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Faster onboarding vital to counter arrears, says PropTech chief

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Licensing: PropTech suppliers buddy up to improve compliance

PropTech suppliers Kamma and CoreLogic UK have teamed up to help improve the process of buy to let lending and compliance. Kamma...

08 December 2021

From: Breaking News

What’s Damp and What’s Mildew? How inventories can help

The classic winter time arguments between tenants and agents over what is damp and what is mildew can be resolved by...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarm Law Change: trade body backs ‘equality’ measures

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

02 December 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today: rental reform – how can tech help tenants?

‘Generation rent’ was a term first coined in 2011 by the Halifax in a survey on the future of homeownership. It...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar – how can letting agents be compliant with Trading Standards rules?

A recent industry roundtable event hosted by PayProp, which brought together some of the lettings industry’s biggest hitters, will be live streamed next week...

05 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns council that new HMO licensing will backfire

A lettings agency says a new HMO licensing regime in one of London’s highest profile boroughs will reduce the number of rental properties. This...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb tells government it has better way of regulating short lets

Airbnb has backed the Scottish Government's backtrack on pledges to exercise more centralised regulation over short let properties. The country’s ruling SNP-Green coalition...

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Cut Us Some Slack! Politicians told to stop demonising letting agents

Propertymark is telling politicians to stop demonising letting agents and landlords. The unusualy bluntl message has come in response to the latest...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New forms which letting agents MUST use from October 1

New forms have been posted online which must be used by landlords and letting agents from October 1. New legislation regarding eviction...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit back as Welsh Government extends notice periods again

Landlords in Wales have been told that rules giving tenants six months’ notice to vacate a property will remain in place...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Easing of pandemic restrictions pushes growth to record levels – Knight Frank

Knight Frank is anticipating a “sprint for stock” in the lettings market as offices reopen and travel restrictions ease.  Tom Bill, Knight...

20 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents should offer digital platforms for tenants to check documents

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

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent controls - agents warn politicians against hasty change

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

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession rules change extended until May 2022

Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities is extending the regulations for the period of notice a landlord must give a tenant before...

03 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new property management safety issue on the horizon

A property consultancy says it’s identified the next ‘landmine’ in the building safety saga facing agents and landlords around the country. Mary-Anne...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pet-Friendly Rental Properties - demand soars, says Rightmove

New data from Rightmove shows that demand for pet friendly rental properties has increased by 120 per cent compared to last...

26 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New consultation aims to “root out rogue agents” says RICS

New rules out for consultation concerning block management aim to improve professionalism across the sector, root out rogue agents, and increase...

23 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Charging for Viewings? Trading Standards revises advice

The controversy over whether a new PropTech service can be used by agents to charge people to view a property to...

19 August 2021

From: Breaking News

The legal updates which impacted letting agents the most in 2021

How up to date is your knowledge on notice periods, pets in rentals, electrical safety inspections and lodgers? This year we’ve...

18 August 2021

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Have Your Say: Ombudsman wants agents’ views on block management

The Property Ombudsman and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are seeking views of agents, landlords and tenants on a new...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant Fees Act “does not ban charging for some viewings”

Guidance from Trading Standards suggests that it is possible, in some cases, to charge tenants to view a property to let...

10 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Short Lets market in cities still suffering because of travel controls

The trade body for short lets operators - the Short Term Accommodation Association - says it wants even more travel restrictions...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Interview with Maxine Fothergill, ARLA President

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My name is Maxine Fothergill and for the past ‘almost’...

