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Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Which reference is best? How to protect you and your landlord’s assets.

Preventative measures are everything where referencing is concerned. But with so many solutions out there, promising so much, it can be difficult...

12 May 2021

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Jack Reid Founding Director of  Orlando Reid

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid  In your experience,...

12 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Tenants have already waited two years for reform, warns Baroness

The most vocal campaign group for tenants, Generation Rent, has warned government that renters have already been waiting two years for...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

TikTok is the latest social media way of letting homes

London lettings agency Kalmar is thought to be the first to use the increasingly-fashionable social media platform TikTok to let and...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market outside London rising at three year high

Zoopla says rents outside London are rising at an average three per cent per year, the highest level since late 2018. However...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government confirms rental reform to be pushed through this year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 - government may make pledge today

Today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the government’s legislative programme for the next year, is expected to include rental reform. It’s thought one...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents advised to ‘up their game’ on landlord ID checks

Many letting agents fail to conduct the obligatory identity checks on landlord clients according to an industry supplier. Blinc UK says that...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector skewed against tenants says prominent London Tory

A prominent London Conservative MP has made a scathing attack on the current rental sector’s structure, saying it is skewed in...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

What are the key qualities modern consumers are looking for in estate agents?

Even before the pandemic, the estate agency sector was evolving considerably as a younger generation started buying, selling and letting homes,...

10 May 2021

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Pets in letting properties pushed by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator say it is promoting the concept of private tenants being allowed pets - and it takes a...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under threat from huge revamp to private rental sector

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

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Collapse in supply of houses listed for rent in prime London

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says there’s been a huge loss of houses available for renters in prime London in the...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents performing strongly but sector needs backing - HomeLet

The latest HomeLet market index shows that the average rent in the UK is now at a record high of £996...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing national chain snaps up three independent agencies

The highest profile agency in the big-spending Lomond Group has sealed a trio of deals in the first week of April...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Manchester next stop for agency specialising in investment property

An agency which has for the past 11 years specialised in south west London is now expanding with a new office...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to beware council compliance crackdown and heavy fines

Agents are being warned about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding rental property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise branch gobbles up nearby independent agency

The owner of the Bedford branch of Martin & Co has grown his business by more than 50 per cent thanks...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says rent controls for UK cities could be based on London

Labour’s candidate for London Mayor wants to control private rents - and he wants the capital to be a template for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Voids rise as end of lockdown sees tenants go on the move

The latest rental market snapshot from PropTech company Goodlord shows rents holding steady across England but as lockdown restrictions ease voids...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand improved flood insurance cover for buy to let sector

Propertymark has waded in to the debate over flood prevention measures in the UK:il it wants insurance for homeowners and landlords faced...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade bodies’ conference to be held this autumn

The first short lets sector trade bodies’ conference since 2019 is to be held in London on September 14. The conference -...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests it was reducing in size for some years before the pandemic. Nationwide’s specialist...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists stage DSS protest outside agency office

Activists from the Acorn renters' campaign group have held a protest outside a branch of Chancellors in Oxford. The group says the...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order for rogue agent after unlawful eviction

A lettings agency director has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order for unlawfully evicting a tenant back in 2019. CFDP Ltd, trading as...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency goes green with new fleet of electric company cars

Yorkshire’s Verity Frearson lettings and sales company has unveiled a new fleet of electric vehicles, and says it is the first agency...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow! Wind power to supply huge number of student rental properties

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of purpose built student accommodation, has signed a deal guaranteeing a fifth of its annual...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer selects management specialist to handle affordable portfolio

Affordable homes provider Auxesia Homes has appointed residential management firm Touchstone to handle its entire mixed tenure portfolio.  Auxesia offers affordable shared...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid issues hit leading agency group’s lettings revenue

One of the country’s largest lettings operations has outlined the challenges it faced during the Coronavirus crisis. LSL Property Services’ latest trading statement...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must still help landlords and tenants during Covid - ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should continue to help landlords and tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. Although the vaccine...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Politicians want rent controls - but the facts prove them wrong

Despite rent controls being a vote-catching policy for some local election candidates next week, the reality is that asking rents in...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must be ultra-responsive to tenant complaints during pandemic

The managing director of Fixflo, Rajeev Nayyar, says the pandemic has changed the context in which agents should view tenants’ complaints. In...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government mediation can help agencies recover arrears - industry leader

A leading figure in the lettings sector says the government’s new Housing Possession Mediation Scheme can help agencies and landlords recover...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech app allows would-be renters to discover homes on market

Crowdhaus, which describes its product as a property discovery app, has secured almost £200,000 to take the next step forward following...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent payment in three clicks made possible by PropTech provider

An automated payments service has teamed up with a student accommodation provider to devise an eCommerce system allowing simpler rent payments. Vyne uses...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Brexit: Third of buy to let investors would change their vote now

