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Acquisition means firm offers residential lettings for first time

Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray has shaped up Coulters Letting, meaning it now enters the residential rentals sector for the first...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories' Lifetime Deposit idea is fundamentally flawed - claim

A leading provider of deposit alternatives has voiced concern at the Conservatives’ proposal to have a lifetime deposit scheme to make...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm and landlord fined £22,000 for issuing ‘sham licences’

A rogue landlord and the property company he ran have been fined £22,000 for dishing out ‘sham licences’ to tenants in...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference attendees urged to book early after 2019 sell-out

Registration has opened for the 2020 ARLA Propertymark Conference, with an early bird discount available to members until January 24. The event,...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, Licensing and HMOs: many agents fear they’re breaking the law

Just over a fifth of lettings agents questioned in a major industry survey are concerned that may not be complying with...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Zoopla, Landmark and Houzen reveal new innovations

Zoopla is beefing up its customer relationship management programme with the appointment of RAPP UK to evolve the portal’s data infrastructure...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Solicitor urges government not to take knee-jerk action

A solicitor has urged the government not to reform or scrap Section 21 eviction powers simply on the basis of protests...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has expelled three lettings agencies from its scheme because of unpaid awards to landlord clients. The first is Kingsman...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Increase housing benefit in line with rents, charities urge government

Two housing charities have called for the government to invest more in housing benefit so it rises in line with private...

10 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Local authorities provided with rogue agent and landlord enforcement toolkit

The government has this week published a learning toolkit for local authorities to help them with enforcement against rogue landlords and...

03 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of rental homes would go if Section 21 is scrapped - claim

The private rented sector would shrink by 20 per cent if Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions are abolished, according to an economic...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA tells tenants to “walk straight out” if agent suspected of illegality

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is urging tenants to “walk straight out” if they believe an agency is breaking the...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Beginning of the end for Let Only Tenancies, says leading expert

We are at the beginning of the end for let only tenancies which have effectively been subsidised in the past by...

16 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Labour Right To Buy policy dismissed as “damaging and distorted”

As the row over Labour’s proposal rumbles on the think tank Centre for Policy Studies - which has previously argued that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New training opportunities as safeagent partners up in Scotland

Not-for-profit accreditation scheme safeagent has partnered with Landlord Accreditation Scotland to provide specialist training for agents north of the border.  LAS is...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks-style online agency looking for franchisees across the UK

A new online lettings agency called Accommodation.co.uk is looking for franchisees to join ahead of its formal launch next month.  The company...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surveyors want immediate regulation of rental sector - and an end to S21

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors wants the government to implement recent recommendations to regulate the agency industry, starting with the...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA blasts government threat to end freedom of movement on October 31

The Association of Residential Letting Agents made a short sharp attack on the government last night, over freedom of movement and...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Six lettings agencies kicked out by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has announced a slew of expulsions after six agents failed to comply with redress rules. They failed to abide...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Artificial Intelligence could help agents cope with industry regulation

PropTech, and specifically Artificial Intelligence, could help letting agents better cope with new demands created by further industry regulation. That’s the view...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“It’s Illegal!” - council licensing scheme blasted by trade body

A local authority is being warned that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association, which represents...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent boost for London as it becomes a top European market

London is growing in its importance as a Build To Rent market according to new research released today. International property consultancy JLL...

29 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs Up: trade groups back industry reform proposals

Trade organisations including the Association of Residential Letting Agents have welcomed today’s publication of the report of the Regulation of Property...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with commonhold: government fails to respond

Throughout April and May, we ran a high-profile campaign across our sites, Landlord Today, Estate Agent Today, Letting Agent Today and...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 50 agents found charging fees - but are they acting illegally?

A BBC investigation of 52 lettings agents has found that two thirds were levying charges on tenants, but it is uncertain...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS award rises from the ashes after devastating fire

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which suggested a devastating fire in early January, has been recognised for the professional, efficient and calm...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

Two housing organisations have come together to fund a major research programme to improve standards in the private rental sector. They are...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank scraps 'No DSS' BTL mortgage rule after pressure from ministers

The government says thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules announced by Metro Bank. Currently the bank prevents landlords...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter regulation can benefit landlords insists agency chief

A leading lettings expert insists that greater regulation in the private rental sector can work for the benefit of landlords and...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Searing criticism of agents and landlords by leading consumer group

A prominent consumer group claims that one in 10 tenants currently renting say they have at some point been evicted “for...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Fund boss attacks “amateur buy to let market” as “not fit for purpose”

The head of a firm that seeks investors to put money into residential property funds rather than individual homes for tenants...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

It's A Gas: new partnership to promote safety in private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association and Gas Safe Register have joined forces to promote gas safety awareness in the private rental sector. The...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Shock as agency backs Fees Ban - and gives its profits to the homeless

An estate agency that describes itself as a ‘social enterprise’ says it will spend its profits on the homeless and related...

