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KEYWORD "Regulation" - 584 RESULTS
Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

A leading law firm has highlighted four key dates for letting agents and landlords to watch for in 2020. Paul Barnes, head...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban confusion prompts industry groups to create ‘the matrix’

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme have created a matrix for letting agents and landlords about...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Allow lenders to see rogue landlord database, says mortgage chief

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

“Worse than Scrooge!” - angry judge makes landlord pay £20,000

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £20,000 and has been told by a judge that he was meaner than...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Prepare for imminent Anti-Money Laundering changes

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Repayment and banning orders may be applied to rogue landlord

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

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and Connells want mandatory regulation of letting agents

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

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ biggest election issue? Well, it’s not housing...

One might have thought that if private rental tenants were as badly treated as some people suggest, housing would be their...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: Welsh Government to clarify default payments

The Welsh Government says it’s going to issue clarifications to some issues before the end of this year; if agreed by...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Countrywide's veteran lettings supremo leaves at end of fees ban work

Countrywide has issued an unusual statement saying that the veteran lettings expert recruited to steer the organisation through the tenant fee...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

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

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut the red tape! Huge rise in laws governing private renting

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies has revealed that the number of laws creating an obligation on landlords in the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short lets may have tighter controls in Scotland

The Scottish Government says it’s looking at whether to regulate Airbnb and other short let activities after a consultation found widespread...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Solicitor urges government not to take knee-jerk action

A solicitor has urged the government not to reform or scrap Section 21 eviction powers simply on the basis of protests...

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Congratulations! ARLA and NAEA celebrate training achievements

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

28 October 2019

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Are HMRC and Airbnb about to go to court over taxes?

The BBC is reporting that the short lets giant Airbnb has been contacted by HM Revenue & Customs about its tax...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns of “no hiding place” in rental crackdown

A statement from Hackney council in north east London says those who break its licensing provisions for the private rental sector...

21 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Seminar to debate tax, regulation and market challenges for lettings

A London-focussed lettings agency is hosting a seminar for landlords in association with a rental sector trade body. The key theme of...

18 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

Short lets will push up mainstream rents unless regulated - warning

There’s a warning from a leading agent that the unregulated proliferation of Airbnb-style short lets will lead to mainstream rent rises...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising curbs for Airbnb-style short lets welcomed by Labour

Labour is backing new guidelines which ban adverts which can be interpreted as encouraging landlords and home owners to flout restrictions...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents at all time high, according to latest HomeLet index

Rents have reached an all time high across the UK according to HomeLet. Its latest index says the average rent in the...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Big fine for landlord without HMO but letting to 11 migrant workers

A landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally letting his property out to 11...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New EPC laws should be publicised by industry and government, insists expert

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation. That’s the view of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents Letting agents will need to come up with new ways to manage client money...

05 September 2019

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Agency consolidation likely as regulation bites, says franchise giant

Belvoir says consolidation between lettings and sales agencies across the industry is likely to increase as a result of greater regulation...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council issues Fixed Penalty Notice on buy to let investor

Birmingham council has issued its first civil penalty against a House in Multiple Occupation landlord - and it says that move...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax changes prompt landlords exit and rents rising, says survey

One in six landlords is seeking to reduce the size of their portfolio in the next 12 months and around half...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

A Crash Is Coming: How will it affect the private rental sector?

Some of the private rental sector’s most experienced and respected experts believe it’s almost inevitable that a housing market crash is...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Vote for the Private Rental Sector! Manifesto launched by letting agents' chief

With the country in febrile election mode, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Association of Residential Letting Agents has got in on...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

£140,000 in fines for buy to let couple failing to maintain properties

A husband and wife pair of buy to let investors have been prosecuted after letting out a property that contained serious...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surveyors want immediate regulation of rental sector - and an end to S21

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors wants the government to implement recent recommendations to regulate the agency industry, starting with the...

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

Call for open-ended renting with reduced rent for long-term tenancies

There should be open-ended tenancies with reduced rent for long-term contracts and any rent increase tied only to inflation. This dramatic reform...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban Cash Crisis: letting agents expect to lose 30% of annual income

The first ‘state of the industry’ report on the lettings agency sector since the introduction of the fees ban suggests individual...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

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

Artificial Intelligence could help agents cope with industry regulation

PropTech, and specifically Artificial Intelligence, could help letting agents better cope with new demands created by further industry regulation. That’s the view...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector doesn’t want “Marxist dystopia” rent controls - claim

Rents in London are rocketing but a leading market commentator says this is no reason to give in to a “Marxist dystopia”...

07 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Zero Deposit strikes partnership deal with second landlord trade body

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit has become the “exclusive deposit replacement partner” of the National Landlord Association - less than two...

01 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Death Trap: fine for tenant who converted home without owner’s consent

A tenant pretending to be landlord has been ordered to pay more than £21,000 after he carved up five family homes...

31 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Council's civil penalty fine is slashed by First Tier Tribunal

Warwick district council has issued its first civil penalty to the landlord of an HMO. Glenn Gamblin, the landlord of the property...

25 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Banned sales agents ‘could be setting up rogue lettings firms’ - claim

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents says it fears the government needs to do more to prevent the possibility of banned...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-regulation of Airbnb-style lets could damage tourism - claim

Over-regulation of short-term let accommodation in some areas of rural Scotland could pose a risk to rural tourism, a business organisation...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry reform “toothless” if rogue agents aren’t stopped - warning

There’s a warning this morning that the root-and-branch reform of the agency industry recommended by a government-backed working party will be...

19 July 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

Thumbs Up: trade groups back industry reform proposals

Trade organisations including the Association of Residential Letting Agents have welcomed today’s publication of the report of the Regulation of Property...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Replacing leasehold with Commonhold – government responds at last

While we wouldn’t be so bold as to say the government gets its daily fix of property news from the Today...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Insecure tenancies and expensive rents slammed by all-party MPs group

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has sharply criticised the PRS as being ill-equipped to cater...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Hands off the private rental sector’ - warning to new Prime Minister

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will face an immediate crisis in the private rented sector if government doesn’t rethink its plans to...

