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Shock figures on banks’ client accounts services to agencies

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

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New flexible ‘lifetime deposit’ option launched by Zero Deposit

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit is launching a new option which it says gives tenants more flexibility to split the guarantee...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Long-term PropTech deal signed by high-profile agency group

One of the best-known names in lettings in London and the south east has renewed its partnership with PropTech supplier Goodlordfor a...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Supplier claims to conquer banks’ designated accounts problem

A PropTech supplier says it’s created a solution to letting agents and landlords who must remain compliant and who want to...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hot Market: many tenants pay above asking rents to secure properties

Average UK rents have increased for the sixth consecutive quarter - but some tenants are paying above the going rate to...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech pledge to agents - this platform is the alternative to a bank

LettsPay, an automated service aiming to simplify the reconciling of tenant rental payments, has won investment from the nurtur.group - the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant deposits fall in response to mandatory fees ban

Research by deposit protection provider mydeposits has revealed that the average deposit paid has fallen year on year since the start...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s here - Lifetime Deposit concept launched ahead of government reform

PropTech company Canopy is partnering with deposit funding firm Fronted to launch the concept of a lifetime deposit, which can be...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

“Blatant, continuous breach of regulations” lands HMO firm in court

A company which operated an unlicensed HMO and its then-director have lost their appeal against the imposition of financial penalties.  Gatwick and...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? Call for letting agents to use mediation processes

Propertymark has stepped up its call for a dedicated Housing Tribunal to improve mediation and enhanced dispute resolution. The trade body also...

08 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls threat under discussion at Rightmove event

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

06 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Take That! Famous industry supplier celebrates anniversary

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

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax: ARLA reminds agents to claim relief on membership fees

Agents have been reminded they can claim tax relief on the membership fees they pay to professional bodies that are approved...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental payments platform reveals PropTech partnerships

London-based lettings payment platform Yorlet has launched a new PropTech partnership with Canopy, TDS and Alan Boswell. The platform offers automated workflows,...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Criminal record checks may be introduced as part of HMO rules

A council says it’s considering introducing criminal record checks on individuals who apply to run HMOs as part of a wide-ranging...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring inflation could trigger major arrears problem - warning

A player in the rental insurance field is warning that the growing cost of living crisis makes it more important than...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket PropTech tool praised for saving agents’ time

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme says teclet, a wholly owned subsidiary of OnTheMarket plc, has integrated with the TDS API - aimed...

16 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Shelter says eviction surge justifies scrapping Section 21

Campaigning charity Shelter says new government figures reveal an increasing number of renters are facing eviction.  And it warns that more renters are...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Pets In Lets come one step closer with pledge of 'new solutions'

A suite of new ‘pet-let’ products is to be offered by The Lettings Hub, which already has some 1,000-plus agents on...

08 February 2022

From: Breaking News

How agents can reduce fraud before, during and after the referencing process 

In this tips piece, Blake Richmond, managing director of referencing at Goodlord, sets out how agents can combat fraud in the lettings process.  Over...

07 February 2022

From: Legislation & Compliance

PropTech: CRM software now integrates with government-backed TDS

Lettings software provider Acquaint CRM has integrated its technology with the new API solution created by government-backed Tenancy Deposit Scheme.  The TDS...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings error will cost millions to fix

Purplebricks has revealed that it will cost some £3.6m to correct compliance issues in its lettings division. The agency continues to stay...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove launches letting agent insurance to cover lost fees

Rightmove is launching a new insurance product for letting agents called Agent Revenue Protection. It is designed to pay out up to...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Up! Up! Up! - Rents rise for the fifth consecutive quarter

Average UK rents increased for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q4 2021 according to The Deposit Protection Service, as stock shortages...

21 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to stage unannounced letting agency visits

A Trading Standards team is to carry out what it calls “unannounced inspections” of lettings agencies in one part of London...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reform measures to become law in July

A controversial reform programme for the private rental sector in Wales is to go ahead from July 15 this year -...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks denies newspaper claim that it's selling lettings division

Purplebricks says a newspaper story suggesting it will sell off its rental business is not true. A company statement this morning, issued...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents improve their reputation?

How can agents improve their position in society? A report has been published following a roundtable discussion between prominent agency figures...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks “faces £30m payout over tenant deposits”

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Purplebricks could face a bill of as much as £30m “after it put thousands of landlords...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ending eviction ban added to homelessness - Shelter on warpath

Shelter claims the end of the eviction ban has contributed to creating over 274,000 people who are homeless in England right now, including 126,000 children. Shelter’s interpretation of official...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Fraud - how agents can combat a growing threat

Property fraud is on the rise and early in 2022 agents will have an opportunity to attend a webinar featuring a...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - fake firm posing as legitimate lettings agency

A fake lettings operation has been uncovered by a leading legitimate agency - and now the National Trading Standards Estate and...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings chief quits after deposit controversy

Purplebricks says its head of lettings has left after just eight months - and just days after a crisis involving tenant deposits. A Purplebricks...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue agents in firing line as councils get enforcement kit

Effective enforcement is crucial to stamp out rogue lettings agents and protect consumers says safeagent. In the latest edition of its Effective...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks refuses to give details of tenancy deposit failure

Purplebricks is refusing to say how many tenants and landlords were affected by its failure to comply with the law requiring deposits...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

Agents have raised a specific concern about one aspect of a law change regarding carbon monoxide alarms.  Earlier this week the government...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Management Software: Top tips for busy letting agents

During the last year, the industry has experienced a rollercoaster of highs and lows as agents experienced rental peaks, stock shortages,...

24 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Pets In Lets: Airbnb’s latest move to lure more long-term renters

Airbnb is now introducing pet insurance cover for its hosts as it continues attempts to win long-term renters away from the...