A third of buy to let investors would change the way they voted in the EU referendum if they could. That’s the...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells of “heartbreaking” need for affordable homes

A letting agent in Cornwall has told local TV how she finds herself in ”heartbreaking” situations because of the lack of...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency signs Build To Rent management deal for family homes

A Manchester-based lettings agency has won a long-term deal with one of the UK’s most prominent Build To Rent operators.  Ascend Properties...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency block management firm wins millions for high-rise safety

A block management company owned by the Leaders Romans Group has been awarded over £6.5m in government building safety funds to...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Future of renting? Fund is to buy and let 2,000 properties

Real estate fund management company Moorfield has teamed up with PropTech company Bricklane to buy a portfolio of 2,000 homes to...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens in legendary town made famous by TV comedy

The Yorkshire town immortalised in the long-running BBC comedy Last of the Summer Wine - Holmfirth - is the location of the latest...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill: timetable may be clearer next month

The State Opening of Parliament will take place on Tuesday May 11, with many expecting this to be when the government confirms...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Vets want pets in lets - and they want them now

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - wants pets to be allowed in private rental...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Energised! Stamp Duty Holiday turbocharges rental property sales

The extended stamp duty holiday is having a significant positive impact on the rental market, according to new research. In a survey...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

Housing charity Crisis says government statistics show almost one in five private renters in England in arrears or likely to fall...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

New agency franchise owner is chartered accountant

The Canterbury branch of national sales and lettings agency Martin & Co has a new owner. Angie Collins has taken on the...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation continues with new franchise acquisition

The Property Franchise Group has made another acquisition, this time in the seaside town of Weymouth. TPFG’s Martin & Co brand has...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Third acquisition this year for fast-growing city agency

Ascend Properties in Manchester has acquired another small independent agency. It’s snapped up Elavace Estates, a lettings management portfolio on Merseyside.  This follows acquisitions...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Room renting PropTech service claims 350 sign-ups

New PropTech company Ministry of Rooms says its platform has 350 landlords and agents signed up in its first six weeks. The property-tenant matching...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents back idea of renters getting more upfront info

The two letting agents’ trade groups have backed a call for more upfront information to be given to prospective renters. The National...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Government U-turn follows ARLA Propertymark campaign

Letting agents are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? These webinars may help you resolve them...

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned about cash crisis amongst renters under 40

Flatshare website SpareRoom says over a fifth of 18 to 24 years olds have moved back in with their parents to...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fire leads to five figure fine for property company

A property company and its director will have to shell out £10,000 after a blaze left six tenants homeless in the...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

The new ‘big thing’ in the lettings market - flexible property

There’s a new driver in the lettings market - the need for a flexible location and property type. Market consultancy TwentyCi says...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Foreign buy to let investors wooed by lender’s reduced rates

One of the most active lenders for international investors in UK buy to let claims to have produced a market-leading mortgage...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Booming demand for suburbs according to buy to let specialist

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

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Labour figure plans expanded ‘ethical lettings agency’ concept

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, says he wants to clamp down on the private rental sector. In his manifesto for next month’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Tour providers keen to reassure agents after Devon mishap

Virtual tour suppliers have been keen to reassure agents that there need be no repeat of problems which befell a Devon agent. Fowlers,...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Facebook training offer for regional agents

A regional agency group is providing training courses free of charge to members “for the foreseeable future.” The training - usually heavily...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance PropTech firm inks deal with Hunters network

Lettings franchise giant Hunters has struck a commercial deal with a geospatial technology firm. The partnership offers immediate access to Kamma’s full...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most students want utility charges integrated into overall rents

More students would like to see utility charges integrated into the overall costs of their accommodation, according to a specialist lettings...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agency may be trading under new name via Facebook, says Ombudsman

A lettings agency that failed to pay a compensation award ordered by The Property Ombudsman has been expelled from the scheme...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost 700,000 renters facing eviction says campaign body

A group of rental campaign bodies have come together to claim that some 694,000 tenants apparently face eviction when the current...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency that failed to pay £300 compensation kicked out of Ombudsman

A lettings agent in Slough, called Saville Park Ltd, has been excluded from The Property Ombudsman for failing to pay an outstanding award of £300.  TPO received a complaint from tenants...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Twin speed rental market goes on as London lags behind UK

The Home website has produced its latest rental market snapshot - and once again London is the odd region out compared...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How do landlords find their agents? Survey compares online with branches

A survey by a comparison website suggests landlords are evenly split about how they find letting agents. Some 28 per cent favour physically searching...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand still swinging away from cities, says Rightmove

Demand is still moving away from cities and towards suburbs and rural areas, according to Rightmove. “Areas around the North and South...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must accept deals over arrears if all else fails - advice

