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KEYWORD "Pandemic" - 348 RESULTS
Scrapping Section 21 - government may make pledge today

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

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Fast-growing national chain snaps up three independent agencies

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

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade bodies’ conference to be held this autumn

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

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

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

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agency trade group reveals membership surge

A rival trade body to the Association of Residential Letting Agents has announced what it calls “a robust membership result.” The UK...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must be ultra-responsive to tenant complaints during pandemic

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

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London rents and demand continue to fall

One year on from the beginning of the pandemic, London’s reversal of fortunes in the rental market continues according to the...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Energised! Stamp Duty Holiday turbocharges rental property sales

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

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

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned about cash crisis amongst renters under 40

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

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Booming demand for suburbs according to buy to let specialist

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

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Free Facebook training offer for regional agents

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

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s rental market stabilising at last?

London rents climbed for the first time for over a year during Q1 2021 —although the rise was a mere £8...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental collapse in prime central London nears the end, claims agency

Average rents in prime central London declined 14.3 per cent in the year to March - but one agency reckons that may be...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of Covid uncertainty despite its own strong performance

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

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Two tier market as London rents fall while everywhere else booms

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

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

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

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property chief stands up for importance of pets in homes

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

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

All Change! How the pandemic has shifted tenants’ demands

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

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 April 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Revealed - London postcodes still in favour with investors and buyers

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

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid - how it's hit the lettings market over the past year

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming the next phase of the roadmap out of lockdown, a PropTech firm has reflected on...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Auction House keeps local charities in the pink…

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

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Great work as charity goes international for supplier FirstPort  

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

02 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid eviction backlog: Government told to find faster court solutions

A House of Lords committee is urging the government to find alternatives to court possession cases in a bid to deal...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls back on the agenda as local elections near

Rent controls are being discussed again as candidates prepare for May's local elections. In London Green Party mayoral candidate Sian Berry -...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned to prepare for glut of evictions when ban ends

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for post-lockdown rentals rush

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

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Kersteen McConnell, Business Development Manager for Virgin Media

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

23 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Labour claims tenants “barely considered” during the pandemic

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

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown one year on: Renters search for space says Rightmove

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

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

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

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic hits student rental sector hard, new study confirms

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

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Uncertain market means additional revenue streams are more important than ever

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

18 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Extend the eviction ban AGAIN insists new charity campaign

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

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Over quarter of private renters afraid of becoming homeless - claim

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

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surge in house prices means more tenants keep renting

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

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency consolidation continues apace

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

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint Chief Executive Officer of apropos

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

12 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Online lettings model the big winner from the pandemic - claim

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

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

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

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Working from home to remain a top priority for home movers

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

10 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Plummeting prime London rents begin to attract tenants

Knight Frank says the plummeting rents in prime central London have at least managed to attract a surge in the number...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

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

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid roadmap triggers renewed lettings interest says agency

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Only small minority of landlords use agents, new report suggests

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agencies cope with strong demand thanks to flexible PropTech - claim

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

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

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

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

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Union protests outside agencies as Goodlord dispute escalates

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Short lets will be first rental sector to recover post-pandemic - claim

Airbnb and other short let operators will be the first part of the rental sector to recover once the pandemic eases, it’s...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty rush provides agents with opportunity to generate additional revenue

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

16 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says latest eviction ban extension isn’t enough

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

15 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing strike threatens to disrupt agencies

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

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons speaks up for virtual tours in helping lettings and sales

Foxtons says it staged 300,000 virtual viewings last year as the pandemic’s lockdowns and temporary market closure severely restricted physical viewings. Chief operating...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction mediation scheme - lawyers raise concerns

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm promises big announcements in near future

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief puts mental health high on agenda

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

05 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

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

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Major cash boost for fast-expanding rental platform

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

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

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

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agent to rebrand as corporate branch later this month

Leaders Romans Group has announced another acquisition - this time it’s the EuroLet agency at Bishops Stortford in Hertfordshire. The single-branch office...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ to help staff mental health

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

02 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters more likely than ever to remain in lettings sector

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Paws for controversy - government wants pet-friendly tenancy contracts

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 January 2021

From: Breaking News

More evidence of Central London rental over-supply

Another major agency operating in central London confirms that the fall-out from the pandemic continues to produce a glut of units...

