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Repayment order means £11,000 in rent being returned to tenants

Rent to the value of £10,982.25 is to be returned to tenants by a landlord who was operating without a licence. Mrs...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants worried about paying rent after furlough ends - claim

More than a third of furloughed private renters are worried about being able to pay their rent when the coronavirus lockdown...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand catching up with supply after Prime London’s lettings dip

Demand in the prime London lettings market is catching up with supply, reducing short-term downwards pressure on rental values. That’s the view...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to help particularly vulnerable self-isolating tenants

ARLA Propertymark has put out a call for agents to provide support to vulnerable tenants who may be self-isolating during the...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘King and Queen of Buy To Let’ said to be worth a cool £140m

The so-called King and Queen of Buy To Let, the controversial husband and wife team of Fergus and Judith Wilson, are...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

London locations flop in league table of good buy to let returns

An analysis of buy to let returns from mortgage lender Mojo has produced a league table with no London locations in...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Longer eviction ban will hurt most vulnerable and damage rental sector

A prominent figure in the lettings industry has warned that any extension to the current evictions ban would risk hurting the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app by-passes agents but charges landlords £799

A new app called Rentd by-passes lettings agents but charges landlords £799 for a full listing. Landlords pay the one-off £799 fixed...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council asks lockdown residents to report illegal HMOs

Residents at home during lockdown who may have seen families crammed into overcrowded HMOs are being asked to report the properties...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark talking with government over furlough flexibility

Propertymark says it’s continuing to talk to government departments about making the furlough scheme flexible enough to meet agency industry needs.  A...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market - why mortgage advisors are needed more than ever

The buy-to-let market has grown significantly in recent years as long-term renting becomes more popular and investors continue to see the...

28 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

HMRC finally allows letting agents to register for anti-money laundering

The HMRC’s long-awaited online register for letting agents to register their anti-money laundering activities has opened - almost six months after...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Sale of three lettings agencies completed in 10 days

The market for successful lettings businesses is still strong according to one of the country’s leading business transfer agents. Adam J Walker...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Fallout: Renters admit they’re less likely to own a home now

Research by insurance firm Aviva suggests private tenants are now more pessimistic about being able to buy their own home. In December,...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Prominent buy to let lender resumes valuations as ‘normal’ market nears

Aldermore Bank is this week resuming physical mortgage valuations on properties for house purchase and remortgage in England, where strict social...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry body backs call for extra financial aid for tenants during virus

A leading trade body is backing calls by MPs for additional financial support to tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. The National Residential...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency links with law firm to handle Covid litigation

Marsh & Parsons, the LSL-owned London chain, has appointed a litigation firm for Covid-19 support to its Lettings team. A statement from...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Video to remain a key part of viewing - claim

A new survey of tenants’ sentiment suggests that 54 per cent of renters feel confident to view a property with appropriate...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Propertymark’s 29-point guide for offices, teams and activities

Propertymark has created a 29-point checklist in line with the Government’s current property industry guidance, most recently updated on May 13.  Propertymark...

25 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online service denies claim it helps agents avoid portal fees

An online agency has denied a claim that it is allowing High Street agents to use its platform to avoid paying...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand for rental property up a third on this time last year

The return of the housing market has seen demand for rental property boom - and it’s a third higher now than...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

The UK’s largest property franchise group says the current Coronavirus crisis shows precisely how robust its franchise business model is. In a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big regional agency chain signs up with deposit insurance provider

Chancellors, the independent agency chain with over 50 offices across southern England and mid Wales, is launching a deposit-free renting option. Working with...

21 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental website is first ever to display air quality information

Rental property website SearchSmartly is thought to be the first in the world to display air quality ratings on every listing. In...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Supply surge - new listings soar following market relaunch

The number of new rental listings reaching the market has soared as much as 44 per cent in some areas following...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Top lettings agency to shed jobs with new online platform at risk

One of the country’s largest lettings agencies is to lose 17 jobs out of 100 in what the company founder calls...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Fixflo webinar to help agents on implementing Corona regulations

Repairs and maintenance management software provider Fixflo is hosting a webinar later this week to debate how letting agents can find...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech training supplier addresses safeguarding in new release

Inventory BaseAcademy has released new online training to address safeguarding issues that may face the lettings industry. Property professionals, especially managers and...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental app service introduces ‘Home Walkthrough’ feature

Rental app service Movebubble has launched its Home Walkthrough feature which it says it the first of its kind in the...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Average time to let soars thanks to lockdown

Rents on renewed tenancies fell for the second month in a row according to data from Hamptons International.   In April the average...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tenant referencing product for agents to be rolled out

The Lettings Hub is to roll out its Property Passport free tenant referencing product for letting agents. A beta test exercise already...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Now’s the time to bag buy to lets at bargain prices - claim

A specialist mortgage broker is suggesting that this is the right time for buy to let investors to bag bargain properties,...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

We’re Back! Agents and lettings market resume work today

From midnight lettings agents in England have been able to resume work thanks to an amendment to Coronavirus legislation that was...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online property management platform goes live with agents in key cities

A digital property management platform has gone live with a network of local agents covering some of the UK’s key cities.  Apropos has recruited a network of what it calls...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let mortgages more expensive despite Base Rate fall

Some buy to let mortgages are now more expensive than before for borrowers, despite the recent fall in the Bank of...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech tool monitors transactions + New Viewber partnership

PropTech company Teal Legal has designed a new tool which it says will help restore confidence in the property market once...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Big surge in complaints about letting agents taken up by Ombudsman

There’s been a substantial 20 per cent rise in formal complaints about agents taken up by The Property Ombudsman.  The figures refer...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit offers free training to lettings and sales agents

Reapit is offering lettings and sales agents free training courses for its CRM software.  The offer will provide non-customers with complimentary access...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yields ease but rental market riding the Coronavirus challenge

New research suggested that yields across the UK rental market are remaining broadly unchanged despite the Coronavirus crisis. The current average sits...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Keepy-Uppys, press-ups and team merchandise keep agency fighting fit

Lenwell is a busy lettings agency covering Luton, Dunstable, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Biggleswade, Hitchin and Northampton - and now, busy in...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Video-casts, ideas for agents' kids at home - oh, and a coffee morning

There’s no escaping team activity at epropservices - and in a good way. The company, which is the parent firm of The...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should live rent-free until 2021 says prominent economist

An economist who previously suggested tenants should live rent-free for three months during the Coronavirus crisis has revised his thinking -...

07 May 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

PropTech platform accelerated to market for use during virus crisis

A new automated lettings platform claims to automate key processes around compliance, marketing, leasing and management for letting agents. Ringley Group, a...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Special Coronavirus 'moral contracts' with tenants may not work - warning

Agents and landlords who use unorthodox methods of securing obligations from tenants to pay their rent during the Coronavirus crisis may...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants can’t pay - only in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced a £5m fund that will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Market rebound as new and completed tenancies rise again

The latest market snapshot by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that while new and completed tenancy volumes dropped rapidly in the first...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t always pay their own removal costs - commission

A commission investigating affordable homes in the UK has called for annual private sector rent increases to be limited to a...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over half of tenants regret aspects of their property - survey

Nearly half of households in the private rental sector have regrets about their home according to a survey by the HomeOwners...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector may face wave of court cases after lockdown - warning

A raft of measures from government and courts intended to help private tenants during the Coronavirus lockdown may be storing up a...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Six lettings agencies expelled from TPO for not paying awards

The Property Ombudsman has announced the expulsion of eight agencies, all for contravening TPO codes of practice. Most of the expulsions were...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO to charge NHS workers just £10 a week in rent

A council is being asked to prioritise consent to use a property as an HMO during the pandemic, with its four...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap stamp duty on buy to lets, urges controversial property expert

Buy to let investors should be exempted from the three per cent stamp duty surcharge even if purchasers of holiday homes still...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

London rents still the most expensive in Europe despite virus slowdown

The typical rent for a London property makes it “the undefeated number one most expensive city in Europe” despite increases slowing...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Teaching your kids at home? Zoopla comes to the rescue...

