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KEYWORD "Rent Controls" - 100 RESULTS
Rent controls and EPC laws must be discussed with agents - Propertymark

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

31 January 2024

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Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private rented sector have risen by double digits for the fifth quarter...

19 January 2024

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Sadiq Khan’s rent controls dismissed as “well-meaning but naive”

Rents across the UK continue to retreat from their 2023 highs, falling by 2.9 per cent over the last three months,...

16 January 2024

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Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

New rent control proposals put forward by politicians are unnecessary and too costly according to a leading property expert.  David Alexander -...

12 January 2024

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No Rent Controls! Agents pledge to continue campaign

Propertymark has urged its members who feel frustrated by the changes to the Scottish Government’s so-called Cost of Living regulations ending...

11 January 2024

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Details emerge of permanent rent control proposal

The controversial minister who steered rent controls through the Scottish Parliament has contacted Propertymark to reveal details of the next stage. Patrick...

05 January 2024

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Agents slam government house building failures as rental supply drops

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to build more affordable homes. The latest data from the Scottish Government itself shows that the...

21 December 2023

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Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

Propertymark has laid out its proposals to the Scottish Government ahead of its 2024-25 Budget next week. The letting agents’ trade body...

15 December 2023

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Agents get angry with pro-rent control politicians

Propertymark has issued a strongly-worded statement aimed at politicians demanding rent controls. Labour Members of the Scottish Parliament have urged the declaration...

24 November 2023

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Agents continue campaign against rent controls despite legal setback

Propertymark says it’s delivering a powerful message to the Scottish Government - despite losing a recent key legal case. The agents trade...

09 November 2023

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Rent Controls - Eco-activists jubilant after agents suffer legal setback

The Scottish Greens - who are in effect the architects of rent controls north of the border - have welcomed a...

06 November 2023

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Shock as Rent Controls backed by Judicial Review decision

There’s been widespread dismay in the industry as the outcome of a Judicial Review has backed the Scottish Government’s objective of...

03 November 2023

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Failure! Annual rent rise in double figures despite rent controls

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private sector have risen by double digits for the fourth quarter in a...

31 October 2023

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

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

31 October 2023

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No rent controls in England - government confirmation

Rent controls as currently in force in Scotland and under consideration in Wales will not be put into effect in England,...

25 October 2023

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Rent Control threat - agents warn politicians not to meddle with market

Propertymark has issued a statement warning politicians not to introduce rent controls by the backdoor through processes which tinker with the...

18 October 2023

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Build To Rent ‘may get favourable treatment’ on rent legislation

A controversial consultation document about rent controls is proposing that Build To Rent operators be exempt from the caps which may...

13 October 2023

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Labour should champion lettings agent regulation - Propertymark

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

09 October 2023

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Rayner slams Tory rental “failures” but light on Labour policy details

Labour deputy leader and shadow housing secretary Angela Rayner has given her party’s conference an outline of future policy plans. She says:...

09 October 2023

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Letting agents accused of “profiteering” rent rises

A new manifesto calling for rent controls and a raft of other measures is accusing the current rent rises of being...

06 October 2023

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Rent Control proposals slammed by prominent industry commentator

Proposals for rent controls made in a government consultation document have been slammed by a prominent industry commentator and PropTech entrepreneur. The...

06 October 2023

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Rent Controls at heart of Shelter’s General Election manifesto

Shelter has published what it calls a General Election manifesto with rent controls at its heart. Called The Way Home: a manifesto to...

25 September 2023

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Why do politicians pursue failed policy of rent controls? - agent asks

Private rents have continued to soar in Scotland according to DJ Alexander, the largest lettings agency in the country.  It says rental...

11 September 2023

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Ousted Green Party still arguing for rent controls in key battleground

The Green Party - which ran the Brighton and Hove council until being swept from office in May’s local elections -...

25 August 2023

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Epic Fail - rents go UP in Scotland, despite government rent controls

Average rents in Scotland for new tenancies in the private rented sector have risen by double digits for the third time...

21 August 2023

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Rent Control political coalition likely to stay until 2026

The political alliance between the Scottish National Party and the Scottish Greens is likely to stay in place until 2026. Arguably the...

