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KEYWORD "Rental Sector" - 1000 RESULTS
Two Days Left! Last call for agents’ views on rental reform

Agents have only until Friday to respond to the committee of MPs currently calling for evidence concerning the reform of the...

17 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Corporate investors side-stepping tax set to move into rental sector

A leading market analysis suggests that the private rental sector may be set to benefit from large scale corporate investors seeking...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

We need a Minister for Renting says lettings marketing chief

A Build To Rent promotional website appears to be ruing the day that Boris Johnson sacked Michael Gove from his role...

16 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm changes start in seven weeks time

Yet another revision to the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations takes effect from October 1 - that’s just under...

15 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Tory call for rental regulations to be changed to boost supply

A prominent Welsh Conservative politician has called for a reform of the strict measures imposed on the private rental sector in...

12 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Government relies on private rentals to keep Homes For Ukraine afloat

The government is relying on the private rented sector to bolster its high-profile Homes for Ukraine programme - despite a series...

10 August 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Can quality appliances contribute to higher rental yield?

Homes in the rental sector are more likely to have old and inefficient appliances for tenants to use in order to...

05 August 2022

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Rightmove shows how interest rate rises may indirectly boost rental sector

Data from Rightmove shows how an interest rate rise today, when the Bank of England meets, might effectively boost demand in...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Corporate rental sector targeted by Airbnbs and other short lets

A trade body representing the Airbnb-style short lets sector says this kind of accommodation now has a five per cent market...

04 August 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Government must help keep rental sector buoyant - warning from agents

Propertymark has issued the government with a stark warning - without incentives to landlords, the private rental sector will shrink, rents...

02 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Guarantor service links with Canopy to attract wider range of renters

Rental sector support companies Canopy and Housing Hand have announced a partnership.  Housing Hand will serve as a rental guarantor for renters...

01 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge number of rented homes won’t make new EPC targets

Forty per cent of privately rented homes in England are unlikely to achieve the energy efficiency rating target set to become...

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants at risk because of delay to rental reforms - claim

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

22 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Politician wants Airbnb hosts to switch properties to long-term rentals

A politician has called on Airbnb hosts in his local area to switch their properties to long-term rentals. Isle of Wight councillor...

19 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Propertymark group lobbying politicians ahead of rental reforms

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

18 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Property investment salesman predicts buy to let renaissance

The sales director of a property investment firm says high house prices, rising interest rates and the broader cost of living...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Middle-aged now fastest growing demographic in private rental sector

The number of middle-age and later life tenants living in privately rented homes has accelerated faster than those under the age...

15 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Loss of Section 21 may not be catastrophe, trade body suggests

The small UK Association of Letting Agents trade body says that the government’s proposal to scrap Section 21 is grabbing headlines...

14 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Question mark over rental reform as housing ministers quit

If housing really is seen by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as one of his key policy goals, there must be uncertainty...

07 July 2022

From: Breaking News

What do you feel about the State Of The Lettings Industry?

PropTech companies Goodlord and Vouch have come together to call for input for their State Of The Lettings Industry report. The annual...

06 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Insurance giant enters private rental sector with eco-scheme

Aviva Investors, the global asset management wing of insurance giant Aviva, has announced a deal with a Build To Rent specialist...

05 July 2022

From: Breaking News

White Paper fall-out - private rental sector set to contract

It looks as if the private rental sector will contract as a result of the threat of new regulations contained in...

04 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent justifies rent level after politician brands it “disgraceful”

A lettings agency in Kent has been drawn into a spat about rent levels following a councillor’s comment on Twitter. Liberal Democrat...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform is “a dark day for private rental sector” says Propertymark

Scotland’s new Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill - passed this week by politicians at Holyrood - represents a dark day...

01 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Reform Timetable needed to stop uncertainty says leading industry supplier

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

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Pressure mounts on politicians to relax proposed eviction rules change

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

30 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Reforms must ease shortage of supply - Propertymark speaks out

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

28 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Public kick back against rental reform proposals

An interesting survey conducted by the Lincolnshire Live news website suggests a lack of support for some proposals in the government’s...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancy rules may be threat to student lettings - claim

There’s concern in the student lettings sector about the impact of the government’s Fairer Private Rental Sector White Paper. For this specialist...

24 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning over Electric Vehicle charging at rental properties

Electric Vehicle charging points in rental properties are going to be expensive and should be planned and saved for now, according...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency guide issued for private rental sector

A prominent energy industry organisation has just issued a new guide aimed at improving private rental sector properties. The Energy Saving Trust...

23 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour pushing for even more radical reforms plus rent controls

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

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Spectacular growth for private rental sector - forecast

The private rental sector could grow an additional 6.5 per cent in just three years, it’s been forecast. This would bring the...

21 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Zoopla backs rental reforms despite agents’ reservations

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

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector licensing service teams up with insurance broker

PropTech firm Kamma, which monitors the growing number of local council licensing regimes, has teamed up with an insurance broker. The link...

17 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Get Involved Now! Big industry debate on Rental White Paper

Today’s proposed changes to the private rental sector are the most radical for a generation. The first industry debate on this hot...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Hybrid agency scheme claims it's better for agents than rival firms

The closely-fought battle between franchise lettings agencies in the private rental sector continues apace.  Maryam Bham, franchise sales manager at Hunters -...

16 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reforms to be unveiled by government tomorrow

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

15 June 2022

From: Breaking News

New national lettings portal to launch this year

A new national lettings-only portal is planning to launch this October with a pledge to revolutionise the rental sector. Its aim is...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer urges sales-only agencies to get into lettings

TV property expert Phil Spencer says the slowing sales market should spur sales-only agencies into the lettings field. He suggests that ongoing...

13 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents warn Boris Johnson: “Stop punishing the private rental sector”

A new survey is a warning the government that it must stop forcing landlords out of the private rental sector by...

07 June 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Evictions - What Next? Industry must rethink process, say leaders

Two of the most respected figures in the lettings sector are calling on agents, landlords and tenants to consider the future...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Long term increase in private rental sector continues apace

There’s been a big rise in the number of private rental properties on the past decade, despite sweeping tax and regulation...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent regulation needed on top of rental sector reforms - Propertymark

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

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents told to encourage landlords to better energy-efficiency

Propertymark says the new boiler upgrade scheme, which comes into effect this week, is an opportunity for letting agents to promote...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Far reaching reforms demanded by lettings industry chiefs

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

25 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets with poor EPCs falling out of favour fast - new study

A new survey gives an indication of how quickly properties with poor Energy performance Certificates are falling out of favour in...

24 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring rents, Bidding wars, Supply drought - the market today

A senior lettings chief says the supply drought is making the rental market as overheated now as at any time in...

