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Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Enough! With 15 rental sector ‘consultations’ it’s time for action

A trade body says there are 15 formal government consultations going on within the private rental sector - and now it’s...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will require better contracts, says mortgage chief

The buy to let sector should prepare itself for issues which may arise if the government goes ahead with its intention...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent sector now consists of almost 100,000 units

Latest figures suggest that there are almost 100,000 Build To Rent units either completed, under construction or awaiting planning permission across the...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in pensioners who rent privately, warns pressure group

The pressure group Generation Rent - often identified with highlighting issues concerning young tenants - is now warning of a massive...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The will is there to provide longer tenancies, says trade body

The will exists in the private rental sector to provide the longer term tenancies advocated by the government, says a trade...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising but rate of growth slows significantly

Average rents across the UK rose a modest 0.9 per cent in the year to October, taking the country's average to...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mandatory agents' training: Agency groups back government proposal

Agency groups have spoken in favour of the government’s call for letting agents to be trained as a mandatory part of...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide warns that Brexit could cut demand for rental units

The Nationwide has set out a comprehensive study of how migrstion impacts on housing demand in the UK, especially in the...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market to benefit from first time buyers' inexperience

The private rental sector is likely to benefit as a result of first time buyers’ lack of understanding of the timings,...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils accused of inadequately policing private rental sector

Almost 60 per cent of councils across Britain have not prosecuted any landlord for any offence in the past year according...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call on government for leaseholders to get fair treatment

It is 50 years since the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 became law and now a firm speciaising in enfranchisement extension wants the government...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Free seminar for agents on sub-letting and rental sector changes

A leading legal firm is staging a free and interactive seminar on sub-letting, aimed at letting agents. The event takes place on...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

MPs from the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness have spoken out on the need to help homeless people into the...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

PropTech company PayProp says the government’s outline proposal for greater regulation of the private rental sector should be treated as good...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Five weeks before one of lettings sector's biggest ever rule changes

One of the most dramatic changes in the UK’s private rental sector regulations is set to take place in five weeks...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage interest change particularly hits large-portfolio BTL investors

New analysis shows how the phasing out of mortgage interest tax relief for buy to let investors may prove a particular...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

Only two out of every 10 private rental sector landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: government issues hefty 95-page guidelines for lettings sector

The government has published long-awaited guidelines for the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the private rental sector.   The hefty 95-page...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Info for agents: This is how to tell MPs about reform of rental sector

Agents have until November 24 - two days after the next Budget - to submit evidence to the latest probe into...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must communicate better with landlords and tenants says BTL expert

A leading buy to let expert is calling on agents to work more closely with landlords and tenants to improve communications...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra affordable housing cash may help clean up private rental sector - claim

The National Landlords’ Association says the extra £2 billion in funding made available by the government for additional affordable housing may...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Under-35s pay approaching half the UK's total rent bill, says Savills

The increasing number of renters and low interest rates for existing home owners mean that the total rent bill is now...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Tories unveil slew of new controls for private rental sector

The Conservatives have used their annual conference in Manchester to unveil a raft of new controls and regulations applying to the...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Half of tenants have stayed for five years or more, survey reveals

A new survey by a property insurance firm suggests more than half of private rental sector tenants have remained in the same...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Shelter queries whether rent controls would really work

The housing charity Shelter - which in recent years has been aggressively critical of letting agencies and landlords in the private...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Many agents and landlords seek only high-salary tenants - claim

Even those earning average salaries risk being priced out of the lettings market by high rents according to an insurance agency.    Research...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent will never meet demand by tenants, government told

A trade body says the expanding Build To Rent sector will never be large enough to meet tenant demand and as...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Spike in new rental listings according to board company survey

  Agency Express says there has been a bounce in the number of new lettings listings across the UK.   Following unusually slow activity...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation from October 1 - just the latest London council to tighten its private...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees much bigger worry than online agents, says state-of-the-sector report

Repairs software provider Fixflo has issued its annual state-of-the-lettings-industry report - with fees the biggest concern to letting agents.   Some 42 per...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to get behind Gas Safety Week and check appliances

NALS is urging letting agents and other property professionals to get behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until Friday,.    It says thousands...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising 2.4% across the UK as London returns to growth

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent during August - the highest rate of annual growth...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Here's how much it costs to run one lettings property per year

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.    The numbers...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'could become a car crash next month' - warning

The buy to let market risks becoming a car crash following the changes of lending rules for so-called portfolio landlords with...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister rules out rent controls for rest of this parliament

Housing minister Alok Sharma has told a major residential conference that rent controls will definitely not be a policy of the...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of buy to let mortgage products surges to 1,725

The number of new buy to let mortgages available to investors has hit 1,725 - its highest point since 1,942 products...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: trade body wins £1.5m funding for lettings energy changes

The Residential Landlords Association has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON - the only such funding dedicated solely...

13 September 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL unveils new partnership to strengthen Build To Rent activities

LSL Property Services’ new consultancy and management service for the Build To Rent sector - PRSim - has teamed up with...

12 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says landlord numbers down but portfolio sizes are up

The number of landlords has fallen over the last two years despite a rise in supply of homes available to rent,...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body seeks volunteers to discuss rental issues with government

A trade body is seeking volunteers to meet with government officials to discuss future initiatives for the private rental sector.    The volunteers...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says Build To Rent could help solve housing crisis

A respected letting agency research head says Build To Rent could be a significant step towards solving the overall shortage of...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo graduates in London could spend 75% of pay on rent

Graduates sharing in London spend upwards of 45 per cent of their monthly take home pay on accommodation according to a...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New bank targets professional investors in the private rental sector

Redwood Bank, an online institution which says one of its target customers is the professional landlord within the private rental sector,...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - role of parental finance help in private rental sector

The Bank of Mum and Dad isn’t just a phenomenon in the sales market - new research shows it’s a growing...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New Build To Rent scheme reveals rent, fees and facilities details

A new Build To Rent scheme from specialist developer Get Living is to charge from £410 a week for units at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tell the Chancellor what he should do ... but please, be polite

Now you have a rare opportunity to tell Phillip Hammond and Treasury civil servants exactly where they are going wrong with...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New figures show the onward march of Build To Rent

New figures compiled by the British Property Federation chronicle the continuing growth of Build To Rent across the country.    The BPF says...

22 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency chief says landlords should become more professional

The boss of a lettings agency in London says there is a need for the private rental sector to become more professional...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says there's been 33% fall in tenants entering lettings market

The number of tenants entering the market across the UK has risen by 7.3 per cent on the month - but...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Academic alleges massive tax evasion across private rental sector

An economics academic says the country’s taxpayers should be “very angry” with the government for failing to collect taxes to which...

