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KEYWORD "Planning" - 100 RESULTS
Will new unfair dismissal rules hit lettings agencies?

While much of the property industry’s response to the King’s Speech focussed on government plans for rental sector and planning reform,...

18 July 2024

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Renters Rights Bill promised by government in blizzard of new laws

A new Renters' Rights Bill is to be introduced into Parliament, it's been confirmed today. The announcement was made in the King's...

17 July 2024

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Alarm Bells for Build To Rent as building starts show huge slump

New analysis from the British Property Federation (BPF) shows a dramatic slump in the number of Build To Rent units started. Although...

17 July 2024

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Cost Of Rent Day launched by free-market think tank

The right wing think tank the Adam Smith Institute has launched something called the Cost Of Rent Day. The institute has calculated...

17 July 2024

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Housing Secretary move directly led to senior Labour resignation

The Housing Secretary in the Welsh Government, Julie James, was one of several ministers to quit in yesterday's dramatic day of...

17 July 2024

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House building sector to bounce back soon - forecast

Glenigan, regarded as one of the construction industry’s most respected insight and intelligence consultancies, says the sector will enjoy a long-term...

15 July 2024

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Rental Reform and Solar Panels to be key pledges in King’s Speech

Leaks over the weekend from what would appear to be government sources suggest some 35 new Bills will be in the...

15 July 2024

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Propertymark to lobby all new housing ministers

Propertymark says it’s contacting all the appropriate new ministers over the summer to trigger an engagement process so agents’ voices can...

12 July 2024

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Labour housebuilding targets should be copied, lettings chief demands

Scotland needs to match Labour’s English housebuilding target to tackle the country’s housing emergency according to a high profile lettings agency...

12 July 2024

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RICS urges Labour to do more on housing

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors says it welcomes the new Labour government’s ambitious housing plans - but it also casts...

10 July 2024

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Propertymark lukewarm on Labour housing reforms

Propertymark has struck a lukewarm tone in its response to Labour’s housing ambitions. The trade body says that to meet its manifesto...

10 July 2024

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Labour “serious about change” and “grasping the nettle” - top agent

Labour’s proposed planning reforms indicates that the new government is serious about change and grasping the nettle on housebuilding. That’s the view...

09 July 2024

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RICS urges Labour to move fast on housing pledges

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has congratulated Labour on forming the next government but says it must move quickly to...

08 July 2024

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Propertymark wants cross-party housing approach despite Labour landslide

Just after welcoming the appointment of the new Labour government housing minister, Propertymark has gone on to call for a cross-party...

08 July 2024

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Labour has a mandate to help renters become buyers - PropTech claim

The incoming Labour government has a social mandate to support the next generation of homeowners in the UK, says financial PropTech...

05 July 2024

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Labour’s Housing Policies - next five years start today

The biggest rental sector headline from Labour’s manifesto may well be its pledge for the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction...

05 July 2024

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“Thousands of homes lost to Airbnb” claims Labour hopeful

Thousands of homes in central London may have been lost to Airbnb and other short let platforms, a Labour candidate claims. Rachel...

04 July 2024

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Rightmove says rents at record high, and challenges new government

The latest snapshot of the rental market from Rightmove reveals that average advertised rents for tenants outside of London have reached...

03 July 2024

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Labour will regulate lettings because it's a cheap option - claim

Labour is likely to make rental sector reform and regulation a priority - at least partly because it will be low-cost...

03 July 2024

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Election result already priced-in to housing market, says top analyst

The result of the election isn’t likely to be a gamechanger for the housing market, a prominent business consultancy says.  An analysis...

02 July 2024

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Labour Housing Plans hitting the ground running after Thursday

If Labour wins Thursday’s General Election. expect three major housing announcements within a fortnight. That’s the exclusive claim from the Sunday Times...

02 July 2024

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Councillors launch attack on unruly behaviour in Airbnbs

The BBC is reporting that councillors in Manchester have launched a series of attacks on users of Airbnb and other short...

28 June 2024

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Hands Off Short Lets - long term empty homes are bigger problem

The embattled short let and holiday let industry has hit out at what it calls the “rampant hypocrisy” of councils when...

