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Average rent up only 1.5 pr cent in past year says The DPS

The average UK rent increased just £11.55 or 1.51 per cent over the last year according to The Deposit Protection Service. The new DPS...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London rents slip back as Midlands and Wales see strongest growth

The annual rate of rental growth slowed between September and October according to Countrywide. The cost of the average new let in...

13 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More Prime Central London woe - rents are still falling

The story of falling sale prices in prime central London has become familiar in the past year; now Knight Frank reports...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising but rate of growth slows significantly

Average rents across the UK rose a modest 0.9 per cent in the year to October, taking the country's average to...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Some student rents have risen 18% in just a year, claims agent

Student rents in some parts of the country have risen by as much as 18 per cent in the past year...

06 November 2017

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London's rental market to outperform sales long-term, says Savills

Rental growth is forecast to exceed house price growth in London, despite a glut of properties on the lettings market in...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Nationwide warns that Brexit could cut demand for rental units

The Nationwide has set out a comprehensive study of how migrstion impacts on housing demand in the UK, especially in the...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency threatened by fees ban turns to PropTech

A family-run lettings agency says its viability is seriously threatened by the likely fees ban to be introduced in 2018 -...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The Reposit Landlord Perspectives Survey

In the past 20 years the UK private rental sector has exploded! The sector has grown from under 10% of housing...

31 October 2017

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Airbnb pushes up rents and house prices, claims new survey

What is believed to be the first-ever study of Airbnb’s effects on house prices - not just rents - suggests the...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Recent increase in average rents now at an end, says ARLA

After several months of rising rent costs, the number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing prices for tenants fell substantially...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

MPs from the cross-party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness have spoken out on the need to help homeless people into the...

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

RICS says lettings market looks subdued in the near-term

Interest from prospective tenants edged up during September according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.    Of agent members who responded to...

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime central London rents down 3% and gross yield just 3.2%

Average rental values fell three per cent in the year to September 2017 according to Knight Frank.   This decline is the smallest...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

New rent rises 'could be landlords passing on charges' says HomeLet

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.1 per cent during September according to HomeLet.   HomeLet says last month’s rise continues...

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall and void periods lengthen as supply starts to exceed demand

Rents outside of London have dropped by 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year according to new data...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour's rent controls - more details emerge of how they would apply

The shadow housing minister, John Healey, has started to flesh out the details of Labour's proposed rent controls, announced by Jeremy...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Half of tenants have stayed for five years or more, survey reveals

A new survey by a property insurance firm suggests more than half of private rental sector tenants have remained in the same...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents still slowly rising according to latest Your Move data

Latest data from Your Move’s rental indices suggest that rents are growing, with the average in England and Wales now £904,...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Many agents and landlords seek only high-salary tenants - claim

Even those earning average salaries risk being priced out of the lettings market by high rents according to an insurance agency.    Research...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger erupts at Corbyn's pledge to introduce rent controls

Trade groups have reacted angrily to Labour’s proposal to introduce rent controls if the party enters government.   The announcement, made by Labour...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

Jeremy Corbyn has used his leader’s speech at the end of this week’s Labour conference in Brighton to commit the party...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Some rents still rising in bid to counter tax and policy changes

The number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing rent costs for tenants rose to 35 per cent in August according...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private tenants to have their rents returned after council intervenes

A landlord has been prosecuted and ordered to repay over £5,000 to his tenants for letting an unlicensed House of Multiple...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Student accommodation rents static, says state-of-the-sector report

A new report into student accommodation has found that private student rent remains at an average of £100 to £119 a...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide and ARLA in 'Industry Alliance' to support lettings sector

The Nationwide Building Society says it is assembling what it calls ‘an industry alliance’ to support the increasingly-beleaguered private rental sector.   The...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising 2.4% across the UK as London returns to growth

Rents in the UK rose by an average of 2.4 per cent during August - the highest rate of annual growth...

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents edging up across Britain according to latest analysis

Average rents for newly-let property across Great Britain rose to £954 per month in August, reflecting a 1.6 per cent annual...

11 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo graduates in London could spend 75% of pay on rent

Graduates sharing in London spend upwards of 45 per cent of their monthly take home pay on accommodation according to a...

08 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

The majority of MPs speaking at a House of Commons debate yesterday acknowledged they are wary of the 'unintended consequences' of...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of tenants can't imagine ever owning a home

A third of tenants can't imagine ever taking their first step on the property ladder and owning their own home. This is...

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

'One in 11 landlords could stop using agents to save money'

A survey conducted for MyDeposits suggests some nine per cent of landlords - or one in 11 - is likely to...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market resilient ahead of lettings agency rules changes

A report into the Scottish rental market by Your Move says letting agents north of the border are already preparing for...

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Shrinking lettings supply pushes up rents, says Your Move

Your Move says a shrinking supply of properties, in part created by government measures against the lettings sector, has led to...

31 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit and Westminster uncertainty hurting rental sector - survey

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

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency denies buy to let crisis and says 25% of buyers are investors

Romans says one in four of its registered buyers in the first half of this year has been an investor, suggesting...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Latest ARLA figures show little change in rent, supply and demand

The number of letting agents who saw landlords increasing rent costs for tenants remained at 31 per cent in July -...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall up to 10% in prime London despite increased activity

Prime Central London’s lettings market has improved gradually during the first two quarters of the year according to JLL.   It says transaction...

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy in UK is now 20 months - and many are longer

The average UK private rental tenancy is now 20 months, almost a fifth longer than in 2014 according to research from...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says there's been 33% fall in tenants entering lettings market

The number of tenants entering the market across the UK has risen by 7.3 per cent on the month - but...

21 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Some landlords beginning to quit buy to let, insists leading agency

Belvoir is warning that some buy to let investors are quitting the sector.   “Although we are not currently seeing a huge exit...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents down but demand up - is London's lettings market stabilising?

Foxtons reports that average rents continued to fall across many parts of the capital in the second quarter of this year,...

17 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says falling supply is pushing up rents in many areas

The annual rate of rental growth across Britain doubled between June and July driven by a turnaround in the London market,...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Fifth of landlords to sell one or more units this year, trade body says

A survey of almost 3,000 landlords suggests more than one in five plans to sell at least one of their investment...

14 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Confidence ebbing away in private rental sector, says trade body

Buy to let investors are losing confidence in their ability to rely on steady rental yields, according to recent figures from...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise again after recent falls, says HomeLet

Rents are gently rising again after some months of small dips according to HomeLet.    It says the average new tenancy signed during...

07 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of rent rises hits 14-month high, says ARLA Propertymark

The number of letting agents reporting rent rises over the past month is the highest for over a year according to...

28 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

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

20 July 2017

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Average rents up 1.8% in past year, say official government figures

The typical rent paid by tenants across Britain rose by an average of 1.8 per cent in the 12 months to...

19 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Modest 1.1% rise in average rents in past year, says Countrywide

Countrywide says that the average price of a new let in Britain rose by 1.1 per cent year-on-year in June 2017...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent on the march in major Scottish cities

Purpose-built and professionally-managed Build To Rent - until now seen as a primarily London phenomenon - appears on the march in Scotland...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

UK rental growth slows as London goes negative, index claims

The average rent of a new letting in the UK grew by 0.24 per cent in the first six months of...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sees supply surge but steady rents - except for London

Asking rents outside London continue to hold up despite the market having more available properties, according to Rightmove.   Prices rose 2.8 per...