16 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom for student lettings sector as in-person attendance resumes

Figures from the Deposit Protection Service suggest that students returned to university in greater numbers this year compared to 2020. The service...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Caught! Agency that illegally evicted tenant ends up in court

A lettings agency has been prosecuted by Birmingham council for unlawfully evicting a tenant. Principal Homes is based at Great Barr and was...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents slam calls for mandatory register for all landlords

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

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Race For Space means rents soaring on detached houses

Rents for detached homes increased twice as fast as the average for all UK properties during Q3 2021 says the Deposit...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord tweaks insurance offer because of lengthy eviction cases

Letting agents using rent protection and legal expenses insurance via Goodlord will have their rent protected until vacant possession, with no cap...

13 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tory wants action at last on Arrears Tribunal proposal

A senior Conservative in Wales wants the Welsh Government to consider creating a housing tribunal in the light of rising tenant arrears. Janet Finch-Saunders,...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New international Data law likely to affect many letting agents

A high profile and respected lettings sector legal expert is inviting questions from agents at a webinar next week - and he’ll...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Tours should become GDPR-compliant says PropTech firm

A PropTech company says virtual tours should now be made to abide by GDPR regulations to increase privacy for landlords and...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub What services...

23 September 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Dispute evidence – don’t throw the kitchen sink at it!

When it comes to gathering evidence for deposit disputes, the need for thoroughness is understandable. However, on occasion some landlords take...

20 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings agent jailed after £182,000 fraud

A lettings agent has been jailed for three years for defrauding tenants and landlords out of more than £182,000.  Lee Clarke, 42,...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar - how will China’s new data protection law affect UK's letting agents?

As a letting agent in the UK, you might think what happens in China has no bearing on your work here....

17 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency helps PropTech supplier fine-tune deposits service

A PropTech supplier claims letting agents can now register deposits at the click of a button thanks to a new integration...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Multi-brand agency group signs up with PropTech company

Lomond Group has partnered with PropTech player Goodlord to provide IT services across the group's brands, which include Braemore, Stonehouse, Linley...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls to be introduced after deal between politicians

Rent controls are to be introduced into part of the UK as a result of a deal between two political parties. The...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

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

18 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant Fees Act “does not ban charging for some viewings”

Guidance from Trading Standards suggests that it is possible, in some cases, to charge tenants to view a property to let...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Angry agent slams planning reforms for creating poor homes

A lettings agent who has made a series of outbursts against landlords and councils, has now turned his anger on proposed...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HomeLet parent company snaps up PropTech platform

Barbon Insurance Group, which already owns Let Alliance and HomeLet, has now acquired PropTech platform Rent4sure. Luke Burton, Rent4sure’s chief operating officer,...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Do you have questions about deposit disputes 

Through our FREE online deposit dispute webinars, we’ve trained thousands of landlords and letting agents about how the dispute resolution process...

02 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Flexible working for letting agents here to stay says DPS chief

Flexible working for letting agents, so much a part of activities for the past 18 months, is here to stay according...

29 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Large independent signs exclusive PropTech deal for two years

The independent Chancellors agency chain has signed an exclusive contract to use The Lettings Hub pre-tenancy platform BOX for the next...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major PropTech deal heralds expansion of insurance to tenants

Californian PropTech firm Trov, specialising in digital insurance for tenants, has announced a deal with major UK rental companies.  The deal is...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings PropTech firms announce full software integration

Two well known PropTech providers to the lettings sector have announced they have now fully integrated their technology, meaning users of...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents show another modest rise across UK - with London an exception

Average rents in London declined during the second quarter of 2021, according to the latest market snapshot from the  Deposit Protection...

07 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The value of using a specialist referencing supplier

It always pays to rely on the services of a reputable referencing company. The lure of free credit checks or basic referencing...

05 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

A record! Average UK rent over £1,000 pcm for first time

The average UK rent now stands at a record £1,007 per calendar month - the highest ever, according to HomeLet. It’s up...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you open to lets with pets?

The Dogs Trust campaign ‘lets with pets’ states: “Landlords and letting agencies who exclude pet owners from their properties are missing out...

29 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction Ban: government accused of hypocrisy over tenants’ rights

Baroness Alicia Kennedy has accused the government of hypocrisy over its diverging approach to evictions for commercial and residential tenants. On Wednesday...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents highlight their role in educating tenants about rights

ARLA Propertymark says letting agents have a vital role to play in highlighting the rights of private rental sector tenants. The comment...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord now selling injury and illness insurance to tenants

PropTech firm Goodlord is to offer illness and injury insurance to tenants  via a link with Legal & General.  Goodlord already sells...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new housing chief wants to work with Tories to scrap S21

Labour’s Lucy Powell, the party’s new housing spokesperson, says she wants to work with the Conservatives to scrap Section 21 eviction...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Property marketing - keeping personal data protected

After a recent incident involving an Estate Agent based in Devon in which a property virtual tour they published revealed a...

25 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Labour council warns landlords will be served with ‘anti-social orders’

A Labour council in London is taking the unusual measure of threatening landlords with community protection notices - associated with anti-social...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession cases FALLEN during pandemic, not risen - government

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

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Trade body rival to ARLA reports another boost in membership

The UK Association of Letting Agents - a trade body rival to ARLA Propertymark - says it’s seen “a robust membership...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Springtime - a great time for mid-tenancy inspections, say The Deposit Protection Service

With winter gone and spring now in full bloom, there’s no better time to inspect your property to check for damage...

19 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Which reference is best? How to protect you and your landlord’s assets.

Preventative measures are everything where referencing is concerned. But with so many solutions out there, promising so much, it can be difficult...

12 May 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Rental sector skewed against tenants says prominent London Tory

A prominent London Conservative MP has made a scathing attack on the current rental sector’s structure, saying it is skewed in...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in letting properties pushed by Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator say it is promoting the concept of private tenants being allowed pets - and it takes a...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

700,000 will use Breathing Space debt delay, admits government

The government has admitted that “hundreds of thousands” of people will use the new Breathing Space system, during which they cannot...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should educate landlords over Breathing Space scheme - call

A prominent industry figure says lettings agents will have a key role educating landlords over the controversial Breathing Space scheme introduced...