15 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Council private rental sector licensing offering 50% discounts

Redbridge council in London is offering 50 per cent off the cost of its private rental sector licensing scheme until September...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence ebbing away in private rental sector, says trade body

Buy to let investors are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields, according to recent figures from...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL's new PRSim brand makes pitch for Build To Rent business

LSL Property Services has unveiled PRSim, its new brand offering services to the burgeoning Build To Rent sector.   PRSim offers “data, consultancy and...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise again after recent falls, says HomeLet

Rents are gently rising again after some months of small dips according to HomeLet.    It says the average new tenancy signed during...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 81,000 Build To Rent units in England completed or planned

New government figures reveal that there are 80,855 Built To Rent homes either completed or planned.    It says investment in this element...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in ex-pats investing in UK buy to let, says lender

Specialist mortgage lender Skipton International says it has received over £500m of expat mortgage enquiries for UK buy to let property...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings demand to stay high as '30% of tenants plan never to buy'

New data from a survey of tenants suggests demand for the private rental sector looks set to be high for the...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body establishes 'research lab' to inform lettings policy

The Residential Landlords Association has established the Private renting Evidence, Analysis & Research Lab - PEARL - to better inform policy-making...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands 'power shift' in favour of private tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter - which last week suggested landlords were more likely to quit buy to let because they grew old...

31 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter insists age, not taxes, forces landlords to quit buy to let

The reasons behind ‘landlord churn’ - when buy to let investors sell up - are more connected with personal circumstances than...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body angry over misleading and distorted evictions report

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written an angry letter of protest to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation following the publication of what...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

With a host of changing regulations hitting the private rental sector, some landlords may be put off using letting agents, but...

20 July 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Sharma told that London licensing proposal is his 'first big test'

Beleagured housing minister Alok Sharma has been told by a London council that his decision over an application for a borough-wide...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market cooling during early summer, says Agency Express

There’s been a cooling in the lettings market in the early part of summer - a time when the sector is...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent firms say housing survey show need for new sector to grow

The findings of the most recent English Housing Survey, an annual report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rental growth 'not driven by foreign investors' says Countrywide

Countrywide says the rapid growth in the size of the private rental sector in recent years is not down to a...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rental tenants 'more satisfied with housing than social tenants'

The myth has been broken - tenants in the private rental sector are more satisfied with their accommodation than those in...

15 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for independent complaints body to be set up for private renting

Private renters aren’t pressing agents and landlords to carry out repairs to their home over fears they’ll be evicted, claims Citizens...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm says agencies must modernise as lettings sector expands

Letting agents need to modernise and digitise to prepare for a surge in the size of the private rental sector according...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let: investors buying smaller homes with larger yields

Landlords continue to look for cheaper, higher-performing properties according to the results of an index produced by Mortgages for Business. An analysis...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants' charter launches in borough with 40% private renters

A new charter has been launched to promote the rights of tenants in a London borough where, for the first time...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent on the march in major Scottish cities

Purpose-built and professionally-managed Build To Rent - until now seen as a primarily London phenomenon - appears on the march in Scotland...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Really? Around half of agents back fees ban, survey suggests

A survey of letting and estate agencies suggest around half broadly back the changes to the private rental sector outlined in...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told to tackle private rental damp, condensation and mould

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has commissioned buy to let expert Kate Faulkner to assess issues in the private rental sector -...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for national lettings agency service

The UK-wide property management firm and private rental sector specialist has rebranded its lettings agency service as Touchstone Agent Solutions.   The firm...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New insurance product launched aimed at Buy To Let sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender LandBay has teamed up with financial services giant Legal & General to provide a new...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tells trade body - new EPC rules will come in next April

The Residential Landlords’ Association has been told in no uncertain terms by the government that changes to Energy Performance Certificate scheduled...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental growth slows as London goes negative, index claims

The average rent of a new letting in the UK grew by 0.24 per cent in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest 'Rugg Review' for private rental sector calls for evidence

The latest investigation into the ability of the private rental sector to meet the needs of the population is calling for...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 50% of buy to let lending now goes to 'company landlords'

Over half the value of buy to let lending in the second quarter of this year was provided to limited companies...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

A minister at the Departrment of Communities and Local Government has set out the government’s position in terms of the fire-related...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh Government offers free cladding tests for private rental sector

The BBC is reporting that the Welsh government is offering private buy to let investors who have properties in high-rise buildings...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

The head of the parent firm of mydeposits is warning tenants and landlords tempted to enter into new ‘no-deposit’ schemes to...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet sister company launches revolutionary rent collection system

Barbon Insurance Group, owner of HomeLet, today formally launches what it calls a "revolutionary" rent payment system aimed at locking tenants into...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group urges checks on white goods across private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association is urging checks on white goods in privately rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.    The association is...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

The substantial majority of landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in one London borough if the government agrees...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

The consumer group Citizens Advice says it welcomes the Queen’s Speech confirmation of the upcoming ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims 11.6% drop in available letting stock since 2011

The UK rental market has seen a slump of 11.6 per cent in available stock over the last six years, according...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents down 4.8 per cent in a year says Knight Frank

Rents in prime central London are down 4.8 per cent in the past year according to Knight Frank - a slightly...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Uber announces first involvement with private rental sector

Uber and a Build To Rent developer have announced a PropTech deal which will see the transport company getting involved in...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Data suggests fewer people ending tenancies because of bad conditions

Data gathered for a specialist insurance firm suggests that 14 per cent of private tenants have moved in the last five...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector still strong according to major specialist lender

The Paragon Group of Companies has reported that its new buy to let lending totalled £556.2m for the six months to the end...

24 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

The first letting agents to have completed a new training course aimed at improving services for tenants and landlords have graduated.    Some...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reminder for agents and landlords - act now ahead of MEES

An investment company says agents and landlords should start taking measures to ensure their properties comply with the new Minimum Energy...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings market wobbling according to figures from board company

Data from Agency Express suggests that the lettings market is wobbling with a sharp decline in its usual measure - the...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector.   In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit drop in EU student numbers 'significant impact on rentals'

A seven per cent fall in the number of EU students seeking places at UK universities, matched with a 4.3 per...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors vague on cost of mortgage interest change

Almost half of the investors in the private rental sector do not know what the changes in mortgage relief will cost...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals 6,000 private rental complaints - only one prosecution

A prominent campaigning letting agent has discovered that more than 6,000 tenants in one region alone have complained to local authorities...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall in London for the first time in almost eight years

Rents on new tenancies in London fell by 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months to April - the first...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade bodies join with authority to form 'Private Rental Standard'

The National Landlords Association and Residential Landlords Association have joined forces with Leeds city council to create a new accreditation system...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

No surprise as poll reveals majority of public want no letting agents' fees

A survey conducted for a property sales platform shows a very substantial majority of the public against any agents' fees being...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon refreshes mortgage offer for 'diverse buy to let market'

A well known specialist mortgage lender for the buy to let sector, Paragon, has refreshed its offering in the light of...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour not ruling out rent controls as possible manifesto pledge

A senior Labour spokesman has refused to rule out rent controls as a possible manifesto commitment for the June 8 General...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS wants 'rogues database' extended to include more agents

The National Approved Lettings Scheme has called for the London Mayor’s new rogue agents’ database to be extended to include those...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body repeats call for private rental sector 'housing court'

The Residential Landlords Association has repeated its calls for a new housing court “to speed up justice for landlords and tenants.”   The...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developers say they want three-year tenancies as the norm

The British Property Federation says it is doing all it can to urge the fledgling Build To Rent sector to fall...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over third of adults now living in rental sector, claims survey

Over a third of adults are now living in some sort of social or private rental accommodation.    New research from insurance firm...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Another 68 units unveiled at south London Build To Rent scheme

Build To Rent operator L&Q has delivered another 68 homes in part of a drive which it says will eventually produce...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says buy to let returns at record high, despite tax changes

Private landlords’ net income has risen 39 per cent in the last five years, jumping from £10.8 billion to £15 billion...

