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KEYWORD "Northern Ireland" - 100 RESULTS
Interest Rates, not election worry, hold back housing market

Leading property players and analysts suggest that the lacklustre housing market figures produced by the Halifax over the weekend owe more...

08 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents have “toughest job” in era of high rent rises - claim

Letting agents have the toughest job trying to balance the needs of landlord and tenants while politicians create uncertainty around the...

03 July 2024

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Northern Ireland joins The ValPal Network

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that, after 10 years, we’re able to expand The ValPal Network to Northern Ireland. Since our launch...

19 June 2024

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RICS rings alarm bells over state of lettings market

The latest residential market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is raising a red flag over what it calls...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Guidance for Agents on smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms

Mandatory smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will be introduced to private rented sector properties in Northern Ireland.    Under the Smoke, Heat...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Would Tories’ Stamp Duty Policy really turn renters into buyers?

Over the weekend the Conservatives pledged that if elected on July 4 they would permanently scrap stamp duty for first time...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency fined again for failing to secure tenancy deposits

A lettings agency trading as Bowden Property Group Ltd has been fined £4,000 and £1,470 for failing to protect two tenancy...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency has not paid Fixed Penalty Notice in dispute over deposit

A statement from a city council claims that a property company failed to attend court in a case of deposit protection,...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Demand cools and supply rises - new lettings analysis

Rents rose 9% on average in the UK in Q1 2024 compared to the same period in 2023, says flatshare site SpareRoom. Out...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark bats off surprisingly downbeat housing index

Propertymark has batted away any possible market pessimism as a result of a downbeat price index result from the Halifax  Just before...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government figures show another sharp rent rise

Average UK private rents increased by 9.0% in the 12 months to February 2024 according to the Office for National Statistics. This...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Give tax perks to renters to help them buy, urges think-tank

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Property portal claims industry-first with AI investment

A property portal claims it’s struck an industry-first by making a “substantial investment” of over £250,000 in Artificial Intelligence.  The local portal...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for agents on tenants with banned dog breeds

Propertymark is highlighting new advice for agents and landlords given by Lets With Pets, the website of The Dogs Trust charity. The...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Powers to evict anti-social tenants set to be beefed up

Propertymark has welcomed proposed reforms to evict tenants who show persistent anti-social behaviour.   In 2018, a Northern Ireland Department of Justice consultation...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Chancellor reveals property tax change in Budget

The Chancellor has used his Budget to confirm a 2p cut in National Insurance, from April 6. This will take it...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Irish agency snaps up UK independent lettings and sales firm

One of the Republic of Ireland's largest agency chains, Sherry Fitzgerald, has snapped up Belfast independent Simon Brien Residential, known as...

05 February 2024

From: Breaking News

New Year Bounce - strong start to 2024 housing market says Zoopla

A return of pent-up demand and mortgage rates falling below five per cent have boosted the start of the year for...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants itemise top three priorities in new survey

A survey by one of the industry’s deposit alternative services, flatfair, shows that - unsurprisingly - over 61 per cent rank...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Timetables demanded for smoke alarm and electrical safety changes

Propertymark has responded to two consultations on the proposals to introduce electrical safety standards and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let has grown massively in recent years - new statistics

Government data shows that as of 2022 some 15.29 per cent of homes in England are privately rented, with 14.9 per...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - what are your views on key health and safety issues?

Propertymark is urging agents to give it their views on two consultations on health and safety issues coming out of Northern...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Squeeze on tenants not ending any time soon - top agency

A leading agency says the squeeze on tenants facing high rent rises is not going to end anytime soon. The comment -...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

How Many? Huge number of enquiries per rental property

A property website has produced startling figures giving an insight into the frenzied rental market. Property Pal, which looks at the housing...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Treasury ponders different anti-money laundering systems

HM Treasury has published a consultation on reform of the anti-money laundering supervisory system, giving four options. Currently the supervisory system is...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s plan to curb economic crime in our industry

Propertymark has put forward a six-point plan to slash economic crime in the property sector. The trade body says a series of...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief says market isn’t working “for anyone”

Rents continue to soar across the UK according to data released by flatshare website SpareRoom.  It says average UK room rents were...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark reveals new ARLA leader and other top table names

Propertymark has revealed its latest top table of elected and unelected spokespeople forming its new leadership team. The new chair of the...