18 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Warning that millions of tenants will hit fuel poverty this year

A PropTech firm is warning that well over two million private rental sector households could be in fuel poverty by the...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge agency network signs up to licensing PropTech service

The massive Belvoir franchise network has signed up 360 of its franchisees to the PropTech service Kamma.  The franchisees include those under...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform aimed mostly at north of England, government admits

The government is admitting that its rental reform agenda is aimed primarily at the north of England - which just happens...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental groups should unite and not argue, says industry figure

The chief executive of industry accreditation service Safeagent has made another plea for unity within the private rental sector. In a response...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

Agents have voiced their reservations over aspects of the widespread rental sector reform announced by the government in the Queen’s Speech. Yesterday...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical reform of private rental sector announced by government

The Queen’s Speech has confirmed that a radical re-shaping of the rental sector in England is being pushed ahead by the...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to help landlords and tenants cope with radical change

Letting agents in one part of the UK need to be ready for the most significant changes to the private rental...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Council-run lettings agency aims to attract private landlords

A council-run private rental sector lettings agency which so far claims to manage 300 properties it launching an advertising campaign to...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New flexible ‘lifetime deposit’ option launched by Zero Deposit

Deposit alternative service Zero Deposit is launching a new option which it says gives tenants more flexibility to split the guarantee...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Improve housing standards! Propertymark’s call to winning politicians

Propertymark is calling on candidates in next week's Northern Ireland Assembly elections to support policies that will increase housing supply and...

29 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government says city’s entire private rental sector must have licensing

All private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence from this September, following a green light from the government. Some 49.3...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Your Chance - Tell the BBC the private rental sector is under attack!

The industry’s main trade body for lettings agents is telling its members to let the BBC know if they believe the...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenant deposits fall in response to mandatory fees ban

Research by deposit protection provider mydeposits has revealed that the average deposit paid has fallen year on year since the start...

21 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Government has “blatant disregard for renting” says angry industry chief

The chief executive of ARLA Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the UK government, accusing it of a “blatant disregard...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

It’s here - Lifetime Deposit concept launched ahead of government reform

PropTech company Canopy is partnering with deposit funding firm Fronted to launch the concept of a lifetime deposit, which can be...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings trainer wants more public cash for rental enforcement

Lettings accreditation and training service Safeagent is calling on the government to make more public cash available for councils to exercise...

19 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents fight back in row over quality of private rental stock and repairs

ARLA Propertymark has hit back in this week’s debate on the quality of private rental property, following sharp criticism in a...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Thousands of tenants must accept “appalling conditions” - Shelter

Thousands of tenants have no choice but to accept “appalling conditions” according to the chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter. Polly Neate...

14 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Private rental property conditions and enforcement slammed by MPs

Private rental property conditions and the enforcement of regulations by councils and government have all been in the firing line from...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech claim to identify all private rental licensing schemes

A PropTech supplier which helps agents and landlords identify private rental sector licensing issues has announced a new partnership. Geospatial technology firm...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Campaigners demand council introduce city-wide licensing

Activists in the Acorn campaign group are lobbying a council in a bid to - in its words - “ban slum...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Take That! Famous industry supplier celebrates anniversary

Fifteen years ago Take That’s ‘Shine’ was at number one in the charts, ‘Mr Bean’s Holiday’ drew crowds into cinemas and...

05 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - would new builds be best for buy to let?

Energy efficiency is the hot topic in the lettings sector right now with new minimum EPC levels expected to be introduced...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

60 Second Interview – Alex Gibbs, Co-Founder and Director of Built Asset Management (BAM)

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Alex Gibbs, Co-Founder and Director of Built Asset Management...

27 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Should holiday lets be restricted to buyers with long-term local links?

The activist group Acorn is lobbying a local council to deny people the right to buy a second home or let...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

EPC Upgrades - Government slammed over costs of improvements

A property finance company says increased taxes and regulations for the private rental sector mean that energy efficiency improvements to raise...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome energy efficiency VAT help for rental sector

There’s been a broad welcome from letting agents to the Spring Statement not loading more tax or restrictions on buy to...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Minister Madness! Industry supplier hits out at politicians

A prominent industry supplier has hit out at what he calls “the merry go round of housing ministers” following yet another...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Probe into housing options for people aged 16 to 34

A local authority is launching an investigation into what housing options there are for younger people within its patch, and whether...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies and pets in lets - key think-tank steps up demands

A major think tank is calling for a radical reform of the private rental sector. A report from the cross-party independent Social...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

This is why landlords should use letting agents - Propertymark guides

Agents’ trade body Propertymark says landlords should wise-up by using a letting agent to improve yields, rather than sell-up because of...

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Evictions to be shown on TV current affairs show this evening

ITV’s Tonight current affairs programme will this evening look at evictions in the private rental sector.  The episode - Losing Your Home:...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Airbnb - Labour politician speaks out about threat of short lets

The Labour Mayor of Bristol has spoken out about the threat to the mainstream rental sector posed by the proliferation of...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Soaring fuel bills will hurt renters and lettings sector - warning

Lower income households, often found in the private rental sector, are set to bear the brunt of the rising inflation and...

14 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector energy crisis as average bills may hit £3,000 per year

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to add to fuel price pressures with a typical household annual bill now predicted to...

04 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent says landlord clients turning their back on Airbnb

A lettings agent says his client landlords are already turning their back on short let platforms including Airbnb ahead of likely...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

 Quit carping and criticising private rental sector, politicians told

The increasingly shrill anti-landlord rhetoric from some politicians is making it harder for tenants, claims a leading industry spokesman. John Blackwood, chief...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings giant launches podcast aimed at rental sector players

Belvoir, the franchise giant, has launched an official podcast and the first episode includes an in-depth interview with chief executive Dorian...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urge government cash to use empty homes for renters

New financial incentives are needed to bring thousands of empty homes back into use and give a much-needed boost to the...

01 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Covid 19 used as excuse to bring in anti-buy to let rules - agency group

Propertymark, the letting agents’ trade body, has accused governments across the UK of using Covid 19 rule changes to slip in...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 “Wilful disregard of private rental sector” slammed by letting agents

Propertymark has waded into the controversy surrounding regulations removing extended notice periods in Scotland. The notice periods for residential tenancies - extended...

28 February 2022

From: Breaking News

More industry regulation needed - but not if it alienates agents

A leading figure in the PropTech sector says more regulation could make the rental sector fairer, more transparent and ultimately more...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Automation set to help agents meet Levelling Up agenda

A PropTech supplier claims that increased automation can help letting agents meet the demands of the government’s Levelling Up agenda. Openview –...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental sector to face higher bills because of Russia-Ukraine crisis

Agents, landlords and tenants alike face the prospect of higher bills because of the Russia-Ukraine crisis. In terms of energy costs, an...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Selling a buy to let may play into Airbnb's hands, warns agent

Cornwall has been in the spotlight as an area with an acute shortage of long-term rental properties because landlords have switched...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Shocking numbers of tenants hide pets from agents and landlords

It’s suggested that almost a third of pet-owning tenants have been hiding their animals from agents or landlords for more than...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches new products claiming to combat rental fraud

PropTech company Homeppl has launched two products that it calls “revolutionary fraud detection tools” for letting agents. One of the two technologies...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC and Government warned - don’t let Capital Gains Tax kill buy to let

A finance chief is warning that the threat of possible rises in Capital Gains Tax should be dismissed by the government to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Further Rental Reform White Paper scheduled for the spring

It’s now been made clear that there will be a detailed White Paper in the spring explaining radical changes to the...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says rents should not be raised following base rate hike

Rightmove is advising the private rental sector not to pass on interest rate rises to tenants. Yesterday the Bank of England increased...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Who’s going to police new higher standards for rental sector?

