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KEYWORD "MPs" - 100 RESULTS
Bidding Wars not the problem - they’re just a symptom

A prominent lettings agent says banning agents and landlords conducting bidding wars for a rental property is not addressing the real...

19 July 2024

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Tenants get agents’ advice on how to “jump the rental queue”

A lettings agency is offering tenants guidance on what it calls “how to jump the rental queue.” Benham and Reeves outlines a...

17 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Over 100 Build To Rent units coming from Barratt Homes

A 101-home Built To Rent estate is being created by Barratt Homes in Cambridge, as part of a deal with BTR...

16 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents can unlock profits at this webinar claims Reapit

Industry technology provider Reapit is holding a webinar tomorrow giving agents “an opportunity for savvy agents to unlock profits through tried...

15 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform and Solar Panels to be key pledges in King’s Speech

Leaks over the weekend from what would appear to be government sources suggest some 35 new Bills will be in the...

15 July 2024

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Households will have to invest in Green technology - Carney

Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney is warning that homeowners, including those serving the private rental sector, will have to...

12 July 2024

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Independent Agencies Tumble - Lomond's second acquisition this week

The relentless acquisition programme of the private equity-funded Lomond Group continues apace with another acquisition announced today - the second this...

10 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Taxes and Rent Controls top worries ahead of election - agency survey

A nationwide survey conducted by Leaders Romans Group shows significant concerns over proposed rent controls, property taxes, and regulatory changes. LRG this...

04 July 2024

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Labour will regulate lettings because it's a cheap option - claim

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

03 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency worried over Rayner scrapping Section 21 “on day one”

A lettings agency which has given broad support to the Renters Reform Bill now says it’s concerned that shadow housing Secretary...

01 July 2024

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Date set for King’s Speech for new government to reveal programme

Details have emerged of the first major events of the new government, whatever the result of the General Election on Thursday. Probably...

01 July 2024

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Activist claims “horrendous exploitation” by “profiteering” letting agents

The deputy chief executive of an organisation funded by the Nationwide Foundation claims to have suffered “horrendous exploitation” at the hands...

25 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Five agencies win ‘Let Of The Year’ awards

Property data consultancy LonRes has named five winners in its so-called ‘Let Of The Year’ awards. The London-focussed consultancy has revealed the...

25 June 2024

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Call for a new Ministry of Housing with long-term minister

The next Government should create a separate Ministry of Housing and encourage MPs of all parties to work together to solve...

24 June 2024

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Lomond acquires well known south of England agency chain

Lomond has announced yet another acquisition, this time expanding its presence across the south coast with by snapping up Mishon Mackay. The...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Soaring Council Tax Arrears prompts call for new bailiff rules

Outstanding council tax arrears have soared according to new government figures. Data from he Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows...

21 June 2024

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No Excuse Not To Cut Rates Today - Agents’ demands

Inflation back on target and following speculation about a summer interest rate cut have prompted Propertymark to insist that the Bank...

20 June 2024

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Lomond continues aggressive growth strategy with new acquisition

Lomond’s John Shepherd brand has acquired a small Birmingham lettings agency, Xact Lettings. No figure is given for the number of lettings...

18 June 2024

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Eco-Improvements demanded by most tenants - new bank survey

A small survey by a bank suggests that almost 100% of buy to let investors surveyed have received requests from tenants...

14 June 2024

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Proposed Capital Gains Tax rise would hit rental sector

A political party has proposed that Capital Gains Tax be equalised with Income Tax - meaning landlords and investors who sold...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by private equity-funded firm

Lomond’s John Shepherd brand has acquired a small Birmingham lettings agency, Xact Lettings. No figure is given for the number of lettings...

11 June 2024

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Agency plea to rival firms seeking buyers or joint ventures

Independent agency Henry Adams says it wants “entrepreneurs and business owners” to “explore new growth avenues” The company is seeking acquisitions, joint...

04 June 2024

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Independent agency snapped up by private equity cash

An agency group with an acquisition programme funded by a private equity operation has snapped up another independent agency. Lomond - which...

