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KEYWORD "Regulation" - 430 RESULTS
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In 2014 The Properties Misdescriptions Act was repealed and replaced with the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, otherwise known as...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

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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

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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

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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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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

Luke Burton, Sales & Marketing Director at Rent4sure

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29 March 2017

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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

City watchdog about to clamp down on buy to let lending, leaked letter suggests

  A letter from the Financial Conduct Authority, leaked to Sky News, suggests that the body is drawing up plans to tighten...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Fine after letting property's log burner falls foul of building regulations

A council has prosecuted a landlord, who was fined £600 plus £500 in council costs after pleading guilty to breaching building...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

HMO above Indian restaurant was one of three targeted by council

A House in Multiple Occupation located on the third floor of a property with a restaurant at ground level was one...

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Shut down - the garage badly converted into a 'home' to let

A damp garage with completely inadequate security, heating, and insulation which was being let as a flat for more than £1,000...

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined in pioneering law case about tenant deposits

A lettings agency has become the first in Scotland to be sanctioned for breaching rules that secure the deposits of its...

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank of England keeping an eye on buy to let for Brexit problems

Bank of England governor Mark Carney says the bank is keeping a close eye on the buy to let market -...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

New research gives detailed profile of 'typical' buy to let investor

Research undertaken by one of Britain’s leading rental sector experts and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation gives perhaps the most...

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief tells government: Don't over-burden buy to let sector

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has told the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority not to add unnecessarily to the welter...

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord Action warns of eviction delays thanks to new procedures

Specialist eviction service Landlord Action has outlined the quickest way to evict tenants under new regulations introduced by the Ministry of...

30 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Group sets out rental laws and rules to change because of Brexit

The Residential Landlords’ Association says a period of economic and policy confusion lies ahead for the private rental sector as a...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign set to launch 'once in a generation' anti-Foxtons case

A law firm called CaseHub says it is launching a “once-in-a-generation fight back against extortionate letting agent practices” in the shape of...

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent and landlord fined over illegally-established HMO

A letting agent and his landlord client have been fined thousands of pounds for a number of offences relating to what...

23 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Daily Telegraph keeps up pressure on ‘anti-buy to let government’

The Daily Telegraph - an outspoken critic of George Osborne’s fiscal changes aimed at extracting more money from the buy to...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank issues dire warning about buy to let market and house prices

Deutsche Bank has issued a dire warning about the buy to let market in the UK, along with a broadside warning...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Investment firm accuses dodgy landlords of giving HMOs a bad name

An investment company claims government and councils should do more to stamp out so-called rogue landlords who, it says, are giving...

20 June 2016

From: Breaking News

£24,000 bill after repeated serious breaches of fire regulations

A landlord in Milton Keynes has been ordered to pay a total of £24,168.29 for serious breaches of fire safety regulations...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body warns Mayor Khan over private rental sector red tape

An industry body is warning new London Labour mayor Sadiq Khan not to think he is helping renters by tying up...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Landlords need professional help' insist inventory clerks

Letting agents will be pleased to hear that landlords who manage all aspects of tenancies on their own are being warned...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency fined £11,000 over advertising HMO that was later shut down

A lettings agency has been fined over £11,000 for alleged breaches of regulations in advertising an unlicenced HMO that was later...

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord hit with £25k fine for HMO failings

A landlord has been fined almost £25,000 for a series of failings relating to a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Birmingham-based Salih...

31 May 2016

From: Breaking News

'Let Well' programme aims to stamp out criminal operators

Letting agents in Scotland have started to sign up to a new compliance programme which has the aim of stamping out...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body launches new fire safety tool

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has launched a new version of its Fire Safety Logbook which has been endorsed by the...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants lettings energy efficiency deadlines to be delayed

The government is being urged to delay the introduction of new energy efficiency targets in the private rental sector, with a...

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS urges agents and landlords to keep up with MEES energy rules

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is urging landlords and agents acting on their behalf to bring themselves up to date...