15 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

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

Labour rental spokesman's seat under threat from Momentum

Media reports in London suggest that Labour’s hyper-active housing spokesman on the Greater London Assembly may be under threat from Jeremy...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Trade association calls for government to halt PRS intervention

A trade association has called for a 'moratorium' on any further government intervention in the buy-to-let sector in order to stop...

09 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Tricky conditions mean agents need to impress professional landlords

A rise in the number of professional landlords means letting agents need to ensure their service meets the expectations of experienced...

04 July 2019

From: Breaking News

The soaring value of property management

If you are a letting agent who has begun to question your worth, stop. The value of property management is rising...

27 June 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

Weak regulation of private renting is leaving hundreds of thousands of tenants living in hazardous homes in England, claims Citizens Advice. A...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide: Vast majority of tenants haven't heard of it...

The government has been told it needs to provide tenants with better information about their rights and responsibilities if it’s to...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Managing agent and landlords in court for 25 HMO offences

A managing agent and several landlords have been fined almost £5,000 after forcing tenants to live in unacceptable conditions in a...

24 June 2019

From: Breaking News

“Dodgy operator” gets five-figure fine for dangerous HMO

A London council has successfully prosecuted a so-called “dodgy operator” landlord for failing to comply with fire safety regulations and carry...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Is holiday letting becoming the new buy to let?

A holiday lettings company says it’s seen a 23 per cent increase in its portfolio over the past year as owners...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter regulation can benefit landlords insists agency chief

A leading lettings expert insists that greater regulation in the private rental sector can work for the benefit of landlords and...

10 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents join grand industry coalition to retain Section 21

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is one of many industry groups in a new coalition calling for S21 repossessions to be...

04 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Public are sceptical and confused about Fees Ban: survey

The public are described as being “sceptical and confused” over the fees ban that comes into effect tomorrow.  A survey by insurance...

31 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fund boss attacks “amateur buy to let market” as “not fit for purpose”

The head of a firm that seeks investors to put money into residential property funds rather than individual homes for tenants...

29 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: many London tenants won't feel the benefit, insists agent

The fierce competition in the lettings market in parts of London means that some tenants will feel no benefit from the...

28 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Many agents regard tenants as just ‘cash cows’ claims property chief

A lettings agency chief in Scotland says the upcoming ban on agents levying fees on tenants - to be introduced in...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech supplier tweaks products to meet Fees Ban requirements

PropTech supplier Goodlord says it’s updated its core product to ensure compliance with new regulations - and it says it’s offering...

24 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Seven new Hunters branches this year so far, with more to come

Hunters says it’s opened seven new branches this year so far - well ahead of the three it had launched at...

20 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with huge fine after council uncovers astonishing web of lies

A rogue landlady has been hit with a fine of £24,000 after conning her tenants and the local authorities with a...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Should ‘revenue raising licensing schemes’ reinvest in the PRS?

Revenue raised by landlord licensing schemes should be used to enforce rental sector regulation, according to PayProp. It says that the money...

09 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tread carefully if investing in Buy To Let, students' parents warned

A new report by a leading lettings sector expert cautions parents who are considering entering the Buy To Let sector by...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector changes are positive, insists deposit replacement chief

A senior figure at a deposit replacement service says the current flurry of changes in the private rental sector are positive. Daniel...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb backs call for mandatory registration system for short let properties

The Mayor of London is calling on government to introduce a new registration system for anyone wishing to rent out a...

24 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Could future rental properties just be empty shells for tenants to fit out?

A senior lettings agent has raised the spectre of rental properties in future being German-style ‘empty shells’ - without even white...

18 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be MORE complex after Brexit - warning

A leading legal firm is warning that Right To Rent could become even more complicated for letting agents and landlords after...

12 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Meagre fine despite HMO having no working alarms or fire doors

The owner of a buy to let HMO has been found guilty of six offences but has received a fine of...

10 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulate Airbnb-style lets or risk hurting long term market - warning

The rapid growth of Airbnb-style short lets could lead to the loss of private rented homes and displacement of long-term residents...

09 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

Scathing attack on lettings sector 'rogues' by government minister

The government is back to business attacking the lettings sector with an extraordinary claim by a minister that many students are...

26 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: new workshop aims to help agents offset damage

Hamilton Fraser’s Academy programme has announced its next workshop, on May 14, to target how lettings agents can future-proof their business...

25 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

Trading Standards launches bid to lift energy standards in rental sector

TrustMark, the government-backed quality kite mark scheme for tradespeople, is launching a pilot with Trading Standards to improve the quality and...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour savaged for fundamental misunderstanding of rental sector

Labour’s proposal to introduce indefinite tenancies along the lines in a bid to emulate the German model reveals the party’s “fundamental...

14 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Accreditation bid to boost standards of Airbnb and other short lets

An accreditation scheme has been launched for the fast-growing sector of short lets and home sharing.  The UK Short Term Accommodation Association,...

12 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

A landlord has been convicted of three offences relating to his failure to comply with fire safety requirements in a privately...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Stop the excuses! Lack of enforcement by councils blasted by trade body

A leading trade body says the argument that councils have insufficient powers to tackle rogue operators isn’t supported by the facts...

08 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Tragic anniversary reminds agents about smoke alarm regulations

A regional fire service says a tragic anniversary is a good opportunity for agents and landlords to remember their legal obligations...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Spending slashed on policing rogue operators in the private rented sector

New figures from a leading trade body suggest that councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are...

28 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive pay-out: council gives £100,000 to landlord after slander claim

Doncaster council has paid £100,000 to a private landlord who threatened to take it to court over alleged slander.  Local media outlets say...

28 February 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

Good news for Buy To Let as mortgage choice hits near-record high

Buy to let may have been in the doldrums in recent years thanks to new taxes and stricter regulations but there’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Council admits it: 'We don't have staff to police private rental sector'

A local authority in the Midlands has admitted what many people have believed for some time - despite a slew of...

