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KEYWORD "Rental Sector" - 100 RESULTS
Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Proposed Capital Gains Tax rise would hit rental sector

A political party has proposed that Capital Gains Tax be equalised with Income Tax - meaning landlords and investors who sold...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s big idea to shift first time buyers from rental sector

Labour is launching a new Freedom to Buy scheme to get 80,000 young people on the housing ladder, over the next...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent pleads with landlords to believe in buy to let

The director of a London lettings agency says buy to let landlords are entitled to feel downtrodden but claims it’s still...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Online agency buys lettings book of internet rival

Online agency lettingaproperty.com says it’s bought up the rental portfolio handled by virtual rival Mashroom. The acquisition increases lettingaproperty’s assets under management...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank rental property initiative signs PropTech deal

Citra Living, the Build To Rent offshoot of Lloyds Banking Group, continues with its growth strategy into the private rental sector. Citra...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by private equity cash

An agency group with an acquisition programme funded by a private equity operation has snapped up another independent agency. Lomond - which...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Change from Tomorrow - reminder to agents

As a result of an announcement back in March, in the government’s final Budget, a major change to stamp duty comes into...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Eco-grants and first time buyer help - Rightmove’s Election Wishlist

Rightmove has produced five core demands on behalf of the rental sector, which it would like the next government to meet. These...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan accused of failing over rental sector reforms

In an early General Election skirmish, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing to enact key private rental...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Agents say they Don’t Know who they’ll vote for

Around half of letting agents and landlords say they are unsure about how they will vote in the General Election. A joint...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Gimmick Stamp Duty Cut would trigger evictions - claim

A stamp duty cut in the run up to a General Election would see house prices go up and evictions soar,...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

Propertymark has urged Scotland’s new First Minister to end the country’s housing emergency. John Swinney is now First Minister and says he...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agent claims area is over-run with Airbnb-style short lets

A lettings agent who is also on the executive of Propertymark claims one of Britain’s tourist hotspots has been over-run with...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency flags growing worries over pets in lets

A prominent lettings agency says concern is growing in the private rental sector about the prospect of more pets in properties.  A...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - we’re unlikely to follow Scotland, says housing chief

The Housing Secretary in Wales says that nation is unlikely to follow the example of Scotland by introducing rent controls. At a...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Banking Group rental project now has 2,000 properties

Citra Living, part of Lloyds Banking Group, is to bring more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Under half of homes listed to let are actually available - industry figure’s claim

A controversial rental sector figure claims over half of the properties listed to let are actually available for a tenant to...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Toxic attitude to Private Renting may now change, hopes lettings chief

A prominent lettings agency operator says he hopes the “toxic” attitude to the private rental sector by the Scottish Government may...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - groups still lobbying for further changes

A coalition of higher education and student housing organisations have called on the government to make further changes to the Renters...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Gove hits back at critics after Renters Reform Bill wins key vote

Michael Gove’s Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities hit back overnight at critics of the government’s Renters Reform Bill. The Bill...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief claims “renting negatively impacts life”

A prominent supplier of deposit alternatives to lettings agents has come out and said that “renting negatively impacts quality of life,...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Deposit Alternative service plays up ‘unaffordable’ rents

A deposit alternative service claims the cost of rent has outpaced salary growth by 5.2% over the past 10 years, leaving...

18 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Average rent arrears climb as cost of living crisis bites

Average rent arrears claims climbed to £1,816 in the first quarter of this year. That’s a rise of 27% from £1,435 in...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Tell Politicians - Stop Arguing and Repair Private Renting

Political parties should stop bickering and instead work together to improve the private rental sector. That’s the view of the Lettings industry...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

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

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Business Boost - Landlord champion urges more use of lettings agents

Landlords’ champion Paul Shamplina says more landlords should use lettings agents, who he describes as their “allies” in the battle to...