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords told to take gas safety more seriously

A leading trade body says it’s time for the private rental sector to take gas safety more seriously following a spate...

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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10 May 2016

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New lending rules 'could create 'buy to let mortgage prisoners'

A warning is being issued that the types of mortgages still being extended to buy to let investors risks them becoming...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

£20,000 bill for string of management failures on unlicensed HMO

The owner of a rented property in west London has received a penalty of more than £20,000 having pleaded guilty to...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Get ready for another buy to let rush, warns mortgage lender

A buy to let lender says new underwriting rules from the Prudential Regulation Authority could trigger another rush to snap up...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Councils condemned by trade body over poor lettings regulations

The Residential Landlords’ Association has revealed what it calls “worryingly low levels of enforcement of rented housing regulations” by local authorities. Using...

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence, curfew, tags and costs for ignoring gas safety

A landlord has received a suspended six month prison sentence after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety...

26 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Identity checks you can trust with Rent4sure’s online solution for safer tenancies

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the lettings industry, thousands of agents nationwide rely on Rent4sure’s expertise and experience...

20 April 2016

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Scathing attack on government's anti-buy to let 'short-termism'

A financial journalist has lambasted the government’s anti-buy to let policies, describing them as “political short-termism ... a vote winner to...

18 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of energy policy differences hitting England and Scotland

A leading chartered surveying firm is stressing the differences that exist between new English and Scottish energy efficiency rules hitting the...

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Patricia Barber, Chairman of AIIC

Who are you? Patricia Barber What does it say on your business card? Chairman of the Association of independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) How long has...

08 April 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

72 year old must pay £4,800 after 11 breaches of HMO regulations

A private landlord aged 72 must pay £4,800 after pleading guilty to 11 offences of breaching the Licensing and Management of...

08 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents: new lettings sector energy efficiency rules start today

Today sees the first step of a long-term government drive to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector through the...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Newspaper argues buy to let is off the hook despite mortgage clampdown

The financial editor of The Guardian newspaper claims that - despite widespread criticism within the lettings industry of the latest buy...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage clampdown could stifle lettings supply, warns industry body

An industry body says proposals by the Bank of England to curb buy to let lending are “premature.” The Bank’s Prudential Regulation...

30 March 2016

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Agents beware: new MEES energy efficiency regulations start this week

This week sees the first step in a long series of reforms - the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - aimed at...

29 March 2016

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£116,000 bill after house converted without consent into seven flats to let

Two buy to let investors who breached planning regulations by converting a house into seven studio flats have been ordered to...

29 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings firms and gang of chancers hit with £79,000 fines and costs

Lettings companies and an organised group of criminals described as a “gang of chancers” have been hit with fines and costs...

25 March 2016

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Mortgage lenders tick off government for out of date lettings info

The Council of Mortgage Lenders has ticked off the government for not updating its Private Landlords’ Survey for some six years...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Budget Preview: Landlords wary of further setbacks

Some 66% of landlords predict more rental sector turbulence in this week's Budget, according to research by property crowdfunding platform The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign starts to extend carbon monoxide alarm regulations

Millions of people remain at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning despite the recent legislation aimed at protecting private tenants, a new...

10 March 2016

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Right To Rent: government relaxes 'criminalisation' of agents and landlords

Landlords or agents acting for them will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants according to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Pension-pot property investors undeterred by buy to let tax changes

The changes introduced to the tax and stamp duty levied on buy to let income and property appears not to have...

04 March 2016

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Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

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Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms - new pads to satisfy council checks

One of the UK’s largest suppliers of carbon monoxide and smoke alarm testing products has launched a record-pad to help agents...

