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KEYWORD "Ownership" - 210 RESULTS
New co-owner of busy lettings branch is IT expert

The Shepherd’s Bush office has the largest lettings portfolio of all the Winkworth offices across the capital - and now it...

27 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New London HQ for high end Connells’ brand

John D Wood & Co has celebrated a major anniversary by opening its new headquarters in Belgravia. It’s 150 years ago since...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Is rental reform a distraction from government failures elsewhere?

A prominent lettings industry supplier has asked whether the earlier-than-expected arrival of the rental reform white paper was a distraction from...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Charge! On-street car parking could add premiums to rents

New research by Savills suggests that on-street car parking could increase both the capital values and rental potential of properties. The agency...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

More choosing to rent long-term - claim

A specialist rental platform says its research shows a growing number of people intentionally renting long-term. Ocasa says the reason is the...

09 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want sweeping new taxes on some lettings properties

Activists are calling on the government to impose swingeing taxes on some lettings properties “to bring them back into the residential...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour call for higher Capital Gains Tax rise for some buy to lets

Labour’s Sadiq Khan wants an increase in Capital Gains Tax for some buy to let investors. The London Mayor made his response...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory MP wants 25 mile limit for some tenants and properties

A Conservative MP is suggesting that there could be a ’25 mile limit’ imposed around certain rental properties to ensure they...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Second Home Taxes - government releases more details

The government has released more details of the powers being given to local authorities to levy additional taxes on second homes.  The...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Take - Second home owners who don’t let out must pay more

Leaks from government ahead of this morning’s Queen’s Speech suggest that second homes which are not let out are likely to...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Listing changes explained in agent webinar next week

The new material information requirements recently announced by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team will be the topic...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for property company ignoring improvement notices

A property ownership and management company has been fined £20,000 for failing to carry out safety and fire safety improvement works...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

League table shows holiday lets income and capital appreciation

A new investment league table has been drawn up to show best aggregate rent and capital appreciation income for those in...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental market set to stay strong as first time buyer deposits soar

A new analysis of prospective first time buyers suggests that the cost of their initial deposit has soared in the past...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants getting older - dramatic demographic changes on the way

Homes headed by a person over the age of 45 will account for at least half of all privately renting households...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Should holiday lets be restricted to buyers with long-term local links?

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Serial Tenants - some renters will move 15 times before settling

New data suggests a quarter of tenants up to their late 30s have typically moved home no fewer than 10 times...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to buy than rent IF you can afford the deposit

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

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants like their rental homes - big majority of renters are happy

A large majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock as lettings PropTech firm backs Labour call for rent freeze

A PropTech supplier to the lettings industry that has just signed a deal with OnTheMarket has come out in support of...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let winning out over Holiday Lets, says agency

Lettings agency Galbraith reports that landlords are now returning to the residential lets sector from holiday lets after several years without...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

The increasingly shrill anti-landlord rhetoric from some politicians is making it harder for tenants, claims a leading industry spokesman. John Blackwood, chief...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

UK rental market now the world’s fourth largest, research claims

The UK’s rental market is now the world’s fourth largest by total volumes of privately rented properties according to research from...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Stock shortage to worsen unless massive rental targets are met

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnbs equal homeless people, triggering call for short let controls

Figures obtained by ITV News suggest that one of the country's most popular tourist locations has as many Airbnbs listed as...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning, includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Memo to government: Slash stamp duty surcharge to get more rental units

Politicians who express concern over the number of holiday lets and Airbnbs in tourist areas miss one major point - if...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want big rental sector controls ‘to solve housing crisis’

The Liberal Democrats have proposed sharp restrictions on holiday rentals at the heart of the party’s plans to solve the housing...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Six figure deal as independent agency snapped up by franchisee

An agency has made its third acquisition in recent years - this time snapping up a town’s longest established lettings agency. Whitegates...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Historic lettings agency may be under new ownership soon

One of the country’s oldest agencies may be under new ownership soon. The fast-expanding Lomond Group - which just last week announced...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Are short lets more dog-friendly than buy to lets

The trade body representing Airbnb and other short let providers and sector suppliers says the short let industry is best placed...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Will rental sector benefit from growing pessimism over scale of housing crisis?