03 June 2024

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Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Equity share offer to senior agency staff as firm marks milestone

London lettings and sales agency Martyn Gerrard has this month celebrated 60 years of fulfilling the property dreams of those living...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Hot Money now on August Interest Rate Cut

Inflation figures are down - but not as much as many analysts expected. The basic Consumer Price Index figure fell from 3.2%...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

For Sale! Agency with 42,500 units under management

It's reported that the Lomond estate agency group, which is heavily backed by private equity and which has expanded through serial...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

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Get On With It - major agency tells government to reform renting

A major agency has told the government to get on with ensuring the Renters Reform Bill is passed into law as...

22 April 2024

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Rent Controls - Call by Labour MPs in defiance of party policy

Five Labour MPs have put forward an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling for rent controls - even...

22 April 2024

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Franchise group claims letting agents revenue could be £100k a year

Property investment and management company The Sourced Group says its new lettings division which “presents franchisees with the chance to generate...

18 April 2024

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Renters Reform Bill back in the Commons next week

A government-supporting newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill will be back in the House of Commons next week. Observers have been expecting...

18 April 2024

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City Build To Rent Schemes - two new announcements

Developer Beech Holdings has secured planning permission for its luxury development of Build To Rent apartments in Sheffield. Sheffield Gardens will include...

17 April 2024

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Reform Bill isn’t stopping buy to let investment claims agency boss

A prominent lettings agency claims the Renters Reform Bill is not proving a deterrent to buy to let investors. The Leaders Romans...

15 April 2024

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Election hopeful demands New Towns to solve housing shortage

Labour must build “a new generation of New Towns” if it gets into government, according to a parliamentary candidate linked to...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket expansion continues as it signs large multi-branch agency

Seymours, one of the largest independent agency networks operating in the South East of England, is to advertise its lettings and sales...

09 April 2024

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Build To Rent hits the suburbs with new eco scheme

Legal & General’s suburban Build To Rent business, called LGSBTR, has exchanged on 41 new BTR homes in St Neots, Cambridgeshire.   Consisting...

05 April 2024

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Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

Tenant groups and charities reacted angrily over the Easter weekend to the proposed changes to the Renters Reform Bill being advocated...

02 April 2024

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Changes to Renters Reform Bill after Easter

The government has written to Conservative MPs promising changes to the Renters Reform Bill to ease concerns over its anti-landlord bias. Jacob...

28 March 2024

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Energy Efficiency - new RICS standard for agents to launch this year

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has launched a new Residential Retrofit Standard in a bid to help the housing industry...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory ex-housing minister quits, claiming he was a success

A former housing minister responsible for the sell off of huge numbers of social homes has told the Prime Minister he...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory MP reported to bring Renters Reform Bill “to brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their...

08 March 2024

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London lettings agency expands network with 14th branch office

London lettings agency Martyn Gerrard has opened a new flagship office in Hampstead, expanding its network across the North and Northwest...

06 March 2024

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Nationwide demands four tax changes to help the private rental sector

Nationwide has taken the unusual step of using its buy to let lending arm - The Mortgage Works - to make...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

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Agency launches Platinum Homes service for high-end lettings

Home Counties agency Bridges today launches Platinum Homes, which it describes as “a bespoke sales and lettings service catering to premium...

29 February 2024

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Purplebricks high-flyer jumps ship to traditional agency group

National property services group, Leaders Romans Group has snapped up Purplebricks’ lettings chief to become a director in its property management...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

Propertymark has used its website and link with a property inspection service to urge letting agents to work with private tenants...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency’s London expansion taps into growing foreign investment

Lettings, property management and sales agency Johns&Co - which celebrates its 10th year in business in 2024 - is opening a...

16 February 2024

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Renters Reform Bill - MPs set to be bombarded by emails

A pressure group unhappy about lack of progress on the Renters Reform Bill wants MPs to be bombarded with complaint emails.  Over...

12 February 2024

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MPs turn on Airbnb and other short lets

Prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have renewed their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms.  Former Lib...

