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KEYWORD "Private Rental Sector" - 100 RESULTS

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

Ukrainians given visa extension - likely impact on private rental sector

Ukrainians who came to the UK following the Russian invasion will be able to apply for 18-month extensions to their visas,...

19 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

Starmer insists Awaab’s Law will be extended to private rental sector

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has confirmed that Awaab’s Law - putting a strict timescale on urgent repairs being done -...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

High profile supplier restructures and renames

One of the highest profile groups in the private rental sector supplier space - Hamilton Fraser - is restructuring. In future the...

13 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

Agents slam government for failing to win industry support for reform

The Renters Reform Bill cannot succeed without proper engagement with letting agents and landlords, Propertymark argues.    According to a Freedom of Information...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and EPC laws must be discussed with agents - Propertymark

Scottish councils must engage with letting agents and landlords if radical rental reforms have any chance of working. Propertymark argues that the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Third of agents seeing rent rises even at weakest time of year

Over a third of ARLA Propertymark members reported in December that rental prices have increased, according to their latest Housing Insight...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Fixflo parent firm links with automated client accounting engine

Aereon - a European software provider that owns high profile PropTech operator Fixflo - has entered a strategic partnership with automated...

23 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

Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private rented sector have risen by double digits for the fifth quarter...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer warns that Summer will be hectic for lettings sector

Summer looks like it’s going to be a hectic period for lettings agents and the private rental sector according to TV...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock figure reveals tax burden paid by private rental sector

Property taxes in Scotland exceeded £600m over the last year according to analysis of the latest statistics by the country’s largest...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

How Tenants try to Defraud Agents - webinar to reveal all this week

A PropTech supplier this week hosts a free webinar for agents to shed light on the rise of attempted tenancy fraud...

16 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

Will 2024 see the end of private rental sector licensing?

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given what some commentators have interpreted as a sign that private rental sector licensing from councils...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Recent rise in buy to let landlords quitting, confirms Bank of England

A new Bank of England survey has confirmed a growing outflow of landlords from the private rental sector since 2020. The Bank’s...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government house building failures as rental supply drops

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to build more affordable homes. The latest data from the Scottish Government itself shows that the...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

Propertymark has laid out its proposals to the Scottish Government ahead of its 2024-25 Budget next week. The letting agents’ trade body...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Shelter plots huge email campaign to stop Renters Reform Bill ‘watering down’

Campaigning charity Shelter claims there’s a conspiracy amongst MPs, landlords and others in the private rental sector to water down the...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils enforcing rental licensing are on brink of bankruptcy

Scores of councils that enforce licensing regimes on the private rental sector claim they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Almost one...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has set out its pro-agency position on a range of issues contained in the Renters Reform Bill, currently trundling through...

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

Affordability Crisis means rent rises cannot continue at this pace - Savills

Savills is warning that despite strong income growth, rising rents are stretching the finances of those in the private rental sector.  Savills...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank buys homes from house builder to let to tenants

Lloyds Banking Group, which announced back in 2020 that it was to become involved in the private rental sector, is buying...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hunt’s lack of support for rental sector still subject of criticism

Last week’s Autumn Statement - which fell short of expectations in terms of help for the private rental sector - is...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

It looks like more politicians are preparing a U-turn on energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. Media reports indicate there...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New industry group includes agents and small landlord organisations

The first meeting has been held of the Housing Coalition, a new group including Propertymark and some landlord bodies. A statement from...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Should letting agents police the quality of homes to rent?

A prominent housing expert has told MPs that letting agents could be used to police the standards off homes made available...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ chief warns MPs on need for court reform and more bailiff capacity

Propertymark has called on the government to retain the option of fixed-term tenancies in the private rental sector where it is...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock as Rent Controls backed by Judicial Review decision

There’s been widespread dismay in the industry as the outcome of a Judicial Review has backed the Scottish Government’s objective of...

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Top agency insists rental sector negativity is exaggerated

Leaders Romans Group claims the pessimistic mood which many say surrounds the private rental sector is exaggerated. It has surveyed its landlord...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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 survey to help politicians make rental policy

The Welsh Housing Minister has committed to a Housing Survey to assist its policies for the private rental sector. Propertymark has been...

