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Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

Tenant groups and charities reacted angrily over the Easter weekend to the proposed changes to the Renters Reform Bill being advocated...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill threat to student accommodation, say experts

New research suggests that a majority of the British public believe the government should be doing more to support students find...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter lobbies politicians with ‘rental plan to end homelessness’

Shelter is calling for the construction of 90,000 rental properties each year for a decade - and it claims this would...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

How can agents use PropTech to win new landlord clients?

A free webinar next week will explore how agents can use technology solutions to attract and win new landlords for their...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ desperate plea to prevent exodus of student landlords

Propertymark has called on the UK Government to prevent a mass exodus of student landlords.   The news comes as a poll conducted...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - MPs set to be bombarded by emails

A pressure group unhappy about lack of progress on the Renters Reform Bill wants MPs to be bombarded with complaint emails.  Over...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter threatens government after big rise in Section 21 evictions

Shelter is warning that the government’s failure to abolish Section 21 evictions will backfire and that “renters will remember who stood...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

AI - many agents are optimistic about Artificial Intelligence

Almost half of more than 400 letting agents quizzed for a new study have expressed their optimism about the impact of...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Is the government deliberately delaying the Renters Reform Bill?

The long-awaited Third Reading of the controversial Renters Reform Bill will not happen this week according to the Leader of the...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Budget date revealed as Gove hints at new housing policies

The date has been set for the Spring Budget - the last before the General Election.  It’s to be on Wednesday March...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour housing policies win strong public support as Tories lag behind

Independent polling gives Labour a big lead when it comes to its approach to housing policy. Detailed polling by the Ipsos pollster...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Last Ditch Bid to save unpopular freeholds from Gove’s law change

Plans for leasehold reform face a major early stumbling block as analysis shows plans to retrospectively introduce a cap on ground...

20 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Expensive rental eco-heat scheme needs rethink - top agent

A consultation to introduce boilers into homes and the private rented sector needs ‘more carrot than stick’ according to a prominent...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames private rental sector for growing child homelessness

Shelter says there are nearly 139,000 children officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation - and it’s blaming the private rental...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform activists claim huge public support for change

The Renters Reform Coalition - a collection of some 20 activist groups and charities demanding changes to the private rental sector...

24 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - government announces next steps

The Renters Reform Bill is to get its long awaited Second Reading on Monday, October 23. The claim comes from today’s Financial...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Young tenants delay life-changing decisions while renting

Young couples are delaying marriage and starting families until they get out of the rental sector, research by Yorkshire Building Society...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Market already cooling thanks to Election speculation - claim

It may still be 16 months until the furthest date for the next General Election but with party conference season in...

27 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls at heart of Shelter’s General Election manifesto

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fears grow around Renters Reform Bill - new report

A new report on the state of the lettings industry suggests figures are growing fearful of the impact of the Renters...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency pushes Build To Rent advantages over Buy To Let

Knight Frank, in conjunction with Build To Rent operator Moda Living, has published a highly supportive report about BTR. Creating what it’s...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

New branch opens for Connells high end brand

Connells’ high end brand John D Wood & Co. Is opening of a new office in Winchester, Hampshire. It occupies a stone-built...

29 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Bank joins Shelter for Parliament stunt about Renters Reform Bill

The Co-Op Bank is joining forces with campaigning charity Shelter to argue against Section 21 evictions, and together they have organised...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rebranded Knight Frank team launch new lettings service

Yorkshire estate agency North Residential - led by ex-Knight Frank staff - has launched a new premium lettings service. A statement from...

18 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Top Tips For Social Media Marketing – Part 1

Social media has moved on from being a “nice to have” to a necessity for most businesses, but how do you...

14 July 2023

From: Marketing & Social Media

Renters Reform Bill - would a General Election make it or break it?