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

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

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

Fine issued over licensing and health and safety issues with HMOs

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £5,000 in fines and costs in a licensing dispute with a local council.  Almas...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Another London council wants to extend licensing

Hounslow council wants its additional licensing scheme for HMOs - due to expire in May 2019 - to be extended for...

12 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: another agency says impact will be less than feared

Another major franchise agency says its preparation work ahead of the June 1 tenants fees ban mean the impact of the...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency backs growth of Build To Rent, saying ”more is needed”

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank is predicting that £75 billion of investment will be committed to the Build To Rent sector...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord hits out at agency's portrayal of buy to let tax clampdown

A leading landlord has hit out at a lettings agency’s portrayal of buy to let tax changes.  Rosalind Beck, a campaigning landlord...

01 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Support for Fees Ban from lettings experts: 'it is positive, not negative'

Almost the entire lettings industry has viewed the upcoming ban on tenants fees levied by agents in England and Wales as...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents advertising weekly rent should show traditional ‘pcm’ figure too

The Property Ombudsman says agents can display weekly rents for homes they market - but they should be displayed alongside monthly...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlords still claim billions in tax relief every year

London-focussed lettings agency ludlowthompson says buy to let landlords across the country claimed a record £17.7 billion in tax relief last...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Should there be a Rogue Tenants register? Should the lettings industry fight back?

The news this week that even individual private landlords must join a redress scheme is just the latest in an onslaught...

25 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Council in media probe blames government for 'rogue' payments

A council accused of paying over £500,000 to a landlord it had already ruled as unfit to rent out property is...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Great guide for agents - this is exactly where you can help landlords

A new league table of worries for landlords shows exactly why letting agents are needed - and a lot of the...

21 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up to 90 S21 notices to be issued this week by controversial landlord

The man who is arguably Britain’s most controversial landlord - Fergus Wilson - is likely to be issuing up to 90...

15 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Government slammed for 'not bothered' attitude to key ruling

The government has been accused of not helping thousands of landlords who may have inadvertently granted assured tenancies instead of the...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender targets companies and 'Brexit worriers'

One of the buy to let sector’s main mortgage lenders, Paragon, has refreshed its range of mortgages with new products which...

10 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb management firm to list homes on long-term rental website

A holiday lettings company and a longer term private rental listings services have come together to try to optimise income for...

09 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘must add value for landlords’ if they want to survive 2019

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says letting agents must provide value for their landlord clients through technology, transparency and service if they...

03 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Dangerous asbestos release in rental property leads to big fines

A landlord and building contractor have been fined after quantities of asbestos fibres were released from the demolition of a conservatory...

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

Agency banned from running Airbnb short-let in residential block

A lettings agency has been banned from running an Airbnb let in a residential block. It relates to a block in Glasgow...

28 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Government revises rental property minimum room size guidance

In an announcement made just hours before much of the industry started its Christmas break, the government has clarified its guidance...

24 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords ARE quitting buy to let - but fewer than feared

Research by franchise lettings agency company Belvoir suggests that landlords are continuing to exit the property market, although not at the...

19 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Angry agent serves rent rise on Cabinet minister in fury at deposit cap

An angry lettings agent has emailed Cabinet minister James Brokenshire to show his disgust at the government’s U-turn over deposit caps. In...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let remains solid despite tax challenges, says lender

The head of a buy to let specialist mortgage broker insists the sector remains a solid investment despite the slew of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used against rogue buy to let investor

Luton landlord Mervyn Kupshik has been ordered to pay nearly £30,000 to the Local council - and if he doesn’t do...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter on the warpath again over default fees

Shelter is campaigning for the outlawing if default fees levied on tenants by agents in Wales. While the campaigning group welcomes the Renting...

19 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

New warning to agents to fit and check carbon monoxide alarms

A warning has gone out to the lettings sector to check that rental properties are ‘Gas Safe’ as the colder weather...

02 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour threat to create private rental register and more licensing

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has made a clear pledge to tighten regulations surrounding the private rental sector. In an interview with The...

31 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Boring Budget? - lettings industry downbeat at lacklustre measures

The agency industry has reacted in a broadly downbeat way at the relatively few housing-related proposals that were announced in yesterday’s...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up from agents for safety review of rental sector

Industry bodies have given their support to a wide ranging review of safety regulations governing the private rental sector. The government announced...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

More PropTech will help agents combat regulation changes, claims Fixflo

PropTech repairs service Fixflo has published its latest annual report on the industry, based on information from over 400 lettings professionals...

18 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit warning issued by HomeLet chief executive

Brexit is causing concern among landlords, according to HomeLet. The initial results of HomeLet’s annual landlord survey says nine out of 10...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agent says tenants baffled by ill-thought-out policy changes

The head of an online lettings agency says tenants are now left confused by what she calls “ill thought-out policy changes”...

10 October 2018

From: Breaking News

London lettings market will recover - but it'll take two years at least

A major property platform says London’s rental and sales market may well be on the road to recovery - but that...

03 October 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA courses for agents still unsure about Section 21 changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agencies has set up a course - for non-members as well as members - on Ending...

02 October 2018

From: Breaking News

They're nearly here - new S21 notices come into effect on Monday

Changes to the Section 21 Notice come into force for letting agents and landlords on Monday.  This will require all Assured Shorthold...

28 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock claim by senior agent of air of criminality in lettings industry

One of Scotland’s top lettings agents is warning of “an air of criminality” in the rental industry north of the border. His...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Corbyn's council clamps down after 35 tenants found in just four flats

Two private landlords have been found guilty of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, following a successful...

26 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules next month 'will cost landlords £95m'

More than 77,000 UK landlords will be shelling out a combined £95 million this month, as new occupancy laws come into...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency must pay over £50,000 after letting overcrowded flat

An overcrowded property let by an unlicensed company with inadequate fire precautions and unheated rooms has led to a £46,620 fine...

21 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Success: head of property firm acquitted of charges relating to HMO

A property management firm chief who had to pay over £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences relating to an...

