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“Stop meddling!” - stark warning from surveyors to government

The normally-sedate Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued an unusually stark warning to government, telling it to “stop meddling” in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

A collective of activist renter groups has set out a manifesto of what it wants from the winner of next month’s...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Four independent agencies snapped up by Belvoir brand Northwood

Northwood franchisees have completed four acquisitions, taking the total this year to eight. As part of the Belvoir Group, Northwood and has...

29 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

Labour Right To Buy policy dismissed as “damaging and distorted”

As the row over Labour’s proposal rumbles on the think tank Centre for Policy Studies - which has previously argued that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let con-man must pay back £48,000 rent or go to prison

A man who claimed he needed a council house but was actually a landlord has been ordered to pay back more...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency caves in to tenants refusing to pay fee: does this set a precedent?

Two tenants who campaign against lettings fees are claiming victory after refusing to pay charges for renewing their tenancies.  The agency was...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Commuter town independent agency joins franchise group

Hunters has expanded its franchise network once again with the opening of a new branch in Reading. Chas Shukla, director of Hunters...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Property Franchise Group brand snaps up another independent agency

A branch of national agency Parkers has bolstered its managed portfolio by acquiring independent company Samuel James. Parkers’ Reading branch has also...

06 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Room rental data shows small rises across most UK regions

New data looking specifically at room rental rates suggest that across the UK rents rose by an average three per cent...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let back in favour three years after SDLT surcharge, says agent

Three years after the introduction of the second homes stamp duty surcharge, landlords are “beginning to come to terms with the...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New revenue stream for agents pledged by PropTech utilities site

A new utilities management platform for tenants says it will generate additional revenue streams for letting agents. Love Resident gives tenants online...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Only 129 agents respond to consultation on S21 and longer tenancies

The government consultation process which fuelled its decision to axe Section 21 eviction powers and move towards longer tenancies received only...

16 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Volume developer in deal for over 100 Build To Rent homes

The Build To Rent sector continues to grow, albeit slowly - now volume house builder Crest Nicholson has teamed up with...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

We’ll help agents through June 1 lettings fees ban, insists ARLA

ARLA says it can help agents understand the intricacies of the Tenants Fees Ban, which completed its third reading in the...

16 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Today's big vote - no, not Brexit, but the Tenant Fees Bill

Today’s vote in the House of Commons on Theresa May’s Brexit withdrawal deal may be dominating the headlines but it’s the...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill: no implementation date known for some weeks

The government says it will not reveal an implementation date for the banning on agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

02 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban update: ‘Enforcement authority’ for lettings sector to be revealed shortly

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that it will shortly choose which local authority will be the...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial Rental Bill today finishes 42-month slog for Labour MP

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties will today...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Bill giving tenants the right to sue is on verge of becoming law

A Private Members’ Bill which will allow private rental sector tenants to sue over the conditions of their properties is just...

14 December 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

Late November date for MPs to debate tenants' Creditworthiness Bill

The second reading of the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill is to take place in the House of Commons on November 23 -...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Another step nearer to rent contributing to tenants' credit scores

More progress is expected today in the passage of a Bill which will allow good tenants’ rent records to count towards...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban moves a step closer - Bill returns to Parliament this week

The Tenant Fees Bill is back in Parliament this week when it goes for its Second Reading in the House of...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill: date set for next Parliamentary stage

It’s been announced that the next stage of the Tenants’ Fees Bill through Parliament will be its Second Reading in the...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord given huge £170k fine for serious fire safety failings

A landlord in Reading has been handed a huge fine for serious breaches of fire safety regulations.  Philip Brotherton's company Cresctcourt Properties...

07 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: MPs announce further proposals to protect tenants

MPs have proposed a series of amendments to the Tenant Fees Bill as part of its Report Stage and Third Reading...

06 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants' Fees Bill - date set for next stage on path to becoming law

The government has announced that the Report Stage for the Tenants’ Fees Bill will be held on September 5, the day...

30 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Arson - police treat lettings agency fire as suspicious

A newspaper in Northumbria says local police are treating a fire at a lettings agency as a deliberate arson attack. Police are...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Another Build To Rent scheme unveiled in southern England

Another Build To Rent scheme has been unveiled, this time in Berkshire. Crest Nicolson and M&G Real Estate have joined forces to...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Property investment platform marks 25th franchise across the UK

Sourced, which describes itself as the largest property investment platform in the UK, has secured its 25th franchise some 10 months...

22 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent tells MPs: 'Fees ban OK in principle and won't raise rents'

The chief of what is described as Britain’s largest lettings agency has told an influential group of MPs that the proposed...