07 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents across much of UK dip for second successive month

Rents fell in June by 0.3 per cent when compared to the same time last year, the second successive month in...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

London rental market at its least affordable for a decade - Hometrack

Rented housing in London is at its least affordable levels for 10 years after typical rent rises of 47 per cent...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

One in seven tenants spends over half of total income on rent - claim

Almost one in seven private renters are spending more than half of their total income on rent, in stark contrast to...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London rent falls now less severe than earlier in year

Rents in prime central London have dropped 4.4 per cent in the past year - although that annual drop is not...

04 July 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of more rent rises to come thanks to Tenants' Fees Bill

Over a quarter of letting agents saw rents rise in May - the highest level since June last year when 28...

03 July 2017

From: Breaking News

New bidding software available to letting agents for the first time

Bidding software that provides a new revenue stream for letting agents has been unveiled by a start up called Letsbid4lets.    The bidding...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London rents have dropped 5.0 per cent in the past year

London rents have fallen by an average 5.0 per cent in the past year according to new data released by Your...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents slump in General Election build-up says Your Move

Rents in Scotland dropped 2.3 per cent on average in the month leading up to the General Election according to Your...

30 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents ask: Why did we even bother with fee ban consultation?

ARLA has led a call by many letting agents on hearing the Queen’s Speech - what was the point of a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

The Queen’s Speech, outlining the government’s proposals for the next two years, has confirmed a pledge to introduce a ban on...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Brexit means holiday homes give higher yields than buy to let - claim

The weakness of the pound since Britain’s decision to quit the European Union a year ago means that holiday properties are...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents down 4.8 per cent in a year says Knight Frank

Rents in prime central London are down 4.8 per cent in the past year according to Knight Frank - a slightly...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Northern locations still the best for buy-to-let investment

Stoke-on-Trent has been named as the UK's buy-to-let 'sweet spot'. Analysis of data from Home.co.uk by property crowdfunding plaform Property Partner shows...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retired tenants spending record sums on rent' - Countrywide

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency. Countrywide reports that pensioners...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Election and Brexit uncertainty delaying tenant moves, says Landbay

The prospect of today's General Election as well as ongoing uncertainty surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union is having a...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

‘Agents ignoring fees ban should be hit with heavy fines’ - CIEH

Large letting agents found to be flouting the incoming ban on letting agent fees should receive fines up to £30,000 to...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landmark moment as average rents fall for first time in eight years

Average UK rents fell in May, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. The figures show that the average UK rent on...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reports specific lack of rental stock in market towns

The latest analysis of buy to let trends by letting agency franchise chain Belvoir has identified a specific lack of rental...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let still viable 'but may suffer because of Brexit'

A new report says buy to let will continue to provide good investment opportunities but requires an increasingly professional approach.   The report,...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

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

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London sees one-third drop in homes available to let, reports ARLA

ARLA Propertymark says the number of properties managed per member increased marginally last month, from 183 to 185 - but there was...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords to shop around as annual agent fees hit £870 per property

Landlords are increasingly looking to reduce the fees they pay to letting agents due to industry tax changes and increasing management...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents fall in London for the first time in almost eight years

Rents on new tenancies in London fell by 1.2 per cent over the past 12 months to April - the first...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo tenants aged 18 to 39 'pay 69% of monthly income on rent'

Tenants aged between 18 and 39 and living alone spend 69 per cent of their monthly post-tax income on rent according...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants on benefits 'discriminated by mortgage lenders' - claim

A letting sector trade body says two thirds of the largest buy to let mortgage lenders do not allow landlords to...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rent in England and Wales hits £800

The average rent in England and Wales is now £800 per month according to latest statistics from Your Move.   The area with...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns: Tax changes are forcing landlords to quit

Letting agents have reporting an average of four landlords per branch selling up and quitting the buy to let sector in...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Over third of adults now living in rental sector, claims survey

Over a third of adults are now living in some sort of social or private rental accommodation.    New research from insurance firm...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental market shows Aberdeen about to slip below Glasgow

Scotland’s rental market swings to extremes, suggests the latest figures from website Citylets.   On the one hand the Scottish average rent has...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

The number of people committing to tenancies for two years or more is declining according to new data released by Foxtons.   In...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent increases reported to be falling behind general inflation rate

New data from HomeLet shows that rental price inflation in the UK remained modest during March, increasing a small amount for...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says enquiries and tenancies up but rents are falling

The number of prospective new tenants in the Home Counties over the first three months of the year has risen 15...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let remortgages edges up as investors react to tax change

There has been a three per cent increase in remortgaging levels amongst buy to let investors in March according to data...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm leading opposition to BTL tax change says HMOs hit less badly

A property firm at the centre of the campaign against phasing out landlords’ mortgage interest relief says is urging tenants to...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla data chief joins board of HomeLet's parent company

Mark Witherspoon, the data services director at ZPG, has joined the board of Barbon Insurance Group, which operates the HomeLet and...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA to launch anti-fees ban campaign in a matter of days

ARLA Propertymark says it will launch a campaign against the government’s proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants “in...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

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

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports 12% surge in homes to let and slowing rent rises

The remaining overhand of last year’s buy to let buying surge by landlords means the annual rate of rent rises has...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty surcharge has cut level of rental growth - claim

The speed at which rents across are growing has more than halved since a three per cent stamp duty surcharge on second...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent rises of 20% to 30% are on their way, warns trade association

Tax rises for landlords being introduced today will make renting less affordable and stifle investment in homes to rent, making it...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent falls in prime central London slowing at last, says agency

The fall in rents across prime central London’s lettings market are slowing according to Knight Frank. It claims rents have dropped 4.9...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

UK letting agents' fees cheaper than many countries, claims ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is keeping up its campaign against a ban on agents’ fees in England by showing...

29 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4,000 letting agency jobs at risk if fees ban happens warns ARLA

There are 4,000 jobs at risk if an outright ban comes into force on letting agents’ fees according to new research...

28 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Scrap tenancy deposits to help first time buyers, urges agent

  Renters are spending half their wages keeping a roof over their head, are twice as likely as homeowners to have no...

27 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Angry buy to let investors launch petition against council licensing

Angry landlords in Shropshire have set up an online petition against local council proposals to introduce selective licensing.    The Wrekin Landlords Association...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of London letting agents report rent falls

Rent increases have slowed in London with only eight per cent of agents reporting increases last month - and a quarter...

24 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator reveals rents for new London flats scheme

L&Q has launched 59 Build To Rent units on the site of the former Walthamstow greyhound racing stadium in London.   The operator...

23 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Government should create 'Help To Rent' says homelessness charity

Half of England’s local authorities claim it is ‘very difficult’ to assist homeless applicants into privately rented accommodation, according to a...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants 'pay half their salaries in rent' - claim

Private renters go on fewer holidays, save less money and are more likely to make forced cutbacks than home owners according...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Student survey finds over 44% claiming to pay 'hidden' fees to agents

A survey of students in Birmingham has discovered that over 44 per cent of respondents claim to have paid what the...

21 March 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

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More backing for using rent payments to show mortgage eligibility

Specialist mortgage lender Together is the latest company to back the idea of rent payment records being used to measure the...

15 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'New Landlord' instructions at their weakest for two years, says RICS

The number of new landlords instructing agents is at its lowest for two years - and with worse to come thanks...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body keeps up pressure over mortgage interest tax change

A trade body claims that vulnerable tenants are finding it harder to access rented housing because of tax changes being introduced...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Will Hammond's incorporation clampdown hit buy to let?