18 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Stop blaming agents for rental sector problems, top expert demands

A landmark report on private renting provides the opportunity to stop blaming letting agents and landlords for the sector’s problems, a...

12 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Councils must use their 'extensive powers' to root out rogue landlords

The policy director of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is calling on local councils to use the 'extensive powers' they have...

10 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

Market not prepared for growing trend of lifetime renting, says leading agent

A leading letting agent argues that the UK housing market is not prepared to deal with a growing number of lifetime...

05 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with huge fine for 'worst property seen in years'

A landlord has been hit with a total fine of almost £40,000 for breaching House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) management regulations. David...

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

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Sponsored Content

Is a passport enough for AML? Blog 3

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

29 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

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

Buy to let lender warns over Brexit's impact on housing market

OneSavings Bank, the parent organisation of specialist buy to let lender Kent Reliance, has given a warning on the possible impact...

29 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Here they go again - Generation Rent attacks S21 no-fault evictions

The campaign group Generation Rent is back on the warpath in opposition of Section 21, which it describes as “the leading...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector will return to growth - but maybe not until 2021...

A new analysis of the buy to let market forecasts more bad news for agents, landlords and investors over the next...

21 August 2018

From: Breaking News

London buy to let investors pessimistic over future of sector

Over a third of London investors no longer view property as a good investment, according to a survey of over 1,000...

20 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks welcomed by senior lettings agency chief

One of the lettings industry’s senior figures has welcomed the introduction of mandatory five yearly inspections of electrical installations in private...

17 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tries to answer lettings critics by issuing fire guidance

Airbnb, the short lets platform that has received substantial criticism from the buy to let sector over its largely unregulated status,...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents have merely kept pace with RPI over past five years - Allsop

Rent rises in the private rental sector have merely tracked inflation and the Retail Price Index over the past five years...

13 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Short lets - look before you leap, top agent advises landlords

One of the country’s largest independent property management firms says it’s seeing a clear shift within the rental sector from traditional...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents to soar 15% as battered landlords pull out, says RICS

Rents are expected to surge 15 per cent over the next five years thanks to increasing demand and limited supply following...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Government feels the heat over private rental energy efficiency targets

The government should be more ambitious when it comes to ensuring the private rented sector becomes increasingly energy efficient. That’s the message...

08 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

Revealed - how interest rate rise led to immediate £50 pcm rent hike

Controversial landlord Fergus Wilson has increased rents on all new tenancies in his property portfolio by £50 a week because of...

06 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 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

From: Sponsored Content

Mandatory checks get predictable support from electrical trade body

The government’s announcement that it will bring in mandatory electrical checks in the private rented sector has been welcomed - perhaps...

01 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and short-let platforms under scrutiny again - this time from MPs

It’s been a difficult summer for Airbnb and other short-let platforms operating in the UK. Recently the European Commission gave Airbnb until the...

31 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

The Airbnb threat to buy to let - huge rise in multiple landlord listing

The number of landlords with more than 10 Airbnb accommodations listed in London has risen by 8.4 per cent in the...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Expect market wobbles when fees ban kicks in, warns Connells Group

Connells Group says a growing number of small-scale landlords are likely to quit because of the tax and regulation red tape...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Britain's most controversial landlord wouldn't go in to buy to let now

Britain’s most controversial landlord, Fergus Wilson, says the recent changes in buy to let legislation means that if he was starting...

25 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Which? takes aim at letting agents and private rental sector

Which?, the consumer body that appears to be taking an increasingly-aggressive line against letting agents and landlords, has now issued a...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenant who sub-let death trap property must pay over £26,500

A tenant who was ripping off other tenants in an overcrowded bungalow "death trap" has been fined tens of thousands of...

23 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Jailed: the letting agent whose inaction led to two boys' deaths

A letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Too much red tape: We reveal over 125 rental laws and regulations

There are now well over 125 pieces of legislation and regulations - most introduced in modern times - governing the private...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'A ticking timebomb for lettings': warning over MEES energy efficiency measures

A specialist buy to let mortgage lender says buy to let investors should act now - even if it means borrowing...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Government blasted by another top agent over three year tenancies

Yet another leading lettings agent has hit out at the government over its proposals for three year tenancies being the norm...

10 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Good news - record number of mortgage deals for new BTL investors

The independent mortgage market monitor Moneyfacts says there is now a record number of mortgage deals for those entering the buy...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 2)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

02 July 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Some agents 'may be tempted to act illegally' says lettings guru

Property expert Kate Faulkner says the massive surge in new regulations, legislation and fiscal measures aimed at the private rental sector...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let landlords are a dying breed, warns finance chief

Buy to let landlords are on the way out and Build To Rent will dominate the sector in the foreseeable future.  That’s...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Buy to let investors lose thousands - and it's their own fault, suggests firm

Investors in buy to let in the UK are losing thousands of pounds in income - and it’s their own fault...

20 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Boost for Countrywide staff with new ARLA qualification initiative

Countrywide is introducing the ARLA Level 2 qualification throughout its branch network.  All customer-facing lettings staff who joined the business on or...

19 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from...

12 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

Online agency predicts massive rent hikes this year

Two million tenants will this year be hit with rent rises totalling a combined £46m a month according to an online...

01 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - landlords to be hit most, Scottish experience suggests

A major Scottish property management firm says agents and landlords south of the border should prepare now for the likely agency...

31 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Landlords self-managing to save money is a false economy, argues agent

An experienced agent claims that forgoing the services of a letting agent to save money is a false economy for landlords. In...

24 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Some agents 'talking down the lettings culture' says Spicerhaart

Spicerhaart says that with the lettings agency industry under attack there is a danger of some within the sector focussing too...

16 May 2018

From: Breaking News

New partnership with lettings body aims to boost use of skilled builders

The National Federation of Builders is linking up with a lettings trade body to make it easier for reputable craftspeople to...

15 May 2018

From: Breaking News

More independents snapped up by big agency chains

The Lomond Capital acquisition bandwagon continues apace with the latest independent to be snapped up being the well known Bonett’s Estate...