06 February 2024

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Experts want major reforms of EPCs and better trained assessors

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

01 February 2024

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Agents slam government for failing to win industry support for reform

The Renters Reform Bill cannot succeed without proper engagement with letting agents and landlords, Propertymark argues.    According to a Freedom of Information...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency enters partnership with deposit alternative service

Reposit is the latest deposit alternative service to announce strategic partnerships with agencies - the latest signings are Symonds & Sampson,...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory ex-housing ministers at war over Rishi Sunak’s premiership

Two former housing ministers are at war with each other after an attack on Rishi Sunak’s premiership in today’s Daily Telegraph. Sir...

24 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 January 2024

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Lomond snaps up another regional lettings agency

Fast-growing Lomond has snapped up another regional agency - this time one in the Midlands. Centrick - which had a High Street...

12 January 2024

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Regulate Agents in 2024 - Propertymark explains why it’s needed

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says the current debate on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is another example of how agent...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Change On The Way? New energy ratings planned by government

The government has launched a public consultation on a radical new UK home energy rating system to replace the long-standing Standard...

18 December 2023

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Rural tenants hit hardest by rent rises caused by stock shortage

Private sector tenants in rural areas are facing the brunt of growing rents, according to new research. Whilst some measures suggest tenants...

14 December 2023

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Renters Reform Bill at risk if councils aren’t given more cash - MPs

Measures contained in the Renters Reform Bill will fail without sufficient resources to ensure they can be enforced. The warning comes from...

13 December 2023

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Shelter plots huge email campaign to stop Renters Reform Bill ‘watering down’

Campaigning charity Shelter claims there’s a conspiracy amongst MPs, landlords and others in the private rental sector to water down the...

08 December 2023

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Expensive rental eco-heat scheme needs rethink - top agent

A consultation to introduce boilers into homes and the private rented sector needs ‘more carrot than stick’ according to a prominent...

07 December 2023

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Agency calls for Landlords Reform Bill to redress rental balance

Leaders Romans Group is calling for a Landlords Reform Bill to balance the challenges and apparent disincentives now deterring landlords from...

30 November 2023

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Super-Rich rent as they baulk at high Stamp Duty purchase costs

More multi-millionaires and billionaires are choosing to rent super-prime homes in London, rather than purchase, reveals a new wealth report Beauchamp Estates’...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

It looks like more politicians are preparing a U-turn on energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. Media reports indicate there...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit and private renting - agents win case for forum

The Department for Work and Pensions will recommence the Private Rented Sector Universal Credit Engagement Group next month, following a concerted...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Up For Sale? Shareholders put board under pressure

The board of Foxtons is under pressure from a minority of shareholders to put the agency group up for sale, according...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Should letting agents police the quality of homes to rent?

A prominent housing expert has told MPs that letting agents could be used to police the standards off homes made available...

20 November 2023

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Rayner’s policy won’t solve housing shortage says top Labour MP

Senior Labour MP Clive Betts says the party’s official house building policy won’t actually solve the shortage of homes. Labour deputy leader...

17 November 2023

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Section 21 - Angry MPs slam Michael Gove over ongoing delay

A row has broken out over Section 21 between Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and an all-party...

16 November 2023

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Agents’ chief warns MPs on need for court reform and more bailiff capacity

Propertymark has called on the government to retain the option of fixed-term tenancies in the private rental sector where it is...

15 November 2023

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Agency restructures in push for bigger share of key lettings market

Knight Frank has bolstered its prime offering across north London with a new head of lettings in its Hampstead office. Jared Kilgarriff...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - MPs to hear agents’ worries today

A senior Propertymark official will today tell MPs of the industry’s concerns about the Renters Reform Bill. The Bill has reached the...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New Housing Minister is ... a former housing minister

The new Housing Minister is Lee Rowley - who was a former housing minister during the short lived premiership of Liz Truss. Rowley...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Success Plans for 2024 promised at regional roadshow

The autumn roadshow being hosted by Fine & Country resumes next week with the first of six dates throughout the rest...

