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Record number of buy to let landlord companies set up

Research by Countrywide agency Hamptons shows that during 2020 some 41,700 new buy to let limited companies were formed. That’s a record...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee product offers “a market first” for agents - claim

HomeLet and Let Alliance have announced what they call a market first with a rent guarantee providing cover until vacant possession...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

One of the housing ministers with responsibility for the introduction of the controversial Renters Reform Bill in the near future has...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger homes in demand as virus influences tenant aspirations

The current need to work from home, and the prospect of continuing to do so in part after the pandemic, is changing...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth building fast across most of the UK

The rate of rental growth accelerated sharply in December according to Countrywide agency brand Hamptons. Its research department shows that over the...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional agency says unique business model is behind success

A regional lettings agency says its better-than-expected 2020 performance is down at least partly to having what it calls a unique...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tips for agents coping with remote working and home schooling

The Guild of Property Professionals has issued tips for agents and other industry professionals having to cope with working from home...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for new off-payroll working rules

ARLA Propertymark is advising agents to get up to speed on new rules - and possible higher costs - when changes...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping of S21 and new transferable deposits likely “very soon”

The long-awaited Renters' Reform Bill, promised 14 months ago, is likely to be introduced to the House of Commons “very soon.” The...

14 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

Property maintenance Covid regulations tightened in Scotland

There’s been a small change to the Coronavirus regulations as they apply to the maintenance and upkeep of properties in Scotland. First...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

UK rental market dragged down by London crisis

A rental market snapshot says the UK-wide lettings picture is dragged down by Greater London's excess of supply, and by the...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension - predictable but an opportunity, says PropTech chief

A leading market commentator and PropTech chief says the extension of the bailiff-enforced eviction ban was predictable, but presents agents with...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Momentum builds for student rent discounts - another firm joins in

A second student accommodation provider has announced a rent discount. Student Roost has told its residents they can apply for a discount...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies must be more tolerant of staff doing home schooling

The head of industry recruitment consultancy Property Personnel is calling on agencies to be more tolerant of the struggles working parents...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency chain shows benefit of financial services diversification

Franchise giant Belvoir has issued a statement to shareholders emphasising the success of its financial services wing. The Belvoir Group established its...

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent discount announced by major student accommodation provider

Unite Students, one of the UK's leading student accommodation providers, is giving tenants a rent reduction. Students will be able to apply...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks “under review” by Home Office

The government says it’s reviewing the checking process that agents and landlords have to follow under Right To Rent. The revelation has...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears push ARLA Conference back yet again

The annual ARLA Propertymark conference and exhibition, which wasn’t held at all last year because of Coronavirus, has been pushed back...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms reveal latest products aimed at letting agents

Movinghub UK has announced its latest integration with Reapit. Movinghub allows agents to assist tenants and other home movers to organise services...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Build To Rent development in target city set to complete in 2023

Build To Rent giant Grainger has purchased the rights to a 231-home development in Bristol for around £63m. In a statement to...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

How can we improve property matchmaking beyond the online portals?

Over the last 20 years, the growth of online property portals – including Zoopla, Rightmove and PrimeLocation – has transformed the...

11 January 2021

From: Proptech & Innovation

Angry activists want arrears cancelled as well as full eviction ban

Activists from a range of pressure groups have reacted angrily to what they call a half-baked eviction ban announced by the...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Look at this - fantastic NHS support from artful community lettings agency

Congratulations from all of us at Letting Agent Today - and probably most of the rest of the industry - to Martin...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction ban extended in Scotland - will England do the same?

The ban on private rental evictions in Scotland has been formally extended by two months, with a high expectation that a...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodbye Build To Rent? BTR name may be ditched to boost image

Major players in the Build To Rent sector are joining forces to see if they can give the industry a more...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body wants public cash for lost lockdown income

A trade body wants the government to ensure its latest lockdown grants cover short lets businesses. The UK Short Term Accommodation Association...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator claims 6,000 new homes are underway

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s started work on 6,000 residential units in...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

One in three finds moving home more stressful than having a baby

What’s life-changing, involves months of anticipation, and ends with a big arrival? You might think we’re talking about pregnancy. But research...

07 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Boris Johnson confirms eviction ban is “under review”

The Prime Minister has told MPs that the eviction ban effectively in place now but scheduled to expire on January 11...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties: Date set for MPs to debate issue

January 29th is the date set for MPs to hold the Second Reading of a Private Members’ Bill aimed at the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform aims to help HMO property management

A new HMO and co-living property management platform launches today, aimed at optimising tenancy occupancy.  The service - called COHO - claims...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency gets Premiership rugby sponsorship deal over the line

A Belvoir franchise has agreed on a new partnership with Premiership rugby team, Swansea RFC. The deal means not only will the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Extension to bailiff and eviction ban “extremely likely” warns trade body

It is “extremely likely” there will be an extension to the current ban on bailiffs conducting evictions even after court orders...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents begin 2021 on a high almost everywhere…except London

The average rent in the UK, measured just before the turn of the year, is £979, showing a 2.7 per cent...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown regulations mean agents can continue Covid-secure working

Letting agents and the rental market in England are still in business even during the national lockdown already in force. The government’s...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings agency giant created with £100m private equity cash

Lomond Capital, which owns Scottish lettings and estate agents Braemore and Stonehouse, is to merge with Yorkshire firm Linley & Simpson. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens new hub office taking over from nearby branches

Brown & Co’s new regional hub has opened in Lincoln, which will be the new base for the company’s team relocated...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells’ lettings activities are key to how it will run Countrywide

Connells has made it clear that the innovation and technology it has put into lettings are key to identifying the approach it...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No more rent controls! Politicians warned of supply shortage

Propertymark is making it clear that rent controls are not the way to operate an efficient lettings market. In a formal response...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 could be a good year for the rental market after all, says agent