05 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Alert: government’s last-minute change to process

There’s been an urgent change to the arrears process over the weekend to dovetail with the government’s new Breathing Space initiative. From...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order for rogue agent after unlawful eviction

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

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival lettings agency trade group reveals membership surge

A rival trade body to the Association of Residential Letting Agents has announced what it calls “a robust membership result.” The UK...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes? These webinars may help you resolve them...

The DPS is hosting free dispute webinars to enable landlords and letting agents to navigate the dispute resolution process. More than 2,000...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Compliance PropTech firm inks deal with Hunters network

Lettings franchise giant Hunters has struck a commercial deal with a geospatial technology firm. The partnership offers immediate access to Kamma’s full...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Is London’s rental market stabilising at last?

London rents climbed for the first time for over a year during Q1 2021 —although the rise was a mere £8...

15 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: Updated government guidance on possession action

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued updated guidance to include the recent extension of the bailiff enforcement...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Pro-Pet campaigners want damage insurance as option for tenants

Momentum is building to have the Tenant Fees Act amended, allowing agents to charge tenants for damage insurance which would then...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

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

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection bank deadline nears, agents warned

Letting agents have only 10 days to open segregated client accounts or they could face being expelled by their client money...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent anger about latest extension of six month notice period

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

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: reminder to agencies handling personal information

Propertymark is reminding all agents and suppliers, including sole traders, that they must register with the Information Commissioner’s Office if they...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for London agency without Client Money Protection

A lettings agency in central London has been issued with a fine for not belonging to a Client Money Protection scheme. The...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Investigation underway into collapse of agency £1.3m in debt

An investigation is underway into a lettings agency which has gone into liquidation owing almost £500,000 in rent to landlords and in...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Supply shortage worsened by eviction ban, claims lettings chief

The head of a lettings agency says there are up to 60 enquiries for every rental property he lists - and those...

12 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigners brand eviction ban extension ‘inadequate’

Acorn, a prominent campaign group targeting letting agency offices for protests, says the latest eviction ban extension doesn't go far enough. While...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ naked ambition - it wants to buy more lettings books

Foxtons has made no bones about how it sees future growth - it wants to acquire lettings books from other agencies. “There...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check for damage as ‘pro-pet’ momentum builds

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising agents to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

One of the lettings industry’s most prominent suppliers says it’s dispelled five myths surrounding the employment of apprentices.  The Letting Partnership insists apprentices...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

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

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

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in rental properties still on the agenda, insists MP

An MP who says no one should have to give up their pet to live in a rental property insists that...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge crackdown on letting agents failing to honour CMP laws

A clampdown on letting agents who fail to safeguard landlords’ and tenants’ money is now underway.  A statement from the National Trading Standards...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team is appealing to the industry to be eagle-eyed for scams. This follows the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension is good news, insists top lawyer

The Law Society of England and Wales has come out in favour of the latest ban on bailiff-enforced evictions.  The extension to...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

New rent guarantee product offers “a market first” for agents - claim

HomeLet and Let Alliance have announced what they call a market first with a rent guarantee providing cover until vacant possession...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents should be proud of their role, urges industry supplier

Letting agents should stand proud of their record helping both landlords and tenants, especially in these more difficult times. That’s the view...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties: Date set for MPs to debate issue

January 29th is the date set for MPs to hold the Second Reading of a Private Members’ Bill aimed at the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

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

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the biggest cause of claims by landlords against deposits

Just over half the claims made by landlords against tenancy deposits in 2020 cited a need to clean or make repairs...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

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

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Over 10 agencies a week closing down, claims protection scheme

One of the government’s approved client money protection schemes claims over 10 lettings agencies a week are closing. Client Money Protect makes the...

03 December 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier links with legal protection service

PropTech provider Canopy is linking with a legal protection service which it says could enhance agents’ offer to landlords. If the tenant does...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech success for fast-growing lettings platform

The lettings technology company Goodlord, which works with over 2,000 UK letting agents, has been named by Deloitte as one of...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pets Mean Premiums - animals are good news, insists industry group

The private rental sector should embrace the idea of tenants with pets and not object to the prospect. That’s the view of...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

Letting agencies should review banking and payment systems in the light of rule changes and the ongoing challenge of the pandemic. This advice...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

A survey claims millions of renter households have concerns about their ability to pay landlords this winter - and the charity...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Free online deposit dispute webinars begin next week

The Deposit Protection Service is running three free online deposit dispute webinars, with the first scheduled for next week. The UK’s largest...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Here we go again - Labour renews call for another eviction ban

Labour has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding the return of the eviction ban - even though, to all intents...

05 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection - what is Prescribed Information?

Did you know your deposit protection obligations don't end with paying the deposit? You also need to serve the Prescribed Information within 30...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

New lettings agent qualification launched by landlords group

A new nationally recognised letting agent qualification is being launched by a landlord body. The Managing Property and Residential Lettings Level 3...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

More virtual courses for agents launched by TDS Academy

Letting agents are being invited to additional courses from TDS Academy online. The courses, offering Continuing Professional Development training virtually, look in particular...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Law Society calls for more Legal Aid help to tenants facing eviction

The legal industry says the end of the eviction ban must be the moment to ensure the widest number of tenants...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-ban activists stage direct action boot camps to resist evictions

One of the most outspoken campaign groups against the end of the eviction ban has staged a series of so-called ‘boot...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords slam London Mayor's call for ‘disaster’ two-year rent freeze

The National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) has slammed London Mayor Sadiq Khan's call for a rent freeze in the capital. Yesterday, ahead...

17 September 2020

From: Breaking News

DPS and safeagent team up to offer new training courses for letting agents

The Deposit Protection Service (DPS) and safeagent have announced two new e-learning modules for letting agents and landlords. The modules, which form...

