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KEYWORD "Private Rented Sector" - 362 RESULTS
Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive

The arrival of mandatory enhanced electrical checks so soon after the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents a perfect storm for...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

The government has withdrawn its latest electrical safety checks guidance for the private rental sector, with immediate effect. However, there remains...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Five months without rent!’ - Anger at eviction ban extension

Landlords have expressed disappointment at the government decision to extend the ban on evictions by a further two months.  It will be...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend electricity checks, postpone licensing, aid renters - ARLA demands

ARLA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety standards here in July - new guide issued

It’s only eight weeks to the start off the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector which come into...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Mediation bid to keep agents, tenants and landlords out of court

One of the official redress operators - Property Redress Scheme - has launched a tenancy mediation service for agents, landlords and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona guidelines for rental sector in different parts of country

Different guidelines have been issued for the rental sector in different parts of the British Isles as devolved administrations get to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents have one week to submit Corona views to MPs’ investigation

Agents and other property professionals have a week to submit their views to an enquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Share of homes bought for buy to let plummets to record low

The proportion of homes bought last month by buy to let investors plummeted to a record low of just eight per...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - new MEES rules come into effect next week

Despite the challenges being thrown up to the lettings sector by Coronavirus, this is a reminder that new MEES regulations on...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Budget “fails tenants” say trade groups - but at least no new rental taxes…

The Budget has failed tenants by doing nothing to increase the supply of private rental property according to two lettings sector...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings chief to set out objectives of new rental sector body

The chief executive of a new lettings sector trade body is to address his first conference next month, giving an indication...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants with Coronavirus should get three months free rent - call

An anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert says any private rented sector tenant with Coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let demand to rise this year according to lender’s study

Nearly four out of 10 landlords believe that tenant demand will rise this year, according to a study by high-profile buy...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - scrap SDLT surcharge and reverse tax changes!

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has made an uncompromising set of demands on the government, asking it to implement a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

A London Labour council wants to introduce rent controls to its borough. The South London Press reports that Lambeth councillors have voted through...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as 500,000 rental homes lost to Airbnb and others

Nearly half a million properties could be removed from the long-term lettings market as disenchanted landlords move to short-lets. A survey by...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big London and SE England bias in buy to let investor profile

A third of all landlords live in Greater London and the South East according to data collated by a property management...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs increasingly popular in lettings market despite complexity

The latest lettings market snapshot by mortgage lender Paragon has found that of the landlords planning to purchase property in the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry delight at government rejection of licensing extension

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has rejected a bid by Labour-controlled Liverpool council to extend its licensing scheme for five years. Government approval...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s largest-ever trade body launches this month

This month sees the launch of a new trade body for the lettings sector - the National Residential Landlords Association. It’s the...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

A rogue landlord has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices, and will be sentenced next month. Ragoopathy...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise in 2020 as supply contracts still further - ARLA

An overwhelming proportion of letting agents - 84 per cent - say rents will rise next year, well up on the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Complex buy to let investments set to become more popular next year

One of the highest profile buy to let mortgage lenders predicts that 2020 will see increasing numbers of investors going into...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories must deliver pledge on repossession powers - trade group

A prominent industry trade group says the new government must honour its manifesto commitment to strengthen the right of “good landlords”...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Let's celebrate! It’s been a decade of rental sector growth, says agency

Haart is trying to shift the mood music around the private rental sector from challenging to celebratory, saying there is plenty...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rise in eviction delays show need for specialist court - claim

New figures just released by the government emphasise the significance of creating a specialist housing court says one of the lettings...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Stop meddling!” - stark warning from surveyors to government

The normally-sedate Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued an unusually stark warning to government, telling it to “stop meddling” in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council coordinating trial of digital checks on agents

A Labour council is leading a trial by local authorities of a new digital platform that checks whether agents, landlords and...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London Labour Mayor repeats his call for rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls. Khan...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reform rental sector to favour tenants, charity tells next government

Citizens Advice wants the next government to radically alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.  The charity’s 2019 election manifesto,...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

Welsh housing minister Julie James is to address agents, landlords and other property professionals at the Residential Landlord Association’s Future Renting...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

A collective of activist renter groups has set out a manifesto of what it wants from the winner of next month’s...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax perks demanded for landlords who use deposit alternatives

One of the leading providers of deposit alternatives in the UK wants the government to embrace the option - even to...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty on buy to let! Trade body sets Election demand

One of the leading lettings sector trade bodies has unveiled what it describes as “a positive vision for the private rented...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Solicitor urges government not to take knee-jerk action

A solicitor has urged the government not to reform or scrap Section 21 eviction powers simply on the basis of protests...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

Another law firm has sharply criticised the government’s proposals to abolish Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Devonshires says the government should...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet More Licensing: councils want more freedom to expand schemes

An umbrella organisation representing councils is calling for greater freedom to introduce more and larger rental sector licensing schemes, without the...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of rental homes would go if Section 21 is scrapped - claim

The private rented sector would shrink by 20 per cent if Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions are abolished, according to an economic...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock claim that one-in-five agents still have no Client Money Protection