Zoopla is promoting 12 lesson plans for agents and other property professionals who are teaching their children at home during the...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Yet more regulation of rental sector on the way, predicts Propertymark

Once the worst of the Coronavirus crisis passes there’s likely to be much more regulation of parts of the rental sector...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade body recruits 14 new members despite virus battering

The new trade body for companies working in the beleaguered short lets sector has recruited 14 new member firms - although...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Another 350 Build To Rent homes announced as part of regeneration

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent players, Legal & General, says it’s to construct another 350 homes as part...

29 April 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

Agent-turned-Tech-chief criticises industry for lack of transparency

A former estate agent who has set up an online platform giving information on property values for London renters and buyers...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Rental market may quickly bounce back, new analysis shows

A new analysis reveals three key figures that suggest the rental market will bounce back from the lockdown and the Coronavirus...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No council tax on empty buy to lets, demands landlord group

Private landlords want the government to stop local authorities charging council tax on rented homes left empty because of the Coronavirus.  The National...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform helps agents and landlords stay compliant

A new automated lettings platform is launching next week and promising to ensure agents and buy to let investors stay compliant. PlanetRent...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy disputes going to court face 18-month delay warns expert

A real estate litigation partner at a leading law firm is warning that the Coronavirus crisis could lead to an 18...

24 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

Guess what? Searches for homes with gardens are up, says Rightmove

Hot weather combined with a lockdown can only mean one thing - a record number of searches for rental properties with...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Will Build To Rent emerge stronger or weaker after the virus crisis?

A pro-Build To Rent online platform is hosting a webinar to discuss whether the sector will emerge from the Coronavirus crisis...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Demand drops across UK cities as tenants stay put during pandemic

Rental demand has dropped significantly across London and other major UK cities as a result of the pandemic. When comparing current levels...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Another big surge in Build To Rent but London starting to lag

There’s been a 12 per cent increase in the number of Built To Rent homes across the UK that have been...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Very low rent default rate so far, reports leading London agency

A leading London lettings agency is reporting only a very low rent default rate so far, despite fears that the Coronavirus...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New partner for fast-growing lettings PropTech platform

The lettings and management software platform teclet has announced its latest partner - LegalforLandlords. Agents using teclet - which is currently offering...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

HSBC puts temporary stop on accepting BTL mortgage applications

HSBC says its unable to accept any new buy to let mortgage applications during the Coronavirus crisis. The same applies to applications...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental market back in business with 30% surge in demand in April

Demand for homes to rent has surged back by some 30 per cent in the two weeks to April 14 according...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Can’t access property due to self-isolation? Now you can record attempt

A PropTech firm is making its Covid-19 functionality free to use for agents, landlords and tenants facing challenges in accessing properties.  Launched...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Property Academy asks economist to give his view of the market

The Property Academy’s latest webinar, to be held this afternoon, is to be addressed by a behavioural economist and frequent contributor...

21 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Gas and electrical certificates ‘should be extended for six months’

Gas and electrical safety certificates should be extended for six months to cover for the impact of the Coronavirus.  The call comes...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings veteran joins board of still-to-launch portal

Veteran Countrywide figure John Hards has joined the board of still-to-launch property portal OpenBrix. In 2018 Hards rejoined Countrywide as national lettings...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency and landlord clients come to the aid of ICU frontline nurses

An agency and its landlord clients have come to the aid of nurses who are in the frontline of the fight...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let will now be an attractive safe haven, says market analyst

The director of the website Home says that investment in buy to let will look like a highly attractive safe haven...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slammed by mortgage firm for taking advantage of virus crisis

Landlords have been sharply criticised by a broker for allegedly trying to cash in on the Coronavirus crisis by demanding mortgage...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Why stop for the virus? Council presses ahead with licensing anyway

A London council has pressed ahead with the launch of a borough-wide additional licensing scheme despite the lockdown and uncertainty created...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Kick-start your agency out of lockdown - key webinar this morning

Hello and welcome to Conquering Corona, our bid to help agents through the crisis. If you have appropriate advice to share with...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla owners invest heavily in Airbnb

The private equity firm that snapped up Zoopla Property Group two years ago has revealed that it’s one of two companies...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage products plummet thanks to Coronavirus

Data from independent mortgage monitor Moneyfacts shows that there’s been a big drop in the choice of mortgage for buy to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency asks tenants to sign ‘moral contract’ to repay arrears

A lettings agency is asking tenants who cannot afford to pay rent during the Coronavirus crisis to sign a ‘moral contract’ that...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL latest, tenant info and selling from home - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 60 new branches sign up to ESTAS customer review platform

Three more agencies have signed up to the ESTAS customer review platform. The arrival of Newton Fallowell, Lovelle and Goodchilds - all...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

 Rent-free living for eight weeks offered to NHS by generous agent

A Northern Ireland lettings agent is providing rent-free housing for NHS staff who have moved out of their own homes to...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Heroic lettings agent provides scores of homes for NHS staff

Birmingham agent Bobby Singh, who runs the Love Your Postcode agency, epitomises the heart of the industry right now.  He has created...

13 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country - a video to help all agents and a very neat office (and dog)

Working from home is all about juggling domestic life with professional activities, and here’s a terrific video to show what it’s...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

A Puss-istent problem for Aston Mead’s property experts….

Here are two sets of advice from the good folk at Aston Mead Land & Planning - some more appropriate than...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Chestertons Rocks - views from the Gibraltar office (and a poem)

The lockdown is now a fact of life across almost all of the western world so the team at Chestertons, which...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Views, booze and news - more industry home office shots

Home offices aren’t all about laptops and wifi routers….they’re about gorgeous views too. So thanks to Marc Morrish, a director and auctioneer...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Model tenancy agreement and agents’ PI Insurance - today’s Conquering Corona

Hello - we’re here to help on a daily basis, sharing information across the industry.  As ever, we’d love your input to...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets should be regulated in line with rest of rental sector - call

A leading supplier says the current market standstill is an opportunity for the industry to rethink how short lets can be...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

More offers for agents as suppliers help the industry Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to Wednesday’s update on what offers and advice are available to agents at this most difficult and challenging...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

London renters in co-living shared homes now typically older

New tenant data has revealed that the average age of renters living in shared properties in London has risen five years...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants seek gardens and outdoor space in response to virus and weather

Demand for rental properties with gardens or other outdoor space has soared in terms of portal listings - perhaps no surprise...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - self-employment webinar, more PropTech offers

Good morning and welcome to today’s edition, helping agents find a way through the Coronavirus crisis by sharing information with the...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets exposed by BBC News as flouting lockdown regulations

A BBC News investigation has exposed some Airbnb and other short let platform users as flouting lockdown regulations. The probe has found...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Today’s The Day: multiple tax changes will hit the rental sector