23 February 2016

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Revealed: the impact of Airbnb on traditional private lettings sector

A report by the British Hospitality Association appears to reveal the latest estimates of the impact of people who use Airbnb...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm and director hit with huge fines for HMO breaches

A property company managing an HMO in prime central London has been £47,900. The fine is in relation to 24 charges under...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams up as landlord possessions reach record high

The total number of evictions last year reached a record high of 42,728 according to data from the Ministry of Justice.  Whilst...

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal expert alarmed at agents not compliant with new tenancy regulations

A legal expert is claiming that changes to S21 eviction procedures introduced back in October are not being adhered to by...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body and controversial council at loggerheads over licensing scheme

Liverpool council has completed only 648 of 39,100 licence applications by landlords in the first six months of its controversial scheme.  The...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

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In a constantly changing legislative environment, the importance of keeping up-to-date in terms of knowledge and skills has never been more...

02 February 2016

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David d'Orton-Gibson, Training for Professionals MD

Who are you? I am David d’Orton-Gibson What does it say on your business card? It says I am the Managing Director of an...

01 February 2016

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Carney on the warpath again about buy to let 'threat to economy'

Bank of England governor Mark Carney has again spoken out about possible “threats” to the economy posed by the increase in...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body and local council sign pioneering 'co-regulation' deal

The Residential Landlords Association has entered into a deal which gives its members a 50 per cent reduction if they sign...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

February 5 deadline for comments on future of regional private rental sector

A review of the private rental sector in Northern Ireland has been launched - but there is a tight deadline, with...

14 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Home Office tells agents and landlords to start Right To Rent checks now

The Home Office has issued a statement overnight saying letting agents and landlords can begin the controversial Right To Rent checks...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Banking job cuts have weakened prime London lettings, says agency

Falling demand from financial services sector employees has seen the annual rental value growth in prime central London ease back to...

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up 3% next year with forecast of much more to come by 2020

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is predicting that rents are likely to increase even faster than house prices in the...

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Trade body criticises “unnecessary” reform of HMO licensing

The government should rein in its plans to transform the way Houses in Multiple Occupation are licensed. That is the view of...

22 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Newspaper launches vicious attack on 'buy to let landlord martyrs'

The Observer newspaper has made an outspoken attack on agents, landlords and others complaining about recent tax and regulation changes to the...

21 December 2015

From: Breaking News

The scores are in: top 10 property forecasts for 2016

The scores are in - we have asked 20 senior agents and analysts for their forecasts for capital values the 2016...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let clampdown: global regulator wants UK banks to get tougher

The Basel Committee - an international forum which sets standards for bank regulations in individual countries - says financial institutions should place greater emphasis...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Surge in buy to let valuations as landlords try to beat deadlines

The buy to let market has experienced annual growth of no less than 26 per cent between November 2014 and last...

11 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank of England preparing new buy to let mortgage controls

It appears almost certain that the Bank of England is preparing for new mortgage controls in a bid to dampen what...

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

County courts still overwhelmed by landlords' possession orders

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action say county courts are still overwhelmed by the number of possession claims being put forward, a...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlord must pay over £5,000 after failing to remedy property faults

A landlord who did not remedy a string of safety concerns about a property he was letting has been ordered to...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Call for ban on letting agents' boards near university campus

There’s been a call to ban letting boards from streets near a university campus. Councillors in York say the boards which go...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage market in rude health says Moneyfacts

The popularity of buy to let continues to soar according to data analysts Moneyfacts, despite a raft of new regulations coming...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landowners positive about letting agents' proposed code of practice

Scottish Land & Estates, a body representing private landowners north of the border, says it is positive about proposals to improve...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

'More evidence that buy to let is becoming too complex' - claim

The government’s reduction of mortgage interest tax relief on buy to let properties in a major factor for 50 per cent...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: one in six tenant referencing requests for foreign nationals

A tenant referencing service, FCC Paragon, says 17.6 per cent of all requests it has received in the past 12 months...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Huge support for clampdown on rogue agents and landlords says government

The Department of Communities and Local Government has published a summary of the 600 responses it has received to its recent...