28 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told to prepare for complete market lockdown

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

27 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid will drastically change rental landscape warn leading agents

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

25 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Council ignores ARLA warning and ploughs on with licensing

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

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

London room rents plummet as new Covid strain adds more woe

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

James Lindsey, apropos agent

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

20 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents slam “socially irresponsible” councils pushing licensing

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

EweMove hybrid snaps up High Street branches of partner brands

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

20 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Larger homes in demand as virus influences tenant aspirations

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental growth building fast across most of the UK

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

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Momentum builds for student rent discounts - another firm joins in

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

13 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent discount announced by major student accommodation provider

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks “under review” by Home Office

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus fears push ARLA Conference back yet again

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

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

How can we improve property matchmaking beyond the online portals?

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

11 January 2021

From: Proptech & Innovation

Angry activists want arrears cancelled as well as full eviction ban

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

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

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

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

Letting agents have joined forces with other players in the rental industry to demand the government finally get a grip on...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agency gets Premiership rugby sponsorship deal over the line

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

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

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

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 ends on low note for prime London lettings

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

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

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

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban – financial tips to plug the gap in 2021

The Tenant Fees Act 2019’s 12-month transition period came to an end on 31 May, prohibiting various payments and charges that...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Six acquisitions in one year for fast-growing lettings agency

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

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

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaking at ‘Future of Housing’ online debate today

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

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - landlord trends when requesting information about agents

An agency comparison website has released information on landlord preferences and activities which it says can help agents market more effectively.  Rentround...

10 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Free Guide: Sold On Sustainability

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

09 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Brexit to make lettings sector even tougher in 2021 - claim

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

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 10 agencies a week closing down, claims protection scheme

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

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency network sees business storm back and repays furlough money

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

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Mental health for agents is key topic at Rightmove webinar

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

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘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

Pandemic changes the lettings market

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

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings

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

26 November 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

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

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

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

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent collection 97% and occupancy 95% says Build To Rent giant

One of the largest Build To Rent operators in the country is reporting that the pandemic has had relatively minor effects...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

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

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Overseas investors dominate London’s high end market

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

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

It's Too Much! Agents hit out at retrospective Right To Rent checks

ARLA Propertymark is warning government that the majority of letting agents and landlords won’t be able to conduct retrospective full-scale Right...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency has collected 99 per cent of rent during Coronavirus period

A lettings agency specialising in managing Build To Rent developments says it’s collected 99 per cent of all invoiced rent during...

18 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

More London woe - new reports of falling demand, rents and yields

London lettings agency Benham and Reeves has drawn up a league table of which boroughs in the capital have had their...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

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

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity claims some arrears will take seven years to be repaid

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

All change! Rent gap between City and Country narrows dramatically

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

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

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to upcoming anti-money laundering webinar

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

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

BTR market snapshot shows continued growth but London lagging

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

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

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

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents “slow to respond to consumers moving online” - claim

A prominent lettings agent and property management expert says the industry has been reluctant to recognise the increasing trend of consumers...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

Hybrid lettings agency launches recruitment drive in 10 regions

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

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for agents to highlight their value

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

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Rent increases slow and tenancies lengthen despite Covid

The number of tenants experiencing rent increases fell by almost a fifth in the year to the end of September according...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Well-known independent chain snapped up by Leaders Romans

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

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons reports poor lettings figures despite sales market boost

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Keeping the property market moving

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

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Question to agents - How are you coping with Coronavirus?

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

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

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

20 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

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

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New online lettings company wants to take UK by storm

A Czech-based PropTech firm called Flatio says it’s entering the UK market and aims to have at least 10,000 properties listed...

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Covid set to dominate 2021 - what agents need to consider

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

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why some landlords do not use letting agents

Light has been shed at last on the long-running uncertainty about why some landlords choose to use lettings agents and some...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent falls hit 10-year record in Prime Central London

Rents continue to fall in Prime Central London according to agency Knight Frank. After September’s data is taken into account the annual...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to stay on top of arrears during a global pandemic

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

08 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents welcome first-ever financial scheme helping tenants

ARLA Propertymark has welcomed the creation of a financial lifeline for tenants in Wales in arrears because of Coronavirus.  The association has...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to ensure a smooth pre-tenancy process

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

07 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

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

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency business model set to change if second wave of Covid hits

The business model underpinning most lettings agencies is set to change fundamentally if there is the much-anticipated second wave of Coronavirus. That’s...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

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

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Commercial office space of the future

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

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

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

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Indirect boost for rental market as first time buyers defer plans

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

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

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

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to appoint dedicated eviction specialist to help landlords

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

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t get scammed - police force warns about bogus property ads

A police force is warning potential tenants to check before handing over money after scammers conned people into making rent pre-payments...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

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

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

High street decline forces commercial investors to shift to residential

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

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

'Student tenants return to London lettings market' - Dexters

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

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: English landlords seek advice from Scottish counterparts

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

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction campaigners launch last ditch call for extension