15 May 2019

From: Breaking News

RLA threatens council over 'unlawful' and 'discriminatory' accreditation scheme

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is threatening Oxford Council with a judicial review of its landlord and letting agent accreditation scheme. The...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter launches £600k fund to find solutions to PRS problems

Housing charity Shelter has announced the launch of a £600,000 fund it is hosting, with the aim of improving the private...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Under investigation: over 100 agents fail to apply for mandatory register

The Scottish Government is investigating 114 businesses suspected of carrying out letting agency work without registration and has issued 86 compliance...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: it’s the final countdown says ARLA as agents’ roadshow continues

It’s now under four weeks to the introducing of the Tenant Fees Ban across England and the Association of Residential Letting...

07 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of breaking the law over tenancy agreements

Letting agents across England have been accused of potentially breaching consumer law by demanding deposits before tenants even see a contract. The...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Quiz The Minister: send questions on replacing leasehold with commonhold

In recent weeks our campaign to replace leasehold with commonhold has continued to gather momentum both in the press and across...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency investigating 19 ‘No DSS’ properties out of 1,900 units to let

The chief executive of Hunters has told MPs there are 19 properties on its books which specify ‘No DSS’ - but...

25 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban toolkit for agents launched as deadline nears

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has launched a 10-element tool kit for agents ahead of the fees ban on June...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent division unveiled by regional developer and investment firm

A regional property developer and investment firm has unveiled a Build To Rent division with a target of building 2,500 homes. The...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council to educate letting agents on accurate property descriptions

The council for one of the wealthiest areas in the country says it will be “educating and advising letting agents” on...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: ARLA and others say inventories will still be useful

New ‘best practice’ guidance to letting agents and landlords has been introduced ahead of the introduction of the tenants’ fees ban...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a series of events to educate letting agents and landlords on deposit protection. Starting next month...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accreditation bid to boost standards of Airbnb and other short lets

An accreditation scheme has been launched for the fast-growing sector of short lets and home sharing.  The UK Short Term Accommodation Association,...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent to be reviewed - but it stays in place for now at least

The Home Office says it will reassess the Right To Rent scheme following last week’s decision by the High Court that...

07 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New agents targeted for deposits training in Scotland

A programme of nine new educational workshops takes place next month, some of which target new agents with little or no experience of deposits...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council launches 'food hygiene' style categories for letting agents

A council in the west country has launched a grading system for property agents which it says is designed to be...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents: Be diligent on promoting code of practice

ARLA Propertymark is warning members to be diligent in how they promote the letting agents’ code of practice.  ARLA has issued a statement...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'A flat white and a flat please' - short lets firm uses coffee shops as branches

The London-focussed lettings agency Portico is expanding its short-lets service Portico Host into Manchester and Liverpool - but it isn’t spending...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants 'must know their rights and responsibilities'

The latest report for the rental sector by the TDS Charitable Foundation calls for greater cooperation between property professionals and tenants...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

High praise for agency after landlord evicts couple with new-born baby

Andrews lettings agency in Oxford has emerged as the hero in an episode which saw a family evicted from their home...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent brand is launched

A new Build To Rent developer brand, Core Living, has been launched by development and investment company Godwin Group. Godwin is targeting...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock as council actually praises lettings sector for good behaviour...

We are used to stories of councils condemning letting agents and landlords - but now a London council is praising the...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Off to ARLA conference? Early-bird tickets now available

Early bird tickets for this year’s ARLA Propertymark Conference, happening just days before the likely introduction of the ban on tenant...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

More public money for councils to stamp out rogue landlords

More than 50 councils across the country will share nearly £2.4m of extra government funding to crack down on rogue landlords. Among...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned: Lettings agency boss who 'abused' tenant deposits

A lettings company’s management director has been disqualified for failing to protect thousands of pounds of tenants’ deposits. Kari Jade Ridout from...

13 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

New funding for government crackdown on buy to let rogue operators

Local authorities across the UK are to get another £2m to crack down on rogue operators in the buy to let...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector rule changes fail to disrupt Scottish rental stability

New figures show that the Scottish rental market returned to growth in September with average growth of 0.1 per cent across...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast discrepancies over how tenants' deposits are handled

The Nationwide has called for greater consistency in the treatment and return of security deposits so that tenants leaving properties in...