15 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents given Covid-secure guide on how to check-in students

With college and university terms about to start, and ever-more diligence required over Coronavirus, the Deposit Protection Service is offering an...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks Red Tape: Breakthrough for agents on Pooled Client Accounts

ARLA Propertymark says there has been a breakthrough on the banking clampdown on pooled client accounts - a pain in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London agency is latest to select deposit alternative supplier

Martyn Gerrard Estate Agent is the latest agency to partner with a deposit alternative supplier - in this case flatfair.  Tenants at...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: 'Expected from Labour, not Tories' says party member

A Tory member has used the Conservative Home website to tell his party that it should introduce interest-free loans to help tenants...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity demands grants for tenants with Coronavirus arrears

The Citizens Advice charity is calling for tenants with arrears directly created by the Coronavirus to be offered government grants to...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

The Generation Rent pressure group has made a last-ditch argument in favour of keeping the evictions ban, which will lapse at the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

Tenant concierge service Tenant Shop is linking with Legal & General to offer insurance products across the private rental sector.  Tenant Shop...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent returns to warpath over eviction fears

The campaigning pressure group Generation Rent has returned to the battle to win an extension to the current evictions ban in...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm selling additional cover and faster payouts

Deposit alternative service flatfair is now selling a top-up cover element that allows landlords to add a further six weeks damage...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - new tenancies bounce back to pre-pandemic levels

New tenancies recorded by The Deposit Protection Service suggests the market is back almost to its pre-pandemic levels of activity. Data in...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New call to government to prevent some evictions after ban ends

A debt charity is urging the Housing Secretary to pledge that no one who has lost income because of Coronavirus will...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA leadership to be merged with NAEA at start of 2021

Propertymark has announced that the leadership structure of the lettings side is to be merged with the estate agency section, with...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given Letting Agent Today a statement trying to soothe critics of its...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working to ensure evictions return smoothly’ - minister

The government says it’s currently working to ensure the eviction process returns smoothly when the ban expires in late August. In the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety has praised the new safety regulations which have now come in to...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Landlords ordered to repay nearly £5,000 after council probe

Two Bristol landlords have been ordered to repay nearly £5,000 following investigations by the council’s so called rogue landlord unit. One, Lucy...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance available for student check-outs during Coronavirus

The Deposit Protection Service has issued seven ways to help agents and students in England and Wales arrange accommodation check-outs during...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

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

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Council warns rental sector after “scary” fire at HMO

A local council is warning the HMO rental sector that tenants may be put at unnecessary risk as a result of...

04 June 2020

From: Breaking News

2,500 activists ‘on rent strike’ as Labour Mayor comes under attack

A group of activists in London claim as many as 2,500 tenants are on a rent-strike during the Coronavirus crisis. The number is...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New online course shows best practice in starting a tenancy

The Deposit Protection Service and safeagent (formerly NALS) have created a free, online course showing best practice in starting tenancies.  The new...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 1,000 cases linked to eviction, despite ban

Citizens Advice claims that in the two months since the lockdown began it has helped over 10,000 people with issues related...

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

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

Agents invited for webinars discussing three stages of tenancy

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme is inviting agents and landlords to a series of webinars to discuss the three stages of a...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend all rents now, says union- and council-funded think tank

A foundation which receives substantial funding from trade unions and a charity linked to the Nationwide is calling for rents to...

15 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

Untrue! Generation Rent claim is wrong says top lettings body

The Generation Rent pressure group is wrong to claim that the majority of landlords are failing to support tenants needing help...

13 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants tenants to have two years to pay back virus arrears

Labour wants tenants running up arrears during the Coronavirus crisis to have two years to repay them, as part of a...

11 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

Agents Beware: DPS warns of fake email scam

The Deposit Protection Scheme is warning of a possible online scam affecting agents, landlords and tenants A statement on the DPS website...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Good news - only small rise in late rent payments so far, shows survey

There was just a two per cent rise in late rental payments over the last month according to figures from an...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

The Labour head of a special ‘taskforce’ looking at London housing issues in the light of the Coronavirus crisis says he...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents rose just £2 a month in quarter before Coronavirus - DPS

Tenants paid a UK average monthly rent of £775 during the first quarter of this year according to the Deposit Protection...

29 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

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

PropTech firm extends deal to benefit agents, landlords and tenants

Lettings PropTech company teclet has announced that its partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau has been extended to offer mortgage and...

16 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

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

All court possession orders suspended immediately

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

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions: new tenancy forms confirm three-months notice period

Paperwork released overnight by the government appears to confirm that the notice period for evictions is extending from two months to...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants eviction ban ‘reinstated’ for Coronavirus crisis period

Labour is on the warpath against the government following the surprise contents of the Coronavirus Emergency Bill, apparently watering down the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban watered down in Coronavirus Emergency Bill

The three month outright eviction ban pledged to renters last week appears to have been watered down in the Coronavirus Emergency...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 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

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: 60 Second Interview

Deposit alternative supplier signs another 31 agency branches

One of the major deposit alternative operators has announced 31 new letting agency branches have signed up, from three high-profile brands. Zero...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

£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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant ‘financially exploited and harassed’ by landlord, claims council

A landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £6,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to harassing and financially exploiting...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Over a billion pounds in deposits could be unprotected - claim

One of the growing number of deposit replacement providers claims that there could be £1.2 billion in deposit monies that are...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

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

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

Firm aiming to eliminate deposits by 2025 wins cash injection

Canopy, a firm that says it wants to eliminate rental deposits in the next five years, has won a £50,000 cash...

03 December 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

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

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

Rent protection firms merge to form ‘strategic partner for agents’

Industry supplier Let Alliance has merged with the Barbon Insurance Group, which includes HomeLet and Rentshield     The announcement was made at...

06 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

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

Deposit alternative war hots up as Zero Deposit signs 15-branch agency

The growing deposit alternative sector continues to be ultra-competitive with 15-branch agency Kings Lettings signing up to Zero Deposit. Kings Lettings operates...

30 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

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

From: Sponsored Content

Insurance for tenants could be additional revenue stream for agents

Life insurance sold to tenants could provide a valuable additional income stream for agents whose revenue has been hit by the...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Absolute Rubbish: agent fined over six-foot mound of garbage

An east London lettings agency must pay more than £2,500 after a six-foot-high pile of waste was found fly-tipped on land...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A sex toy, a giant python and glowing swear words - all left by tenants...