16 August 2023

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

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

23 July 2023

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Rent Controls backfire - Propertymark speaks out

Propertymark has given details of how it believes the Scottish Government rent control system has backfired and works against the interests...

11 July 2023

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Labour turning its back on rent controls once and for all

It looks as if the Labour Party is turning its back on rent controls on England and Wales. In the past year...

29 June 2023

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Renters Reform Bill - webinar teach-in for agents

There’s another free webinar for agents to learn about the Renters Reform Bill next week. This one is organised by lettings-focussed PropTech...

19 June 2023

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Rent Controls - Agents asked for help building case against

The National Residential Landlords Association is looking for help from letting agents in building a case against rent controls. The association is...

15 June 2023

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Fight Back Against Rent Controls - rallying call to agents

Two prominent trade bodies representing elements of the private rental sector are fighting back against the latest attempt to impose rent...

09 June 2023

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Renters Reform Bill latest - free teach-in for agents

Two lettings experts are set to discuss what the government’s Bill means for agents at a free webinar. Well known property lawyer...

05 June 2023

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Rent Controls extended despite Propertymark opposition

The Scottish Government looks set to extend its rent cap for yet another six months, despite widespread opposition from the lettings...

05 June 2023

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Renters Reform Bill - politicians demand series of extra restrictions

The co-leader of the Green Party wants the Renters Reform Bill to go further in restricting the powers of private landlords. Carla...

22 May 2023

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Labour supports rent controls - and opposes them

Senior Labour figures have come out with sharply opposing views on whether the party backs rent controls. Shabana Mahmood, a senior MP...

04 May 2023

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So Much For Rent Controls - figures show increases, not falls

Property portal Citylets says average rents in Scotland rose 12.4 per cent in the past year to £1,007 per month -...

27 April 2023

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Backfired! Rent controls hurt lettings as government flounders

Research from Propertymark highlights a growing concern for the private rental sector in Scotland. As the Scottish National Party lurches from crisis...

24 April 2023

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Section 24: Agents call for mortgage tax relief to be reinstated

A new survey of lettings agents and landlords has put the reinstatement of Section 24 mortgage tax relief at the top...

21 April 2023

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Rent Controls Backfire - rents have actually RISEN instead...

Scottish rents in the private sector rose at a faster rate than the rest of Britain according to analysis by DJ...

31 March 2023

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Rent Caps and Build To Rent - seminar to discuss impact

A seminar is to be held to look at the impact of rent controls on the burgeoning Build To Rent sector. Private...

28 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent control law backfires as agents see landlords selling up

The Scottish Parliament’s so called Cost of Living Act - imposing rent controls on the private sector - is backfiring. That’s the...

27 February 2023

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Rent Controls won't solve housing crisis, experts warn

The housing crisis will be made worse by rent caps, two property experts have said. Various activist groups, much of the Green...

26 January 2023

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Activists protest outside agents’ offices demand ‘no bidding’

The anti-agent pro-renter group Acorn has protested outside some agents’ offices in Bristol demanding an end to rival bids for properties...

26 January 2023

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Propertymark backs legal challenge to government rent controls

Propertymark is one of three lettings organisations behind a bid to get a Judicial Review of the Scottish Government’s rent controls...

23 January 2023

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Industry figure urges Labour to do more to improve housing supply

The director of a property development firm says Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer must do more to boost housing supply as...

09 January 2023

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Rent Freeze politician in war of words with Propertymark chief

Propertymark has become embroiled in a war of words with a Scottish politician who has made a series of anti-agent and...

04 January 2023

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Rent controls forcing landlords to consider quitting - Propertymark

No fewer than 85 per cent of letting agents say that landlord clients have expressed a wish to sell up in...

14 December 2022

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Council campaigns for rent controls - with no power to introduce them

A new survey has been launched to gather views from people in a major English city on the idea of introducing...

12 December 2022

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Rent Freeze - time for agents to say what they REALLY think

Agents have only until the end of tomorrow, December 2, to feed into Propertymark’s response to a new consultation on the...