It’s not just navigating a path through the Coronavirus crisis that is proving the value of letting agents - it’s their...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council seeks Judicial Review of landlord licensing refusal

Liverpool’s Labour council, which was prevented by the government from extending its city-wide licensing scheme for another five years, is seeking...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Filing business accounts on time is key even through crisis, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is advising member companies to file their accounts on time in order to remain transparent...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New EPC assessment guidance - Conquering Corona

Hello and here’s the latest daily update to help the industry through these unprecedented times.  If you have any appropriate advice you...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental demand falls off a cliff as lockdown takes effect

Demand for rental properties has predictably plummeted thanks to the lockdown. Data from PropTech company Goodlord shows that while a surge for...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

Like many agencies, the Milton Keynes company Cauldwell Property Services has most of its staff working from home and handling sellers’...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

How To Furlough - key way to keep staff as industry is Conquering Corona

Welcome to the latest edition of our daily service dedicated to advice and guidance on how agents can best cope with the...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

 Clever branding by agent promotes Stay At Home, Protect The NHS

An estate agency has enterprisingly labelled all of its property listings with the mantra we must all respect - Stay At...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Corona Clauses’ allowing tenants to delay lettings contracts

Knight Frank is reporting that tenants in high-value London markets are agreeing deals that allow them to delay the start of...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - portal offer, rental study, mental health help

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Conquering Corona, our daily update helping the industry cope with the current crisis. If...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Belvoir franchisees being helped to “reshape their businesses”

Franchise giant Belvoir says it’s helping its franchisees “reshaping their businesses” to cope with the Coronavirus crisis. In a trading statement showing...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ex-Purplebricks boss waives fee for agents joining franchise scheme

The former operations director at Purplebricks says he is waiving fees for letting agents who want to join his new online...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector guru Shamplina backs longer possession notice

Paul Shamplina, the founder of Landlord Action and star of a Channel 5 programme on evictions, says he fully backs the...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge concern over buy to let mortgage market contracting

There’s growing concern across the lettings sector about the buy to let mortgage market seeing lenders pull product ranges, tighten lending...

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

Anti-agent activists defy lockdown and vandalise branch office

Two lettings agencies have been vandalised by activists who defied the Coronavirus lockdown to damage property. Local media reports in Cheltenham say...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More guidance and advice to the agency industry - Conquering Corona

We'd hoped it was good news but in fact it's just good-news-yet-to-come. The Savills office in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus crisis in...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Are inventory clerks essential workers? Trade body seeks clarification

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it has contacted the government to see whether its members are deemed ‘essential’ and...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

The government has yet to give explicit guidance relating to private rental maintenance, but new advice this morning appears to shed...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Most tenants cannot afford the deposit on a home to buy

Almost two thirds of rental tenants cannot afford a deposit to allow them to purchase their own home according to a...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Fear that student exodus could mean soaring rent arrears

The departure of almost all students from UK universities and colleges back to their parental homes for possibly several months has...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lender offers ‘instant’ mortgage decisions for buy to let borrowers

A lender is now offering what it calls ‘instant decisions-in-principle’ for buy to let purchasers still buying property at the moment. Landbay...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new info, guidance, links for agents facing the virus

Hello: so much has happened since the last Conquering Corona column on Friday. Before we get on with it, a reminder...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: new webinars, contingency plans, trade groups info

Hello and here’s the next batch of guidance and advice from different sectors of the industry, many from influential trade groups. It’s...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: All tenancies subject to ‘Human Habitation’ from tomorrow

It’s easy to forget in the Coronavirus frenzy but from tomorrow, Friday March 20, all tenancies are to become subject to...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

Labour says the government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent due to Coronavirus. John Healey, the shadow...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

New advice on staff rights, home working, security - Conquering Corona

Good morning and welcome to the industry’s daily update on how we cope with the challenge of social distancing and self-isolation...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can do more to raise housing standards - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech expert says there’s still more that can be done by the rental sector to drive up the quality...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspended jail sentence after rental property’s safety failure

A landlord from Plymouth has been sentenced after failing to maintain gas appliances and failing to have landlord’s gas safety checks...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest Coronavirus guidance for agents from across the industry

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, a service we’re running to share official guidance and agents’ advice in a bid...

17 March 2020

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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

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Swedish investors behind massive UK Build To Rent fund-raising

A massive £250m has been raised from a Swedish pension fund towards UK Build To Rent projects. Property development firm Oxford Properties...

17 March 2020

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Conquering Corona: Daily tips and news for agents to beat the virus

Letting Agent Today is launching a daily service to help agents facing the Coronavirus threat.  This is where you’ll find news, advice...

16 March 2020

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HMRC warns investment sellers on CGT changes

HM Revenue & Customs has issued a new warning to buy to let and Holliday home owners about a major change...

16 March 2020

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PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

PropTech platform teclet is offering letting agents that list with OnTheMarket a three month trial offer of a digital inventory service. One...

16 March 2020

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Coronavirus: Agents must record ALL contacts with self-isolating tenants

The Guild of Letting and Management has thrown helpful light on the responsibilities and recommended approach of letting agents faced with...

13 March 2020

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Are UK rental deposits too high? Not by international standards…

The typical UK private rental deposit, often considered high in this country, is thought to be relatively low by international standards...

13 March 2020

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Double top! Leaders Romans Group’s second acquisition in a few days

Leaders Romans Group has made another acquisition of a multi-office independent agency. It’s snapped up six-branch Outlook Property, which has offices across...

13 March 2020

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Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

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Jon Notley, co-founder and CEO of Zero Deposit™

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Jon Notley and I am the co-founder...

12 March 2020

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Coronavirus: agents warned they could end up breaking the law

The government has been called upon to issue specific Coronavirus guidance for the rental sector. The chief executive of the Association of...

12 March 2020

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ARLA Conference postponed until September due to virus

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has postponed its conference until September. In a statement to registered attendees last evening ARLA says: “After...

12 March 2020

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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

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Buy to let HMO did not even have a working smoke detector

A shocking case of a buy to let HMO that did not even have a working smoke detector has led to...

12 March 2020

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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

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Fitness For Human Habitation

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act came into force across the country on the 20th March 2019. The act is designed...

11 March 2020

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Agency buys £2.6m of student properties on behalf of investors

A lettings agent has completed a £2.6million property acquisition plan in one city on behalf of investors, and will go on...

11 March 2020

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Nick Lyons, CEO of No Letting Go

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Nick Lyons CEO What is No Letting Go and what does...

10 March 2020

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Sex-For-Rent amendment bid to Renters’ Reform Bill

A Liberal Democrat MP is seeking to amend the Renters’ Reform Bill to make it illegal for tenants to be offered...

10 March 2020

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£87,000 fine after rental flats declared “serious risk to life”

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of letting out poor quality living accommodation that was said to pose...

10 March 2020

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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

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Over 100,000 tenants sign up to Zoopla rental programme

Over 100,000 current or aspiring tenants have signed up to an education programme explaining how the rental sector works, run by...

09 March 2020

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Students who rent urged to “go lawsuit crazy” from March 20

An online student publication is urging readers who are tenants to “go lawsuit crazy” when the full provisions of the Homes...

06 March 2020

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Agency secures £3.8m for management buyout and acquisitions

An ambitious Kent agency and management company has secured a £3.8m loan to underwrite a management buyout and an acquisition programme. Miles...

06 March 2020

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Activists angry at councils not taking action over 'unsafe' homes

Pressure group Generation Rent claims half of London’s councils did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the...