Giant glow-in-the-dark swear words, a sex toy and a pet python are among some of the items that students left in...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another top agency signs up to a deposit alternative scheme

The race for dominance in the deposit alternative field continues apace. Now franchise giant Hunters has teamed up with flatfair to bring...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

10 ways tenants can beat damp and mould

As winter is coming, it’s time to think about how to protect your property from damp and mould. This silent assassin...

11 October 2019

From: Sponsored Content

UK rents on the rise but failing to keep pace with inflation

Average UK rents continued to rise between July and September, but failed to keep up with inflation, according to The Deposit...

11 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Leading agent partners with TDS to revolutionise the end of tenancy process

Well-known letting agent Kristjan Byfield has announced the details of his new product which aims to reduce the workload of the...

04 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents should demonstrate  compliance to expose rogue operators

A call has been made for the best letting agencies and other rental sector professionals to show how they comply with...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards crackdown finds most agency websites illegal

A crackdown on letting agency websites by a Trading Standards team has found the significant majority of them to be breaking...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents offered free training in managing tenancy deposits and disputes

Letting agents are to be offered free training in managing tenancy deposits and disputes if they operate in Edinburgh. In the last...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Four things you need to know when starting a new tenancy

Did you know that preparing for a deposit dispute starts at the beginning of a tenancy? When tenants and landlords disagree about...

26 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

High-end London lettings agency signs up to Zero Deposit

High end London estate agency Chestertons has signed up with Zero Deposits, one of the deposit replacement services expanding across the...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s first ever tenants’ rental protection insurance launched

Legal & General is introducing a Rental Protection Plan for tenants, thought to be one of the first examples of this...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Warning over charging tenants agent commission as well as repair bills

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has taken legal advice on what can be charged to tenants for so-called ‘contractual damages’. ARLA...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents Increase Across UK

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

27 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Renters can now switch mid-tenancy from traditional deposit to alternative

One of the suppliers in the fiercely competitive world of deposit alternatives has introduced an ‘unlocking deposits’ option. From today, Zero Deposit...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent's fury at three month delay in getting proof of CMP policy

A lettings agent says she has just spent three months trying to get evidence of her Client Money Protection policy -...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank client account changes: Agents urged to have a Plan B

A leading industry figure is calling on agents to have a Plan B ready if their bank closes undesignated client accounts.  This...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents thrive in a growing rental market?

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

19 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Deposit Cap Calculator to the rescue

Do you know how much your deposits should be? Since June 1 of this year, the government has capped deposits at...

15 August 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Agents ‘have key role to reduce stress for landlords and tenants’

Lettings professionals should do more to raise awareness of the need to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords. Industry supplier Tenant...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords advised to start adjusting deposits to new cap limit

The Deposit Protection Service has revealed that more than four out of 10 of the tenancy deposits it manages are currently...

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings software platform in strategic partnership with MAB

Lettings software platform teclet has announced a strategic partnership with the Mortgage Advice Bureau. It means MAB’s intermediary products and services will...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: revolutionary proposals for agency regulation, licensing and training

The government has published proposals for far-reaching changes to the way estate and letting agents are regulated, trained and licensed. The proposals...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier Goodlord expands offering to corporate lets

Goodlord has expanded its offering to enable corporate lets to be processed through its platform.  The move means agents who process both...

17 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry first as landlords offered a year’s rent in an up-front lump sum

A lettings agency is believed to be the first to offer landlords a year's rent in advance in one lump sum...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest consultation begins on so-called ‘no fault evictions’

The Welsh Government has started a formal consultation on proposals that include extending the minimum notice period applicable to a section...

15 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over 200 breaches of tenant deposits’ law, research shows

In the past 18 months more than 200 landlords from across Scotland have been found to be in breach of a...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech is the future but only if it provides benefits, says top consultant

The future of the lettings industry will be tech-driven says one of the industry’s leading consultants, who is now also director...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rents in second quarter, reports DPS

The average UK rent rose from £757 to £771 during the second quarter of 2019 - that’s 1.7 per cent, according...

11 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service reveals another new partnership

Deposit alternative service flatfair has partnered with Barbon Insurance Group to co-market the two organisations’ products. “We’re thrilled to partner with the...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

The Guild links with insurance and tenant referencing service

The Guild of Property Professionals has announced a link with insurance product and moving services operation The Lettings Hub. Lettings Hub offers...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Empty buy to let with wild garden reaps £7,000 bill for owner

A buy to let investor has been fined £4,800 and ordered to pay £2,200 in costs for failing to keep his...

19 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency coughs up £16,000 it owes - on TV

Two landlords will this evening be seen securing the £16,000 they are owed by a rogue lettings agent - and TV...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative provider strikes deal with regional agency chain

Tenancy deposit alternative provider Reposit has been taken on by Devon-based agency chain Webbers.  The agency’s 15 offices operate in north Cornwall,...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Seven rogue letting agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme

Seven agencies have been expelled from membership of The Property Ombudsman after failing to pay compensation awards made by TPO. All are...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service announces link with landlords’ trade body

The Residential Landlords Association has entered into a partnership with deposit alternative service Zero Deposit. The RLA says the service will be...

03 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Here’s how Inadash can help you deal with a surge in activity post-fees ban

A number of industry experts have warned letting agents and landlords to prepare for a surge in tenants moving property once...

29 May 2019

From: Sponsored Content

National Approved Letting Scheme rebrands as safeagent

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

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news: more deposit disputes settled by agreement, not adjudication

Not-for-profit operator Tenancy Deposit Scheme says early intervention between landlords and tenants across the UK is resulting in many more deposit...

17 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Simon Paul Skinner, Operations manager at LetHQ

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Simon Paul Skinner, Operations manager at LetHQ. My business card...

16 May 2019

From: 60 Second Interview

MP to intervene over wound-up lettings agency owing £30,000

An MP says he will raise with local police chiefs a series of claims from landlords and tenants concerning a lettings...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: agents warned to prepare for a flurry of tenant moves

Agents and landlords are being warned to prepare for a surge in tenants moving property once the fees ban kicks in...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Online agent launches product to protect landlords from 'expensive disasters'

The online property management platform Howsy, formerly known as NoAgent, has launched a new package for landlords. The platform says Howsy Protect...