The next 12 months could be a surprisingly good year for the private rental sector despite some obvious challenges, according to...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance webinar programme this month for Propertymark agents

Propertymark is hosting a series of three webinars this month for agents wanting to hear the latest on legislating changes affecting...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Court backlogs and eviction curbs to dominate 2021 - Propertymark

The new chief executive of Propertymark has outlined what he sees as the main challenges for the rental sector for 2021. In...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Standby for “another difficult year for lettings market” says leading agency

London agency Chestertons is warning that it’s going to be “another difficult year for the lettings market” in 2021. It says that...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

Rent arrears in the private sector have actually dipped from their pandemic peak over the past two months - but they...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

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

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the biggest cause of claims by landlords against deposits

Just over half the claims made by landlords against tenancy deposits in 2020 cited a need to clean or make repairs...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 letting agents told to put tenants’ safety first

The government has told letting agents in Tier 4 areas that their first priority must be the safety of their tenants. The...

29 December 2020

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

Virtual viewings herald ‘a new age’ says high-end lettings chief

A senior lettings agency figure says virtual viewings have transformed the rental sector. “The increased level of requests for virtual viewings has...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Fantastic festive Foodbank gesture from lettings agency

Belvoir’s agency in Grantham is making a fantastic gesture by donating crates of produce to the local Foodbank. Over 100 kilos of...

24 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional deal sees 600-property lettings book snapped up

Fast-growing letting specialists Linley & Simpson has added over 600 homes to its portfolio after another major acquisition. It’s acquired the lettings and management division...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 ends on low note for prime London lettings

Higher levels of supply and weaker demand have dominated prime London lettings markets this month says Knight Frank. This meant that average...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reveals ‘command centre’ to curb New Year’s Eve revellers

Airbnb has unveiled a set of restrictions which it is operating across the UK - and the rest of western Europe...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental growth ‘slightly positive’ for 2021 say surveyors

Rental growth expectations remain “slightly positive” across most of the UK according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors market...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Tax premium’ levied on second homes to fund local properties

A Welsh council has agreed to levy what it calls “a tax premium” on second homes from now until 2027 to...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success vindicates agency’s move to live-stream format

High end agency Savills says it’s raised over £270m in nine auctions this year, with an average sold price of over...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents breaking 'No DSS' listings rule will face sanctions, warns Zoopla

The debate over rental properties listed on portals with ‘No DSS’ statements has reignited over the weekend. This follows a BBC investigation...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

All Change: property types and aspirational features for renters in 2020

A property company has analysed Google Search Data from the past year to reveal what movers were looking for in 2020...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Too early to tell if letting agents abide by anti-money laundering - report

A new report from the government says it’s too early to tell whether lettings agencies are abiding by new anti-money laundering...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 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

Coronavirus lifestyle changes play into hands of Build To Rent - claim

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says it’s to have a second significant...

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

EPCs should last just five years and not 10 - property group

A collective of government appointed accreditation schemes has called on the government to do more to improve energy efficiency in the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Six acquisitions in one year for fast-growing lettings agency

Fast-growing regional agency Linley & Simpson has taken over the rental portfolios of two more independent firms. The deal has transferred 750...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency’s latest acquisition just the latest in ambitious programme

London’s Keatons agency has acquired another East London independent, Royal Docks Property Services. Keatons describes the result as “a great fit” because the two...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

A rental guarantor service claims that it and companies like it have helped keep the UK’s private rental sector buoyant during...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

A controversial Labour council that locked horns with the government over landlord licensing is now submitting a new proposal for its...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market picking up steam - even in London

There is mounting evidence that rental growth is picking up steam, according to the latest analysis by Countrywide brand Hamptons. Average rents...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency doubles deals done after adopting virtual viewing app

A London agency says it’s doubled its rental deals over an eight week period, helped by adopting a virtual tours app. Paramount,...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaking at ‘Future of Housing’ online debate today

Chris Hope, senior partner at Dawsons and Fine & Country agencies, will be one of the main speakers at a prestigious...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Future agency mergers and acquisitions could be hit by tax hike

A warning has been issued by one of the most acquisitive letting agencies that future mergers and takeovers could be hit...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Some landlords don't need agents, suggests investment chief

An investment group of companies specialising in student accommodation says letting agents can be very important - but it also says...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let purchases in bid to beat stamp duty deadline

Around one in seven residential properties purchased in November were snapped up by buy to let investors, according to Countrywide research. A...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another council ponders Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs

Walsall council in the Midlands is considering an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs.  As is often the case with such schemes, the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation starting in one part of the UK

A council in Scotland is set to be the first to introduce regulations for Airbnb and similar platforms in the short lets sector. ARLA...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Sharpen up arrears process’ agents told as eviction truce starts

Today is the start of the official Christmas eviction ban ‘truce’ in the private rental sector - and it continues until...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent says 2021 is chance to level playing field with tenants

A letting agent and property management expert says the likely introduction of the Renters Reform Bill in 2021 is a chance...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - new How To Rent Guide issued by government

The government has issued a new How To Rent Guide - the critical document that both letting agents and landlords have...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs in the firing line: Another city ponders a clampdown

Another local authority is considering a clampdown on the spread and condition of HMOs. Bath and North East Somerset Council, which is...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

London the biggest rental sector loser as a result of Covid - claim

London’s lettings market may never return to its pre-pandemic appearance according to a flat-sharing rental platform. SpareRoom says 49 per cent of...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Free Guide: Sold On Sustainability

You don’t need to be Greta Thunberg to know that climate change is a big issue that’s impacting our day-to-day lives....

