‘Do not rush ahead with immigration checks’ – Carter Jonas

The head of lettings at Carter Jonas has warned the government not to rush ahead with a national rollout of immigration...

27 May 2015

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LSL snaps up nine letting books so far this year

LSL Property Services says it has already acquired nine lettings books so far this year - with more to follow -...

26 May 2015

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What can you get for just £25 per week

Roy Fuller, owner at Everything Lettings’, says:  for just £25 per week you can have in place our emergency helpline 365...

21 May 2015

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A victory V sign to the housing sector?

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15 May 2015

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Like our: 24 Hour Emergency telephone answer service for your landlords and tenants. Letting agents and portfolio managers are increasingly being asked...

13 May 2015

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