23 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Don't discriminate against benefit claimants buy to let lenders told

Urgent action is needed to tackle discrimination against benefit claimants by buy to let mortgage providers according to a leading trade...

22 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Protest follows agency owner's refusal to sign 'pledge' document

The head of a lettings agency has refused to sign a pledge document put to him by a protest group - and...

01 October 2018

From: Breaking News

They're nearly here - new S21 notices come into effect on Monday

Changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords on Monday.  This will require all Assured Shorthold...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Your Move chief boasts of higher yields than most of England and Wales

The latest rental figures produced by Your Move for Scotland have prompted a claim that the country now has better yields...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More lettings agencies expelled by TPO for unpaid awards

Two more lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman as a result of unpaid awards following disputes involving landlords...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success for managing agency as it scoops prestigious People award

Managing agency Rendall & Rittner has scooped a Platinum Investors in People award, demonstrating commitment to high performance through good people...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Guild members to be trained by former ARLA president

Members of the Guild of Property Professionals will be given access to a series of training videos put together by former...

07 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

Lettings sector will return to growth - but maybe not until 2021...

A new analysis of the buy to let market forecasts more bad news for agents, landlords and investors over the next...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning over dangers of utility meter-tampering in private rental sector

The rental market is being warned of the dangers from unsafe gas and electricity supplies caused by meter-tampering.  Research undertaken by the Grosvenor...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Eight weeks left for agents to apply to join new register in Scotland

There are now only eight weeks left for agents to apply to join a new statutory register which comes into effect...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Aggressive practices against tenant lead to £1,750 fine

A buy to let investor has been fined £1,750 because of his alleged “aggressive practices”.  Shafaqat Ali Sadiq, of Derby, has been...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Stath Lets Flats - but better customer service would let even more

Channel 4’s hit comedy Stath Lets Flats shows the funny side of running a lettings agency but one of the country’s...

12 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council fining 27 rogue agents wins strong backing from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has heaped praise on a local authority which has fined 27 lettings and managing agents...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top Scottish agency says new rules are 'turning point' for lettings

The major legislative changes introduced in Scotland’s letting sector are a major turning point but should not be feared, says one...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent For Sex - legal expert wants government action now

A respected property lawyer says she wants a change in the law to prevent unscrupulous landlords from offering accommodation in return for sex.  Liz...

10 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

New training course for agents in England unveiled by NALS

The National Approved Letting Scheme has unveiled a new specialist training course for letting agents. The NALS Level 3 Award in Letting...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on buy to let properties could boost quality - claim

A PropTech company chief is backing the controversial idea of spot checks on private rental sector properties in a bid to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New government lettings documents include updated 'How To Rent'

Tenants, landlords and buy to let investors are the targets for new online rental guides introduced by the Ministry of Housing,...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Licensing never works! - industry verdict on latest government review

Letting agents and others in the private rental sector have responded to the latest government intervention - a review into how...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors lose thousands - and it's their own fault, suggests firm

Investors in buy to let in the UK are losing thousands of pounds in income - and it’s their own fault...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for Countrywide staff with new ARLA qualification initiative

Countrywide is introducing the ARLA Level 2 qualification throughout its branch network.  All customer-facing lettings staff who joined the business on or...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Pro-Corbyn activists to campaign against S21 eviction powers

A collection of rental sector protest organisations is getting together to campaign against S21 powers under which landlords or agents on...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs legal challenge to Theresa May's Right To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has reiterated its support for a legal challenge to Right To Rent which is to be made...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is your compliance up to scratch? Free refresher webinar for letting agents

As part of SAFEagent Awareness Week, which finishes today, letting agents have been provided with a free webinar covering compliance. The webinar...

25 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government probe into deposit-alternatives welcomed by campaigner

A prominent campaigner for alternatives to traditional rental sector deposits is welcoming the government’s commitment to consider the issue in the...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

'Change Right To Rent' new Home Secretary is urged by trade body

The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to look again at the Right To Rent policy and produce “a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Second City AM journalist joins furore over letting agents

A second journalist at the London-based financial newspaper City AM has launched an attack on letting agencies - while the furore...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Property law expert joins criticism of Right To Rent's 'Windrush failure'

A leading property disputes solicitor has joined a growing chorus of criticism of how Right To Rent will cope with issues...

30 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England changes 'polarising buy to let mortgage market' - claim

Rules introduced last autumn by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority are hurting the buy to let mortgage market according...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb teams up with ‘hosting agencies’ to encourage more short-lets

Airbnb has announced that it has teamed up with three hosting agencies in the UK in a bid to make the...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Just Landlords’ Landlord Hero Competition – Ask Your Tenants to Nominate You!

