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KEYWORD "Private Rented Sector" - 549 RESULTS
Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

The sweeping reforms for the private rental sector announced by the government at the end of last week do not go...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

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

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Get Involved Now! Big industry debate on Rental White Paper

Today’s proposed changes to the private rental sector are the most radical for a generation. The first industry debate on this hot...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

The government has released the full details of what it calls the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper. This is to form...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 and rental legal threats under discussion at webinar

A property law expert is aiming to demystify the upcoming rental legislation for agents at a webinar tomorrow. Robert Bolwell, senior partner...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reform may be bogged down after elections, warns supplier

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

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists want sweeping new taxes on some lettings properties

Activists are calling on the government to impose swingeing taxes on some lettings properties “to bring them back into the residential...

01 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions - What Next? Industry must rethink process, say leaders

Two of the most respected figures in the lettings sector are calling on agents, landlords and tenants to consider the future...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax Consultation - only days left for agents to respond

There’s just a week left - including the long Jubilee celebration period - for agents to respond to a major property tax...

30 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Redress expert to tell agents latest news on rental reform

Sean Hooker, head of redress at the Property Redress Scheme, will discuss the latest rental reform proposals and answer letting agents'...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter slammed by industry over “exaggerated” Section 21 claims

Propertymark is the latest part of the lettings sector to fight back against criticism and claims of extreme evictions made by...

03 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets - momentum builds for more animal-friendly lettings

New research appears to be adding to the momentum to have more flexibility over pets in private rental accommodation.  Nearly one in...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Improve housing standards! Propertymark’s call to winning politicians

Propertymark is calling on candidates in next week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections to support policies that will increase housing supply and...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss condemns political party for “punitive” attack on rental sector

One of the UK’s largest lettings groups has made an outspoken attack on the policies of a political party standing in...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing to print money? One of UK’s largest schemes launched

A new and huge private rental licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Your Chance - Tell the BBC the private rental sector is under attack!

The industry’s main trade body for lettings agents is telling its members to let the BBC know if they believe the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Number of elderly renters likely to rise, claims sector supplier

The head of a retirement rentals brand says the phenomenon of the elderly tenant is on the increase. Jamie Turnbull, business director...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings trainer wants more public cash for rental enforcement

Lettings accreditation and training service Safeagent is calling on the government to make more public cash available for councils to exercise...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

Private rental property conditions and the enforcement of regulations by councils and government have all been in the firing line from...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Take That! Famous industry supplier celebrates anniversary

Fifteen years ago Take That’s ‘Shine’ was at number one in the charts, ‘Mr Bean’s Holiday’ drew crowds into cinemas and...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Inventories key to ensuring agents comply with law, claims supplier

Inventories are a key tool to ensuring they, and the properties they let, comply with the law. That’s the claim from industry...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants getting older - dramatic demographic changes on the way

Homes headed by a person over the age of 45 will account for at least half of all privately renting households...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings licensing success justifies new five year extension - claim

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

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome energy efficiency VAT help for rental sector

There’s been a broad welcome from letting agents to the Spring Statement not loading more tax or restrictions on buy to...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – supporting smarter, more streamlined enforcement with PropTech

Housing is back on the political agenda with a bang. The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper sets out sweeping reforms...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants like their rental homes - big majority of renters are happy

A large majority of private renters are happy with their properties, status and their landlords according to a new survey. A report...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring fuel bills will hurt renters and lettings sector - warning

Lower income households, often found in the private rental sector, are set to bear the brunt of the rising inflation and...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

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

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 used as excuse to bring in anti-buy to let rules - agency group

Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade body, has accused governments across the UK of using Covid 19 rule changes to slip in...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove slammed by agents over cladding comments

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

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Another Labour politician urges immediate rent controls

Another prominent Labour politician has thrown his weight behind rent controls. And Mark Griffin - who is the party’s housing spokesman in...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents hit back at politicians over rent controls

Propertymark has hit back at the latest demand by politicians for rent controls. The London mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his call for...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Lettings industry body joins forces with trade group

The Lettings Industry Council - which arguably has a low profile with agents - has become an industry partner of another...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Ideological attack on rental sector underway, warns leading agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says a consultation looking at changes to private renting proposed by the Scottish Government is merely...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Stock shortage to worsen unless massive rental targets are met

New research commissioned by the landlords’ trade body shows that the UK needs almost 230,000 new private rented homes a year...

18 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Control momentum building rapidly across UK

Politicians across the UK appear to be growing more vocal in their support for rent controls. The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants is introducing a new qualification and training for borough council housing enforcement officers to...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Who’s going to police new higher standards for rental sector?