13 April 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

Tenant's forgotten £5,250 deposit is just the tip of the iceberg

A tenant has been tracked down after a year-long exercise and has now picked up the deposit he forgot to collect...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm offers to interview renters face-to-face

A family-run firm is offering a tenant referencing service involving a face-to-face interview of prospective tenants in their current accommodation.   It claims...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of private tenants wouldn't admit to damaging property

Just over a quarter of all tenants across private and public housing would not say if they had caused significant damage...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Green light for another Build To Rent development in London

Build To Rent operator Essential Living has won planning consent for 221 new homes in Brentford - part of the firm’s...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports 12% surge in homes to let and slowing rent rises

The remaining overhand of last year’s buy to let buying surge by landlords means the annual rate of rent rises has...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge has cut level of rental growth - claim

The speed at which rents across are growing has more than halved since a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on second...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let specialist gives upbeat forecast, despite tax changes

Specialist buy to let lender Paragon Mortgages has given an upbeat forecast for the private rental sector, despite the arrival of...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector increases as 'young adult owner' numbers plunge

Analysis of the government's latest English Housing Survey figures shows that there’s been a further decline in the home ownership rate...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent 'provides cover for the buy to let bigots' - claim

The website of a respected political weekly journal says Right To Rent’s immigration checks provide cover for “buy to let bigots”...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to act now as MEES energy efficiency countdown starts

This weekend marks one year to go before the introduction of new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - which are expected to...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: trade body's concern over 'further sanctions'

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written to an immigration minister to express its concern over possible ‘further sanctions’ for landlords who...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Muted welcome for latest review of private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association has welcomed the new Rugg Review into the state of the private rental sector - but few...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

New independent review into private rental sector now underway

There is to be a new high-level and independent review of the private rental sector in England.   The Nationwide Foundation is funding...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord group wants agents' views on private rental sector

The Residential Landlords’ Association is calling on letting agents in the organisation to contribute to their latest research.    “As part of our...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency boss calls stamp duty surcharge 'a government own goal'

The chief executive of Andrews Property Group says the government’s three per cent additional homes stamp duty surcharge on buy to...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tax change leads to huge fall in growth for private rental sector

Research by a lettings sector trade body shows that net growth of units within the private rental sector - that is,...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Minister confirms fee ban on its way but rental sector 'improving'

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has confirmed that consultation on the government’s proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP introduces Bill urging greater policing of Airbnb-style short lets

Labour MP Karen Buck has introduced a 10-minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to highlight the dangers of Airbnb-style...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major city to have its first Build To Rent scheme

Bath is to have a major Build To Rent scheme from Legal & General, believed to be the first development of...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government should create 'Help To Rent' says homelessness charity

Half of England’s local authorities claim it is ‘very difficult’ to assist homeless applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants 'pay half their salaries in rent' - claim

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than home owners according...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords will still use letting agents after fees ban - claim

The substantial majority of landlords who now use letting agents will continue to do so even if they see their premiums...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Local authority reveals its local Letting Agent of the Year

In an era when the relationship between local councils, letting agencies and landlords appears permanently fraught, there is good news from...

20 March 2017

From: Breaking News

LSL beefs up Build To Rent offer with key new hire

LSL’s corporate client department, a subsidiary of LSL Property Services, is beefing up its offer to Build To Rent institutional investors...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants are paying less and staying longer, analysis reveals

Analysis of the government’s respected English Housing Survey suggests that the reality of the private rental sector is far from the...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Jackson-Stops & Staff moves into holiday lettings

Jackson-Stops & Staff has surprised the industry by announcing its expansion into holiday lettings.    The agency’s Sherborne branch is expanding its residential...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major Build To Rent city scheme gets green light

Bristol council has given consent to a 255 unit city centre Build to Rent scheme to be constructed and managed by...

02 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants' shocking lack of knowledge about renting

A survey of 1,000 tenants and landlords has provided evidence of what many agents already know - that the growing complexity...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent 'could deliver 240,000 new homes to let by 2030'

A new report suggests that institutional investment in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector could see the creation of 240,000 new...

27 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator names managing agency for first scheme

L&G, one of the biggest firms involved in Britain’s Built To Rent sector, has named the agency it is appointing to...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban 'highlights need for professional inventories' - claim

Professional independent inventories can save money for landlords at a time when tax changes threaten to make private letting for expensive...

22 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants much stricter regulation on letting agents

The Chartered Institute of Housing wants the government to introduce a raft of new measures including significantly greater regulation of letting...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Sub-let 'agency' markets rental homes on portals and Airbnb

A new form of agency which wants to blend traditional letting with Airbnb-style short lets has launched in London.    Lavanda claims it...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister wants agents to say what they think of White Paper

Housing minister Gavin Barwell is organising a series of regional meetings for property professionals to give him their view of his...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

17 letting agencies sign up to Labour MP's rental charter

A total of 17 letting agencies have signed up to a rental charter set up by a Labour MP.   Alan Whitehead, Labour...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Person needs £40k salary to rent alone in London - claim

A new online estate agency based in London says that to rent the recommended space for a single person in the...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

City seeking to introduce third phase of selective licensing

Manchester, which already has a major private rental sector licensing scheme, is now consulting on extending it with a third phase...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

The need for letting agencies to assist landlords with the increasingly-complicated private rental sector has been hammered home by the results...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Short-lets explosion: 'Airbnb time limits just won't work'

The explosion in the short-lets sector continues apace with one third of London councils telling the BBC that Airbnb’s 90-day time...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising twice as fast as a year ago claims Countrywide

Countrywide says that last month the cost of a new let was 2.6 per cent higher than in the same month...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let investors 'set to reduce portfolios in next year'

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will NOT apply to Buy To Let properties

The government has stepped in to clear up misunderstandings emerging from the Housing White Paper following its high profile call for...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent in England and Wales is £811 says Your Move

Average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it according to figures from Your Move relating to England and Wales.   The average...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban still unlikely to be introduced until 2018

The government’s Housing White Paper may have made many broad pledges aimed at the private rental sector, but it still remains...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger at government 'failing to fix broken market'

Agents and many industry bodies have expressed their disappointment and anger at many provisions of the Housing White Paper produced by...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Government considers mandatory Client Money Protection

The government has announced in its Housing White Paper that it is still “working with industry experts” to consider whether Client...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest Build To Rent scheme emphasises 'no agents'

Wembley Park in north London is to host Britain’s largest Build To Rent scheme yet after Quintain revealed a programme for...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let pleads to be kept at centre of White Paper's rental plans

The Residential Landlords Association has made a last-minute plea for buy to let investors to remain central to the government’s plans...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet warns that rents could start to fall in near future

Rents in the UK were an average of just 0.7 per cent higher last month than in January 2016, the latest...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls to two-year low according to ARLA

There were 26 prospective tenants registered at each member branch of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - the lowest level...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Broken boiler warning to agents and landlords - it's still winter...