ARLA Propertymark has identified a key weakness in the government’s ambitious plans to reform the private rental sector as part of...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert - radical rental reforms shift power to tenants

The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper, revealed this morning, includes a radical reshaping of the private rental sector. Section 21 eviction...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Mandatory register and redress for landlords to be revealed this week

A radical shake up of the private rental sector is expected to be announced tomorrow by Housing Secretary Michael Gove. The main...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents' plea for new landlords to replace those quitting

ARLA Propertymark is warning that new landlords must be drafted in to the private rental sector to replace those exiting in...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenants complain of slow on-boarding process by letting agents

Tenants are complaining that lengthy application processes at lettings agencies contribute to their frustration at missing available properties.  The results of a...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Payments PropTech service wins cash investment

London-based lettings platform Yorlet has won £350,000 in seed funding to develop its payment Proptec solution. Yorlet was founded by friends Max...

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlord licensing will cut stock and hike rents, warns top agency

One of the leading lettings agencies in Liverpool has issued a warning about the city’s controversial new licensing scheme. The Labour council...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent backers jump on government Levelling Up bandwagon

The trade body which serves as a cheer leader for Build To Rent says the niche sector is part of the...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive £120m Build To Rent deal revealed by volume builder

Volume developer Crest Nicholson has announced its biggest Build To Rent deal, worth £120m, organised in tandem with financial firm Oaktree. The...

20 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Not just city centres - leap into suburbia for Build To Rent

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent operators, Legal & General, has acquired a new scheme from volume housebuilders Countryside....

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

London lettings some way from full recovery, says agency

There’s still some way to go for the lettings market to return to its pre-pandemic best according to Knight Frank -...

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Radical rental reform measures to become law in July

A controversial reform programme for the private rental sector in Wales is to go ahead from July 15 this year -...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC shock for tenants - some may have to pay stamp duty

A little-known law may require tenants to pay stamp duty on the rental properties they do not actually own. London lettings agency...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want big rental sector controls ‘to solve housing crisis’

The Liberal Democrats have proposed sharp restrictions on holiday rentals at the heart of the party’s plans to solve the housing...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians slam private rentals as “increasingly unaffordable”

A report from the House of Lords has condemned the private rental sector as being ”increasingly unaffordable” as well as being...

11 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Omicron worries make tenants stay put - demand has slumped

There’s been a slump in demand for rental properties as a result of tenants staying put in the latter part of...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Boomin launches research into rental sector capital appreciation

Capital appreciation over the past decade has been driven more by the value of homes in the rental market than by...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Stop Sniping At Private Renting! Agency chief tells politicians to stop

The coming year should be about promoting harmony in the lettings market says the head of an agency that’s now part of a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive private rental company set for auction - media report

One of Britain’s largest property companies may be sold in one of Britain’s biggest private equity deals. Sky News reports that Terra Firma...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Is Shelter right? Do high rents impact women more than men?

Shelter claims that women are impacted by homelessness more than men, and says rising private rents are a contributory factor. In a...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents may shun landlords with poor compliance record - claim

Self-managing landlords who think they don’t have the same compliance obligations as agents could face serious repercussions, Trading Standards chiefs have...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ex-ARLA chief lifts the lid on how Buy To Let was created 25 years ago

A former president of the Association of Residential Letting Agents has lifted the lid on how buy to let came about,...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping Section 21 may take three years says industry expert

A leading expert on the private rental sector predicts it will take three years for the government to scrap Section 21 evictions...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency slams ‘unhealthy’ criticism of private rental sector

An agency has issued a statement strongly rejecting the negative mood music surrounding the private rental sector. Chris Wood and Ross McDonald...

29 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Arrears rising as Omicron hits tenants across rental sector

Propertymark says arrears in the private rental sector are rising once again as the Omicron variant continues to push across the...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Omicron - government guidance for private rental sector this winter

Housing minister Chris Pincher has written an open letter to all landlords and agents in England, telling them how to enact the...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Don’t wait for regulation and legislation - improve renting now

Agents should not wait until regulation and legislation improve the rental sector - they should be doing so voluntarily.  That’s the view...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency claims new website ‘cuts through the competition’

A lettings agency’s new website claims to offer increased support to landlords, tenants, and investors, “while cutting through the noise of...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Will rental sector benefit from growing pessimism over scale of housing crisis?

Only 15 per cent of adults are confident the housing crisis will be resolved in their lifetime. New research among 2,000 individuals...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark forecasts the 2022 rental market and issues

Propertymark chief executive Nathan Emerson has given his prediction as to what the big issues will be in the 2022 lettings...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

No more red tape! - Agents warn government to get reform right

ARLA Propertymark is backing a call for the government to set a clear vision for how it sees the private rental...

13 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

A report by the National Audit Office claims that the way private renting is regulated makes the sector unfair to renters. It...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds surveys housing market ahead of huge rental investment

Lloyds Banking Group, which is known to be investing huge sums in the UK private rental sector, has published the results...

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Faster onboarding vital to counter arrears, says PropTech chief

A PropTech startup says faster and easier onboarding is crucial in the fight against rent arrears - especially with the Omicron...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-level enquiry into ‘exempt’ rental accommodation

A major Select Committee of MPs has launched an enquiry into so-called exempt rental sector accommodation - a niche sector that...

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents raise alarm over high cost EPC targets for rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has fired a shot across the bows of the government as it aims to improve energy efficiency in the...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Improve rentals as many tenants can’t buy, government told

A think tank says it would take a major policy change to fulfil Boris Johnson’s goal to turn generation rent into...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

The UK Association of Letting Agents says it welcomes new rules for alarms which put the social and private rental sectors...

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Alert: new Carbon Monoxide alarm laws revealed

The government has announced that carbon monoxide alarms must be fitted in all private rental properties with fixed appliances such as...

24 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Biggest ever Build To Rent study claims sector is not over-priced

Results have been released of an analysis of over 20,000 Build To Rent tenants in over 15,000 homes across the UK...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter blasts government for unaffordable homes

Shelter - so often critical of the private rental sector - has instead turned its fire on the government over what...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Why Scrap Section 21?  Possession cases are plummeting anyway...