An estimated 20 per cent of letting agents have still not signed up for a Client Money Protection scheme, six months...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour chief and anti-agent group want city-wide rental licensing

A senior Labour politician in Sheffield and the campaign group Acorn have both expressed support for a selective licensing scheme to...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Quality of private rented sector homes “drastically improved” - claim

The quality of accommodation in the private rental sector has drastically improved in the past decade according to a survey by...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Half of S21 cases want rehousing by council, claims eviction specialist

High profile eviction company Landlord Action says as many as 50 per cent of Section 21 cases it handles involve tenants...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector must prepare for more older tenants, says top expert

The rental sector needs to prepare for the demographic challenge of an increasingly older population, says the head of a high...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Merger of trade bodies backed by landlords - it’s on for January 1

Members of the industry’s two major landlord bodies have backed a merger which will now take place on January 1. Members of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

We want ‘sensible’ rent controls says Labour Party think thank

A Labour think tank considered on the right wing of the party says it wants rent controls that make a difference...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council appoints a private renters' champion

A Labour councillor on Islington council - which is controlled by the party and has Jeremy Corbyn as a local member...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted for 'incoherence' on tax, landlords, rents and supply

The government has been criticised yet again for what is described as its “incoherent” approach to the private rental sector. David Miles,...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies: government could announce decision as soon as next month

Housing minister Esther McVey has hinted that the government may finally decide as soon as next month on whether to introduce...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New EPC laws should be publicised by industry and government, insists expert

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation. That’s the view of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents Letting agents will need to come up with new ways to manage client money...

05 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

London council returns to licensing five years after humiliating U-turn

Enfield wants to be the latest London council to introduce large-scale additional and selective licensing schemes which would affect most private rented...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s War: Tories and lettings chiefs tear into Labour Right To Buy plans

There’s been a fierce outcry from Conservative MPs and the lettings industry in response to Labour’s threat to give private rental...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

More power for landlords? Two largest trade bodies to merge in New Year

The two largest landlord trade groups are to merge. The National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association will unite to form...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Final Reminder - Fees Ban comes into effect in Wales on Sunday

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act - which bans fees levied by agents and landlords on tenants - comes into...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents Increase Across UK

The most reliable indicator of rental trends in the UK As the largest provider of deposit protection in the UK, our database...

27 August 2019

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Lettings sector confidence plunges to historic low

Landlords’ confidence in the success of their own businesses has plunged in recent months.  Only 29 per cent of landlords have positive expectations...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ arrears up because of Universal Credit - claim

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent according to lettings sector trade body the Residential Landlords Association. It...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Oops - tenants less likely to vote, despite politicians wooing Generation Rent

It may seem as if governments and councils are falling over themselves to change the private rental sector to win the...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental option gives landlords average £10k-plus lump sum

A new rental option for landlords could see them receiving an upfront annual lump sum of over £10,000. The Advanced Rent Option...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents thrive in a growing rental market?

With the recent introduction of the Tenant Fees Act – which bans upfront fees charged by letting agents and caps security...

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry rages against Labour’s “laughable” rent control plan

Calls by Labour’s London Mayor Sadiq Khan to secure powers to implement private sector rent controls are facing increasing opposition. Business organisation...

22 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies and expensive rents slammed by all-party MPs group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has sharply criticised the PRS as being ill-equipped to cater...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Figures show criticism of private renting is unjustified, claims trade body

A leading industry trade body says the latest English Housing Survey report proves that criticisms of the private rental sector’s costs...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Hands off the private rental sector’ - warning to new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will face an immediate crisis in the private rented sector if government doesn’t rethink its plans to...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and government interference start to hurt rental sector

Rents are rising at the fastest rate since 2017, pushing the average yield on residential property to 4.5 per cent, its...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

A managing agent has been convicted by a local council for failing to properly license his property. Leon Hill, of Leighton Buzzard,...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Note to Tory leadership duo: help the lettings industry!

A leading trade body is urging the candidates to lead the Conservative Party to adopt a more positive approach to the...

01 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Government considers ‘deposit passports’ in yet another rental reform

The government is considering the idea of a deposit passport for use by tenants when they move from one property to...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The soaring value of property management

If you are a letting agent who has begun to question your worth, stop. The value of property management is rising...

27 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

TDS award rises from the ashes after devastating fire

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, which suggested a devastating fire in early January, has been recognised for the professional, efficient and calm...

26 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s selective use of statistics attacked by lettings group

A call by Shelter for England to adopt Scotland’s model of indefinite tenancies in the private rented sector has been attacked...

18 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Policing rental sector to be a focus of new research project

Two housing organisations have come together to fund a major research programme to improve standards in the private rental sector. They are...

17 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade body hits out over 'high rents for Millennials' claim

A trade body has hit out at government policy following a think tank’s claims that young people are less mobile because of...

