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Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

A property consultancy says it’s identified the next ‘landmine’ in the building safety saga facing agents and landlords around the country. Mary-Anne...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in the clear over HMO licensing issue

A ruling of the First Tier Property Tribunal has put a London property management firm in the clear following a dispute...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Expansion for family-owned agency business

Midlands estate agency Webb’s is expanding its operations after opening a new office in Lichfield city centre. The agency already has offices in Cannock,...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency opens branch with £10,000 grant from local council

A new Lancashire estate agency, Jusa Homes, has opened new premises thanks to a £10,000 local council grant.  Julie Hardy and Sarah...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets require planning change of use, appeal process decides

A landlord who appealed against a local council decision regarding the letting of her apartment on Airbnb has lost - and...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New agency franchise owner is chartered accountant

The Canterbury branch of national sales and lettings agency Martin & Co has a new owner. Angie Collins has taken on the...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Management firm and landlord guilty of 27 safety breaches

A property company and a landlord have each been found guilty of 27 charges relating to the management of two properties...

12 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency targeted for day of protests against evictions

At least one lettings agency is on a list of targets for socially-distanced protests tomorrow by anti-eviction campaigners in the left...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Two agents and their firm must pay thousands compensation to landlord

Two letting agents have been ordered to pay £16,000 to a landlord after their activities were found to be unregistered and...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New franchise branch owners as parent firm's takeover talks go on

Three property specialists have joined forces to launch a new branch of franchise brand Martin & Co. Directors Andrew Rowson and Lindsey...

26 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets body wants public cash for lost lockdown income

A trade body wants the government to ensure its latest lockdown grants cover short lets businesses. The UK Short Term Accommodation Association...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Make business rate cut permanent! Agents’ demand help

ARLA Propertymark wants the government to make the current business rates exemption for High Street branches permanent. The exemption, introduced in the spring...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up after almost half a century

A 47-year-old south coast lettings and sales agency has been acquired by Oakfield Estate Agents. Andrews Estate Agents first opened a branch...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Foxtons snaps up London independent and wants more of the same

Foxtons has acquired a London lettings agency and along with it a lettings book comprising 689 tenancies. The deal is worth £2.2m. In...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firm refunds Covid money after row involving politician

A property company that owns and manages premises occupied by a politician has returned some £10,000 in furlough money received under...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

 Viewings banned, moves halted, no on-site surveys - Wales lockdown

The Welsh government has given details of the rentals and sales house moving process during the 16 day lockdown beginning 6pm on Friday...

20 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

Terrifying: Brothers open fire on lettings agency in revenge attack

Media reports from Gateshead claim two brothers opened fire on a lettings agency with an air pistol when they were told they...

11 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

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidelines ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by franchise giant

The Bournemouth branch of Martin & Co has acquired a local independent agent. Bullock & Lees, a local south coast firm, has...

11 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£87,000 fine after rental flats declared “serious risk to life”

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of letting out poor quality living accommodation that was said to pose...

10 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s bid to restore reputation destroyed by employee

A lettings agency owner has spoken about his bid to restore his firm's reputation after it was destroyed by a former employee. Earlier...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Scandal of tenant rescued from ledge ends with huge fine

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging...

18 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Corporate makes 150 acquisitions - and now says it wants more

Leaders Romans Group has snapped up another independent - this time the three office Welsh agency Moginie James. Moginie James - owned by...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Under Attack: campaign grows to regulate short lets

Politicians from several parties say they want their local council in Bristol to have the powers to regulate the number and...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

More tenants say landlords should take on responsibility for amenities

One in seven British renters expect their landlords to resolve arguments over bill payments, a utilities provider claims. The study, by Glide,...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Onwards and Upwards as Belvoir acquires independent agency

Belvoir has acquired another independent sales and lettings agency - this time it’s Onwards and Upwards, a firm in the Morley...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency entrepreneur merges with first employer to expand reach

North east agency My Property Box has announced it has merged with Sandersons Lettings, the firm which gave its founder his...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional agency expands coverage with third acquisition in 18 months

A branch of a regional agency has expanded its managed portfolio following its third acquisition in 18 months. CJ Hole Cheltenham has...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agent bites the dust as franchise branch acquires

Another Martin & Co franchisee has acquired a nearby independent agency. The franchise firm’s Falmouth branch, run since 2013 by Felicia and...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent snapped up by franchise agency chain

The Southampton branch of Martin & Co has more than doubled its business after acquiring an independent agent in the city. It’s...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

New branch for franchise giant after acquisition of independent

National agency Martin & Co has announced the acquisition of independent Essex agency Owen Lyons. Martin & Co Chelmsford owner Stephen Frost...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent acquired by Property Franchise Group brand

A branch of the Property Franchise Group brand Whitegates has acquired a local independent lettings agency. Whitegates Huddersfield now has over 700...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency coughs up £16,000 it owes - on TV

Two landlords will this evening be seen securing the £16,000 they are owed by a rogue lettings agent - and TV...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let with no windows and no heating lands couple in court

Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned. Sandeep Jarjapu...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