New figures from the Ministry of Justice show a dramatic long-term decline in the number of possessions in the private rental...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings now account for 75% of Winkworth revenue

A trading statement from franchise agency Winkworth has revealed that its network now derives 75 per cent of its revenue from...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New EPC Regulations: Rental sector’s uphill struggle to meet targets

Just as COP26 is drawing to a close, so one of the lettings industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector already cleaning up its act on EPCs, suggests bank

The private rental sector is already attempting to improve its EPC results according to research from Shawbrook Bank.  From 2025 new rules...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s green up north - councils win cash to make rental sector eco-efficient

Almost £300,000 has been awarded to a consortium of councils to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector. York council will lead...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Heatpump proposals may be hot air, suggests PropTech platform

PropTech investment platform Houzen has raised concerns over the government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy. This is the satrategy that offers rental sector...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government delays Rental Reform White Paper until 2022

The Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities says the long-awaited Rental Reform White Paper will now not be published until...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban renting changing thanks to pandemic, says PropTech platform

PropTech platform Lavanda says urban property is changing thanks to the pandemic, and it tells agents, landlords and other providers to...

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Industry anger as Budget ignores private rental sector

All sides of the industry have expressed anger and frustration that yesterday’s Budget effectively ignored the private rental sector. ARLA Propertymark’s policy...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings guru to discuss future for agents and rentals sector

Leading industry figure Peter Knight is to discuss the future of the rental sector and the role of agents in a...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-Debate - A One Size Fits All solution won’t work for agents

Propertymark has told the government that imposing the same solution to the Net Zero challenge on all of the private rental...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency wants incentives for long term lets over Airbnb-style lets

A leading lettings agency wants next week’s Budget to unveil incentives to bolster supply in the long term rental sector. Richard Davies,...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent welcomes more pets in rental property - with conditions

A London lettings agent says it welcomes increasing moves towards allowing pets in rental properties - with some conditions.  Bective’s head of...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Student rental sector relies too much on overseas tenants - claim

Research by a student accommodation search platform suggests that the sector may rely too heavily on the apparent year-on-year growth in...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Smart Meters: Agents’ webinar today as pressure builds for adoption

Pressure continues to build on letting agents to play a greater role in the adoption of smart meters across the private...

20 October 2021

From: Breaking News

 Energy Crisis: Almost two thirds of homes have relatively poor EPCs

As energy efficiency becomes increasingly key for the private rental sector and owner occupiers alike, new data from PropTech firm Sprift...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to promote smart meters to landlords

As energy costs continue to rise, agents are being urged to promote the use of smart meters. That’s the view of Safeagent...

18 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency head tells Sunak - stop hammering the private rental sector

The head of a lettings agency has drawn up a wish list for Chancellor Rishi Sunak to address in his Budget...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Help London’s rental sector - agent’s plea to government

A leading agent and member of the Propertymark board says London’s letting agencies and private rental sector need government help -...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

ARLA Propertymark is calling on the government to properly fund local authorities so they can combat rogue operators in the private...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Better standards and controls for short lets needed, admits major provider

The short lets sector - already receiving political and community criticism for eroding the wider private rental sector - needs better...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to government - fix rental sector or face stock drought

The lettings agents’ group Propertymark has told Chancellor Rishi Sunak that unless the private rented sector is overhauled many landlords will...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to Boris: don’t hurt rentals in push for home ownership

A prominent industry supplier is warning the government not to damage the private rental sector in its push to promote ever-more...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to review tax reliefs applying to private rental sector

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has told the Labour Party conference that if her party wins the next General Election she will...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Notice Rumpus - agents hint that politicians are out of touch

A statement from ARLA Propertymark has hinted that it believes politicians may be out of touch with the reality of how...

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub What services...

23 September 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Insight – what will the main rental trends be in 2022?

We may still be some months off 2022, but property experts are already beginning to make their predictions for next year...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Potential ‘cliff edge’ for renters and landlords as furlough winds up

Private tenants and landlords across the country face a cliff edge as the end of furlough coincides with cuts to benefit...

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Barking mad? BTR developers are luring private tenants with pet friendly homes 

Build to rent providers are taking the lead against private rental sector homes by advertising developments as pet-friendly.  Research by furnishings provider...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Propertymark calls for return of lettings perks to meet rental demand

Propertymark has called for a return of mortgage interest relief and a review of landlord taxes to boost the rental sector. The...

15 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Millions of tenants ‘experience illegal landlord or agent behaviour’

Almost half of renters in England have been victims of illegal behaviour from landlords or lettings agents, Shelter claims. The stark allegations...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Chancellor urged to encourage landlord investment in rental sector

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to make it more attractive for landlords to invest in the private rental sector. Sunak...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank may use local agents to find tenants for new rental units

It is understood that Lloyds Bank may use local agencies to find tenants for new private rental sector activities. In recent weeks...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should offer digital platforms for tenants to check documents

Agents should go further in allowing tenants to have digital access to key documents such as contracts and fees information. That’s one...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraud alarm raised for agents over sophisticated fake documents

Propertymark is alerting agents to ever-more sophisticated fraudulent documents being used in the private rental sector. The organisation recently requested agents to...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand is officially highest on record, say letting agents

The scale of demand in the private rental sector is now the highest on record according to ARLA Propertymark.  The average number...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed: What landlords are thinking, saying and planning right now

The value of the Private Rented Sector in England, Wales and Scotland grew by 5.8 per cent to a jaw dropping...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings-based PropTech firm raises jaw-dropping investment

Plentific - the PropTech firm that offers block management agents and Build To Rent operators a cloud-based maintenance platform - has...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings is “terrible idea” says leading agent

A prominent lettings agency owner has given his verdict on the concept of charging renters to view a property - “it...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Heidi Shackell, CEO of The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Heidi Shackell, CEO of The Lettings Hub. How has your...

19 August 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Was agent fined merely for helping his mother manage a property?

A bizarre fine imposed on a managing agent by a local authority appears to have been reversed because the council flouted...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reveal top reasons for tenancy disputes

A survey of some 600 agents and landlords by the Tenancy Deposit Scheme has revealed the most popular cause of deposit...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

EPC law change may create havoc across rental sector - warning

An analysis of new government legislation on energy efficiency suggests it may lead to chaos in the private rental sector. Geospatial technology...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock statement by agents - we've lost faith in court system

Agents’ body Propertymark says it wants a dedicated housing court because it’s lost faith in the mainstream court system to handle...

17 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Shock warning of “dark cloud over lettings market” - leading analyst

A housing market analyst is warning of "one heck of a dark cloud on the horizon for the lettings market” as...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Increase in rental co-living suggests recovery from pandemic

The niche co-living portion of the private rental sector has been boosted by the pandemic according to one operator. Built Asset Management...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Furnished Lets - do the premiums justify the initial cost?