10 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

A fifth of investors selling up but most adopt wait-and-see strategy

Buy to let investors are taking a wait and see approach when it comes to additional investment in the sector according...

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

Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Ben Robinson, Director of Agency Services at Landmark What is Landmark...

03 May 2018

From: 60 Second Interview

Furious industry criticism as government reveals costs of ban on tenants’ fees

The industry has reacted angrily to the announcement yesterday that the Tenants’ Fees Bill is now formally starting its progress through...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market strong north of the border ahead of new agency rules

The Scottish rental market performed solidly in the last year, with the average rent rising by 0.6 per cent to hit...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive surge in buy to let mortgage choice - now over 2,000 products

The number of buy to let mortgage products on the open market has passed the 2,000 mark for the first time.  This...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Government launching another review of Carbon Monoxide regulations

The government has announced that it’s launching a review into the requirement for carbon monoxide alarms in homes across England. The review...

01 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England changes 'polarising buy to let mortgage market' - claim

Rules introduced last autumn by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority are hurting the buy to let mortgage market according...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £182,000 fine for buy to let investor after string of HMO offences

A buy to let investor has been found guilty of 35 HMO-related offences - and has to pay a total fine...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Regulation red tape means landlords can’t cope alone, survey shows

A survey has revealed that with over 145 individual laws and more than 400 regulations to follow, it’s dangerous for landlords...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector law expert warns on dangers of ignoring MEES regulations

A leading property law specialist has warned that many buy to let investors remain unaware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Growing number of buy to let investors looking beyond residential

Over half of mortgage brokers say they have been approached by buy to let investors seeking to diversify their portfolios within...

20 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

PropTech: Rental compliance platform secures another £500k funding

Rental compliance platform GetRentr has raised over £500,000 from investors including a private equity firm and private individuals. GetRentr uses artificial intelligence...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Up to 10,000 agents could quit because of regulation - claim

Franchises giant Belvoir says there are over 10,000 potential acquisition targets which could be wanting a way out of the lettings...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Police and council probe lettings property riddled with safety issues

West Midlands Police and Birmingham council teamed up to investigate a property in the city which was riddled with health and...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says post-Grenfell fire report is 'a missed opportunity'

The government’s review into building and fire safety regulations is missing the opportunity to assess fire safety regulations on a wider...

09 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

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 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

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

BTL sector still needs £400m expenditure to boost energy efficiency levels

The buy to let sector still requires £400m spending on improving the energy efficiency of its stock in order to conform...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm must pay almost £40,000 after 'record' fine

A property management company which ignored a series of housing safety regulations and flouted laws designed to protect tenants’ rights has...

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

300,000 buy to lets could be caught in energy switch, Which? warns

The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.  From...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Management firm's £2,000 bill for failing to keep property in good repair

A property management company has been landed with a legal bill of almost £2,000 after admitting that it failed to keep...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Software firm selected to handle some MEES exceptions from next month

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has selected a software supplier to handle some of the exceptions to the...

22 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgages for buy to let investors now harder to get, claims trade body

A new survey by a leading lettings trade body suggests that the Bank of England’s attempts to make buy to let...

21 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

Trade body renews call for agents to back mandatory rental inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has renewed its call for letting agents and other property professionals to back an online...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Couple face having rental income confiscated after planning offence

A couple who illegally converted an office block into 14 flats have been found guilty for disregarding planning laws - and...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants property professionals to serve as local reps

The National Landlords Association is seeking property professionals to be its local representatives across the country. The association says these representatives “are...

14 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New Labour chief pledges to introduce stringent rent controls

The new leader of the Labour party in Scotland says his party will introduce “stringent” rent controls if it gains power...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals 70 councils now have selective or additional licensing

A survey by consumer group Which?, working with landlords’ associations, reveals that 70 local authorities now have selective or additional licensing...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council endorses lettings review website ‘to improve rental stock’

Oxford’s Labour council has given its support to a lettings review website because it claims it will help drive up the...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body upset at provisions of extended HMO mandatory licensing system

The Residential Landlords’ Association is upset at the government’s confirmation that the extension of mandatory HMO licensing will come into force...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New tool allows agents to check property EPCs ahead of MEES change

An ‘instant EPC ratings check’ has been created on the website of Mortgages for Business allowing agents to check the ratings...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council tackles complaints about 561 unauthorised To Let boards

The city council in Nottingham claims it has taken action against no fewer than 561 unauthorised To Let boards under powers...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Compulsory independent inventory petition to MPs nears 1,000 signature mark

An online petition urging MPs to make it compulsory for privately let properties to be subject to independent inventory reporting is...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fines and costs for property firm and landlord over HMO breaches

A council says it hopes a massive set of fines and costs imposed on one buy to let investor and his...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency prosecuted for breaking HMO and licensing regulations

A lettings agency apparently trying to get around HMO regulations has been prosecuted for licensing and housing offences.  Easy Let Agency let...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Short-lets management firm says it backs Labour call for sector regulation

One of the many firms that has sprung up to manage Airbnb-style short let accommodation says it backs the Labour Party’s...

06 February 2018

From: Breaking News

'Serious' landlords not giving up on buy to let, claims agency chief

An online agency claims that serious portfolio landlords are staying faithful to buy to let despite recent tax and regulation changes...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used for first time to punish lettings licensing breach

A London council has been the first in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act for a breach in...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New squeeze on Airbnb-style short lets from politicians across the UK

Politicians in London and Scotland are looking at new controls which could be imposed on home owners letting out their properties...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

Two landlords and two tenants were fined a total of over £11,000 after losing their appeal against housing convictions concerning property...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Gas check changes give more flexibility to agents and landlords

Agents and landlords with responsibilities to ensure gas checks are carried out in private rental properties may have more flexibility over...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government accused of skewing rental market to favour short-lets

The government has been accused by a lettings sector trade body of skewing the market to encourage more short-lets.  The claim comes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Mortgage borrowing now tougher for portfolio buy to let investors

Nearly three quarters of portfolio landlords have found it more difficult to secure a mortgage since the Prudential Regulation Authority’s changes...