27 October 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

Surprise as council praises local agents for ‘giving back’

Councils have become increasingly hostile towards agents in recent times, with increased regulation and licensing of the private rental sector in...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Reapit’s new PropTech deal pledges to cut through licensing red tape

Reapit has inked a deal with fast-expanding PropTech service Kamma to automate information about private rental sector council licensing. This year is...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency claims landlords not quitting rental sector in droves

A lettings agency - Leaders Romans Group - claims that landlords are not quitting the private rental sector in droves after...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let has grown massively in recent years - new statistics

Government data shows that as of 2022 some 15.29 per cent of homes in England are privately rented, with 14.9 per...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rayner’s Section 21 Reform must not kill private rental sector - warning

Propertymark has fired a broadside at Labour saying it must provide agents with a proper court system to handle evictions. Labour deputy leader...

10 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

Agents’ leader tells government to incentivise private rental sector

The chief executive of Propertymark has reiterated his call for the government to make investment in buy to let attractive. Nathan Emerson says:...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - First rental market forecast for 2024

Zoopla has issued the first major private rental sector market forecast for 2024. Rental growth this year is on track to end...

15 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Council houses will cut rental demand - Rayner sets out agenda

Labour’s new shadow Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, Angela Rayner, says she will put council Housing at the heart of...

13 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Scams expert joins board of The Property Ombudsman

The Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team is one of two new non-executive directors at The Property Ombudsman. Louise Baxter...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Many councils enforcing rental regulations face ‘effective bankruptcy’

A survey of local authorities in some of the poorest areas of the country - bodies which enforce many private rental...

06 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency says tenants are ‘trapped’ by shortage of choice

An agency’s survey of tenants reveals that three quarters feel ‘trapped’ because of the lack of choice in the private rental...

05 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

Propertymark on board with new Private Rental Sector group

Propertymark’s policy and campaigns director is one of the founding members of a body called the Landlord Leaders Community, which has just...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Union urges government not to give in to private rental experts

The National Union of Students is urging the government not to give in to what it calls “exploitative” private rental sector...

30 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb supply 'slashed 80% by new controls' - report bombshell

A report being considered by a council says one of the UK’s biggest cities could see an 80 per cent collapse in...

24 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC Ratings - rental sector won't improve without grants, warns legal expert

A legal expert says there is too little practical help available to transform the energy efficiency reputation of the private rental...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Incentives for private rental sector could help cut homelessness - claim

The private rental sector could play a far greater role in helping to end homelessness in Scotland, according to a new...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Beef up enforcement for private renting, demands pressure group

The Nationwide Foundation - a pressure group funded by the Nationwide - says more effective enforcement is required for the private...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank names agency to manage its private rental stock

Lloyds Banking Group has announced the lettings agency chain that it wants to look after its upcoming Build To Rent units. The...

09 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Client Account Closures - another lettings body demands action

A second lettings sector body is demanding government action over the problem of client account closures. Accreditation service Safeagent says the government...

09 August 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank announces latest private rental sector initiative

Details have been given of Lloyds Bank’s latest dive into the Build To Rent market. Its BTR arm, Citra, has acquired 49...

07 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark's legal plea to government - ‘be fair to rental sector’

Propertymark has issued another plea to the government to be fair to the private rental sector - this time regarding a...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Lawyers warn that Renters Reform Bill will reduce supply

A law firm says the Renters Reform Bill is driving buy to let investors to quit because of their fears over...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPCs - Rightmove warns it could take DECADES to retrofit

A new analysis by Rightmove suggests it could take literally decades for the private rental sector to conform with stricter energy...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rishi Sunak hints at fundamental reform of EPC system

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has thrown his weight behind Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to delay deadlines for EPC improvements in...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC targets threaten private rental sector if they are unchanged

Stricter proposals for energy efficiency under review by the government risk damaging the private rental sector if they remain unchanged. That’s the...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Stock Drought - more evidence of shocking under-supply

A study by consumer intelligence service TwentyCi shows a continued severe under-supply of properties in the private rental sector.  It says that...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Threat of pets in lets shows need for inventories - claim

The increasing likelihood that the private rental sector will be obliged to allow more pets into lets simply demonstrates the need...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told to lobby MPs over Renters Reform Bill

It appears almost certain that the Second Reading of the Renters Reform Bill - expected some weeks ago - will not...