28 July 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Over-regulated and outdated - the rules governing private renting

Research by a lettings sector trade body has revealed precisely how outdated some regulations are.  According to the latest analysis, by the...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell politicians to better understand cost of pets in lets

Propertymark has waded into the controversy over whether private rental tenants should be allowed to keep pets in their properties. As reported...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax - agents back extended time limit, with qualifications

ARLA Propertymark has thrown its weight behind a call for HMRC to extend the time limit for the payment of Capital...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Top property lawyer links with Rightmove to advise agents on data

Prominent property lawyer David Smith - recently in the news for his guidance for agents and landlords over the eviction ban...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

New secure tenancy and assured tenancy forms MUST be used now

The government has released new forms for secure and assured tenancies - and agents who fail to use them risk having...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb extends lettings restrictions until the end of the summer

A global ban on parties in Airbnb properties, started back in August last year, has been extended until the end of...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns landlords will be served with ‘anti-social orders’

A Labour council in London is taking the unusual measure of threatening landlords with community protection notices - associated with anti-social...

25 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Coming Out Of Covid tough for letting agents, says top supplier

Coming out of Covid and realising that relaxed procedures will be tightened up once again, will present challenges to letting agents...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Full details of Notice and Eviction changes

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

13 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets require planning change of use, appeal process decides

A landlord who appealed against a local council decision regarding the letting of her apartment on Airbnb has lost - and...

11 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent in court over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO

A letting agent has been fined £11,500 for breaking HMO houses and fire safety rules at a property he manages. Agent Benjamin...

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Top Tips that will convince first time landlords to use agents

ARLA Propertymark has prepared a ‘top tips’ guide for agents to offer first time landlords. The tips are exhaustive and should convince landlords...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental collapse in prime central London nears the end, claims agency

Average rents in prime central London declined 14.3 per cent in the year to March - but one agency reckons that may be...

14 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to create paper trail on electrical compliance

Changes to electrical safety standards rules applying to existing tenancies came into force at the start of the Easter break and...

06 April 2021

From: Breaking News

'Posh’ London borough where 44% of homes are privately rented

One of the London boroughs synonymous with wealth has revealed that 44 per cent of its housing stock is now actually...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government tweaks Covid guidance for rental sector ahead of new rules

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

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Government pledges to plug ‘rental tax gap’ for holiday lets

The government’s much-vaunted ‘tax day’ produced few challenges to the status quo - but holiday lets are under scrutiny. Currently the holiday let...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s Time To Talk About PropTech

Real estate as an industry has remained unchallenged throughout all of these years. For the industry worth more than 217 trillion...

19 March 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Yet another Eviction Ban extension - and then it will 'taper off'

The government has announced a further extension to the current ban on bailiff-enforced evictions in England until May 31. At that point...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded about ‘Breathing Space’ laws effective from May

ARLA Propertymark is reminding agents about the controversial Breathing Space legislation coming into effect on May 4. The new rules are known as...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Banned! Court order prohibits investor from letting properties

A landlord who persistently broke residential lettings rules has been banned from operating in a landmark legal ruling. Julie Stoddern, of Camborne,...

08 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on letting agents backed by local councils

A huge trading standards operation clamping down on lettings agents who fail to abide by Client Money Protection rules has been...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent IDs made easier for agents, claims new PropTech service

A new Right to Rent identity validation and storage system has been launched by industry supplier Canopy, in partnership with tech...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency warns that landlords seriously worried by CGT threat

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

16 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents 'should guide landlords through blizzard of licensing rules'

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

10 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 February 2021

From: Breaking News

David Alexander is joint CEO of apropos

For most letting agents the last year has been a challenging one which has focused attention on dealing with the immediate,...

04 February 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Agency lets 26 properties in one month with no physical viewings

An agency says it has recently let 26 properties in one month without conducting any physical viewings. Oakwood Homes, operating in Kent,...

03 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ alert over electricity checks as government digs in over deadline

Letting agents have been told to document all arranging, planning and scheduling of work related to electrical checks in a bid...