07 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies' staff levels will be hit by Fees Ban, says HR chief

The head of the country's oldest agency recruitment consultancy says the tenant fee ban will hit staffing levels in the industry...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Property chief locks horns with rent control campaigners

A property management chief is arguing that rent controls would restrict mortgage loans to buy to let investors and drive existing...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Many agents regard tenants as just ‘cash cows’ claims property chief

A lettings agency chief in Scotland says the upcoming ban on agents levying fees on tenants - to be introduced in...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories haemorrhage support after frequent attacks on buy to let

Only one in six private landlords say they would support the Conservatives in an election according to a new poll. Buy to...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says its own lettings agency ‘saves hundreds of thousands’

A council claims that its decision to set up its own lettings agency has prevented homelessness for almost 50 families and...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

National Approved Letting Scheme rebrands as safeagent

The National Approved Letting Scheme has rebranded as safeagent.  NALS has helped coordinate the safeagent campaign since 2011, focussing during that time...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Section 21: trade body receives record response to consultation call

Over 6,000 people have responded to the Residential Landlord Association’s survey asking what a post-Section 21 private rented sector should look...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How you CAN increase your chargeable fees and JUSTIFY it

With the Tenant Fee Ban obliterating a key income stream, letting agents should be looking at ways they can increase the...

16 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Crisis-point: Huge buy to let sell-off imminent according to new figures

A quarter of private landlords are looking to sell at least one property over the next year according to new research...

02 May 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

How is Inadash revolutionising the rental market?

How is Inadash revolutionising the rental market? Searching for a new rental property can be a stressful, time-consuming and frustrating process, but...

24 April 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New regulatory body for Fees Ban likely to clamp down hard

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it backs a new Trading Standards-led body which will enforce the Fees Ban starting  on...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 long overdue admits lettings chief

The head of a major property management firm says the controversial proposal to scrap Section 21 eviction powers for landlords is...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 evictions set to be axed to create ‘indefinite tenancies’

The government says it wants to ban outright Section 21 'no fault' eviction powers in England and Wales. Instead landlords seeking to evict...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

PM and Housing Secretary back scrapping of Section 21 evictions

The government’s plan to scrap Section 21 is personally backed by the Prime Minister and will begin formal consultations today. If the...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulate Airbnb-style lets or risk hurting long term market - warning

The rapid growth of Airbnb-style short lets could lead to the loss of private rented homes and displacement of long-term residents...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new guidance notes for agents, tenants and landlords

The government has issued new guidance notes on the Tenant Fees Act, aimed at agents, landlords and tenants. The publications come ahead...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sell-off is “snowballing” in London warns ARLA

The number of London landlords exiting the market last month was a whopping 125 per cent higher than the national average. The...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: More councils want licensing schemes

Leicester is the latest council to begin consultations on selective licensing in six parts of the city - with the threat...

22 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a series of events to educate letting agents and landlords on deposit protection. Starting next month...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up for Zoopla's 'No DSS' listings ban

The Residential Landlords Association has given its backing to Zoopla’s ban on agents and landlords advertising properties to rent as ‘No...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents, landlords and tenants invited to ‘better relationship’ sessions

A Scottish mediation company and the SafeDeposits Scotland Trust are to create eight workshops aiming to improve relationships between agents, landlords,...

15 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour savaged for fundamental misunderstanding of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five CMP providers but government says more may be approved

The government says it is still considering applications to operate Client Money Protection schemes from April, despite approving five schemes so...

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Public money to pay deposits for some homeless renting privately

The government has announced that over £19.5m is to be spent on paying deposits or paying the first month’s rent for...

04 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

New figures from a leading trade body suggest that councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more red tape? Gold and Silver rental standards being considered

Just when you thought there could not be any more rival licensing or accreditation systems in the private rental sector, a...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents have role in improving support for tenants with mental health issues

New research on private renting and mental health in Wales has concluded that more support is required.  The research was undertaken for...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Private rents take LESS of tenants' income while social rents rocket

You may be forgiven for thinking that rent takes up an ever-greater proportion of tenants’ income - but new figures out...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs growth of Build To Rent, saying ”more is needed”

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank is predicting that £75 billion of investment will be committed to the Build To Rent sector...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Simon Duce, Managing Director.

ARPM  Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Duce, Managing Director. What is ARPM and what does it...

01 February 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents, landlords and tenants 'must know their rights and responsibilities'

The latest report for the rental sector by the TDS Charitable Foundation calls for greater cooperation between property professionals and tenants...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector welcomes redress reform as landlords face £5,000 fines

There’s been broad support from the lettings sector for the wide-ranging reform of the redress system announced yesterday by housing secretary...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Free seminars for agents on repair issues in communal areas

Disrepair in communal areas of private blocks is to be tackled in a new series of seminars for letting agents and...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour outrage at councils renting back privately-owned Right To Buy homes

The Labour party has expressed outrage at the news that London councils are spending over £22m each year renting back homes...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies - government to reveal more details imminently

The government says it will shortly respond to over 8,700 responses it received about its suggestions for longer standard tenancies in...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government's bold claim - 'Fees Ban won't hurt many agents'

The government has made the controversial claim that the ban on the levying of fees on tenants will not produce “significant...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock as landlord exodus in one region is twice the UK average

The number of landlords exiting the market in the East of England is 100 per cent higher than the national average...

27 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency appointed to manage new Build To Rent scheme

JLL has been appointed by Aberdeen Standard Investments to manage Aireside, a Build To Rent scheme of 107 apartments in Leeds. The...