There are plenty of helpful and reliable professionals in the letting industry, however it’s no secret that there are a lot...

13 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Leading Conservative says government should cut tax for rental sector

A leading Conservative peer says the government should cut taxes for buy to let investors and regard them as part of...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for its depiction of rental deposit disputes

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is sending its congratulations to the writers of an EastEnders storyline tackling problems in the private rented sector. A recent...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants property professionals to serve as local reps

The National Landlords Association is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The association says these representatives “are...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

Three one-day courses are being held this year - the first next week - aimed at updating letting agents on changes...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' code of conduct could happen in England, says PropTech chief

The man behind a leading lettings industry PropTech company says the new Code of Conduct to clean up the rental sector...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA says new Code of Conduct is watershed moment for industry

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has described the introduction of a code of conduct and official register for letting agents...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland

The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing now tougher for portfolio buy to let investors

Nearly three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings reformer and co-founder of ARLA remembered, 10 years on

The agency Leaders has been marking the 10th anniversary of the death of its founder Neville Lee, who was a key...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Former LSL boss backs AI PropTech property management system

The former executive director of LSL Property Services, David Newnes, is one of the key backers of a new property management...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has today announced three expulsions of agencies as a result of non-payment of rent or awards. Firstly, a...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit 'direct payments'

There has been a warm welcome for government changes to Universal Credit by the Residential Landlords Association.  The Department for Work and...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t lose SEO ranking over Google’s ‘mobile first’ index changes

In 2018, Google will introduce changes to the way it ranks websites, meaning sites will be ranked on the quality of...

02 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

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

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Final day of consultation on letting and management agent proposals

You have only until 11.45pm tonight to have your say on government proposals to clamp down on letting and managing agents...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Specialist lender lowers rates and aims to help accidental landlords

Specialist lender Together has lowered interest rates across a range of products including right to buy - and it’s making a...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Enough! With 15 rental sector ‘consultations’ it’s time for action

A trade body says there are 15 formal government consultations going on within the private rental sector - and now it’s...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

‘More must be done’ to ensure safety of agents and other staff

A report on progress into the Suzy Lamplugh Trust’s new code - introduced precisely a year ago - suggests more still...

17 November 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage market strong despite recent regulation changes

The autumn's Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with months of rate rise predictions, seem to have had little effect on the cost of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology is the key to growing business, letting agents told

A prominent PropTech company chief has repeated his claim that old-fashioned methods of business administration could be prohibiting letting agents from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must undergo training, government consultation reveals

The government has announced that all letting agents will be required to “satisfy minimum training requirements” in order to trade. The provision...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Five weeks before one of lettings sector's biggest ever rule changes

One of the most dramatic changes in the UK’s private rental sector regulations is set to take place in five weeks...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release 'could help portfolio landlords hit by new rules'

Portfolio landlords unable to borrow or contemplating selling because of new Prudential Regulation Authority rules are being urged to consider equity...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Tories unveil slew of new controls for private rental sector

The Conservatives have used their annual conference in Manchester to unveil a raft of new controls and regulations applying to the...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? warns BTL borrowers could be rejected for mortgages

Consumer group Which? is warning that buy to let investors with multiple properties in one locality could risk being turned down...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending changes could result in rental stock surge

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: ARLA reveals 'big step forward' for agents

ARLA Propertymark has revealed what it believes is a 'big step forward' for letting agents processing large numbers of overseas student...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market resilient ahead of lettings agency rules changes

A report into the Scottish rental market by Your Move says letting agents north of the border are already preparing for...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit and Westminster uncertainty hurting rental sector - survey

Political uncertainty across the UK and increased restrictions on buy to let are leading many landlords to raise rents and review...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body tells buy to let investors: 'remortgage now, while you can'

The National Landlords Association is urging buy to let investors to consider remortgaging in the very near future ahead of new...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender changes rules ahead of Bank deadline

Skipton is the latest lender to confirm that it will continue lending to so-called portfolio landlords after new Bank of England...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council to have star-rating system for all letting agencies in its area

Newham council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.   The...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens rules for investors with four or more buy to lets

Paragon is the latest lender to announce it’s falling in line with Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority requirements for more...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New referencing product aims to avoid problem highlighted by TPO

The software company behind a new product claim it helps agents comply with The Property Ombudsman’s code of practice on referencing...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO makes year's biggest compensation award against letting agent

The annual report of The Property Ombudsman, released today, reveals that the largest compensation award of the year has been made...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector encouraged to promote benefits of Direct Debit to tenants

Letting agents and landlords are being encouraged to promote and increase Direct Debit sign-ups for rental payments. Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs)...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

The first letting agents to have completed a new training course aimed at improving services for tenants and landlords have graduated.    Some...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Major lender lowers affordability assessments for buy to let

One of the biggest lenders to the buy to let community, Santander, is to lower its affordability assessments from next Wednesday.   It...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Who says hybrids are boring?