07 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to provide last-minute views on the Tenant Fees Bill

Letting agents - and anyone with ‘relevant expertise and experience or a special interest’ - have been invited to provide their...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees ban update: MPs to debate Tenant Fees Bill today

MPs will today undertake the second reading of the Tenant Fees Bill which proposes to ban upfront tenant fees and introduce...

21 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Getting worse: complaints to TPO about letting agents soar 11%

The Property Ombudsman has issued its annual report for 2017 and it makes grim reading for the rental sector - there’s...

17 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy to let sector remains stable despite recent upheavals

Buy to let sector confidence across a range of measures remained stable or increased in the first quarter of 2018 compared...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Why it’s time to give a spring clean to your business energy bills

Spring – the season of rebirth, revitalisation and regeneration – is now upon us, and it’s a time of the year...

26 April 2018

From: Sponsored Content

PropTech start-up wants progress on counting rent towards creditworthiness

One of the six PropTech start-ups shortlisted to develop a system allowing tenants’ rental histories to count towards their creditworthiness says...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents join growing army of supporters for tenants' right to sue

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is the latest industry body to throw its weight behind the Private Members’ Bill that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

Lettings agency Haart says the government should go much further than the legislation it is supporting giving tenants the right to...

19 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

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a Private Members Bill which wants tenants to have the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed Bill allowing tenants to sue will be debated on Friday

The Private Members’ Bill that has won government backing - and which would give tenants the right to sue landlords over...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm joins call for rent payments to count in credit scores

Automated rental payment provider PayProp has joined the call for private rent payments to be counted towards tenants’ credit scores in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory adding of rent payments to credit scores is now a step closer

The House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading and a step forward to ensuring that tenants’...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman launches latest phase of clampdown on rogue lettings agents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has launched the third and latest phase of its national campaign with the Chartered Trading Standards Institute...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Online firm's survey makes sombre reading for agents and landlords

The results of a survey of 2,000 people conducted by an online letting agency appear to make sombre reading for letting...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Ex-Countrywide director aims to treble agency's lettings book

Haslams, a prominent agency in the Reading area, has appointed ex-Countrywide figure Martin Hembra as director of lettings.   Hembra has over 20...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory backs Labour MP's Bill to improve rental property standards

The Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP Karen Buck, which could give tenants the right to sue landlords if...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agency

A specialist student lettings agency says the drop in the number of applicants for UK higher education courses this year threatens...

17 July 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

Landlord facing £57,000 fine 'could have benefitted from an agent'

The landlord of a west London property, described by a judge as a "deathtrap" and an "accident waiting to happen", has...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents beware: new campaign to catch those ignoring law on fees

The Property Ombudsman and the Chartered Trading Standards Institute have announced a second phase of their campaign to tackle letting agents...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Changes to Letting Agent Today: more information, easier to navigate

You may have noticed some subtle changes to Letting Agent Today in recent weeks, aimed at improving the ‘user experience’ we...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Five-office agency's latest acquisition takes it to new territories

Lenwell Property Services, a five-office lettings agency in the Home Counties, is spreading its wings into Hertfordshire with the acquisition of...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents' fees spread over six months, not up-front

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has repeated it call for the government to ban up-front letting agent fees at the...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaign set up to 'force' government to honour fees ban

A campaign group has been refocussed with the objective of making the government honour its Autumn Statement pledge to ban letting...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency makes league table of highest/lowest tenant fees

Online estate agent Urban.co.uk says it has created a league table of fees that tenants are charged by agencies in different locations...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bill seeking a ban on agents' fees to be debated again next week

The Renters’ Rights Bill - which includes provisions scrapping agents’ fees for tenants, mandatory registration of landlords and limiting the size of...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Don’t let damp and mould damage your property

Damp and mould can mean big problems for landlords, letting agents and tenants. It can cause stress and even health issues...

02 November 2016

From: Sponsored Content

All-party support for MP's Bill - despite its danger to lettings sector

A Bill has received all-party support in the House of Commons despite one industry body's view that it contains significant dangers...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Bad news for lettings sector in amended Homelessness Bill

An industry group has analysed changes made to the Homelessness Bill and has concluded that far from being something it could...

25 October 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS calls for cap instead of ban on letting agent fees

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called for a cap on excessive letting fees charged to tenants, instead of a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks want rethink on proposed letting agencies' fees ban

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says the government should not back a provision in the Renters' Rights Bill which would...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Union renews attack on 'rip off' private rental sector in south east England

A study published by the GMB union claims that London’s well-documented high private rents are now leading to other steep rises...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents across the country rising faster than in London

Average rents for single rooms across the UK increased at a faster rate than those in London, according to spareroom.co.uk. The rental...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant adds another nine offices to expanding network

One of the country's largest franchise agencies has announced that it is opening nine new offices.  Belvoir has recently launched branches in...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where to find Britain's highest rental yields (apparently)

A buy to let investment search portal has produced an interactive map based on a pull-together of research into the lettings market...