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Most agents positive about sector but worried about virus

A survey of 350 lettings agents suggests the large majority feel positive about the rental market despite the challenges of new...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in prime London - largest fall for 11 years

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

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

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

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

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

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide critic helps short-let service reshape business model

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

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

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

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

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

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

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

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector relatively strong despite Covid and eviction issues

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

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity demands grants for tenants with Coronavirus arrears

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

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in arrears should have alternative homes by now - top agent

A vocal London lettings agent says it isn’t the responsibility of agents or their landlord clients to take the financial hit...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

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

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour likens evictions ban ending to Tories’ exams fiasco

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

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

 Labour and LibDems claim evictions may cause ‘homelessness wave’

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

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor accused of scaremongering over eviction fears

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of causing needless fear for renters by claiming all those in arrears due to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be extended in Scotland - will rest of UK follow?

The ban on evictions in the private rented sector looks almost certain to be extended until March next year in Scotland...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry self-regulation now moves centre-stage says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says a political issue north of the border demonstrates the advantages of voluntary industry codes of practice over...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded. Over...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Widespread evictions when ban ends? Don’t you believe it…

New research pours cold water on claims by anti-agency campaigners that there will be a glut of evictions when the ban ends...

10 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London lettings hit by student uncertainty and corporate cuts

Uncertainty around the start of the academic year and pressure on corporate budgets means lettings activity has been lower than normal...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus is reshaping tenant demands, says lettings agency

Research by a lettings agency suggests the pandemic has radically reshaped tenants’ demands. - and the process is still going on.  Benham...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents could plummet 10% this year warns agency

Strutt and Parker says the low level growth in the lettings market seen in prime central London in 2019 is being...

06 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict anyone during virus crisis says leading lettings expert

A senior lettings expert with almost four decades experience says evictions should not be considered during the virus crisis, irrespective of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - what to do if you suspect a cannabis farm

A law firm is warning that agents and landlords should carefully follow correct procedures if they suspect a rented property is...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Never Knowingly Let - John Lewis moves into Build To Rent

Tenants who want to pop downstairs to the shop may soon be able to do so - thanks to the John...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It can be done! Agency business well up on 2019 despite virus crisis

One of the country’s biggest lettings agencies is reporting that both revenue and operating profit are “comfortably” up on 2019 levels...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free legal evictions advice offered to landlords by law service

A service called Landlord Advice UK is offering free no-obligation consultations with landlords dealing with evictions over the coming months. Under the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - new tenancies bounce back to pre-pandemic levels

New tenancies recorded by The Deposit Protection Service suggests the market is back almost to its pre-pandemic levels of activity. Data in...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New call to government to prevent some evictions after ban ends

A debt charity is urging the Housing Secretary to pledge that no one who has lost income because of Coronavirus will...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New buy to let mortgage aimed at investors in holiday hotspots

A new mortgage product aimed at buy to let investors wanting to enjoy a slice of the holiday home staycation market...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Investors won’t sell if CGT changes target buy to let - warning

There’s a warning that buy to let investors will simply hold on to properties and not sell them if rumoured Capital...

16 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - big cities say they want to end the ‘short lets problem’

The Irish government says it’s considering buying properties that were listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms before the pandemic. In an...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory speaks up for agents, landlords and the rental sector

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has written an article strongly defending the private rental sector, agents and landlords. Baroness Altmann...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaigning Baroness slams Sunak over possible “mass homelessness”

Former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the new director of the campaign group Generation Rent, claims 500,000 renters are in arrears as...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s not over yet - new guidance for agents in still-restricted Wales

While England’s housing market is almost fully operational, within social distancing guidelines, there are still some restrictions in Wales. Now the Welsh...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

London alert - second agency warns of sharp drop in rents

Another agent reports huge surge in supply of London properties to let Yesterday Chestertons reported a large rise in the supply of...

08 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Email campaign urges Jenrick to avoid “unfair evictions, homelessness”

Shelter has launched an email campaign to the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, urging him to act to avoid “unfair evictions that...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists make last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban indefinitely

Activists who praised the government for its eviction ban in recent months have now turned on it in a last-ditch attempt...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter's latest allegations batted away by lettings trade body

The National Residential Landlords Association has dismissed the latest claims by campaigning charity Shelter that landlords have not done enough to...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

GDPR and property - guidance book on sale from today

David Smith - a solicitor specialising in residential property, agency and regulatory law - today launches a book advising property professionals...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given Letting Agent Today a statement trying to soothe critics of its...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents offer arrears help to tenants hit by Corona cash crisis

