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KEYWORD "Private Landlords" - 100 RESULTS
Council-run lettings agency claims to beat  rivals on fees and upfront rent

A council-run lettings agency called YorHome is offering new incentives to woo private landlords away from conventional agents. Besides offering what it...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental growth forecasts cut as supply catches up with demand

Knight Frank says the normalisation of supply and demand in Prime London has happened more quickly than anticipated, forcing it to...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax - that’s why rents are rising so much

Propertymark has given its view on why private rents have risen so much - 6.1% in England, 7.0% in Wales and...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

Propertymark has urged Scotland’s new First Minister to end the country’s housing emergency. John Swinney is now First Minister and says he...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will build 6,000 “affordable” rental homes by 2030 - with their rents capped. Khan, standing...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry boss slams government for ‘grandstanding’ on rent issues

HomeLet and Let Alliance’s chief executive Andy Halstead has called for less “government grandstanding” and more direct action to recognise the...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Digital Property Logbook tested for lettings market

Property logbook company Chimni is trialling a new form of Digital Property Logbook aimed at the Lettings markets.   The new logbooks...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant awareness of Renters Reform Bill very low, says charity

The substantial majority of tenants are completely unaware of the Renters Reform Bill, it’s been alleged. A survey of over 2,000 private...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

Agents have expressed their anger at permanent rent controls proposed by the SNP and Green Party politicians running the Scottish Government. The...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents listed on rogues’ database and fined over HMO failures

Managing agents in London have been instructed to pay a £15,000 fine for operating a House in Multiple Occupation without the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

Propertymark has used its website and link with a property inspection service to urge letting agents to work with private tenants...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

Agents List Radical Changes needed to Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark's latest research report suggests some letting agents want radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill now going through Parliament.  The aim...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour will keep Right To Buy in England if it wins election

Labour says it will keep the controversal Right To Buy policy in England if it wins this year’s General Election. This is...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical legal reform and a new Housing Court

Propertymark has listed a string of legal reforms it wants as part of the government’s modernisation of the court process -...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Surveyors warn: Landlords can’t keep their heads above water

Private landlords are abandoning their property portfolios in unprecedented numbers, a group of surveyors claims. The Manchester-based chartered surveyors and auctioneers -...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shocking rent rises now a thing of the past says Zoopla

The scale of rent rises has peaked with future increases likely to be smaller, says Zoopla. The portal’s latest report into the...

13 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

Politicians told - You’re wrong on additional homes tax surcharge

Propertymark has told politicians that an additional homes tax will not succeed in increasing housing supply. Timothy Douglas, head of policy and...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Sell Off - agency reports hundreds of thousands sold

The share of homes sold by a landlord in Britain has fallen from 15.7 per cent last year to 14.0 per...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency steps up bid to win private landlords

A council’s lettings service - first set up a decade ago - says it is stepping up its campaign to recruit...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents want tax reforms on top of pledge to avoid rent controls

Propertymark has welcomed the pledge by Housing Secretary Michael Gove not to introduce rent controls in England. The trade body says such...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council sets up own lettings agency to woo private landlords

A council has launched its own social lettings agency to work with private sector landlords in tackling the record numbers living...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour should champion lettings agent regulation - Propertymark

Propertymark has urged Labour to licence letting agents under its plans to ‘fundamentally reform the private rented sector’. The trade body also...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Letting agents accused of “profiteering” rent rises

A new manifesto calling for rent controls and a raft of other measures is accusing the current rent rises of being...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control proposals slammed by prominent industry commentator

Proposals for rent controls made in a government consultation document have been slammed by a prominent industry commentator and PropTech entrepreneur. The...

06 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent Reports Tenants In Tears as Landlords Quit Sector

Local media in one of Britain’s busiest cities for rentals says tenants have been left in tears as a result of...

03 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Good News - More landlords instruct letting agents

Increasing numbers of landlords are considering instructing lettings agents for the first time because of increased red tape and the complexity...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - new How to Rent guide coming soon

Rental sector organisations have been given an indication by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities that a new How...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency demands government clarity over new EPC rental targets

A leading property agency is demanding more certainty over new Energy Performance Certificate regulations.  Fisher German says the government should act now...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Shelter back on the warpath over Section 21 evictions

Campaigning charity Shelter has renewed its calls for the abolition of S21 eviction powers. It says new Ministry of Justice data shows...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Pets and evictions on the agenda at free info session for agents

Private landlords and lettings agents are being offered free advice and information at a networking event. Cumberland council says property owners and...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Council “deluged” with complaints about private rental homes

Landlords of more than 5,000 homes must register for a license and ensure their tenants have good quality housing or face...