27 June 2024

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How Much? Another £400k needed to rent in retirement

People who expect to rent throughout their retirement could need an additional £391,000 in savings compared to those who have paid...

27 June 2024

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Call for a new Ministry of Housing with long-term minister

The next Government should create a separate Ministry of Housing and encourage MPs of all parties to work together to solve...

24 June 2024

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No explicit pledge to spread rent controls further in Scotland - SNP

The Scottish National Party, which as part of an alliance with the Greens introduced controversial rent controls in Scotland in 2022,...

20 June 2024

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Towers up to 17 storeys for latest Build To Rent scheme

Southampton council has approved a big new Build To Rent scheme on the site of a disused gasworks. Hawkstone Properties Ltd and...

17 June 2024

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Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

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Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

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Many first time buyers take second jobs to raise a deposit

Young people in London are taking on second jobs to get onto the property ladder, it’s claimed. Of the first-time buyers in...

13 June 2024

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Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 June 2024

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Word-for-Word - Conservative Rental and Housing Manifesto Pledges

The Conservatives have this afternoon set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and...

11 June 2024

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Agents’ Election Briefing - free webinar update on industry issues

The future of the UK lettings market will be determined by the July 4 election and now PropTech player Reapit |...

11 June 2024

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Rental Tax Change - Short Lets sector warned of possible losses

An accountancy firm is warning those using Airbnb and similar short let platforms that new tax rules mean they could lose...

10 June 2024

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Labour’s big idea to shift first time buyers from rental sector

Labour is launching a new Freedom to Buy scheme to get 80,000 young people on the housing ladder, over the next...

07 June 2024

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The magic word that wins landlord clients - ex-ARLA chief explains

A lettings expert is advising agents that “congruence” is key to successful acquisition of landlord clients. Former ARLA Propertymark president and the...

03 June 2024

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Rental Eco-grants and first time buyer help - Rightmove’s Election Wishlist

Rightmove has produced five core demands on behalf of the rental sector, which it would like the next government to meet. These...

31 May 2024

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Prioritise First Time Buyers - demand grows for next government to take action

Four fifths of developers believe that the next government needs to do more to support first time buyers, according to the...

30 May 2024

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Airbnb Restrictions - Gove slammed by Labour-dominated council body

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove,...

21 May 2024

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Hate Crime - Anti-Second Home Posters reported to police

Anti-second home posters seen in parts of North Wales and on social media have been reported to the police as a...

16 May 2024

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Airbnbs may need Planning Consent in key tourist location

A council claims it’s reached an important stage in the process of deciding whether to implement the Article 4 Direction power...

14 May 2024

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50,000 student rental beds in the pipeline - agency figures

Investment in UK purpose-built student accommodation in the first quarter of 2024 has been described as “robust.” A total of 21 transactions...

08 May 2024

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Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

26 April 2024

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City Build To Rent Schemes - two new announcements

Developer Beech Holdings has secured planning permission for its luxury development of Build To Rent apartments in Sheffield. Sheffield Gardens will include...

17 April 2024

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Brownfield Development isn’t the only answer, agents tell government

Propertymark wants the government to cool down on its enthusiasm for brownfield development. It says in a response to a consultation that...

10 April 2024

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Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

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New Rental Crisis - big rise in countryside lets as rural house prices soar

England’s county councils want the next government to set out a long-term plan for housing, as a new report claims there’s...

25 March 2024

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Agents’ single demand of government - solve the housing emergency!

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to resolve the country’s ongoing housing emergency. The news comes as Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin...

20 March 2024

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Phil Spencer asks: Should Agents Manage Short Let Properties?

It’s not easy for anyone - even professionals like lettings and estate agents - to keep up with the blizzard of...

19 March 2024

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Major agency announces link with renting-in-retirement specialist

Hamptons is linking with retirement rental specialist provider Birchgrove, pledging to offer “a unique proposition for those seeking quality senior rental...

19 March 2024

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Government to double council tax on empty homes after one year

Sharpened rules to double council tax on long term empty properties will come into force from April 1, says the government.  A...

