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KEYWORD "Reforms" - 100 RESULTS
Prioritise First Time Buyers - demand grows for next government to take action

Four fifths of developers believe that the next government needs to do more to support first time buyers, according to the...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Many agents relieved Renters Reform Bill dropped - Propertymark

The agents’ trade body says many in the industry will be pleased that the Renters Reform Bill has bitten the dust...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cuts this year, suggests IMF - but it isn’t all rosy…

The International Monetary Fund has suggested that the British economy could accommodate three interest rate cuts this year, with Kate cuts...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

Housing minister Lee Rowley will be taking centre stage at the largest property agency conference in the UK this summer, Propertymark...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

A lawyer says radical rental reforms proposed for Scotland - which could be a model for change in England and Wales...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Leaseholder Right to Manage webinar for agents and landlords - free

Law firm Bishop & Sewell is hosting a webinar to give leaseholders information and advice about the Right to Manage, a...

12 April 2024

From: Breaking News

“Bold” new Labour reforms for private rental sector coming next month

An influential Labour website says a raft of proposed reforms for the private rental sector will be unveiled next month -...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to build thousands of “rent control homes”

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant awareness of Renters Reform Bill very low, says charity

The substantial majority of tenants are completely unaware of the Renters Reform Bill, it’s been alleged. A survey of over 2,000 private...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

Agents have expressed their anger at permanent rent controls proposed by the SNP and Green Party politicians running the Scottish Government. The...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control architect threatens new package of ‘reforms’

The politician widely regarded as being the architect of rent controls in Scotland says he will shortly present a wider package...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer asks: Should Agents Manage Short Let Properties?

It’s not easy for anyone - even professionals like lettings and estate agents - to keep up with the blizzard of...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Passive income from buy to let is a myth, warns legal expert

New and past landlords tempted back to Buy to Let have been warned - passive income from property isn’t easy.  This is...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Powers to evict anti-social tenants set to be beefed up

Propertymark has welcomed proposed reforms to evict tenants who show persistent anti-social behaviour.   In 2018, a Northern Ireland Department of Justice consultation...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Companies House clampdown on dodgy agents’ data and information

Companies House has new powers from this week to combat fraud. These are measures under the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour has waded into the increasingly-fractious debate over the Renters Reform Bill. Activists in groups such as the Renters Reform Coalition and...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter threatens government after big rise in Section 21 evictions

Shelter is warning that the government’s failure to abolish Section 21 evictions will backfire and that “renters will remember who stood...

09 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Experts want major reforms of EPCs and better trained assessors

The Building Research Establishment - which undertakes research, advice, training, testing, certification and standards-setting for the housing sector - is calling...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government for failing to win industry support for reform

The Renters Reform Bill cannot succeed without proper engagement with letting agents and landlords, Propertymark argues.    According to a Freedom of Information...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent controls and EPC laws must be discussed with agents - Propertymark

Scottish councils must engage with letting agents and landlords if radical rental reforms have any chance of working. Propertymark argues that the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents List Radical Changes needed to Renters Reform Bill

Propertymark's latest research report suggests some letting agents want radical changes to the Renters Reform Bill now going through Parliament.  The aim...

25 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulate Agents in 2024 - Propertymark explains why it’s needed

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says the current debate on the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill is another example of how agent...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical legal reform and a new Housing Court

Propertymark has listed a string of legal reforms it wants as part of the government’s modernisation of the court process -...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Freeholders slammed by former Tory housing minister

Former housing minister Rachel Maclean - the victim of a shock sacking by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak last month - has...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Small autumn dip in London rents as market returns to normality

Data from London-focussed lettings agency Foxtons has found that rent is up eight per cent year-on-year, with the London average now...

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill at risk if councils aren’t given more cash - MPs

Measures contained in the Renters Reform Bill will fail without sufficient resources to ensure they can be enforced. The warning comes from...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

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

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

How investing in a CRM is the best way to NTS compliance

I think we can all agree that the National Trading Standards Material Information reforms are a good thing for the property...

06 December 2023

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Activists oppose move away from Open Ended Tenancies

The Generation Rent activist group has come out against an amendment to the Renters Reform Bill which reversed the threat of...

29 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban not part of government plans to counter homelessness

The prospect of a long-term eviction ban appears to have been lifted in one part of the UK. The Welsh Government is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Section 21 - Angry MPs slam Michael Gove over ongoing delay

A row has broken out over Section 21 between Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, and an all-party...