14 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

Agents hit with record licensing fines says PropTech firm

London letting agents and landlords have so far been hit with more than £900,000 in fines in the first half of...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart announces key lettings appointments

Spicerhaart Lettings has expanded expands its property management division with two key appointments. Natalie Giles has been appointed as the new Property...

28 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Chancellor’s Crisis Meeting - pleas for rental help mount

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is today charing a crisis meeting of mortgage lenders, as calls mount for him to take action to...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill is chance to professionalise sector - PropTech chief

The Renters Reform Bill can be the perfect opportunity for the industry to become more professional - just so long as...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Fight Back Against Rent Controls - rallying call to agents

Two prominent trade bodies representing elements of the private rental sector are fighting back against the latest attempt to impose rent...

09 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Police and agents must work to stop Sex For Rent scandal

Propertymark has made a strident set of demands of the government in a bid to end the so-called Sex For Rent...

08 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Key reasons why agents use IT revealed by PropTech survey

A new survey reveals that the safety of client funds is one of the key reasons why letting agents look to...

08 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill to dominate free webinar for agents

Zoopla has announced it’s hosting its quarterly market update next Wednesday, June 14, to discuss how agents can keep their business...

07 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill needs to be even tougher - claim

The Nationwide Foundation - a charitable foundation founded by the Nationwide Building Society - says the Renters Reform Bill should be...

06 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer urges letting agents to go on the offensive

I was surprised the other day to read statistics from the English Housing Survey about how many landlords use letting agents. In...

05 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector still a big money-earner for tax authorities

Investors and second home buyers contributed over a quarter of all property taxes in the last year according to a property...

02 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Beef Up Selective Licensing - think tank recommendations

A left-leaning think tank which says it champions ‘left-behind Londoners’ is demanding a turbo-charged version of selective licensing to be run...

26 May 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

Agent training service wins backing from exam watchdog

Not for profit accreditation service safeagent has seen two of its lettings qualifications officially recognised by exam watchdog Ofqual.  Safeagent as an...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons beefs up compliance with new PropTech partnership

Foxtons is to give its agents access to a compliance management and checking service. Fran Giltinan, Managing Director - Property Management &...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief insists Renters Reform Bill is not anti-landlord

The controversial Renters Reform Bill is not the anti-landlord charter that some in the h system claim it to be. That’s the...

18 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

Message To Gove - ditch the rhetoric, give us details

The main landlord body wants more details behind the soundbite rhetoric of the Renters Referm Bill, launched today in Parliament. Ben Beadle,...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - just a delay or a major rethink?

The government has back-tracked on its decision to publish the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill this week. The Mirror newspaper reports that “procedural issues”...

10 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

Inventories to become key as fire rules tighten further - claim

A trade body says inventories are set to play an increasingly important role in the private rental sector as fire regulations...

05 May 2023

From: Breaking News

So Much For Rent Controls - figures show increases, not falls

Property portal Citylets says average rents in Scotland rose 12.4 per cent in the past year to £1,007 per month -...

27 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent controls hurt lettings as government flounders

Research from Propertymark highlights a growing concern for the private rental sector in Scotland. As the Scottish National Party lurches from crisis...

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector housing quality blasted by think tank report

A think tank claims one in six young people live in poor quality housing, often in the private rental sector. The claim...

20 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Message to Gove: EPC rule changes “devastating” for rental sector

A lettings agency chief says tighter EPC targets will be “devastating” for the private rental sector. Ben Quaintrell - managing director of...

14 April 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

New Scottish leader is bad news for rental sector, warns agent

New Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf is bad news for the private rental sector, a prominent lettings agent warns. David Alexander -...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker - Head of Redress for the Property Redress Scheme

Introduce yourself A: My name is Sean Hooker. I have worked for the HFIS group for sixteen years, originally helping set...

23 March 2023

From: 60 Second Interview

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