Specialist insurer Direct Line for Business is warning agents and landlords that while winter has so far been relatively mild, February...

27 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council ditches licensing plans but still seeking alternatives

A new task group is being set up to explore how a council can tackle what it calls “problems with private...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lending improves, but driven mostly by remortgaging

Gross buy to let lending increased in November to the highest monthly level since the stamp duty surcharge was introduced in...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Think tank calls for more tenant-power in private rental sector

  The think tank IPPR has called for increased tenant-power within the private rental sector to give renters the kind of clout...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultancy beefs up team for Build To Rent and resi investment

Cushman & Wakefield has added a partner and an associate director to its Residential Investment & Private Rented Sector team.  Fergus Jack,...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Self-service portal for Build To Rent launched by two PropTech firms

Qube Global Software and PropTech start-up Engage have combined forces to deliver self-service portals to residents within the growing Build to...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents may not be able to rise further in 2017, warns HomeLet

Rent increases across the UK are now running at an average that is less than half the level of a year...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New podcasts aim to educate agents, landlords and tenants

Hamilton Fraser - parent company to several key brands operating in the private rental sector - has launched a series of...

09 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

'How about a list of rogue tenants?' asks leading journalist

A leading personal finance journalist - and a former editor of Landlord Today - has used the columns of right wing...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Think-tank claims many more private renters than previously thought

The Resolution Foundation, a think tank, claims that home ownership is far lower than is widely believed to be the case...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Council introducing up to four licensing schemes after policy U-turn

Manchester council - which previously described selective licensing schemes in the private rental sector as ineffective - has done a U-turn...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today - this is what's in store

This is the final Letting Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents back beefed-up campaign against changes to mortgage tax relief

The campaigners against planned changes to mortgage interest tax relief - set to come into effect from April, phased over four...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

UK rents grew 1.2% in 2016 - but 1.9% if you exclude London

Rents across the UK grew by a modest 1.12 per cent in 2016 according to buy to let lender Landbay -...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council claims it receives 2,000 private rental complaints annually

Sheffield council claims it receives 2,000 complaints relating to private rental sector conditions each year - and in one month it...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body rejects London mayor's call for yet more rental licensing

The National Landlords Association has rejected a central plank of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan for housing - the introduction of yet more...

23 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

Energy efficiency regs could make many homes un-rentable - claim

Around one in 12 properties currently available on the rental market could become un-rentable by 2018 if government energy efficiency plans...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London's annual rent rise is lowest across all of UK, says HomeLet

Rents in London rose by just 1.6 per cent over the year to the end of November - the lowest increase...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees: Agency boss wants 'Fairness' campaign for tenants and landlords

The head of a major lettings agency in Brighton says fees can work out to be “disproportionately high for tenants” but...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Government consults over 'banning orders' for rogue agents

The government has launched an official consultation process on a package of measures to crack down on what it calls ‘rogue...

14 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sales collapse 64 per cent in 12 months, claims agency

The number of buy to let transactions across England and Wales has fallen 8.2 per cent in one month and is down an...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS agency members say rents will rise in 2017 as demand grows

The latest market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests rents will rise in 2017 for one simple reason...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Christmas warning over carbon monoxide in private rental properties

A health and safety product manufacturer is issuing a warning about the dangers of carbon monoxide alarms, citing figures that up...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Yet another boost for Build To Rent as L&G fund tops £1 billion

The fast-growing Build To Rent sector has seen another boost in investment from a major player - Legal & General.    Earlier this week...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Council proposes one of UK's largest lettings licensing regimes

The local council in Nottingham wants to introduce a city-wide licensing scheme of all landlords across its estimated 43,000 private rental...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Profits like these show why big investors drawn to Build To Rent

Financial results from Grainger, which is already the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, reveals the potential profits to be made by...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

Rents will "unpreventably rise" thanks to the government's proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants and because of its...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Two more big city Build To Rent schemes announced

The largest Build To Rent deal in Bristol has been announced.  Grainger, the UK's largest listed residential landlord, will forward fund, acquire...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Prominent buy to let lender still bullish despite attacks on sector

Paragon Mortgages’ parent firm, the Paragon Group of Companies, remains bullish about the buy to let sector despite the series of...

28 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Good lettings news at last - buy to let mortgages are cheaper

There is good news to end a difficult week for the letting agency industry - there’s been a further drop in...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developer reaches landmark 1,000th property

Sigma, a Build To Rent developer, has completed and let its 1,000th rental home - a symbol of this fast-growing part...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent sector now gets its own awards event

In a sign of how prominent Build To Rent has become, this niche sector has now triggered a company to set...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Quintessentially launches into prime London lettings market

There’s a new player in prime London’s burgeoning lettings sector - Quintessentially Estates.  The new division is to be led by Quintessentially...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

UK only 15th best buy to let investment location in Europe

The UK is only the 15th best place in Europe to enjoy high returns from buy to let according to currency...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Britain on brink of Build To Rent explosion says letting agency

New research suggests the UK is on the brink of a large-scale, commercially developed, owned and operated Build To Rent sector. A...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns city licensing scheme as simply a landlord tax

One the leading letting agencies in Brighton has sharply criticised a proposal by the local council to introduce a selective licensing...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage lending now 19% lower than a year ago

There’s been a significant drop in the amount borrowed by buy to let investors over the past year, despite a rise...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Unsafe gas appliances in a third of private rental properties - claim

Unsafe gas appliances have been found in 21 per cent of privately-rented flats and houses according to Gas Safe Register.   Investigation data...

17 November 2016

From: Breaking News

A quarter of buy to let investors will quit, warns trade body

A survey of 1,000 buy to let investors by the Residential Landlords’ Association shows that around a quarter are saying they...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: affordability means spare bedrooms are on the way out

Affordability pressures in the private rental sector mean that far fewer tenants are now renting properties with spare bedrooms according to...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Hands off Buy to Let' mortgage chief tells the government

Another prominent mortgage chief has called on the government to show its support for the private rental sector by repealing some...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let valuations drop 13.3% in a year says Connells

Buy to let activity has contracted by over an eighth in the past 12 months according to Connells Group's survey and...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief demands government support for rental sector

A leading mortgage industry spokesman says he hopes Theresa May's "more balanced approach" to housing policy will trigger government support for...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Cheaper to rent than buy in 84% of the UK

Credit rating consultancy Experian says it is cheaper to rent than buy in 84 per cent of areas, while it's cheaper...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Two weeks to go - agents MUST register for Rent Smart Wales, warns ARLA

Only just over two weeks remain for letting agents and landlords operating in Wales to register with the Rent Smart Wales...