The head of a consultancy that handles lettings agency acquisition has given her views on what a General Election might mean...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator plays the ‘pets in lets’ card

Two thirds of pet owning tenants have faced challenges finding a place to rent - at least according to a survey...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Activists threaten action if rental reform ‘does not deliver’

Shelter is telling the government it “must deliver” on the revolution it pledges under the Renters Reform Bill. Chief executive Polly Neate...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Third of tenants must borrow to raise rental deposits - survey

Nearly a third of tenants are borrowing money to fund a cash deposit, a survey claims. A poll of 1,000 current renters...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency’s warning to renters - it’ll be a tough spring

Lettings agency Fine & Country believes that tenants will continue to feel the pressure this spring with rental growth expected to...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Many renters want government help for first time buyers

New research from The Mortgage Lender reveals that 44 per cent of renters would like more cost-of-living support from the government. Specifically...

14 April 2023

From: Breaking News

New eviction powers to get rid of anti social tenants

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are to be given more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Investment hotspots for holiday home buyers revealed by survey

Cheshire has topped a new ranking of the best places in the UK to invest in a holiday let, according to...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Why consistency, backed by tech, is the key to great customer service

At PayProp, customer service is a top priority. Our UK-based platform experts are always ready to go the extra mile to...

16 March 2023

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Shelter angry at Hunt’s ‘nothing about housing’ Budget

Campaigning charity Shelter is angry with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt over his Budget  While most in the property industry have expressed relief that there...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Knight Frank spin-off plans to become national agency brand

An estate agency formed by ex-Knight Frank staff says it plans to roll out nationwide. North Residential, a Harrogate firm which rebranded...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents back Polluter Pays concept to help leaseholders

Propertymark says current government policy over leaseholder protections is too weak. The letting agents’ trade body has thrown its weight behind a...

01 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency backs controversial clean air zone concept

Newcastle-based lettings agency Seekers is backing a clean air zone in its city.  The agency’s two cars, both Volkswagen ID-3s, are part...

27 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Fire Hazards - two thirds of tenants don’t feel 100% safe

A poll of 2,000 non-freehold tenants suggests that almost two-thirds claim not to feel 100 per cent safe in their homes. Some...

24 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Breakaway agency plans three new offices a year in massive growth plan

Three months after becoming an independent estate agency, North Residential has opened a second branch. The new office - in Pocklington, East...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Private renting vital to economic and social fabric of UK - report

The private rented sector has an important economic and social role to play across the country, according to a new report...

02 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage set to get worse in 2023 - warning

New data from flatshare site SpareRoom reveals that rents reached an all-time high in Q4 2022, with the average UK room...

16 January 2023

From: Breaking News

What do agents want in 2023? New survey reveals all

This may be 2022’s least surprising research finding - most property professionals want interest rates to fall. A webinar poll undertaken by...

14 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Interest Rate Rise - more bad news expected

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee meets again this week with a further interest rate rise likely if base rate...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents must do more to create ‘culture of safety’ - claim

A risk management service says agents and landlords must do more to create a culture of safety, particularly around fire. Research released...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants hot under the collar about energy efficiency, survey claims

A survey promoted by campaigners for smart meters claims most renters don’t believe their properties to be as energy efficient as...

03 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Too Dear! London tenants say housing in the capital is unaffordable

More than a quarter of renters responding to a survey say they are considering leaving the city within the next 12...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Tories should worry about ‘Rent Wall’ voters going Labour - claim

The man behind a new survey of tenants’ voting intentions claims the Conservatives need to worry about losing support amongst young...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform is the big debate at agents’ annual conference

The details of the Northern Ireland Private Tenancies Bill will be the main focus of the Propertymark annual conference in Belfast...

05 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour's plans for private renting - if it wins the next election

Shadow housing minister Lisa Nandy has unveiled a Charter for Renters which she says will be implemented within 100 days of...

27 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency finance arm snaps up buy to let broker firm

The finance arm of LSL Property Services - known as Pivotal Growth - has snapped up a specialist mortgage service. Pivotal Growth...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Town votes on ban for new homes being sold as holiday lets

The famous seaside town of Whitby in Yorkshire has voted in a referendum considering a ban on new build properties being...

14 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy extension plans criticised as “laughable … unworkable”

A selection of property industry figures have spoken out against the government’s latest proposals to extend Right To Buy to housing...