08 November 2023

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Foxtons buys rival lettings service for £10m

Foxtons has snapped up London lettings agency Ludlow Thompson for £10m. Ludlow Thompson, founded 30 years ago, has seven branches in London, generating...

07 November 2023

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Ex-Keller Williams agent in  group snapping up historic brand

One of Scotland’s oldest property and legal brands - Simpson & Marwick - has been snapped up by a newcomer to...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss makes 22 amendments to Renters Reform Bill

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has written to MPs outlining detailed plans that he believes would ensure the controversial Renters Reform Bill...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

No rent controls in England - government confirmation

Rent controls as currently in force in Scotland and under consideration in Wales will not be put into effect in England,...

25 October 2023

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Older tenants need Renters Reform Bill insists pressure group

Older private renters must have their voices heard In support of the Renters Reform Bill. That’s the view of Joanna Elson, chief...

25 October 2023

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Renters Reform Bill passes Second Reading without a vote

MPs have given the Renters Reform Bill its Second Reading - a procedure which means it now continues into the Committee...

24 October 2023

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Solicitor will answer agents’ questions on Renters Reform Bill

The latest stage of the Renters Reform Bill - and the likely delay in the abolition of Section 21 - will...

24 October 2023

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Agents’ role must be enhanced by Renters Reform Bill

The government has been warned by trade body Propertymark that the controversial Renters Reform Bill must fairly reflect the importance of...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New lettings director arrives from arch rival agency

Savills has appointed Marielle Papadopoullos as head of lettings in its key Hampstead office.  Papadopoullos, who joins as a director, has over...

23 October 2023

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Renters Reform Bill - government concession on Section 21

The government has pledged that section 21 repossessions will not be scrapped until improvements have been made to the way courts...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Government may change rules governing Pooled Client Accounts

A government minister has pledged to act on the threat to lettings agents posed by banks acting against pooled client accounts. Many...

20 October 2023

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Renters Reform Bill - government announces next steps

The Renters Reform Bill is to get its long awaited Second Reading on Monday, October 23. The claim comes from today’s Financial...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Who cares about Build To Rent? Not MPs by the looks of it….

A PR exercise has discovered that 89 per cent of UK MPs would not give priority to Build-to-Rent schemes in their...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s Section 21 Reform must not kill private rental sector - warning

Propertymark has fired a broadside at Labour saying it must provide agents with a proper court system to handle evictions. Labour deputy leader...

10 October 2023

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Gove to be quizzed on Renters Reform Bill

Housing Secretary Michael Gove will address the main Conservative party Conference on Tuesday morning next week - but perhaps his most...

28 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Cut-price properties tempting investment buyers, says accountancy chief

Some prospective buy to let landlords may be about to use their equity to snap up investment properties at discounted rates,...

27 September 2023

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Hot Stuff! Top agent welcomes Sunak’s eco U-turn

A leading agent has welcomed the dramatic U turn by the government on how it is to meet its net zero...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Gas Boiler Ban Delay - very few backed original idea

Fewer than one in five homeowners support the government’s plans to ban gas boilers in new homes by 2025, with 83...

21 September 2023

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Renters Reform Bill - Agents urged to lobby MPs with amendments

A prominent industry supplier is urging agents and landlords to lobby MPs to suggest improvements to the Renters Reform Bill.  PayProp UK...

21 September 2023

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Foot Off The Gas - boiler ban deadline may be eased

The Times is reporting that a delay to the controversial ban on gas boilers is being considered by the government as...

20 September 2023

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MPs complain that rental reform questions go unanswered

The Select Committee that shadows the work of Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities is complaining that its...

20 September 2023

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Tory MPs blamed for delaying Renters Reform Bill

The Financial Times, using sources in the Parliamentary Conservative party, are blaming some Tory MPs for blocking the route of the...

18 September 2023

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Eco Build To Rent scheme promotes air source heat pumps

A Build To Rent scheme is now ready for move-in by tenants, following the completed conversion of an ambulance station into...

18 September 2023

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