20 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Three point plan tells government how to make housing affordable

Some 79 per cent of landlords are only servicing the interest on their mortgages, not paying down their loans, according to...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty fuels more rental demand, says lettings agency

Continued political and economic uncertainty is likely to fuel increased tenant demand in the private rented sector, says Haart.  The company’s latest...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Higher council tax? That'll help the rental sector, says lettings agency

A lettings agency says proposals for landlords to pay more council tax on homes they leave empty could indirectly help the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Anger at possible government U-turn on tenant deposit cap

There has been widespread Industry anger at news of a possible U-turn by the government over the proposed cap on security...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

‘Take rogues to court’ - council urges private tenants to take civil action

Nottingham council - which recently introduced one of the largest and most controversial selective licensing schemes in the country - now...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Warning - landlords will quit as rent stagnation squeezes profits

More landlords will leave the private rented sector in the next year as annual rental price growth has been flat or...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Homelessness triggered by Housing Benefit not private rental sector

A substantial study by university academics suggests that changes to the benefit system lie behind the long-term rise in homelessness from...

21 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Evictions of vulnerable tenants should be made tougher, insists group

The private rental sector is not fit for purpose when it comes to housing vulnerable tenants, claims debt charity StepChange which...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter links with deposits scheme charity to create ‘toolkit’ for renters

An online toolkit for tenants on how to best navigate the rental system has been launched by Shelter Scotland with funding...

09 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Why do more people rent? Because stock is better than before...

One of the country’s leading buy to let experts has given her reasoning behind the surge in the number of people...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Growing fear of hidden threat to rental sector in Budget small print

Rental sector experts are expressing growing fears that the relatively low-key Budget announcements made on Monday could herald something more dramatic...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

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

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

It's not enough - industry wants homelessness initiative beefed up

Trade bodies have welcomed a government initiative to get more homeless people, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless,...

12 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Inventory wars hot up as warning issued over 'for-profit' trade bodies

Lettings agents, landlords and consumers are being warned about a growing number of ‘for-profit’ companies claiming to be independent inventory trade...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

500 not out - NALS hits Foundation Lettings Course milestone

The National Approved Letting Scheme is celebrating the 500th candidate to complete its Foundation Lettings Course. Moira Devlin of Lowther Homes, in...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

A landmark report on private renting provides the opportunity to stop blaming letting agents and landlords for the sector’s problems, a...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for 'landmark' review of rental sector

The National Landlords Association is the latest trade body to back what is being described as a landmark review of the...

11 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Is the government planning to pull the plug on three-year tenancies?

Reports have emerged this week that the government is planning a U-turn on its proposals to introduce mandatory three-year minimum tenancies...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government rental chief to be quizzed at upcoming industry event

The government's director of rented housing is set to address the industry at an upcoming event open to letting agents and...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

Last week Shelter and the National Housing Federation took a swipe at lettings agents, and now Citizens Advice has joined the...

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA urges agents to back Gas Safety Week awareness campaign

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s asking its member to get behind Gas Safety Week which takes place from...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government feels the heat over private rental energy efficiency targets

The government should be more ambitious when it comes to ensuring the private rented sector becomes increasingly energy efficient. That’s the message...

08 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to speak out over council licensing schemes

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says lettings agents should be more vocal in providing the government with feedback on council rental licensing...

03 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory checks get predictable support from electrical trade body

The government’s announcement that it will bring in mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector has been welcomed - perhaps...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

The government has produced new guidelines on setting up client money protection schemes for the private rented sector. They are evidently aimed...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory inventories could still happen, says campaigning trade body

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it still believes there is an opportunity for the government to introduce mandatory inventory...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let is still good - but investors want cheaper high-yield properties

Buy to let is still an attractive investment compared to other asset classes but to make the best of the opportunity...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancy proposals slammed by countryside organisation

Rural landlords say the government’s idea of making three year tenancies the norm across the private rental sector would damage the...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

New training course for agents in England unveiled by NALS

The National Approved Letting Scheme has unveiled a new specialist training course for letting agents. The NALS Level 3 Award in Letting...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'You're completely wrong' trade body tells Tory-backing think tank

The conclusions of a new think tank analysing the private rental sector are “fundamentally wrong” according to a trade body.  The Residential...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue tenant jailed for 16 weeks for illegally sub-letting HMO

A head tenant who changed the locks on a property that was illegally sublet to no fewer than 35 men has...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It won't work - industry hits out at latest fees ban proposal

The lettings industry has hit out at the Welsh Government’s proposals to ban agents’ fees levied on tenants. A Bill was put...

14 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Our industry is losing £61m pcm, says campaigning agent

Letting agents and landlords could be missing out on £61m of rent every month because families in temporary and emergency accommodation...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Far more than Three Billboards - £10,000 wanted for anti-S24 campaign

A campaign opposing the government’s recent tax changes which have penalised buy to let investors has taken a leaf out of...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Government probe into deposit-alternatives welcomed by campaigner

A prominent campaigner for alternatives to traditional rental sector deposits is welcoming the government’s commitment to consider the issue in the...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Furious industry criticism as government reveals costs of ban on tenants’ fees

The industry has reacted angrily to the announcement yesterday that the Tenants’ Fees Bill is now formally starting its progress through...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

'Change Right To Rent' new Home Secretary is urged by trade body

The new Home Secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to look again at the Right To Rent policy and produce “a...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Average UK rent falls for first time in six years, claims latest index

A rental market survey conducted for The Deposit Protection Service claims the average rent has fallen in the UK for the...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Will Labour win the next election thanks to the private rental sector?