13 March 2024

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PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

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Short Lets Clampdown - More campaigners back Gove

Countryside campaigning charity CPRE has given a warm welcome to Michael Gove’s clampdown on short lets. Earlier this week Housing Secretary Michael...

23 February 2024

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Beware 1% Deposits - Knight Frank lays into government

Knight Frank has taken the unusual step of suggesting a government proposal for the housing market is high-risk and could even...

23 February 2024

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Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

There’s growing anger over restrictions on private homeowners using their properties via Airbnb and other short let platforms. Earlier this week Housing...

21 February 2024

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Leaders Romans Group recruits heavyweight to lead financial services surge

Tom Davies has started with Leaders Romans Group as the company’s first group financial services managing director. This new position coincides with...

20 February 2024

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Surge in interest for energy efficient homes - Rightmove data

There’s been a surge in enthusiasm for energy efficient homes according to research from heat pump advocates OVO. It says that a...

20 February 2024

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Radical changes to short let laws proposed by Michael Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning announced wholesale changes to planning and regulations surrounding short lets. His proposals include: - planning permission...

19 February 2024

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Short Lets Shake Up - Gove slammed for “political posturing”

The trade body representing short lets providers and support companies has reacted angrily to government proposals for a radical shake up. Housing...

19 February 2024

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Council attack on private rental sector ‘is next Post Office scandal’ - claim

The excessive enforcement of council rules on private landlords while social housing is so poorly run will be ‘the next Post...

12 February 2024

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Build To Rent cheerleaders complain about slow planning consents

The British Property Federation claims the time required for Build To Rent planning applications has significantly increased over the past decade...

07 February 2024

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MPs turn on Airbnb and other short lets

Prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have renewed their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms.  Former Lib...

06 February 2024

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Experts want major reforms of EPCs and better trained assessors

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

01 February 2024

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Build To Rent investment rockets, focussed on major cities

The latest Build To Rent report prepared by lettings agency Savills claims 2023 saw a total of £4.5 billion of investment...

01 February 2024

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Agent’s unique insight into “no end in sight” rental crisis

A managing partner at a letting agency has given an insight into the unique forces which he says is “strangling” the...

30 January 2024

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House builders overwhelmingly want Labour to win General Election

A Knight Frank survey of 50 house builders shows a staggering 70 per cent support for Labour to win the next...

29 January 2024

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Glut of long-term empty homes slammed as rental shortage continues

New research shows there are 36,210 long-term vacant homes across London - that’s around one in every 100 properties. The borough in...

26 January 2024

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Row over government bid to turn renters into first time buyers

Controversy surrounds a government idea - floated over the weekend - to allow renters to secure mortgages with just one per...

22 January 2024

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Historic building snapped up for Build To Rent development

A historic former school and hospital building in Glasgow City Centre will be restored as part of a plan to create...

05 January 2024

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Savills reveals which buy to let region it tips for best returns

Residential buy to let in the North West of England, London industrial property and retail warehouses are set to be the...

04 January 2024

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Insurance Register must be free to use to help rental sector - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s examination of the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill, calling for clarity on contributions...

29 December 2023

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The three qualities landlords want from letting agents - revealed

A new survey of 4,000 landlords has identified the three qualities they look for in a letting agent. Whereas trust and liveability...

20 December 2023

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Over 90% of homes could meet EPC rating C or higher - claim

A major property industry supplier claims that the housing sector could meet government targets to improve the Energy Performance Certificate ratings for homes.  Landmark...

20 December 2023

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Changing face of Private Rental Sector revealed by new survey

A survey of more than 1,000 landlords in the Deposit Protection Service shows the scale of change in the private rental...

13 December 2023

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Government slammed over clampdown on Airbnb and short lets

A trade body representing short lets operators has slammed government housing failures. The Short Term Accommodation Association says it’s analysed local authority...

01 December 2023

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Hundreds of objections to large Build To Rent development

Another large Build To Rent scheme is in the offing, this time in Devon’s capital city, Exeter. Plans to build 246 BTR...