More PropTech pledged after management buy-out of lettings business

The senior executive who has bought out the lettings side of a Glasgow agency business says increased use of PropTech is...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Five-figure fine after flat was let out despite Prohibition Order

A buy to let investor has received a hefty fine “for endangering the lives of his tenants by failing to meet...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agency has had its chips and is acquired by Martin & Co

Property Franchise Group brand Martin & Co has snapped up West Yorkshire independent agent Red Box Residential. Martin & Co’s Saltaire branch, operated...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council launches 'food hygiene' style categories for letting agents

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

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunday Times ‘top 100 firms’ award for TDS

The Dispute Service, which operates the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, has been ranked among the Sunday Times’ 100 best not-for-profit companies to...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards prosecutes over criminal activity at rental property

A Trading Standards team has prosecuted a landlord who allegedly 'knew' criminal activity was taking place in his buy to let...

28 January 2019

From: Breaking News

TDS HQ destroyed by fire just as ‘reviewer’ scheme announced

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme - which was hit by a serious fire at its Hemel Hempstead headquarters last evening - has appointed...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by big corporate

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

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Confiscation orders on landlords could set precedent for private rental sector

A local authority claims that a court decision may set a legal precedent for other councils across the UK using the...

17 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Business as usual for online agency Urban despite Emoov sale

The online lettings agency Urban is continuing to operate as normal despite the shock revelation that parent company Emoov is looking...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

The Property Franchise Group snaps up city independent agency

A branch of The Property Franchise Group’s CJ Hole brand in Bristol has snapped up an independent lettings agency elsewhere in...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing lettings agent and missing money - new call for police action

There’s a growing call for more police action over tracing a lettings agent who is apparently missing - as is some...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mystery as established agent goes to ground owing furious clients thousands

A letting agent operating in Cambridgeshire has seemingly 'gone to ground', owing landlords and tenants thousands of pounds. Frank Smart, who has...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Spark to offer low price energy deals for cost-cutting agents

Lettings sector energy firm Spark has announced that it is launching a business-to-business energy service which will initially target high street...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency aims to double workforce in next year

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty has moved into a new home and says it plans to double its staff by adding five...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Arson - police treat lettings agency fire as suspicious

A newspaper in Northumbria says local police are treating a fire at a lettings agency as a deliberate arson attack. Police are...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Campaign for mandatory electrical testing of appliances in rental properties

An electrical testing equipment firm and an MP are setting up a national campaign to demand new laws on appliance testing...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Block management agency expands with new northern office

One of the UK’s largest block management agencies, the Residential Management Group, has opened a new northern office in recognition of...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

A couple who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been found guilty for disregarding planning laws - and...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents duped by man sub-letting homes to create £7m cannabis empire

Letting agents were amongst those duped by a Merseyside builder who rented 33 homes and then sub-let them to allow the...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

The city council in Nottingham claims it has taken action against no fewer than 561 unauthorised To Let boards under powers...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Prison sentence after buy to let property's truly shocking fire risk

A buy to let property owner has received a four month prison sentence for letting out a property he had already...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by Martin & Co franchise couple

Gloucester independent lettings agency R M C Hardcastles has been acquired by Martin & Co franchisees Peter and Rani Grieve -...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What exactly is “Fair” Wear & Tear

Wear and tear can be a highly contentious issue for many tenants and landlords; many arguments have arisen because of unclear definitions...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Dawn raid reveals shocking London private rental overcrowding

Council officers discovered men living mattress to mattress inside a run-down flat above a commercial premises during a dawn raid.   Police and...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Bill of £17,500 for failing to maintain gas appliance at rental property

A landlord has been fined over £15,000 after failing to maintain gas appliances at the domestic property in Haverfordwest.   Llanelli Magistrates’ Court...

24 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings operators face criminal confiscations over illegal micro-flats

A lettings firm and a property management company that converted a family home into micro flats have been found guilty of...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Connells Group and Hatched expand into new office 'for future growth'

Connells Group is expanding its head office functions with a further office in Bedfordshire to provide ”capacity for planned business growth...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings companies fined over illegal advertising boards

A local authority has clamped down on what it describes as illegal advertising boards, fining agencies thousands of pounds in the...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with record health and safety fine

A management firm and corporate landlord have been hit with a £250,000 fine after a “potentially lethal” flat blaze in London -...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Family of rogue landlords guilty of 'Shanty Town' overcrowding

A family of rogue landlords who crammed 31 tenants into a 'Slumdog Millionaire'-style shanty home have this month been found guilty...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence after Fire Brigade prosecutes London landlord

A north London landlord who housed a family of five, including three children, in a cramped attic has been prosecuted by...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

What tenants leave - a stuffed beaver, 23-year-old food, pet ashes...

You might not want to read this as you’re tucking into an early Easter egg, but an interiors firm has compiled...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm fined £32,000 after improvement notice dispute

A property firm has been fined £32,134 and ordered to pay costs of £260 and a victim surcharge of £170 after...