One of the industry’s leading experts wants letting agents to engage with tenants and landlords over Covid-related arrears, agree to mediation,...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Strong capital appreciation deters landlords selling up, says agency

Buy to let investors are not cashing out of the private rental sector despite the restrictions and taxes imposed by government. Hamptons’...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Boris Johnson’s choice of agent to let his country house

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to let his Oxfordshire cottage out - and predictably, he’s chosen an upmarket letting agent. Strutt &...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

Franchise giants Belvoir has revealed strong figures in a trading statement to shareholders - but it’s warning that 2021 remains shrouded...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls: Agents join protest against Labour proposals

Letting agents body ARLA Propertymark has joined the criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan who wants to be given the power...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-Hunters boss claims taxpayers’ money for accommodation as MP

Kevin Hollinrake, who until recently was the chairman of Hunters, has been named in an article about Tory MPs who have...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier market as London rents fall while everywhere else booms

London rents have started to fall again - just as every other region of Britain is showing significant annual increases. Figures for...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency targeted for day of protests against evictions

At least one lettings agency is on a list of targets for socially-distanced protests tomorrow by anti-eviction campaigners in the left...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Central London lettings revenue plummets up to 20% admits agency

Winkworth says its London rental activities have suffered because of a lack of international travel, and students and young professionals returning to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property chief stands up for importance of pets in homes

As debate rages about whether pets should be allowed in more private rental properties, a senior house building figure has spoken up for...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

All Change! How the pandemic has shifted tenants’ demands

It’s not just the owner occupier whose property demands have changed radically because of the pandemic - a new survey suggests...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharp uplift in tenant demand as lockdown starts to ease

A quarterly index suggests that there’s been a sharp uplift in tenant demand for rental properties across the UK’s major cities...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Franchise of the Year named as agency’s spectacular annual awards

Franchise giant Belvoir has held its annual awards including the naming of the prestigious ‘franchise of the year’. The accolade went to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty holiday extension and 95% mortgages to generate more revenue for agents

The property market has performed strongly in recent months  as the impact of the pandemic has encouraged more people to move...

07 April 2021

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Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up again - fourth increase in four months

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

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - London postcodes still in favour with investors and buyers

London lettings and estate agency Benham and Reeves has calculated a league table of the most popular postcodes in the capital...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency moving into sales after snapping up rival firms

Letting agency My Property Box is moving into property sales as part of a significant expansion of its business. The decision follows...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

Some 39 agents and landlords have had banning orders over the past three years according to a report in The Guardian. Under the...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sleep Out to Help Out! Wonderful work by Knight Frank

Knight Frank is this year’s headline sponsor of the LandAid Sleep Out, one of the causes many in the industry support. This...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Keep Karma and Carry On - fine work by the Estate Agent Content Club

An industry partner has donated more than £10,000 to local charities and community good causes over the past 18 months. Former journalist...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Art for Art’s Sake - NHS Heroes supported by Barrows & Forrester

'Forward in Unity' is a mural painted by Gent48, a renowned Birmingham street artist. It's situated in the centre of Digbeth...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction House keeps local charities in the pink…

There’s been great work by Auction House over the past year, working with local charities at the heart of communities thrown...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Great work as charity goes international for supplier FirstPort  

FirstPort, the residential property services provider, has teamed up with The Turing Trust to help equip a new computer lab at...

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Fly the flag! Union Jacks must be shown during viewings

The government has told estate agents to ensure at least one Union Jack is present in properties during both physical and...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing agency operation opens fourth office

Lettings agency Intus Lettings has announced the opening of a new Sheffield office — its first base in Yorkshire. The Sheffield office...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents make the most of the student rental market in 2021?

Targeting the specialist student rental market can be rewarding for letting agents and landlords if they take the right approach. The current...

31 March 2021

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MPs say “no more” to last-minute panic eviction bans

An influential group of MPs wants an end to repeated last minute extensions to the ban on evictions and instead wants financial support...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

TV eviction expert warns of “court avalanche” when ban ends soon

Paul Shamplina, the man behind Landlord Action and a Channel 5 show on handling rental crises, is warning that county courts...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let optimism shown by larger mortgages, claims finance house

The popularity of buy to let mortgage products offering exclusive rates for higher value loans is a sign of optimism in...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Pet campaigners want damage insurance as option for tenants

Momentum is building to have the Tenant Fees Act amended, allowing agents to charge tenants for damage insurance which would then...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of creating confusion over smart meters

Letting agents have been accused of creating confusion amongst renters when it comes to smart meters. A company promoting smart meters claims...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reduced asking rents attract tenants back to London’s prime market

Central London’s prime rental market is witnessing a wave of enquiries from tenants wanting to strike a deal according to a...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to prepare for glut of evictions when ban ends

An estimated 840,000 private tenants have arrears over the past year since the first eviction ban was announced, according to a...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in rental demand as sellers put themselves in pole position