The Furnished versus Unfurnished debate in the rental sector has been going on for years but new research attempts to quantify...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

Airbnb has issued a lengthy statement in response to a recent raft of criticisms about the effects of soaring numbers of...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets Petition: Bid to remove rental sector restrictions on pets

A petition has been launched on the Channel Island of Jersey to prevent agents and landlords banning pets from the local...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Take that! Labour chief hits back at buy to let attack by tenants

A Labour council leader has hit after being attacked for his support for buy to let and property investment. Last week we...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents back campaign for deposit reform and rental register

Propertymark has joined four so-called ‘action groups’ advocating housing policy changes including the setting up of a national landlord register and...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour buy to let expert told to “publicly explain” his activities

A letter from a tenant’s union is demanding that a Labour councillor “publicly explain” his actions as an accountant advising investors...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Agent victims of tenancy fraud invited to come forward

Propertymark wants agents to come forward with examples of fraudulent tenancy applications - a growing problem in the rental sector. A statement...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings register and deposit system demanded in new report

A new report calls for large scale reform of the private rental sector, including a national landlord register and changes to...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Cash needed to help rental sector achieve better EPCs

A leading private rental trade body says only bespoke financial help can ensure the private rental sector meets government energy efficiency...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Government updates Covid guidance for private rental sector

The government has updated its guidance for agents, landlords and tenants to explain the possession action process in the county courts...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Capital appreciation surge makes case for buy to let - agency chief

The capital appreciation of the past year proves that there’s no better investment than bricks and mortar, according to an agency...

22 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major PropTech deal heralds expansion of insurance to tenants

Californian PropTech firm Trov, specialising in digital insurance for tenants, has announced a deal with major UK rental companies.  The deal is...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector bounce back underway, says leading agency

The rental sector bounce back in London and the Home Counties is now underway according to Knight Frank. The agency forecasts rental...

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Another warning to John Lewis and Lloyds - stay out of rental sector

Last week the tax firm Blick Rothenberg advised John Lewis and Lloyds Bank to stay out of the private rental sector...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector estimated at being worth £1.4 trillion

A new estimate put the value of the UK private rental sector at almost £1.4 trillion. Buy to let and investment consultancy...

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Climate Change Targets: Agents demand cash help for rental sector

Propertymark says new figures detailing the costs of energy efficiency improvements in the private rental sector show the need for a...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council’s civil penalty threat over electrical safety in rental properties

Bury council in Greater Manchester has adopted new measures to fine agents or landlords up to £30,000 if their properties fail...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to John Lewis - rental homes could destroy your reputation

Supermarket chains like John Lewis and banks like Lloyds - both entering the private rental sector as large scale landlords -...

14 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ group warns of widespread evictions without government support

The UK Association of Letting Agents trade body is warning of “widespread evictions” unless government support is offered to tenants. UKALA chairman...

13 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Dramatic reform likely for rental sector in Scotland - warning

There was much publicity this week for the efforts of the Welsh Government to deter the letting of second homes. Now it...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

First tenants to move into Lloyds Bank rental units this summer

Lloyds Bank says tenants will “within the next few weeks” move into the first of a series of new developments it...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give qualified support radical overhaul of rental sector in NI

Propertymark has given its broad support to a new Private Members Bill introduced into the Northern Ireland assembly, aimed at improving...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet referencing service launches - but letting agents must pay

A pet referencing service is being launched next month - but it expects agents and landlords to pay to see the...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Council says some agent-run properties create “anti-social behaviour

The Labour-run Haringey council in London says some housing conditions in the private rental sector lead to anti-social behaviour. Letting Agent Today...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Discrimination against tenants on benefits is fault of government - new report

A leading trade body says the rental sector must not discriminate against tenants on benefits - and has told government it...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

What can agents expect from the Rental White Paper?

The government has pledged a White Paper to be issued in the autumn, dedicated to reform of the private rental sector. Some...

25 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Shift from long term lets to Airbnb ‘contribute to housing emergency’

A politician in one of the poorest parts of the UK wants his local authority to declare a ‘housing emergency’. Cornish councillor...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another rental property licensing scheme consultation launched

A proposal for one of the country’s largest ever private rental sector licensing schemes has gone out to consultation. Manchester’s Labour council...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Insurance dealer sets up service for tenants to win compensation

The man behind an early version of deposit replacement for the private rental sector has now set up a service encouraging...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents highlight their role in educating tenants about rights

ARLA Propertymark says letting agents have a vital role to play in highlighting the rights of private rental sector tenants. The comment...

18 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Large scale recovery underway in London’s rental market

There’s a large scale recovery underway in London’s rental sector according to the website Home. The site says that while average rents...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Renting now cheaper than buying, new research shows

It is now cheaper to rent a home than buy one - the first time this has been the case since...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom time for rental sector is good news for buy to let lender

Paragon Bank increased its focus on specialist buy to let lending during the first half of its financial year as its...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents soar outside London - but dip in the capital itself

The latest rental market snapshot produced by HomeLet shows average rents outside of London soaring to higher levels and dropping in the capital itself.  The...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Forum for private rental sector to be staged next week by council

Helping those in the private rental sector understand the latest changes to regulations due to Covid-19 is one of the aims...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental properties could boost EPC rating for £100 or even less

Some low-cost energy efficiency improvements to a property could boost its EPC rating according to an analysis undertaken by Rightmove. The portal...

03 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions is now finally at an end and from today there is a change to the notice...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Evicted tenants must be given Legal Aid, insists solicitors’ chief

The president of the Law Society of England and Wales says tenants facing eviction as a result of the ban being...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Indefinite Tenancies is key demand in campaigners’ reform manifesto

Campaign group Generation Rent has set out a 10-point plan for reform of the private rental sector in favour of tenants. Its...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Another Shelter report condemns state of British rental sector

Another report by the campaigning charity Shelter is critical of the quality of Britain’s private rental sector - and indeed the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Record number of Build To Rent planning consents, with big suburban surge

Research by the British Property Federation shows that 6,937 new Build To Rent homes won full planning permission in the first...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over HMRC probes if they use old-fashioned ID checks

An anti-money laundering PropTech consultancy claims agents are in serious danger of non-compliance with new regulations, unless they ditch paper documents and...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

OnTheMarket to provide agents with free tenancy referencing

OnTheMarket has signed a 12 month exclusive commercial partnership with Canopy, the tenant referencing platform. The partnership will enable the portal to...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where Build To Rent is threatening Buy To Let

The Build to Rent market remains small in volume but it is making some inroads, leading to BTR rent rises predominantly...

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty slashes size of buy to let sector claims agency

The five years since the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on additional homes has led to a...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction court process should be simplified in reform package - call

A leading buy to let mortgage expert has backed the government’s pledge to issue a White Paper and additional consultation before...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the government REALLY going to scrap Section 21 evictions?

Some lettings industry figures are beginning to express doubt as to whether the government’s broad commitment to reform the private rental...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

The government has announced changes to tenancy notice periods in line with the phased easing of the pandemic restrictions.  Whilst some notice...

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government willing to listen to agents on rental reform, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government is willing to listen to agents and other industry players ahead of...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

A leading banking and wealth management company says a growth area for the rental sector in the years to come will...