Not too many years ago, electric and hybrid cars were regarded as being rather quirky, their main purpose being to deliver...

10 April 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy to let mortgages now aimed at limited companies

The range and pricing of buy to let mortgage products for limited companies has never been better according to a survey...

05 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove founder Hill joins 'disruptive' Airbnb management company

The founder of Rightmove and former chief executive of Countrywide, Harry Hill, has joined a lettings start-up company called Lavanda which...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told of '10 easy ways' to grow their businesses

Agency software company Eurolink says there are ’10 easy ways for letting agents to grow their businesses’ - with most of...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman backs consumer approval scheme

The Property Ombudsman scheme is backing a national campaign to help more consumers find reputable and trusted businesses and services.    Consumers are...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

More evidence that lettings market is slowing across the UK

New lettings data from Agency Express supports the belief that the rental market may be slowing down across much of the...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Agents beware: you need 100% evidence before deducting deposits

A trade body is warning letting agents and landlords of the need to have detailed evidence to support any deduction made...

13 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor calls on short-term lets sites to bring in Airbnb-style limit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to six short-term lets websites calling on them to introduce a 90-day limit on rentals...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants' shocking lack of knowledge about renting

A survey of 1,000 tenants and landlords has provided evidence of what many agents already know - that the growing complexity...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

Scotland’s largest professional organisation for letting agents is urging all those in the rental sector to ensure they are fully compliant with...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Call to prepare for new Scottish agents' code of practice

The Law Society of Scotland is urging letting agents to prepare for a new code of practice coming into force north...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Guarantee blue skies! Bad weather doesn’t mean bad photos when you use Doctor Photo

Annoying isn’t it. You take on a stunning property, agree a compelling asking price and your Vendor is desperate to get the...

02 February 2017

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Paragon reveals huge drop in buy to let lending in recent months

Paragon Bank, one of the country’s leading specialist buy to let mortgages houses, almost halved its lending to landlords in the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Group calls for capital gains and energy efficiency reforms

The National Landlords Association is making only three demands on the government for its next Budget, because it recognises further reforms...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body announces details of 2017 training courses

Industry trade body the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced the first batch of dates for its 2017 training...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Politician urges 'secret shopping' to name and shame rogue agents

One of London’s leading politicians has created guidelines to help individuals ‘secret shop’ in a bid to expose what she claims...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

High-profile opponent of agents' fees is to speak at ARLA conference

Vicky Spratt - whose blogging to highlight the various fees charged to tenants by letting agents triggered a campaign to get...

22 December 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government over room size and licensing proposals

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning the government that some of its proposed changes to regulations governing HMOs may...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: here's a calculation of how much it might cost landlords

City investment consultancy Jefferies has calculated the impact on landlords if the country’s second largest agency group - LSL Property Services...

30 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA speaks out against council's possible ban on To Let boards

Earlier this month we reported on Belfast council’s decision to open a public consultation on whether To Let boards should be...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents praised by council for professional property management

We often report local authorities criticising the standards of letting agents and landlords - now here's a quite different story. Letting agents...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

New TPO guidance for letting agents on entering properties

The Property Ombudsman has issued new guidance concerning obtaining express consent from a tenant before accessing a property. The change comes as a...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry bodies wary of yet more rental sector licensing

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the latest government recommendations for tighter controls on the private rental sector...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fees: NALS launches 'fair fees' forum to consider cap

The National Approved Letting Scheme has stepped into the heated debate about letting agents’ charges by launching what it calls a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'A million tenants suffer from law-breaking landlords' - claim

The outgoing chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter has used the pages of a left-of-centre website to claim that “an estimated...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free seminars on lettings sector legislation

Letting agents and landlords across Scotland have been invited to check they are up to speed with current regulations at a...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Managing your landlord clients’ expectations throughout the tenancy

As an Agent, understanding and managing your landlords’ expectations of their tenants and property is a necessary and sometimes difficult task....