A new analysis by campaigning housing organisation Shelter claims the changes within the private rental sector could indirectly lose the next...

09 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

EastEnders praised for its depiction of rental deposit disputes

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is sending its congratulations to the writers of an EastEnders storyline tackling problems in the private rented sector. A recent...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council hits buy to let investors with fines in licensing clampdown

Two landlords have been hit with hefty court fines for failing to comply with a local licensing scheme. The pair are the...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average London tenant now requires £3,000 deposit, claims agent

A warning has come from a campaigning letting agent that London’s landlords agents could be costing themselves tenants by requiring them...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body unveils seven-point plan for future of private renting

The National Landlords Association has revealed a seven-point plan which would allow the Welsh Government greater powers over the private rental...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour’s Andy Burnham to reveal his vision for the private rental sector

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, will is to reveal his vision for the private rental sector to a Residential...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council endorses lettings review website ‘to improve rental stock’

Oxford’s Labour council has given its support to a lettings review website because it claims it will help drive up the...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Second lettings sector body completes total rebrand exercise

A lettings trade body has announced a rebrand - the second organisation in the sector to do so in a matter...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees ban looks set to be implemented soon in Wales

The Welsh Government’s housing minister has tweeted that the results of a formal consultation process on a ban on agents’ fees...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for affordable rental homes to help families trapped in 'insecure' PRS

A housing charity has called for the government to build more affordable social homes for rent to help families 'trapped' in...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

NALS reveals big annual fee increases for London lettings licences

Research by NALS has revealed extensive increases in the cost of licensing of lettings properties and landlords by local authorities in...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

A fifth of English households now privately renting, new figures reveal

Analysis of the latest English Housing Survey data reveals that the private rental sector provides homes to a fifth of the population,...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says 20% of landlords set to reduce portfolios in 2018

The National Landlords Association says 20 per cent of its members plan to reduce the size of their portfolios in the...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate impact of Universal Credit on private rental sector

MPs today discuss the impact of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, in a debate prompted by the Liberal Democrat’s...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let end-of-year report: rents and values up but confidence weak

A cocktail of tax reform and tighter regulation is slowing growth across the private rental sector, despite its value hitting a new...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

The industry is awaiting details of the latest government consultation concerning the private rental sector which will consider longer tenancies. The consultation...

23 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

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

Letting agents and landlords are being urged by a trade body to sign a petition calling on the government to make...

02 November 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

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

Industry anger erupts at Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls

Trade groups have reacted angrily to Labour’s proposal to introduce rent controls if the party enters government.   The announcement, made by Labour...

28 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

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

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

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Surge in Airbnb-style short lets 'is down to tax relief change'

More landlords are quitting conventional letting and resorting to holiday lets or, increasingly, Airbnb-style short lets.    The move is particularly acute in...

24 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

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

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

Call for unregulated eviction firms to sign up to redress schemes

One of the leading eviction specialists is calling for unregulated companies offering similar services to sign up to redress schemes in...

26 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 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

Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

Bristol council is resuscitating a so-called ‘rental standard’ which it expects local letting agents to meet. Back in January 2016 Letting Agent...

11 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

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

Proposals in Scotland for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could damage the sector, especially in rural communities.   That’s...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector tax increases - they're hurting, but they're not working

The Residential Landlords’ Association says recent fiscal changes hitting the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Value of Buy To Let sector has grown 5.5% in a year despite challenges

The latest Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report - seen as a snapshot of the state of health of the...

23 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

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent could impact British citizens without passports

Almost a fifth of British citizens could find it harder to access rental property, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of households to be private renters by 2021

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will rise to 24% over the next four years, according...

13 June 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

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council demands every HMO in its patch be licensed

Greenwich council in London is the latest to announce an extension to its HMO licensing policy. The council is already legally obliged...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

More consultation - this time Scottish rental sector energy efficiency

The Scottish Government has opened formal consultation on its attempts to introduce minimum standards of energy efficiency for the private rented...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA still angry over increasing tax burden on lettings sector

As the new restrictions on landlords’ mortgage interest tax relief come into effect this week, ARLA Propertymark has restated its objections...

04 April 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

UK letting agents' fees cheaper than many countries, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is keeping up its campaign against a ban on agents’ fees in England by showing...

29 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

Citizens Advice renews attack on letting agents' fees

Citizens Advice has spoken out about soon-to-be-banned letting agent fees charged to tenants. The organisation's 'A State of Disrepair' report says that...

08 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget 2017: NALS wants a 'PRS for all'

As the industry awaits the delivery of today's Spring Budget, the National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called on the government...