16 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

The government is proposing a national minimum bedroom size and a re-defining of what constitutes a House in Multiple Occupation in...

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government updates nine prescribed assured tenancy forms

The government has updated online nine key prescribed forms for use in most private rental sector assured tenancies.  On its website it...

29 October 2015

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Solicitor warns of legal problems over councils' selective licensing

A leading property solicitor says there are “secret dangers” to landlords and their letting agents when it comes to selective licensing...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants' group to protest at agents' offices not displaying fees

A tenants’ campaign group is planning a series of protests this coming weekend outside offices of lettings agencies which allegedly do...

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs new law introducing ban on rogue agents and landlords

The Associational of Residential Letting Agents has spoken up in favour of most of the provisions in the new Housing and...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

Local councils are being urged to drop landlord licensing schemes following the publication of new laws showing that they are not...

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Council prosecutes landlords - three years after introducing licensing scheme

Three landlords have become the first to be prosecuted by a council - almost three years after the authority introduced a...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let may be in danger of becoming a legal minefield warns mortgage chief

A mortgage chief has spelled out what many in the rental sector already know - that the new laws, rules and...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Another landlord gets a hefty fine for flouting council regulations

A landlord has been handed fines totalling £3,250 and costs of £1,426 for running an unlicensed and unsafe House in Multiple...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Can councils cope with new Section 21 provisions?

Eviction specialists at Landlord Action are raising concerns as to whether there are sufficient resources, especially at local council level, to...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 02.10.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on a raft...

02 October 2015

From: Video Articles

Almost 90% of tenants have no idea about new Section 21 eviction rules

Some 88 per cent of tenants say they are unaware of the new law introduced this week intended to protect them...

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA hits out at government as Section 21 and alarm deadline arrives

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it strongly supports new health and safety legislation coming into effect today - but...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of carbon monoxide alarms reported to have failed tests

The Trading Standards Service has issued a warning to agents, landlords and consumers after independent tests on CO carbon monoxide alarms...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Firm gives agents last-minute guide to S21 changes starting soon

Property repair software company Fixflo has issued last-minute guidance for agents and landlords regarding the Section 21 changes which come into...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks offer to handle smoke and carbon monoxide alarm burden

Letting agents and landlords can use AIIC independent inventory clerks to conduct the checks on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms...

29 September 2015

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Letting agent meets Bank of England chief to urge interest rate rise

A prominent letting agent says he wants an immediate interest rate rise - and has even made his case to a...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Council error means landlords may mistakenly be claiming VAT

Landlords may be mistakenly claiming back VAT they are not entitled to because of an error by a local council.  The Croydon...

28 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Video round up 25.09.15 - Watch the weekly news from Estate Agent Today

Watch the latest weekly video round-up of news from Estate Agent Today and Letting Agent Today, featuring stories on expansion for...

25 September 2015

From: Video Articles

S21 - government confirms October 1 deadline despite legislation hitch

The government has confirmed that its new Section 21 regulations will come into effect on October 1 despite a high-profile hitch...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chiefs warn against lending restrictions damaging Buy To Let

The Council for Mortgage Lenders is warning the government not to interfere with the Buy To Let sector in such a...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Consultation begins on private rental sector 'charter'

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

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs software package meeting new S21 requirements

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a new software upgrade designed to help protect agencies in...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Section 21 law change: October 1 deadline in grave doubt

A landlord body says it has had confirmation from the government that there is an error in the published version of...

21 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Defer Right To Rent until 2016 demands leading agent

One of the UK letting industry’s leading agents says politicians should defer the new Right To Rent immigration checks until the start...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body wants S21 delay after major drafting errors

A major drafting error in Government regulations affecting the private rented sector risks undermining confidence in the new Section 21 legislation...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

At last - smoke and carbon monoxide regulations confirmed

Parliament has approved the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 - the regulations which looked in jeopardy after a...

17 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Government confirms no ban on letting agent fees in England

The government has confirmed that it has no plan to ban letting agency fees in England. Fees are already banned in Scotland...