05 October 2016

From: Sponsored Content

'Raise your standards' The Property Ombudsman tells letting agents

The Property Ombudsman scheme’s annual report, just released, reveals that there has been a dramatic 32 per cent surge in the...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank admits stamp duty considerable burden on buy to let investors

Details of the Bank of England’s statement outlining tougher rules on mortgage lending to buy to let investors have been shown...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More details emerge of agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

On Friday afternoon Letting Agent Today broke the news of four letting agencies being expelled by The Property Ombudsman - and...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

The Property Ombudsman expels four lettings and estate agencies

Four separate estate and letting agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman and from registration for lettings redress...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Fire door safety data shows tenants most vulnerable to blazes

New data produced for Fire Door Safety Week shows that lower income tenants are more concerned about fire safety where they...

28 September 2016

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent backs call for debate on letting agent fees

SAFEagent, the kitemark scheme for agents offering Client Money Protection, has backed the National Approved Lettings Scheme's (NALS) call for a...

23 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants ignoring eviction notices could cost landlords up to £7,000

Tenants who are advised by local councils and advice agencies to ignore eviction notices could cost the average landlord almost £7,000. The...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

ARLA prepares for raft of legal and regulation changes in 2018

A raft of regulatory and legal changes for letting agents in Scotland in 2018 is being flagged up by the Association...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill

An industry body has backed a Conservative MP's anti-homelessness Bill, which has been published by the Communities and Local Government Select Committee.   The...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups firmly behind call for mandatory Client Money Protection

Several influential industry bodies have thrown their weight behind a review into whether Client Money Protection should be mandatory for letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: new form to transfer responsibilities to letting agents

The Residential Landlords Association has set up a new document for its members to use if they wish to transfer Right...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

City watchdog about to clamp down on buy to let lending, leaked letter suggests

  A letter from the Financial Conduct Authority, leaked to Sky News, suggests that the body is drawing up plans to tighten...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Online agency pays 12 months' rent up-front for a 10% landlord fee

An online agency says it has attracted ”many hundreds” of landlords by giving 12 months’ rent up-front. LetMe also offers a guarantee...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Only one agency rep on board of new Build To Rent body

Savills is the only organisation with an agency wing represented on the first board of the UK Apartment Association, a new...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group welcomes House of Lords' swipe at Build To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has welcomed a report by the House of Lords that institutional investors behind the Build To Rent...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What to consider when calculating “fair wear and tear”

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike; this is...

15 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Build To Rent group kicks off 'customer service' training programme

The UK Apartment Association - the umbrella group of Build To Rent suppliers, including some developers and operators - is starting...

13 July 2016

From: Breaking News

A message to the public: Speak out against rogue letting agents

The Local Government Association, representing 370 councils across England and Wales, is calling on the public to speak out against rogue...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Trio fined by council on warpath against unlicensed rental properties

Burnley Council has brought a series of prosecutions against people responsible for unlicensed rented houses in the borough. The council has introduced...

04 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief tells government: Don't over-burden buy to let sector

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has told the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority not to add unnecessarily to the welter...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to prepare for post Brexit changes in the immigration laws

So, Britain voted out of the European Union. What are the implications for UK landlords, from the immigration laws point of...

27 June 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Campaign set to launch 'once in a generation' anti-Foxtons case

A law firm called CaseHub says it is launching a “once-in-a-generation fight back against extortionate letting agent practices” in the shape of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks announce partnership with Property Redress Scheme

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced that it has joined the Property Redress Scheme (PRS).  With over 700 members,...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Let Well' programme aims to stamp out criminal operators

Letting agents in Scotland have started to sign up to a new compliance programme which has the aim of stamping out...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Details revealed of next month's anti-buy to let tax change rally

More details have emerged of the campaign rally to be held next month in support of the bid for a judicial...

20 May 2016

From: Breaking News

New lending rules 'could create 'buy to let mortgage prisoners'

A warning is being issued that the types of mortgages still being extended to buy to let investors risks them becoming...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies now banned from redress schemes

As we reported yesterday, The Property Ombudsman has expelled two letting agencies and is warning consumers about the firms, which are...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Two agencies expelled from TPO and barred from other redress schemes

Consumers are being warned by The Property Ombudsman redress scheme about the actions of two lettings agents based in Southampton.  Both agencies,...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Judicial review of BTL tax change: fund-raising deadline extended

The two landlords campaigning to win a judicial review of George Osborne’s restrictions on buy to let mortgage tax relief have...

04 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Get ready for another buy to let rush, warns mortgage lender

A buy to let lender says new underwriting rules from the Prudential Regulation Authority could trigger another rush to snap up...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter invites anonymous claims about letting agents' fee displays

The charity Shelter has renewed its campaign to expose letting agencies which allegedly do not reveal their fees in line with...