25 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

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over Renters Reform Bill impact on market

The looming threat of the abolition of Section 21 is already impacting the rental market, a legal firm is warning.  Dutton Gregory’s...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls backfire - Propertymark speaks out

Propertymark has given details of how it believes the Scottish Government rent control system has backfired and works against the interests...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Ethical lettings agency reveals new website

Clyde Valley Lets - which describes itself as an ethical lettings agency - has unveiled a new website as the organisation...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill measures may be extended - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents edge above long term ratio to earnings says Zoopla

Typical UK rents now account for 28.3 per cent of average pre-tax earnings - slightly above the 10-year average of 27...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge fines for agency and management company over safety failures

A management company and a lettings agency involved in running a London HMO have been prosecuted for fire safety failures. Monsoon Properties...

12 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls extended despite Propertymark opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months, despite widespread opposition from the lettings...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour must fund councils to buy private rental homes - expert’s call

A prominent housing journalist says Labour should fund councils to buy homes directly from private landlords to rapidly increase the size...

01 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent in ‘stay calm’ plea to landlords with Bill worries

Private landlords should hold fire on plans to quit the private rental sector and give the government a chance to incentivise...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - politicians demand series of extra restrictions

The co-leader of the Green Party wants the Renters Reform Bill to go further in restricting the powers of private landlords. Carla...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour and Tory anti-landlord policies slammed by agency chief

A franchise network boss has sharply criticised both Labour and the Tories for their pro-tenant policies. Dominic Agace, chief executive of Winkworth,...

18 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Pet Lovers and Renting Activists get lift up from Michael Gove

In a surprise move, Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given the stand-in leader of activist group Generation Rent a prime role...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Celebrity endorsement for Gove’s Rental Reform Bill

Consumer champion Martin Lewis - the man behind the Money Saving Expert website and TV shows - has backed the Renters...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - everything we know so far

Housing Secretary Michael Gove says the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill, first promised in 2019, will finally be introduced into Parliament this...

09 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Government move raises hope of cash help for energy improvements

One of the UK governments has backed a call for private landlords to get cash help to meet new Minimum Energy...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians blasted for ‘lack of balance’ in private rental sector policies

One of Scotland’s largest lettings agencies is voicing concern over what it calls “the lack of balance” in the Scottish government’s...

04 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Speculation grows about future changes to EPCs

Speculation is growing that the deadline for the private rental sector to meet new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for new tenants...

30 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Reform process underway with new Ombudsman scheme

The government has taken the first step to introducing a mandatory ombudsman scheme which private landlords must join. This is effectively the...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Caps and Build To Rent - seminar to discuss impact

A seminar is to be held to look at the impact of rent controls on the burgeoning Build To Rent sector. Private...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

UPDATE: New How To Rent guide just released by government

A new 'How to Rent' guide has been released by the government today, with letting agents and private landlords reminded they...

24 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Possession numbers soar ahead of rent cap and eviction ban

Numbers of possessions have soared in Scotland since the introduction of a rent cap and eviction ban according to DJ Alexander,...

17 March 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants to fix “broken” rental sector

A PropTech startup called EVO is claiming to revolutionise repairs and maintenance in the “broken” rented housing sector. EVO says it connects...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Delay EPC change to help rental sector - top agency’s Budget hope

A prominent lettings agency has called for a delay to the government’s EPC upgrade timetable to be announced in this afternoon’s...

15 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Prominent agent slams Tories for damaging supply of homes

The government must focus on measures in next week’s Budget that will boost significantly the supply of homes, according to lettings...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Self-managing landlords ready to instruct agents - new report

The majority of private landlords would consider switching to a letting agency because of the current complexity of buy to let.  A...

09 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Council promotes scheme to “avoid letting agents’ fees”

Exeter council in Devon is promoting a scheme to private landlords by calling it a “cost-effective solution for landlords who want...

02 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords’ “knowledge gap” presents opportunity for letting agents

Letting agents say the latest review of how Right To Rent has been carried out demonstrates “a knowledge gap” by landlords. This...

15 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to virtual forum to discuss new licensing schemes

Letting agents and landlords are invited to join a virtual forum for a further update on new licensing requirements and to...

25 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs legal challenge to government rent controls

Propertymark is one of three lettings organisations behind a bid to get a Judicial Review of the Scottish Government’s rent controls...

23 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Over 20% of households now in Private Rental Sector

Demographic data from the latest Census suggests that the Private Rental Sector now provides homes for 20.3 per cent of the...

