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KEYWORD "Private Rented Sector" - 100 RESULTS
Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

RICS rings alarm bells over state of lettings market

The latest residential market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is raising a red flag over what it calls...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

We Can’t Pay More! Affordability crisis dents London lettings market

London’s rental market has weakened in recent months according to the fledgling online service Hello Neighbour. Rents are 1% down compared to...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Guidance for Agents on smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms

Mandatory smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will be introduced to private rented sector properties in Northern Ireland.    Under the Smoke, Heat...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock rise in compensation paid by letting agents last year

The Property Ombudsman received a record number of enquiries with 57,635 people seeking support with their property and housing related issues...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Many agents relieved Renters Reform Bill dropped - Propertymark

The agents’ trade body says many in the industry will be pleased that the Renters Reform Bill has bitten the dust...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Agents say they Don’t Know who they’ll vote for

Around half of letting agents and landlords say they are unsure about how they will vote in the General Election. A joint...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant Turnover - landlord sales and not evictions are chief cause

Some 50% of tenants who moved last year did so because their landlords decided to sell the property.  By contrast, eviction was...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax - that’s why rents are rising so much

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

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians should realise how rent controls force landlords out - call

The pressure on rents for new tenancies in Scotland’s private rented sector have started to ease with all major cities now...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

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

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agent claims area is over-run with Airbnb-style short lets

A lettings agent who is also on the executive of Propertymark claims one of Britain’s tourist hotspots has been over-run with...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - we’re unlikely to follow Scotland, says housing chief

The Housing Secretary in Wales says that nation is unlikely to follow the example of Scotland by introducing rent controls. At a...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Tenants 'get stuck' if letting agents fail to solve problems

Half of all private renters would not know where to turn to if a letting agent failed to address a problem...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill “still misses the mark” says Propertymark

Propertymark says the controversial Renters Reform Bill still misses the mark, despite a string of amendments made to it as it...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Toxic attitude to Private Renting may now change, hopes lettings chief

A prominent lettings agency operator says he hopes the “toxic” attitude to the private rental sector by the Scottish Government may...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent claims it already conforms with Reform Bill ideals

A trade body representing Build To Rent operators claims that the sector “already accommodates the Bill’s proposals” in terms of tenants’...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove hits back at critics after Renters Reform Bill wins key vote

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

More tenants borrowing to fund deposits on next property - claim

The percentage of tenants borrowing money to fund their cash deposits on their next property has risen over the last 12...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Call by Labour MPs in defiance of party policy

Five Labour MPs have put forward an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling for rent controls - even...

22 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to improve the private rental sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

A lawyer says radical rental reforms proposed for Scotland - which could be a model for change in England and Wales...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agencies merge lettings teams and set up Joint Venture operation

Two agencies are merging their lettings operations and launching a Joint Venture company to enable continued growth in their respective areas...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill isn’t stopping buy to let investment claims agency boss

A prominent lettings agency claims the Renters Reform Bill is not proving a deterrent to buy to let investors. The Leaders Romans...

15 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Don’t be Left Behind when Regulation Comes In

Propertymark is urging agents to get ahead of the curve and be ready for the next big initiative - Regulation.  Propertymark has...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Angry tenant groups slam Renters Reform Bill changes

Tenant groups and charities reacted angrily over the Easter weekend to the proposed changes to the Renters Reform Bill being advocated...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant awareness of Renters Reform Bill very low, says charity

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

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

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

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Local Housing Allowance - momentum grows for annual increase

Propertymark is joining a growing chorus demanding an annual uprate of working age benefits and Local Housing Allowance. LHA rates have been...

25 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Investor and landlord purchases rise, despite soaring taxes

The largest lettings agency in Scotland says purchases by landlords and other investor buyers in that country have risen sharply despite...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

No scrapping fixed term tenancies - new appeal over Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark has emphasised the importance of retaining fixed term tenancies under the Renters Reform Bill. Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson met Housing...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tory MP reported to bring Renters Reform Bill “to brink of collapse”

A national newspaper says the Renters Reform Bill is “on the brink of collapse” as Tory MPs are divided on their...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill should include regulating letting agents, says Propertymark

Propertymark will appear in front of the House of Lords’ Industry and Regulators Committee tomorrow morning, urging the regulation of lettings...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide demands four tax changes to help the private rental sector

Nationwide has taken the unusual step of using its buy to let lending arm - The Mortgage Works - to make...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands radical changes to Renters Reform Bill

Shelter is asking for public support for radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill, now going through Parliament. The campaigning charity is...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

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

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Courts the best way to counter threat of S21 removal - claim

Propertymark is urging the Sunak government to introduce specialist housing courts with expert Judges who can expedite cases and create a...

15 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks boss slams Tories in unexpected attack

While most agents remain relatively tight lipped about party politics, the chief executive of Purplebricks has said the Tories should take...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council attack on private rental sector ‘is next Post Office scandal’ - claim

The excessive enforcement of council rules on private landlords while social housing is so poorly run will be ‘the next Post...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Private rental demand to soar if bankrupt council ends social housing

Birmingham’s Labour council is considering closing its social housing waiting list to new applicants - and this is likely to trigger...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Ministers warned not to backtrack on disability housing

According to the BBC, the Government is no longer committed to increase the amount disabled people in England can claim to...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents nearing ‘affordability ceiling’ - but no new supply in sight

Rents are approaching an affordability ceiling according to Savills - but the agency admits it doesn’t see substantial new supply on...