06 March 2020

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112 redundancies after Airbnb support firm collapses

It’s now been revealed that 112 redundancies have followed the collapse of controversial short lets support firm Hostmaker. The overseas operation of...

05 March 2020

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Agents warned by Ombudsman: Don’t discriminate on DSS claimants

The Property Ombudsman is warning agents not to discriminate against tenants through a No DSS or any similar policy. Following the legal...

05 March 2020

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Activists ‘intimidate female staff’ forcing agency branch to shut

The controversial Acorn group of anti-letting agent activists has been accused of intimidation of female staff during a protest outside and...

05 March 2020

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Airbnb and short-lets support firm collapses with huge debts

Hostmaker, a property management firm working with properties listed on Airbnb and other short-let platforms, has ceased trading with its parent...

04 March 2020

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Agents Beware: major rental sector energy changes soon

The Guild of Property Professionals is reminding the rental sector that owners of properties to let have only until April 1...

04 March 2020

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The joy of pets denied to millions of renters, claims pet care firm

A pet care company claims that millions of private renters are being denied the benefits of pet ownership because of landlords...

04 March 2020

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Under Investigation! Agents probed for alleged Fees Ban breaches

A newspaper claims multiple councils are opening investigations into agents allegedly defying the tenant fees ban - and at least one...

03 March 2020

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Foxtons in £2.2m deal to buy independent agency

Foxtons has snapped up a lettings agency in suburban London. It’s bought London Stone Properties Limited and its subsidiary company London Stone...

03 March 2020

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Police hit ‘slavery’ landlord with landmark court order

The West Midlands Police force says it’s secured what it calls a “landmark court order” against a rogue landlord who turned...

03 March 2020

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Scrap S21 to provide long term homes, Generation Rent tells landlords

A rental activist who runs the Generation Rent pressure group has told landlords that if they are “serious” about providing long-term...

03 March 2020

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Council says 11,000 homes in its patch are on short-let sites

The leaseholder of a council property in central London has been found guilty of advertising it on Airbnb and the Booking.com...

02 March 2020

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SUCCESS STORY: How to win at Financial Services

When Wolverhampton estate agency Thomas Harvey opened its doors more than 50 years ago, mortgages weren’t really part of the equation...

28 February 2020

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Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

The clampdown on referral fees, until now concentrated on the sales sector, will extend to letting agents too. James Munro, head of...

28 February 2020

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Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

Another council is consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme - and again it claims it will “create better housing for...

28 February 2020

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Revealed: annual costs of being a buy to let investor these days...

A typical buy to let property pays over £600 in fees a year according to a new study released today. Insurance company...

28 February 2020

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Nine years’ rent confiscated after flats declared illegal

A landlord has been ordered to pay back no less than £190,000 - equivalent to nine years’ rent - after he...

27 February 2020

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Lettings sector optimism on the rise, despite string of obstacles

Optimism amongst investors in the private rental sector is on the rise, despite the various tax and regulation obstacles facing the...

27 February 2020

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Labour council links rogue landlord case to its dispute with government

A buy to let investor has been hit with a bill of almost £9,500 after being accused of allowing a tenant...

26 February 2020

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Big rise in lettings activity for Arun group

Arun - which has the brands of Douglas Allen in East London and Essex, Ward & Partners in Kent, Cubitt &...

26 February 2020

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Right To Rent red-tape no clearer under new immigration system

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has been informed that the controversial Right To Rent checks forced on to agents and...

25 February 2020

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Charge! Rental sector disadvantaged over costs for electric car charging

A property management firm says the private rental sector is effectively disadvantaged in the fight against climate change because it does...

25 February 2020

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Short lets management firm scrambling for investors - claim

A newspaper claims that a short lets management firm that handles properties let on Airbnb and similar platforms is scrambling for...

24 February 2020

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Drive To Survive:  This flat to rent comes with a Bentley…

For a cool £1,153 a week you would expect a flat, even in pricey central London, to come with some perks. A...

24 February 2020

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Law Breakers! Half of Airbnb-style properties ignore 90-night limit - claim

A London council says nearly half of the Airbnb-style short let properties available in its patch last year exceeded their legal...

21 February 2020

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Five agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme after disputes

The Property Ombudsman has expelled five agencies, mostly for failures to honour awards: four of them are lettings operations and one...

21 February 2020

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Revealed: the optimum property type for the best buy to let yield

Two bedroom properties produce the best yields for buy to let investors according to the latest research. Lettings management platform Howsy has...

21 February 2020

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New warning about imminent buy to let tax clampdown

There’s a new warning today for buy to let investors who will be hit by tax changes coming into effect on...

20 February 2020

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Double Trouble as crooks smash offices and steal computers - twice

A Sheffield agency has suffered two break-ins over just four days, with computers stolen and offices damaged. MorfittSmith’s sales office was the...

20 February 2020

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Shock for buy to let as income plummets by a fifth in a decade

The typical landlord’s income from property has plummeted by a fifth in under a decade according to the National Landlords’ Association. Its...

19 February 2020

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Revealed: the top priorities for tenants in 2020

A survey by lettings agency Carter Jonas has revealed what the firm calls the top priorities for tenants as the 2020s...

19 February 2020

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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

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London agency snaps up local independent

London agency Keatons has acquired a nearby independent rival, JD Property. JD Property’s staff have already been relocated into Keatons existing office in Deptford.  This is Keatons' third acquisition in three years and now...

19 February 2020

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Slash Capital Gains Tax on rental sales, Chancellor urged

A trade group’s submission to the Treasury ahead of next month’s Budget includes a call for the new Chancellor to slash...

18 February 2020

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Scandal of tenant rescued from ledge ends with huge fine

A resident who was unable to access an emergency escape route during a fire was found standing on a windowsill hanging...

18 February 2020

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Emergency Prohibition Order over shocking dangerous bedroom

A council in a leafy area of south east England has issued an emergency prohibition order to a buy to let...

18 February 2020

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Manager buys franchise of agency she’s run for six years

The manager of an agency in West Lothian has bought the franchise for the office she’s run for the past six...

18 February 2020

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 HMRC grabs millions in latest clampdown on buy to let

It’s been revealed that a clampdown on the buy to let sector by HM Revenue and Customs has produced millions of...

17 February 2020

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Told You So! Landlord numbers plummet according to agency's figures

Cynics who rejected claims that landlords would quit the buy to let sector because of increasing bureaucracy and higher taxes may...

17 February 2020

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Five-branch firm is latest customer for online agency platform

A five branch lettings and sales firm is the latest agency to sign up to love2move, a PropTech platform that allows...

17 February 2020

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Rental market joins sales enjoying upward momentum

Another housing market snapshot suggests demand and confidence are improving as a result of the new political and economic landscape following...

17 February 2020

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Buy to let getting a new look in one part of the country says top agent

One of the country’s leading buying agencies says buy to let is changing in prime central London, as corporate structures replace...

14 February 2020

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Government policy on rental sector is a failure says trade body

The government has failed the private rental sector says the Residential Landlords Association. In a statement released even before the resignation of...

14 February 2020

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Considering quitting as a letting agent? Seminar roadshow announced

A seminar roadshow has been announced for letting agents considering quitting the sector.  LegalforLandlords says it’s organised the six events after discovering...

14 February 2020

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More independent agencies snapped up by regional giant

The Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has revealed more acquisitions of independent agencies as it tightens its grip on the regional...