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Government confirms rental reform to be pushed through this year

The government has confirmed that reform of the private rental sector will be a priority for the coming session of Parliament. A...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental sector skewed against tenants says prominent London Tory

A prominent London Conservative MP has made a scathing attack on the current rental sector’s structure, saying it is skewed in...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under threat from huge revamp to private rental sector

A scheme being proposed in Northern Ireland has been branded as a threat to letting agents. The Northern Ireland Executive is considering...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to beware council compliance crackdown and heavy fines

Agents are being warned about a crackdown on compliance issues surrounding rental property management. No Letting Go, the country’s largest provider of...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour says rent controls for UK cities could be based on London

Labour’s candidate for London Mayor wants to control private rents - and he wants the capital to be a template for...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

A new analysis of the private rental sector suggests it was reducing in size for some years before the pandemic. Nationwide’s specialist...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow! Wind power to supply huge number of student rental properties

Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of purpose built student accommodation, has signed a deal guaranteeing a fifth of its annual...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Activists blast councils for failing to act over “unsafe rental properties”

Councils are failing to protect tenants in three out of four cases where they discover rental homes are unsafe, according to...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Covid issues hit leading agency group’s lettings revenue

One of the country’s largest lettings operations has outlined the challenges it faced during the Coronavirus crisis. LSL Property Services’ latest trading statement...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents back idea of renters getting more upfront info

The two letting agents’ trade groups have backed a call for more upfront information to be given to prospective renters. The National...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Labour figure plans expanded ‘ethical lettings agency’ concept

Greater Manchester’s Labour Mayor, Andy Burnham, says he wants to clamp down on the private rental sector. In his manifesto for next month’s...

19 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental demand still swinging away from cities, says Rightmove

Demand is still moving away from cities and towards suburbs and rural areas, according to Rightmove. “Areas around the North and South...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Strong capital appreciation deters landlords selling up, says agency

Buy to let investors are not cashing out of the private rental sector despite the restrictions and taxes imposed by government. Hamptons’...

13 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Property chief stands up for importance of pets in homes

As debate rages about whether pets should be allowed in more private rental properties, a senior house building figure has spoken up for...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

Agents and other industry players have penned an open letter to government demanding a radical overhaul of targets for energy efficiency in the...

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Top agency wants to grab a slice of the Build To Rent market

Leaders Romans Group is launching a consultancy and management service for Build To Rent developers - a bid to engage with institutions in...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government must offer buy to let sector a Green incentive - call

The government’s embarrassing axing of the Green Homes Grant means there must now be a replacement to help the private rental...

30 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for national register and indefinite tenancies for rental sector

A charity is calling for a new national body to oversee the private rental sector. Citizens Advice makes this one of three...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

The private rental sector has new electricity regulations taking effect next week, putting the emphasis on agents and landlords. The Electrical Safety...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

The government has revised its official guidance for the private rental sector and local authorities in the light of imminently-changing Coronavirus advice. The...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

An influential group of MPs has called for the replacement of “outdated” Energy Performance Certificates with new ‘Building Renovation Passports’. Currently EPCs...

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency training and regulation - are they really coming at last?

After years of deliberation there still appears to many to be little progress on the recommendations of the Regulation of Property...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Help bring rental sector Health and Safety up to date, agents urged

Letting agencies are being urged to help to shape the future of the rental sector by completing a survey as part...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Pandemic hits student rental sector hard, new study confirms

The pandemic has had a major impact on the student rental market with landlords suffering significant losses of income. A new analysis...

19 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental guru David Cox asks: “What’s the government thinking?”

The well known former managing director of the Association of Residential Lettings Agents, David Cox, is today attempting to explain what...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

MPs still debating whether there’s enough Covid help for private renting

Many months on from its call for evidence, an influential committee of MPs has still to report on whether it considers...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

There's been a warning that tenants should not be deceived when a landlords wants possession of their property. Lindsays law firm says...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Shelter hits out over “window dressing” policy for tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter has criticised Chancellor Rishi Sunak for allegedly leaving “far more people on the brink of homelessness than homeownership.”  Chief...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s David Cox to discuss Pets and Budget fallout for lettings

Rightmove’s David Cox - formerly of the Association of Residential Letting Agents - is to talk through the Budget fallout for...

09 March 2021

From: Breaking News

High Street bank set to become major UK landlord by the end of 2021

A report in the Financial Times over the weekend suggests that Lloyds Bank is poised to become a major residential landlord,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to check for damage as ‘pro-pet’ momentum builds

An inventory supplier to the lettings industry is advising agents to make sure they spot early signs of pet damage in...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS    What...

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Agents’ anger that Budget didn’t offer cash help for rental sector

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it’s disappointed the Budget failed to address the funding of the private rental sector.  “Extending...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

This afternoon's Budget has seen dramatic announcements from Chancellor Rishi Sunak referring to the private rental sector. For landlords buying properties, the stamp...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters working from home: London’s stock makes it tough for tenants

A survey of private rental sectors in major European cities suggests London is one of the tougher locations for tenants working...

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sets out rental sector innovation programme

Rightmove has set out its innovation programme for the private rental sector. The portal has given over a substantial amount of its...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

“Hammer blow” to private rental sector as six months notice is permanent

A new law in Wales making it mandatory for a tenant to get six months notice for Section 21 evictions has...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget: Will it hurt or help the private rental sector?

A leading PropTech expert says the lettings industry hopes next week’s Budget will provide clarity on taxes - but he’s also...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions and arrears webinar this morning aimed at rental sector

There’s an hour-long webinar this morning, aimed at giving property professionals the latest information on arrears, possession cases and evictions.  It’s at...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

London council says licensing regimes ‘make renting fairer’

A London council describes two new licensing schemes as ‘making renting fairer’ - even though they are launched during the pandemic. Islington’s Labour...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Short lets will be first rental sector to recover post-pandemic - claim

Airbnb and other short let operators will be the first part of the rental sector to recover once the pandemic eases, it’s...

17 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

An agency is warning that possible Capital Gains Tax changes are now a cause of major worry to their landlord customers.  Barrows and...

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban Extended Again: government makes announcement

The government has announced yet another ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in the private rental sector. The existing ban was due to expire...

14 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Fall in size of private rental sector according to government figures

There’s a been a slight fall in the size of the private rental sector in England according to government figures.  Latest data...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: momentum growing for yet another extension

Another council wants an extension to the existing ban on bailiff-enforced evictions, which is scheduled to end on February 22.  Yesterday our...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

Letting agents should help landlords through a blizzard of red tape and regulation cause by local licensing schemes, a PropTech entrepreneur...

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Evictions, possession, Right To Rent - all being debated today

Some of the most prominent names in the rental sector are taking part in a debate on threats and challenges for...

09 February 2021

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Deposit alternative firm promises big announcements in near future

Deposit alternative provider flatfair says it’s set to make big announcements soon - and in the meantime it’s attracted a key...