ARLA Propertymark has identified a key weakness in the government’s ambitious plans to reform the private rental sector as part of...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents' plea for new landlords to replace those quitting

ARLA Propertymark is warning that new landlords must be drafted in to the private rental sector to replace those exiting in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should act now ahead of Carbon Monoxide alarm laws

Trade body UKALA has cautioned letting agents to act now following the government announcement that it intends to extend the need...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn on extending length of Notice To Quit periods

Extending the length of Notice to Quit periods in the private rented sector in Northern Ireland to up to six months...

27 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing will cut stock and hike rents, warns top agency

One of the leading lettings agencies in Liverpool has issued a warning about the city’s controversial new licensing scheme. The Labour council...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Short let units should switch to mainstream rentals, says agent

A prominent agent says the shortage of rental property is now so acute, and like to get still worse, that those...

24 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Controlling Airbnb - England behind the curve, says Propertymark

Wales and Scotland are ahead of the game when it comes to limiting the impact of short term lets on the...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Returning EU citizens will boost lettings market - agency chief’s view

EU citizens with settled status in the UK, but who have stayed in their native countries during the pandemic, are likely...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians slam private rentals as “increasingly unaffordable”

A report from the House of Lords has condemned the private rental sector as being ”increasingly unaffordable” as well as being...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Sniping At Private Renting! Agency chief tells politicians to stop

The coming year should be about promoting harmony in the lettings market says the head of an agency that’s now part of a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents hit out at call for rent controls and anti-eviction measures

Propertymark has strongly opposed a proposal by the Scottish Government to radically reform the private rental sector. The proposals put out for...

23 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Investors may quit buy to let, leading agency chief warns

The lettings agency boss at the centre of a major industry takeover has fired a warning shot about rent controls and...

22 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Get set for rent controls in one part of the UK

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Reform tax, Beef up rogues database - Agents demand radical rental reforms

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils warn that Airbnbs threaten mainstream rental supply

Landlords selling up or converting to short lets have led to a growing housing crisis, according to a trade body of...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No more red tape! - Agents warn government to get reform right

ARLA Propertymark is backing a call for the government to set a clear vision for how it sees the private rental...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

The UK Association of Letting Agents says it welcomes new rules for alarms which put the social and private rental sectors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Quick! Tickets going fast for letting sector’s event of the year

There are fewer than 70 tickets left for December 7's rescheduled 25th ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition. Originally due to take place in...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the city tipped for rental expansion by property experts

A prominent consultancy advising the Build To Rent sector has identified one British city as the prime location for investment in 2022. BNP...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

440-home US-style Build To Rent scheme announced

Finance companies have announced the development of a new 440-unit Build To Rent scheme in Birmingham. Harrison Street, an alternative real assets...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour joins call for faster scrapping of S21 evictions

Labour has joined with campaign groups Generation Rent and Shelter in calling for the speediest possible ending of Section 21 eviction...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Buy To Let sector must aim to be as good as Build To Rent

Foxtons is extensively praising the apparent benefits of Build To Rent, a sector in which the agency is keen to become...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Average rents dip from last month but still showing big annual hike

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a modest 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

Two recent calls for the introduction of a national mandatory landlord register in England have been rebuffed by agents’ trade body...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Thank you Michael Gove!  Propertymark welcomes arrears fund

Propertymark has taken the unusual step of thanking the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and the Communities for the...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

One of UK’s largest licensing schemes revealed - consultation starts today

Consultation begins today on a selective licensing scheme for privately rented housing in 25 wards of Birmingham. Under the suggested scheme, all...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart Meters: Agents’ webinar today as pressure builds for adoption

Pressure continues to build on letting agents to play a greater role in the adoption of smart meters across the private...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Mystery agent refuses to pay £150,000 owed in guaranteed rent

The Property Redress Scheme has expelled an agent operating a guaranteed rent scheme which failed to pay £150,000 to a former landlord client. The agent...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

ARLA Propertymark is calling on the government to properly fund local authorities so they can combat rogue operators in the private...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - fix rental sector or face stock drought

The lettings agents’ group Propertymark has told Chancellor Rishi Sunak that unless the private rented sector is overhauled many landlords will...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to Boris: don’t hurt rentals in push for home ownership

A prominent industry supplier is warning the government not to damage the private rental sector in its push to promote ever-more...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cut Us Some Slack! Politicians told to stop demonising letting agents

Propertymark is telling politicians to stop demonising letting agents and landlords. The unusualy bluntl message has come in response to the latest...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice Rumpus - agents hint that politicians are out of touch

A statement from ARLA Propertymark has hinted that it believes politicians may be out of touch with the reality of how...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply pushes demand and rental increases to record highs

Record demand and low levels of supply have pushed the number of tenants experiencing rental increases to new highs, lettings agents...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Opinion - what does Lloyds’ entry into the private rented sector reveal?