10 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn Boris Johnson: “Stop punishing the private rental sector”

A new survey is a warning the government that it must stop forcing landlords out of the private rental sector by...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked in provocative Shelter video

Campaigning charity Shelter is accusing some letting agents of “cutting corners” and has produced a provocative and satirical video showing a...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter leads opposition to new tenant Right To Buy proposal

Shelter has made an outspoken attack on a government proposal to extend Right To Buy to housing association tenants. The idea -...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

League table shows holiday lets income and capital appreciation

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

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes - new insights into a common problem

A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has found that garden maintenance remains one of the most common reasons behind deposit...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies and pets in lets - key think-tank steps up demands

A major think tank is calling for a radical reform of the private rental sector. A report from the cross-party independent Social...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says eviction surge justifies scrapping Section 21

Campaigning charity Shelter says new government figures reveal an increasing number of renters are facing eviction.  And it warns that more renters are...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Is Shelter right? Do high rents impact women more than men?

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency switches to electric cars and wins industry eco-award

An agency that made a complete switch of its car fleet from petrol to electric has won the ‘Private Sector Car...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blasts government for unaffordable homes

Shelter - so often critical of the private rental sector - has instead turned its fire on the government over what...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out, alleging evictions causing mass homelessness

Campaigning charity Shelter says new official figures show evictions since the lifting of the ban have created a surge in homelessness. Shelter...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants admit negotiating over rent levels is difficult

A Foxtons-owned lettings agency says 60 per cent of tenants and would-be buyers say they are not confident negotiating asking rents...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Grants covering Covid arrears will boost tenants’ health, says Shelter

Shelter claims the health of one in five renters in England is harmed by poor housing, and says grants covering Covid-related...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Demand soars as tenants leave parents and return to the market

‘Room wanted’ ads are currently outnumbering ads for ‘rooms available’ on flatshare site SpareRoom for only the third time in six...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Benefits of scrapping S21 outweigh problems, insists Shelter

The chief executive of Shelter says the experience of Scotland shows that the scrapping of S21 eviction powers produces benefits that...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart renting - fifth of UK renters would pay over £1k more for tech-led homes

An industry poll has revealed that tech is now so important in our lives that a fifth of UK tenants say...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

'Drugs, booby-traps and rentals' – an expanding issue for agents?

Agents need to be diligent regarding the the growth of cannabis in rental properties and the devastating lengths tenants will go to...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Charity: Covid debt crisis will escalate unless Universal Credit cut is reversed

A £360 million wall of rental debt built up during the pandemic, combined with cuts to Universal Credit, threatens to leave...

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings is “terrible idea” says leading agent

A prominent lettings agency owner has given his verdict on the concept of charging renters to view a property - “it...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reveal top reasons for tenancy disputes

A survey of some 600 agents and landlords by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has revealed the most popular cause of deposit...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning of “dark cloud over lettings market” - leading analyst

A housing market analyst is warning of "one heck of a dark cloud on the horizon for the lettings market” as...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets operators to keep many Covid safety precautions

The majority of short lets operators in a sector trade body say they will maintain Covid-safe protocols for the foreseeable future,...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Don't charge for viewings - PropTech can prioritise serious tenants, says firm

Lettings agencies should continue to use IT solutions like livestream viewings even as the pandemic eases, according to one of the...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour demands powers to control private rents

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has made a new call for power to cap private rents. He’s claimed that rents in the...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Greenest areas to rent’ identified in latest survey

If agents want to emphasise the green credentials of their local area, then a new league table may be of help. An...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters deterred from moving because of Covid safety worries

A poll of over 1,300 renters by a flat share platform suggests that over half have been deterred from moving in...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters’ group on the warpath over agents’ documentation

The activist group Generation Rent is urging tenants to scrutinise the paperwork they get from agents to use against possible eviction.  Failure...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another Shelter report condemns state of British rental sector

Another report by the campaigning charity Shelter is critical of the quality of Britain’s private rental sector - and indeed the...

26 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

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

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

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders: just 39 issued, three years after implementation

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

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

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

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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Home Counties independents merge to become bigger lettings force

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 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

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