16 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Property manager fined along with rogue landlord

A series of prosecutions of rogue landlords by a London council has also seen a so-called ‘property manager’ fined a four-figure...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

£200,000 bill for lettings firm - agent given suspended sentence

A letting agency specialising in student accommodation in Nottingham city centre and its director have admitted a series of breaches of...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prohibition Order served on flat with Gurkha veteran tenant

A Prohibition Order has been served on the owner of a flat being let to an elderly couple - one of...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Pop-up brothels 'using privately rented apartments' say police

No fewer than 14 ‘pop up brothels’ have been discovered in one seaside town in six months, with all of them...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency boss offers reward for information on office ransacking

The chief executive of an agency in Stoke is offering £500 for information leading to the conviction of individuals who ransacked...

23 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency office suffers arson and break-in within 24 hours

A lettings agency office at Longton in Staffordshire has suffered a break in, less than 24 hours after what it believed...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government over room size and licensing proposals

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

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Five-figure bill after HMO deemed to put tenants' lives at risk

A Norwich landlord has been prosecuted “for putting lives at risk” according to the local council.  Piang Fui Pun has pleaded guilty...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Belvoir snaps up independent, says more acquisitions to come

Belvoir's Portsmouth office has acquired the local Lettings Direct business, adding a further 100 managed properties to its portfolio.    The move coincides...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Nine rescued from apartments above London letting agency office

Local media in west London report that nine people have been rescued by firefighters after a fire above a letting and...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

500 Zoopla staff move into central London des res (with wine cellar)

Zoopla has moved into a new headquarters, a 45,000 square foot property adjacent to Tower Bridge in central London.   The new offices...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets: new warning that owners may breach leases

Respected legal firm Mishcon de Reya is the latest voice warning of problems which can be caused when apartment owners let...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

MP raises concerns over Airbnb's impact on London market

An MP has written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, raising concerns over the effect short-term lets regulations are having...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Jail and £100,000 bill after 'personal wealth put before tenant safety'

A private landlord has been jailed after being accused by a judge of "cutting corners" and deliberately putting his "wealth" before...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Successive fire breaches - landlord to be sentenced next week

A landlord is to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court next week after pleading guilty to seven charges relating to fire...

25 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Prison and huge fine after war of intimidation waged on tenants

A landlord who waged what a local authority describes as “a war of intimidation” against tenants living in his property has...

19 July 2016

From: Breaking News

What to consider when calculating “fair wear and tear”

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

15 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

New private rental licensing regime set for HMOs above shops

A new scheme governing the letting out of residential property above retail premises is to be launched in September in the London borough of...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over illegally-established HMO

A letting agent and his landlord client have been fined thousands of pounds for a number of offences relating to what...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

£24,000 bill after repeated serious breaches of fire regulations

A landlord in Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay a total of £24,168.29 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS launches free online electrical safety course for letting agents

A new free online course has been launched to help letting agents understand the importance of regular electrical safety checks. The Electrical...

19 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents ran £2m drugs factory in properties they managed

A lettings agency in south London has been found to be the front for a cannabis growing operation, with drugs grown...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency used as cover for vast cannabis farming network

A trio of criminals have been jailed for 18 years after using the cover of a lettings agency to allow them...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings software providers announce appointments and expansions

Property software firm VTUK has announced the appointment of a new sales director in response to 'increased demand for automation'. Ian Mclaughlin...

16 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Fledgling agency expands into lettings sector

A fledgling estate agency has announced its entrance into the lettings market, despite the uncertainty currently surrounding the sector. Hibbert Homes, which...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Are you wasting your money on property portals?

So you’ve decided to advertise on Rightmove, Zoopla or another online property listing agent. You’ve agreed the budget, made the bold...

07 March 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Fine for letting agent who admits illegal eviction and changing locks

A letting agent who unlawfully evicted a tenant from a property has been ordered to pay a total of £4,315. Alan Croft...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Brothels raided to hold landlords to account over properties

A series of raids on privately let properties in the westcountry appear to have taken place as a way of holding...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

More acquisitions by Leaders takes national network to 111 branches

Leaders has added another seven branches to its 110-plus network in recent weeks.  The firm has just completed the purchases of Lloyds...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Meagre £265 fine after faulty gas appliance found at rental property

A landlord has been fined a meagre £265 after a defective gas appliance was found to be in operation at his...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord who failed to ensure basic fire precautions

The landlord of a rental property in Harrogate has been fined over £8,200 after pleading guilty to two offences under the Regulatory...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Key meeting tomorrow over 'flats above shops' rental licensing

Lewisham council in south London is the latest local authority proposing to introduce a licensing scheme - starting, unusually, with residential...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of trafficked tenants with false documents

The police have told letting agents and landlords that they are in a unique position to spot - and prevent -...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenant could claim back rent from unlicensed landlord

A landlord who failed to properly manage a home he rented out has become the first landlord prosecuted under a council’s...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour MP in bid to force improved standards in lettings sector

A Labour MP is launching a campaign to force private landlords to ensure that their premises are fit for habitation.  Karen Buck,...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Your agency could look like this

Gareth Styles of Grants Independent Estate Agents, Woking writes: When considering opening a new office in Woking Surrey I met with several...

22 April 2015

From: Sponsored Content

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