ARLA Propertymark and other organisations from across the housing sector have joined forces to support tenants and landlords facing rent arrears...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market much stronger than a year ago as pandemic recedes

The latest snapshot of the lettings market from PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that activity is much stronger now than a year...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban WILL end in late August, government hints

The government appears to have confirmed that the evictions ban will end in late August and courts will resume hearing possession...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Scare Tactics! Generation Rent accused by leading trade body

One of the rental sector’s highest-profile trade bodies has accused pro-tenant group Generation Rent of needlessly scaring renters with the spectre...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness wants “renters’ charter” to be agreed by councils

The militantly pro-tenant Generation Rent group says it’s working with local councils to have a new “tenants’ charter” introduced. The new director...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Baroness to head fiercely pro-tenant campaign group

A Labour Baroness, Alicia Kennedy, has been named as the new director of the fiercely pro-tenant Generation Rent campaign group. The announcement...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Thinking of selling or rebranding? Franchise giant on the look-out...

Belvoir says it is on the lookout for agencies wanting to sell or join a franchise operation as they come out...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance available for student check-outs during Coronavirus

The Deposit Protection Service has issued seven ways to help agents and students in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs during...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Act now on possessions to minimise court delays, warns law firm

Landlords or their agents wanting to obtain possession of their property should act sooner rather than later despite the current ban. That’s...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive

The arrival of mandatory enhanced electrical checks so soon after the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents a perfect storm for...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group wants tenants to be let off rent during virus

A new Labour group - Labour Tenants United - has issued a four-prong attack on the current private rental sector including...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must help landlords as Corona-fuelled arrears grow - call

A call has gone out for agents to offer extra support to landlords in the coming months as arrears may well...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk - claim

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. That’s the view of...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal aid for evicted tenants once ban ends, demands Law Society

The Law Society for England and Wales says legal aid should be made available for tenants who face eviction once the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Help sector improve energy efficiency, agents urge Scots government

Agents and landlords of private rented homes are urging the Scottish Government to continue work on improving the energy efficiency of...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Some tenants use Corona as excuse to skip rent, claims legal insurer

The managing director of an insurer and legal services supplier to the lettings industry has accused some tenants of using the...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension still not enough to satisfy campaigning critics

Campaigning organisations that demanded an extension to the evictions ban imposed because of the Coronavirus crisis have been quick to return...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand catching up with supply after Prime London’s lettings dip

Demand in the prime London lettings market is catching up with supply, reducing short-term downwards pressure on rental values. That’s the view...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to help particularly vulnerable self-isolating tenants

ARLA Propertymark has put out a call for agents to provide support to vulnerable tenants who may be self-isolating during the...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Longer eviction ban will hurt most vulnerable and damage rental sector

A prominent figure in the lettings industry has warned that any extension to the current evictions ban would risk hurting the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high private rents lead to young adult homelessness

The campaigning charity Shelter says young adults are more in danger of homelessness than any other age group - and puts...

03 June 2020

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2,500 activists ‘on rent strike’ as Labour Mayor comes under attack

A group of activists in London claim as many as 2,500 tenants are on a rent-strike during the Coronavirus crisis. The number is...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector highly vulnerable to younger worker unemployment, stats show

Research shows that half of those in the private rental sector are aged 16 to 34, making the lettings industry vulnerable...

29 May 2020

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Buy-to-let market - why mortgage advisors are needed more than ever

The buy-to-let market has grown significantly in recent years as long-term renting becomes more popular and investors continue to see the...

28 May 2020

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Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

27 May 2020

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Activists step up call for tenants to pay no rent at all

Activists in a body called the London Renters Union has returned to the theme of calling for tenants to not pay...

20 May 2020

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Rental app service introduces ‘Home Walkthrough’ feature

Rental app service Movebubble has launched its Home Walkthrough feature which it says it the first of its kind in the...

18 May 2020

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Agents invited for webinars discussing three stages of tenancy

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is inviting agents and landlords to a series of webinars to discuss the three stages of a...

18 May 2020

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Free tenant referencing product for agents to be rolled out

The Lettings Hub is to roll out its Property Passport free tenant referencing product for letting agents. A beta test exercise already...

15 May 2020

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Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

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Now’s the time to bag buy to lets at bargain prices - claim

A specialist mortgage broker is suggesting that this is the right time for buy to let investors to bag bargain properties,...

14 May 2020

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Rents set to fall across the UK for next three months, say surveyors

Private rents are expected to fall across the UK in the coming three months, but stabilise over the course of the...

14 May 2020

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Untrue! Generation Rent claim is wrong says top lettings body

The Generation Rent pressure group is wrong to claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

Labour’s proposal to extend the current ban on private rental sector evictions could end up with some landlords in financial ruin.  Landlord...