14 February 2020

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Shock for agents as politicians consider six month notice period

Agents have come out fighting against a proposal being considered in one part of the UK to triple the time to...

13 February 2020

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Fifth acquisition in two years for property management firm

Yorkshire-based property management firm Barnsdales has acquired a Nottingham independent for an undisclosed sum. Marriotts Commercial, an arm of Marriotts estate agency,...

13 February 2020

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Portal, agencies and directors hit with £100,000 penalty over unsafe flat

A room-finding portal, along with the owners of a London lettings agency and management firm, must pay over £100,000 for letting...

12 February 2020

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Fees Act confusion could trigger surge in complaints about agents

Confusion among renters over the complex Tenant Fees Act could trigger a surge in complaints about agents to redress schemes -...

12 February 2020

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The shape of buy to let - Ed Sheeran’s £57m property empire

One of Ed Sheeran’s first massive hits was Lego House. And now, not many years later, it’s been revealed that he’s...

12 February 2020

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Innovative co-living rental option offered by new developer

A new concept of co-living is being offered on a rental basis at a new purpose-built development in west London. The firm...

11 February 2020

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Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

A new service called Cornwall Housing Private Lets has been set up in the west country to try to lure private...

11 February 2020

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BBC asks: Do letting agents mis-sell deposit alternative schemes?

A BBC investigation suggests some agents may be mis-selling deposit alternative schemes. Tenants are then hit by what the probe says are...

10 February 2020

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Right To Rent: ‘no documents needed’ if digital checks come in

The government says it’s working on an online digital Right To Rent status checking service for agents and landlords to use,...

10 February 2020

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Agent censured as council audits other firms over rental deposits

A former letting agent has been censured over the handling of tenancy deposits following an investigation by a local council. Andrew Rhys...

10 February 2020

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HMRC data shows landlords quitting buy to let as tax rises bite

An analysis of HMRC data reveals that the number of small buy-to-let landlords has dropped for the first time in five...

10 February 2020

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Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

Pet-friendly tenancies of the kind envisaged by the government could oblige some private landlords to quit the sector, it’s claimed. Over the...

10 February 2020

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Humiliation for government as rogues’ database is largely ignored

The government’s hugely-publicised database for rogue letting agents and landlords has been running for almost two years and has…wait for it…just...

07 February 2020

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Airbnb clampdown on young renters of party houses - but not yet in UK

Airbnb is reported to have banned under-25s in Canada from booking whole properties in their local areas to prevent potentially-violent house...

07 February 2020

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What are the benefits of traditional online auctions for estate agents?

Property auctions – online or otherwise – can be hugely helpful to sellers, buyers and estate agents. Online auctions, in particular, are...

06 February 2020

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Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Catherine Shinerock - ARO Account Manager What is your ‘company name’...

06 February 2020

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Pause for thought before accepting pets, agents advised

Agents and landlords are advised to think carefully before allowing tenants to keep pets, despite a government push to relax restrictions. The...

06 February 2020

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More over-60s renting but they face deposit hurdles - claim

An increasing number of over-60s are now turning to the private rental sector - but, like other demographic sectors, they face...

06 February 2020

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Renters’ Reform Bill: still no date set for legislation

The Renters’ Reform Bill worries many in the private rental sector but the government says there is still no date for...

05 February 2020

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Rental market to stay strong as ownership further out of reach

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for British consumers, who say the market has become expensive and inaccessible and that...

04 February 2020

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Rental sector’s huge boost to local economies revealed by survey

A mortgage company has attempted to quantify how much private landlords inject into local economies. Aldermore’s research, surveying 1,000 UK-based landlords, discovered...

04 February 2020

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Corporate makes 150 acquisitions - and now says it wants more

Leaders Romans Group has snapped up another independent - this time the three office Welsh agency Moginie James. Moginie James - owned by...

03 February 2020

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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

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Asking rents hit new record according to latest Rightmove figures

London’s asking rents hit a new record average of £2,119 per calendar month as the ongoing shortage of property for tenants...

31 January 2020

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High-flying Belvoir bats off fees ban to record another profits rise

Belvoir, which describes itself as the UK’s largest property franchise, has just released figures showing its 23rd successive year of uninterrupted...

31 January 2020

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Goal! The industry’s favourite five-a-side tournament is back...

It’s back - the five-a-side football tournament which made its successful debut last year with teams from the agency and property...

31 January 2020

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Steve Rad, Managing Director at InventoryBase

Who are you and what is your role within the company? Steve Rad, Managing Director What is ‘company name’ and what does it...

30 January 2020

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Clampdown on lettings agents triggered by MPs’ own experiences - claim

A prominent member of the House of Lords has given a surprising insight into how the fiscal and regulatory clampdown on...

30 January 2020

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UK’s largest independent agent strikes PropTech partnership deal

Haart has announced a strategic partnership with software platform teclet which will now be adopted in all lettings offices in the...

30 January 2020

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Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

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Lettings agency speaks out against long-term empty homes

A lettings agency is calling on local councils to tackle the growing problem of long-term empty homes. My Property Box says that...

30 January 2020

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‘We beat the fees ban’ - franchisees see revenue growth

The Property Franchise Group, which has a string of major agency brands, has reported a strong performance in 2019 despite the...

29 January 2020

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Another franchise branch snaps up a rival independent agency

Another branch of The Property Franchise Groups’s brand Martin & Co has snapped up an independent rival - and it’s the...

29 January 2020

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Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

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Surge in fake inventories in the past year, claims lettings body

There was a surge in the number of fake lettings inventories submitted last year, allowing tenants to be conned out of...

28 January 2020

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Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

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Rogue agent caught out on under-sized and unlicensed properties

A London council has caught out a rogue lettings agency for illegally operating two properties, with issues ranging from gas safety...

27 January 2020

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Agents will win leads from new email guides, says Zoopla

  Zoopla says its new digital ‘guide’ programme has been a tremendous success and is evidence that the portal’s investment in new...

27 January 2020

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Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 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

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Shocking claim that one-in-50 London homes is a short let

New research claims that one in every 50 homes in the capital is let on a short-term platform like Airbnb or...

24 January 2020

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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

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One in five landlords to invest in buy to let on 2020 - claim

A mortgage firm claims some 22 per cent of existing lettings sector investors plan to buy at least another one lettings...

24 January 2020

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Huge £18,000 penalty for landlord who failed to improve property

A landlord in one of the most scenic parts of Devon had been served with a £18,000 civil penalty because he...

23 January 2020

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Short lets firm that had advertisement banned changes its name

A London company that has previously had an ad banned by the Advertising Standards Authority has announced a change of name. The...

23 January 2020

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Another tax hike on its way for the lettings industry?

An accountancy trade body is warning of another possible tax hike to hit the lettings industry. The Association of Accounting Technicians is...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New platform helps agency staff quit and set up own companies

A new lettings platform claims it can help existing agents and staff working for companies quit and fulfil their dream of...

22 January 2020

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Veteran agent named as new ARLA Propertymark president-elect

ARLA Propertymark has named Angela Davey as president elect, following Richard Selwyn stepping down last year due to personal circumstances. Davey has...

22 January 2020

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'Failed' HMO licensing scheme criticised for short consultation period

A trade body has come out against a council’s HMO licensing scheme, claiming that its consultation period was too short -...

21 January 2020

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safeagent announces new ‘qualified’ designation for agents

Accreditation body safeagent has announced a new designation for lettings and management agents who successfully pass its NCFE accredited courses. The designation...