01 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

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

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for new off-payroll working rules

ARLA Propertymark is advising agents to get up to speed on new rules - and possible higher costs - when changes...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents should be proud of their role, urges industry supplier

Letting agents should stand proud of their record helping both landlords and tenants, especially in these more difficult times. That’s the view...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Tier 4 letting agents told to put tenants’ safety first

The government has told letting agents in Tier 4 areas that their first priority must be the safety of their tenants. The...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb reveals ‘command centre’ to curb New Year’s Eve revellers

Airbnb has unveiled a set of restrictions which it is operating across the UK - and the rest of western Europe...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Auction success vindicates agency’s move to live-stream format

High end agency Savills says it’s raised over £270m in nine auctions this year, with an average sold price of over...

22 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents breaking 'No DSS' listings rule will face sanctions, warns Zoopla

The debate over rental properties listed on portals with ‘No DSS’ statements has reignited over the weekend. This follows a BBC investigation...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Councillor claims agents using virtual viewings show ‘better’ properties

A Labour councillor in Yorkshire claims letting agents are not showing the actual properties available to rent when they use virtual...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban – financial tips to plug the gap in 2021

The Tenant Fees Act 2019’s 12-month transition period came to an end on 31 May, prohibiting various payments and charges that...

16 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Council HMO rules force agency to ban tenant from using bedroom

A lettings agency is in the news because it has asked a student to stop using a specific room in a...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Some agents have atrocious compliance failures, claims expert

A lettings expert claims that many agents are failing to comply with appropriate legislation, rendering their landlord clients liable for legal...

27 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona rules: Agents and tradespeople can still visit properties

New and tougher Coronavirus restrictions have been announced in Scotland with decisions on England’s new controls expected to be revealed today or...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agencies should review banking and payments - PropTech chief

Letting agencies should review banking and payment systems in the light of rule changes and the ongoing challenge of the pandemic. This advice...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions law – get specialist advice if you’re unsure

As lockdown – Season 2, the sequel no one asked for – gets underway in England, landlords, tenants and agents will...

10 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

No evictions until January 11 aside from extreme cases

The government has formally announced a pause in evictions in England until January 11 at the earliest. The only exceptions to this...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

New official guidance: What agents can do in lockdown

The government has unveiled the public health regulations which will underpin the second national lockdown in England - and the exemptions...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for agents to highlight their value

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

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Stand by for referral fee restrictions, letting agents warned

Agents are being warned to prepare now for likely controls on referral fees, following recommendations made to the government by the...

27 October 2020

From: Breaking News

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Issue second S8 notice if arrears exceed six months - legal expert

A legal expert for ARLA Propertymark is recommending that letting agents consider serving a second Section 8 notice if a tenant's...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to ensure a smooth pre-tenancy process

Making sure the check-in process for tenants is carried out in a smooth manner is more important than ever, in light...

07 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Commercial office space of the future

With no clear end in sight and conflicting Government advice as to whether we should work from home or go to...

24 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Agents Beware - no bailiffs to complete evictions between these dates

The government has revealed the dates of its so-called Christmas eviction truce. Agents will not be able to instruct bailiffs to complete...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice To Quit: changes to the rules in another part of the UK

There have been changes to the Notice To Quit process in Northern Ireland. The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Banks Red Tape: Breakthrough for agents on Pooled Client Accounts

ARLA Propertymark says there has been a breakthrough on the banking clampdown on pooled client accounts - a pain in the...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

Letting agents and landlords in Wales can now direct struggling tenants to a new independent advice service. The Private Rented Sector Helpline...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

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

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

In full - all the new tenancy notice periods and rules

Agents and landlords must now give tenants six months’ notice before they can evict, except in the most serious of cases,...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: Campaigners demand answers from government

The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor accused of scaremongering over eviction fears

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of causing needless fear for renters by claiming all those in arrears due to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry self-regulation now moves centre-stage says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says a political issue north of the border demonstrates the advantages of voluntary industry codes of practice over...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded. Over...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Lib Dems want government to finally scrap it

A Liberal Democrat bid is underway to accelerate the government timetable to scrap Section 21. The Renters’ Rights Bill put forward by government...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Free legal evictions advice offered to landlords by law service