09 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

Rent Control legislation doesn’t go far enough, claims tenants' group

A renters’ union in Scotland claims a proposal to cap rents in the country doesn’t go far enough. The Scottish Parliament’s Local...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council’s huge fine on owner after refusing planning consent

A long-running case about a house divided up and let out without planning permission has resulted in a fine of nearly...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit to make lettings sector even tougher in 2021 - claim

If you think 2020 has been complicated, just wait until 2021: that’s the claim of a rental guarantor service which warns...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists want to build rent strike momentum across student sector

Activists are attempting to build rent strike momentum amongst students who rent property across the country. ‘Rent Strike” is a national network...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency chief and landlord prosecuted over fire safety

Two landlords in the same town - one the director of a lettings firm - have been prosecuted as their properties...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How was 2020 for you? Agents asked their views by industry suppliers

Two industry suppliers are asking agents to contribute to a survey assessing how the lettings sector has performed in 2020. Government-authorised deposit...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Make business rate cut permanent! Agents’ demand help

ARLA Propertymark wants the government to make the current business rates exemption for High Street branches permanent. The exemption, introduced in the spring...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Anderson has been an outspoken...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents down as much as 16% while rest of UK booms

It’s a case of London versus The Rest when it comes to the rental market, according to HomeLet. Its latest market snapshot shows...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards warning letter over letting agent fees

A warning about illegal fees by letting agents has been produced by a local council Trading Standards team.  It has come from...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial agency expands into residential with strong ambitions

Scottish commercial property firm Bowman Rebecchi has announced an expansion into the residential letting sector with the Glasgow-based agency Newton Letting. Bowman...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings employers urged to take on more apprentices

Industry supplier The Letting Partnership is calling for businesses to take on more apprentices and support young people in a challenging...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 10 agencies a week closing down, claims protection scheme

One of the government’s approved client money protection schemes claims over 10 lettings agencies a week are closing. Client Money Protect makes the...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency network sees business storm back and repays furlough money

An extremely upbeat trading statement from Stock Market-quoted agency Belvoir suggests business has been ahead of even its pre-Coronavirus expectations in...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency acquires third independent in under 12 months

Samuel Estates, a south west London agency, has acquired its third independent local firm in 2020. The latest to be snapped up...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency sees super-prime tenants edge away from central London

Knight Frank says it’s seeing tenants in the prime London niche reflecting the same trends as those in the wider property...

03 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

Agents may have busier-than-usual Christmas despite market slowing

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech supplier Goodlord shows the November lockdown creating a subdued picture - but with early...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want a Minister for Renting’ says critic of traditional buy to let

A property entrepreneur critical of the quality of traditional buy to let says the government should create a Minister for Renting...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency opens new office in exclusive Home Counties spot

A hybrid lettings and sales agency in one of the most exclusive parts of Britain has opened a second office.  Bonds, which...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Student lets now available through new PropTech platform

A new online platform for students to search for and book accommodation has been launched, claiming to be “the fastest, simplest and...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic changes the lettings market

The last year was one which none of us will forget both personally and professionally. Every aspect of life has been...

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Overwhelming number of agents pay TPO compensation awards

An overwhelming 98 per cent of agents who are members of The Property Ombudsman scheme pay compensation when an investigation is...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up after almost half a century

A 47-year-old south coast lettings and sales agency has been acquired by Oakfield Estate Agents. Andrews Estate Agents first opened a branch...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent set for late-year surge in applications - claim

A late-year surge in the number of Build To Rent applications has been forecast by a market commentator. Alex Blagden, senior researcher...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of over-charging and using fake repair accounts

A newspaper claims a lettings agency is battling allegations of overcharging customers and using fake companies to carry out maintenance work. The Daily Record...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 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

PropTech supplier links with legal protection service

PropTech provider Canopy is linking with a legal protection service which it says could enhance agents’ offer to landlords. If the tenant does...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

App easily embeds virtual tours on portals and sites, say creators

A new app claims to make it easier for agents to create virtual tours and instantly embed them in property portal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by chartered surveying business

A chartered surveying company has acquired a long established lettings agency in the same town in Greater Manchester. Altrincham based firm Oakwood...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire service wins case involving multiple safety breaches

One person had to be rescued from a fire after their landlord failed to ensure they had a working fire alarm...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings

Tell us about Airthings, why it was established, the products and what problem they were coming to solve? Airthings was established in...

26 November 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

Agency strongly defends £3,600 charge to departing tenants

A London lettings agency has described a £3,600 charge to a tenant as “entirely reasonable and legal.” The i newspaper has featured a...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears set to worsen as a result of Sunak’s LHA freeze

There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

ARLA Propertymark is one of seven trade and charity groups calling on the government to help bail out private renters with...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New PropTech app means tenants lead the inventory process

A PropTech provider has created an app to remotely view and inspect properties in real time.  With InventoryBase Live the tenants undertake...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee scheme for private sector launched by council

A council says it’s let 21 properties thanks to a rent guarantee system launched to woo private landlords to supply homes...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons snaps up London independent and wants more of the same

Foxtons has acquired a London lettings agency and along with it a lettings book comprising 689 tenancies. The deal is worth £2.2m. In...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts strong 2021 lettings sector but wants help for renters

Some 90 per cent of branches from franchise giant Belvoir believe house rents will rise or at least stay static in 2021,...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pets Mean Premiums - animals are good news, insists industry group

The private rental sector should embrace the idea of tenants with pets and not object to the prospect. That’s the view of...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-second homes campaigners win talks with top politician

Councillors from a town council in Wales are to be given an audience with the country’s First Minister to discuss the...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Council engages in ‘secret’ licensing consultation exercise

A London council has been found to have operated an unpublicised consultation exercise for a licensing proposal - and is now...