21 January 2020

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Banning Orders could rise this year after councils win extra cash

Councils that have been awarded additional cash injections by government could use their windfalls to enhance their enforcement of the private...

20 January 2020

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Tenant wins £18,000 in first-of-its-kind tribunal decision

A tenant is thought to be the first ever to have been awarded damages under new Scottish lettings legislation. Dambaru Baral was...

20 January 2020

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Technology will be crucial to maintaining relationships for letting agents in the 2020s

Technology has completely transformed the lettings landscape over the past decade, but perhaps not in the way many expected it would. Letting...

17 January 2020

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Brexit and tax are key worries for buy to let investors in 2020

A new survey suggests there may be an exodus of investors out of buy to let - some 27 per cent...

17 January 2020

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Clampdown on short lets may lead to landlords selling rental units

A leading agency in a part of the UK where local government wants to clamp down on the spread of Airbnb...

17 January 2020

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Anti-agent campaign group set to almost double in size

A campaign group that has held protests outside letting agents’ branches and has been fiercely critical of fees, says it’s seen a...

16 January 2020

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Repossession court delays - lettings industry worries grow

London courts are failing to cope with the volume of landlord repossession cases according to a trade body. New figures show the...

16 January 2020

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Student specialist lettings agency enjoys record business

Specialist letting agency and property management company Student Housing has had its busiest quarter, it says. The Lincoln-based agency added 30 new...

16 January 2020

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Disgraced agency boss disqualified over deposit scandal

A lettings management boss has been disqualified for six years after failing to safeguard over £68,000 worth of tenants’ deposits. Kelly Louise Forrester...

15 January 2020

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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

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Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

A council getting government cash for rental enforcement is using it to introduce a review service allowing tenants to comment on...

14 January 2020

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Airbnb trying to tempt landlords seeking higher yields - claim

A leading property industry figure says Airbnb is attempting to persuade traditional buy to let landlords into going down the short-let...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property ‘guardian’ firm found guilty - now trading under new name

A company that slots temporary tenants into properties that it manages has been found guilty of 15 charges connected with Homes...

13 January 2020

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Poor communication still chief cause of check-out disputes

Poor communication remains the chief reason for disputes between agents, landlords and tenants at check-out time according to the latest research. A...

13 January 2020

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Activists protest outside agency demanding it ‘sacks’ landlord client

A protest has been held outside a lettings agency in Manchester by tenants demanding that the firm ‘sacks’ one of its...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group says move to end pet ban doesn’t go far enough

A ginger group that supports the Labour party says the government’s bid to stop pet bans is meaningless and does not...

08 January 2020

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Buy To Let Gloom - over quarter of landlords may sell in 2020

Some 26 per cent of buy to let investors plan to sell one or more of their properties in 2020 according...

08 January 2020

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Rental market ‘strong and stable’ as new decade dawns

The rental market is stable as it enters 2020 according to the latest index from PropTech company Goodlord.  Five out of the...

08 January 2020

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Renting option with ASTs introduced by retirement developer

McCarthy & Stone, long associated with retirement properties only available to buy, has introduced a renting option at a number of...

07 January 2020

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Big expansion for lettings agency after two merger deals in a year

Darlington-based My Property Box has welcomed five new members of staff to its team who between them have amassed more than...

07 January 2020

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New city-wide restrictions on HMOs to be introduced by council

Birmingham’s Labour-led council is to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction from June, which means a planning application must be submitted for...

07 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agencies merge to “enhance customer experience”

Two long-established lettings and sales agencies on the south coast have merged in a bid to “enhance customer experience.” Smart Property and...

07 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

Trade bodies back latest rogue agent and landlord clampdown

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Guild of Property Professionals have both given their backing to the government’s latest...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenancy agreements to be overhauled to end pet bans

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is to overhaul the model tenancy contract to make it easier for tenants to have pets. A surprise statement from the...

04 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Thousands of landlords rejected for licensing scheme, claims council

Oldham council is the latest to seek an extension of a selective licensing scheme beyond its mandatory five year term -...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student Lets: Question mark over value for money of purpose-built flats

A huge survey of students, seeking their views on accommodation, has ended with a question mark over the value for money...

03 January 2020

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Agents Beware: New lettings laws being introduced in 2020

A leading lettings sector trade body has outlined key pieces of legislation that will hit the private rental sector in 2020. The...

02 January 2020

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Agents to get ARLA resources as anti-money laundering changes kick in

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it will be issuing resources to support for lettings agents in the coming days...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss says he cannot abide by Improvement Notices

The owner of a Derbyshire property must pay out more than £3,000 after being found guilty of failing to comply with...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the rental market that’s dominated by football

A high end lettings agency says the most expensive rural rental market in the north west of England is dominated by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

No timetable for controversial Renters’ Reform Bill

No date has been set by government for the second reading of the Renters' Reform Bill 2019-20. The Bill was announced in...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Savvy landlords can still make Buy To Let work insists property chief

There’s still life in the buy to let market despite the regulatory and financial changes in recent years according to a...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today - enjoy the festivities!

This is our last edition of Letting Agent Today until Friday December 27 and everyone at Angels Media, LAT and the...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 complaints of agents allegedly charging illegal fees

The Times claims there have been well over 200 complaints lodged with redress schemes, alleging that lettings agents tried to charge...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Survey: a third of landlords to quit or scale down investments

Just over third of private landlords are planning to quit the sector or cut the number of homes they let in...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents - the risk of voids increases at New Year

There’s a heightened risk of voids in the New Year period and agents and landlords should prepare: that’s the warning from...

23 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

Shelter and Generation Rent jump for joy at scrapping of Section 21

The government’s Queen’s Speech has confirmed what the industry has effectively been expecting for some months. There will be a new lifetime...

20 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

Lettings agency boss jailed for £230,000 fraud scandal

A Southampton lettings agency owner has been jailed after defrauding landlords and tenants out of £230,000. Andrew Whitehead has been jailed for...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents’ qualifications must be priority for new government says ARLA

The new government must prioritise the implementation of proposals to ensure letting agents and others in the industry are appropriately qualified. That’s...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents and demand dip as festive slowdown grips lettings market

New data from the Association of Residential Lettings Agents shows how the festive slowdown has hit the market. The number of tenants...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service wins big new Build To Rent client

Atlas Residential - a Build to Rent developer with over 75,000 international properties - is partnering with deposit alternative supplier flatfair...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned! Man cannot be letting agent or landlord for 30 months

A landlord has been banned for two and half years after repeatedly putting tenants’ lives at risk by letting unsafe housing. This...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s that time again - ESTAS entries closing

The ESTAS, the national customer service awards recognising the best agents, brokers and suppliers, closes for entry at the end of...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Hunters is latest agency to link with software platform

The giant Hunters franchise chain, which has over 200 offices across the UK, Is boosting its technology through a strategic partnership...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 WILL be scrapped - it’s in Thursday’s Queen’s Speech

Number 10 briefings to the national media suggest that the scrapping of Section 21 - long talked about by the previous...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Possession order ‘hotspots’ identified as eviction process faces reform

A league table has been drawn up revealing the UK’s possession order hotspots - just as the government seems keen to...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agents told: Improve communications with tenants

If letting agents want more satisfied clients and fewer disputes they should provide better information to tenants. That’s the view of PropTech...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Chinese buy to let investors buoyed by Tory landslide

Reports from China suggest that property investors from that country - a staple in the buy to let market in many...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 reform and new Housing Court 'should be early Johnson priorities'

The National Landlords’ Association says the new Conservative government must do two things in its early phase in office. The NLA, which...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Three lettings agencies have been expelled from TPO - in each case the agency failed to honour a payment as instructed...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

19-branch family agency snapped up by Belvoir brand in £2m deal

Newton Fallowell, part of the Belvoir Group, has snapped up the Lovelle franchised agency group adding a further 19 offices to...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposits - women must pay higher proportion of salary than men

Unusual research undertaken by an alternative deposit scheme suggests that women pay a substantially higher proportion of their salary than men,...