There’s been a spectacular surge in demand for lettings properties as vendors take advantage of the stamp duty holiday by selling...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should ring colleagues during viewings to check safety - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is asking agent members to ensure the safety of lone workers in branches and on viewings. A statement from the association...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Supercharged growth plans” pledge by merged lettings giants

Two franchise giants - Hunters and The Property Franchise Group - say their combined lettings book underpins their recent deal. In a...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition adds to fast-growing agency chain’s portfolio

The lettings book of one of the UK’s oldest property and law companies has been snapped up by a firm in the...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental platform claims 150 London agents have signed up

A new rentals platform claims to have signed up 150 London agencies prior to launch this spring. Findingaplace says it has signed up...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to plug ‘rental tax gap’ for holiday lets

The government’s much-vaunted ‘tax day’ produced few challenges to the status quo - but holiday lets are under scrutiny. Currently the holiday let...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Capital Gains Tax left unchanged in government plans

The lettings sector is giving a sigh of relief at the absence of any change to Capital Gains Tax by HM Treasury. CGT...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

See It Here - Rightmove reveals its new TV advert aimed at renters

Rightmove has revealed its new TV advertisement, which it claims will reach 59 per cent of the UK during its campaign...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for post-lockdown rentals rush

Agents must be ready for an influx of new business according to outsourced telephone and live chat service Moneypenny. Its latest figures...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Kersteen McConnell, Business Development Manager for Virgin Media

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Hi, I’m Kersteen McConnell and I am a Business Development...

23 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Growing PropTech platform now wholly owned by OnTheMarket

OnTheMarket now owns PropTech firm Glanty outright. Glanty is best known for its lettings platform teclet, a cloud-based lettings software service. Glanty's revenues grew...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing needed as third of homes privately rented

A London council has embarked on consultation over two new private rental licensing schemes - and says they are needed as...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

First modular eco-homes to rent delivered to new town

New modular homes built to rent have been delivered to Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire.  Each Town House home has been...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection bank deadline nears, agents warned

Letting agents have only 10 days to open segregated client accounts or they could face being expelled by their client money...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

Labour’s shadow housing secretary claims that private renters have been “barely considered” during the past year of the pandemic. Thangam Debbonaire made...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown one year on: Renters search for space says Rightmove

Almost one year to the day since the first national lockdown began, Rightmove has analysed millions of data points to confirm...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Students fed up with Zoom and will return to rental accommodation

Britain’s largest supplier of purpose-built student accommodation, Unite, says students are bored with Zoom and will return en masse to their rental...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Time To Talk About PropTech

Real estate as an industry has remained unchallenged throughout all of these years. For the industry worth more than 217 trillion...

19 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

ARLA Propertymark says its disappointed over the latest extension to an eviction ban and the requirement for six months notice to tenants. The latest...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic hits student rental sector hard, new study confirms

The pandemic has had a major impact on the student rental market with landlords suffering significant losses of income. A new analysis...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever The last year has been an uncertain period for many business...

18 March 2021

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Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group makes fourth acquisition so far in 2021

Leaders Romans Group has acquired another lettings agency - the fourth lettings-led acquisition this year. This time it is Guardian Residential Lettings...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark says it’s been standing up for members during pandemic

Propertymark - embracing the Association of Residential Letting Agents as well as sales agents, auctioneers and valuers - says it’s been...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation continues as neighbouring agencies join forces

The fast-accelerating trend of takeovers and mergers continues this morning with news that two Kent agencies are combining. Oakwood Homes in Thanet...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter appeals for cash from public “for rocky months ahead”

Shelter has launched a fund-raising campaign because of what it calls a huge rise in demand for its emergency services, and in anticipation of what...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban AGAIN insists new charity campaign

A charity wants yet another extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions. Step Change says new research it has conducted shows...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants would pay more for bigger and better homes, says survey

The vast majority of tenants would pay more if rental properties better suited their needs, a prominent lettings agency claims. Manchester-based Ascend...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Global analytics firm snaps up UK agency supplier

The long-established agency marketing and services supplier ehouse has been bought by CoreLogic UK, the domestic arm of a global property...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents can earn over £300 per listing on platform - claim

Marketing platform TheHouseShop says letting agents can secure over £300 per property listed as it is “redefining the relationship between agents...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over quarter of private renters afraid of becoming homeless - claim

The campaigning charity Shelter claims 14 per cent of adults in England - that’s six million people - are more worried...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up over 20% a year in one region of the UK

An upbeat market snapshot for the lettings sector claims that one region of the UK has seen rent increases in excess...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

There's been a warning that tenants should not be deceived when a landlords wants possession of their property. Lindsays law firm says...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surge in house prices means more tenants keep renting

Research by Hamptons suggests that the increased house prices caused by the stamp duty holiday sales surge has indirectly obliged more...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency consolidation continues apace

The week begins with news of another agency acquiring an independent. This time it’s Alexander & Co, a Bedfordshire firm, which has...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint Chief Executive Officer of apropos

As we emerge out of the pandemic there is a growing need for agents to reflect on how the lettings business...