24 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Limited company buy to let purchases outstrip remortgaging

Almost three-quarters of buy to let mortgage transactions made by landlords operating via limited companies in the final quarter of last...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

The Treasury has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that the ban on credit card surcharges which came into effect in recent...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender says business strong despite regulation changes

Specialist buy to let lender Accord Mortgages says seven per cent of its business in 2017 came from first time landlords...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

Buy to let expert Kate Faulkner says tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

A survey from a specialist rental insurance firm suggests that contrary to popular belief, landlords care more than a little about...

From: Breaking News

Fine and costs of £20,500 for head of property management company

A landlord has been ordered to pay £20,000 after being found guilty of nine offences in relation to a house in...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The government is being criticised for its latest consultation exercise on the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards - because it ends...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest conviction under controversial Rent Smart Wales regime

There has been another prosecution under the controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations - although this time the landlord in question was...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fall in rental supply may be because investors are quitting - claim

A fall in the supply of available rental properties suggests some landlords may be quitting the buy to let sector as...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss guilty over HMO safety: sentencing next week

The director of a property management firm has been found guilty of nine offences of breaching regulations relating to a house...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£3,300 fine for owner failing to keep HMO safe for tenants

The landlord of an HMO has been fined £3,300 for failures to meet his obligations, particularly regarding fire safety. At Northampton magistrates...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

Some 70 per cent of letting agents expect taxes on the rental sector to rise further next year according to research...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let end-of-year report: rents and values up but confidence weak

A cocktail of tax reform and tighter regulation is slowing growth across the private rental sector, despite its value hitting a new...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector now larger scale and more professional, says report

Larger scale landlords with 10 properties or more appear to be the most confident about the private rental sector, and are...

08 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

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

Buy to let mortgage demand falls 'thanks to government rule changes'

One of Britain’s best known and highest profile buy to let specialist lenders says the number of new BTL mortgages being...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent To Rent needs better regulation, urges redress operator

One of the government’s three approved official redress providers says companies operating in the Rent-to-Rent sector should be obliged to join...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage market strong despite recent regulation changes

The autumn's Prudential Regulation Authority changes, coupled with months of rate rise predictions, seem to have had little effect on the cost of...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants clearer lines of responsibility for fire safety

An industry trade group says residents in high rise blocks of flats are being let down by a system in which...

07 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

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

'Prepare for retaliatory eviction disputes' urges legal expert

A leading legal expert specialising in the private rental market says the sector should set up basic procedures to protect against...

01 November 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

'Top Slicing' mortgages may allow more lettings sector borrowing

Consumer organisation Which? says a handful of buy to let mortgage lenders have found a way of helping so-called ‘portfolio landlords’...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

PropTech company PayProp says the government’s outline proposal for greater regulation of the private rental sector should be treated as good...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Five weeks before one of lettings sector's biggest ever rule changes

One of the most dramatic changes in the UK’s private rental sector regulations is set to take place in five weeks...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Major leasehold firm welcomes possible watchdog for lettings

Leasehold enfranchisement specialist operator Leasehold Solutions is the latest to welcome the government’s suggestion of a regulatory watchdog to oversee leasehold...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency hosting seminar on challenging London lettings sector

London lettings agency Portico is working with a trade body to organise a seminar on what it admits is the “challenging”...

20 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

Consultation launched on 'Fitness for Human Habitation' rental rules

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the Fitness for Human Habitation requirements for...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Info for agents: This is how to tell MPs about reform of rental sector

Agents have until November 24 - two days after the next Budget - to submit evidence to the latest probe into...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES fundamentally flawed for heritage properties, claims group

The CLA says the energy efficiency regulations for the lettings sector coming into effect in April are “fundamentally flawed” when it...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One of buy to let's most famous mortgage firms is rebranding

One of the industry’s best known buy to let lenders, Paragon, is combining its Mortgage Trust and Paragon Mortgages product ranges...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release 'could help portfolio landlords hit by new rules'

Portfolio landlords unable to borrow or contemplating selling because of new Prudential Regulation Authority rules are being urged to consider equity...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fixflo's ARLA deal allows agents to build tenancy contracts from scratch

Fixflo has teamed up with ARLA Propertymarket to launch a new Tenancy Builder tool to enable agents to easily build tenancy...

04 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

Here we go again: Tories unveil slew of new controls for private rental sector

The Conservatives have used their annual conference in Manchester to unveil a raft of new controls and regulations applying to the...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns some BTL applications 'could take three months'

The mortgage director of Romans, one of the country’s largest agency groups, says the new Bank of England rules being introduced...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour wants councils to have more powers over private rental sector

Labour's housing spokesman has called on the government to give councils greater powers over the regulation of the private rental sector.   In...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? warns BTL borrowers could be rejected for mortgages

Consumer group Which? is warning that buy to let investors with multiple properties in one locality could risk being turned down...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS warns new rules and tax changes will force out many landlords

Some 61 per cent of chartered surveyors believe there will be a net exodus of landlords over the coming year thanks...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'could become a car crash next month' - warning

The buy to let market risks becoming a car crash following the changes of lending rules for so-called portfolio landlords with...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says landlord numbers down but portfolio sizes are up

The number of landlords has fallen over the last two years despite a rise in supply of homes available to rent,...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending changes could result in rental stock surge

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as...