A service called Landlord Advice UK is offering free no-obligation consultations with landlords dealing with evictions over the coming months. Under the...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CGT Threat: Propertymark warns government not to hurt buy to let

Propertymark is the latest industry body to warn the government against Capital Gains Tax changes that may disincentivise landlords. A joint statement...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax review may spell bad news for buy to let

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has requested a review of Capital Gains Tax rules from the Office for Tax Simplification - leading to...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

£40,000 fines for unlicensed HMOs as council hunts for offenders

Four buy to let investors have each been fined £10,000 for letting out unlicensed HMOs. The unlicensed properties , all in the...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings market much stronger than a year ago as pandemic recedes

The latest snapshot of the lettings market from PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that activity is much stronger now than a year...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government ‘working to ensure evictions return smoothly’ - minister

The government says it’s currently working to ensure the eviction process returns smoothly when the ban expires in late August. In the...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Media spotlight on lockdown parties in Airbnb and other short-lets

The BBC has shone a spotlight on lockdown parties being held in contravention of social distancing rules at properties advertised on...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive

The arrival of mandatory enhanced electrical checks so soon after the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents a perfect storm for...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Legal aid for evicted tenants once ban ends, demands Law Society

The Law Society for England and Wales says legal aid should be made available for tenants who face eviction once the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings rebounding after lockdown - more evidence emerges

Knight Frank is the latest agency to produce evidence that the lettings sector has rebounded in the four weeks since the...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extension still not enough to satisfy campaigning critics

Campaigning organisations that demanded an extension to the evictions ban imposed because of the Coronavirus crisis have been quick to return...

09 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental Distancing: safety-first processes revealed by inventory operator

The country’s largest provider of inventory services has launched its new processes, overhauled to cope with social distancing and the remaining...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets regulation options to be considered by government in June

A document outlining options for the future regulation of Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK is to be...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must have complete records to avoid Corona complaints - claim

A leading PropTech expert has urged lettings agents to improve their administration and paperwork if they want to avoid what could...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent signs up thousands of new tenants despite lockdown restrictions

London agency Chestertons reports that despite the lockdown it’s registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings, received...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Issues with rent default and legal issues? These webinars are for you…

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting two webinars - the first of which is today - looking at issues surrounding rent defaulting...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent stays after court rules against campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage products plummet thanks to Coronavirus

Data from independent mortgage monitor Moneyfacts shows that there’s been a big drop in the choice of mortgage for buy to...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Homesearch’s lofty home office and EweMove if you want to…

“Communication is pretty much everything…” - that’s the key message from Tega Alexander, digital marketing manager at the up-and-coming Homesearch. Thanks so...

10 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Share of homes bought for buy to let plummets to record low

The proportion of homes bought last month by buy to let investors plummeted to a record low of just eight per...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets exposed by BBC News as flouting lockdown regulations

A BBC News investigation has exposed some Airbnb and other short let platform users as flouting lockdown regulations. The probe has found...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent rules for agents relaxed during virus crisis

The government has relaxed some provisions of the controversial Right To Rent regulations for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. The temporary...

31 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - new MEES rules come into effect next week

Despite the challenges being thrown up to the lettings sector by Coronavirus, this is a reminder that new MEES regulations on...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents to shut offices immediately

Propertymark has been told the agents should shut their offices immediately - they are not “essential businesses” under the new Coronavirus...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors considering selling - even before virus

A survey of the buy to let market conducted by a bank before the latest acceleration in the Coronavirus outbreak suggests...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

One in 10 private tenants use overdrafts to fund rent - claim

The parlous state of many tenants’ personal finances has been highlighted by website CompareTheMarket which claims that one in 10 rely...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay electrical rule changes to keep tenants safe, trade body urges

New regulations mean highest risk rental properties may not have legally binding electrical safety cover for a prolonged period of time. That’s...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning about imminent buy to let tax clampdown