Only 15 per cent of adults are confident the housing crisis will be resolved in their lifetime. New research among 2,000 individuals...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rentals as many tenants can’t buy, government told

A think tank says it would take a major policy change to fulfil Boris Johnson’s goal to turn generation rent into...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the city tipped for rental expansion by property experts

A prominent consultancy advising the Build To Rent sector has identified one British city as the prime location for investment in 2022. BNP...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam using Facebook Marketplace sees tenants lose thousands

A scam in one city has reportedly seen scores of individuals robbed of thousands of pounds as short lets have been...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New calls to stop rental homes switching to Airbnb

A new call has come for government action to stop the hemorrhage of properties shifting from long term rental to Airbnb...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to Boris: don’t hurt rentals in push for home ownership

A prominent industry supplier is warning the government not to damage the private rental sector in its push to promote ever-more...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlord takes over branch of national lettings agency

A branch of national lettings agency Martin & Co is under new ownership. Landlord and property developer Grant Simpson has purchased the...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets Crisis - council urges action from Housing Minister

A council has written to Housing Minister Chris Pincher calling for a new approach to the short lets issue. Oxford council leader...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-Friendly Rental Properties - demand soars, says Rightmove

New data from Rightmove shows that demand for pet friendly rental properties has increased by 120 per cent compared to last...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets Petition: Bid to remove rental sector restrictions on pets

A petition has been launched on the Channel Island of Jersey to prevent agents and landlords banning pets from the local...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back campaign for deposit reform and rental register

Propertymark has joined four so-called ‘action groups’ advocating housing policy changes including the setting up of a national landlord register and...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour buy to let expert told to “publicly explain” his activities

A letter from a tenant’s union is demanding that a Labour councillor “publicly explain” his actions as an accountant advising investors...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Town with 57% second homes clamps down on future lettings

A town with one of the UK’s heaviest concentrations of holiday homes is clamping down on future purchases by outsiders who...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you open to lets with pets?

The Dogs Trust campaign ‘lets with pets’ states: “Landlords and letting agencies who exclude pet owners from their properties are missing out...

29 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Renting is terrible? Not at all: for many it’s the preferred tenure…

The narrative from some activists and pressure groups is that private renting is some kind of ordeal endured by those who...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say holiday homes to let are risk to stable communities

Cornish MPs have spoken up in the House of Commons to highlight what they claim is the danger of having too...

24 June 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

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

05 November 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

John Lewis to build and furnish private rental properties

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

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Risk of massive rise in evictions warns housing body

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

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

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

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Increase in pet popularity means more damage to rental units - claim

A survey by The Tenancy Deposit Service suggests that half of landlords have experienced damage to their rental properties by pets.  And...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents still the most expensive in Europe despite virus slowdown

The typical rent for a London property makes it “the undefeated number one most expensive city in Europe” despite increases slowing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget “fails tenants” say trade groups - but at least no new rental taxes…

The Budget has failed tenants by doing nothing to increase the supply of private rental property according to two lettings sector...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The joy of pets denied to millions of renters, claims pet care firm

A pet care company claims that millions of private renters are being denied the benefits of pet ownership because of landlords...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let demand to rise this year according to lender’s study

Nearly four out of 10 landlords believe that tenant demand will rise this year, according to a study by high-profile buy...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Slash Capital Gains Tax on rental sales, Chancellor urged

A trade group’s submission to the Treasury ahead of next month’s Budget includes a call for the new Chancellor to slash...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC data shows landlords quitting buy to let as tax rises bite

An analysis of HMRC data reveals that the number of small buy-to-let landlords has dropped for the first time in five...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market to stay strong as ownership further out of reach

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for British consumers, who say the market has become expensive and inaccessible and that...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another tax hike on its way for the lettings industry?

An accountancy trade body is warning of another possible tax hike to hit the lettings industry. The Association of Accounting Technicians is...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform helps agency staff quit and set up own companies

A new lettings platform claims it can help existing agents and staff working for companies quit and fulfil their dream of...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new anti-money laundering rules kick-in today

It’s here - the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive comes into force today with significant challenges and implications for letting agents. The...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Compensation for buy to let owners ‘possible’ says law firm

Owners of buy to let properties across the UK could be entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges according...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising rent is “a headwind” battering poor tenants, says think tank

Higher housing costs - including private sector rents - have reduced incomes and increased inequality as the poorest families have borne...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a third of tenants say: We’ll be renting for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

A collective of activist renter groups has set out a manifesto of what it wants from the winner of next month’s...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent controls: global examples of how they do not work

Rent controls similar to those demanded by Labour in London and other major cities in the UK do not work, and...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How to have the pawfect pet tenancy

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets....