An investment firm has flagged up the recently announced move by banking giant Lloyds to enter the private rented sector as...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Insight – what will the main rental trends be in 2022?

We may still be some months off 2022, but property experts are already beginning to make their predictions for next year...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Treat us fairly’ say UK landlords in call to Michael Gove

A new survey has revealed that just 11% of people think Michael Gove, who was announced as the new Housing Secretary...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark calls for return of lettings perks to meet rental demand

Propertymark has called for a return of mortgage interest relief and a review of landlord taxes to boost the rental sector. The...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to encourage landlord investment in rental sector

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to make it more attractive for landlords to invest in the private rental sector. Sunak...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must back letting agents as rental reform nears - call

There’s been a call for government to do more to support letting agents as an autumn of rental reform begins. Mark Hayward,...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give new warning on costs of pets in rental property

ARLA Propertymark has waded into the growing controversy over pets being allowed in rental properties. Last week a letter was sent to...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraud alarm raised for agents over sophisticated fake documents

Propertymark is alerting agents to ever-more sophisticated fraudulent documents being used in the private rental sector. The organisation recently requested agents to...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deal to introduce rent controls “ill thought out” say agents

The deal to introduce rent controls in Scotland - the result of a deal between two parties in the Scottish Parliament...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What landlords are thinking, saying and planning right now

The value of the Private Rented Sector in England, Wales and Scotland grew by 5.8 per cent to a jaw dropping...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge new licensing scheme will focus on 9,000 properties

One of the largest new additional licensing schemes for HMOs anywhere in the country is set to come into force in...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back campaign for deposit reform and rental register

Propertymark has joined four so-called ‘action groups’ advocating housing policy changes including the setting up of a national landlord register and...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Maxine Fothergill, ARLA President

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Maxine Fothergill and for the past ‘almost’...

28 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Lettings register and deposit system demanded in new report

A new report calls for large scale reform of the private rental sector, including a national landlord register and changes to...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

A leading private rental trade body says only bespoke financial help can ensure the private rental sector meets government energy efficiency...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks deal offers energy efficiency and compliance service

A new partnership with a PropTech supplier means Purplebricks is now offering landlord clients improved compliance over energy efficiency and other...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

£10m arrears scheme launches to help Covid-hit renters

A new £10m scheme to help renters with Covid-related arrears has been launched in Wales.  Called the Tenancy Hardship Grant, and introduced...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New drive to make all rental properties improve energy efficiency

A Bill is being introduced into both Houses of Parliament this week which will ramp up the pressure on the private...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents growing impatient with government over Covid arrears

Agents say not enough is being done to help tenants with Covid-related problems - and that’s despite the issue repeatedly being...

19 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour and Generation Rent join forces again for rent controls

The Generation Rent campaign group and Labour are again uniting to argue in favour of rent controls in London. Just last week...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

The latest English Housing Survey shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property. Some 38 per cent of...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Good news for buy to let as mortgage choice bounces back

There’s good news for the buy to let sector today as an independent mortgage market monitor reports a 15-month high in...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Over-regulated and outdated - the rules governing private renting

Research by a lettings sector trade body has revealed precisely how outdated some regulations are.  According to the latest analysis, by the...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift from long term lets to Airbnb ‘contribute to housing emergency’

A politician in one of the poorest parts of the UK wants his local authority to declare a ‘housing emergency’. Cornish councillor...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another rental property licensing scheme consultation launched

A proposal for one of the country’s largest ever private rental sector licensing schemes has gone out to consultation. Manchester’s Labour council...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Media publish photographs of agency’s filthy property after big fine

The local media in Manchester have published photographs of a property operated by a lettings agency was found to have multiple...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Show Us The Results: Agents demand mediation pilot evidence

The Association of Residential Letting Agents’ wing of Propertymark is demanding to see the results of a mediation project initiated by...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents soar outside London - but dip in the capital itself

The latest rental market snapshot produced by HomeLet shows average rents outside of London soaring to higher levels and dropping in the capital itself.  The...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession cases FALLEN during pandemic, not risen - government

Official figures show that far from seeing a rise during the pandemic, there has been what the government calls “a massive...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Almost a billion pounds invested to improve buy to let sector

Landlords spend an estimated £839m each year upgrading newly purchased rental property before letting it out to tenants, helping to drive-up...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction court process should be simplified in reform package - call