05 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

Brexit and Westminster uncertainty hurting rental sector - survey

Political uncertainty across the UK and increased restrictions on buy to let are leading many landlords to raise rents and review...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent says key Housing Act is now as good as useless

Anti-deposits campaigning agent Ajay Jagota says the 2004 Housing Act - which actually came into effect in 2007 - may now...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional agency snaps up independent lettings firm - and wants more

West Country chain Bradleys Estate Agents has acquired Premier Lettings, formerly situated in the Preston area of Paignton, Devon.     Premier had...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body tells buy to let investors: 'remortgage now, while you can'

The National Landlords Association is urging buy to let investors to consider remortgaging in the very near future ahead of new...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender changes rules ahead of Bank deadline

Skipton is the latest lender to confirm that it will continue lending to so-called portfolio landlords after new Bank of England...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest overhauls buy to let mortgage offer ahead of rules change

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has announced a major overhaul of its buy to let mortgage offer, but it is bucking the trend...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major Buy To Let lender tightens portfolio landlord rules

Leeds Building Society is the latest major lender to reveal changes to buy to let lending ahead of new rules coming...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender gets strict ahead of 'portfolio' rules change

The Coventry building society is the latest buy to let lender to tighten its portfolio buy to let criteria ahead of new...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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A 3-in-1 referencing solution to help agents secure safer tenancies. Rent4sure’s 3-in-1 referencing solution has been specifically designed to help agents secure...

03 August 2017

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Agents invited to courses on new lettings energy requirements

Training organisation Solvo Vir is inviting letting agents and landlords to attend courses to bring them up to date with new...

03 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news for letting - costs of buy to let mortgages still falling

Buy to let mortgage competition is showing no signs of stopping, thus giving one of the few pieces of good news...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another BTL lender changes criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to change its lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more investment...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

With a host of changing regulations hitting the private rental sector, some landlords may be put off using letting agents, but...

20 July 2017

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Another court case over controversial Rent Smart Wales regulations

A buy to let investor who ignored the controversial Rent Smart Wales scheme faces a bill of more than £3,500 for...

17 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens rules for investors with four or more buy to lets

Paragon is the latest lender to announce it’s falling in line with Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority requirements for more...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest 'Rugg Review' for private rental sector calls for evidence

The latest investigation into the ability of the private rental sector to meet the needs of the population is calling for...

07 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

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord ordered to pay £10,000 after serious fire safety failings

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £10,000 after pleading guilty to breaching three separate fire regulations. Charles Thornton was fined...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

NLA surveying landlords to 'inform future policy decisions'

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched its Quarter Two Landlords Survey. The research study has been launched hot on the heels...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords fined for fire safety failings, mould and dangerous wiring

Two landlords have been fined almost £14,000 for breaching a multitude of property management regulations. Abdul Qadir, 56, and Dr Mohammed Anwar,...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders agent appointed as ARLA’s Midlands board member

A letting agent working for Leaders has been appointed as the new ARLA Propertymark board member for the Midlands. Duncan Chambers, who...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

Conservative peer Lord Flight, a former shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says the UK needs “a vibrant and growing private...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are unenforceable, say rural landlords

A group of rural landlords has called on the government to clarify Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation being introduced next...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

New warning from top agent to prepare for energy efficiency change

Agents and landlords are being warned by a property management agency to prepare for the next round of energy-efficiency regulation changes...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny fine after 'potentially dangerous' buy to let property suffers fire

A private landlord in Saffron Walden has been fined for letting what the local council describes as “poor and potentially dangerous...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector. In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals 6,000 private rental complaints - only one prosecution

A prominent campaigning letting agent has discovered that more than 6,000 tenants in one region alone have complained to local authorities...

08 May 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

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of creating 'miserable' living conditions

A landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of fire safety hazards has been prosecuted by a local authority.    The...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting too small room leads to £46,650 bill for rogue operator

A landlord of a shared house in Hove, near Brighton, has been found to be ‘putting people’s lives at risk’ and ordered to pay...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Major lender lowers affordability assessments for buy to let

One of the biggest lenders to the buy to let community, Santander, is to lower its affordability assessments from next Wednesday.   It...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Who says hybrids are boring?

Not too many years ago, electric and hybrid cars were regarded as being rather quirky, their main purpose being to deliver...

10 April 2017

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Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents in the firing line as new civil penalties come into effect

New legislation coming into force today gives local authorities in England tough new powers to crack down on rogue agents and...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent 'provides cover for the buy to let bigots' - claim

The website of a respected political weekly journal says Right To Rent’s immigration checks provide cover for “buy to let bigots”...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to act now as MEES energy efficiency countdown starts

This weekend marks one year to go before the introduction of new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - which are expected to...

31 March 2017

From: Breaking News

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What does it say on your business card? Luke Burton Sales and Marketing Director, Rent4sure Who is Rent4sure? Rent4sure, is an established tenant referencing company. We provide...

29 March 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

New independent review into private rental sector now underway

There is to be a new high-level and independent review of the private rental sector in England.   The Nationwide Foundation is funding...

29 March 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

Buy to let tax change triggers rush to mortgage intermediaries

The imminent mortgage interest tax relief changes coming into effect in April has triggered a surge in the number of mortgage...

14 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Mayor calls on short-term lets sites to bring in Airbnb-style limit

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has written to six short-term lets websites calling on them to introduce a 90-day limit on rentals...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must encourage landlords to check EPC ratings

As the introduction of new energy efficiency regulations moves closer, landlords are being urged to check the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

Scotland’s largest professional organisation for letting agents is urging all those in the rental sector to ensure they are fully compliant with...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

To Let boards may be banned across one of UK's largest cities

Manchester council is considering a city-wide ban on letting agents’ To Let boards.   The local authority says the plethora of boards in some...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants much stricter regulation on letting agents

The Chartered Institute of Housing wants the government to introduce a raft of new measures including significantly greater regulation of letting...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings survey shows huge lack of landlord awareness

The need for letting agencies to assist landlords with the increasingly-complicated private rental sector has been hammered home by the results...

15 February 2017

From: Breaking News

NALS offers member-agents free legal helpline and support

The National Approved Letting Scheme is linking with legal firm Moore Blatch to offer member agents access to a free legal...

14 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure launches dynamically generated AST to help support our agents

The latest addition to Rent4sure’s referencing services makes setting up a secure tenancy even easier. Rent4sure’s new dynamically generated AST documents save time...