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

Concern grows about increased safety risk from faulty smoke alarms

Almost 40 per cent of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year –...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

More tenants say landlords should take on responsibility for amenities

One in seven British renters expect their landlords to resolve arguments over bill payments, a utilities provider claims. The study, by Glide,...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow lenders to see rogue landlord database, says mortgage chief

A prominent buy to let mortgage chief says lenders should be able to access the rogue landlord database launched last year. John...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Compensation for buy to let owners ‘possible’ says law firm

Owners of buy to let properties across the UK could be entitled to compensation due to onerous ground rent charges according...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Why council's lettings fine was slashed by £28,000

A compliance consultant has explained why a local council’s penalty on a rogue landlord - initially £31,499 - was slashed to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top cities for buy to let revealed by new market tracker

A mortgage lender’s new Buy to Let City Tracker tool has calculated the best cities in the UK for buy to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average deposit nears £1,300 says new alternative scheme

The average deposit paid by a new private tenant is now £1,299 according to a new player in the deposit alternative...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents should respond to renters’ growing eco-worries, says supplier

An industry supplier says letting agents should respond supportively to the growing eco-consciousness shown by younger people who are likely to...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Preparing for a deposit dispute means you might avoid one…

Letting agents and landlords who prepare for a dispute at the outset of a tenancy increase their chances of avoiding one...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Second lettings agency merger in same city in two weeks

Longstanding Leeds based property company Adair Paxton has acquired boutique estate agency firm, Hudson Moody Wass. Founded in 2001, Hudson Moody Wass...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector “in a state of despair” warns lettings agents' chief

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Repayment and banning orders may be applied to rogue landlord

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent snapped up as consolidation continues

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative Wars: flatfair wins advert dispute with rival company

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled in favour of deposit alternative scheme flatfair in a dispute which began with a complaint...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit shock - Migrant workers and not execs are best for rental income

New research from the National Landlords Association reveals that migrant workers, and not professional executives, provide the best rental yield. The NLA...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Big regional firm announces its latest agency acquisition

Fast-growing Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has opened a new office in Leeds after acquiring a long-standing lettings firm. Snapping up Morgans...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Politicians Beware! Landlords could decide General Election

A trade body suggests that the votes of private landlords could decide the results in over 100 constituencies in next week’s...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency reveals Red Hot growth plans as it merges with rival

One of the north east of England’s higher profile estate agencies has restructured and merged with a rival ahead of what...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Acquisition means firm offers residential lettings for first time

Scottish legal firm Gilson Gray has shaped up Coulters Letting, meaning it now enters the residential rentals sector for the first...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord fined £340,000 in 2017 is now fined another £150,000

A rogue landlord has been fined more than £150,000 after failing to rectify safety hazards in a property he let. Latif Rehman...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Property company boss fined £35,000 for buy to let licence breaches

The owner of two properties has been fined £35,000 for breaches of the selective licensiing regime in his local area.  At a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Expect a new breed of buy to let investor in 2020, says top agency

The Black Brick agency, which operates with high net worth clients, is forecasting that 2020 will see the arrival of a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds 17 tenants crammed into sub-let HMO

A dawn raid by enforcement officers from a London council has discovered 17 men sleeping on mattresses in a three bedroom...

29 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

A roundtable discussion of rental industry leaders has produced a recommendation for the mandatory regulation of lettings agents. The objective, they say,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternatives: new entrant to market is Hamilton Fraser

A new product in the increasingly competitive field of deposit alternatives has been launched by lettings and landlord insurance industry giant,...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for lettings - upbeat market forecast for next five years

There’s been an upbeat assessment of how the private rental sector will fare in the next five years from a leading...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb firm backed by two Dragons Den stars rebrands as Nestor

The London Airbnb property management company previously known as AirAgents, has rebranded as Nestor. Established in 2015, AirAgents went on to win...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender welcomes some Labour plans for rental sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender Paragon has welcomed Labour's General Election pledge to force rental properties to undergo an annual...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour policies “extreme, unrealistic, damaging” - trade body

Labour’s policies for the private rental sector are “too extreme ... unrealistic and will be hugely damaging to housing supply in...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Owner hit with £60,000 in fines over substandard property

A landlord has been hit with court fines for a fourth time for failing to properly manage his rental properties.  Landlord Jack...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

App-based property management system targets SE England

A new PropTech app-based service claiming to reduce paperwork in property management is rolling out in London and the south east. Herddle...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agency targets lettings with new one-stop-shop services

The relatively low profile 99home online agency says it is now the UK’s fifth largest operation in the online sector after...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cautious welcome for Tory pledge on landlords'  possession rights

A broad commitment to strengthen landlords’ rights has been made in the Conservative manifesto - and it’s been welcomed by a...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Slow winter ahead for private rental sector warns market monitor

Agency Express, the board company that monitors the lettings market through demand for its To Let and Let By boards, warns...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency creating “the city’s most luxurious student accommodation”

A lettings agency has marked six months in business by embarking on a £100,000 project to create what it calls its...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s shock £100,000 fines for substandard rental properties

Labour has given shocking new details of its proposals for the private rental sector including £100.000 fines if properties are deemed...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council reveals huge rises in landlord licensing charges

There’s been a steep rise in the costs of landlord joining a compulsory licensing scheme operated by Labour-controlled Nottingham city council. The...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories' Lifetime Deposit idea is fundamentally flawed - claim

A leading provider of deposit alternatives has voiced concern at the Conservatives’ proposal to have a lifetime deposit scheme to make...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tax proposals 'final nail in the coffin of buy to let' - warning

Two specific elements of Labour’s tax proposals, outlined in its manifesto, could “drive a nail into the coffin of buy to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Online lettings portal raises £7m as it prepares for New Year launch

High-profile property management firm DJ Alexander is set for expansion following a £7m investment from Santander.  The capital funding package will be...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories’ Lifetime Deposits get backing from trade group and renters

The Conservatives’ new concept of a so-called Lifetime Deposit has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association.  Yesterday, Letting Agent Today revealed...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing, long tenancies, rent controls advocated by LibDems

The Liberal Democrats is the first of the major parties to release its party manifesto for the December 12 manifesto, and...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Franchise group hikes charges to landlords by 10% because of fees ban

The Property Franchise Group has issued an upbeat trading statement indicating that it’s mitigated much of the financial impact of the...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Family lettings company acquires three-year-old independent

A long-established lettings company in Scotland has acquired a three year old independent with a small portfolio of 45 properties. Riccardo Giovanacci...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence still rock bottom according to yet another survey

Another survey of private landlords show a majority feeling less confident about the market than they were three months ago. Last week...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams can be reduced by property visits, agents advised

An inventories supplier is advising that the growing number of sub-letting scams can be reduced by regular property visits by agents...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21: Anti-agency group steps up campaign