24 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

New Corona rules: Agents and tradespeople can still visit properties

New and tougher Coronavirus restrictions have been announced in Scotland with decisions on England’s new controls expected to be revealed today or...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want public funds to pay rent arrears’ - campaigners renew call

The Generation Rent campaign has renewed its call for public money to be allocated to clear at least some rent arrears...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Faster check-out admin for agents thanks to PropTech integration

Two PropTech suppliers have announced their products will integrate in order to, in their words, “dramatically reduce reporting and end of tenancy...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

Letting agencies should review banking and payment systems in the light of rule changes and the ongoing challenge of the pandemic. This advice...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Massive Build To Rent scheme underway at gritty location

The first part of a massive Build To Rent scheme from developer Lendlease is nearing completion at Elephant Park in the...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 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

Online agency expands from students to national lettings market

Online lettings company Monkey vs Owl - also known as MOVO - has expanded from a regional and mostly student service...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Overseas investors dominate London’s high end market

International investors dominate the high end London market says a new survey. Aston’s, a residency and citizenship consultancy, has analysed sold price records...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Average rent in England almost unchanged from five years ago

The average cost of renting in England is almost unchanged from five years ago - although that masks significant localised variations.  The...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency marks 15 years in business by achieving £100m portfolio

A lettings agency is marking its 15th anniversary with news that it now has over £100m worth of property in its portfolio. Berriman...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental affordability worsens in five areas of the UK

A PropTech lettings platform is reporting that the level of income required to cover the cost of renting has increased across...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

PropTech platform MakeUrMove, which launched back in 2008 as the first online lettings agency, has secured a £1.3m funding package from...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Severe arrears’ now just cause for bailiff-enforced evictons

There’s been a further tweak to the eviction controls introduced in England for the duration of the lockdown, lasting until December...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

The Resolution Foundation has added its voice to that of many charities and other think tanks demanding more government support for...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

ARLA Propertymark has issued a warning to government not to use Capital Gains Tax reform to further punish the private rental...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity claims some arrears will take seven years to be repaid

The charity Citizens Advice - which claims a “unique, real-time insight into the challenges people are facing as a result of Coronavirus"...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

All change! Rent gap between City and Country narrows dramatically

The gap between typical City rents and Country rents is closing according to an analysis of Countrywide properties by the company’s...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

A survey claims millions of renter households have concerns about their ability to pay landlords this winter - and the charity...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

Letting agents are being offered a free consultation helpline during the pandemic.  Julie Condliffe, a lawyer and property investment expert, says the...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What will the lettings market look like after lockdown ends?

An exercise by PropTech company Goodlord has given an insight into what the lettings market may look like in parts of...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to upcoming anti-money laundering webinar

Rightmove is to host an anti-money laundering webinar next week, aimed at lettings and sales agents. The event, which is entitled Five...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Viewber outsource service links with another PropTech platform

Viewber has linked with the PropTech property management service PlanetRent. Viewber offers agents access to an online database of vetted viewing assistants,...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

What now for student lettings as autumn term finishes early?

Two thorny subjects are back on the agenda for letting agents - break clauses and what happens when students leave their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

BTR market snapshot shows continued growth but London lagging

The latest Build To Rent snapshot up to late summer shows the number of BTR homes in stages of planning across...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Trying Hard - agency renews rugby league sponsorship deal

Wakefield Trinity rugby league club has announced that local lettings agency Cooper & Cutt has renewed its sponsorship with the club,...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge change in tenant priorities thanks to Covid - agency chief

One of the country’s major lettings agency chiefs says there is a “massive” change in tenant priorities underway. Michael Cook, national lettings...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm and director fined for inadequate living conditions

A lettings firm has been ordered to pay over £18,000 after failing to provide adequate living conditions for his tenants. Chelmsford magistrates...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Kickstart can elevate agents’ reputation through apprenticeships

The group human resources director of the Leaders Romans Group wants the agency industry to improve its reputation by embracing more...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Delivering a speedy end of tenancy deposit negotiation – the top tips

Tenancy deposit disputes are messy and often frustrating for all involved. While the number of formal disputes remains low, the pandemic...

10 November 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

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

From: Sponsored Content

Latest eviction ban - is it even legal?

A top property law firm is questioning whether the government’s current eviction moratorium - effectively banning evictions until mid-January at the...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters aren’t quitting London after all says Zoopla

It appears the much-hyped exodus of people from London to the country doesn’t apply to the rental market. Despite rents falling in...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition for fast-growing independent agency

A south coast agency has snapped up a local independent - the latest of several acquisitions it's made in recent years. Worthing’s...

10 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

Labour claims hundreds of S21s during Lockdown1, despite ban

Labour claims over 350 households in London alone were issued with a Section 21 notice during the first lockdown in spring...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

A new report from the Nationwide and campaigning charity Shelter puts letting agents in the dock over the standards in the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral fees webinar coming up with Trading Standards supremo

Propertymark is staging a webinar later this month on the topical subject of referral fees. Last month the National Trading Standards for...

06 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

“Rigorous selection process” for new ARLA regional representatives

It’s taken what Propertymark calls “a rigorous selection process” to find the latest four regional representatives for the Association of Residential...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

Letting agents and landlords have faced huge change and uncertainty this year, with Covid-19 the major driver. But even before the...