14 May 2019

From: Breaking News

New online calculator to help agents comply with deposit cap

A new solution to help letting agents deal with the introduction of the security deposit cap under the Tenant Fees Act...

08 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech could be key to boosting health and safety in rental sector

Increased use of technology could boost gas-related health and safety in the private rental sector according to the people behind a...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents now at their lowest level for three years says DPS

Average monthly UK rent is now at its lowest level for three years according to the Deposit Protection Service. Average rent fell...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing service is latest top name to partner ESTAS 2019

Tenant referencing, rent protection and insurance provider Rent4sure is to join other leading suppliers as an ESTAS partner for the 16th...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings reform: major announcements soon, says government

A housing minister has pledged that more key reforms for the private rental sector will be revealed soon, despite Brexit political...

03 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Another PropTech firm joins crowded deposit alternative field

PropTech company Goodlord is the latest entrant in the deposit alternative field. Under Goodlord Deposit Replacement Insurance agents can provide landlords with...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Council says landlords should “account for their tenants’ behaviour”

A buy to let investor has been hit with a £4,000 fine plus costs of over £5,000 after failing to license...

02 April 2019

From: Breaking News

‘CMP will protect clients from agents that go under after Fees Ban’

The mandatory Client Money Protection scheme membership that comes into effect today will protect landlords and tenants from letting agents that...

01 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Scandal: Agent steals £350,000 but pays back just one pound

A lettings agent who stole over £350,000 is reported to have been told to pay back…£1. Local media in the south of...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council to educate letting agents on accurate property descriptions

The council for one of the wealthiest areas in the country says it will be “educating and advising letting agents” on...

27 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection training on offer for lettings agents from TDS

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

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Human Habitation law takes effect today - but not everyone is happy...

Today the long-awaited Homes (Fitness For Human Habitation) Act comes into force, pioneered by Labour MP Karen Buck and giving people...

20 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Five CMP providers but government says more may be approved

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

13 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New joiners take deposit alternative scheme's tally to 1,300 offices

Numerous regional independent agency chains have joined Zero Deposit, one of several rental deposit replacement schemes to have appeared in recent...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

New agents targeted for deposits training in Scotland

A programme of nine new educational workshops takes place next month, some of which target new agents with little or no experience of deposits...

06 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection: more providers win government approval

Propertymark’s Money Shield service and the National Approved Letting Scheme have each received government approval to operate Client Money Protection schemes. From...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Free online training course to help agents through deposit disputes

A new free online training course which guides letting agents through the key principles of disputes has been released by The...

27 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Sunday Times ‘top 100 firms’ award for TDS

The Dispute Service, which operates the Tenancy Deposit Scheme, has been ranked among the Sunday Times’ 100 best not-for-profit companies to...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Total loss' client money protection is latest to win government backing

Another client money protection scheme has been given approval to launch itself before regulations go live on April 1.  From that date...

21 February 2019

From: Breaking News

First Client Money Protection scheme wins approval ahead of deadline

Client Money Protect has gained formal government approval to operate a client money protection scheme when the regulations go live on...

20 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Labour claim that agents will increase tenant fees until June

A senior Labour politician claims that “unscrupulous” letting agents are hammering tenants with higher-than-usual charges between now and June 1 when...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency hit with fine after failing to give fees, redress and CMP information

A letting agent in east London has been fined £4,000 after apparently publishing the incorrect fees that it levies on tenants...

08 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform claims it can help landlords avoid fee increases

A PropTech firm is offering landlords the opportunity to manage their portfolios from £35 a month, suggesting it could be a...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for tenants as rents have dropped in the past year

Renting became more affordable in 2018 thanks to a combination of a once-in-a-decade fall in annual rents and wage inflation, according...

24 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency's £20m windfall for tenants who opt for deposit-alternative scheme

Lettings agency Haart says it will return up to £20m in deposits to existing tenants if they sign up to a...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme targets independent agents

Zero Deposit, the firm set up by former Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley, says it now has around 850 offices using...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm in court over dangerous flats above famous pub

Three brothers and a property management company have received fines and a confiscation order, and must pay costs, following what a...

04 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year and every success - our wish from Letting Agent Today

As 2018 ticks away and 2019 beckons, it’s time for everyone at Letting Agent Today to wish you, your family and...

31 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be clearer on Right To Rent' government urged by trade bodies

A trade body has spoken out about the lack of detail in government plans for Right To Rent, as contained in...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big rise in rental deposit numbers according to leading provider

Deposit protection provider The Dispute Service says it has seen a big rise in the number of deposits it protects in...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Politicians again hurting our industry, say agents and landlords

Agents and landlords have united against what is being seen as the latest attack on the private rental sector by the...

05 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent arrested on fraud and theft charges after media probe

A lettings agency owner in Norfolk has been arrested on suspicion of fraud and theft following a newspaper probe. Earlier this year...

04 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency in ‘viewing charges’ controversy has had protests in the past

Letting Agent Today can reveal that the agency at the centre of the scandal over alleged charges for viewings has been...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge London agency chain is latest to offer no-deposit scheme

London agency giant Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward is the latest to offer its tenant clients a no-deposit service.  It's going to use...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants right to sue is set to take a step forward today

Today sees the Second Reading in the House of the Lords for the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill, promoted by...

23 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - under 1% of tenancies end with deposit disputes

Fewer than one per cent of private tenancies end in a dispute over the deposit - and the figure is this...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to TDS Adjudication training session in London

Tenant deposit protection scheme TDS will be in London in February to host a ‘hands-on’ half-day workshop for agents and landlords. Part...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New Client Money Protection service launched for managing agents

The Association of Residential Managing Agents has launched a first-of-its-kind Client Money Protection to members.  Although CMP schemes are to be mandatory...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free renting 'would boost repairs and give more tenant security'

Some 1.5m tenants could be at risk of losing their deposits, claims a campaigner for insurance-based alternatives to deposits. Ajay Jagota, head...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage are main reasons students lose deposits at check-out

The Deposit Protection Service says almost a quarter of students lost part of their tenancy deposit when they left their accommodation...