06 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Tax Surcharge - agent puts politician on the spot

One of the politicians backing a tax surcharge on the purchase of second homes and buy to lets has been put...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical lettings service links with PropTech maintenance platform

A not-for-profit company that matches rental properties with vulnerable tenants in need of accommodation has partnered with a maintenance firm to...

30 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents and Labour back Gove’s clampdown on private rental sector

Propertymark has given its backing to a clampdown by Housing Secretary Michael Gove on private landlords - although landlords themselves appear...

25 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords can now lease property through a local council

A new scheme offering landlords the opportunity to lease property through a local authority has been launched.   Leasing Scheme Wales: Gwynedd gives...

16 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Cut taxes and make them simpler! Agents’ plea to government

With only 48 hours to go before the Autumn Statement confirms stealth tax rises and massive public spending cuts, Propertymark has...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan’s ‘rental summit’ excludes agents and landlords

Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, held a summit yesterday about the capital’s private rental sector - but he did not...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents to outpace house prices for years to come - agent

Rent rises are predicted to outpace house price growth over the next five years.  This is according to Nicky Stevenson, managing director...

15 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Growth of Build To Rent is symbol of changing Britain - claim

The growth of the Build To Rent sector is a symbol of a changing Britain, in says one of the players...

10 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Not all landlords are wealthy! Message to politicians and officials

Propertymark’s head of policy and campaigns, Timothy Douglas, will explain how investment in the private rented sector can be better incentivised when...

28 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency plays down impact of rent freeze and evictions ban

A lettings agency in Scotland has played down the impact of the emergency rent freeze and eviction ban which have been...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive spike in tenant demand set to make rent levels still higher

Propertymark’s latest rental market snapshot shows that since February, the number of new tenants wanting to register on agents’ books has increased...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty change does nothing to help rental sector - claim

The euphoria caused by the stamp duty cuts announced just before the weekend has given way to a realisation that they...

26 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla reveals huge three-figure rent rise in past year

The average rent in the UK has increased by £115 per month since last year, reaching £1,051 per calendar month according...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm changes start in seven weeks time

Yet another revision to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations takes effect from October 1 - that’s just under...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Periodic Tenancies - new data shows threat to private renting

HMOs rented by students can be up to £30 a week cheaper than purpose built student accommodation in halls of residence. That’s...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform is “a dark day for private rental sector” says Propertymark

Scotland’s new Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill - passed this week by politicians at Holyrood - represents a dark day...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

Zoopla - which in recent years has gone out of its way to win agent support - has come out strongly...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform may be bogged down after elections, warns supplier

Last month’s local election results could yet impact on the private rental sector, a prominent industry supplier claims. The Association of Independent...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent’s “misleading analysis” slammed by letting agents

A claim by the activists running the Generation Rent group has been branded as “misleading” by Propertymark. Generation Rent claims its research...

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter wants scrapping of Section 21 to be accelerated

Campaigning charity Shelter wants the government to fast-track its pledge to scrap Section 21 eviction powers. The government pledged a White Paper...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform aimed mostly at north of England, government admits

The government is admitting that its rental reform agenda is aimed primarily at the north of England - which just happens...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council-run lettings agency aims to attract private landlords

A council-run private rental sector lettings agency which so far claims to manage 300 properties it launching an advertising campaign to...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Government says city’s entire private rental sector must have licensing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

ARLA slams “tenant centric” approach to rental sector reform

ARLA Propertymark is the latest rental industry organisation to hit out at what it calls the “tenant-centred approach” being taken to...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Carbon Monoxide rule change - agents urged to prepare

Agents are being urged to prepare for  changes to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations which may come in this...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings licensing success justifies new five year extension - claim

Another council is to conduct a consultation process to expand selective and additional licensing schemes for the next five years. Under existing...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Criminal record checks may be introduced as part of HMO rules

A council says it’s considering introducing criminal record checks on individuals who apply to run HMOs as part of a wide-ranging...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Another council has started consultations about stiffer controls on HMOs

Walsall council is proposing additional licensing to improve conditions and management of HMOs in five wards where there are high numbers...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

The increasingly shrill anti-landlord rhetoric from some politicians is making it harder for tenants, claims a leading industry spokesman. John Blackwood, chief...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove slammed by agents over cladding comments

The criticism by landlords aimed at Housing Secretary Michael Gove for some of his comments regarding the cladding issue, has now...

25 February 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

140-year-old agency snapped up by even older rival

There’s been yet another acquisition of an independent agency. Leeds-based property company, Adair Paxton, has snapped up longstanding Rothwell estate agent, William...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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