05 November 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Here we go again - Labour renews call for another eviction ban

Labour has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding the return of the eviction ban - even though, to all intents...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech Push - new products launched aiming at letting agents

There’s been a flurry of new PropTech products launched, mostly focussed on lettings agencies. Australian-based supplier Movinghub, which works the UK market...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown guidance for Inventory Clerks: stay Covid-safe and carry on

Inventory clerks can continue their regular work through the lockdown so long as they adhere to Cobid-safe protocols. That’s the message from...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown Lowdown - Emergency webinar for agents tomorrow

A lockdown emergency webinar is to be held tomorrow to help letting agents get the regulatory and restriction lowdown on how...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Hybrid lettings agency launches recruitment drive in 10 regions

Hybrid lettings agency Accommodation is launching a drive to recruit agents in 10 regions across the UK. The company says this is...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Strange’ market still showing rent increases in almost every region

Another market snapshot from HomeLet suggests that there was a 2.2 per cent average rent increase across the UK in the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Surprise move by London council to drop stricter controls on HMOs

A London council has dropped plans to restrict the creation of HMOs, a full 12 months after a consultation on the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent left property front door open after routine inspection

The This Is Money website is carrying a story of a London rental property where the front door was left open...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

January date for MP’s bid to allow pets in rental accommodation

A Conservative MP’s bid to ensure pets are allowed in private rental accommodation reaches its next stage in the New Year. Andrew Rosindell,...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents down and voids up across the country in recent weeks

A market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord shows rents dropping a hefty nine per cent across the UK. This follows several...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown is agents’ chance to plan for 2021 say training firms

Two industry training firms say the lockdown beginning this week gives agents an opportunity to prepare for 2021. Agency Mentors and The Able Agent...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for agents to highlight their value

The recent survey in Letting Agent Today on why many landlords didn’t use agents was interesting and informative. That only 42.5%...

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

New lockdown means evictions effectively off-limits for months

It is thought likely that the new four week lockdown in England coming into effect on Thursday will mean evictions will...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Well-known independent chain snapped up by Leaders Romans

The well-known Lenwell chain, with seven branches, has been acquired by the Leaders Romans Group.  Lenwell was established in 1990 with the...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets glut prompts discount offer for NHS and key workers

The absence of traditional holiday and business users of short let accommodation has prompted a trade body to introduce a discount...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Save The Date! The 2021 ESTAS Awards take place on ….

The 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards are to be held on Friday June 11. For the first time the awards will host...

02 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

Eviction ban by the back door! Top lawyer slams bailiffs’ move

A top property lawyer says a recent decision by bailiffs not to forcibly evict anyone in Tier 2 and Tier 3 is an...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reports poor lettings figures despite sales market boost

Foxtons has posted what many consider to be disappointing lettings figures for the third quarter of the year. The company’s lettings-related revenue...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents – here are five simple tips for job searching

There’s no denying it, job hunting can be hard work – even more so at the moment, with all that’s going...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

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

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Top tips on how to ensure your AML procedures are up to scratch

The property market, and therefore, estate agents have been accused of being the 'weak link' in the UK’s money laundering defences. This...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

So just how important IS the short lets rental sector?

Rental operators specialising in short lets are signing up to a tracking study to assess the sector’s size and significance.  The exercise...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit may lead to glut of returning retirees who rent

The long-running uncertainty over Brexit may lead to a glut of British expats returning home and renting rather than buying. That’s the...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents get £100 referral fee for clients signing up to storage firm

Ten estate agencies have signed up to a partnership programme with the easyStorage company, which allows lettings and sales firms to...

29 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Quick Read Top Tips - 5 best practices for all businesses

Here is a quick read focusing on 5 things you can check your business is doing while on your tea break....

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How to Reach More Landlords Part 2 - Using Innovative ‘Feet Up’ Campaign to Win Business

Independent agent uses innovative ‘feet up’ campaign to win business. An independent letting agency has invited landlords to put their ‘feet up’...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How to Reach More Landlords Part 1

I was asked recently, how can an agent generate more landlord leads? Well that got me thinking, firstly, we have to...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top tips for creating engaging blog content

Putting fingers to keyboard to create blogs and articles isn’t always the easiest job for agents, particularly when meetings, viewings and...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Top 5 tips for successful estate agent social media management

It’s a given these days that your business needs to be on social media. Consumers spend a large portion of their...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

Five top tips for lead generation

Generating leads is a crucial and age-old part of estate agency. Before the internet, lead generation was just as important to...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

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

Top things to look for in a valuation tool

Here at The ValPal Network, we know that there are other options available when considering to use a valuation tool, so...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

David Cox, former ARLA chief, in dramatic return to the industry

In a dramatic return to the agency world, the former chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is joining...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agency helps tenants with school meal vouchers

A heroic lettings agency in the south west of England has stepped up to the plate this half-term week by offering...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid-19: Labour councillors say HMOs must be en suite

Opposition Labour councillors on a local authority says HMOs should only be let if each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.  The...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets group demands public cash to survive Covid crisis

The new trade group representing short lets operators is asking the government to make sure the short lets sector is specifically...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Portal's new AI platform allows agents to target local landlords

The free to list portal Residential People is launching a machine-learning platform allowing agents to specifically target local landlords and emphasise...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Evictions in Tier 2/3 areas not to be enforced by bailiffs

The government is asking bailiffs not to enforce court possession orders in areas with the highest Coronavirus restrictions.  So although evictions can...

26 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure on for pet-friendly lets as Build To Rent operators cash in

Pressure appears to be building for more pet-friendly lettings properties with two Build To Rent operators promoting animal-friendly tenancies. BTR operator Fizzy Living...

26 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

Countrywide rentals division suffers almost one third drop in lets

Countrywide’s latest trading statement covering the first half of 2020 shows it was hit more than most corporates by the market...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agency of the year named by comparison website

A hybrid has been named lettings agency of the year by comparison website Rentround. Accommodation.co.uk has won the award after being the most...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More virtual courses for agents launched by TDS Academy

Letting agents are being invited to additional courses from TDS Academy online. The courses, offering Continuing Professional Development training virtually, look in particular...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New app signals to agents when to chase potential landlord clients

A new PropTech app called Acaboom claims to send an alert when a landlord is viewing the agency’s marketing proposal. This means...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Question to agents - How are you coping with Coronavirus?