08 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Noose tightens around Airbnb 'hosts' who abuse lettings system

Local authorities appear to be at the forefront of identifying abuses of the Airbnb short-let platform and have called executives from...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental growth to outstrip sales price growth in next five years - Savills

In an otherwise-downbeat set of predictions for 2017 and beyond, Savills says that rental growth is likely to outstrip sales price growth...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large regional differences in UK's rental market performance

The average rent for a UK property grew by a negligible 0.05 per cent in October, despite a tiny fall in...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large £105m scheme is latest Build To Rent scheme in pipeline

Specialist Build To Rent developer Moda has announced a large scheme on the site of a former police headquarters in Scotland...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another legal expert speaks against government buy to let tax grab

Buy to let landlords may be forced to raise rents or even sell their properties because of the government’s new tax...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Typical Airbnb listings bring in twice the rent of long-term lettings

Research by data company Propcision has revealed that across London typical Airbnb rental rates for apartments are double that of long-term rental...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Abolish S21 evictions - latest demand from Generation Rent pressure group

The latest demand by anti-letting agent pressure group Generation Rent is for the government to abolish the right of landlords or...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older renters set to soar - 'but conditions must improve'

Age UK says the number of older people renting in the private sector is set to soar in the near future...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Want to know about buy to let tax change problems? It's all here...

Some of the property professionals behind the campaign against the changes to buy to let landlords’ taxation have compiled a comprehensive...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bad news for lettings sector in amended Homelessness Bill

An industry group has analysed changes made to the Homelessness Bill and has concluded that far from being something it could...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Available properties to let now at 18-month high says ARLA

Members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents are reporting stock at an 18 month high.  Members managed on average 193 properties...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan backs Build To Rent and more landlord licensing

London mayor says the private rental sector will play an increasing part in solving the capital’s housing shortage - but insists...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents consulted over London councils' licensing extensions

Brent council in London is seeking the views of agents- as well as landlords, tenants and others - on the extension...

24 October 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

Industry bodies wary of yet more rental sector licensing

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the latest government recommendations for tighter controls on the private rental sector...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fees: NALS launches 'fair fees' forum to consider cap

The National Approved Letting Scheme has stepped into the heated debate about letting agents’ charges by launching what it calls a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body urges major tax breaks to boost Build To Rent

The British Property Federation is urging Chancellor Phillip Hammond to bring in tax measures to help the purpose-built Build To Rent...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'A million tenants suffer from law-breaking landlords' - claim

The outgoing chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter has used the pages of a left-of-centre website to claim that “an estimated...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter's non-stop attack on rental sector is plain wrong

An industry group says the seemingly non-stop attack on the private rental sector by campaigning charity Shelter is “plain wrong.”   After a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' association switches redress scheme after bidding process

The UK Association of Letting Agents will not be using Ombudsman Service: Property to provide its dispute resolution service from the...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Credit crunch 'best thing that could have happened to lettings'

The financial downturn was “probably the best thing that could have happened” to this country’s private rental sector according to lettings...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body accuses agents of 'failing to get a grip' on new laws

A trade body has accused some letting agents and landlords of “failing to get to grips” with several recent legal changes...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour's John Healey back on front bench after 'coup' against Corbyn

Labour’s respected housing expert, John Healey, is now back on the front bench as the party’s housing spokesman after a spat...

11 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let rebellion gathers pace against council licensing plans

Agents and landlords in one of the country’s most politically-volatile cities are preparing to meet the local council to protest at...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

We need another 1.8m homes to rent by 2025 claims RICS

The government must urgently deliver 1.8m new rental homes as new figures from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors reveal a...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider's five-point strategy for government backing

Grainger, the UK’s largest residential property owner and manager listed on the London Stock Exchange, has set out an argument to...

05 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Dramatic tripling in number of central London properties to let

The investment firm London Central Portfolio says the volume of prime central London rental stock has increased dramatically in recent months...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

LGIM appoints former Countrywide manager to bolster BTR activity

LGIM Real Assets has announced the appointment of a former Countrywide fund manager as part of its Build to Rent (BTR)...

26 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rent now at all-time high as market shrugs off Brexit fears

The average rent in England and Wales has reached an all-time high of £846 per month - a year-on-year increase of...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for private rental sector as council drops licensing idea

It appears that Wandsworth Council has backed away from a decision to implement a new landlord licensing scheme.   Research by London Property...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body restates how buy to let sector could solve housing crisis

The chairman of the Residential Landlords’ Association has restated how he sees the private rental sector could help solve the country’s...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up almost everywhere - but pace of growth is slowing

Rents for new tenants across the UK continued to rise during August and now stand at an average of £913 a...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

'Stop attacking buy to let' government is told by news editor

The news editor of London financial daily City AM has made an outspoken attack on the government’s fiscal assaults on the...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords contributing to letting sector problems - report

A report by buy to let guru Kate Faulkner says accidental landlords could unwittingly be contributing to some high profile problems in...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rental supply comes just as demand dips, says ARLA

The number of rental properties on the market is at the highest level this year so far according to the Association...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings technology firm sets out five worst causes of deposit disputes

Cleaning is the number one cause of disputes in the private rental sector since the introduction of tenant deposit protection in...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Many 25-to-45 year olds 'permanent tenants' forecasts one economist

"A large proportion of 25 to 45 year olds will be permanent tenants rather than buyers" a senior economist has predicted.   Tony...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent pioneering new and 'better' construction method

One of Britain’s burgeoning group of Build To Rent operators has struck a deal for 249 of its new homes to...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up just 2.4 per cent in past year, government figures show

Average rents paid by tenants across Great Britain rose by 2.4 per cent in the 12 months to July, according to...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Momentum for mandatory Client Money Protection - now ARLA says yes

Another major organisation within the private rental sector has thrown its weight behind mandatory Client Money Protection for letting agents in the...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Victory for private rental sector as council scraps licensing proposal

A council has scrapped its proposal to introduce a licensing campaign for private sector landlords following large-scale opposition and the formation...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on yet another private rental sector licensing regime

The local authority in Manchester is proposing to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in the north of the city and has...

22 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Northern buy to let surge defies Brexit gloom and London slowdown

Sequre Property Investment says it has seen a five per cent increase in enquiries and a 12.4 per cent increase in...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Board firm's lettings index shows bigger-than-expected summer drop

The latest data from board company Agency Express’ Property Activity Index has shown a larger than usual summer fall in the...