There was a sigh of relief amongst the lettings industry that yesterday's Budget introduced no new property taxes - but concern...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Online agency claims Manchester is magnet for buy to let investors

Upad, which claims to be Britain's larges online lettings agency, says Manchester has seen a 100 per cent increase in buy to...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body asks government to give reasons for incoming tax changes

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is writing to the Office for Budget Responsibility asking it to provide clarification on controversial tax...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rents now rising at less than half rate of inflation

Rents rose by a year-on-year average of 0.8 per cent at the end of last month - while inflation in the...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

Belvoir says new figures from across its network of agents shows that the government is wrong to claim that renting is...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

Letting Agent Today’s Conor Shilling was in the audience of The Great Buy To Let Debate - always one of the...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

'Buy For Uni' mortgage aims to boost student landlords

The Loughborough Building Society is launching a Buy For Uni mortgage product seeking to encourage students to buy a home -...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

It stinks! - Tory MP's scathing attack on some landlords in his city

A Conservative MP has launched a scathing attack on some landlords in his own constituency following a local council initiative to...

28 February 2017

From: Breaking News

East of England leads strong regional growth in rents

New figures from Your Move suggest the rental market performed strongly across England and Wales, with rents rising in eight of...

24 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator names managing agency for first scheme

L&G, one of the biggest firms involved in Britain’s Built To Rent sector, has named the agency it is appointing to...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Protests turn to celebrations as Santander drops mortgage clause

Protests planned by tenants’ groups for many Santander bank branches over the past weekend turned instead into celebrations after the institution...

20 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants face rent rises of 30% warns ex-Bank of England chief

Tenants face potential rent increases of between 20 and 30 per cent as a result of tax rises hitting landlords, says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax opponents pledge shock and awe on Shelter

Opponents of the proposed change to mortgage interest tax relief for landlords have promised what they call a “shock and awe”...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Person needs £40k salary to rent alone in London - claim

A new online estate agency based in London says that to rent the recommended space for a single person in the...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents rising twice as fast as a year ago claims Countrywide

Countrywide says that last month the cost of a new let was 2.6 per cent higher than in the same month...

13 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let investors 'set to reduce portfolios in next year'

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a stark warning about the cumulative effect of the additional homes stamp duty...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent in England and Wales is £811 says Your Move

Average rents ended 2016 higher than they started it according to figures from Your Move relating to England and Wales.   The average...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry anger at government 'failing to fix broken market'

Agents and many industry bodies have expressed their disappointment and anger at many provisions of the Housing White Paper produced by...

08 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Even ex-Bank of England economist hates buy to let tax change

David Miles, a former Bank of England economist, has described the government’s mortgage interest tax relief reform as “terrible” - but...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet warns that rents could start to fall in near future

Rents in the UK were an average of just 0.7 per cent higher last month than in January 2016, the latest...

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Anger reported over buy to let lender's 'increase rents' demand

A trade magazine and a national newspaper are reporting anger amongst landlords, tenants and housing groups following the discovery of a...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty windfall 'justifies scrapping buy to let tax changes'

The government should think again about punitive tax changes to the private rented sector after receiving greater-than-expected revenue from the three...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax changes will affect just 20% of landlords, claims minister

Housing minister Gavin Barwell says recent changes to buy to let mortgage interest relief and stamp duty will only affect a...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Southern Rail strikes beginning to hit local lettings markets

A buy to let mortgage lender claims that five out of six areas affected by the long-running spate of strikes on...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Private rents not rising above inflation - unlike social housing rents

The cost of private rented housing is roughly mirroring changes in earnings across England - but in the social rented sector...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'Don't raise rents - try to keep tenants' letting agent tells landlords

Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says it is encouraging its London landlords to avoid rent rises and instead focus on retaining...

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rents north of the border suffer unexpected dip

Average private rents in Scotland at the national level recorded an uncharacteristic dip in the final quarter of 2016, down 0.9...

19 January 2017

From: Breaking News

It's not just London - prime rents falling in the Home Counties, too

Prime rents in the Home Counties dipped 0.8 per cent last year, but with the speed of fall appearing to be...

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market - falling rents for re-lets

Figures from investment company London Central Portfolio suggest that re-lets of older properties to new tenants showed a fall in rents...

13 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove forecasts rents outside of London will rise 4% in 2017

Asking rents rose 3.0 per cent outside of London in 2016 - but will rise 4.0 per cent in 2017. That’s the...

12 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents may not be able to rise further in 2017, warns HomeLet

Rent increases across the UK are now running at an average that is less than half the level of a year...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Regional rent rises: 6.4% was highest in the UK in 2016

Northern Ireland, where rents were 6.4 per cent higher in December than in the same month of 2015, saw the strongest...

11 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent outside London now hits £750 per month

  The average rent paid for a home in the UK outside London hit £750 in December, rising by 2.04 per cent...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents circulated with 'banned list' by Britain's biggest landlords

The couple believed to be the owners of Britain’s largest buy to let portfolio have defended sending letting agents an 11-point...

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Average rent hits £830 pcm in England and Wales, says letting agency

The average rental property was let for £830 a month in November according to Your Move - that means the average...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today - this is what's in store

This is the final Letting Agent Today until Tuesday January 3 2017, so everyone at Angels Media sends all good wishes for...

30 December 2016

From: Breaking News

UK rents grew 1.2% in 2016 - but 1.9% if you exclude London

Rents across the UK grew by a modest 1.12 per cent in 2016 according to buy to let lender Landbay -...

29 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Substantial majority of letting agents expect rent rises in 2017

Some 80 per cent of letting agents say they expect rents to rise next year.   In the latest market survey by the...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London tenants 'negotiate average 9% off asking rent'

The surge in properties to let which came on to the prime central London market after the April 1 stamp duty...

20 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London's annual rent rise is lowest across all of UK, says HomeLet

Rents in London rose by just 1.6 per cent over the year to the end of November - the lowest increase...

16 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London's biggest rent drop for six years caused by 32% stock rise

The average London rent in November was 0.7 per cent lower than last year - not an enormous fall but nonetheless...

12 December 2016

From: Breaking News

RICS agency members say rents will rise in 2017 as demand grows

The latest market survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors suggests rents will rise in 2017 for one simple reason...

09 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Now the prime London sales slump is leading to lower rents, too

The dramatic slump in the prime central London sales market is now leading to a reduction in rents being achieved in...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

2017 will see fewer homes to let and higher rents, claims ARLA

Members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents predict a fall in the number of homes being available to let next...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Ban could mean tenants pay three times current fees, claims agency

Agency chain Spicerhaart is warning that tenants could pay up to three times as much as they currently do, if tenant...

07 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Over 100,000 landlords have incorporated this year - claim

Landlord confidence has returned despite government tax changes to the private rental sector - although research for the survey that produced...

02 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents will unpreventably rise because of fees ban, warns ARLA

Rents will "unpreventably rise" thanks to the government's proposed ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants and because of its...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency claims some tenants think deposit and rent are ''agent fees'

A letting agency says the scale of confusion over letting agents’ fees is such that some tenants actually believe the deposit...

29 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents fear fees ban will damage quality of references and services

Many agencies have spoken out in dismay at the announcement by government that letting agency fees on tenants would be banned...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: Industry bodies dismayed after  failing to convince Hammond

  Industry groups have warned that the government’s ban on letting agency fees levied on tenants in England will backfire, with most...

24 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - government WILL ban letting agents' fees on tenants

The government will today announce that it is banning letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - meaning the fees will instead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

UK only 15th best buy to let investment location in Europe

The UK is only the 15th best place in Europe to enjoy high returns from buy to let according to currency...

22 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlord group hits back at letting agent's attack on 'quit' survey

The Residential Landlords’ Association says it stands by a claim that one in four landlords may sell up, and it refutes...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency condemns city licensing scheme as simply a landlord tax

One the leading letting agencies in Brighton has sharply criticised a proposal by the local council to introduce a selective licensing...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent rips into landlord survey of buy to let 'quitters'

A lettings agent has poured scorn on a survey suggesting a quarter of landlords are about to quit buy to let,...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Call for 'referencing passports' to be transferable between agents

The boss of easyProperty says he wants the Associational of Residential Letting Agents to back an initiative for so-called ‘referencing passports’...