A survey by two PropTech firms wants to know how agents are coping with the pandemic. Fixflo and MRI Software have launched...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Cut-price Central London tenancies attract glut of younger renters

London Central Portfolio, an investment consultancy, says the capital’s prime central area is seeing a demographic change as younger British tenants...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Facial-recognition tenant referencing tool now available to agents

PropTech firm Goodlord is for the first time offering ‘bank-grade’ facial recognition to letting agents. As part of an update to its...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New property management division wants high-end London business

The Ringley Group has launched a new estate and block management division targeting high-end London instructions. Ringley Group already has over 12,000...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Viewings banned, moves halted, no on-site surveys - Wales lockdown

The Welsh government has given details of the rentals and sales house moving process during the 16 day lockdown beginning 6pm on Friday...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region...

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

We Need Public Cash - short lets sector appeals directly to Sunak

The fledgling trade association representing short lets companies wants public cash and other forms of aid to help the sector through winter. Merilee...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agents’ portfolios bought by high-spending franchise firm

Martin & Co has completed major acquisitions from local independents in three areas.  Martin & Co Falmouth completed its fifth acquisition in...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent changes - key webinar tomorrow to help agents

Changes to the codes of practice surrounding Right To Rent are introduced on November 2, and tomorrow there’s a useful webinar to...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

John Lewis to build and furnish private rental properties

John Lewis Partnership, until now best known for its department stores and ownership of Waitrose, is to build homes for rent. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing on its way after 92% of HMOs show problems

A major north of England local authority wants to introduce landlord licensing for HMOs where three or four tenants live, following analysis...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Issue second S8 notice if arrears exceed six months - legal expert

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark is recommending that letting agents consider serving a second Section 8 notice if a tenant's...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 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

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

A family-run agency that describes itself as “plucky” has rebranded and moved to larger premises in one of the UK’s most...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New ‘investor’ agency goes beyond traditional lettings services

A new agency set up in Wiltshire says it goes beyond the traditional lettings services of existing operators, and instead seeks...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm becomes partner in big city development

A lettings management company has been selected by a Far Eastern developer to manage units on a new 756 home scheme...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Text messages from agents to tenants work best - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says using text messages to remind tenants when rent is due and chase late payments is a...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Online firm using self-employed agents moves into lettings

Online agency eXp UK has launched a new lettings service allowing agents who join the organisation can now offer a lettings...

14 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

Up and Up: Asking rents in much of UK hit record highs

Asking rents outside London have hit a new high according to Rightmove’s latest market snapshot. The pressure comes from record demand from...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid set to dominate 2021 - what agents need to consider

The Guild of Property Professionals has set out what it thinks letting agents should be considering in the short, medium and...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How will Covid change the student rental market long-term?

A student accommodation search portal has speculated on how the sector could change in the long term as Coronavirus hits education. “Whilst...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Them And Us Rental Market - the poshest areas are doing best

Research by Hamptons International shows that since the end of the spring lockdown and the reopening of the rental market, affluent...

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC regs - agents urged to tell government what they think

A call to action has been sent to letting agents to make their voices heard about new EPC proposals from the Department...

12 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

Short Lets: boost in membership for fledgling trade body

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association, a new trade body representing the short-term rental sector, has added two new members to...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant in arrears? Text them - phone calls are so intimidating…

Most tenants claim they are “intimidated” when agents or landlords telephone them about arrears - and they would much prefer a text. A small...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards blitzing students with lettings fee info

Trading Standards in one region of the UK is staging Twitter quizzes aimed at students, and asking about agents’ fees surrounding...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

Many have speculated, though much of it is anecdotal – how is the UK rental market coping with the fallout from...

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings Market: Voids steady despite rents dipping in most of UK

Rents in the UK dropped in six of the eight regions monitored by PropTech supplier Goodlord.  During September, the average rent for...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link up means more virtual tour options for agents

Automated lettings platform PlanetRent has agreed a partnership with another PropTech operator to offer virtual tours of rental properties. The partnership with...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let bidders help virtual auctions hit new highs

Savills latest remote auction in 2020 saw £40m raised with 90 lots sold bringing the total value of property sold in 2020...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to ensure a smooth pre-tenancy process

Making sure the check-in process for tenants is carried out in a smooth manner is more important than ever, in light...

07 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

100 not out! Franchise giant snaps up 100th independent

Belvoir has acquired its 100th independent agency with its Northwood Wolverhampton operation snapping up Millenium Properties in the city. This adds another...

07 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

Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

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

Unify UK property tax to attract investors, agency boss says

Scotland must encourage more investors into its property market as a way of supporting its economy once the Coronavirus recedes according...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

The huge disruption of the Coronavirus crisis to the UK's university education does not alter the sector’s long-term fundamentals, a specialist lettings...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

Government intervention, which in recent years has seen scores of legal and regulatory changes to the private rental sector, may be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Webinar to make agents resilient ahead of economic downturn

Later this week agents will have the opportunity to hear one of the industry’s leading consultants give advice on preparing for an...

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

Banned! London agent cannot be a director after major tax offence

An agent has been banned from being a company director after tax offences involving hundreds of thousands of pounds, or possibly...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

The investment arm of the Big Issue street newspaper is putting £3m into a new form of lettings agency.  Homes for Good was...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Right To Rent may be tweaked to allow easier online checks

The Home Office is proposing a new online service to make it easier for agents and landlords to check that prospective...

01 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

Negotiate over rent if you must move because of virus, tenants told

Consumer charity Citizens Advice has given guidance to student tenants who may have to return home early this term because of...

30 September 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 invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

Letting agencies and landlords are being invited by a local council to take part in what it describes as a “risk...

30 September 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

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech link for outsourced viewing service and fledgling portal

Fledgling portal Homesearch has partnered with outsourced viewing service Viewber in a new PropTech teaming. Under the deal, agents who receive an...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More changes to lettings regulations north of the border

There have been more Coronavirus-inspired changes to lettings regulations in Scotland. Firstly the Scottish Government has passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment...