There’s a new warning today for buy to let investors who will be hit by tax changes coming into effect on...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Fees Act confusion could trigger surge in complaints about agents

Confusion among renters over the complex Tenant Fees Act could trigger a surge in complaints about agents to redress schemes -...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Article 4 powers for council means tougher rules for HMOs

New regulations governing HMOs are coming into effect in a north of England council. Landlords and developers will now need planning permission...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Brexit doubts means tenants get lavish extras says trade group

A lettings sector trade group says lavish additional services are being offered by landlords who are nervous that Brexit will lead...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

New carbon monoxide lettings rules set to be adopted by Assembly

The Welsh Government says new regulations are to be introduced to combat carbon monoxide poisoning. The regulations will require landlords and their...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: new anti-money laundering rules kick-in today

It’s here - the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive comes into force today with significant challenges and implications for letting agents. The...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb and other short-lets: Trade body wants proportionate regulation

A new trade body set up to represent companies working with hosts using Airbnb and similar platforms says the government should...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

A leading law firm has highlighted four key dates for letting agents and landlords to watch for in 2020. Paul Barnes, head...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Prepare for imminent Anti-Money Laundering changes

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s shock £100,000 fines for substandard rental properties

Labour has given shocking new details of its proposals for the private rental sector including £100.000 fines if properties are deemed...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour to end Right To Rent but shift rental sector power to tenants

As the battle of political policies continues ahead of next month’s General Election, now Labour has unveiled a raft of initiatives...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets offer opportunities for agents - but only if they’re regulated

The growing chorus of calls to professionalise the short lets sector has won influential backing from a senior PropTech entrepreneur. Neil Cobbold...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Are HMRC and Airbnb about to go to court over taxes?

The BBC is reporting that the short lets giant Airbnb has been contacted by HM Revenue & Customs about its tax...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock warning that agents could be sued under selective licensing laws

A long-term legal critic of selective licensing is warning that letting agents could be held jointly accountable with the landlords, -...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Courts breaching repossession rules and scrapping Section 21 will make it worse

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused courts across the country of failing to follow their own rules when it comes...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Best agents should demonstrate  compliance to expose rogue operators

A call has been made for the best letting agencies and other rental sector professionals to show how they comply with...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent controls are “snake oil” and should be rejected, says Economist

The weekly economic and financial research magazine The Economist has made a scathing attack on rent controls. The publication says rent controls...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Advertising curbs for Airbnb-style short lets welcomed by Labour

Labour is backing new guidelines which ban adverts which can be interpreted as encouraging landlords and home owners to flout restrictions...

19 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge Confiscation Order of £400,000 imposed on buy to let investor

A rogue landlord who divided his three-bedroom home in central London into eight flats has ended up with a bill of...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

We want ‘sensible’ rent controls says Labour Party think thank

A Labour think tank considered on the right wing of the party says it wants rent controls that make a difference...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlords to run their own licensing scheme as council backs down

Landlords in a part of Teesside are to be allowed to operate a “collaborative” licensing scheme after a council backed down...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

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Shock Trading Standards claim: almost half of letting agents breaking the law

London Trading Standards has made the startling claim that 46 per cent of almost 2,000 agents it has surveyed are falling...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: messy post-Brexit rules unveiled by ARLA

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents is urging member agents and the industry to ensure it is up to date with...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New EPC laws should be publicised by industry and government, insists expert

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation. That’s the view of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank client account changes: Agents urged to have a Plan B

A leading industry figure is calling on agents to have a Plan B ready if their bank closes undesignated client accounts.  This...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

ARLA blasts government threat to end freedom of movement on October 31

The Association of Residential Letting Agents made a short sharp attack on the government last night, over freedom of movement and...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Expelled! Six lettings agencies kicked out by Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has announced a slew of expulsions after six agents failed to comply with redress rules. They failed to abide...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

What a performance! Edinburgh artists suffer because of rental rules

A lettings group says the high-profile struggle performers at the Edinburgh Fringe now face to find affordable short-term accommodation was entirely...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Bailiffs to carry mandatory body-worn cameras to deter aggression

The Ministry of Justice has announced that body-worn cameras must be worn by bailiffs recovering debt from individuals. The ministry adds that...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Over-regulation of Airbnb-style lets could damage tourism - claim

Over-regulation of short-term let accommodation in some areas of rural Scotland could pose a risk to rural tourism, a business organisation...