19 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour hopeful wants more licensing, rent controls and landlord buy-outs

Former shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham - now Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - has outlined a string of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency tells Minister: incentivise buy to let, reverse tax changes

Belvoir is calling on the government to reverse its punitive tax policies against buy to let and introduce incentives to make...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New service offers to 'manage' properties let via Airbnb

A new kind of what appears to be an online letting agency is launching today to manage properties listed by individuals...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Now over 60,000 Build To Rent units complete or on their way

There are now 60,139 Build To Rent units constructed or in the pipeline across the UK according to the British Property...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says glut of homes to let is cutting rental growth

Countrywide’s latest lettings index shows rental growth slowing in every region of Britain because of a glut of homes coming to...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government energy policy will push up private rents, insists industry group

Government policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will increase rents for tenants. New laws mean that from...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency network reports lack of family houses across lettings market

Belvoir says the majority of franchise owners in its 170-strong network are reporting a shortage of family housing as one opf...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Independent agency stages conference to discuss future of lettings sector

An enterprising letting agency in the east Midlands is to stage a series of events under the title The Future of...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News

City watchdog about to clamp down on buy to let lending, leaked letter suggests

  A letter from the Financial Conduct Authority, leaked to Sky News, suggests that the body is drawing up plans to tighten...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents rise but sharp fall in number of new tenancies

New data from LonRes suggests achieved rental values rose 0.9 per cent in prime central London over the second quarter of...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's move into sales pays off with five key hires

Five new staff have been appointed at Leeds-based Morgans, bolstering the sales division of a company once known solely for its...

10 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector.   In...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal & General beefs up Build To Rent team with ex-Savills man

Legal & General has appointed a former Savills residential capital markets expert as it beefs up its team ahead of greater...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS says latest call to ban letting agent fees is not the answer

The National Approved Letting Scheme says the most recent call to ban letting agent fees - in a demand made by...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

BBC survey claims to identify 'sky high' rental areas across England

A BBC investigation claims that people living in the private rental sector spend more than a third of their disposable income...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of tenants set to stay in the rental sector says charity

No fewer than 86 per cent of renters - the equivalent of over six million households - have less than a...

05 August 2016

From: Breaking News

London council launches two private sector licence schemes

A London council will introduce two new licensing schemes in the New Year. These make it a legal requirement for landlords to obtain...

05 August 2016

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Near-doubling of private rental sector in just 12 years

Much publicity has been given to the Resolution Foundation’s report into falling home ownership - but the flip side is that...

03 August 2016

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Group slams claim that private rental sector 'not fit for purpose'

An industry body has blasted an analysis of housing trends in England that claims the private rented sector is ‘not fit...

03 August 2016

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Another city centre Build To Rent scheme looks likely

A new £40m Build To Rent scheme has been given the go-ahead for Manchester city centre.   Moorfield, a UK real estate private...

03 August 2016

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Online agency says over half of tenants denied energy improvements

An online lettings agency claims that 58 per cent of tenants who have requested energy improvements to their properties have been...

01 August 2016

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Only one agency rep on board of new Build To Rent body

Savills is the only organisation with an agency wing represented on the first board of the UK Apartment Association, a new...

01 August 2016

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Private rental sector licences costing up to £900 being introduced

Yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme is being drawn up with the claim that it will improve standards of...

01 August 2016

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Build To Rent sector beating Brexit uncertainty says Legal & General chief

One of the biggest players in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector says this new segment of the lettings market is...

28 July 2016

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Increased uncertainty could cause waves in the autumn, admits ARLA

Almost half of letting agents say they have seen uncertainty from their landlord clients “which could cause waves in the rental...

26 July 2016

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Most want to own - but many prefer to rent, admits mortgage chief

The long-term aspiration of most Britons to own their home has not been deterred by the Brexit vote, according to the...

26 July 2016

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Government 'makes it hard for claimants and homeless to privately rent'

Government policy is making it harder than ever for benefits claimants and the homeless to rent homes, according to a new...

26 July 2016

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Scrap stamp duty and end anti-buy to let taxes, urges pressure group

A consumer group dedicated to reducing tax says recent fiscal changes introduced by the government will end up hurting private rental...

25 July 2016

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Industry group says Autumn Statement is chance to rethink housing taxes

The Residential Landlords Association says the build up to the new government‘s Autumn Statement - effectively its first budget - is...

25 July 2016

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Website accuses agents of pocketing fifth of tenants' moving costs

Individuals must find an average of £1,175 to move into a privately rented apartment or house across the UK - or £2,043...

22 July 2016

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New housing minister has gone on record opposing rental licensing

The Residential Landlords’ Association says Gavin Barwell, the new housing minister appointed by Theresa May this week, is a known critic...

22 July 2016

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Short term boost but long term dip in lettings, warns Agency Express

Latest data from board company Agency Express suggests that last month’s lull in the lettings market was short lived - although...

20 July 2016

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Assembly urged to scrap its 3% buy to let stamp duty surcharge

The Residential Landlords Association is asking the Welsh Assembly to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on buy...

20 July 2016

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Young tenants 'pay £44,000 more in rent by age 30' than parents did

The combination of falling home ownership and rising costs in the private rented sector mean that today’s younger generation will have...

20 July 2016

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Industry group welcomes House of Lords' swipe at Build To Rent

The Residential Landlords Association has welcomed a report by the House of Lords that institutional investors behind the Build To Rent...

19 July 2016

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Brexit: 'Racist backlash' will damage rental sector, warns agency

The Belvoir franchise letting agency group has taken the unusual step of calling for clarity on government migration policy.   Belvoir managing director...

18 July 2016

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Media chief, digital analytics expert and mortgage chief join landlord board

The National Landlords’ Association has announced that three new non-executive directors to join its board.   Adrian Jeakings is a former president of...

18 July 2016

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Politician launches 'Big Renters Survey' in bid to set up union

London politician Sian Berry - who was the Green Party candidate for the Mayoral elections in the capital in May -...

15 July 2016

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Trade body claims credit for review of authority's licensing scheme

Controversial licensing conditions for a city’s landlords have been changed following complaints from an industry group.    Liverpool council has modified the conditions...

15 July 2016

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Mayor's office gives public support for Build To Rent in London

In one of the first signals that new London Mayor Sadiq Khan backs Build To Rent, his deputy responsible for housing...

14 July 2016

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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

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Strutt & Parker coup as lettings head arrives from Hamptons International

Kate Eales has been appointed by Strutt & Parker as its new national head of lettings, moving across from Hamptons International...

13 July 2016

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Build To Rent group kicks off 'customer service' training programme

The UK Apartment Association - the umbrella group of Build To Rent suppliers, including some developers and operators - is starting...

13 July 2016

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Consumer group claims some letting agencies flout the law on fees

A report from Citizens Advice claims to show that a city’s letting agents charge a complex array of fees - with...

12 July 2016

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Rent rises slowing says Homelet - too early to see any Brexit effect

Rents across the UK continued to rise during June, but the first half of 2016 has been characterised by a slowing...

12 July 2016

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Aggro between landlords and tenants? No - in fact, quite the reverse

New research shows that far from being a war zone between tenants and landlords, the private rental sector is a haven...

08 July 2016

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Another large Build To Rent scheme announced for south of England

Housing association Radian is to build a £27m scheme of 113 Build To Rent homes in Bournemouth - its fourth BTR...

07 July 2016

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Revealed: huge rise in retirees living in private rental accommodation

A survey by the National Landords’ Association reveals that the number of retired people living in private rented accommodation has soared...

04 July 2016

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Build To Rent chief bids to lure tenants from poorly maintained buy to lets

The chief executive of a new organisation servicing the fast-growing British Build To Rent sector says he hopes in time BTR...