05 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock survey claims 1.5m deposits 'not in any protection scheme'

A comparison website claims that over 1.5m tenants know their landlord has not placed their deposits into a government-backed deposit protection...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency reveals drastic overhaul of services

Online lettings agency Upad has drastically overhauled its product range, introducing a ‘pick and mix’ option allowing landlords to choose services...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Ditch deposits - 43% of tenants want a no-deposit alternative

A new study shows that 43 per cent of tenants want the system of private rental deposits to be dropped and...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market 'has fallen into recession' says The DPS

A gloomy report from The Deposit Protection Service says the UK’s rental market is in recession for the first time since...

17 September 2018

From: Breaking News

'Name and shame rip-off agents' demand Trading Standards and NALS

Trading Standards departments in London are asking renters to name and shame letting agents who are not complying with the law...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Cleaning and damage again most common reasons for deposit deductions

Cleaning and property damage are the most common reasons landlords make deposit deductions, according to data released by The Deposit Protection...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Government publishes deposit scheme paper ahead of fees ban Report Stage

The House of Commons has published a briefing paper on tenancy deposit schemes ahead of the Report Stage of the Tenant...

04 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory CMP: PRS and CMProtect taking 'joined up' approach

The parent company of The Property Redress Scheme (PRS) says its group companies will be taking a more 'joined up' approach...

03 September 2018

From: Breaking News

CPRs; the opportunity

In our previous 2 blogs we have covered the definitions of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations (CPRs) and what...

29 August 2018

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CPRs; the implications

In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...

29 August 2018

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Tory voters want S21 eviction powers scrapped, claims pressure group

Generation Rent, the controversial pressure group campaigning alongside Shelter and others for the scrapping of landlords’ rights to evict under Section...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Not again! Another charity slams private rental sector over S21

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

28 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection scheme launched by Propertymark

Propertymark has launched a new Client Money Protection system, Money Shield, with a support statement from much of the lettings sector...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits chief hits back at consumer group's 'broken system' jibe

The chief executive of mydeposits has hit back at a Which? report calling for reform - or possibly even replacement -...

14 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Aggressive practices against tenant lead to £1,750 fine

A buy to let investor has been fined £1,750 because of his alleged “aggressive practices”.  Shafaqat Ali Sadiq, of Derby, has been...

07 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents save time on their core marketing activities?

In a world increasingly obsessed with all things digital, it's no surprise that many estate agents are choosing to experiment with...

01 August 2018

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New guidance on setting up Client Money Protection schemes

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

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency conned out of £34,000 by employee

The former office manager of an estate agency in Scunthorpe conned her employer out of over £34,000, a court has heard. Local...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory inventories could still happen, says campaigning trade body

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

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Three-year tenancies: Top London agent is latest to criticise the idea

Well-respected London lettings agent and former ARLA president Lucy Morton is the latest key figure to pour cold water on government...

05 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Missing letting agent - a Church is amongst those owed money

It’s been revealed that a church is amongst those owed thousands of pounds by a letting agent who has gone to...

21 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency closes, boss disappears, and thousands owed to clients

A regional newspaper claims that a lettings agency has collapsed, its boss has gone to ground, and thousands of pounds are...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for agents to use PropTech to help clean up their act

A leading PropTech entrepreneur has renewed his call for letting agents to use more technology to clean up their act when...

05 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to highlight 'effective enforcement' in fight against rogues

Today Trading Standards teams across the country will highlight the work they do to protect landlords and tenants from rogue letting...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

SAFEagent Awareness Week: Consumer money still at risk until April 2019

Consumers' money remains at risk until April 1 2019 is the key message of this year’s SAFEagent Awareness Week. Over the next...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reveals how it aims to combat fees ban income loss

Countrywide - which is making the lettings sector a key part of its ‘back to basics’ programme - is proposing to...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government urged to co-ordinate lettings reforms, not be scattergun

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says he welcomes reforms currently moving through Parliament to professionalise the lettings sector - but he wants...

09 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - mandatory Client Money Protection for all agents from next April

The government has confirmed that all property agents in England will need to be part of an approved Client Money Protection...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Clumsy' new lettings rules may lead to agents quitting - claim

Ian Wilson, chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, says new rules for regulating the lettings sector will probably be clumsily...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for government's crackdown on agents

The Property Ombudsman is the latest property industry player to throw its support behind the introduction of mandatory qualifications and a...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart's 100-branch network signs up to no-deposit platform

Spicerhaart has signed up with a deposit-free renting platform to offer landlords and tenants the option of working with a no-deposit system...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Volatile lettings sector means increasing use of rental-protection products

Increased volatility in the private rental sector and rising costs for landlords and investors have combined to lead to an increased...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

One of the client money protection schemes operating in the lettings sector says he believes agents and property managers could be...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty launches two new lettings option priced up to £499

Online agency easyProperty has announced the launch of two new lettings options.  One, called easyLet, is broadly a listings service: for £99...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

TDS reveals dates for agents' training on deposits and adjudications

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has announced new dates for its academy courses, delivering training on tenancy deposit disputes and adjudication to...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

Three one-day courses are being held this year - the first next week - aimed at updating letting agents on changes...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents being selected to take part in most authoritative rental survey

Some letting agencies and selected landlords are being asked to take part in a new survey investigating views and experiences in...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents and landlords: 'theft totaliser' looks set for record year

The cash value of tenancy deposits crooked landlords and letting agents have been convicted of pocketing in 2018 has already passed...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scandal as three head tenants rent out house to 35 men

Three head tenants who sub-let a three bedroom house to 35 men have been hit with over £23,000 in fines. Gheorghe-Valentin Lingurar...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tonight's BBC Panorama to investigate controversial Section 21 evictions

Tonight's edition of BBC Panorama will investigate the Section 21 evictions process, also known as 'no-fault evictions'. The show - 'Evicted for...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Milestone: £12 billion of BTL mortgages transferred between lenders