08 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

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

Tax changes not hitting buy to let significantly, says agency chief

The head of MartinCo, the country’s largest franchise agency group, says the government’s buy to let tax changes and lettings fee...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty windfall 'justifies scrapping buy to let tax changes'

The government should think again about punitive tax changes to the private rented sector after receiving greater-than-expected revenue from the three...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS backs system allowing rent to contribute to credit scores

The National Approved Letting Scheme is the latest organisation to back a system allowing tenants to strengthen their credit history, simply...

31 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 tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 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

Council launches agency-style tenant vetting and sign-up service

Cheshire West and Chester Council has launched a scheme for private landlords offering some of the services more typically associated with...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New Bank of England claim that buy to let 'risks economic stability'

There is a new warning from the Bank of England suggesting that - despite all the recent measures aimed against buy...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Top agency says government seen as anti-landlord, pure and simple

More than 92 per cent of landlords believe the government is anti-landlord and want the Chancellor to back them in this...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA speaks out against council's possible ban on To Let boards

Earlier this month we reported on Belfast council’s decision to open a public consultation on whether To Let boards should be...

16 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

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

Agents and landlords reminded of importance of fire doors

This week those working in the Private Rented Sector are being reminded of the importance of fire doors in rental properties. Fire...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

New chairman for SafeDeposits Scotland

SafeDeposits Scotland has announced that Ian Potter will succeed Sir Andrew Cubie as the organisation's chairman. Potter, who has been on the...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

August performance marks 'vote of confidence' for London lettings

A London agency has reported that its lettings revenues increased by a fifth during August. ludlowthompson's lettings revenue increased by 20% year-on-year...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant expects to rent for ten more years

The average UK tenant expects to remain part of the Private Rented Sector for a further decade, according to a new...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Expert Advice on Student Lets from mydeposits

Our key partner and buy-to-let specialist, Hamilton Fraser, and renown industry expert, Paul Shamplina have released the first in a new...

12 September 2016

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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

Airbnb hits back at industry claims over 'unregulated' private lettings

Airbnb has hit back at a claim by the Residential Landlords Association that lets promoted by the firm effectively worsened London’s housing...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb 'worsening London's housing shortage' claims industry group

A landlords’ group says the widespread letting of homes in London on Airbnb and similar platforms is worsening the shortage of...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let is big winner from housing benefit surge, says federation

The amount of housing benefit going to private landlords has more than doubled in the past decade according to the National...

22 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

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

Industry group tries to reassure EU-born tenants over rental prospects

Thirty one per cent of European Union citizens living in the UK’s private rented sector say they are worried that the...

11 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

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

Industry group slams Labour rent control call as disaster for tenants

Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for rent controls and “secure tenancies” in the private rented sector would spell disaster for tenants, reducing the...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

AIIC launches online training courses

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) has announced that it is now offering a comprehensive range of high quality online...

04 August 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Government told - you are forcing rent rises on hard-pressed tenants

The government is being warned that without changes to the Finance Bill currently going through parliament it will effectively be forcing rent...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

MP and agency founder backs bid to cut buy to let Capital Gains Tax

A campaign to reduce Capital Gains Tax paid by landlords when selling their rented home to sitting tenants has won the...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agents being targeted by new toolkit for councils

The National Approved Letting Scheme has created a toolkit which it says will help local authorities tackle rogue letting agents who...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords call for cap on letting agents' fees plus greater transparency

A survey has revealed that 59 per cent of London landlords support forcing letting agents to publish a breakdown of what...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

'Landlords need professional help' insist inventory clerks

Letting agents will be pleased to hear that landlords who manage all aspects of tenancies on their own are being warned...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of UK landlords edges closer to two million

The number of landlords in the UK increased by 7% to reach 1.75 million in 2013-2014. Analysis of Her Majesty's Revenue and...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords avoiding benefits tenants due to Osborne's tax changes

Landlords are looking to house tenants less likely to miss rental payments in order to minimise the impact of a number...

27 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial compulsory lettings scheme celebrates 1,000th 'trainee'

The 1,000th person has been trained as part of Rent Smart Wales, the compulsory scheme that says it aims to raise...

30 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings firms and gang of chancers hit with £79,000 fines and costs

Lettings companies and an organised group of criminals described as a “gang of chancers” have been hit with fines and costs...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

First prosecution under council's controversial lettings licensing scheme

A landlord has become the first to be prosecuted by Waltham Forest council for failing to obtain one of its controversial...

21 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer launches damning critique on government buy to let attacks

A Conservative peer has criticised the government's ongoing attacks on the private lettings industry saying that the Cameron administration should be...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of single tenants falling as families and sharers enter PRS

The number of tenancies signed by a single tenant has fallen, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. Last year, tenants living...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

London council latest to set up own letting agency

Haringey Council in North London is the latest local authority to launch its own letting agency for private tenants. Move 51⁰ North...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour calls for control on agents' fees and new landlord register

Labour’s candidate for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his manifesto which returns to the party’s recent themes of...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector to expand after 30 years of amazing growth

The private rental sector could expand to cover 40 per cent of households and the UK population is likely to split...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

MPs want more energy info given to renters before tenancies are signed

MPs and members of the House of Lords want private sector tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Osborne has slashed rental sector confidence 'to below crisis levels'

Landlords’ confidence in the buy to let sector has collapsed to an all-time low and is now “worse than levels witnessed...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

30,000 Build To Rent flats now have planning consent across UK

New figures from the British Property Federation show that there are now over 30,000 Build To Rent units with planning permission...