23 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Rents up but void periods down, according to new Zoopla survey

UK-wide rental prices are up 2.0 per cent annually to £876 – a three-year high – according to a new quarterly...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Blow to Labour Right To Buy plan - most tenants don’t want to own

The majority of the UK’s private renters don’t want to purchase a home according to new research, coming just as the...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Nationwide invests in anti-agent digital lettings service

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

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine because buy to let property info was not passed to council

A landlord who failed to provide information regarding a buy to let property has been fined £2,080.  Tenants contacted Colchester council in...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech lettings viewings service tells investors it's valued at over £2.8m

A PropTech lettings platform is claiming to be valued at over £2.8m. Inadash describes itself as an “on-demand marketplace” which via an...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents thrive in a growing rental market?

With the recent introduction of the Tenant Fees Act – which bans upfront fees charged by letting agents and caps security...

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Major retirement housebuilder now letting homes, not just selling

Legal & General, one of the largest specialist builders of so-called retirement communities for the over-55s, is now going to let...

26 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

While we wouldn’t be so bold as to say the government gets its daily fix of property news from the Today...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed - drivers behind Build To Rent, its clients and its investors

A European law firm has set out a critique of the driving forces behind Build To Rent - and it says...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Big boost for prime London lettings market according to agency

There’s been a dramatic 37 per cent rise in rental instructions for prime properties in the capital during the first quarter...

20 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chief locks horns with rent control campaigners

A property management chief is arguing that rent controls would restrict mortgage loans to buy to let investors and drive existing...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Criminal record for buy to let investor who didn’t have the right paperwork

A buy to let investor has been left with a £2,000 bill and a criminal conviction after letting out his property...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Long-term renting cheaper than being an owner-occupier - claim

A new survey suggests that long-term renting could be substantially less expensive than a mortgage. The study, for Ocean Finance, has analysed...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: tenants with pets could see 4% rent rise, warns agent

The JLL lettings agency is warning that the five week deposit cap enshrined in the Tenant Fees Act is likely to...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

One in three Brits would be happy to rent for life

A new study claims one in three Britons would be happy renting for the rest of their lives - but the...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - momentum building to end bias against benefit tenants

Momentum is building in the campaign to end ‘No DSS’ discrimination against private rental sector tenants in receipt of housing benefit. Late...

05 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Connells-owned agency acquires two-branch independent company

Connells-owned Gascoigne Halman - the agency at the centre of the long-running legal dispute with OnTheMarket - has acquired the Rowcliffes...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by large regional chain

Ambitious regional chain Linley & Simpson has opened a new branch in the Yorkshire market town of Pudsey after snapping up...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by big corporate

LSL Property Services has acquired LetCo Homes, a lettings and property management specialist based at Whiteley in Hampshire.  LetCo, which operated chiefly...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and longer tenancies demanded by pressure group

Home ownership rates for families aged 25 to 34 are rising for the first time in 30 years but high barriers...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings platform beefs up listings with new 'flow' feature

Online lettings platform HomeRenter says its property listings are now more detailed and more compelling thanks to a new ‘property creation flow’...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

Research by franchise lettings agency company Belvoir suggests that landlords are continuing to exit the property market, although not at the...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Stuck renting forever: more tenants say deposits stop them buying

Most tenants believe they will never be able to own a home because of the burden of saving for a deposit...

14 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned! Misleading guaranteed rent advert must not appear again

An advertisement on a property management firm’s website suggesting that rental income would be guaranteed to landlords has been banned by...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants want to stay in rented homes when landlords sell to another investor

A growing number of tenants say they want to stay put in their rented home even if the landlord sells up. A...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents broadly steady according to HomeLet and Hamptons data

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £947, up 0.9 per cent on last year - or up...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Start-up snapped up - Movem bought by HomeLet parent firm

Barbon Insurance Group, which trades as HomeLet and Rentshield Direct, has now snapped up Movem. Movem uses personal online banking transaction data...