23 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Brexit and government interference start to hurt rental sector

Rents are rising at the fastest rate since 2017, pushing the average yield on residential property to 4.5 per cent, its...

12 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Rates, yields, demand and tax - reasons why holiday lets are booming

A holiday lets and short-term lettings market boom can be put down to a combination of four reasons, according to specialist...

05 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Warning to buy to let investors about CGT changes coming soon

Second home owners, landlords and property investors are being urged to beware a “dramatic change” to the current capital gains tax...

28 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group slams rental sector over “hazardous homes”

Weak regulation of private renting is leaving hundreds of thousands of tenants living in hazardous homes in England, claims Citizens Advice. A...

27 June 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform varying price by demand acquired by short lets firm

A short lets management firm has acquired a PropTech platform and claims it will help owners “see their true profit potentials”...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Online chief aged 24 blasts “obsolete” agents “writing their own rules”

The 24 year old head of an online lettings platform called Bunk says it’s up to letting agents to show they...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Bank scraps 'No DSS' BTL mortgage rule after pressure from ministers

The government says thousands of families could benefit from changes to mortgage rules announced by Metro Bank. Currently the bank prevents landlords...

12 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Ban these short let adverts! - trade body and Labour unite in plea

The Mayor of London is under pressure to pull advertisements calling on landlords to stop providing homes for Londoners and move...

23 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter HMO rules: “awareness remains limited” claims top agent

Six months on from the introduction of stricter licencing for Homes in Multiple Occupation, awareness “remains limited” according to one of...

21 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Tread carefully if investing in Buy To Let, students' parents warned

A new report by a leading lettings sector expert cautions parents who are considering entering the Buy To Let sector by...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

 Snoopers’ Charter - people urged to inform about ‘illegal lettings’

A local authority has written to purchasers of former council houses and apartments warning them against illegally letting them out -...

30 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector changes are positive, insists deposit replacement chief

A senior figure at a deposit replacement service says the current flurry of changes in the private rental sector are positive. Daniel...

29 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Double whammy for buy to let as rents stagnate and taxes rise

Buy to let investors are facing a double whammy as stagnating rents and reduced tax relief are hitting profitability. A study from...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

New call for four-year tenancies, rent caps and fewer evictions

Another think-tank has come up with reforms which it wants the government to make to the private rental sector - and...

21 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: how will it work with Brexit Freedom of Movement rules?

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has asked the government for urgent clarification on how Right To Rent will work post-Brexit...

19 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges ‘indefinite tenancies’ for private renters

Labour says it will introduce new ‘indefinite’ tenancies for private tenants, based on rules currently in place in Germany. It claims German...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent breaches human rights, High Court rules

The High Court has ruled that the government’s Right to Rent scheme breaches human rights law. Under the Right to Rent landlords are...

01 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Council admits it: 'We don't have staff to police private rental sector'

A local authority in the Midlands has admitted what many people have believed for some time - despite a slew of...

22 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Solicitor renews attack on “unfair” landlord licensing by councils

A legal firm has renewed its criticism of local authority licensing schemes, accusing them of “persecuting” landlords. David Kirwan, managing partner at...

15 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants Fees Bill is now law as clock ticks down to June 1

The Tenants’ Fees Bill has now become law, receiving formal Royal Assent yesterday afternoon - and within minutes, the government issued...

13 February 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings redress is good 'but don't launch before industry is ready'

A rental platform says it welcomes government plans to overhaul redress for tenants and others in the housing system but it...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents call for delay in launch of stricter mandatory electrical checks

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it backs the stricter rules on mandatory electricity checks in rental properties announced by...