16 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - MPs to hear agents’ worries today

A senior Propertymark official will today tell MPs of the industry’s concerns about the Renters Reform Bill. The Bill has reached the...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand ground rent reform progress while consultation goes on

Propertymark wants Housing Secretary Michael Gove to continue with ground rent reforms for leaseholders following the launch of a consultation into this...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents want tax reforms on top of pledge to avoid rent controls

Propertymark has welcomed the pledge by Housing Secretary Michael Gove not to introduce rent controls in England. The trade body says such...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - lettings firm breaks ranks with industry

A lettings and property management platform has broken ranks with much of the industry over the Renters Reform Bill.  While most agents...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - government concession on Section 21

The government has pledged that section 21 repossessions will not be scrapped until improvements have been made to the way courts...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency claims landlords not quitting rental sector in droves

A lettings agency - Leaders Romans Group - claims that landlords are not quitting the private rental sector in droves after...

19 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour should champion lettings agent regulation - Propertymark

Propertymark has urged Labour to licence letting agents under its plans to ‘fundamentally reform the private rented sector’. The trade body also...

09 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - Agents urged to lobby MPs with amendments

A prominent industry supplier is urging agents and landlords to lobby MPs to suggest improvements to the Renters Reform Bill.  PayProp UK...

21 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - why no details of court reform?

A lettings trade body is urging the government to make clear how it will help courts tackle a growing backlog of...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fears grow around Renters Reform Bill - new report

A new report on the state of the lettings industry suggests figures are growing fearful of the impact of the Renters...

12 September 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs back to work but Renters Reform Bill clarity still awaited

Parliament resumes today following its summer recess but there is still a lack of detail on aspects of the Renters Reform...

04 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Don’t just scrap Section 21 - reform the court system too

A lettings industry trade body has written to the government urging fundamental reform of the court system to prevent it grinding...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill attacked by another legal expert

Millions of UK landlords will be adversely affected by the Renters Reform Bill, a solicitor warns - the latest law expert...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents tell Gove they’re disappointed with housing pledges

Propertymark has branded the plans by Housing Secretary Michael Gove to increase housebuilding “disappointing”. Nathan Emerson, Propertymark chief executive, says: “The UK...

26 July 2023

From: Breaking News

EPC changes to rental properties to be ‘relaxed’ - Gove

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has this morning said his government should ‘relax the pace’ of EPC reforms expected from private landlords. In...

23 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Threat of pets in lets shows need for inventories - claim

The increasing likelihood that the private rental sector will be obliged to allow more pets into lets simply demonstrates the need...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents told to lobby MPs over Renters Reform Bill

It appears almost certain that the Second Reading of the Renters Reform Bill - expected some weeks ago - will not...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - would a General Election make it or break it?

The head of a consultancy that handles lettings agency acquisition has given her views on what a General Election might mean...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - which parts of the Renters Reform Bill worry you most?

A survey of nearly 700 letting agents from across England has revealed that the abolition of Section 21 continues to be...

14 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill is chance to professionalise sector - PropTech chief

The Renters Reform Bill can be the perfect opportunity for the industry to become more professional - just so long as...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency targets ARE popular with rental sector - claim

According to new research from Mortgage Advice Bureau, two-fifths of landlords believe that new EPC requirements are important for the environment and will...

22 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill published - full details

The pro-tenant anti-landlord Renters Reform Bill has at last been published by the government which first promised it in 2019. It has...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Pet Lovers and Renting Activists get lift up from Michael Gove

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

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Message To Gove - ditch the rhetoric, give us details

The main landlord body wants more details behind the soundbite rhetoric of the Renters Referm Bill, launched today in Parliament. Ben Beadle,...

17 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - just a delay or a major rethink?

The government has back-tracked on its decision to publish the long-awaited Renters Reform Bill this week. The Mirror newspaper reports that “procedural issues”...

10 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - date announced

  The Renters’ Reform Bill is finally due to be published and introduced into Parliament next week. Housing Secretary Michael Gove has told Sky...

04 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent tells Gove: cease attacks on private rental sector

A prominent lettings agent in the north of England has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove urging him to cease attacking...

22 March 2023

From: Breaking News

MPs' idea for Rental Sector Ombudsman slammed by letting agents

Propertymark has hit out at a proposal from a group of MPs that there should be a single Ombudsman covering the...

13 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ message to government - boost supply to end housing shortage

Agents’ body Propertymark wants more government action to boost housing supply - and it wants the views of the industry on...

01 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour launches major review of private rental sector

The Labour Party is to launch a major review of the private rental sector, led by the head of a London...

30 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings expert honoured in King Charles’ first list

Long-standing lettings expert Kate Faulkner has been given an OBE in King Charles’ first New Year Honours list. Faulkner is well known...

03 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents angry at Gove scrapping meaningful housing targets

Agents have expressed their anger at the government effectively scrapping any meaningful house building targets. Housing Secretary Michael Gove scrapped the mandatory...

12 December 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO Council Tax Reform - government pledge to consider change

The government has made a general commitment to work with those who want council tax reforms for Homes in Multiple Occupation. Earlier...