04 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

LGBTQ+ agents mentoring and networking group launches

A trio of agents working in a hybrid agency have setup an LGBTQ+-focused mentoring, learning and networking group. James Hummerstone-Pope, Danielle Andrews...

13 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency uncovers big fall in property taxes

Revenue from property taxes in Scotland has dropped significantly so far this year, according to a prominent lettings agency.  DJ Alexander Ltd...

12 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents up slightly across UK … except for London

The average rent in the UK is now £1,175 per calendar month according to HomeLet. This is a tiny 0.3 per cent...

08 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental market to stay strong as First Time Buyer numbers plummet

A new analysis suggests that the number of first time buyers has plummeted by over 10 per cent in the past...

23 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Are Trading Standards officers checking your agency’s website?

Trading Standards officers check for agents’ compliance by scrutinising their websites, it’s being claimed. Agents are being warned to ensure their websites...

20 February 2023

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Equity Release still expanding despite economic headwinds

The equity release market has expanded by 27 per cent to hit a record £5.58 billion of new lending last year,...

31 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show lettings market running out of homes to rent

The availability of stock within the owner-occupied market is now back to a pre-pandemic norm, but the reverse is true for...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

House price slowdown hitting every region says Nationwide

The housing market slowdown is gathering pace and has now hit every region of the UK according to the Nationwide. In data...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let may be a busted flush, warns investment guru

A prominent figure in property investment is warning that buy to let is the sector facing the biggest challenges in the...

17 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls simply not needed, insists agents’ body

Propertymark has reiterated its opposition to rent controls in its latest statement on proposals in Northern Ireland. The NI Assembly has published...

04 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - Chancellor Hunt reveals what happens next

The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, says the limited cut in stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland announced in the mini-Budget...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency chief insists rents are falling without a freeze

In Scotland - where a rent freeze kicked in last weekend - Scottish private rents have fallen nearly 15 in real...

10 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform is the big debate at agents’ annual conference

The details of the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill will be the main focus of the Propertymark annual conference in Belfast...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Cuts take effect immediately

Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced that stamp duty will be cut.  In future there will be no stamp duty on the first...

23 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes dip but one major problem dominates

There’s more evidence today that cleaning remains the largest cause of disputes between agents and tenants. Data released by The Dispute Service...

06 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy deposits dip slightly across England and Wales

Latest figures from the Tenancy Deposit Service shows a slight reduction in typical deposits for rental properties in England and Wales. At...

23 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Big rise in agencies suspecting financial crimes - claim

A company claims that some 18 per cent of property firms have seen a rise in criminals attempting to launder money...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up Property Details - industry bosses back call for Material Information

Senior figures in the agency industry have backed new guidance from the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agent Team regarding...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards issue new guidelines for property details

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team has published fresh guidance to help letting agents meet new requirements regarding...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Even renting a ROOM costs £800 pcm in London

A new market snapshot suggests that the cost of renting just a room in London has reached an average of over...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rising Rents - Another milestone reached after monthly increase

The average rent in the UK has hit another record high of £1,103 per calendar month after a 1.1 per cent...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancies legislation debated at webinar next week

Propertymark members are to get a briefing on Northern Ireland’s new Private Tenancies Act at a webinar hosted by the trade...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Improve housing standards! Propertymark’s call to winning politicians

Propertymark is calling on candidates in next week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections to support policies that will increase housing supply and...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Your Chance - Tell the BBC the private rental sector is under attack!

The industry’s main trade body for lettings agents is telling its members to let the BBC know if they believe the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to buy than rent IF you can afford the deposit

The monthly costs for a first time buyer are some 13 per cent lower than that of a similar renter -...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring inflation could trigger major arrears problem - warning

A player in the rental insurance field is warning that the growing cost of living crisis makes it more important than...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 used as excuse to bring in anti-buy to let rules - agency group

Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade body, has accused governments across the UK of using Covid 19 rule changes to slip in...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency spares a thought for tenants’ affordability problems

A lettings agency says renters must pay an average of up to 77 per cent of their monthly household income to...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Digital changes to Right To Rent - agents urged to prepare

Propertymark is advising agents to prepare for substantial changes to the Right To Rent process arriving in just two months time. As...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New record average rent - but increase is below inflation rate