The pressure group Generation Rent, which in the past has been highly critical of letting agents and other aspects of the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm and landlord fined £22,000 for issuing ‘sham licences’

A rogue landlord and the property company he ran have been fined £22,000 for dishing out ‘sham licences’ to tenants in...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Former Labour councillor jailed after years of housing fraud

A former Labour councillor and solicitor Muhammad Harun has been jailed for 16 months after pleading guilty to two counts of...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

A Farce! Council issues rental licences to just 3% of applicants

A controversial private rental licensing regime that has already made the headlines for the wrong reasons has now been branded a...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA Conference attendees urged to book early after 2019 sell-out

Registration has opened for the 2020 ARLA Propertymark Conference, with an early bird discount available to members until January 24. The event,...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Almost half of renters believe they will never own a home

Some 45 per cent of those who don’t yet own a home think they never will, according to a new report.  While...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants warned not to ignore ‘snooping’ HMRC letter about landlords

The Chartered Institute of Taxation is urging tenants not to ignore a letter if they receive one from HM Revenue &...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

Labour has dropped its controversial policy under which private tenants would have been able to buy their homes at a discount. Press...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Well known regional agency strikes out into new territory

An independent Yorkshire letting agency has broken new ground by extending into Humberside for the first time, after striking a major...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban, Licensing and HMOs: many agents fear they’re breaking the law

Just over a fifth of lettings agents questioned in a major industry survey are concerned that may not be complying with...

15 November 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

Agency that launched in 2017 in £250,000 deal to acquire independent

A lettings agency that launched just two years ago has snapped up an independent firm in the same city in a...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech property management platform signs 25 partners for launch

The property management platform Apropos, scheduled to launch early next year, says it’s signed up 25 business partners ahead of schedule. The...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS launches its own fully-fledged review platform

ESTAS, the national customer service award scheme which recognises estate and letting agents,  conveyancers and mortgage advisors, has now fully launched...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets offer opportunities for agents - but only if they’re regulated

The growing chorus of calls to professionalise the short lets sector has won influential backing from a senior PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Big majority of landlords to purchase buy to lets via company structures

Almost two thirds of landlords say their next buy to let purchase will be through a limited company, not by themselves...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Why S21 must stay: £29,000 arrears and £2,000 mess left by tenant

The government and local authorities run by all political parties are keen to advocate measures to curb rogue letting agents and...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Average rent across Britain now £999 pcm says Countrywide

The average rent of a newly let property in Great Britain rose to £999 pcm in October according to data from...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Confidence in lettings sector plummets to all-time low amongst landlords

Landlords’ confidence in their lettings business has slumped to an all-time low, according to research by the National Landlords Association. In a...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Big rise in foreign landlords thanks to Brexit’s weak pound

The proportion of homes in Great Britain let by overseas based landlords is 11 per cent, up from seven per cent...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine after improvement notice on rented home was partly ignored

A rented home in Mansfield was found to have serious health and safety hazards, including a leaking roof and a lack of smoke...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Students say they’re targeted for “unfair” deposit deductions at check-out

The National Union of Students claims young people at college and university are being unfairly targeted by agents and landlords when...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Market snapshot: Voids reducing slightly, but rents dipping too

The latest rental index from PropTech firm Goodlord shows some regions enjoying lower void periods with others slower to stabilise.  Specifically, the...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

How PropTech can aid compliance - Top agents reveal what they do

Three of the country’s most senior agents have told a PropTech supplier how they use technology to aid their compliance work...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a third of tenants say: We’ll be renting for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings director quits to go to rival hybrid franchise firm

A lettings guru who worked at Purplebricks for five years in a string of key roles has quit the company to...

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

Agents offering insurance to tenants “increase peace of mind for all”

Lettings agents who diversify to offer tenant liability insurance not only broaden their own business but also increase peace of mind...

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

Agency compensates tenants and landlords after employee’s scam

Martin & Co says it has compensated clients fully after a rogue lettings agent in Cornwall added sums to invoices sent...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

DPS teams up with comparison website to offer deals on utilities

The Deposit Protection Service has teamed up with Comparethemarket in a bid to offer utility deals to tenants.  Renters who have their...

01 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Plumbing and electrical problems are most common for buy to let

An insurance firm has broken down the causes of major problems for buy to let landlords and tenants - and, perhaps...

01 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

Short Lets: New body bids to make sector more professional

A new trade body is being set up in a bid to professionalise the short lets sector. The sector - which embraces...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New law to ban landlord from letting for five years is backed by solicitor firm

A new piece of legislation has been invoked to ban a landlord from any involvement in the private rental sector for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Battered and Bruised: but a few buy to let investors remain optimistic

Many buy to let investors are still badly bruised by the government’s wave of fiscal and regulatory assaults on the private...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New mortgage encourages students to become first time landlords

A new building society mortgage product is aimed at allowing students to become first time buyers and to simultaneously become first...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Short Lets and Brothels: police force warns agents and landlords

A police force has issued a warning to agents and owners of short-let properties to look for signs of modern slavery...

28 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

Labour council introduces £850 licensing scheme

Labour-run Leeds city council is introducing a licensing scheme which requires landlords to pay up to £825 per property. The deadline for...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ARLA and NAEA celebrate training achievements

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark’s Qualifications division has held its annual awards ceremony in the House of Lords, recognising achievement and celebrating...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Four figure bill for buy to let investor failing to licence an HMO

A landlord has been found guilty of failing to license an HMO - and has ended up with a bill of...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Accept end of S21 or let Build To Rent take over, says agent

A leading agent has repeated his controversial belief that the proposed scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers should be seen as...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Selective licensing overhaul needed quickly, government told

The government is being urged to speed up the release details of the future it sees for selective licensing following revelations...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning of rocketing rents as buy to let investors quit the sector

A trade body says the private rental sector is facing a major crisis - more landlords are selling properties than buying...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

“Crippling” delays in returning deposits slammed by trade group

The typical delay in tenants receiving their returned deposits is “crippling” for many. That’s the view of the Association of Independent Inventory...

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has expelled three lettings agencies from its scheme because of unpaid awards to landlord clients. The first is Kingsman...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Interest rate worry for buy to let as mortgage costs plateau

New research suggests that the recent fall in the cost of fixed rate buy-to-let mortgages may be coming to a halt. Online...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge 20% jump in number of Build To Rent units in just one year

Research by the British Property Federation shows that there are now 148,046 build-to-rent homes complete, under construction or in planning across...

24 October 2019

From: Breaking News

How to have the pawfect pet tenancy

Most landlords are wary of the potential damage, smells and noise complaints that can come with accommodating a tenant with pets....

23 October 2019

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It’s a drag: agency’s advice on tackling tenants who smoke

Government data suggests that almost 54 per cent of the UK’s remaining smokers are tenants - and against that backdrop, an...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants should speak out against rogue landlords, urges council

A seaside council has issued over £15,000 in fines to owners of unlicensed HMOs.  Torbay council in south Devon adds that “a...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Lord Alan Sugar’s ‘home’ used in Airbnb short let scam

Apprentice star Lord Alan Sugar has warned about the dangers of short let scams after an American family was apparently conned out...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm to scrap tenant screening costs for agents

A PropTech firm says it is going to eliminate tenant screening costs by 2021 for lettings agents and landlords who use...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: final call for entrants to annual awards

There are just a few days remaining for entrants to the UK PropTech Awards - the submission deadline is Wednesday October 23. The...