16 November 2016

From: Breaking News

A quarter of buy to let investors will quit, warns trade body

A survey of 1,000 buy to let investors by the Residential Landlords’ Association shows that around a quarter are saying they...

15 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents: we're nearly at the affordability ceiling, warns HomeLet

Average rents across the country have risen just three per cent in the past year and typical tenants are staying an...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants in control of prime London lettings market, admits agency

Rents have fallen in prime central London for every month for the past year and tenants now have the whip hand,...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Yield no longer the key measure of buy to let success, says lettings expert

Lettings expert Kate Faulkner says yields - a traditional long-standing measure of success for buy to let landlords - are becoming...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large glut of available rental stock in prime London warns Knight Frank

There has been a 25 per cent rise in the number of prime central London tenancies according to Knight Frank -...

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental growth to outstrip sales price growth in next five years - Savills

In an otherwise-downbeat set of predictions for 2017 and beyond, Savills says that rental growth is likely to outstrip sales price growth...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Large regional differences in UK's rental market performance

The average rent for a UK property grew by a negligible 0.05 per cent in October, despite a tiny fall in...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency warns buy to let sector likely to cool over the winter

Average rents across the UK are up eight per cent over the past 15 months according to Connells Group - but...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another legal expert speaks against government buy to let tax grab

Buy to let landlords may be forced to raise rents or even sell their properties because of the government’s new tax...

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents in Britain rose an average 2.3% in a year

Government figures from the Office for National Statistics show average rents in privately let homes across Britain rose by an average...

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Minimum room sizes could backfire and produce higher rents

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

31 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rising rents hit workers and their families says union

The average rent for two bedroom apartments has risen to more than a third of gross average earnings of tenants in...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Mortgage chief says buy to let tax problems are exaggerated

A well-known mortgage broker is quoted as saying that buy to let organisations are complaining too much over tax changes for...

24 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency says rents flat-lining in London, falling in prime areas

Rents have flat-lined across most of the capital according to Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, which says it is advising its...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry bodies wary of yet more rental sector licensing

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has responded to the latest government recommendations for tighter controls on the private rental sector...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty helping rental market insists Countrywide

Rents are rising faster in northern cities than those in the south, narrowing the divide between the two halves of the...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Tory peer renews attack on his party over buy to let tax grab

A senior Conservative peer has renewed his attack on his own party over the buy to let tax grab on landlords,...

17 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Campaign urges tenants to show resistance to rent rises

The campaign group Generation Rent says most buy to let properties are not mortgaged and many landlords are unaffected by current...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Latest HomeLet data shows rental growth gradually falling

The rate of rental growth has dipped to its lowest annual rate this year - prices are up three per cent...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Regional rent rises and yields outstrip London, says Your Move

Regional lettings markets around the country are now outperforming London according to Your Move.    While rents in London grew 6.9 per cent...

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Credit crunch 'best thing that could have happened to lettings'

The financial downturn was “probably the best thing that could have happened” to this country’s private rental sector according to lettings...

13 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's good news: buy to let enquiries soar as market returns

Buyer enquiries from potential landlords and investors are now up 30 per cent since May according to Rightmove, suggesting that the...

12 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets: new warning that owners may breach leases

Respected legal firm Mishcon de Reya is the latest voice warning of problems which can be caused when apartment owners let...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit helps boost demand for prime central London lettings

New data produced by Knight Frank shows that the number of tenancies agreed in August this year was the highest on...

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bid to stop buy to let tax grab moves to political arena after court failure

The landlords behind the failed attempt to seek a Judicial Review of legislation reducing the mortgage interest tax relief for landlords...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More parents use buy to let to provide offspring's accommodation

The number of so-called ‘parent landlords’ is set to rise as increasing numbers of baby boomers use buy to let as...

07 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Failure for landlords trying to overturn buy to let mortgage interest change

The attempt to seek a Judicial Review of legislation reducing the mortgage interest tax relief for landlords has failed. The case was...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Another council preparing to start its own letting agency

Canterbury is the latest council to consider setting up its own letting agency. The authority hopes to tempt private landlords with promises...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group steps up pressure against buy to let tax change

As the Conservatives meet at their annual conference and Chancellor Phillip Hammond considers next month’s Autumn Statement, an industry body has...

03 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Latest ARLA figures confirm no rental market fall-out from Brexit vote

ARLA says its letting agent members have an average of 37 prospective tenants registered per branch – the highest number since...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Dramatic tripling in number of central London properties to let

The investment firm London Central Portfolio says the volume of prime central London rental stock has increased dramatically in recent months...

30 September 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS calls for cap instead of ban on letting agent fees

The National Approved Letting Scheme (NALS) has called for a cap on excessive letting fees charged to tenants, instead of a...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan sets out first details of 'London Living Rent'

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the first details of his plan to introduce a 'London Living Rent'. This new...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

London rents now averaging over £1,750 per month

The average rent for a new tenancy in London during August was £1,765 per month, according to data from the Tenancy...

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Agent who stole thousands from clients has sentence appeal dismissed

A letting agent who stole more than £400,000 from clients has had her sentence appeal dismissed by judges. Amy Williams, who part-owned Williams...

19 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise in university locations

Average rents in some of the UK's most popular university locations have increased significantly over the last year, according to SpareRoom.co.uk. As...

16 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants would rather rent cap than ban on fees

Almost 60% of the 500 tenants surveyed by an online letting agent said they would rather rent rises were capped instead...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants now pay over £1,000 per month for typical one-bed property

The average rent for a one-bedroom property was £1,010 in August, according to the latest Landbay Rental Index. Between July and August,...

13 September 2016

From: Breaking News

More tenants agree to pay above asking rent - except in London

Across the UK as a whole there has been a slight increase in the number of tenants who agree to pay...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rent now at all-time high as market shrugs off Brexit fears

The average rent in England and Wales has reached an all-time high of £846 per month - a year-on-year increase of...

09 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up almost everywhere - but pace of growth is slowing

Rents for new tenants across the UK continued to rise during August and now stand at an average of £913 a...

07 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Most students use online sources, not agents, to find accommodation

A study of just over 1,000 students suggests that 58 per cent use online sources to find accommodation while only 25...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up just 2.4 per cent in past year, government figures show

Average rents paid by tenants across Great Britain rose by 2.4 per cent in the 12 months to July, according to...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Student rents rise at twice the rate of mainstream rents

London agency Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings says student rents have risen by 55.5 per cent over the past 20 years,...

25 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group comes out fighting over housing benefit claims

The National Landlords Association has come out fighting in response to a weekend report by the National Housing Federation suggesting buy...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Over-supply leads to rents falling in prime London lettings market

There have been falls in rents in some price ranges in London thanks to an oversupply of stock, according to lettings...