The latest lettings market snapshot from HomeLet suggests another record average UK monthly rent level of £1,064 pcm - up a...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn on extending length of Notice To Quit periods

Extending the length of Notice to Quit periods in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland to up to six months...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn politicians that investors could quit buy to let sector

Buy to let investors many quit the sector if proposals in the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill go-ahead in their existing...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand slows but it’s still a record for Autumn

ARLA Propertymark has released its latest lettings market snapshot showing demand reducing - but even so still being a record for...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 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

Average rent across UK hits record high for third month in a row

The lettings market continues to boom, with HomeLet’s latest index showing average UK rents at a record high for the third...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes tumble thanks to Covid caution by tenants

Reluctance to move during the pandemic is thought to be a key reason for a sharp drop in tenancy disputes between...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession rules change extended until May 2022

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities is extending the regulations for the period of notice a landlord must give a tenant before...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rise in investor demand for properties to continue, predicts Zoopla

There’s been a 21 per cent rise in demand for properties from buy to let investors according to a new analysis...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector estimated at being worth £1.4 trillion

A new estimate put the value of the UK private rental sector at almost £1.4 trillion. Buy to let and investment consultancy...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give qualified support radical overhaul of rental sector in NI

Propertymark has given its broad support to a new Private Members Bill introduced into the Northern Ireland assembly, aimed at improving...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another record-breaking month for tenant demand, agents say

There’s still no sign of a lettings market slowdown according to the latest report from ARLA Propertymark. It says that the average...

29 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

ESTAS 2021 - virtual shortlist unveiling continues this week

The ESTAS Awards ceremony is traditionally held each May but no prizes for guessing why this year, as with 2020, things...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up again - fourth increase in four months

Average rents across the UK have risen for the fourth time in as many months according to the HomeLet index. Typical rent...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market continues to fly thanks to reducing supply

Latest figures from ARLA Propertymark suggest the rental market continues to perform strongly. Data for February - the latest available from the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team is appealing to the industry to be eagle-eyed for scams. This follows the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure now on Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to lets - claim

A leading property law expert says there is now pressure on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to raise stamp duty on buy to...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Volume of rent increases drops for third month in a row

Letting agents say the number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell for the third month in a row. The latest ARLA Propertymark...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

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Property firm refunds Covid money after row involving politician

A property company that owns and manages premises occupied by a politician has returned some £10,000 in furlough money received under...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Politician settles out of court with agent over fees charged in 2015

A Green Party councillor has been refunded fees he and his partner were charged by a letting agency five years ago,...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

The Chartered Institute of Housing claims there may be a “massive increase” in evictions in the near future. In a briefing paper the...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent levels - London drops but most regions still rising

The latest monthly rental index produced by insurance provider HomeLet shows a four per cent surge in the all-UK average rent...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists picket rental company over complaint about refund

Activists from the controversial renters’ group Acorn have picketed the headquarters of a national rental firm in a dispute over a...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice To Quit: changes to the rules in another part of the UK

There have been changes to the Notice To Quit process in Northern Ireland. The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

 Labour and LibDems claim evictions may cause ‘homelessness wave’

A group of Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs have together claimed that England could witness "a new wave of homelessness" when...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London room rentals plummet as virus fall-out hits lettings sector

Room rents in the capital have dropped seven per cent in the past three months as the Coronavirus crisis saps demand...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants enforcement against agents still charging illegal fees

Shelter is calling for stricter enforcement against letting agents in Northern Ireland which it claims are illegally charging tenants fees for...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty cut could reinvigorate buy to let says lettings chief

A stamp duty cut could reinvigorate the buy to let market and the wider economy as the country comes out of...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market reopens in another part of the United Kingdom

The lettings market in Northern Ireland is resuming on Monday after its lockdown because of the Coronavirus crisis. Arlene Foster, first minister of...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona guidelines for rental sector in different parts of country

Different guidelines have been issued for the rental sector in different parts of the British Isles as devolved administrations get to...

28 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

Are UK rental deposits too high? Not by international standards…

The typical UK private rental deposit, often considered high in this country, is thought to be relatively low by international standards...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Big London and SE England bias in buy to let investor profile

A third of all landlords live in Greater London and the South East according to data collated by a property management...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s largest-ever trade body launches this month

This month sees the launch of a new trade body for the lettings sector - the National Residential Landlords Association. It’s the...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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