29 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

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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

Rents to dip next year, warns leading lettings agency

Hamptons International has given a rental market forecast for 2021 - and it doesn’t make for happy reading. The agency says the rental...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on HMOs by London council leads to big fines

A £5,000 fine has been handed to five landlords in London for failing to license HMOs.  One of the properties, a four-bedroom HMO in...

28 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund manager names agency to handle lettings portfolio

One of the country’s first specialist residential property fund managers has named the agency to handle its latest Build To Rent...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Propertymark names new leader for revamped organisation

Propertymark, which will from later this year combine both the National Association of Estate Agents and the Association of Residential Letting...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark slams last-ditch bid to stop evictions

ARLA Propertymark has hit out against last minute attempts to effectively reinstate the eviction ban which finally came to an end...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency launches to focus on developer’s city units

Stockport-based property development company Three Sixty has launched what it calls an online agency - Three Sixty Living - to handle...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Indirect boost for rental market as first time buyers defer plans

Nearly half of prospective home buyers have delayed their plans because of the Coronavirus crisis, a mortgage company says. Research by Aldermore...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

Much has been made of the backlog of court cases - including landlords’ possession attempts - and now the Ministry of Justice...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to appoint dedicated eviction specialist to help landlords

A prominent PropTech figure says agents have a key role in reducing evictions in the short term - and he suggests...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A huge degree of pain - London student lettings sector to take 24% hit

The private rental sector dedicated to student accommodation in London could see a 24 per cent drop in income in the...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants worry about ability to pay rent, says PropTech firm

A survey of 2,750 tenants by a prominent PropTech firm suggests a quarter are concerned about not being able to pay...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New restrictions likely for Airbnb and other short-lets north of the border

A consultation process by the Scottish Government may herald stricter restrictions on Airbnb and similar short let platforms north of the border. The...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Everything you ever wanted to know about evictions - and more...

A definitive document has been published by the House of Commons library listing every eviction-related measure taken by UK governments during...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

The government has set out confirmation of the new regulations and protocols that agents and landlords will have to follow if...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

The Citizens Advice charity claims that new figures suggest concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.  It...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Student lettings: landlords and tenants protected by automated check-ins

A fully electronic check-in process can help to protect landlords’ properties and tenants’ deposits as students return to university over the...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Are London renters looking to flee the city post-pandemic?

Some 60% of London office workers who rent in the capital say the pandemic has made them reconsider their living situation,...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions ban: agents set out wishlist as landlord costs top £530m

Ahead of the evictions ban being lifted on Sunday, ARLA Propertymark has written to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick, setting out a...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam London Mayor's call for ‘disaster’ two-year rent freeze

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a rent freeze in the capital. Yesterday, ahead...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

The decline of the high street - which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic - is forcing commercial investors to...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

'Student tenants return to London lettings market' - Dexters

Overseas and domestic students have returned to the Central London lettings market 'in force' so far this month, according to Dexters. The...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of investors and landlords sign up to receive latest 'Zooploma'

Some 25,000 investors and landlords have signed up to receive a free expert guide from Zoopla in just over a week...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

Landlords operating in England are increasingly seeking evictions advice from their Scottish counterparts, according to property management firm Apropos. The platform says...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

DPS and safeagent team up to offer new training courses for letting agents

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) and safeagent have announced two new e-learning modules for letting agents and landlords. The modules, which form...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

Campaigners against evictions during the Coronavirus crisis have launched a last-ditch call for the government to grant another extension to the current...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters willing to pay more for larger homes in towns and suburbs

New research from Countrywide brand Hamptons International suggest tenants are joining vendors in a trend towards leaving cities and heading for more...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in prime London - largest fall for 11 years

Data from Knight Frank suggests that average rental values in prime central London fell one per cent last month, taking the...

14 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

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents given Covid-secure guide on how to check-in students

With college and university terms about to start, and ever-more diligence required over Coronavirus, the Deposit Protection Service is offering an...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Acquisition of independent creates one of city’s biggest lettings firms

The acquisition of a Newcastle independents has allowed Northwood to become one of the city’s largest lettings agencies. Inderpal Dhillon and Aman Singh of...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks Red Tape: Breakthrough for agents on Pooled Client Accounts

ARLA Propertymark says there has been a breakthrough on the banking clampdown on pooled client accounts - a pain in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

A lettings agency that told a prospective tenant it had a policy of not offering tenancies to housing benefit recipients has...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentences after rental property carried “risk of death”

Two suspended sentences, community service, a fine and disqualification from being a director - those form the penalty for a rogue...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Keep your market moving

Be proactive, have a plan, and keep prospecting.  After the easing of lockdown measures, it’s safe to say the property market picked...

09 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction Ban: 'Expected from Labour, not Tories' says party member

A Tory member has used the Conservative Home website to tell his party that it should introduce interest-free loans to help tenants...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is joining forces with housing organisations to argue against private...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - “Huge backlog of work across rental sector

There’s a huge backlog of work required to be done across the private rental sector to meet the latest Minimum Energy...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide critic helps short-let service reshape business model

Long-standing industry figure Robin Paterson has described how a company has re-shaped its service post-pandemic to offer high quality short lets...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must not be tempted to charge illegal fees, industry chief warns

One of the leading figures in the PropTech world is warning that letting agents must not be tempted into charging illegal...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group bats away virus and reports strong first half of 2020

It’s been a difficult first half of 2020 for almost every agency business but Belvoir appears to have emerged healthier than...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Goodlord adds Reapit to its list of integrations

Management software provider Goodlord has added Reapit to its list of integrations, with a preview for customers being available on a...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer: Agents can help ensure court evictions remain a last resort

Last month, we were all caught by the surprise news that the government was extending the temporary ban on evictions just...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged by ARLA to lobby MPs over cash help to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging its members to write to their MPs over the provision of cash help...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech consolidation as flat-sharing platform snaps up rival

The UK-based flat-sharing platform SpareRoom has acquired one of its rivals Roomgo - better known by its previous name of Easyroommate.  The...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

A private rental licensing consultancy has spotted that an additional licensing scheme run by a London borough council has now lapsed...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Voids up but rents steady as market heads into autumn

The rental market is heading into the normally-quieter autumn period with strength but increasing void periods. Data from PropTech firm Goodlord, which...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How has Covid-19 hit the rental market? Your chance to find out…

ARLA Propertymark is holding a webinar later this month to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the private rental sector. It will...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Which Virtual Tour? A closer look at the differences

Whilst Estate and Letting Agents have adapted their operations during COVID-19, to ensure safer working practices under Government guidance, ‘virtual property...