23 August 2016

From: Breaking News

The £500 a room shared London flat is now extinct, claims agency

Latest figures from London lettings agency Portico suggest a slight fall in rents but the firm is now claiming that it...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns that new London tube service will trigger rent increases

This week’s long-awaited launch of an overnight tube service on two lines of the London Underground will trigger private sector rent...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says glut of homes to let is cutting rental growth

Countrywide’s latest lettings index shows rental growth slowing in every region of Britain because of a glut of homes coming to...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Government energy policy will push up private rents, insists industry group

Government policy to improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock will increase rents for tenants. New laws mean that from...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents rise but sharp fall in number of new tenancies

New data from LonRes suggests achieved rental values rose 0.9 per cent in prime central London over the second quarter of...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising in most areas but rate of growth slows says HomeLet

Rents across the UK are still rising but the rate of growth continues to slow.   Data from HomeLet shows that rents agreed...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

BBC survey claims to identify 'sky high' rental areas across England

A BBC investigation claims that people living in the private rental sector spend more than a third of their disposable income...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents' figures show London's rents dipping over the Brexit period

Data from London agency Portico suggests rents dipped 1.7 per cent during the May to July period, covering six weeks leading up...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

London lagging in terms of room rental returns, says website

Rents for individual rooms to let are rising fastest in Swansea, Bradford, Portsmouth and Swindon, with all of these locations seeing...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Website accuses agents of pocketing fifth of tenants' moving costs

Individuals must find an average of £1,175 to move into a privately rented apartment or house across the UK - or £2,043...

22 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Assembly urged to scrap its 3% buy to let stamp duty surcharge

The Residential Landlords Association is asking the Welsh Assembly to scrap the three per cent stamp duty surcharge imposed on buy...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Young tenants 'pay £44,000 more in rent by age 30' than parents did

The combination of falling home ownership and rising costs in the private rented sector mean that today’s younger generation will have...

20 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Hammond urged to 'delete all and start again' on buy to let taxes

New Chancellor Phillip Hammond has been urged by an industry trade group to reset the government’s approach to taxing the buy...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Politician launches 'Big Renters Survey' in bid to set up union

London politician Sian Berry - who was the Green Party candidate for the Mayoral elections in the capital in May -...

15 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports huge surge in homes to let after stamp duty spree

There was an eight per cent surge in the number of homes available to rent in the second quarter of the...

14 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slowing says Homelet - too early to see any Brexit effect

Rents across the UK continued to rise during June, but the first half of 2016 has been characterised by a slowing...

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide says buy to let purchases now at a six year low

In the three months after the introduction of the three per cent stamp duty surcharge on April 1, landlord purchases accounted...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Government told - you are forcing rent rises on hard-pressed tenants

The government is being warned that without changes to the Finance Bill currently going through parliament it will effectively be forcing rent...

11 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Increasing number of buy to lets purchased with 'gifted' parental deposits

We’re used to young owner-occupiers relying on the Bank of Mum and Dad for financial help - now it appears youthful...

05 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Long prison sentence for letting agent guilty of con trick

  A letting agent who scammed dozens of tenants and landlords out of more than £220,000 of rents and deposits has been...

29 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants to be refunded £3,000 after HMOs found to be unlicensed

A legal tribunal has ruled that a landlord must refund his tenants rent totalling £2,934 because he housed them in unlicensed...

28 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Tiny apartment may be smallest of its type to let in London

The high-end agency Pastor Real Estate is marketing what it believes may be the capital’s smallest grade II listed duplex apartment - it...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents hit a record high as second homes surcharge begins to hit

Rents in Scotland are at a record high, after the fastest month-on-month growth on record.  Data from Your Move shows that average...

22 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents begin to fall as glut of homes to let appear on the market

Letting agencies Your Move and Reeds Rains claim rents have started to drop in many areas following the arrival of a...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group warns of danger of Airbnb-style unregulated short lets

Highly publicised stories of property damage allegedly caused by short-let tenants using Airbnb and similar online platforms highlights the advantages of...

17 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let court decision confirms landlords' right to reclaim possession

The Supreme Court has ruled that rights to a private and family life need not get in the way of legitimate...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent warns of long-term buy to let 'ticking timebomb'

Buy to let investors face a ‘ticking timebomb’ that may force many of them to quit the sector in the long-term,...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Bill of over £10,000 after unsafe accommodation is let to tenants

Sheffield council has prosecuted a private landlord for failing to provide safe accommodation - with a bill of over £10,000 to...

14 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Right wing group backs Corbyn's private sector Right To Buy idea

It started off as an idea from Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign to become Labour leader but today it’s being backed by a...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Big rise in landlords incorporating in bid to avoid buy to let tax grab

A mortgage firm specialising in buy to let products says lending to landlords set up as limited companies surged in the...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Cost of renting for young people rises across Britain, especially London

The average cost of renting a one-bedroom home in Britain has risen to £746 per month - this is the equivalent...

13 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slowing as market awaits referendum result, says HomeLet

Rents across the UK continued to rise during May but at a decreasing rate, says HomeLet.  Data shows that rents agreed on...

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Union renews attack on 'rip off' private rental sector in south east England

A study published by the GMB union claims that London’s well-documented high private rents are now leading to other steep rises...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents across the country rising faster than in London

Average rents for single rooms across the UK increased at a faster rate than those in London, according to spareroom.co.uk. The rental...

02 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents now 2.6% higher than a year ago

The average rent paid by private tenants across Great Britain increased by 2.6% in the twelve months to April 2016, according...

01 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Scottish rental growth at three-year low

Annual rent rises in Scotland hit a three-year low in April, according to new figures. Your Move's Scotland Buy-to-Let Index shows that...

25 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rents growing at fastest rate since September

Average rents are now rising at the fastest rate since last Autumn, bringing the average monthly rent in England and Wales...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty hitting Prime Central London lettings market

Rent increases in Prime Central London have slowed due to uncertainty surrounding next month's EU Referendum, according to a new report. London...

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants lettings energy efficiency deadlines to be delayed

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

18 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency chief tells new London mayor: 'treat rental sector as an ally'

The outgoing director of the Your Move chain of lettings agents says the new London mayor - whether Sadiq Khan or...

06 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents still rising in almost every UK region, HomeLet monitor shows

HomeLet’s monthly rental market monitor shows that rents are still rising across the UK.  It says rents on new tenancies outside of...

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Trade body demolishes 'false comparisons' in media rental story

A trade body has hit out at “clear inconsistencies” in an online news report claiming that renting an ‘average London flat’...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

World's largest 'co-living' rental scheme opens this week in UK

What is described as the world’s largest’ co-living’ scheme opens this week with a 550-bed 11-storey development in west London.  With rents...

03 May 2016

From: Breaking News

'Unchartered waters' as agency sees biggest-ever rent fall in Scotland

March saw the sharpest month-on-month fall in Scottish rents on record, according to the letting agency Your Move.  Average residential rents in...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rents at an all-time high across Scotland according to Citylets

Average asking rents in Scotland now stand at £767 per month, up 2.1 per cent over the past year.  The exception to...

21 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency predicts London two-bed rents to top £2,000 pcm by late summer

Average monthly rents for London two-bed homes will top £2,000 by the late summer according to letting agency Portico.  The average rent...

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rents will rise to pay for Osborne tax changes, trade body warns

Almost all landlords are considering increasing rents to pay for the higher taxes they now face. According to a survey by the...

15 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise well above inflation, survey shows

Research by HomeLet shows that rents on new tenancies outside London over the three months to March were on average 4.9...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Media criticism building against Osborne's buy to let attacks

More criticism of Chancellor George Osborne’s raft of buy to let reforms has appeared in the mainstream media, with much emphasis...

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA confirms the worst - tenants will pay for buy to let tax changes

The new stamp duty surcharge on buy to let properties coming into effect next Friday will increase rent costs for tenants...

24 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Three quarters of young British adults reconciled to renting, not owning

Around three quarters of young Britons believe they are unlikely to ever own their own property and will instead rent for...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency provokes criticism by promising higher rents for landlords

A letting agency has been criticised by local students after sending a touting letter to landlords saying it could increase rents...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents on the rise - it's a small increase but the first since September

Average rents are now rising on a monthly basis for the first time since September, up 0.1 per cent between January...