01 December 2022

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Rent Controls Fail Worldwide - agent lists disastrous consequences

A lettings agency chief has listed how rent controls have failed across the world. Writing in The Scotsman, David Alexander - chief...

14 November 2022

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Rent Controls simply not needed, insists agents’ body

Propertymark has reiterated its opposition to rent controls in its latest statement on proposals in Northern Ireland. The NI Assembly has published...

04 November 2022

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Party demands eviction ban as first step on road to rent controls

Another political party is calling for a winter eviction ban as the first part of a reform programme for the private...

24 October 2022

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Rent controls crush hopes for thousands of affordable homes

A Labour peer who was to have invested £1 billion in affordable homes has halted his scheme because of the threat...

19 October 2022

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More politicians demand rent freeze and evictions ban

Welsh nationalists have called for a rent freeze and eviction ban to emulate that happening now in Scotland. Plaid Cymru, the party...

07 October 2022

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Lobby politicians to stop rent controls killing supply - agency chief

The Belvoir Group is warning that the housing crisis within the Scottish private rental sector is rapidly worsening, thanks to the...

22 September 2022

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Labour to consider Rent Controls and AirBnb restrictions

A proposal to introduce rent controls is likely to be discussed at Labour’s annual conference, being held early next week in...

21 September 2022

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Tory MP challenged on shock call for rent freeze

The landlords’ main trade body is directly challenging a Tory MP who has called for a rent freeze. Natalie Elphicke - in...

12 September 2022

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Prominent Truss-backer speaks out against rent controls

A prominent supporter of new Prime Minister Liz Truss has spoken out against rent controls.  Veteran Conservative MP Sir John Redwood, who...

08 September 2022

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Agents want pilot project to test scrapping of S21

Agents are calling for a pilot project to measure the impact of the government abolishing Section 21 eviction powers. In its response...

31 August 2022

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

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

30 August 2022

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Political website sets out case against rent controls

With the campaign for rent controls gathering momentum from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and sympathetic pressure groups, a right wing Conservative-backing...

24 August 2022

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Labour MP calls for rent controls to help combat cost of living crisis

A Labour MP says the government should introduce emergency rent controls as part of a package of measures to combat the...

11 August 2022

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Council buying homes to stop them becoming Airbnbs

A council has purchased some 40 properties to avoid them becoming holiday homes and Airbnbs. Highland council in Scotland is spending up...

27 July 2022

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Lion’s Den! Rent control advocate to speak at letting agents’ conference

The politician who is arguably the country’s most powerful advocate of rent controls is to address a Propertymark conference. Patrick Harvie, Scotland’s...

14 July 2022

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Labour rent freeze aims to “re-direct profit back to workers”

A prominent Labour politician in Scotland has made an outspoken attack on the private landlord sector in her call for an...

30 June 2022

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Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

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

21 June 2022

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There will be NO rent controls in England - and that’s official

Housing minister Eddie Hughes has categorically stated that the government is not considering rent controls in England. In a written reply to...

08 June 2022

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Rent Controls - body discussing implementation recruits top agency figure

A Parliamentary group currently investigating the possible implementation of rent controls is to be joined by a senior figure from Propertymark. The...

07 June 2022

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Rental reform may be bogged down after elections, warns supplier

Last month’s local election results could yet impact on the private rental sector, a prominent industry supplier claims. The Association of Independent...

06 June 2022

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Leading Tory hits back at demands for rent controls

One of the most high profile members of the Welsh Parliament has hit back at calls from the controlling Labour and...

09 May 2022

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Vote 2022 - today's elections could change course of rental reform

A leading lettings sector commentator believes today’s local elections may not directly change the private rental sector but could have a...

05 May 2022

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Rent controls ineffective as tool to reduce homelessness

Propertymark has dismissed suggestions from critics of the lettings industry that higher rents are leading to more homelessness.  The trade body says...

03 May 2022

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Agency boss condemns political party for “punitive” attack on rental sector

One of the UK’s largest lettings groups has made an outspoken attack on the policies of a political party standing in...