14 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

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

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the practicalities

In our previous blog, we looked at the definitions outlined by the CPRs. In our next blog we’ll look at the...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Mystery of closed agency throws light on company registration system

The mystery surrounding a lettings and estate agency on the island of Guernsey offers an insight into a system where companies...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investment evenly split between genders, says agency

The ownership of buy to let property is much more evenly split between women and men than amongst other forms of...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New powers for social housing tenants on the way

The government has outlined increases in powers it wants to give social housing tenants - but no details of increases in social housing building. The...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy a home? No thanks, say one third of private tenants

A third of tenants are happy to rent long-term and have no plans to purchase a property in the future, new...

16 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Tenants massively ignorant of health and safety in their homes

A rental sector supplier claims huge numbers of tenants are extremely ignorant of the health and safety issues surrounding their rental...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in number of fixed-rate buy to let mortgages for limited companies

There’s been a significant rise in the number of fixed-rate buy to let mortgages available to limited companies, says independent mortgage...

24 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency’s ‘decade of data’ shows transformation of rental sector

Belvoir has published what it calls ‘a decade of data’ tracking the changes in the private rental sector since 2008, when...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenant-power and rent controls demanded by key think-tank

An influential think tank is calling on government to radically reform the private rental sector because a generation of young people...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Student lettings firm snapped up by expanding franchise agency

Franchise agency Redstones, which has 13 offices across the Midlands, has acquired student letting company Housemates. Redstones, now one of the largest...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide announces resignation of leading lettings figure

Countrywide has announced that Dan Channer - a well-known figure in the lettings industry generally, and managing director of Oxford-based Finders...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest crowdfunding lettings product aims to avoid buy to let constraints

Another property crowdfunding investment product has been launched, aiming to offer investors an alternative to the increasingly regulated and taxed buy...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency research lifts the lid on tenants' finances and demographics

The average rental household in London has 2.1 rent-paying tenants, each paying £775 per month, equating to an average property rent...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest acquisitions by Belvoir will add millions to revenue stream

Belvoir has announced what it calls “a significant acquisition” by one of its franchisees, which is set to add almost £1m...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Difficulties for younger home-buyers 'shows need for thriving rental sector'

A trade group says diminishing rates of home ownership amongst younger people shows the need to have a thriving private rental...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

The Treasury has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that the ban on credit card surcharges which came into effect in recent...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of young renters fear they will never own a home

New research claims that as many as 78 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 30 fear they will never...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leasehold campaigner calls on Queen to end 'feudal' system

A leasehold campaigner has called on the Queen to end her support for what he calls the UK's “feudal leasehold system” by changing the...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector directly diminished by stamp duty surcharge - claim

Over two thirds of landlords are reluctant to invest in new properties as a result of the stamp duty surcharge on...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Help the rental sector solve the housing crisis' Chancellor is told

A leading accountancy and business advice consultancy says residential landlords who want to downsize their portfolios because of recent tax changes...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 90% of tenants not currently looking to buy, says agency

A tenant survey conducted by an online letting agent suggests that almost nine out of 10 tenants are not currently looking...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir celebrates record number of franchise license renewals

Belvoir is reporting a record year for franchise license renewals in 2017 with 34 offices across the country celebrating a collective...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA to offer landlords free advertising through TheHouseShop

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has agreed a partnership with property marketplace TheHouseShop. The website is now one of the NLA's recognised...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of households to be private renters by 2021

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will rise to 24% over the next four years, according...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Has Theresa May become an ally of 'hard-pressed renters'? asks Shelter

In a blog which appears - perhaps surprisingly - to be supportive of Theresa May’s General Election manifesto, campaigning charity Shelter...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Peter Mansfield, Group Chairman at TWPN

What does it say on your business card? Peter Mansfield, Group Chairman, The World Property Network, www.twpn.com  and TheWorldPropertyNetwork.com                             What is The World Property Network...

05 May 2017

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Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

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Look who's set up a buy to let company ... it's Tony Blair

A landlord has set up a company to handle the ownership and management of buy to let properties - and the...

02 May 2017

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Almost half of 'victimised' buy to let investors ready to quit

A new study of landlords reveals that far more believe they will be affected by today’s buy to let mortgage interest...

06 April 2017

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Rental sector increases as 'young adult owner' numbers plunge

Analysis of the government's latest English Housing Survey figures shows that there’s been a further decline in the home ownership rate...