01 July 2016

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Inventory clerks want rethink on proposed letting agencies' fees ban

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says the government should not back a provision in the Renters' Rights Bill which would...

30 June 2016

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Savills snaps up block management and Build To Rent specialist

Chainbow, the specialist block management company that has recently taken a high profile approach to the Build To Rent sector, has...

30 June 2016

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Another buy to let lender moves to 145% rental cover calculation

The TSB is the latest buy to let lender to increase its interest coverage ratio for buy to let mortgages from...

29 June 2016

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More and more would-be buyers opting to rent says agent

A London buying agent is forecasting that the Brexit vote will mean there will be “more and more would-be-buyers opting to rent”...

29 June 2016

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Group sets out rental laws and rules to change because of Brexit

The Residential Landlords’ Association says a period of economic and policy confusion lies ahead for the private rental sector as a...

27 June 2016

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Buy to let in London very difficult to make viable - claim

A buy to let property in London is going to be “very difficult to make viable” in the near future unless...

27 June 2016

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Letting agents unfazed by repercussions of possible Brexit vote

Whatever the outcome of today’s EU Referendum, ARLA says its lettings agent members do not believe supply, demand or rental costs...

23 June 2016

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Yet another council set to adopt private rental licensing scheme

Yet another local authority looks likely to adopt a licensing scheme for private rental sector properties, described as a bid “to...

23 June 2016

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The family is now the most common renting household - claim

An industry group says the family has overtaken the single person - living alone or sharing -  as the most common...

22 June 2016

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Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

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Bank issues dire warning about buy to let market and house prices

Deutsche Bank has issued a dire warning about the buy to let market in the UK, along with a broadside warning...

20 June 2016

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Industry group says massive leap in retired renters of 200,000 since 2012

The number of people living in private rented accommodation in retirement has soared by more than 200,000 in the last four...

20 June 2016

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Shelter claims one-in-23 tenants in some areas are at risk of eviction

Campaigning charity Shelter claims that in some areas of the country no fewer than one-in-23 private rental sector tenants are apparently...

17 June 2016

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Brexit - private rental sector split down the middle says industry body

Around 30 per cent of private rental sector landlords are still undecided about whether they will vote to leave or remain...

16 June 2016

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Controversial lettings Bill in Lords may strengthen electrical checks

A controversial Bill now being considered by the House of Lords has the controversial measure of banning lettings fees - but...

16 June 2016

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Serious rent arrears drop four per cent thanks to higher employment rate

There were 3,100 fewer private rental households in serious rent arrears in the first quarter of this year compared to the...

15 June 2016

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English and Welsh deposits typically £100 bigger than Scottish equivalent

Tenancy deposits in England and Wales are typically £100 dearer than the Scottish equivalent.  Between June 2015 and May 2016, the average...

15 June 2016

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Management buy out on the cards for private rental sector energy supplier

A management buy out appears to be on the cards for Spark Energy, an energy supplier to the lettings and social...

15 June 2016

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Anger over private rental licensing bid which could hit 10,000 homes

A row has broken out between landlords and the council in Oxford, where the local authority is considering a private rental...

14 June 2016

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Right wing group backs Corbyn's private sector Right To Buy idea

It started off as an idea from Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to become Labour leader but today it’s being backed by a...

13 June 2016

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Almost one in five homes to let now advertised with floor-plans - claim

Some 18 per cent of lettings properties are advertised with floorplans according to an analysis of Rightmove listings by a floorplan...

13 June 2016

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Cost of renting for young people rises across Britain, especially London

The average cost of renting a one-bedroom home in Britain has risen to £746 per month - this is the equivalent...

13 June 2016

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Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

An industry body is warning new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan not to think he is helping renters by tying up...

09 June 2016

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Anti-Osborne tax rally this week will hear from raft of industry experts

The line-up has been revealed for the so-called "Tenants’ Tax Summit” this week - the campaign rally for supporters of a...

07 June 2016

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Union renews attack on 'rip off' private rental sector in south east England

A study published by the GMB union claims that London’s well-documented high private rents are now leading to other steep rises...

07 June 2016

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Over a quarter of landlords consider using online letting agents to save money

Some 27 per cent of landlords consider an online letting agency to be a more attractive option for managing property than...

06 June 2016

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Developers and investors lobby government for more Build To Rent

Developers and investors have written to housing minister Brandon Lewis proposing a three-point action plan that could see more than 250,000...

06 June 2016

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New partnership means another 5,000 Build To Rent homes on their way

The burgeoning Build To Rent sector has received another shot in the arm with news that regeneration specialist Sigmas is setting...

06 June 2016

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Rental supply falls in April as letting agents predict prices rises

The supply of rental properties fell by 5% during April when compared to the previous year, according to figures from the...

01 June 2016

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Agency Express data reveals extraordinary surge in lettings

Data released by Agency Express shows a massive spike in activity for the lettings market.  April’s national figures for new listings ‘To...

20 May 2016

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Huge surge in Build To Rent units constructed and in planning pipeline

The number of Build To Rent homes planned across the UK has doubled in just six months to 45,000, according to...

20 May 2016

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Trade body wants lettings energy efficiency deadlines to be delayed

The government is being urged to delay the introduction of new energy efficiency targets in the private rental sector, with a...

18 May 2016

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Letting agency warns against 'easy alternatives' to buy to let

An online letting agency is warning against investors angry at government attacks on the private rental sector looking for ‘easy alternatives’...

17 May 2016

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Retail chief to head up Build To Rent specialist body

Michael Green has been appointed the first chief executive of the UK Apartment Association, a new trade body focusing exclusively on...

16 May 2016

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Sign of the times: ARLA secures first Build To Rent member

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has signed up its first institutional member from the Build To Rent sector. Get Living London...

13 May 2016

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Buy to let returns exceed those from FTSE-100 despite recent challenges

Buy to let returns have exceeded those from the FTSE-100 with average gains of 9.6 per cent across England and Wales...

12 May 2016

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RICS urges agents and landlords to keep up with MEES energy rules

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is urging landlords and agents acting on their behalf to bring themselves up to date...

12 May 2016

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Twitter debate on rental sector licensing to be staged this lunchtime

Letting agents are being invited to join landlords and local authority rental housing experts in a Twitter debate on private rental...

12 May 2016

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Agents and landlords told to take gas safety more seriously

A leading trade body says it’s time for the private rental sector to take gas safety more seriously following a spate...

11 May 2016

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Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

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Mayor Khan's private rental licensing proposal under fire already

Before new London mayor Sadiq Khan has had his first working day in office, his proposals for a private rental sector...

09 May 2016

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Website launches £100 'viewing assistant' service for renters

The Movebubble digital rental service is launching a 'virtual assistant' facility - a person who will use a scooter to attend...

09 May 2016

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Agency chief tells new London mayor: 'treat rental sector as an ally'

The outgoing director of the Your Move chain of lettings agents says the new London mayor - whether Sadiq Khan or...

06 May 2016

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Rents still rising in almost every UK region, HomeLet monitor shows

HomeLet’s monthly rental market monitor shows that rents are still rising across the UK.  It says rents on new tenancies outside of...