16 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Most landlords don't know new regs - yet deadline nears

As if to prove the lettings industry’s concern over a lack of publicity for upcoming health and safety regulation changes, a...

11 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Outrage over S21 and smoke alarm confusion as deadline nears

The property industry has hit out at what appears to be government confusion over a raft of new rules coming into...

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues gas safety advice for agents and landlords

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is stepping up its advice to agents head of Gas Safety Week on September 14-20,...

09 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined over condition of landlords' properties

A letting agency has been ordered to pay more than £12,000 in fines and court costs after being convicted of seven...

07 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue HMO landlord must pay £20,000 in fines and costs

The landlord of a house in multiple occupation is the latest to be prosecuted by a council for failing to licence...

03 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman promotes accredited landlord scheme

The Property Ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, has announced his support for an accredited landlord's scheme in Sunderland.  Sunderland City Council's Accredited Landlord’s Scheme...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Code of Practice for Letting Agents consultation launched

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation period for its proposed Code of Practice for Letting Agents.  The proposed Code of Practice...

26 August 2015

From: Breaking News

We will fine agents for non-compliance, says council

York Council is seeking the introduction of fixed penalty notices for letting agents and landlords in the city who are found...

24 August 2015

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents cope with growing regulatory scrutiny?

The growth of the PRS has provided a long list of benefits for the lettings industry. However, it is not without...

17 August 2015

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Citizens Advice lobbying for more private rental regulation

The Citizens Advice charity is urging people to lobby for more controls over the private rental sector, letting agents and landlords,...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Students 'let down by landlords and poor enforcement'

Students in rented housing are being let down by a small number of bad landlords and a failure by local authorities...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents could be blacklisted under new regulations

Letting agents and other industry professionals are being consulted ver changes to the sector’s regulation - including possible blacklisting of rogue...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Pressure group in trouble - goodbye Generation Rent?

Pressure group Generation Rent - a thorn in the side of many property professionals in recent years - has launched a...

31 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry thumbs-down to Green Deal scrapping

Lettings chiefs have responded with disappointment to the government’s announcement that it is scrapping the Green Deal.  The scheme offered cashbacks and...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent upset at lack of redress prosecutions

A letting agent is angry that there has not been a single prosecution in his region as a result of agencies...

27 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Advertising watchdog bans 'misleading' landlord insurance ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has banned a radio advertisement for Direct Line Landlord Insurance because it has been judged to be...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: What letting agents need to know?

Few subjects have generated as much discussion among the private rented sector in recent months as the government's Right to Rent...

15 July 2015

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Software firm reveals blizzard of red tape tying up lettings sector

The changes to tax relief for landlords comes on top of a blizzard of new health and safety requirements, regulations and...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

About-turn as Shelter now says No to 'hard' rent controls

Campaigning charity Shelter appears for the first time to have acnowledged that rent caps may backfire and end up harming tenants...

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agent fined after not applying for HMO licenses

A letting agency that failed to apply for House of Multiple Occupation licences at three properties in Birmingham has been fined...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

The internet and rapidly evolving digital landscape has revolutionised the way people buy and sell properties. With some reports suggesting 95 per...

03 July 2015

From: Features

Reminder to agents over new CO legislation

A long-time safety campaigner is reminding agents and landlords that from October 1 the new Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England)...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency must pay over £8,000 after HMO breach

A letting agency has been handed fines totalling £7,000 and costs of £1,140 after a council took it to court over...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Deregulation Act: Agents in the know stand out

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

26 June 2015

From: Features

Another property firm condemns Right To Rent immigration checks

Property consultancy Daniel Watney LLP is the latest industry operator to label the government’s Right To Rent immigration checks as unworkable,...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New tenancy deposit rules 'a step in the right direction'

New tenancy deposit rules come into effect today have been given the thumbs-up by The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.  Under the...