03 April 2017

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Scrap tenancy deposits to help first time buyers, urges agent

  Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no...

27 March 2017

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Britain's biggest Build To Rent scheme emphasises 'no agents'

Wembley Park in north London is to host Britain’s largest Build To Rent scheme yet after Quintain revealed a programme for...

08 February 2017

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White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may...

06 February 2017

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Estate agents, fancy a ride in a supercar?

Why not drive one of the most powerful, beautiful, and sensational supercars available on the planet today, and at a price...

01 February 2017

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Trade body sets out seven-point wish-list for March Budget

The Residential Landlords Association has been quick off the mark to issue what it calls a seven point wish list to...

27 January 2017

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Bid to resuscitate Green Deal for buy to let investors and others

  An attempt is underway to resuscitate the Green Deal which many buy to let and other residential property investors used to...

26 January 2017

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Think-tank claims many more private renters than previously thought

The Resolution Foundation, a think tank, claims that home ownership is far lower than is widely believed to be the case...

03 January 2017

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Britain on brink of Build To Rent explosion says letting agency

New research suggests the UK is on the brink of a large-scale, commercially developed, owned and operated Build To Rent sector. A...

22 November 2016

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Mortgage chief demands government support for rental sector

A leading mortgage industry spokesman says he hopes Theresa May's "more balanced approach" to housing policy will trigger government support for...

09 November 2016

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Industry body ramps up buy to let tax pressure on Chancellor

In its latest bid to push Chancellor Phillip Hammond to back down on buy to let tax changes, the Residential Landlords...

24 October 2016

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Council sets up Right To Invest as alternative to Right To Buy

A London council has set up a system to allow council tenants to buy into a shared ownership scheme which it...

20 October 2016

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We need another 1.8m homes to rent by 2025 claims RICS

The government must urgently deliver 1.8m new rental homes as new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveal a...

05 October 2016

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Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

The chairman of the Residential Landlords’ Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country’s...

08 September 2016

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Agency chief turned MP is calling for new buy to let tax break

Kevin Hollinrake - the founder of franchise agency Hunters and now a Conservative MP - is calling for a cut in...

05 September 2016

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Vast majority of tenants set to stay in the rental sector says charity

No fewer than 86 per cent of renters - the equivalent of over six million households - have less than a...

05 August 2016

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Near-doubling of private rental sector in just 12 years

Much publicity has been given to the Resolution Foundation’s report into falling home ownership - but the flip side is that...

03 August 2016

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Most want to own - but many prefer to rent, admits mortgage chief

The long-term aspiration of most Britons to own their home has not been deterred by the Brexit vote, according to the...

26 July 2016

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Scrap stamp duty and end anti-buy to let taxes, urges pressure group

A consumer group dedicated to reducing tax says recent fiscal changes introduced by the government will end up hurting private rental...

25 July 2016

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Young tenants 'pay £44,000 more in rent by age 30' than parents did

The combination of falling home ownership and rising costs in the private rented sector mean that today’s younger generation will have...

20 July 2016

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A legal ban on Airbnb-style short-lets - could it happen here too?

Speculation is mounting that other European cities including London could follow the example of Berlin in effectively banning short-lets through online...

10 June 2016

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Investors 'giving away' £110,000 buy to let flat in anti-Osborne protest

Two professional property investors are giving away a Manchester flat valued at £110,000 in a protest against Chancellor George Osborne’s attacks...

25 April 2016

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Countrywide and Spicerhaart choose same national legal advisers

Two of the industry’s biggest estate agency groups have selected the same firm to provide their legal services.  Hillyer McKeown has been...

19 April 2016

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Private rents will rise to pay for Osborne tax changes, trade body warns

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face. According to a survey by the...

15 April 2016

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72 year old must pay £4,800 after 11 breaches of HMO regulations

A private landlord aged 72 must pay £4,800 after pleading guilty to 11 offences of breaching the Licensing and Management of...

08 April 2016

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Renters must earn over national average to be able to buy

The gap between average incomes and the pay of tenants who want to buy their first property has reached a post-recession...

03 March 2016

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Every UK region will see rental sector growth in next decade - PwC

All regions of the UK will see falling owner-occupation levels and more private renting over the next decade, with particular rises...

