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KEYWORD "Problems" - 100 RESULTS
Soaring Council Tax Arrears prompts call for new bailiff rules

Outstanding council tax arrears have soared according to new government figures. Data from he Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities shows...

21 June 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech chat service claims to help tenants hitting problems

A new in-person real-time chat service for tenants claims to “assist all aspects of the rental experience.” The service comes from a...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Tax Change - Short Lets sector warned of possible losses

An accountancy firm is warning those using Airbnb and similar short let platforms that new tax rules mean they could lose...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Emoov, pioneer online agency, acquired by small family business

A low profile family company called the Griffin Property Company has acquired Emoov, the online agency which was a pioneering name...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Pity The Poor Renter - analyst says tenants face tough conditions

An Office of National Statistics survey shows that the top three issues facing the UK are still the cost-of-living crisis (89%),...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to understand key tenancy agreement differences

A call has gone out from an industry group for letting agents to be sure they know the distinctions between statutory...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan says he will build 6,000 “affordable” rental homes by 2030 - with their rents capped. Khan, standing...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Improving market doesn’t solve underlying problems - Propertymark

Promising figures from the latest house price index doesn’t mean underlying problems in the market have been solved, warns Propertymark. UK house...

04 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Banking Scandal as thousands of agency accounts are closed

A Parliamentary committee has heard that thousands of small and medium-sized letting agencies were debanked in 2023, with financial institutions forcibly...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

London still attracts rental investors despite 'disjointed' market

A prominent property expert who runs a buying and property management service for high end clients says London still attracts international...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

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

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove’s Airbnb Crackdown - Criticism building

There’s growing anger over restrictions on private homeowners using their properties via Airbnb and other short let platforms. Earlier this week Housing...

21 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Problem properties hit two thirds of renters, claim lettings group

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

26 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ views sought for large HMO licensing scheme

Agents, landlords and others’ views are being sought in a consultation on proposals to introduce a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings Market Problems - supply-demand mismatch through to Christmas

New figures released this week by Propertymark reveal that even in the run-up to Christmas there was no significant change in...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO warning letters ignored by rogue lettings agency

A lettings agency has pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to an HMO. IHomes Letting Limited has been fined £16,970 for failing...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

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

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent problems highlighted in latest report

A new report suggests London’s Build To Rent sector is being held back by a “stark inconsistency” from local councils in...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Struggling Build To Rent again complains of cost and delivery problems

The latest annual report on Build To Rent in London again talks of issues with costs and delivery. A report from the...

10 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock figures claim to show scale of mould on rental properties

Some 48 per cent of tenants are currently living with one or more housing disrepair issues, it’s being claimed. The problems include...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand payment changes in upcoming Autumn Statement

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

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 U-turn - more details given by government

More details have emerged of what appears to be a sort of stay of execution for Section 21 eviction powers. The abolition...

23 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Millions invested in education project for agents and tenants

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

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Seminar for Letting Agents ahead of major benefits shake-up

Social housing provider Caridon Property is hosting a series of free seminars to prepare letting agents for the migration of Housing...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Good News - More landlords instruct letting agents

Increasing numbers of landlords are considering instructing lettings agents for the first time because of increased red tape and the complexity...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents have two months to tell council licensing bosses what they think

There’s to be a consultation this autumn about a proposed selective licensing regime in Scarborough. The proposal covers parts of the Castle,...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Union urges government not to give in to private rental experts

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

30 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Watchdog to Probe Five Issues Involving Agents and Landlords

The Competitioin and Markets Authority is to probe five activities involving letting agents and landlords and their responsibilities to private tenants. Sarah...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Abandoned Tenancies - Gove lobbied to take urgent action

Housing Secretary Michael Gove is being lobbied to take urgent action over the growing problem of abandoned tenancies. Propertymark chief executive Nathan...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Client Account Closures - Chancellor urged to stop banking madness

The Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, is being urged to act now to stop the problems banks are creating for letting agents. Following a...

08 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal concern over new aid for tenants in eviction cases

The Law Society is raising concerns over the effectiveness of a new support service aimed at tenants at risk of losing...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Council “deluged” with complaints about private rental homes

Landlords of more than 5,000 homes must register for a license and ensure their tenants have good quality housing or face...

25 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Cannabis Farms - agents asked to smoke out culprits

Five regional police and crime commissioners have written to letting agents highlighting the problems of cannabis farms in private rental properties.  The...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Research reveals time it takes to arrange interim inspections

Interim inspections are a necessity if you want to avoid property issues and tenant relationship breakdowns. They’re a no brainer –...