27 April 2022

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ARLA slams “tenant centric” approach to rental sector reform

ARLA Propertymark is the latest rental industry organisation to hit out at what it calls the “tenant-centred approach” being taken to...

26 April 2022

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Rent Controls threat under discussion at Rightmove event

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

06 April 2022

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Activists slam councils for failing to regulate agents and landlords

An activist group in London has launched a scathing attack on councils which it claims have been ineffective in regulating rogue...

04 April 2022

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No Rent Controls - agents send clear message to politicians

One of the country’s most outspoken advocates of rent controls has been told why agents and landlords oppose them. Propertymark has hosted...

28 March 2022

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Massive London rent rise takes UK average growth over 10%

An eye-watering annualised rent rise in Greater London of 27.3 per cent has helped pushed the all-UK total yearly hike to...

17 March 2022

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Politicians warned - don’t fix a lettings system that isn’t broken

A warning has gone out to politicians from lettings agency trade body ARLA Propertymark - don’t try to fix a system...

16 March 2022

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Rent Controls Now! Major newspaper backs activists’ campaign

One of the country’s major regional newspapers has launched a campaign for the urgent introduction of rent controls. The Bristol Evening Post,...

08 March 2022

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Avoid rent freezes but some controls can work, academics claim

A 68-page academic report urges governments not to adopt hard controls that simply freeze rents - even though it acknowledges that...

28 February 2022

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Another Labour politician urges immediate rent controls

Another prominent Labour politician has thrown his weight behind rent controls. And Mark Griffin - who is the party’s housing spokesman in...

22 February 2022

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Agents hit back at politicians over rent controls

Propertymark has hit back at the latest demand by politicians for rent controls. The London mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his call for...

21 February 2022

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Rent Controls and Stricter EPCs - virtual summits to discuss changes

A radical overhaul of the private rental sector is underway in Scotland and agents’ body Propertymark says it wants all sides...

21 February 2022

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Rent controls would prompt switch to Airbnb - warning

The imposition of rent controls - urged by a growing number of politicians and pressure groups in different parts of the...

18 February 2022

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Ideological attack on rental sector underway, warns leading agent

A prominent lettings agency chief says a consultation looking at changes to private renting proposed by the Scottish Government is merely...

18 February 2022

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Rent Control momentum building rapidly across UK

Politicians across the UK appear to be growing more vocal in their support for rent controls. The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru...

17 February 2022

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Clampdown on agents by council officers with qualifications

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan wants is introducing a new qualification and training for borough council housing enforcement officers to...

17 February 2022

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Agents hit out at call for rent controls and anti-eviction measures

Propertymark has strongly opposed a proposal by the Scottish Government to radically reform the private rental sector. The proposals put out for...

23 December 2021

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Investors may quit buy to let, leading agency chief warns

The lettings agency boss at the centre of a major industry takeover has fired a warning shot about rent controls and...

22 December 2021

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Get set for rent controls in one part of the UK

Scotland’s controversial Green Party housing chief - who is part of a governing arrangement with Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party -...

21 December 2021

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

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

15 December 2021

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Rent controls - agents warn politicians against hasty change

ARLA Propertymark has voiced its concern over rent controls to a politicians who is leading the charge to introduce them to...

03 September 2021

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This is how rent controls could work - one agent's view

A senior lettings agent and property management company owner has set out how rent controls could work in very specific circumstances...

27 August 2021

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Deal to introduce rent controls “ill thought out” say agents

The deal to introduce rent controls in Scotland - the result of a deal between two parties in the Scottish Parliament...

27 August 2021

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Rental sector reform plans go MUCH further than just rent controls

Details are beginning to emerge of the measures likely to be imposed on the private rental sector in Scotland as a...

24 August 2021

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New call for rent controls in area hit by short lets and holiday homes

A part of the country which has seen a severe long term rental stock shortage as a result of switches from...

24 August 2021

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Rent controls to be introduced after deal between politicians

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

23 August 2021

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Labour and Generation Rent join forces again for rent controls

The Generation Rent campaign group and Labour are again uniting to argue in favour of rent controls in London. Just last week...

15 July 2021

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