18 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant spends over £500 on agent fees

The average tenant spends a total of £577.64 on letting agent fees, according to new research. The research, carried out by an...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of single tenants falling as families and sharers enter PRS

The number of tenancies signed by a single tenant has fallen, according to the latest HomeLet Rental Index. Last year, tenants living...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Investors won't be deterred by stamp duty surcharge, say agents

The proposed stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes and buy-to-let properties will fail to deter landlords from expanding...

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants paying over the odds for rental homes, says Countrywide

In the last year 12% of lets were agreed at more than the initial asking price, according to the latest figures...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent angered by Lib Dem canvassing email

A London letting agent has expressed their dismay with a canvassing email sent by Liberal Democrat London mayoral candidate Caroline Pidgeon. The...

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

New fly-on-the-wall eviction TV series starts this evening

This evening at 9pm sees the start of a second season of Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords on Channel 5.  The 10-part series...

09 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'unprofitable' in most areas if rate rises and tax relief falls

If interest rates rise by 2.5 per cent over the next four years, traditional buy to let could become unprofitable in...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government figures show average private rent up 2.6% in a year

Tenants now pay 2.6 per cent more rent on average than they did a year ago according to the government’s Office...

01 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Do female tenants haggle less? And are letting agents sexist?

A tenant who describes herself as “a seasoned renter” says women may end up paying higher rents than men for similar...

29 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Supply of homes to let is at its lowest for over a year says ARLA

The supply of rental accommodation is the lowest for at least a year according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents. After...

26 February 2016

From: Breaking News

One-in-six tenants has already sub-let - and more may do so via Airbnb

A survey claims that 17 per cent of private rental sector tenants in the UK admit to having rented out part...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent guilty of nine fraud offences involving £157,250

A former letting agent has pleaded guilty of nine offences of fraud involving the retention of deposits and rents belonging to...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Another report shows younger people 'locked out' and forced to rent

A new report from the independent Social Market Foundation think tank has found that almost two million more people have been...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Returns from buy to let investment at their highest for over a year

Returns from buy to let properties have risen to their highest level in over a year.  Data from Your Move and Reeds...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Revealed: the impact of Airbnb on traditional private lettings sector

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

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty change causing confusion and uncertainty in rental sector

A leading lettings expert says George Osborne’s proposed stamp duty surcharge of three per cent may be just weeks from implementation...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London rents fall for the first time since 2013

Prime Central London rents across the capital fell for the first time in two years during the final quarter of 2015...

17 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scams up as landlord possessions reach record high

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

16 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Average rents now highest-ever at 12% above pre-recession levels

Countrywide says average rents across the UK are now at their highest-ever levels, some 12 per cent above their pre-recession peak.  This...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns government on the high price of renting for younger tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents wants the government to allocate more spending and greater political priority to housing, after new...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

MPs worried that 40% of Right To Buy units end up being privately let

A group of MPs is raising concerns about a claim that 40 per cent of homes sold through the Right To...

12 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency's survey shows Osborne measures hurting private rental sector

Government policies aimed at curbing the buy to let market are directly leading to more pressure on the lettings sector, according...

11 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Rental growth almost everywhere but London nears affordability ceiling

Rents in Greater London for new tenancies are rising at the slowest rate for almost two years.  Data from HomeLet shows rents...

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Foreign investors still keen on prime central London insists buying agent

Buying agency Black Brick says investment in prime London’s lettings sector remains buoyant despite the imminent three per cent stamp duty...

04 February 2016

From: Breaking News

David d'Orton-Gibson, Training for Professionals MD

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

01 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

Lenders tell government: buy to let reforms may be overkill

The three per cent stamp duty surcharge proposed for purchases of buy to let and holiday homes risks being seen as...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal & General reveals first three sites in 3,000-home Build To Rent plan

Legal & General Capital - which has recently made clear its intention to become a major Build To Rent player in...

28 January 2016

From: Breaking News

End of year surge in rents north of the border, says letting agency

There has been an end of year surge in Scottish rents according to a buy to let index run by Your...

27 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up 3.4% in 2015 but yields dip as a result of capital appreciation

Rents across England and Wales rose by an average of 3.4 per cent in 2015 - the fastest annual growth rate...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents ease in Scotland - just as rent caps are considered by lawmakers

Typical rents in Scotland are down from £757 per month to £747 according to Citylets - just as the Private Housing...

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises will outstrip buy to let tax rises, predicts letting agency chief

George Osborne has done more for the rental market than any other chancellor in history claims Marc von Grundherr, lettings director...

21 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Average home let within 20 days as rent rises go on - Countrywide

Britain's largest letting agency says rents grew by an average of 3.1 per cent in 2015, taking the average monthly rent...

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Large parts of UK have shortage of homes to let claims survey

A survey conducted for buy to let lender Landbay claims that a strong lettings market even in winter demonstrates “the shortage...

15 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals towns and cities seeing biggest rent rises in 2015

New research from HomeLet reveals that Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh and Newcastle recorded the largest increase in rents last year amongst the...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investors 'set to lose money in over 90% of locations

An analysis by a national newspaper shows that investors purchasing buy to let properties with mortgages are likely to lose money...

11 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in rental arrears - but they're still well below downturn levels

The number of tenants seriously behind on rent has risen by 13.8 per cent.  An arrears tracking index conducted by letting agencies...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents up in every region of England and Wales in 2015 says Rightmove

Rightmove says tenants serious about wanting to buy could do themselves a favour by flatsharing - and save themselves £210 a...

08 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Banking job cuts have weakened prime London lettings, says agency

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

04 January 2016

From: Breaking News

45% of landlords to raise rents in 2016 - many because of tax changes

Almost half of landlords are set to increase their rents in 2016 in a bid to counteract tax changes and higher...

31 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Top agency blasts government attack on Ordinary Joe landlords

Hunters Estate Agents have taken the unusual step for a public company of criticising the government - in this case over...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents dip as Christmas nears - but they've risen 4% in 2015

Another rental index suggests there has been a seasonal dip in rents - although across England and Wales as a whole...

18 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents and size of letting sector set to soar by 2025, predicts ARLA

Rents are set to sky-rocket by 27 per cent in the next decade according to research commissioned by the Association of...

17 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Seasonal slowdown hits rent levels according to new lettings index

A seasonal slowdown has hit the lettings sector with rents dipping 0.4 per cent in November to a UK monthly average...

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Highly-geared landlords may want to sell up PDQ, advises Rightmove

Financially-stretched landlords may want to think seriously about selling their investment properties - and quickly, advises Rightmove. In its latest monthly report...

15 December 2015

From: Breaking News

'90% of landlords won't raise rents in next six months' says HomeLet

A survey by HomeLet suggests that nine in 10 landlords do not intend to raise rents on their existing tenancies during...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading accountant slams Osborne's buy to let tax break change

A former president of the Association of Taxation Technicians has made a strong defence of buy to let investors who, she...

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let tax and duty changes driving more landlords to form companies

A respected survey of the buy to let market says proposed tax changes and the increased stamp duty on additional homes...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA's new guidance for students in private rental accommodation

ARLA has issued guidance to students who may be using the Christmas break to line-up accommodation for the coming year.  Looking for...

04 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks urge caution on allowing tenants to decorate homes

Tenants should not be coerced into paying higher rents to redecorate their landlords’ property according to the Association of Independent Inventory...

03 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Remarkable article praises buy to let and attacks Tories for killing it

It is not often that a national newspaper dedicates an article to praising buy to let - and even rarer for...