30 November 2023

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Renters Reform Bill - webinar to update agents on latest changes

A webinar is being held tomorrow, aimed to urging agents to get ahead of changes to the industry likely to be...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax and Benefit Changes announced to impact housing market

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has used his Autumn Statement to reveal measures affecting both the rental market and the wider property industry.  The Local Housing...

23 November 2023

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Revealed - the part of rental sector not contracting right now

There may be a substantial number of small-scale private landlords selling up right now, but no fewer than 88 per cent...

20 November 2023

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Rayner’s policy won’t solve housing shortage says top Labour MP

Senior Labour MP Clive Betts says the party’s official house building policy won’t actually solve the shortage of homes. Labour deputy leader...

17 November 2023

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Section 21 - Angry MPs slam Michael Gove over ongoing delay

A row has broken out over Section 21 between Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and an all-party...

16 November 2023

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Build To Rent problems highlighted in latest report

A new report suggests London’s Build To Rent sector is being held back by a “stark inconsistency” from local councils in...

15 November 2023

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Struggling Build To Rent again complains of cost and delivery problems

The latest annual report on Build To Rent in London again talks of issues with costs and delivery. A report from the...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech integration gives agents improved client accounting

PropTech service The Lettings Hub has announced a new strategic partnership with client accounting platform LettsPay.  This follows on from four additional...

03 November 2023

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Agency slams four councils for policies which directly hit rental supply

The lettings agency Winkworth has taken the unusual step of criticising policies of a series of councils. The councils are all Labour...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New boss for controversial John Lewis private rental initiative

A new director of property has been named by the John Lewis Partnership, to lead its controversial Build To Rent initiative. Martin...

16 October 2023

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Rent control changes introduced for shared ownership homes

The government has changed the way shared ownership rents can be increased. This change will apply to the leases of new shared...

16 October 2023

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Public optimistic about housing market despite feeling worse off

UK consumers feel worse off than a year ago, but remain relatively optimistic about the property . That’s the conclusion of a...

13 October 2023

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Agency on the acquisition trail after snapping up independent

A Bristol estate agent has hit the acquisition trail, snapping up a local independent. Bristol Property Centre Estate Agents, which is situated...

11 October 2023

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Agency makes fifth lettings acquisition of the year

Midlands-based land and property company Sheldon Bosley Knight has made another lettings acquisition - its fifth in 2023. Leicestershire-based Andrew Granger &...

05 October 2023

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Abandoned Tenancies - agents press Gove for court solution

Propertymark is pressing Housing Secretary Michael Gove to adopt a housing court system to solve the problem of abandoned tenancies. The agents...

07 September 2023

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John Lewis private rental bid faces “extreme challenges”

The John Lewis Partnership is said to be facing “extreme challenges” as a result of its bid to enter the private...

05 September 2023

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Clampdown needed on Airbnb and other short lets - new demand

A body largely consisting of councils wants more controls over Airbnbs and other short lets - and it wants local authorities...

31 August 2023

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Soaring first time buyer deposits likely to trigger more rental demand

New figures showing the growing size of first time buyer deposits suggest that many would-be purchasers will be staying with the...

08 August 2023

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Airbnb “nightmare” as residents complain about short let parties

A planning committee meeting discussion on an application for 100 new apartments in Manchester turned into a forum for complaints about...

01 August 2023

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Build To Rent starts crash after strong earlier period

The number of completed Build to Rent homes in the UK has increased 13 per cent in the past year to...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes to rental properties to be ‘relaxed’ - Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning said his government should ‘relax the pace’ of EPC reforms expected from private landlords. In...

23 July 2023

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Strict Airbnb controls still on the agenda says politician

The Scottish Government does not intend to abandon its licensing scheme for Airbnbs and other short term lets, nor to delay...

20 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Crackdown on HMOs across large London borough

Buy to let investors who want to convert family homes into HMOs in Hounslow for three to six tenants will now...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Public want more tax on Airbnbs and higher private rental standards

A mortgage lender has conducted a survey of homeowners which has produced a string of anti-landlord and anti-overseas investor attitudes. Market Financial...

07 July 2023

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