08 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government for failing to win industry support for reform

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

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Is the government deliberately delaying the Renters Reform Bill?

The long-awaited Third Reading of the controversial Renters Reform Bill will not happen this week according to the Leader of the...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Problem properties hit two thirds of renters, claim lettings group

Two thirds of private renters have experienced a problem with the quality or condition of their property in the past six...

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents List Radical Changes needed to Renters Reform Bill

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

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

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

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock figure reveals tax burden paid by private rental sector

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

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs controversial Airbnb registration scheme

Letting agents’ body Propertymark is throwing its weight behind a mandatory licensing and registration scheme for short let landlords. Anyone who lets...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

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Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Neil Cobbold, Managing Director What is PayProp and what does it...

08 January 2024

From: 60 Second Interview

Savills reveals which buy to let region it tips for best returns

Residential buy to let in the North West of England, London industrial property and retail warehouses are set to be the...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent backs industry regulation in 2024 - the more the better

The boss of a prominent UK lettings and property management agency says new regulations planned for the industry are to be...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Regulate Agents in 2024 - Propertymark explains why it’s needed

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says the current debate on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is another example of how agent...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Timetables demanded for smoke alarm and electrical safety changes

Propertymark has responded to two consultations on the proposals to introduce electrical safety standards and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical legal reform and a new Housing Court

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

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

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

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill at risk if councils aren’t given more cash - MPs

Measures contained in the Renters Reform Bill will fail without sufficient resources to ensure they can be enforced. The warning comes from...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council’s rental licensing scheme will be one of UK’s largest

A Labour-run London council is consulting on a new licensing scheme for private rented property.  If it goes ahead it will be...

12 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Housing minister backs Build To Rent

New housing minister Lee Rowley has spoken out in favour of Build To Rent. At the inaugural Build To Rent Innovators conference...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

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

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Expensive rental eco-heat scheme needs rethink - top agent

A consultation to introduce boilers into homes and the private rented sector needs ‘more carrot than stick’ according to a prominent...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm to be managing agent for council Build To Rent scheme

Portsmouth and Southsea lettings agency Chinneck Shaw has been appointed to manage the first purpose-built Build to Rent project from Ravelin...

04 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency calls for Landlords Reform Bill to redress rental balance

Leaders Romans Group is calling for a Landlords Reform Bill to balance the challenges and apparent disincentives now deterring landlords from...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - webinar to update agents on latest changes

A webinar is being held tomorrow, aimed to urging agents to get ahead of changes to the industry likely to be...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New industry group includes agents and small landlord organisations

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

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit and private renting - agents win case for forum

The Department for Work and Pensions will recommence the Private Rented Sector Universal Credit Engagement Group next month, following a concerted...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban not part of government plans to counter homelessness

The prospect of a long-term eviction ban appears to have been lifted in one part of the UK. The Welsh Government is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent says he’s getting 150+ enquiries per property within 24 hours

Glasgow’s lettings market is the strongest it’s been in up to 10 years, with a shortage of rental flats driving demand...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Home Office issues agents with new code of practice for Right To Rent

A revised code of practice for Right To Rent has been issued to agents and landlords. This sixth revision supersedes the previous...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Angry MPs slam Michael Gove over ongoing delay

A row has broken out over Section 21 between Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and an all-party...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill is ideal chance to regulate agents says Propertymark

Propertymark has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove to remind him of the importance of regulating letting and estate agents. The trade...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents continue campaign against rent controls despite legal setback

Propertymark says it’s delivering a powerful message to the Scottish Government - despite losing a recent key legal case. The agents trade...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill part of ‘brighter future for UK’ claims Sunak

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says the Renters Reform Bill will be mentioned in today’s King’s Speech - and is part of...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Failure! Annual rent rise in double figures despite rent controls

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

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency slams four councils for policies which directly hit rental supply

The lettings agency Winkworth has taken the unusual step of criticising policies of a series of councils. The councils are all Labour...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New survey to help politicians make rental policy

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

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss makes 22 amendments to Renters Reform Bill

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has written to MPs outlining detailed plans that he believes would ensure the controversial Renters Reform Bill...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand payment changes in upcoming Autumn Statement

Propertymark is urging the government to use next month’s Autumn Statement to support low-income households in the private rented sector in...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - lettings firm breaks ranks with industry

A lettings and property management platform has broken ranks with much of the industry over the Renters Reform Bill.  While most agents...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

No rent controls in England - government confirmation

Rent controls as currently in force in Scotland and under consideration in Wales will not be put into effect in England,...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage shock pushes agents into seeking government help for landlords

Propertymark has urged the government to tackle rising landlord costs immediately.The warning comes as new research suggests that landlords are spending...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Who cares about Build To Rent? Not MPs by the looks of it….

A PR exercise has discovered that 89 per cent of UK MPs would not give priority to Build-to-Rent schemes in their...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Millions invested in education project for agents and tenants

Five councils are delivering what they call “a ground-breaking project” aimed at improving the experience and environment for landlords and tenants...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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