The successful transfer of £12 billion worth of buy-to-let mortgages has been completed.  Last year, Blackstone and Prudential purchased the book of...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole over £350,000 of deposits to fund lavish lifestyle

The director of a lettings agency who who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on holidays and other luxuries...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' code of conduct could happen in England, says PropTech chief

The man behind a leading lettings industry PropTech company says the new Code of Conduct to clean up the rental sector...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA says new Code of Conduct is watershed moment for industry

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has described the introduction of a code of conduct and official register for letting agents...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland

The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings agency to trial no-deposit rentals in four offices

Countrywide’s Hamptons International is to work with a PropTech firm to try out a no-deposit lettings scheme in four of its offices. Hamptons’...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

There have been more expressions of support from industry bodies for the Private Members’ Bill from Labour’s Karen Buck MP which...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

UKALA in deal to allow total loss client money protection through agents

The UK Association of Letting Agents has launched a deal with insurance firm Let Alliance to allow total loss client money...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark reduces compliance cost with accountancy deal

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have introduced a raft of deals in a bid to save agents money.  Membership subscription fees will remain...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA set to launch next phase of Propertymark Protected TV ads

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and its sister organisation the National Association of Estate Agents has launched the second phase of...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA comes out against government-controlled Client Money Protection

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has come out against a single government-administered system for Client Money Protection in the private...

11 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogues' database and banning orders to come into effect in April

A database of rogue letting agents and landlords and new banning orders, first promised in the Housing and Planning Act announced...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

The Conveyancing Association has made a wide-ranging response to the government’s call for evidence on the regulation of letting and managing...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tenancy rules starting in Scotland - and the change is enormous

A large shake up of the private rental sector begins in Scotland tomorrow with the introduction of Private Residential Tenancies replacing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark chief joins board of Tenancy Deposit Scheme

David Cox, the chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, has joined the board of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme as a non-executive director. Cox,...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill because buy to let investor failed to get HMO licence

A buy to let investor who failed to purchase a £542 licence for his HMO has been ordered to pay almost...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Client Money Protection could make lettings 'most transparent ever'

Mandatory Client Money Protection for lettings agents - currently the subject of a formal government consultation - will contribute towards making...

21 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent up only 1.5 pr cent in past year says The DPS

The average UK rent increased just £11.55 or 1.51 per cent over the last year according to The Deposit Protection Service. The new DPS...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mandatory agents' training: Agency groups back government proposal

Agency groups have spoken in favour of the government’s call for letting agents to be trained as a mandatory part of...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

London Bishops have written to housing minister Alok Sharma calling on him to do more to protect vulnerable private tenants. The Bishops...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

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

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must undergo training, government consultation reveals

The government has announced that all letting agents will be required to “satisfy minimum training requirements” in order to trade. The provision...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits held in protection schemes now total over £4.1 billion

A campaigning letting agent says that at the start of this financial year the total cash value of deposits held in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Concern that Client Money Protection pledge may be forgotten

Kitemark-style scheme SAFEagent is calling on the government to ensure plans to make Client Money Protection schemes mandatory are not ignored...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader’s speech at the end of this week’s Labour conference in Brighton to commit the party...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid finds shocking 35-man overcrowding in three-bed house

A dawn raid on a home in north London has discovered 35 men bedding down on mattresses in every room except...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent renews attack on pro-deposit operators

Ajay Jagota, the north east agent known for his campaign against rental deposits, says recent initiatives by two deposit protection services...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: agents urged to switch to custodial schemes to offset losses

Letting agents using insured deposit protection schemes have been urged to switch to a custodial model in order to compensate for...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS to provide dispute resolution for deposit replacement company

The Dispute Service (TDS) has announced today that it will provide dispute resolution for a new deposit replacement company.  The 'long-term strategic...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with fine for illegally evicting tenant

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for evicting a tenant illegally.  Last week, Suhail Mahmood, 30, was convicted at Sheffield Magistrates'...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional Indemnity explained for property professionals

Giving clients reliable advice when they are buying, selling or letting a home lies at the core of every successful estate...

31 August 2017

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Prosecution of agency over 'sham licences' is first of its kind

This month’s prosecution of a letting agency for issuing ‘sham licences’ that suggested occupiers had no right to challenge eviction and...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents should beware growing ID fraud, warns reference provider

Reference provider Rent4sure says agents should beware of the growing issue of online identity fraud, especially hitting people in their 30s.   A...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TV advert being prepared to show importance of using letting agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has started work on a TV advertisement to highlight the importance of landlords instructing agents. The...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Humberts launches fixed-fee online-only lettings option

Humberts has launched an online-only lettings option for landlords with a PropTech firm which has previously operated a service described as...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord moves into rent protection

Lettings transaction platform Goodlord is branching into rent protection with a product that can be integrated into the company’s app.   “Agents can...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent firms say housing survey show need for new sector to grow

The findings of the most recent English Housing Survey, an annual report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government,...

20 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Dlighted chief accuses Mydeposits boss of bully tactics

A prominent lettings industry campaigner says the head of a tenancy deposit scheme has “serious questions to answer” after his comments...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

The head of the parent firm of mydeposits is warning tenants and landlords tempted to enter into new ‘no-deposit’ schemes to...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Could it happen here? Australian agents specifically ban Airbnb sublets

Reports from Australia suggest some of the country’s leading letting agencies have inserted clauses into their tenancy contracts to ban renters...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by firm offering possible way around future deposits cap

An alternative to traditional deposits, already tested in the German rental market, is now being introduced into the UK - and...

28 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

High profile agent calls for 'cross-party housing tsar'

The boss of 300 branch agency Belvoir has called on the government to appoint a cross-party housing tsar to work with...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

ARLA Vice President to join TDS team

Deposit protection organisation the Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) has announced that current ARLA Propertymark Vice President Claire Lloyd will be joining...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit approaching landmark £1,000 figure

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 according to the Deposit Protection Service’s figures for the...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Property management firm hit with record health and safety fine

A management firm and corporate landlord have been hit with a £250,000 fine after a “potentially lethal” flat blaze in London -...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News