25 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Ignore Critics!  Rental reform popular with vast majority of industry - claim

The large majority of players in the lettings industry wants the rental reform programme outlined by the government, an agent claims. Laura...

23 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pledge to go further than government on rental reform

Labour’s new housing spokesperson, Matthew Pennycook, says his party would go further than the government on the subject of private rental...

07 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Not all landlords are wealthy! Message to politicians and officials

Propertymark’s head of policy and campaigns, Timothy Douglas, will explain how investment in the private rented sector can be better incentivised when...

28 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Government delay is pushing landlords away says leading agent

The time taken to introduce legislation reforming the private rented sector is triggering an exodus of landlords, a lettings industry chief...

28 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak in No 10 - Sigh of relief from agents and industry

There seems to be an industry-wide sigh of relief that Rishi Sunak has become Prime Minister. His coronation marks the end of...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Sunak is new PM - here's what we know about his housing policies

Rishi Sunak has won the Conservative leadership campaign and is set to become Prime Minister tomorrow. Over the summer Sunak set out...

24 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty - Chancellor Hunt reveals what happens next

The new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, says the limited cut in stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland announced in the mini-Budget...

17 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental properties are getting smaller, claims new survey

Private renters’ average floor space per person in England has fallen by 16 per cent over the past 20 years while...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Is buy to let a busted flush? - survey findings

A new survey shows a significant majority of investors believe buy to let has lost its shine. Investment platform Shojin’s survey -...

15 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent Freeze Update - webinar next week for letting agents

* Angels Media and Letting Agent Today are deeply saddened by the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II * - Rightmove will host...

09 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency warns government - don’t forget small scale landlords

A leading lettings agency has warned the government not to forget the importance of small-scale landlords in its plans for the...

07 September 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Major uncertainty’ for agents caused by reform proposals in Scotland

Propertymark has once again hit out at reforms to the private rental sector being implemented by the Scottish Government. The government -...

30 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Time To Quit? Should letting agents prepare an exit strategy?

Uncertainty over the coming recession, wholesale reforms of the rental sector, higher interest rates and National Insurance payments are all reasons...

25 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - Renters Reform Bill coming this session of Parliament

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

24 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent slams ‘pie in the sky’ idea for private tenant Right To Buy

A recent suggestion by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity, for government help to allow private tenants to buy their landlords’ homes,...

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb threat to communities leads to ‘locals only’ policy idea

Agents are being dragged into a debate over whether locals should be given priority to rent or buy, as a result...

05 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory duo warned not to delay rental reform - key supplier speaks out

A prominent trade body is warning Tory leadership candidates not to put rental reform on the back burner and add to...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

MPs want agent feedback on Rental Reform - but be quick…

Agents have only four weeks to respond to a committee of MPs’ ‘call for evidence’ ahead of an investigation into the...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at risk because of delay to rental reforms - claim

Renters are being placed at unnecessary risk due to a delay in reforms that would allegedly give them greater protection, it’s been...

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark group lobbying politicians ahead of rental reforms

Propertymark has set up a working group of experts, agents, landlords and stakeholders in response to radical reforms to the private...

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Online agency boss warns against delaying rental reform

The boss of an online lettings agency is warning the government against undue delay and greater uncertainty in the rental reform...

11 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists begin lobbying new Conservative housing chief

Within two hours of Greg Clarke being appointed by Boris Johnson as the new Housing Secretary, the leader of Generation Rent...

08 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform Timetable needed to stop uncertainty says leading industry supplier

A prominent lettings industry supplier says uncertainty over the details and timescales to implement rental reforms will dog the sector for...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on politicians to relax proposed eviction rules change

Another prominent industry voice is warning of the dangers of the Scottish Government’s new eviction policies. So far the National Residential Landlords...

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must ease shortage of supply - Propertymark speaks out

The agents’ trade association Propertymark says the government’s high-profile rental sector reforms should address the continuing shortage of supply. Propertymark chief executive...

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental reforms prompt independent agency to sell to larger rival

An agency has snapped up its second independent in 12 months. James Douglas Sales and Lettings has acquired Leek and Weston in...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

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

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

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

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform White Paper - full details here

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

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Is rental reform a distraction from government failures elsewhere?

A prominent lettings industry supplier has asked whether the earlier-than-expected arrival of the rental reform white paper was a distraction from...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms to be unveiled by government tomorrow

What looks suspiciously like a government leak to the Daily Mail says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will be unveiled...

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

Greater regulation of lettings agents, and all other property professionals, is required to ‘finish the job’ of reforming the industry which...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Far reaching reforms demanded by lettings industry chiefs

A collection of rental experts in a body called The Lettings Industry Council have set out what they want to see...

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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