31 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Stricter rules revealed for mandatory electrical checks on rental properties

New rules are to be introduced to ensure mandatory electrical inspections on private rental properties are carried out by competent and...

30 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: Tenant Fees ban may impact Section 21 notices

A warning has been issued to lettings agents to review tenancy agreements to see if they are fit for purpose when...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Licensing: councils accused of automatically imposing harshest penalties

Councils have been accused of routinely pursuing the most serious enforcement option open to them if they find a local licensing...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill wins Royal Assent - it's law

The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill has achieved Royal Assent, meaning that it will soon become an act of Parliament. Put...

21 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Pay-back time: Court tells buy to let couple to refund over £330,000

A court has ordered a husband and wife pair of buy to let investors to pay back £322,282 in illegal income. A...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Big penalty for owners of buy to let property shut down by the police

The owner of a buy to let property already shut by police has been fined by a court in Devon.  In June...

18 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

'Use more than one lettings agent to cut risk' landlords advised

New rules to protect rent paid by tenants to letting agents will fail to provide adequate protection for landlords, a trade...

07 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures show councils unable to enforce HMO regulations

Shock figures released by an insurance company suggest that councils are woefully unable to police new regulations regarding mandatory HMO licensing. Figures...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £1.5m penalty for criminal buy to let 'slumlord millionaire'

A notorious rogue landlord must pay £1.5m or risk spending up to nine years in prison after what is thought to...

06 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents embracing fees ban set to succeed long-term says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech entrepreneur says agents who accept that the lettings fee ban is coming and who plan positively for its...

27 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agents group stages more direct action protests

A pressure group that in the past has protested outside letting agency branches has staged more direct action - this time against...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Rat-infested homes let to tenants - owner to face criminal charges

A buy to let investor has been forced to close down two rat infested homes he owns in Rotherham after they...

22 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let sector should pay even MORE for energy efficiency, says trade group

It should perhaps come as no surprise that this week’s tightening up of the energy efficiency regulations for the private rental...

08 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Beefed-up energy efficiency rules will hurt rural lettings - claim

The countryside lettings sector will be badly hit by new energy efficiency rules being introduced by the government next year. That’s the...

07 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Yet more buy to let expense as EPC rules tightened by government

Buy to let investors in England and Wales who own particularly cold homes are being targeted by new regulations. Since April this...

06 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body threatens council with Judicial Review over licensing plan

The Residential Landlords Association is threatening a council with a judicial review because of unresolved concerns over the authority’s selective licensing...

05 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that councils 'interview landlords under caution'

The heavy-handed administration of selective licensing schemes is driving out buy to let investors. That’s the claim from David Kirwan of Kirwans...

30 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order issued - £4,000 in rent to be handed back

A landlord had been ordered to give back almost £4,000 that was paid to him while operating without a licence. The case...

29 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government announces private rental sector health and safety review

The government is to undertake a wide-ranging review of health and safety regulations for the private rental sector. In an announcement this afternoon...

26 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Lodger dodgers and Airbnb landlords may be targeted in Budget

A newspaper claims landlords who ‘game’ the current tax regime for short term lets and lodging may be in the firing...

15 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Government tipped to announce tax breaks in return for longer tenancies

Media speculation over the weekend has suggested that the government may be about to give tax breaks to landlords agreeing to...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Chaos ahead? 'Councils may not be ready for HMO change' warning

There’s less than a week to go to the introduction of new rules broadening the range of houses including in mandatory HMO...

25 September 2018

From: Breaking News

New HMO rules next month 'will cost landlords £95m'

More than 77,000 UK landlords will be shelling out a combined £95 million this month, as new occupancy laws come into...

24 September 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA reminds industry on provisions of imminent HMO rule changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a reminder to the industry of the need to understand and abide by...