30 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords angry at buy to let stamp duty 'surcharge'

There’s been an angry reaction from letting agents and landlords to the shock news that an additional three per cent stamp...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Osborne's property industry Autumn Statement announcements

- From April 2016 buy to let landlords and people buying second or holiday homes will have to pay an additional...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords to make tenants pay for higher tax and interest rates

There is another warning today that changes to buy to let mortgage tax relief will lead to increased rents.  Back in July,...

26 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Shock extra buy to let stamp duty; house building programme confirmed

George Osborne has announced a shock additional 3.0 per cent stamp duty on second homes and buy to let properties. Details are...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Average rents in Britain only 3.5 per cent higher than in late 2008

Figures from the 211-office agency Belvoir shows that average rents in Britain exceed the pre-downturn late 2008 figure by a mere...

25 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants putting the brakes on rent rises, warns ARLA

Fewer tenants are experiencing rent increases, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents’ monthly market report. The number of letting agents...

24 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents dip across England and Wales according to letting agencies

Rents across England and Wales have fallen between September and October, according to data from the Your Move and Reeds Rains...

20 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government urged to scrap 'tenant's tax' hidden in licensing schemes

Councils that charge landlords for licences solely to collect information on the number of landlords in an area have been accused...

19 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Half of city's HMOs not part of council's failed licensing system

One council’s attempt to crack down on rogue landlords has been branded a "complete failure" because half of its HMOs are...

18 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Average London rents now top £2,000 pcm says buy to let lender

Rents climbed 0.7 per cent in October to a UK average of £1,294. There were increases in every region with the...

17 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' tax sell-off will reduce London rental supply

Franchise letting agency giant Winkworth is warning that London’s tenants face higher rents as some landlords sell investment properties in the...

13 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New government cash to combat Beds In Sheds scandal

New funding will help up to 65 councils tackle rogue landlords who let out substandard homes including the hated Beds In...

12 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Massive regional rent differences as average nears £1,000 pcm

The latest survey of private sector rents by HomeLet shows very large regional differences with one area seeing a 4.9 per...

10 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise 16% to 22% over next five years - forecast

Savills says mainstream UK rents are likely to rise by an average of 16.5 per cent by the end of 2020...

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents to grow 3.0% to 4.5% in each of next five years, says agency

JLL is forecasting that average rents across the UK will rise by 4.5 per cent next year, followed by a 4.0...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour MP and veteran agency founder clash over rent controls

Labour MP David Lammy and Kevin Hollinrake, the founder of Hunters - and now a Conservative MP - have clashed online...

03 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government says rents have risen an average 2.7% in a year

Renters are paying 2.7 per cent more for their homes than a year ago, according to data from the Office for...

02 November 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA gives regional breakdown of rents, demand and stock

Tenants in the West Midlands are suffering the most from rent increases, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents’ monthly...

30 October 2015

From: Breaking News

London Mayor hopeful backs protests to show 'rental market out of control'

The Green Party candidate for London Mayor says protests outside the MIPIM property conference have her backing as they highlight that...

22 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Restricting BTL mortgages will push up rents, warn lenders

Measures which discourage investment in the private rented sector can only push up rents and harm tenants more than landlords, a...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Yields and appreciation make investors nearly 10% annually say agents

Buy to let investors in England and Wales have seen their returns rise to around 10 per cent in the past...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says many agents seeing same-day lettings as demand surges

Rightmove says letting agents are reporting “extraordinary demand” in many parts of the country, with an increasing number of tenants positively...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings market slowing but average rent still up by 8.5% in a year

After six months of annual rent price rises of 10 per cent plus the latest HomeLet index shows rent prices have...

16 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Councils told new law renders local licensing schemes redundant

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

15 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Many tenants rent in better areas than they buy in says Countrywide

In an unusual boost for the benefits of the private rental sector, new data suggests tenants routinely rent in more expensive...

13 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise 3.0% next year as demand continues to outstrip supply

Average rents have risen for 10 months in a row according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - and there's...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

The evidence - study shows private rents have been falling in real terms

Rents in the private sector have been falling in real terms according to an independent study just published.   The research, commissioned by...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Rightmove's 'largest letting stock' index shows rents rising outside London

Rightmove says rents across England and Wales, outside London, are up 1.3 per cent in the past three months according to...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency warns government against driving out rental investors and landlords

A long-established letting agency and a campaign group have joined forces to analyse a UK government's private rental sector reform proposals...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Some city rents tumble ahead of details of proposed rent controls

With perhaps ironic timing, rents across some parts of Scotland are falling - just as the Scottish Government prepares to outline...

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy to let gurus claim 25 tenants vying for one property to let

Two of Britain's most controversial landlords, Fergus and Judith Wilson, claim demand from prospective tenants is at a record high with...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Private sector rent arrears show dramatic rise

A total of 74,000 private sector tenants owe more than two months’ rent - this is up 4.4 per cent in...

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry body rejects Labour claims on rents and buy to let tax breaks

There has been a sharp and rapid rebuttal of comments made by new shadow chancellor John McDonnell suggesting that private sector...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rental market strongest for three bedroom houses claims new index

Rents are rising faster for three bedroom homes than for any other property type. They show a rise of 4.6 per cent...

25 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Leading agent warns that rent controls will scare off landlords

Scottish rents have fallen month-on-month for the first time since the start of the year - and rent controls may make...

24 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports record proportion of landlords increasing rents

No fewer than 45 per cent of tenants renewing their tenancies were given rent increases in August, the highest since Countrywide's...

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents dipping and arrears rising, say letting agencies

Rents across England and Wales have dipped by 0.1 per cent and now stand at an average of £803 per month. Annual...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Michael Groves, Lomond Capital

Who are you?     Michael Groves, Partner of Lomond Capital which is focused on bringing together good quality regional letting and estate...

17 September 2015

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How well do you know your tenants?

The private rented sector is becoming an increasingly diverse place. Its growth into the UK's second largest form of housing has...

15 September 2015

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New lettings index claims unique level of insight into market

A new lettings sector index to be launched later this month claims new “insight into the UK private rented sector.” The index...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Zoopla chief backs campaign against buy to let tax changes

The chief executive of Zoopla has thrown his weight behind opposition to the government’s proposed restrictions on buy to let tax...

15 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents static or dipping in every region of the UK

Rent rises have moderated across the UK according to HomeLet.  In every region of the UK, the pace of rent rises slowed...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Britain's biggest landlord raises rent 33% - and blames Osborne

The country’s biggest buy to let landlord is to raise rents by up to 33 per cent, and puts the blame...

14 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed after taking rents, deposits and wages

A letting agent who fled Britain to India, leaving landlords and tenants out of pocket and his staff’s wages unpaid, has...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Attack on letting agency that urged landlords to raise rents

The office of a letting agency that urged its landlord clients to consider increasing rents has been the subject of an...

04 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rental supply rises but rents up even more, says ARLA

The number of available private rented properties rose sharply in July according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents.  Agents managed an...

28 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Average Scottish rent stalls at all-time high of £549

The average rent in Scotland has plateaued, remaining at an all-time record high of £549 a month, according to Your Move's...

26 August 2015

From: Breaking News

London mayoral candidate calls for rent controls

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham and one of Labour's prospective candidates for next year's London mayoral election, has warned that the...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Rapid monthly growth pushes average rent to record high

Average monthly rents in England and Wales hit a record high of £804 last month, according to Your Move and Reeds...

21 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise by 12% to 17% by 2019 says high-end agent

High-end estate agent Knight Frank is forecasting that rents will rise by between 12.1 per cent and 17.1 per cent by...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Means-tested rents scheme pioneered in London

Tenants on a social housing estate in north east London are to be asked to pay a means-tested rent - thought...