12 May 2020

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Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields ease but rental market riding the Coronavirus challenge

New research suggested that yields across the UK rental market are remaining broadly unchanged despite the Coronavirus crisis. The current average sits...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety standards here in July - new guide issued

It’s only eight weeks to the start off the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector which come into...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants can’t pay - only in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced a £5m fund that will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying...

06 May 2020

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Lockdown could mean higher rents, claims new research

New research claims to show that the lockdown could end up with higher rents as demand in the lettings sector outstrips...

04 May 2020

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HMO to charge NHS workers just £10 a week in rent

A council is being asked to prioritise consent to use a property as an HMO during the pandemic, with its four...

04 May 2020

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Charity blasted for irresponsible claim about renters and arrears

A consumer charity has been blasted by a landlords' trade body for making “irresponsible” claims about tenants and the Coronavirus crisis. Research...

01 May 2020

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Good news - only small rise in late rent payments so far, shows survey

There was just a two per cent rise in late rental payments over the last month according to figures from an...

30 April 2020

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Rents rose just £2 a month in quarter before Coronavirus - DPS

Tenants paid a UK average monthly rent of £775 during the first quarter of this year according to the Deposit Protection...

29 April 2020

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Another 350 Build To Rent homes announced as part of regeneration

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s to construct another 350 homes as part...

29 April 2020

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Mediation bid to keep agents, tenants and landlords out of court

One of the official redress operators - Property Redress Scheme - has launched a tenancy mediation service for agents, landlords and...

28 April 2020

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Lettings body backs Labour call for private rents to have ‘benefit cover’

The new National Residential Landlords Association has backed calls from the Labour Mayor of London to ensure the benefits system covers...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Issues with rent default and legal issues? These webinars are for you…

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting two webinars - the first of which is today - looking at issues surrounding rent defaulting...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand drops across UK cities as tenants stay put during pandemic

Rental demand has dropped significantly across London and other major UK cities as a result of the pandemic. When comparing current levels...

23 April 2020

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Furloughing scheme will help agents to reschedule rent payments

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be essential to keeping payments flowing through the rental sector, according to a leading...

21 April 2020

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Buy to let will now be an attractive safe haven, says market analyst

The director of the website Home says that investment in buy to let will look like a highly attractive safe haven...

17 April 2020

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Communication is key for agents during virus crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the key for getting through the virus crisis is good communications, both with clients...

17 April 2020

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Landlords slammed by mortgage firm for taking advantage of virus crisis

Landlords have been sharply criticised by a broker for allegedly trying to cash in on the Coronavirus crisis by demanding mortgage...

16 April 2020

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Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

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Buy to let mortgage products plummet thanks to Coronavirus

Data from independent mortgage monitor Moneyfacts shows that there’s been a big drop in the choice of mortgage for buy to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No rent rises for a year! Anti-agent group demands a ban on increases

The Generation Rent pressure group, fiercely critical of agents and landlords in recent months, wants the government to implement a 12 month...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agent provides scores of homes for NHS staff

Birmingham agent Bobby Singh, who runs the Love Your Postcode agency, epitomises the heart of the industry right now.  He has created...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency delivering meals - it’s a Rock for its local community

The Coronavirus pandemic knows no boundaries - and that goes for those helping to fight it too. Medical staff from the UK...

13 April 2020

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Dramatic ‘pay us when you get paid yourselves’ offer to letting agents

A PropTech firm has issued a dramatic offer to letting agents to pay the company only when they themselves get paid...

07 April 2020

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Message to government - help us combat the ‘no rent campaigners’

One of the lettings sector’s biggest trade bodies is calling on government to make a clear statement to help landlords who...

07 April 2020

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Countrywide urges switch of student accommodation to mainstream rentals

The commercial arm of Countrywide is urging landlords currently facing huge void periods because students have been ordered home, to reconfigure...

07 April 2020

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Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

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Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary...

31 March 2020

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‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

Knight Frank is reporting that tenants in high-value London markets are agreeing deals that allow them to delay the start of...

31 March 2020

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Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

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Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

The former operations director at Purplebricks says he is waiving fees for letting agents who want to join his new online...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

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Ban on evictions: Charity welcomes three month pause

The government’s announcement that no new eviction proceedings from either social or private rented accommodation can start for at least three...

24 March 2020

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Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

Labour says the government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent due to Coronavirus. John Healey, the shadow...

18 March 2020

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New advice on staff rights, home working, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

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Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

The government has been called upon to issue specific Coronavirus guidance for the rental sector. The chief executive of the Association of...

12 March 2020

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