23 June 2015

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New tenancy deposit rules 'a step in the right direction'

New tenancy deposit rules come into effect today have been given the thumbs-up by The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks.  Under the...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Let’s get our act together

This month has marked a real change in the way the private lettings sector is perceived - and it’s a perception...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Can we panic yet?

When do we really start to worry about rising rents and house prices? Despite an apparent slowdown in house price inflation...

19 June 2015

From: Features

July is next key date for immigration checks roll-out

The National Landlords Association says next month is the next key date for the roll-out of the government’s controversial immigration checks...

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

mydeposits and ARLA issue reminders over deposits deadline

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants’ deposits before an important new deadline on June...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection deadline just one week from today

The Deposit Protection Service is reminding letting agents and landlords that they have to act with extreme urgency over older tenancy...

16 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme extends into mediation services

The Property Redress Scheme, one of the three approved ombudsman-style redress schemes for estate and letting agents, is expanding into small...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned over new tenancy deposit deadline

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government’s controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Mayor’s LRS criticised for ‘failing private renters’

One of the Labour party’s London Assembly members has criticised Boris Johnson’s London Rental Standard (LRS), saying it is ‘falling private...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Time is running out to protect deposits, says TDS

Landlords and letting agents have been issued a reminder that they have less then three weeks to protect tenancy deposits with...

05 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Charity briefs new MPs over electrical safety of rental properties

An electrical safety charity has written to the new intake of MPs to explain why electrical safety in Britain’s homes needs...

01 June 2015

From: Breaking News

It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

This publication recently reported on Russell Quirk's latest attempt to upset the establishment, this time by attacking the hallowed ground of...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Landlord fined for failing to carry out vital repair works

A landlord has been prosecuted and fined for failing to carry out vital works on his rental property.  Victor Robbins of Leigh-on-Sea,...

28 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords warning over Legionnaires' Disease

Letting agents and landlords are being warned that properties under their control meet regulations to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease. The...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

Tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech outlining legislation for the next 12 months will include a pledge to roll out across England and Wales...

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

In 2007, the government introduced a compulsory deposit protection scheme as part of the Housing Act 2004 to help protect tenants...

22 May 2015

From: Features

CA report: industry body wants more policing of sector

The Residential Landlords Association is calling for better enforcement of existing laws and regulations to protect tenants in private rented housing. In...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Airbnb stunt to publicise changes in short lets rules

Airbnb is letting out a two-bedroom floating house on the Thames to publicise the changes in short term letting rules in...

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

A victory V sign to the housing sector?

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

15 May 2015

From: Features

Helping letting agents stay on top of their growing workload

The general election result was greeted with a sigh of relief throughout the lettings industry. Thanks to the Conservatives' victory, the threat...

15 May 2015

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Fat lady sings for operatic rogue landlord

A landlord described as a professional opera singer has been ordered to pay more than £15,000 for refusing to comply with...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

'Regulate letting agents - now' insists agency chief

The chief executive of Leaders letting and estate agency is demanding that the new Conservative government brings in the formal regulation...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Fire threat HMO landlord receives hefty fine

A landlord in Coventry has been handed a £3,350 fine after a house in multiple occupation under his ownership was found...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency says Tories must regulate lettings sector

The new Conservative government must focus on raising standards across the private renal sector according to one of the industry’s leading...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns on rogue operators and sub-lets

A Conservative government means good news in the shape of a reduction in bureaurcracy for the private rental sector - but...

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector petition goes before parliament

An umbrella organisation representing parts of the private rented sector is to be put before the Scottish parliament in a bid...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting sector immigration checks to roll out?

With the Conservatives now having an overall majority, there is speculation that the pilot immigration checks which letting agents and landlords...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The spotlight on our sector will not diminish, despite the result of the election

I write this article on the day of the General Election so you’ll forgive the political analogies. In particular, how any...

08 May 2015

From: Features

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

06 May 2015

From: Features