09 February 2021

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ARLA warns that ‘many landlords can no longer make ends meet’

ARLA Propertymark has reiterated its demand for the government to give financial support to the private rental sector. In its submission to...

08 February 2021

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Energy Fightback: Petition argues against stricter rental EPCs

An online petition is voicing opposition to government calls for ever-improving EPCs in the private rental sector.  Nottingham landlord Tricia Urquhart has started the...

08 February 2021

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Airbnbs and Holiday Homes should not have tax perks denied to Buy To Let

A call has gone out for the longer-term buy to let rental sector to have a similar tax regime as the largely-unregulated...

05 February 2021

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Agents tell government - Use Budget to help private rental sector

ARLA Propertymark has issued a list of 10 demands for Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s long-awaited Budget on March 3, with a financial...

04 February 2021

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Agency forecasts Build To Rent completions set to double in four years

Build To Rent completions are estimated to double by 2025, a property company forecasts. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of new...

03 February 2021

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Covid will drastically change rental landscape warn leading agents

A series of leading lettings agents have warned that the rental sector is set for significant change as the Coronavirus pandemic...

25 January 2021

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Councils can’t enforce energy efficiency regs in rental sector - claim

Propertymark has responded to the official consultation on the government proposals called Energy Performance of Privately Rented Homes in England and...

21 January 2021

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Agents invited to new online forum on private rental regulation

A council is offering a free event for agents and landlords to get the latest updates on national and local private...

20 January 2021

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New rent guarantee product offers “a market first” for agents - claim

HomeLet and Let Alliance have announced what they call a market first with a rent guarantee providing cover until vacant possession...

18 January 2021

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Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

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New property ID system aims to identify rogue buy to lets

A new property identification system which has won the backing of ARLA Propertymark and substantial parts of the industry has said...

15 January 2021

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Scrapping of S21 and new transferable deposits likely “very soon”

The long-awaited Renters' Reform Bill, promised 14 months ago, is likely to be introduced to the House of Commons “very soon.” The...

14 January 2021

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Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

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Short Lets body wants public cash for lost lockdown income

A trade body wants the government to ensure its latest lockdown grants cover short lets businesses. The UK Short Term Accommodation Association...

08 January 2021

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Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

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Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

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New lettings agency giant created with £100m private equity cash

Lomond Capital, which owns Scottish lettings and estate agents Braemore and Stonehouse, is to merge with Yorkshire firm Linley & Simpson. The...

05 January 2021

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2021 could be a good year for the rental market after all, says agent

The next 12 months could be a surprisingly good year for the private rental sector despite some obvious challenges, according to...

04 January 2021

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Court backlogs and eviction curbs to dominate 2021 - Propertymark

The new chief executive of Propertymark has outlined what he sees as the main challenges for the rental sector for 2021. In...

31 December 2020

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Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

Rent arrears in the private sector have actually dipped from their pandemic peak over the past two months - but they...

31 December 2020

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Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

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Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

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Virtual viewings herald ‘a new age’ says high-end lettings chief

A senior lettings agency figure says virtual viewings have transformed the rental sector. “The increased level of requests for virtual viewings has...

29 December 2020

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Rental growth ‘slightly positive’ for 2021 say surveyors

Rental growth expectations remain “slightly positive” across most of the UK according to the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors market...

22 December 2020

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Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

There are growing calls for so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ to face the same controls that are exerted over the rest of the...

21 December 2020

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Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

A rental guarantor service claims that it and companies like it have helped keep the UK’s private rental sector buoyant during...

16 December 2020

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Some landlords don't need agents, suggests investment chief

An investment group of companies specialising in student accommodation says letting agents can be very important - but it also says...

14 December 2020

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‘Sharpen up arrears process’ agents told as eviction truce starts

Today is the start of the official Christmas eviction ban ‘truce’ in the private rental sector - and it continues until...

11 December 2020

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Agents now managing more rental units than ever before, says ARLA

An end-of-year market snapshot by the Association of Residential Letting Agents shows the supply of rental accommodation was the highest on record...

11 December 2020

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Agents Regulation chief says complaints about rental sector are common

The architect of the Regulation of Property Agents working group - which has called for agents to be trained and licensed...

10 December 2020

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London the biggest rental sector loser as a result of Covid - claim

London’s lettings market may never return to its pre-pandemic appearance according to a flat-sharing rental platform. SpareRoom says 49 per cent of...

10 December 2020

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How was 2020 for you? Agents asked their views by industry suppliers

Two industry suppliers are asking agents to contribute to a survey assessing how the lettings sector has performed in 2020. Government-authorised deposit...

08 December 2020

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Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

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Huge licensing crackdown in 2021 gives agents a chance to shine - claim

A new assessment of legislation and council rules surrounding the private rental sector suggests a severe crackdown may be coming in...

02 December 2020

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Build To Rent set for late-year surge in applications - claim

A late-year surge in the number of Build To Rent applications has been forecast by a market commentator. Alex Blagden, senior researcher...

01 December 2020

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Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 2020

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Pets Mean Premiums - animals are good news, insists industry group

The private rental sector should embrace the idea of tenants with pets and not object to the prospect. That’s the view of...

24 November 2020

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Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

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Rent collection 97% and occupancy 95% says Build To Rent giant

One of the largest Build To Rent operators in the country is reporting that the pandemic has had relatively minor effects...

23 November 2020

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Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

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Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

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Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

PropTech platform MakeUrMove, which launched back in 2008 as the first online lettings agency, has secured a £1.3m funding package from...

17 November 2020

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Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

The Resolution Foundation has added its voice to that of many charities and other think tanks demanding more government support for...

17 November 2020

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No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

ARLA Propertymark has issued a warning to government not to use Capital Gains Tax reform to further punish the private rental...

16 November 2020

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Letting agents offered ‘free’ legal advice during pandemic

Letting agents are being offered a free consultation helpline during the pandemic.  Julie Condliffe, a lawyer and property investment expert, says the...

16 November 2020

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Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

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Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

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BTR market snapshot shows continued growth but London lagging

The latest Build To Rent snapshot up to late summer shows the number of BTR homes in stages of planning across...

12 November 2020

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Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

A new report from the Nationwide and campaigning charity Shelter puts letting agents in the dock over the standards in the...

06 November 2020

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‘Strange’ market still showing rent increases in almost every region

Another market snapshot from HomeLet suggests that there was a 2.2 per cent average rent increase across the UK in the...

04 November 2020

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Time for agents to highlight their value

The recent survey in Letting Agent Today on why many landlords didn’t use agents was interesting and informative. That only 42.5%...

02 November 2020

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So just how important IS the short lets rental sector?

Rental operators specialising in short lets are signing up to a tracking study to assess the sector’s size and significance.  The exercise...

29 October 2020

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Agency named to handle lettings at new Build To Rent city scheme

The team behind Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent housing development has announced another multi-million-pound BTR project. Kelvin Properties, which...