03 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry veteran and regulation expert is new ARLA president

The ARLA Propertymark president for the year ahead is a long-standing board member with significant experience in regulation. Angela Davey succeeds Phil...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

Letting agents and landlords in Wales can now direct struggling tenants to a new independent advice service. The Private Rented Sector Helpline...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council identifies hundreds of rental units in energy efficiency clampdown

A council says it's identified hundreds of rental properties within its boundaries which apparently do not comply with key energy efficiency...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure piles on Boris Johnson to create aid fund for tenants

Pressure is building on the UK government to ensure England follows the example of both Scotland and Wales and creates a...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Just grand! Average UK rent a whisker under £1,000 pcm

The average rent across the UK is now £985 per calendar month, up some 2.1 per cent on four weeks ago...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Stewart McRae, Sales Director at CoreLogic UK

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Stewart McRae, Sales Director at CoreLogic UK What is ‘company name’...

01 September 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

Agents and landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict, except in the most serious of cases,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid break clauses defended “and most agents agree” - claim

A rent guarantor service has rejected criticism of so-called Coronavirus break clauses in rental contracts. There’s been criticism in recent months of...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Repossession looms for buy to let investors because of eviction ban

Reduce buy to let regulation or face a worsening housing crisis - that’s the message from a leading property lawyer.  Mary Rouse,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Alert: surprise changes to notice periods

In the latest twist in the long-running saga of the eviction ban, the government has revealed changes to notice periods. The changes...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must adapt quickly to the new normal  By David Alexander, joint Managing Director of apropos

  There is little doubt that the coronavirus has changed the way we live and rapidly created a new normality as different...

28 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

A deposit scheme has launched a new service designed to help tenants and landlords who have experienced issues with rent arrears as...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group in anti-semitic row after social media message

The renters’ group ACORN, which has held numerous protests at individual letting agents’ offices, has apologised after one of its local...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus break clauses being demanded by student tenants

Student renters want break clauses automatically included in tenancy agreements to protect them financially in the event of a second wave of...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 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

Expelled! Agents thrown out by Ombudsman over award payments

Three agents have been expelled by The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay compensation awards.  In the case of Foremost Lettings Ltd...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector relatively strong despite Covid and eviction issues

The latest survey of buy to let landlords suggests a relatively healthy private rental sector notwithstanding the challenges of the Coronavirus...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: Campaigners demand answers from government

The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector warned: Stand by for a Winter of Discontent

A specialist mortgage operator is warning letting agents and landlords to gear up for a winter of discontent as a result...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity demands grants for tenants with Coronavirus arrears

The Citizens Advice charity is calling for tenants with arrears directly created by the Coronavirus to be offered government grants to...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

What's wrong with renting anyway? asks veteran sales agent

A high profile former estate agent who was a major figure on the London sales market for over three decades has...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: favoured buy to let locations with tenants in situ

A league table has been drawn up to show which large cities in the UK have the highest demand for investment...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

“Devastating” - fears for industry after government U-turn

One of the leading figures in the lettings industry has described the government’s eviction ban U-turn as “devastating.” Paul Shamplina, founder of...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness blames government for “untold mental stress” for renters

The new director of campaign group Generation Rent says the government has caused “untold mental stress” to thousands of tenants. Commenting on...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Starmer says ban not enough - ‘scrap Section 21 now’

Labour leader Keir Starmer says the latest extension of the eviction ban is insufficient without a comprehensive plan by government.  “This eleventh...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 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

Blow for Airbnb and short lets in landmark appeal ruling

A council has won a planning appeal banning the use of a property for short lets - considered a landmark case...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

The Generation Rent pressure group has made a last-ditch argument in favour of keeping the evictions ban, which will lapse at the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord must pay over £20,000 and “up his game” in future

A landlord taken to court by a council has ended up with a bill in excess of £20,000.  Dennis Goodwin of Highbury...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent group to protest in 10 or more cities this weekend

The anti-letting agent group ACORN is to stage protests in 10 to 15 UK cities this weekend according to an activists’...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Instagram Offices - send us your end-of-summer team photos

Whisper it quietly but in just 10 days time we have the final Bank Holiday before Christmas. We would like to mark...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour likens evictions ban ending to Tories’ exams fiasco

Labour’s housing spokeswoman says “after the incompetent handling of the exams fiasco, the government must act now to avoid more chaos...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blistering attack on ‘big name letting agent’ by anti-rental activist

The author of a book described as being about “insecure renters haemorrhaging cash” has used her newspaper column to make a...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Most rental completions use virtual viewings ‘without tenant going in’

A property management firm says there’s been a big surge in rentals with the majority of deals being completed using virtual...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

This is why the eviction ban should be lifted, explains trade body

A leading lettings sector trade body has set out reasons why the eviction ban should be lifted - which may help...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage rates begin to rise as product numbers dip

Independent service Moneyfacts says that while the buy to let mortgage sector remains resilient, it has contracted slightly in recent weeks...