13 February 2017

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Agent says lettings sector starting to feel like a protection racket

A campaigning lettings agent is demanding action over what he suggests is a tenancy deposit system that is in need of...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agent gets £20,000 in fines over HMO breaches

A landlord and letting agency have been fined more than £26,000 after being found guilty of housing offences at two properties...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Paragon reveals huge drop in buy to let lending in recent months

Paragon Bank, one of the country’s leading specialist buy to let mortgages houses, almost halved its lending to landlords in the...

30 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Extra agent regulation and fees ban likely in another part of the UK

Now Northern Ireland appears to be in the frame for substantial changes to the private rental sector according to the Association...

26 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord facing prosecution for housing 18 tenants in dangerous property

A landlord is facing prosecution for failing to comply with various HMO regulations.  For the last two days, Paul Turner has appeared...

25 January 2017

From: Breaking News

£200,000 bill for lettings firm - agent given suspended sentence

A letting agency specialising in student accommodation in Nottingham city centre and its director have admitted a series of breaches of...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - timetable suggests it won't be in place until 2018

The government says the formal consultation on the proposed introduction of a ban on letting agent fees levied on tenants in...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy to let investors seeking HMOs to offset higher taxes

A property investment financing specialist says an increasing number of buy to let investors are converting properties into Houses in Multiple...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Which? says new mortgage constraints will hit buy to let

The consumer organisation Which? has joined the chorus of concern that new mortgage restrictions may hit buy to let landlords.   Since January...

16 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council considers restricting To Let boards in key rental areas

A consultation on whether to introduce stronger rules to control the number of 'to let' boards in Durham has just started.    The...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens buy to let guidelines as new rules start to bite

Specialist mortgage lender OneSavings Bank is the latest to announce that it is introducing stricter affordability assessments for all new buy...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government over room size and licensing proposals

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning the government that some of its proposed changes to regulations governing HMOs may...

19 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Think-tank wants register of Airbnb and other online short let 'hosts'

A new report by think tank IPPR supports those who feel the so-called ‘sharing economy’ - short lets via Airbnb and...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after string of HMO management breaches

A Birmingham letting agency and a landlord have been fined £5,590 for failing to obtain an HMO licence and for breaching...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent criminal sanctions come into effect from today

New parts of the Immigration Act 2016 come into effect today, consolidating the Right To Rent regulations that came into effect...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England quizzing lenders over buy to let stress tests

The Financial Times reports that the Bank of England is questioning buy to let mortgage lenders and banks as part of...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond confirms fee ban - and no change to buy to let tax or stamp duty

Phillip Hammond has delivered his first Autumn Statement, tackling amongst other things, what he called “the housing challenge.” The speech made no...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Twitter debate tomorrow to inform agents on S21 regulations

Repair reporting specialist Fixflo and software provider VTUK are teaming up to provide what is believed to be the first Twitter debate...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

'Hands off Buy to Let' mortgage chief tells the government

Another prominent mortgage chief has called on the government to show its support for the private rental sector by repealing some...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Noose tightens around Airbnb 'hosts' who abuse lettings system

Local authorities appear to be at the forefront of identifying abuses of the Airbnb short-let platform and have called executives from...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord in his 70s fined for failing to licence student HMO

A 71 year old landlord has been fined £5,037.97 at Birmingham Magistrates Court for failing to obtain an HMO licence and...

01 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Minimum room sizes could backfire and produce higher rents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that proposals to enforce minimum room sizes in HMOs in the privste rental...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

£162,000 fine after 18 tenants crammed into central London flat

The landlord of an overcrowded flat which lacked proper fire precautions and had a dangerous boiler has been fined £162,000. Abbas Rasul...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free seminars on lettings sector legislation

Letting agents and landlords across Scotland have been invited to check they are up to speed with current regulations at a...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body accuses agents of 'failing to get a grip' on new laws

A trade body has accused some letting agents and landlords of “failing to get to grips” with several recent legal changes...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank admits stamp duty considerable burden on buy to let investors

Details of the Bank of England’s statement outlining tougher rules on mortgage lending to buy to let investors have been shown...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

New warning to letting firms over need for accurate advertising

The Associaton of Independent Inventory Clerks is warning agents and others in the lettings sector to be careful when preparing advertising...

29 September 2016

From: Breaking News

MP raises concerns over Airbnb's impact on London market

An MP has written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, raising concerns over the effect short-term lets regulations are having...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

High street agent says online growth is a 'false economy'

A high street letting agent claims that the growth of online agents is a 'false economy'. Fran Mulhall, regional manager for GFW...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents still unaware of Section 21 changes

A minority of agents remain unaware of their duties when it comes to tenant repairs requests, something which could invalidate landlords'...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of endangering lives of tenants

A landlord who endangered the lives of his tenants has been prosecuted and fined for failing to comply with 16 issues...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

£29,000 fine for company behind rat-infested filthy, verminous flat

A firm has been fined £29,000 after a rental property was found to be - in the words of Nottingham city...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA prepares for raft of legal and regulation changes in 2018

A raft of regulatory and legal changes for letting agents in Scotland in 2018 is being flagged up by the Association...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine issued after flats called dangerous... defective... inadequate

The owner of a series of flats to let in Cardiff has been fined £3,500 and ordered to pay £200 costs...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency struck off in latest stage of landmark ruling

A letting agency has been removed from a Scottish council’s approved list after failing to conform with rules protecting the deposits...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at industry claims over 'unregulated' private lettings

Airbnb has hit back at a claim by the Residential Landlords Association that lets promoted by the firm effectively worsened London’s housing...

01 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb 'worsening London's housing shortage' claims industry group

A landlords’ group says the widespread letting of homes in London on Airbnb and similar platforms is worsening the shortage of...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

New law gives tenants' association rights to more information

Some industry organisations have spotted that under new legislation now in effect, tenants’ associations are being given the right to gain...

26 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Man jailed after wrongly signing-off gas certificates for private lets

A 35-year-old self-employed worker from London has been given two suspended jail terms for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered and signing off certificates for privately...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Property management firm gets £30,000 bill for over-crowding

Property managers operating through a company have been ordered to pay more than £30,000 following a dawn raid that uncovered more...

12 August 2016

From: Breaking News