10 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Almost No Reduction in Buy To Let Supply, insists think tank

There’s been at most a one per cent reduction in landlords in the buy to let sector, a think tank claims...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry boss slams government for ‘grandstanding’ on rent issues

HomeLet and Let Alliance’s chief executive Andy Halstead has called for less “government grandstanding” and more direct action to recognise the...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

For first time buyers, renting is cheaper than buying in most of the UK according to new data from the Halifax.  London, the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control architect threatens new package of ‘reforms’

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

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Second acquisition of the year for regional agency

Regional estate agency group Sheldon Bosley Knight has snapped up its second business in recent weeks. It’s acquired Charles Kimbell Lettings in...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency to manage getting empty homes into private rental sector

Owners of vacant properties are being offered an improved incentive to bring their house back into use. Plymouth council is re-launching its...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Right To Buy cash ‘stolen’ by government will worsen rental crisis

An umbrella group called London Councils has expressed “extreme concern” at the government’s decision to stop letting local authorities keep money...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

National Insurance cut offers chance to identify tenancy fraud

Tenant reference and tech supplier The Lettings Hub claims 25 per cent of fraudulent documents submitted by would-be tenants were identified...

08 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill threat to student accommodation, say experts

New research suggests that a majority of the British public believe the government should be doing more to support students find...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

A figure in one of the country’s highest profile lettings companies has hit out at a government proposal to penalise the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Nationwide demands four tax changes to help the private rental sector

Nationwide has taken the unusual step of using its buy to let lending arm - The Mortgage Works - to make...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Grab - rental sector may not be viable warns Propertymark

The chief executive of Propertymark has made an outspoken attack on the government in response to its latest attempt to extract...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Raid planned on rental sector in Budget - report

The Budget on Wednesday will contain a £300m tax raid on the rental sector according to a report this morning -...

03 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Build To Rent has vast growth potential as tenants age

Foxtons says the Build To Rent sector has vast growth potential - and even now in its infancy it is enjoying...

27 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Mould and Damp: Agents should act now, says Propertymark

Propertymark has used its website and link with a property inspection service to urge letting agents to work with private tenants...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

One in nine renters using foodbanks - industry supplier’s claim

A lettings industry supplier claims one in nine renters use foodbanks. A survey of tenants, commissioned by Zero Deposit, found that just...

22 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Ukrainians given visa extension - likely impact on private rental sector

Ukrainians who came to the UK following the Russian invasion will be able to apply for 18-month extensions to their visas,...

19 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ desperate plea to prevent exodus of student landlords

Propertymark has called on the UK Government to prevent a mass exodus of student landlords.   The news comes as a poll conducted...

14 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Starmer insists Awaab’s Law will be extended to private rental sector

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has confirmed that Awaab’s Law - putting a strict timescale on urgent repairs being done -...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

High profile supplier restructures and renames

One of the highest profile groups in the private rental sector supplier space - Hamilton Fraser - is restructuring. In future the...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council attack on private rental sector ‘is next Post Office scandal’ - claim

The excessive enforcement of council rules on private landlords while social housing is so poorly run will be ‘the next Post...

12 February 2024

From: Breaking News

MPs turn on Airbnb and other short lets

Prominent MPs from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have renewed their onslaught on Airbnb and other short let platforms.  Former Lib...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government for failing to win industry support for reform

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

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Third of agents seeing rent rises even at weakest time of year

Over a third of ARLA Propertymark members reported in December that rental prices have increased, according to their latest Housing Insight...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Is the government deliberately delaying the Renters Reform Bill?

The long-awaited Third Reading of the controversial Renters Reform Bill will not happen this week according to the Leader of the...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Fixflo parent firm links with automated client accounting engine

Aereon - a European software provider that owns high profile PropTech operator Fixflo - has entered a strategic partnership with automated...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs extending agency regulation and decent homes standard

Qualifications for property managers in the social housing sector should be extended to the private rental sector too. That’s the view of...

22 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

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

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer warns that Summer will be hectic for lettings sector

Summer looks like it’s going to be a hectic period for lettings agents and the private rental sector according to TV...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock figure reveals tax burden paid by private rental sector

Property taxes in Scotland exceeded £600m over the last year according to analysis of the latest statistics by the country’s largest...

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

How Tenants try to Defraud Agents - webinar to reveal all this week

A PropTech supplier this week hosts a free webinar for agents to shed light on the rise of attempted tenancy fraud...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals new lettings chief in prime commuter hotspot

High end lettings agency Savills has appointed a new head of residential lettings for its offices in Beaconsfield and Amersham. Daniel Spratley...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

High-profile agent joins top table of Single Family Rental body

Rhodri Evans, director of land and new homes at Andrews Property Group, has been named as one of several industry figures...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill won’t take effect until late 2024 at the earliest

David Cox, the former ARLA chief executive, says the earliest that the Renters Reform Bill could come into effect is late...