09 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Group protesting outside letting agents' offices starts campaign in second town

A community group that has in the past staged protests at letting agents’ offices in Bristol has now organised a petition...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency accuses rivals of not displaying fees in line with consumer legislation

A local agency in Essex is accusing an unspecified number of rival firms in the area of not publicising their fees...

19 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Council claims 90% of letting agents breaking the law over display of fees

A local council claims around 90 per cent of the 100 or so letting agents operating within its area are breaking...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Happy Easter from Letting Agent Today - and some weekend reading...

We hope you enjoy the stories on Letting Agent Today’s Breaking News section today - we thought it important to bring...

25 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agent campaign wants tenants to 'rate' named agencies

The controversial campaign group ACORN, which has made headlines by protesting outside letting agency offices in Bristol, is launching a new...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs give thumbs up to banning rogue agents and landlords

MPs have given their backing to a government proposal to ban rogue letting agents and landlords who repeatedly break private rental...

13 January 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA's new guidance for students in private rental accommodation

ARLA has issued guidance to students who may be using the Christmas break to line-up accommodation for the coming year.  Looking for...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Council may stop family homes being turned into HMOs

A local authority is considering introducing measures to prevent landlords turning family homes in one of its conservation areas into HMOs.  Reading...

23 November 2015

From: Breaking News

This is what the UK's Build To Rent sector may look like

The National Apartment Association, the organisation that represents the Build To Rent sector in the US, has just hosted a UK...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shortage of HMO-style student accommodation in many cities - claim

A new survey claims there is a serious shortfall of appropriate quality accommodation for students.  The research, conducted amongst 500 students and...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord gets £23,000 bill after string of safety breaches

A rogue landlord has been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £3,343 costs as well as a victim surcharge of £120...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs vote for Right To Rent despite no results from pilot project

The Immigration Bill containing controversial Right To Rent measures has been given a second reading by the House of Commons despite...

14 October 2015

From: Breaking News

MPs debate Right To Rent today as watchdog warns on human rights

Government proposals forcing agents and landlords to check the immigration status of tenants risk a serious breach of human rights according...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord who failed to ensure basic fire precautions

The landlord of a rental property in Harrogate has been fined over £8,200 after pleading guilty to two offences under the Regulatory...

12 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on private rental sector 'charter'

A local council is consulting on the creation of a charter involving letting agents, landlords, consumer bodies and university accommodation teams. If...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Blunt letting agent advertises sh**y rooms to let

A letting agent in London has ditched the usual euphemisms and gone for the blunt approach by describing rooms to let...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Latest Romans Group acquisition is for a cool £5m

Atlantis has sold its Reading-based lettings and estate agency to the Romans Group, with £5m being paid to Atlantis’s ultimate owner, John...

30 July 2015

From: Breaking News

£25,000 penalty for breaching safety and licence rules

A landlord who did not have the required licence for the number of tenants living in his property, and who also...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Council confirms permanent ban on To Let boards

Reading Council in Berkshire has confirmed that a voluntary ban on letting agents boards in part of the town will be...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let mortgage restrictions on the way?

The Bank of England says excessive lending to fund buy to let purchases could pose a risk to the financial well-being...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

After the passing of the Deregulation Act deposits deadline this week, Richard Price, Executive Director of UKALA, is in a contemplative...

26 June 2015

From: Features

Failure to repair water problem costs landlord £3,347

A landlord has been fined £1,000 after leaving his tenant without any hot water. Reading council received a report of a fault...

22 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings board ban to be extended and made permanent

A trial voluntary ban on letting agents boards in part of a town has been declared such a success it could...

16 June 2015

From: Breaking News

The best of SAFEagent Awareness Week 2015

As this year’s SAFEagent Awareness Week draws to a close today and thousands of agents have been raising the profile of...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

The Conservatives’ election victory came as a surprise, so much so that television pundits spent all night after the vote rubbishing...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Anti-agent campaigner quits Generation Rent

Alex Hilton - a fiercely outspoken critic of the property establishment, especially letting agents - is stepping down tomorrow from his...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents must differentiate in an ultra competitive market

No agent reading this will be under any illusions that the agency market is a particularly competitive sector to operate in.  I...

23 April 2015

From: Features

Agents must differentiate in an ultra competitive market

No agent reading this will be under any illusions that the agency market is a particularly competitive sector to operate in.  I...

22 April 2015

From: Features

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