03 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords and your business with cost effective and professional training with Training for Professionals

In a constantly changing legislative environment, the importance of keeping up-to-date in terms of knowledge and skills has never been more...

02 February 2016

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It's that time again - are you ESTAS Letting Agent of the Month?

Robert Watts Lettings has secured the latest Lettings Landlord award from the ESTAS.  Kate Watts, head of lettings of the agency based...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

February 5 deadline for comments on future of regional private rental sector

A review of the private rental sector in Northern Ireland has been launched - but there is a tight deadline, with...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide wants single buy to let licensing system, not current patchwork

Countrywide is calling on the Greater London Assembly to implement a single landlord licensing scheme which individual borough councils can opt...

22 December 2015

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More criticism of buy to let tax changes by angry trade group

Treasury proposals to hand greater powers to the Bank of England to make access to buy to let lending harder risks...

21 December 2015

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Sub-letting still rife in lettings sector, warn inventory clerks

The practice of unauthorised sub-letting is still rife in the UK's private rented sector, according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

18 December 2015

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Build To Rent will be 5% of private rented sector by 2020 says agent

Funding by large-scale investors into Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector is set to triple by 2020 according to Knight Frank.  The...

09 December 2015

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Over half of tenants want six-month or one-year tenancies, survey shows

One of the biggest surveys of tenants in the private rental sector shows that a narrow majority favour a six month...

08 December 2015

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Inventory clerks urge caution on allowing tenants to decorate homes

Tenants should not be coerced into paying higher rents to redecorate their landlords’ property according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

03 December 2015

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Rents to rise 16% to 22% over next five years - forecast

Savills says mainstream UK rents are likely to rise by an average of 16.5 per cent by the end of 2020...

06 November 2015

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New course for agents majors on letting and property management

The Chartered Institute of House is setting up a new online qualification for anyone wishing to understand tenancies, property and tenancy...

26 October 2015

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Restricting BTL mortgages will push up rents, warn lenders

Measures which discourage investment in the private rented sector can only push up rents and harm tenants more than landlords, a...

20 October 2015

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ARLA backs new law introducing ban on rogue agents and landlords

The Associational of Residential Letting Agents has spoken up in favour of most of the provisions in the new Housing and...

16 October 2015

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MPs probe rental sector energy efficiency - and want industry views

The All Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector has launched an inquiry into the energy efficiency of private rented...

13 October 2015

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Private rental sector now 22% of UK households, claims think tank

The private rental sector accounts for 22 per cent of all households in the UK according to a think tank.  In an...

06 October 2015

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Industry body rejects Labour claims on rents and buy to let tax breaks

There has been a sharp and rapid rebuttal of comments made by new shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggesting that private sector...

29 September 2015

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Mortgage chiefs warn against lending restrictions damaging Buy To Let

The Council for Mortgage Lenders is warning the government not to interfere with the Buy To Let sector in such a...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body wants S21 delay after major drafting errors

A major drafting error in Government regulations affecting the private rented sector risks undermining confidence in the new Section 21 legislation...

17 September 2015

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Government confirms no ban on letting agent fees in England

The government has confirmed that it has no plan to ban letting agency fees in England. Fees are already banned in Scotland...

16 September 2015

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How well do you know your tenants?

The private rented sector is becoming an increasingly diverse place. Its growth into the UK's second largest form of housing has...

15 September 2015

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New lettings index claims unique level of insight into market

A new lettings sector index to be launched later this month claims new “insight into the UK private rented sector.” The index...

15 September 2015

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Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy to let tax changes

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy to let tax...

15 September 2015

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Labour's London mayoral candidate threatens rent controls

Sadiq Khan, Labour’s choice for London mayoral candidate, has set out his housing policies - with possible rent controls high on...

14 September 2015

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Industry group takes emotionally charged Shelter to task

The Residential Landlords’ Association has taken Shelter to task for what it describes as “emotionally charged” media statements about alleged harassment...

08 September 2015

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Letting agency announces support for new immigration rules

A letting agency has announced its support for new rules which will allow landlords to evict illegal immigrants without a court...

27 August 2015

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Ombudsman promotes accredited landlord scheme

The Property Ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, has announced his support for an accredited landlord's scheme in Sunderland.  Sunderland City Council's Accredited Landlord’s Scheme...

27 August 2015

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Average Scottish rent stalls at all-time high of £549

The average rent in Scotland has plateaued, remaining at an all-time record high of £549 a month, according to Your Move's...

26 August 2015

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Inventory association launches new training courses

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, known as the AIIC, has announced the details of two new training courses taking place...

25 August 2015

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Inventory association launches new training courses

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks, known as the AIIC, has announced the details of two new training courses taking place...

25 August 2015

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Tenant referencing firm acquires competitor

A tenant referencing and insurance firm has announced that it has completed the acquisition of one of its competitors. Let Insurances Ltd,...

24 August 2015

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Over half of landlords have no intention of improving property's energy efficiency

Some 60% of landlords have no intention of investing in their property to make it more efficient, despite new energy efficiency...