09 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour will keep Right To Buy in England if it wins election

Labour says it will keep the controversal Right To Buy policy in England if it wins this year’s General Election. This is...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Insurance Register must be free to use to help rental sector - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has responded to the Scottish Parliament’s examination of the Housing (Cladding Remediation) (Scotland) Bill, calling for clarity on contributions...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Will 2024 see the end of private rental sector licensing?

Housing Secretary Michael Gove has given what some commentators have interpreted as a sign that private rental sector licensing from councils...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Recent rise in buy to let landlords quitting, confirms Bank of England

A new Bank of England survey has confirmed a growing outflow of landlords from the private rental sector since 2020. The Bank’s...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent unhappy at “missed opportunity” to help rental and other housing sectors

One of the UK’s leading lettings agents is bemoaning what he calls “the missed opportunity “ to help the rental sector...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government house building failures as rental supply drops

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

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

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

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Changing face of Private Rental Sector revealed by new survey

A survey of more than 1,000 landlords in the Deposit Protection Service shows the scale of change in the private rental...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Mortgage lending to drop in 2024 - a silver lining for rental sector?

It looks as if the rental market is set to stay strong for some years to come. That’s because lending for house...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shocking rent rises now a thing of the past says Zoopla

The scale of rent rises has peaked with future increases likely to be smaller, says Zoopla. The portal’s latest report into the...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Regional agency celebrates 30 per cent rise in lettings business

Berriman Eaton has reported a 30 per cent rise in its dedicated lettings business since 2020, with more than 420 properties...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter plots huge email campaign to stop Renters Reform Bill ‘watering down’

Campaigning charity Shelter claims there’s a conspiracy amongst MPs, landlords and others in the private rental sector to water down the...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils enforcing rental licensing are on brink of bankruptcy

Scores of councils that enforce licensing regimes on the private rental sector claim they are on the verge of bankruptcy. Almost one...

08 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents list major problems with Renters Reform Bill

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

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Government slammed over clampdown on Airbnb and short lets

A trade body representing short lets operators has slammed government housing failures. The Short Term Accommodation Association says it’s analysed local authority...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shelter blames private rental sector for growing child homelessness

Shelter says there are nearly 139,000 children officially homeless and living in temporary accommodation - and it’s blaming the private rental...

01 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency calls for Landlords Reform Bill to redress rental balance

Leaders Romans Group is calling for a Landlords Reform Bill to balance the challenges and apparent disincentives now deterring landlords from...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Affordability Crisis means rent rises cannot continue at this pace - Savills

Savills is warning that despite strong income growth, rising rents are stretching the finances of those in the private rental sector.  Savills...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank buys homes from house builder to let to tenants

Lloyds Banking Group, which announced back in 2020 that it was to become involved in the private rental sector, is buying...

28 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Hunt’s lack of support for rental sector still subject of criticism

Last week’s Autumn Statement - which fell short of expectations in terms of help for the private rental sector - is...

27 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

It looks like more politicians are preparing a U-turn on energy efficiency rules for the private rental sector. Media reports indicate there...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New industry group includes agents and small landlord organisations

The first meeting has been held of the Housing Coalition, a new group including Propertymark and some landlord bodies. A statement from...

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Foxtons Up For Sale? Shareholders put board under pressure

The board of Foxtons is under pressure from a minority of shareholders to put the agency group up for sale, according...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the part of rental sector not contracting right now

There may be a substantial number of small-scale private landlords selling up right now, but no fewer than 88 per cent...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Should letting agents police the quality of homes to rent?

A prominent housing expert has told MPs that letting agents could be used to police the standards off homes made available...

20 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents’ chief warns MPs on need for court reform and more bailiff capacity

Propertymark has called on the government to retain the option of fixed-term tenancies in the private rental sector where it is...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Homelessness surge means Chancellor must invest in rental sector - call

New figures have shown that 2,086 people were found to be sleeping on London’s streets for the first time between July...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock as Rent Controls backed by Judicial Review decision

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

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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