12 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Online lettings model the big winner from the pandemic - claim

A veteran lettings expert says most rental activity will soon be online and conducted outside office hours - a further boost...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage worsened by eviction ban, claims lettings chief

The head of a lettings agency says there are up to 60 enquiries for every rental property he lists - and those...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lawyers concerned about ‘tapering’ of latest eviction ban

The Law Society says it’s concerned about how the government will taper the end of the eviction ban, now extended until...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

Acorn, a prominent campaign group targeting letting agency offices for protests, says the latest eviction ban extension doesn't go far enough. While...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Working from home to remain a top priority for home movers

Over the last year, the majority of the UK workforce will have spent some time working from home as a result...

10 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Rent controls must be off the agenda in spring elections, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning politicians fighting elections this spring that rent controls should be firmly off the agenda. The organisation traditionally sets...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London is back - big rise in portal searches for renting in capital

Rightmove says falling rents in central London have led to a surge in interest from prospective tenants. Rightmove has analysed over 23 million...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental property capital values likely to soar in next five years

An assessment by Savills suggests capital values - including those for properties in the lettings sector - are likely to soar...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Thousands more tenants offered deposit alternative service

One of the leading deposit alternative providers, flatfair, has partnered with a major property management service with some 3,000 tenants. The deal...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency giant buys rental portfolio for prime south of England location

A lettings agency in the growing Lomond Group has purchased a rental portfolio on the south coast.  Brand Vaughan has bought the lettings...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity asks for four-bedroom property for emergency shelter

Letting agents and landlords in a major city have been requested to see if there is a ‘spare’ four bedroom property that...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Consolidation Continues: Another independent snapped up

Independent agency EuroLet, operating in Bishop’s Stortford for the past 20 years, has been acquired by Leaders Romans Group. LRG has welcomed...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let purchase surge likely thanks to SDLT extension

A property lawyer is forecasting a surge in buy to let purchasing in the coming months as the stamp duty extension...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrests made as protesting activists try to enter lettings agency

Local media in the Homes Counties report that two arrests were made after police were called by a lettings agency where...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check for damage as ‘pro-pet’ momentum builds

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising agents to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency using black cab to allow “multiple viewings” by investors

An agency in the north of England has outlined how it proposes to take investors to what it calls “multiple viewings”...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

One of the lettings industry’s most prominent suppliers says it’s dispelled five myths surrounding the employment of apprentices.  The Letting Partnership insists apprentices...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Five things agents dislike about tenant referencing

Tenant referencing. It’s a necessary evil.  Although most tenants are responsible and pay their rent on time, broke swindlers with dubious...

04 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Yet ANOTHER takeover as lettings agency consolidation continues

A fast-growing regional chain of agencies has purchased another independent operator in the lettings sector. Yorkshire's Linley & Simpson has bought Sinclair Properties...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

The extension of the furlough scheme might be an indirect saviour for many lettings agencies says a leading PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold,...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents rising everywhere - except London

The UK’s average rent is now £984, showing a three per cent increase on last year according to HomeLet. But there’s a...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid roadmap triggers renewed lettings interest says agency

A London agency says the lettings sector in the capital appears to be reacting positively to the government's roadmap out of...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency relies on social media to show it's  ‘the future of buy to let’

A new agency doesn’t hold back about its importance, describing itself as “the future of buy to let property offering a...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says it bought rival agency because of its lettings book

Foxtons says the reason behind its purchase of rival London agency Douglas & Gordon was to get its lettings book. The deal, for...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market in good shape as voids dip and rents firm up

February was another strong month for the lettings market according to the latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord. The average cost...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax changes likely in autumn, not tomorrow - experts

A leading tax expert is forecasting that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will duck making any changes to CGT in tomorrow’s Budget and...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Only small minority of landlords use agents, new report suggests

A new survey suggests only a small minority of landlords use agents to partly or wholly manage their portfolios. The survey, by...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters working from home: London’s stock makes it tough for tenants

A survey of private rental sectors in major European cities suggests London is one of the tougher locations for tenants working...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies cope with strong demand thanks to flexible PropTech - claim

A PropTech supplier says rental market activity remains relatively robust through this third lockdown, with a 25 per cent drop in...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

The right PropTech can avert lockdown chaos – and forever revolutionise rental payments

With one of the world’s most successful vaccine rollout programmes under way in the UK, the chances of a complete lockdown...