04 July 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Labour turning its back on rent controls once and for all

It looks as if the Labour Party is turning its back on rent controls on England and Wales. In the past year...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rents edge above long term ratio to earnings says Zoopla

Typical UK rents now account for 28.3 per cent of average pre-tax earnings - slightly above the 10-year average of 27...

22 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Hot Air? Agency warns emissions tax could hurt capital values

A prominent lettings agency says capital values could be damaged if a controversial emissions scheme goes ahead in London. Research by Benham...

21 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Lawyer hits out at court delays and growing anti-rental sentiment

A seasoned property lawyer who has specialised in residential landlord and tenant law for 22 years says she is embarrassed at...

16 June 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech partnership for well-known industry suppliers

Outsourced communications provider Moneypenny has partnered with maintenance specialist Help Me Fix to support its property client base.  Help Me Fix, widely...

08 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents key to reassuring high-rise tenants on fire safety - claim

Letting agents have a key role in ensuring updated fire safety regulations really do improve standards for tenants in taller buildings. That’s...

24 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Pet Lovers and Renting Activists get lift up from Michael Gove

In a surprise move, Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given the stand-in leader of activist group Generation Rent a prime role...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Newspaper names agency in middle of high profile mould dispute

An online newspaper has named the lettings agency at the heart of a high profile dispute with tenants over mould. The i...

28 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Backfired! Rent controls hurt lettings as government flounders

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

24 April 2023

From: Breaking News

How to attract landlords to your letting agency

As the unending attack on landlords continues, many are succumbing to the pressures of increased taxes, interest rates rising, regulations becoming...

18 April 2023

From: Marketing & Social Media

5 Reasons to outsource your client accounting

As a dedicated letting agent, or estate agent with a lettings portfolio, you already have a lot on your plate. Managing...

18 April 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Airbnb host register hailed as “fantastic step forward”

A proposal to introduce a national register of Airbnb hosts in a bid to curb rowdy behaviour by guests has been...

29 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Warnings over conversions of commercial properties into housing

Propertymark is speaking out about problems with some conversions of commercial property into residential.The warning comes in the trade body’s response...

21 March 2023

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants to fix “broken” rental sector

A PropTech startup called EVO is claiming to revolutionise repairs and maintenance in the “broken” rented housing sector. EVO says it connects...

16 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons relying on lettings for revenue as brand is reshaped

Foxtons’ latest trading statement suggests that it’s heavily reliant on lettings revenue as the sales market stutters and the whole company...

08 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Political wannabes wrong to blame holiday lets, claims top agent

A prominent lettings agent has criticised leading candidates for the leadership of the Scottish National Party for anti-holiday let policies. David Alexander,...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to regularly inspect to spot damp and mould

A combination of regular inspections and pro-active installation of ventilation can help to reduce the risk of dangerous damp and mould...

03 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Webinar to examine key problems challenging industry

Key figures from across the industry will come together tomorrow to discuss the challenges currently facing the lettings sector.,  Starting at 10am...

21 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Industry insider demands damp and mould rental property campaign

A national campaign warning about the dangers of damp and mould could help save lives, a property industry insider says. A recent...

08 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls won't solve housing crisis, experts warn

The housing crisis will be made worse by rent caps, two property experts have said. Various activist groups, much of the Green...

26 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Fake letting agencies created to avoid identifying landlord

A landlord has pleaded guilty to four offences which involved the creation of fake letting agencies in order to help him...

13 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenants under 30 risk being “stuck” renting for years - claim

A tax expert says the current economic climate has made it so hard to save for a deposit that many tenants...

11 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Flats are now good value, possible investment potential - Zoopla

An end-of-year assessment by Zoopla suggests the price of flats across the UK have underperformed the rest of the market and...

23 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Banks are closing their doors to Letting Agents

UK banks are closing client accounts held by established letting agents and refusing to open accounts for new businesses. The Problem A growing...

19 December 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Rent rises for renewed tenancies far lower than for new ones

The average rent for a new letting has increased by £117 per month since last year, reaching £1,078 per calendar month...

09 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Claims against Purplebricks for lettings problems could exceed £5m

Purplebricks has detailed the price it is paying for a lettings compliance blunder first spotted last year. It predicts that, at worst,...

08 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Funding for buy to let investment plummets as wider economy tanks

A new analysis claims to show how difficult it has become for buy to let investors to secure finance as a...

07 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Vik Tara, CTO of Technology Blueprint

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I'm Vik Tara and on my business card it says...

22 November 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

What's the future of Purplebricks lettings division?