22 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Petition wanting ban on letting agency fees passes 245,000 signatures

A petition opposing lettings agents’ fees in England and Wales has now gathered over 245,000 signatures. Vicky Spratt, features editor on the...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Newspaper argues buy to let is off the hook despite mortgage clampdown

The financial editor of The Guardian newspaper claims that - despite widespread criticism within the lettings industry of the latest buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks say landlords pay the price of councils' S21 guidance

Councils and other bodies advising tenants to ignore valid Section 21 notices and waiting to be evicted by bailiffs are costing...

23 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups push rental training for landlords and tenants

An initiative between the Residential Landlords Association and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agent campaign wants tenants to 'rate' named agencies

The controversial campaign group ACORN, which has made headlines by protesting outside letting agency offices in Bristol, is launching a new...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: ARLA gets clarification on 'extra occupiers' and ID Guidance

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has obtained clarification from the government in relation to existing tenancies where an additional occupier...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage chief says lettings sector should 'embrace lending restraint'

A risk expert at a leading buy to let mortgage company says the industry should actually embrace the restrictions on lending...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: it could cause homelessness, warns leading charity

The charity Crisis is warning that an unintended consequence of the controversial Right To Rent legislation which became law this week...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords and your business with cost effective and professional training with Training for Professionals

In a constantly changing legislative environment, the importance of keeping up-to-date in terms of knowledge and skills has never been more...

02 February 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Watchdog tells agents to improve handling of landlords' and tenants' data

Letting agents have been ticked off by an official watchdog for the way many of them handle clients' personal data. The Information Commissioner’s Office...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

The only way is ethics - RICS signs up to global agents' standards

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has teamed up with 62 other property bodies to launch “a global consultation on ethics...

29 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Tim Dray, Sky

Q: What does it say on your business card?   Head of Indirect Sales & Partnership Products Q: What does your role involve? I head up...

06 January 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Sub-letting still rife in lettings sector, warn inventory clerks

The practice of unauthorised sub-letting is still rife in the UK's private rented sector, according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Compliance expert says advert guidance on agents' fees is misleading

A compliance expert has taken the Advertising Standards Authority to task over its guidance to letting agents on the advertising of...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA and Fixflo team-up to give S21 timeline-guidance to letting agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and repairs software company Fixflo have released a guidance on timelines to help agents handle...

01 December 2015

From: Breaking News

County courts still overwhelmed by landlords' possession orders

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action say county courts are still overwhelmed by the number of possession claims being put forward, a...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Remarkable article praises buy to let and attacks Tories for killing it

It is not often that a national newspaper dedicates an article to praising buy to let - and even rarer for...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let chief wants register to deter rogue agents and landlords

A property investment search portal has launched an online petition via the UK Parliament website, calling for a national register of...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landowners positive about letting agents' proposed code of practice

Scottish Land & Estates, a body representing private landowners north of the border, says it is positive about proposals to improve...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Advertising body updates guidance on display of letting agents' fees

The body which issues codes of advertising has issued new guidance for letting agents on how to publicise rental fees in...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour MP and veteran agency founder clash over rent controls

Labour MP David Lammy and Kevin Hollinrake, the founder of Hunters - and now a Conservative MP - have clashed online...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Solicitor warns of legal problems over councils' selective licensing

A leading property solicitor says there are “secret dangers” to landlords and their letting agents when it comes to selective licensing...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Government confirms Right To Rent from February 1st

Right To Rent checks will become mandatory in England from February 1st, the government has announced. Under the new rules, landlords who...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Controversial anti-agent group's ethical charter adopted by council

A so-called 'ethical lettings charter' established by a group that has campaigned against some letting agencies, is set to be adopted...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Can councils cope with new Section 21 provisions?

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action are raising concerns as to whether there are sufficient resources, especially at local council level, to...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings index claims unique level of insight into market

A new lettings sector index to be launched later this month claims new “insight into the UK private rented sector.” The index...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let pension investors 'need Lasting Power of Attorney'

A property solicitors’ practice says buy to let investors who intend using their property to fund some, or all, of their...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Watchdog praises letting agent for amending advert after complaint

The Advertising Standards Authority has praised a letting agency after it agreed to amend an advertisement following a complaint - meaning...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Boris backs lettings reform and banning rogue agents

London Mayor and Tory leadership wannabee Boris Johnson wants rogue operators in the private rental sectors to be banned with repeat...