01 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

An MP who says no one should have to give up their pet to live in a rental property insists that...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sets out rental sector innovation programme

Rightmove has set out its innovation programme for the private rental sector. The portal has given over a substantial amount of its...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s Marketplace app now links to utility connections service

Movinghub, the platform that showcases a range of home moving services, is now available on the Reapit Marketplace app. This new Marketplace...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in rental leads for agents, claims Rightmove

Rightmove says there’s been a big rise in the number of prospective tenants contacting letting agents via its website. The portal says...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mentoring scheme for agents hits landmark target

Agents Together, the agency charity set up by Purplebricks and Boomin founders Michael and Kenny Bruce, says it’s hit an important...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Many more agencies now listing properties with video content

Rightmove is reporting a big rise in the proportion of properties listed with video content. It says rental listings with either a...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert amongst agency’s latest franchise recruits

One of the first franchisees for a new business model put forward by the Century 21 UK agency is a buy...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency secures new £90m banking facility as expansion looms

LSL Property Services has secured new banking arrangements with a £90m revolving credit facility in anticipation of what it calls “attractive...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

Some 60 per cent of multi-property landlords have expanded their portfolio since the introduction of the Stamp Duty Holiday last summer...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

House is let for £4,246 per night - and it’s gone to a 24 year old

A 24-year-old Chinese heiress has rented a property for what is said to be a record £1.55m a year.  The heiress, who...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Will it hurt or help the private rental sector?

A leading PropTech expert says the lettings industry hopes next week’s Budget will provide clarity on taxes - but he’s also...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Inaccurate’ anti-eviction petition gains 30,000 signatures

An online petition which appears to inaccurately say private tenants can still be evicted “for no reason” has won 30,000 signatures...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional agency says it wants to snap up 10 independents by 2024

Manchester-based Ascend Properties has acquired independent firm NW Estates in Warrington, for an undisclosed sum. Ascend says the acquisition - which includes the...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New Home Counties agency offers “energetic alternative” to rivals

A new agency is opening in the Home Counties and claims to offer vendors and landlords “a fresh, modern and energetic...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surcharge and investor worries behind off-plan sales fall

There’s been another fall in the proportion of new-builds sold off-plan. Data from Hamptons says 33 per cent of new home completions...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech service claims agents win ‘competitive edge’ thanks to data

A PropTech firm claims agents will win a “competitive edge” through the data it provides via its platform. Sprift says its interactive...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

A landlord who built unlawful extensions to a family home and squeezed up to 14 people into the rooms has forfeited...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC targets may stifle buy to let investment, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning the government that new energy efficiency targets for EPCs could stifle buy to let investment in future. In...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Homesearch to host monthly digital events via Zoom

Property data service Homesearch is to host digital conferences each month through the rest of the year.  They’re to be held via...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Union protests outside agencies as Goodlord dispute escalates

The industrial dispute involving Goodlord has escalated with protests outside agency offices using the lettings platform, and the creation of a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Latest shock resignation leaves lettings industry leaderless

The latest shock resignation from Propertymark leaves the lettings agency sector rudderless - although enthusiasm for the organisation has arguably never...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Livestream viewing could boost instructions and save thousands - claim

A PropTech firm says agencies adopting livestream viewing could win more instructions and save thousands of pounds, all the while abiding...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent IDs made easier for agents, claims new PropTech service

A new Right to Rent identity validation and storage system has been launched by industry supplier Canopy, in partnership with tech...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent “illegally working” without redress scheme membership

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

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

A Fair Cop: no need to plant evidence in this rental property

Essex Police Force has tweeted a pair of photographs that go to prove agents should check a property before going on a...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rush provides agents with opportunity to generate additional revenue

A huge number of additional transactions completing in the next few weeks due to the stamp duty holiday provides estate agents...

16 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

An agency is warning that possible Capital Gains Tax changes are now a cause of major worry to their landlord customers.  Barrows and...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant loans the only answer to growing arrears, says think tank

A think tank says large scale intervention in the rental market via loans to tenants is the only way of addressing...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency director and landlord hit with massive fines

Two landlords - one of them an agent - have been given fines totalling £135,000 and must pay costs for failing to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

Labour says the latest extension to the ban on bailiff-enforced evictions doesn’t go far enough to help tenants. The extension to the...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Up and Up - rental growth picks up for the sixth month in a row

The rate of rental growth picked up for the sixth month running according to lettings agency Hamptons.  Across Great Britain rents rose 4.3...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

“Horrible crime” of illegal eviction probed by police

A 24 month community order and 200 hours of unpaid work are the price being paid for an unlawful eviction.  Buy to...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech link with agents’ group continues with new platform

The Guild of Property Professionals and The Lettings Hub is to continue its partnership. Iain McKenzie, The Guild’s chief executive, says: “Having...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing service links with anti-money laundering consultancy

A tenant referencing service and lettings insurance provider is linking with an anti-money laundering compliance consultancy. HomeLet and Let Alliance, part of...