Once again there is uncertainty over the future of the small lettings division of Purplebricks. The threat of redundancy hangs over staff...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Tories should worry about ‘Rent Wall’ voters going Labour - claim

The man behind a new survey of tenants’ voting intentions claims the Conservatives need to worry about losing support amongst young...

12 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Another London council ponders licensing scheme with fees

Wandsworth council in south London is considering a review into the feasibility of introducing discretionary landlord licencing. A statement from the authority...

07 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Too few agents know Right To Rent changes - claim

An industry supplier says the recent Right To Rent changes have flown under the radar - and many agents don’t know...

06 October 2022

From: Breaking News

17% of UK Rental Property Now Managed by TBL

Following new business wins, PropTech leaders Technology Blueprint Ltd now handles over a sixth of the entire UK’s agent-managed rental properties. After...

22 September 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Adam Blaxter Paliwala, CEO of Technology Blueprint

1. Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Adam Blaxter Paliwala, CEO of Technology Blueprint Limited...

22 September 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

PropTech claim - We’re better for agents than Rightmove!

PropTech firm Homesearch has launched technology which it claims allows every agent to offer a white-labelled search engine. And it claims this...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Government sharply criticised over affordable homes failures

The National Audit Office has made scathing criticisms of government efforts to build more affordable housing. The public spending watchdog says the...

13 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Worry spreads as agents see more landlords quitting buy to let

No fewer than two thirds of the lettings agents surveyed by Goodlord say they expect more landlords to exit the private...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Converting let-only landlords should be agents’ top priority - claim

A prominent lettings agent says educating landlords about the need to use agents should be the industry’s number one priority. Agent Rainmaker...

06 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - reform agenda is WRONG for HMOs!

A network of professional landlords is warning the government that its reform agenda for the private rental sector is plain wrong...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency boss threatened team with violence - gets suspended sentence

The former director of a lettings agency has received a suspended jail sentence for making threats of violence against ex-colleagues in...

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Renters Reform Bill coming this session of Parliament

It’s been confirmed that the controversial Renters Reform Bill will still be introduced by the end of this session of Parliament,...

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents accused of failing to communicate effectively with tenants

A new survey of some 2,000 tenants claims to show a significant level of dissatisfaction over communications with letting agents. The study...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks sets date for possible lettings crisis showdown

Purplebricks has set a date for a possible showdown with shareholders over the agency’s lettings compliance crisis amongst other controverisies.  It has...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Webinar Tomorrow - Agents need protection from ongoing stock shortage

Letting agents should take measures to protect themselves from the impact of a lack of rental stock. A shortage of supply is...

09 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks reveals cost of lettings error and slams poor marketing

Purplebricks has given its interpretation of how much its lettings sector compliance crisis has cost the company. Back in December the Daily...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check out new licensing scheme

Agents with landlord clients who let properties in Central West Bromwich are being reminded to check if they should apply for...

20 June 2022

From: Breaking News

High number of landlords claim agents charge too much

More than four in 10 landlords claim their letting agents charge too much - and one in six has been hit...

06 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Shock figures on banks’ client accounts services to agencies

Shocking figures have emerged regarding the long-running problems caused by banks demanding that agencies have a designated client account for each...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings complaints rise to Property Redress Service

PRS, one of the two official redress services for the lettings and sales agency sectors, says it’s seen an increase in...

28 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

Rent Controls threat under discussion at Rightmove event

Rightmove’s April webinars for agents continue today with Daryl Mcintosh, Policy Manager at Propertymark, giving a legal and compliance update for...

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Who should carry out inventory checks?

It’s a frequent question in lettings: Who should carry out inventory checks and create reports for a rented property? Should it...

29 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Agent fails to secure renewal of landlord’s licence in controversial case

An agent’s plea to councillors to renew the HMO license for a landlord client fell on deaf ears in a controversial...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

App’s new feature allows agents to customise questionnaires

With the steady introduction of rental platforms and apps designed to bypass letting agents and property managers in the tenancy process,...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you having problems with banks and client accounts?

PropTech supplier Agent OS is running a survey of letting agents about the vexed subject of specialist client accounts. AgentOS says it’s...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical Lettings Agency charges ultra-low fees

A so-called ethical lettings agency run jointly by two local authorities is handling private rental properties but is charging landlords just...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency spares a thought for tenants’ affordability problems

A lettings agency says renters must pay an average of up to 77 per cent of their monthly household income to...

04 February 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

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

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t wait for regulation and legislation - improve renting now

Agents should not wait until regulation and legislation improve the rental sector - they should be doing so voluntarily.  That’s the view...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Confrontation with letting agent to be shown on TV show

The next episode of the Channel 5 show Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords this evening features an agent offering a supposed guaranteed...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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