19 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Average weekly student rent up only £1.43 in past year

Research for a student accommodation service says the average weekly rent paid by students has risen a modest £1.43 in the...

14 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Troubled campaign group renews call for rent controls

Generation Rent - the campaign group that needs £60,000 to continue operating beyond the end of August - has renewed its...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Redress scheme expels letting agent for not paying compensation

The Property Redress Scheme has expelled a letting agency following non-compliance with a redress decision. The complaint regarded a holding deposit. The...

11 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords may produce 'alternative' buy to let tax measures

The Residential Landlords Association has launched a new campaign ‘toolkit’ to enable opponents of the proposed buy to let tax changes...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Massive 11.8% rent increase in past year - claim

Rents continue to rise across the UK with many regions now keeping pace with or exceeding the pace of price increases...

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Burnham wants councils to impose private rent controls

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham is the latest to say he would consider rent controls in the private sector if he...

07 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Tenants fear that tax break costs mean higher rents

A survey suggests that renters are worried that landlords who have to pay more tax as a result of changes in...

05 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents up 7.4 per cent says LonRes

Average rental values across prime London are now 7.4 per cent higher than they were this time last year.  LonRes says that...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents up 2.5% in the past year says government

Rents in Britain went up by an average of 2.5 per cent over the last year, the fastest rise for two-and-a-half...

03 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Rental affordability crisis in London claims website

More evidence of a possible affordability issue in the private rental sector has been produced from a survey of Londoners earning...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Non-stop rent rises are worrying admits ARLA

More and more agents are witnessing increases in the cost of renting, according to the Association of Residential Letting Agents. Its latest...

24 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Families and schools have big role in setting rents

An analysis by Britain’s biggest letting agency, Countrywide, has thrown up a little known fact - with applications for school places...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Survey confirms buy to let tax clampdown will raise rents

A survey for a lettings organisation has confirmed the belief that the government’s removal of tax breaks on landlords will almost...

22 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents up everywhere as new tenants flock to cities

HomeLet’s rental index figures for June shows another rise with average rents outside of London now standing at £747 per month,...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Sharp rise in arrears as rents soar, say letting agents

There has been a sharp rise in rent arrears - they made up 8.7 per cent of all rent payable in...

17 July 2015

From: Breaking News

New Rightmove index shows out-of-London rent surge

Tenants trying to find cheaper and better value letting properties than those available in London are moving outside the capital -...

15 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Some PCL rents up 11% in just three months says agent

The central London sales market dip of recent weeks has directly led to a surge in the lettings sector according to...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Institute for Fiscal Studies slams Osborne's BTL changes

The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies has described the justification given by Chancellor George Osborne for curbing tax breaks for buy to...

14 July 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL tax changes will hit amateur landlords most warns agent

One of Britain’s senior letting agents says the people likely to be hit hardest by changes of the buy to let...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords' plans will change in wake of tax relief cut

Wednesday’s budget proved a grim viewing for those who have worked in the rental sector for some time and watched the...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Summer Budget's fiddly tax changes well worth a second glance

This week the Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered the first Conservative Budget for almost 20 years. While Mr Osborne claimed that it marked...

10 July 2015

From: Features

Anger continues as industry measures buy to let tax hit

There has been no let-up in the anger expressed by sections of the buy to let sector after Chancellor George Osborne...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Shelter goes public in its opposition to rent controls

Earlier this week the housing charity Shelter confounded many in the private rented sector by concluding on its website that tough rent...

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Court appearance tomorrow for agents on fraud charges

Two agents charged with fraud are expected to appear in court tomorrow Martin Marcus and Nadim Khan will appear at Harrow Crown...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents unhappy at Osborne's Buy To Let tax blow

Agents have expressed their disappointment at the decision by the government to restrict mortgage interest relief for Buy To let investors...

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax blow delivered by Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne has announced that mortgage interest tax relief for buy-to-let homebuyers are to be restricted to basic rate of...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise if tax breaks scrapped, Osborne warned

Chancellor George Osborne has been warned that rents in the private rented sector could rise if he scraps the tax-deductible status...

08 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rent rises will be capped at inflation level says Labour hopeful

One of five people vying for selection as Labour’s candidate in the 2016 London Mayoral election says private sector rents can...

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Crowded house: are you super vigilant?

I don't think there is one person in lettings and property management who isn't alarmed at the scenes just over the...

03 July 2015

From: Features

UK agents body wants more young Euro-renters and buyers

The UK Association of Letting Agents has teamed up with around 30 other European professional property bodies to consider how to...

03 July 2015

From: Breaking News

New chairman for HomeLet owner as global firm takes over

Barbon Insurance Group Ltd - the firm behind HomeLet, Letsure and Rentshield, has appointed a new non-executive chairman as a global...

02 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Central London average rents up - but Mayfair takes a tumble

Rents in prime central London are rising again after a prolonged period of stagnation, according to property advisers London Central Portfolio. “The...

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Third of new lets agreed before existing tenant moves out

The largest national letting agency, Countrywide, says the market is now so buoyant that a third of landlords are able to...

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Supply of homes to let plummets 7% in just one month

The number of rental properties available for tenants decreased seven per cent between the end of April and end of May...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

UK private tenants 'get raw deal' with highest rents in Europe - claim

Private rents in the UK are the highest in Europe despite having amongst the least secure tenancies - that it the...

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector survey in Britain's most expensive borough

The local council in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is starting an investigation into the private rental sector within...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Property Natter: Agents, target your websites better!

OK, you’re being spoilt. This column is now going to be on a bi-weekly rather than monthly basis. You lucky people,...

19 June 2015

From: Features

Can we panic yet?

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

19 June 2015

From: Features

Labour hopefuls warned over dangers of rent control

The National Landlords Association has issued a briefing note which it says is a warning to Labour’s leadership and deputy leadership...

18 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents rising across UK as London breaks £1,500 pcm barrier

Rents have risen in all parts of the UK in the past three months with Greater London average rents now exceeding...

15 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Mortgage firm's startling attack on rip off letting agents

A spokesman for the mortgage firm Ocean Finance has made a startlingly outspoken attack on the private rental sector, accusing letting...

12 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Prime London agency hails mass influx of tenants since election

One of London’s high-end letting agents says it has experienced a sharp increase in tenant demand since the election after a...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

New shadow chancellor against a ‘crack down’ on agents

The new shadow chancellor has said that he is against a ‘crack down’ on letting agencies and rent controls.  Labour’s Chris Leslie,...

02 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Two-thirds of landlords planning to expand portfolio

Two thirds of landlords plan to buy at least one further property in the next six months, according to Mortgages for...

29 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Scottish rents rise at highest annual rate for five months

Average Scottish rents recorded in April increased by 1.6% in a year, according to Your Move’s latest Scottish Rental Index.  This is...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

More landlords selling their properties, say ARLA agents

The number of landlords selling their buy-to-let properties increased during April, according to the latest report from the Association of Residential...

27 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Fastest rent rise for over four years

Private sector rents in England and Wales have grown 4.6 per cent year-on-year – the fastest rate of increase since November...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Lonres cautious on prospects for PCL lettings

Some 45 per cent of letting agents expect average rents in prime central London to rise over the course of 2015...

19 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents rise over 7.0% across whole country

HomeLet says the average rent across the UK is now rising roughly in line with those in Greater London for the...

15 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency says Tories must regulate lettings sector

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

12 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency unrepentant over anti-Labour letter

Belvoir remains unrepentant after criticism from some quarters over an email sent to tenants last week intimating that a vote for...

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

PCL rents up 7.4% in a year despite demand slump

Rents in Prime Central London have risen 7.4 per cent over the course of the past year despite being unbchanged for...

07 May 2015

From: Breaking News