05 May 2016

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Joining a franchise lettings agency? That's £2,495 to £150,000...

A business start-up service says the cost of joining a franchise lettings agency can range from £2,495 to a hefty £150,000...

04 May 2016

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Trade body demolishes 'false comparisons' in media rental story

A trade body has hit out at “clear inconsistencies” in an online news report claiming that renting an ‘average London flat’...

03 May 2016

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World's largest 'co-living' rental scheme opens this week in UK

What is described as the world’s largest’ co-living’ scheme opens this week with a 550-bed 11-storey development in west London.  With rents...

03 May 2016

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Supply of rental stock nose-dives according to ARLA

The supply of rental housing stock on letting agents’ books fell sharply in March, to the lowest level since the start...

29 April 2016

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Councils condemned by trade body over poor lettings regulations

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed what it calls “worryingly low levels of enforcement of rented housing regulations” by local authorities. Using...

29 April 2016

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'Unchartered waters' as agency sees biggest-ever rent fall in Scotland

March saw the sharpest month-on-month fall in Scottish rents on record, according to the letting agency Your Move.  Average residential rents in...

27 April 2016

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Buy to let bounces back: average returns hit 18-month high of 12.2%

Good news for agents having to work harder to persuade would-be landlords that buy to let makes financial sense after the...

22 April 2016

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Private rental arrears rise - now account for 9.1% of all rent due

The latest survey of arrears in England and Wales suggests the level now stands at 9.1 per cent of all rent...

22 April 2016

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Average rents at an all-time high across Scotland according to Citylets

Average asking rents in Scotland now stand at £767 per month, up 2.1 per cent over the past year.  The exception to...

21 April 2016

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Industry body warns of Universal Credit 'disaster' for private rental sector

A trade body is warning that the government’s new Universal Credit payments could have a disastrous impact on private lettings with...

20 April 2016

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Agency predicts London two-bed rents to top £2,000 pcm by late summer

Average monthly rents for London two-bed homes will top £2,000 by the late summer according to letting agency Portico.  The average rent...

20 April 2016

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Law expert urges landlords to use not-for-profit agencies, not private ones

A housing law expert says landlords should consider using not-for-profit letting agencies, claiming they have “no big overheads” and have a...

20 April 2016

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Countrywide - not just letting agencies but now into Build To Rent too

Countrywide - which has already acquired a string of letting agencies in recent months - continues to demonstrate its emphasis on...

18 April 2016

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Build To Rent will improve rental sector's understanding of customer service

One of the leading investors in Britain’s fast-growing Build To Rent sector says this new tenure will lift the lettings sector’s...

18 April 2016

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Agency training team now includes buy to let guru Kate Faulkner

One of Britain’s best known and well respected experts on buy to let and the private rental sector, Kate Faulkner, has...

14 April 2016

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Build To Rent: Legal & General beefs up £600m investment team

Legal & General Capital, which is set to be one of the biggest names in the burgeoning Build To Rent sector...

14 April 2016

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Letting agents' fees are major problem for 30% of tenants, claims group

A survey from tenant servicing company Tenants Plus claims that letting agents’ fees are a major problem for approaching a third...

13 April 2016

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Rents continue to rise well above inflation, survey shows

Research by HomeLet shows that rents on new tenancies outside London over the three months to March were on average 4.9...

13 April 2016

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Leading lettings agency takes cautious line on landlord incorporation

One of London’s major letting agencies is urging landlords to take a cautious approach to whether they should incorporate in a...

12 April 2016

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Agency chief gives Cameron 2 out of 10 for lettings sector performance

Ian Wilson, chief executive officer of Martin & Co, has given David Cameron’s government a “two out of 10” score for...

11 April 2016

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Industry body demands action over scandal of 'buy to leave'

Action is needed to tackle the scandal of ‘buy to leave’ investors who are denying Londoners the homes they need, according...

11 April 2016

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Might prime London's rental market benefit from Panama Papers scandal?

One of the capital’s most high profile agents say prime central London’s rental market may be an indirect beneficiary of the...

07 April 2016

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Suspended sentence after dangerous boiler installed at private let

An unregistered gas fitter has been received a suspended prison sentence for illegally installing a gas boiler and undertaking landlord’s gas...

07 April 2016

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Major lettings firm forecasts more agency acquisitions in growing buy to let sector

Belvoir Lettings, which operates over 210 outlets across the UK, has seen its pre-tax profit surge beyond £2m at Belvoir Lettings. In...

05 April 2016

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A real Tory chancellor wouldn't persecute buy to let landlords

An outspoken attack on Chancellor George Osborne’s fiscal measures against the private rental sector have questioned whether he is really a...

04 April 2016

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Reminder to agents: new lettings sector energy efficiency rules start today

Today sees the first step of a long-term government drive to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector through the...

01 April 2016

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TDS and mydeposits launch their custodial deposit schemes today

Two new custodial services are being launched today by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme and Mydeposits. Custodial systems mean deposit money is held...

01 April 2016

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Media criticism building against Osborne's buy to let attacks

More criticism of Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of buy to let reforms has appeared in the mainstream media, with much emphasis...

01 April 2016

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Buy to let tax change opponents plan major London event this summer

The two landlords behind the bid to seek a judicial review of George Osborne’s buy to let mortgage interest relief tax...

31 March 2016

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UK's first specialist Build To Rent industry body set to launch next month

The UK Apartrment Association - which describes itself as the first organisation exclusively servicing this country’s Build To Rent sector -...

31 March 2016

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ARLA chief gives dire warning about image of private lettings sector

The managing director of the Association of Residential Letting Agents says urgent action is necessary “to make the prospect of being...

31 March 2016

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Mortgage clampdown could stifle lettings supply, warns industry body

An industry body says proposals by the Bank of England to curb buy to let lending are “premature.” The Bank’s Prudential Regulation...

30 March 2016

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Agents beware: new MEES energy efficiency regulations start this week

This week sees the first step in a long series of reforms - the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - aimed at...

29 March 2016

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HMRC and Treasury respond to legal challenge to buy to let tax changes

HM Revenue & Customs and the Treasury have at last responded to the legal team representing two landlords challenging beleaguered Chancellor...

24 March 2016

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ARLA confirms the worst - tenants will pay for buy to let tax changes

The new stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties coming into effect next Friday will increase rent costs for tenants...

24 March 2016

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Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

24 March 2016

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New scheme will use rent payments to contribute to tenants'  credit scores

Credit scoring company Experian is launching a scheme that allows private sector tenants the opportunity to use their rent-paying records to...

24 March 2016

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Three quarters of young British adults reconciled to renting, not owning

Around three quarters of young Britons believe they are unlikely to ever own their own property and will instead rent for...

22 March 2016

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Tenants increasingly keen on living in school catchment areas claims agency

A lettings agency says that tenants' increasing enthusiasm for living within key school catchment areas is a sign of how the...

18 March 2016

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Typical deposit will rise to be equivalent of six weeks' rent - forecast

In 2026 - just 10 years from now - the average UK private rental deposit is set to reach £1,111 - the...

10 March 2016

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