28 October 2020

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Probe into rental rooms exempt from mainstream rental regulations

A local authority is launching a six month probe into rooms let out but exempt from rental sector regulation. The project is...

22 October 2020

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Move to compulsorily purchase empty houses to provide rental units

The Welsh Government wants to reform compulsory purchase powers - meaning any landlord with a long-term empty property in the region...

20 October 2020

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End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private...

16 October 2020

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Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 October 2020

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New online lettings company wants to take UK by storm

A Czech-based PropTech firm called Flatio says it’s entering the UK market and aims to have at least 10,000 properties listed...

14 October 2020

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Stricter EPC regs - agents urged to tell government what they think

A call to action has been sent to letting agents to make their voices heard about new EPC proposals from the Department...

12 October 2020

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Revealed - why some landlords do not use letting agents

Light has been shed at last on the long-running uncertainty about why some landlords choose to use lettings agents and some...

12 October 2020

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Short Lets: boost in membership for fledgling trade body

The UK Short Term Accommodation Association, a new trade body representing the short-term rental sector, has added two new members to...

12 October 2020

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Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

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Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

07 October 2020

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Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

The huge disruption of the Coronavirus crisis to the UK's university education does not alter the sector’s long-term fundamentals, a specialist lettings...

06 October 2020

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Name and shame rogue lettings agents, says top industry figure

One of the highest profile figures in the rental sector says rogue letting agents should be named and shamed as a...

05 October 2020

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Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

Government intervention, which in recent years has seen scores of legal and regulatory changes to the private rental sector, may be...

05 October 2020

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It's Not On: Agents tell government new EPC targets can't be met

New long-term targets for improving energy efficiency across the private rental sector simply are not realistic, the government has been warned. The...

02 October 2020

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Letting agents escape referral fees clampdown - at least for now

It appears lettings agents may have escaped the recommended demands for referral fees to be made more transparent to customers. A statement...

02 October 2020

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Agents invited into “risk-free” council homelessness scheme

Letting agencies and landlords are being invited by a local council to take part in what it describes as a “risk...

30 September 2020

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Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

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Rents to dip next year, warns leading lettings agency

Hamptons International has given a rental market forecast for 2021 - and it doesn’t make for happy reading. The agency says the rental...

28 September 2020

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Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

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Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

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Fund manager names agency to handle lettings portfolio

One of the country’s first specialist residential property fund managers has named the agency to handle its latest Build To Rent...

25 September 2020

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Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

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London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

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A huge degree of pain - London student lettings sector to take 24% hit

The private rental sector dedicated to student accommodation in London could see a 24 per cent drop in income in the...

23 September 2020

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Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

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Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is joining forces with housing organisations to argue against private...

09 September 2020

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Energy Efficiency - “Huge backlog of work across rental sector

There’s a huge backlog of work required to be done across the private rental sector to meet the latest Minimum Energy...

09 September 2020

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Agents must not be tempted to charge illegal fees, industry chief warns

One of the leading figures in the PropTech world is warning that letting agents must not be tempted into charging illegal...

08 September 2020

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Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

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Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

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How has Covid-19 hit the rental market? Your chance to find out…

ARLA Propertymark is holding a webinar later this month to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the private rental sector. It will...

04 September 2020

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Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

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Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

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Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

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Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 2020

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Agent backs eviction ban extension but wants cash help for landlords

A prominent lettings agent has come out in favour of the eviction ban extension - but he wants government cash help...

27 August 2020

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Phil Spencer’s Move iQ links with lettings insurance provider

Move iQ, the consumer-facing property service led by Phil Spencer, has teamed up with a lettings sector insurance provider which could...

26 August 2020

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Rental sector relatively strong despite Covid and eviction issues

The latest survey of buy to let landlords suggests a relatively healthy private rental sector notwithstanding the challenges of the Coronavirus...

26 August 2020

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Buy To Let sector warned: Stand by for a Winter of Discontent

A specialist mortgage operator is warning letting agents and landlords to gear up for a winter of discontent as a result...

25 August 2020

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Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 August 2020

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Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

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Blistering attack on ‘big name letting agent’ by anti-rental activist

The author of a book described as being about “insecure renters haemorrhaging cash” has used her newspaper column to make a...

19 August 2020

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Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

Tenant concierge service Tenant Shop is linking with Legal & General to offer insurance products across the private rental sector.  Tenant Shop...

18 August 2020

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Fear that stamp duty holiday could produce spate of unsafe rentals

A trade body is reminding new landlords tempted by the stamp duty holiday of the raft of health and safety measures they...

11 August 2020

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Short Lets trade body expands after sector comes back from the brink

The Short Term Accommodation Association, a trade body representing suppliers to the Airbnb-style short-term rental sector, has announced four new members. This brings...

10 August 2020

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Confused over electrical regulations? This Facebook Q&A may help...

Reports into Letting Agent Today suggest there’s still some confusion over new regulations surrounding electrical checks in the private rental sector. If...

29 July 2020

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Top housing lawyer now acting for newly-merged lettings body

Leading housing lawyer David Smith has become the legal counsel for the new National Residential Landlords Association. Smith is a partner at...

29 July 2020

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Confirmed: ARLA chief executive quits the organisation

It came as little surprise after weeks of speculation but David Cox, chief executive of ARLA Propertymark, left the organisation officially...

24 July 2020

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Council seeks private rental sector help to ease waiting list problems

A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property...

24 July 2020

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Imminent surge of tenancies despite virus will challenge agents - claim

There’s likely to be a further surge of new tenancies in the weeks to come, challenging agents’ ability to cope with...

22 July 2020

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Private rental units are government option for vulnerable people

A £266m package of help to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation includes possible options to use the private rental...

21 July 2020

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Rental EPCs should be minimum B, urges think-tank

An influential think-tank wants private rental properties to have a minimum EPC rating of B by 2030. The Institute for Public Policy...

20 July 2020

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Housing minister enters row over Labour “bung” accusation

Housing minister Chris Pincher has entered the row over Labour claiming that the stamp duty holiday announced last week was in...

15 July 2020

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Trouble ahead for student rental sector, say BTL experts

Buy to let landlords specialising in student accommodation are facing huge challenges with increased government legislation and the impact of Coronavirus. That’s...

14 July 2020

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Leading Tory speaks up for agents, landlords and the rental sector

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has written an article strongly defending the private rental sector, agents and landlords. Baroness Altmann...

09 July 2020

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Airbnb short lets should convert to long-term rentals, says council

A council with a large number of short let properties within its boundaries is urging owners to convert them to traditional...

07 July 2020

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Bid to introduce cap on rent rises abandoned by parliamentarians

A Bill which would have introduced a general cap on rent increases in the private rental sector has been abandoned by...

07 July 2020

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Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety has praised the new safety regulations which have now come in to...

02 July 2020

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Scare Tactics! Generation Rent accused by leading trade body

One of the rental sector’s highest-profile trade bodies has accused pro-tenant group Generation Rent of needlessly scaring renters with the spectre...

01 July 2020

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