08 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels central London letting agency

Bruten & Co Limited, a sales and lettings agent based in Notting Hill Gate, London, has been expelled from membership of...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

US Build To Rent giant enters UK private rental sector

Atlas Residential - a US Build To Rent company which operates 18,000 rental units across 13 states valued at a total...

01 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman promotes accredited landlord scheme

The Property Ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, has announced his support for an accredited landlord's scheme in Sunderland.  Sunderland City Council's Accredited Landlord’s Scheme...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice for Letting Agents consultation launched

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation period for its proposed Code of Practice for Letting Agents.  The proposed Code of Practice...

26 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Home Office calls snap review meeting

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is to take part in an urgent meeting called by the Home Office on the...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Council probes over 200 complaints into lettings sector

A council in an area with one of the country’s largest private lettings sectors says it has launched investigations into more...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Heartless mugger didn't bank on letting agent Holly...

An assistant lettings agency manager in Pinner, Middlesex, has been praised by police after her brave response to witnessing an elderly...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent expelled by one redress scheme, suspended by another

Allen & Crane Estates, a sales and lettings agent based in Burnham near Slough, has been expelled from membership of The...

21 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: What letting agents need to know?

Few subjects have generated as much discussion among the private rented sector in recent months as the government's Right to Rent...

15 July 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Agency expelled by Ombudsman after series of failures

An agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for a minimum of two years after failing to comply with...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: The rise of agent-rating websites

The rising phenomenon of agent-rating and review websites is a topic that seems to have caused considerable division and controversy among...

10 July 2015

From: Features

About-turn as Shelter now says No to 'hard' rent controls

Campaigning charity Shelter appears for the first time to have acnowledged that rent caps may backfire and end up harming tenants...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Free webinars to help agents tackle Legionella risk

Free seminars are being arranged to help letting agents get to grips with the legalities and praticalities of assessing legionella risk...

01 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Heard the one about the shy estate agent?

What do we actually do as estate agents to serve our wonderful public? Some might think we go out, value houses, advise...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

After the passing of the Deregulation Act deposits deadline this week, Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, is in a contemplative...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Why 2015 is the year of the lender

The Conveyancing Association (CA) has embarked on a mission to engage with the lender community with a view to initiating a...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Property Natter: Agents, target your websites better!

OK, you’re being spoilt. This column is now going to be on a bi-weekly rather than monthly basis. You lucky people,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Society’s Golden Ratio

As estate agents, business people and just plain people for that matter, we can't help looking at the way our society...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Anti-letting agent MP today bids for Labour deputy post

Nominations for Labour’s deputy leadership race close at midday today with Stella Creasy, an MP who has campaigned fiecely against letting...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

TPO and Northwood take part in job swap

An officer from The Property Ombudsman Scheme (TPO) and a member of staff from Northwood recently switched roles for a week...

04 June 2015

From: Breaking News

No job too big or too small

Some companies pride themselves on being able to accommodate customers of all kinds. “No job too big or too small,” they...

02 June 2015

From: Sponsored Content

Deposit dispute guide published for agents and landlords

A deposit protection scheme has published a deposit dispute best practice guide for letting agents and landlords. my|deposits has produced the document...

02 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Mayor’s accreditation scheme criticised despite ‘letting agent success’

After celebrating its year anniversary this week, Boris Johnson’s London Rental Standard has been criticised for signing up only 12% of...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

More landlords selling their properties, say ARLA agents

The number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties increased during April, according to the latest report from the Association of Residential...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Council wants landlords in voluntary scheme - at a cost of £150

Private landlords are being encouraged to sign up to a new local authority accreditation scheme which offers them advice and support...

18 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Do estate agents use undue influence?

The issue of some estate agents insisting that buyers and/or sellers use a particular solicitor or conveyancer has reared its ugly...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Agents and developers make Build To Rent plea

Around 40 developers, property consultants and block managers have sent an open letter to the new government - being elected today...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News

New warning to letting agents over legal changes

Letting agents have received another warning from legal experts to familiarise themselves with new legislation introduced just before MPs broke up...

05 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents call for more lettings sector regulation

The chief executive of Braemore, one of the highest profile letting agencies in Scotland, says he wants greater regulation for the...

01 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Valuing the flat above the Girl Band

About ten years ago, I was working as the branch manager of an estate agency based in an affluent part of...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Shelter funds council job to improve landlords

Shelter, the housing charity that has been fiercely critical of much of the private rental sector in recent months, is funding a...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

One month for agents to meet transparency rules

It’s now just one month until all letting agents have to do what most have done for some time - publicise...

22 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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