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Extended Again: government makes announcement

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing strike threatens to disrupt agencies

A trades union claims that lettings software provider Goodlord is slashing some staff salaries by a quarter - that’s £6,000 per...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London agency pays into offset schemes in bid to be “the greenest”

Chestertons in London says it wants to become the country’s greenest estate agency and has taken a first step by being...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudsters steal listings and place them on Facebook Marketplace

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

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 tenants in arrears by the end of 2021 warns supplier

There could be 700,000 private tenants in arrears by the end of this year - an unsustainable burden on agents and landlords,...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Utilities algorithm developed by lettings management platform

Lettings management service Ringley Group has teamed up with a utility broker, 001 Ltd. It says this sources and identifies economies of...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Why 2021 is set to be 'the year for good broadband' in the rental market

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and shifting tenant requirements are reinforcing the need for good broadband in the rental market...

10 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

The Law Society is raising concerns about the government’s mediation scheme announced at the time of the last eviction ban decision. The...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid is forcing rental market into a ‘once in a lifetime change’

The fall out from Coronavirus is forcing the rental market into a once in a lifetime change as tenants reassess priorities. This...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions, possession, Right To Rent - all being debated today

Some of the most prominent names in the rental sector are taking part in a debate on threats and challenges for...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Large scale apprenticeship programme outlined by agency group

It’s now the annual National Apprenticeship Week and Leaders Romans Group has outlined how it’s opening up opportunities to newcomers to...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm promises big announcements in near future

Deposit alternative provider flatfair says it’s set to make big announcements soon - and in the meantime it’s attracted a key...

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Free online academy launched to help agents create video viewings

A free digital training academy has been launched to guide agents on getting the best out of virtual viewings.  Holofy Spaces, a PropTech...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ESTAS 2021 confirms autumn date for Awards and Forum

The biggest awards event in the residential property sector, The ESTAS, has confirmed an autumn date for its main 2021 ceremony.  Traditionally...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand up just as supply goes down, reports Rightmove

Rightmove’s analysis of its own listings for January suggests demand in the rental market is 14 per cent up on a year...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Six months notice rule has unintended consequences in London - claim

A senior buying agent is warning that new regulations over the length of notice given to tenants is having an unexpected...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Pioneering clampdown on short lets gathers pace

Scotland’s official clampdown on short lets is gathering pace with the country’s housing minister advocating a licensing regime and so-called ‘control...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief puts mental health high on agenda

The new chief executive of Propertymark, Tim Balcon, says he’s putting mental health and wellbeing within the property sector high on...

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

For most letting agents the last year has been a challenging one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate,...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in prime London and will continue to do so, warns agency

Average rents in prime central London fell 13 per cent in the year to January as over-supply still dominated the market, according...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent reductions for students extended by country’s largest provider

Unite Students, the UK’s largest manager and developer of purpose-built accommodation for the student sector, is extending its 50 per cent...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Major cash boost for fast-expanding rental platform

HousingAnywhere, a rental platform specialising in accommodation for young professionals and students, has raised some €24m for further expansion. The service covers some UK...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

An agency says it has recently let 26 properties in one month without conducting any physical viewings. Oakwood Homes, operating in Kent,...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Friends and work colleagues team up to buy agency franchise

Two friends and former work colleagues have become the new owners of the agency at which they previously worked, Lovelle Grimsby...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency forecasts Build To Rent completions set to double in four years

Build To Rent completions are estimated to double by 2025, a property company forecasts. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of new...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge five year Build To Rent lettings deal for London agency

London lettings network Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward has been appointed to manage and let a huge new portfolio of around 3,000...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to help staff mental health

A major agency and property consultancy has initiated ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ amongst a programme of activities to prioritise staff mental health during the...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency’s lettings book snapped up by franchise giant

A branch of Martin & Co has completed its second independent lettings book acquisition in 18 months. Martin & Co Chelmsford, part...

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Family bounce back from redundancy to set up lettings agency

An enterprising mother and daughter are bouncing back from being made redundant due to Covid-19 by setting up their own lettings...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters more likely than ever to remain in lettings sector

New research suggests even those renters who want to be owner occupiers are likely to remain in the lettings sector in the...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body reinstates ‘TrustedStays’ for NHS and key workers

Members of a short lets group are offering free or discounted accommodation to NHS and other frontline workers during this current...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New mega-agency will manage over 70,000 tenanted properties

The takeover of Hunters by The Property Franchise Group means the combined operations will manage over 70,000 tenanted properties across the...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

The controversial subject of pet-friendly tenancies has been grabbed by the scruff of the neck by the government. The Ministry of Housing,...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Franchise agency wars: Belvoir gets one over its rivals on key day

A trading announcement by Belvoir reveals the company has seen another year of significant growth - its 24th on the trot. The...