A leading buy to let mortgage expert has backed the government’s pledge to issue a White Paper and additional consultation before...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government willing to listen to agents on rental reform, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government is willing to listen to agents and other industry players ahead of...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 - government may make pledge today

Today’s Queen’s Speech, setting out the government’s legislative programme for the next year, is expected to include rental reform. It’s thought one...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order for rogue agent after unlawful eviction

A lettings agency director has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order for unlawfully evicting a tenant back in 2019. CFDP Ltd, trading as...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up again - fourth increase in four months

Average rents across the UK have risen for the fourth time in as many months according to the HomeLet index. Typical rent...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs say “no more” to last-minute panic eviction bans

An influential group of MPs wants an end to repeated last minute extensions to the ban on evictions and instead wants financial support...

31 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure on private rented sector to cater more for older and disabled

A lettings trade body says the sector - and local councils - should do more to cater for the older and...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

ARLA Propertymark says its disappointed over the latest extension to an eviction ban and the requirement for six months notice to tenants. The latest...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency training and regulation - are they really coming at last?

After years of deliberation there still appears to many to be little progress on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Furlough extension will be saviour for many agents - PropTech chief

The extension of the furlough scheme might be an indirect saviour for many lettings agencies says a leading PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold,...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns that ‘many landlords can no longer make ends meet’

ARLA Propertymark has reiterated its demand for the government to give financial support to the private rental sector. In its submission to...

08 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

For most letting agents the last year has been a challenging one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate,...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

James Lindsey, apropos agent

How did you get into property? My grandparents did some small property developments when I was growing up which always interested me,...

20 January 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

London council wants to double the size of HMO licensing regime

Lambeth council is consulting agents, landlords and others on its latest licensing proposals for Houses in Multiple Occupation. The new proposals would...

19 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No more rent controls! Politicians warned of supply shortage

Propertymark is making it clear that rent controls are not the way to operate an efficient lettings market. In a formal response...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 could be a good year for the rental market after all, says agent

The next 12 months could be a surprisingly good year for the private rental sector despite some obvious challenges, according to...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic changes the lettings market

The last year was one which none of us will forget both personally and professionally. Every aspect of life has been...

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Arrears set to worsen as a result of Sunak’s LHA freeze

There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

ARLA Propertymark has issued a warning to government not to use Capital Gains Tax reform to further punish the private rental...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity claims some arrears will take seven years to be repaid

The charity Citizens Advice - which claims a “unique, real-time insight into the challenges people are facing as a result of Coronavirus"...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

The main trade body representing lettings agents has described the government’s latest eviction ban as “a further blow” for the sector. At...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Strange’ market still showing rent increases in almost every region

Another market snapshot from HomeLet suggests that there was a 2.2 per cent average rent increase across the UK in the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for agents to highlight their value

The recent survey in Letting Agent Today on why many landlords didn’t use agents was interesting and informative. That only 42.5%...

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome first-ever financial scheme helping tenants

ARLA Propertymark has welcomed the creation of a financial lifeline for tenants in Wales in arrears because of Coronavirus.  The association has...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

The investment arm of the Big Issue street newspaper is putting £3m into a new form of lettings agency.  Homes for Good was...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom Time - record number of tenants registered by agents

The number of new prospective tenants is at its highest level ever according to data just released by ARLA Propertymark. The association’s...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

Letting agents and landlords in Wales can now direct struggling tenants to a new independent advice service. The Private Rented Sector Helpline...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must adapt quickly to the new normal  By David Alexander, joint Managing Director of apropos

  There is little doubt that the coronavirus has changed the way we live and rapidly created a new normality as different...

28 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

A deposit scheme has launched a new service designed to help tenants and landlords who have experienced issues with rent arrears as...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be extended in Scotland - will rest of UK follow?

The ban on evictions in the private rented sector looks almost certain to be extended until March next year in Scotland...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict anyone during virus crisis says leading lettings expert

A senior lettings expert with almost four decades experience says evictions should not be considered during the virus crisis, irrespective of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to licence 50,000 properties - council extends consultation

A local authority has extended its consultation process for a selective licensing system which, if it goes ahead, would see some...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CGT Threat: Propertymark warns government not to hurt buy to let

Propertymark is the latest industry body to warn the government against Capital Gains Tax changes that may disincentivise landlords. A joint statement...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter “doubling up” its checks on letting agents for compliance

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is “doubling up” its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents' warm welcome for £5,000 Green Homes Grant scheme

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has given a warm welcome to this week’s news that buy to let investors as...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

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

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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...