20 August 2015

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Letting agent warns of 'misinformation' about new licensing system

A letting agent is warning of apparently inaccurate information being sent out as part of a new agent and landlord accreditation...

19 August 2015

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Troubled campaign group renews call for rent controls

Generation Rent - the campaign group that needs £60,000 to continue operating beyond the end of August - has renewed its...

11 August 2015

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Letting agents must meet yet another 'rental standard'

Yet another ‘rental standard’ has been set up a a local council to create what it calls ‘a kitemark’ which can...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent immigration checks: agents happy, landlords not

There has been a mixed reaction to the government’s announcement that agents and landlords face jail if they fail to conduct...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings investors can boost London housebuilding - claim

The deputy mayor of London, with special responsibility for housing, says the enthusiasm of buy to let investors can boost housebuilding...

30 July 2015

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Legal & General fills key Build To Rent post

One of the biggest investors in Britain’s burgeoning Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, has appointed a land manager from Barratt...

27 July 2015

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One in four households privately renting by 2025

One in four households in the UK will be privately renting by 2025 - that’s the conclusion of research by respected...

23 July 2015

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Families and schools have big role in setting rents

An analysis by Britain’s biggest letting agency, Countrywide, has thrown up a little known fact - with applications for school places...

22 July 2015

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Right to Rent: What letting agents need to know?

Few subjects have generated as much discussion among the private rented sector in recent months as the government's Right to Rent...

15 July 2015

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Pioneering regional Build To Let gets the go-ahead

A Build To Let scheme led by developer Dandara and property investment operator LaSalle is to be the first of its...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Shelter goes public in its opposition to rent controls

Earlier this week the housing charity Shelter confounded many in the private rented sector by concluding on its website that tough rent...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise if tax breaks scrapped, Osborne warned

Chancellor George Osborne has been warned that rents in the private rented sector could rise if he scraps the tax-deductible status...

08 July 2015

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About-turn as Shelter now says No to 'hard' rent controls

Campaigning charity Shelter appears for the first time to have acnowledged that rent caps may backfire and end up harming tenants...

07 July 2015

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Council facing judicial review over private sector licensing

Landlords have launched a legal challenge to plans by a local authority to charge for licences to manage properties. The Croydon Guardian...

02 July 2015

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Council setting itself up as private letting agent and landlord

Bournemouth council has set up a private sector rental company which will see it buy properties and then let them.  The decision...

23 June 2015

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Labour hopefuls warned over dangers of rent control

The National Landlords Association has issued a briefing note which it says is a warning to Labour’s leadership and deputy leadership...

18 June 2015

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Letting agents must be ready for increased repairs responsibility

Recent weeks have seen changes made to the rules that govern responsibility for property repairs in the private rented sector. Section 11...

16 June 2015

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Most tenants happy with home, rent, agent and landlord

Research commissioned by specialist buy-to-let lender, Paragon Mortgages shows that 81 per cent of tenants living in the private rented sector...

16 June 2015

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Government put on the spot over landlord licensing schemes

The government’s apparent opposition to council-wide landlord licensing schemes will be put to the test in the coming weeks following a...

12 June 2015

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New TV series to explore ‘slum landlords’ and ‘rogue tenants’

Channel 5 has announced a new television series which will focus on the UK’s Private Rented Sector. Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords promises...

03 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Charity briefs new MPs over electrical safety of rental properties

An electrical safety charity has written to the new intake of MPs to explain why electrical safety in Britain’s homes needs...

01 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech outlining legislation for the next 12 months will include a pledge to roll out across England and Wales...

26 May 2015

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Housing institute wants agent and landlord licensing

A licensing system for private landlords and letting agents is the way forward for the Northern Ireland rental sector according to...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Welcome for government's 'tenant security' proposals

The Chartered Institute of Housing has welcomed Scottish Government moves to make private renting more secure for tenants. In its submission to...

13 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector petition goes before parliament

An umbrella organisation representing parts of the private rented sector is to be put before the Scottish parliament in a bid...

11 May 2015

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Build To Rent set for post-election surge

Savills says the Build To Rent sector is set to enjoy a surge of new investment as a result of the...

11 May 2015

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'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

06 May 2015

From: Features

Group urges last-gasp lobby to oppose Labour

Property industry figures opposed to Labour plans to impose three year tenancies and rent caps should lobby candidates in a bid...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords blast BBC over 'negative' Panorama

The Residential Landlords Association says it has “deep concerns” over the Panorama programme broadcast early this week claiming that landlords were...

30 April 2015

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Critics continue to savage Labour rent policies

The Labour party’s proposals to cap rent rises with inflation and insist on three year tenancies in the private rental sector...

28 April 2015

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Rents up by more than inflation, admit letting agents

Rents across England and Wales are now 15.2 per cent higher than at the time of the last General Election in...

22 April 2015

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Shelter funds council job to improve landlords

Shelter, the housing charity that has been fiercely critical of much of the private rental sector in recent months, is funding a...

22 April 2015

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One month for agents to meet transparency rules

It’s now just one month until all letting agents have to do what most have done for some time - publicise...

22 April 2015

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