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group moves closer to becoming national chain

Lomond - which recently merged with Linley & Simpson - has acquired four smaller independent agencies in three different cities. Two of...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency snipes at High Street firms' “fat price tags”

An online lettings agency that claims to have analysed the costs of “a selection” of 12 High Street agencies has accused...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told to prepare for complete market lockdown

Letting agents are being advised by an industry supplier to carry out essential checks now to prepare for a possible housing...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants heading to suburbs mean big falls for city centre rents

A new lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests that asking rents in some major city centres have seen annual falls up...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive over-supply in Central London now, admits leading agent

A prominent agent says a huge over-supply of available rental property is now flooding the central London market, just as demand...

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Is it important for letting agents to be in ARLA?

The new chief executive of Propertymark says being a member of the Association of Residential Letting Agents is a sign of...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New franchise branch owners as parent firm's takeover talks go on

Three property specialists have joined forces to launch a new branch of franchise brand Martin & Co. Directors Andrew Rowson and Lindsey...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Long-standing property firm to launch new brand following acquisition

Property specialist PS&B has acquired the Graves Jenkins management portfolio - both firms deal in residential and commercial property management on...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid will drastically change rental landscape warn leading agents

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council may purchase Right To Buy homes and then let to tenants

It’s been reported that a London council is considering spending £10m on purchasing 25 former council homes it previously sold off...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity lettings agency gives rent discount to student tenants

A Midlands not-for-profit student lettings agency is giving a rent discount to students who live in its leased houses. The offer comes from Sulets,...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings market across UK softens as tenants drop urban flats

The lettings sector has softened over the past year as the demand for urban living with shorter commutes has been replaced...

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

Earlier this week ARLA branded local councils pursuing private rental licensing during the pandemic as “socially irresponsible” - but one of...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Green light for rental homes built by Transport for London

London’s mass transit service, Transport for London, has won consent for 853 homes at a huge scheme in the west of the...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity claims under-25s ‘cannot afford private rent anywhere in England’

A charity claims that young people under 25 in full-time work across England are unable to afford privately rented accommodation anywhere in the...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London room rents plummet as new Covid strain adds more woe

Data from PropTech platform SpareRoom suggests that London’s typical room rent has dropped further, this time in response to the new...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental market booms in Manchester with more to come, says agency

The rental market in Manchester is booming with more growth likely over the next five years says one of the city’s...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

James Lindsey, apropos agent

How did you get into property? My grandparents did some small property developments when I was growing up which always interested me,...

20 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

ARLA Propertymark has hit out at a growing number of local councils introducing licensing schemes, calling it “socially irresponsible” to do...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid snaps up High Street branches of partner brands

EweMove - one of several agency titles owned by The Property Franchise Group - has incorporated three High Street operations run by...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets push up rents in local areas - claim

International research suggests that short lets - Airbnb and similar platforms - cause housing shortages and push up private rents. Research by...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Boost for investors as mortgage choice improves across Buy To Let

Research from independent financial service market monitor Moneyfacts shows a small but encouraging increase in the number of buy to let mortgages...

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

City centre rental premium quantified - but how long will it last?

A survey by a personal finance service has identified the traditional premium for a city centre rental property, and attempts to...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Beat Lockdown! Big surge in tenant moves in London, says agency

The number of tenants that moved home in London in December was double that of December 2019, according to an agency...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agents back new Mediation scheme between landlords and tenants

Propertymark has thrown its weight behind an idea from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick to create a mediation service to arbitrate in...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Home Counties independents merge to become bigger lettings force

Two lettings and property management firms have merged with the aim of increasing market share in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex. Property...

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

Agency partner platform adds bill-sharing to student services

UniHomes, a student accommodation platform, has snapped up Split The Bills, a bill sharing service aimed at the student market. UniHomes -...

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

Small number of tenancies end with deposit disputes, says government

Only 0.3 per cent of all tenancies in England and Wales ended with a dispute over the deposit in the six...

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

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

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

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

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

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Awards 2021 - just days left for letting agents to enter

Entrants for the 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards have only until December 31 to sign up. Founder Simon Brown says: “The bounce...

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

Rental market open for business in new Tier 4 areas

Weekend statements from the government and Housing Secretary have made it clear that the rental market remains open for business even...

21 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

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

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

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

‘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

Agents now managing more rental units than ever before, says ARLA

An end-of-year market snapshot by the Association of Residential Letting Agents shows the supply of rental accommodation was the highest on record...

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

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

Retail Future? Debenhams store to become 338 flats to rent

One of the biggest commercial property operators in the country is to build 338 apartments to rent on the site of...

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

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

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

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

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

Mental health for agents is key topic at Rightmove webinar

Rightmove is hosting a live webinar this morning to help agents protect and maintain mental health.  Agents will be able to watch live...

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

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

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