29 February 2016

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Another report shows younger people 'locked out' and forced to rent

A new report from the independent Social Market Foundation think tank has found that almost two million more people have been...

22 February 2016

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Figures show why private rental sector is dominated by young tenants

The housing ladder is disappearing for most young working households on modest incomes who are obliged to rent for the indefinite...

17 February 2016

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Private renting has grown by 17,000 households a month in England claim

The government’s initiatives to try to increase house building and owner occupation will not stop demand for rented homes rising by...

03 February 2016

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Buy to let tax opponents are completely dismissed by Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has dismissed out of hand appeals and comments from Letting Agent Today readers to reconsider the recent...

25 January 2016

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Survey gives insight into tenants resigned to miss out on ownership

A third of private tenants have put their plans to buy on hold and have stayed in rented accommodation longer than...

22 January 2016

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Rents and size of letting sector set to soar by 2025, predicts ARLA

Rents are set to sky-rocket by 27 per cent in the next decade according to research commissioned by the Association of...

17 December 2015

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Country agency asks: are Tories restricting supply of rural homes to let?

The rural agency team at Bidwells says it is concerned the Conservative government may - by accident or design - be...

15 December 2015

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Rental sector set to benefit as first time buyers lose out on mortgages

A new survey of mortgage approvals suggests first time buyers are continuing to lose out - and are thus likely to...

11 December 2015

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Osborne's property industry Autumn Statement announcements

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

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Shock extra buy to let stamp duty; house building programme confirmed

George Osborne has announced a shock additional 3.0 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties. Details are...

25 November 2015

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Don't demonise Tory-supporting landlords, government is told

The head of a landlords’ association has warned the Conservative government not to demonise buy to let investors who typically have...

16 November 2015

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This is what the UK's Build To Rent sector may look like

The National Apartment Association, the organisation that represents the Build To Rent sector in the US, has just hosted a UK...

13 November 2015

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Rents to rise 16% to 22% over next five years - forecast

Savills says mainstream UK rents are likely to rise by an average of 16.5 per cent by the end of 2020...

06 November 2015

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London rental sector benefits from sales market woe says letting agency

The struggling London sales market is provoking a boom in the capital’s rental sector according to data from Benham & Reeves...

16 October 2015

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More tenants with dogs means massive deposit premiums

A London letting agency says a huge rise in the number of tenants with dogs, combined with a lack of supply...

13 October 2015

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Leading Tory warns much further to go on removing buy to let tax breaks

As the Conservative Party conference continues, a leading Tory has warned that "there is much further to go" on removing buy...

05 October 2015

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Troubled campaign group renews call for rent controls

Generation Rent - the campaign group that needs £60,000 to continue operating beyond the end of August - has renewed its...

11 August 2015

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A new twist on the right to buy

Competition is hot among home buyers in my part of southern England to take ownership of properties that come onto the...

24 July 2015

From: Features

Anger continues as industry measures buy to let tax hit

There has been no let-up in the anger expressed by sections of the buy to let sector after Chancellor George Osborne...

10 July 2015

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Crowdfunded buy to let sells out … in just 35 minutes

The appetite of investors for trying relatively untested projects remains undiminished with news that a buy-to-let property recently sold out on...

07 July 2015

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Osborne makes this a crunch week for lettings sector

This week will see whether Chancellor George Osborne will give in to calls to close some of the tax breaks given...

06 July 2015

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Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Could cross-party support solve supply conundrum?

Given that I wrote my last article on the day of the General Election but well before the result was known,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Crowdfunding investment flat sells out in 35 minutes

A £212,900 property in Surrey which was advertising on a crowdfunding platform at 3pm was fully funded by 3.35pm, it is...

26 May 2015

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Industry body to lobby Osborne on tax breaks

The National Landlords Association says it is to lobby Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on private rental sector tax issues...

21 May 2015

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Fire threat HMO landlord receives hefty fine

A landlord in Coventry has been handed a £3,350 fine after a house in multiple occupation under his ownership was found...

12 May 2015

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The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Labour wants more controls on private rental sector

Labour’s onslaught on the private rental sector continues, with the party now setting out how it will implement its rent controls...

27 April 2015

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Is Gazeal for real?

“More than 1 in 3 agreed property deals in England & Wales fall through… Gazeal is a new system for property sales,...

23 April 2015

From: Features

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