19 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Just three weeks until new HMO licensing rules are introduced

It is now just three weeks until licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) is extended. The new rules, which will require...

10 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Yes or No to three year tenancies? Consultation ends soon

Lettings agents for or against the government’s proposals for longer tenancies have only a very short time left to respond to...

23 August 2018

From: Breaking News

David Brent becomes a lettings agent. Fact. Well, sort of...

You may have spotted a particularly entertaining ad yesterday for lettings property management firm ARPM - it’s the one that featured...

10 August 2018

From: Breaking News

More big fines handed out in latest licensing legal actions

More big fines have been handed out in recent legal action regarding buy to let investors who have not stuck by...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

How can agents save time on their core marketing activities?

In a world increasingly obsessed with all things digital, it's no surprise that many estate agents are choosing to experiment with...

01 August 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Airbnb and short-let platforms under scrutiny again - this time from MPs

It’s been a difficult summer for Airbnb and other short-let platforms operating in the UK. Recently the European Commission gave Airbnb until the...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Fergus Wilson hits back on 'baby evictions', curry smells and more...

Britain’s most controversial buy to let investor, Fergus Wilson, has hit back and given his side of events on a series...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

He's at it again - now buy to let multi-millionaire evicts single mothers

Newspapers in Kent are reporting that controversial buy to let multi-millionaire Fergus Wilson has evicted four single mothers from his properties...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Five year mandatory electrical checks for all private rental homes

All privately-let homes must have electrical installations checked every five years under new rules announced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

August deadline for Airbnb to satisfy EU on prices, terms and conditions

Airbnb is facing more attempts to regulate its short lets, this time with the European Commission calling on the platform to...

18 July 2018

From: Breaking News

'A ticking timebomb for lettings': warning over MEES energy efficiency measures

A specialist buy to let mortgage lender says buy to let investors should act now - even if it means borrowing...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Top Scottish agency says new rules are 'turning point' for lettings

The major legislative changes introduced in Scotland’s letting sector are a major turning point but should not be feared, says one...

11 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock results as 30 lettings agencies probed by undercover teams

A consumer group which conducted 30 undercover viewings in five different UK cities claims letting agents are showing potential tenants around...

03 July 2018

From: Breaking News

This is how buy to let investors have improved energy efficiency

Landlords are most likely to have invested in a boiler upgrade in the last 12 months to boost the energy efficiency...

27 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let landlords are a dying breed, warns finance chief

Buy to let landlords are on the way out and Build To Rent will dominate the sector in the foreseeable future.  That’s...

26 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Is a passport enough for AML? (Part 1)

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation...

25 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Buy To Let still strong in the long term, insists 'state of the sector' report

The growth of the private rental sector has slowed thanks to government intervention and economic uncertainty - but it will expand...

15 June 2018

From: Breaking News

It's war - council on the attack over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords will have to win planning consent to erect To Let signs in student areas of Leicester from...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

'Be flexible over tenant demographics and aims' investors urged

A Build To Rent business says investors in the private rental sector should be more flexible in their approach to private...

12 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Top 5 Things Landlords Wish Tenants Knew: What Letting Agents Can Do

Renee Wells, on behalf of Just Landlords, has compiled a list of what letting agents can do to ensure that tenants...

05 June 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Trading Standards to highlight 'effective enforcement' in fight against rogues

Today Trading Standards teams across the country will highlight the work they do to protect landlords and tenants from rogue letting...

22 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confidence in buy to let sector remains stable despite recent upheavals

Buy to let sector confidence across a range of measures remained stable or increased in the first quarter of 2018 compared...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Time is money

How much more of it would you have if you could do all your month-end payments and reconciliations in a couple...

03 May 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Rental market strong north of the border ahead of new agency rules

The Scottish rental market performed solidly in the last year, with the average rent rising by 0.6 per cent to hit...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive surge in buy to let mortgage choice - now over 2,000 products

The number of buy to let mortgage products on the open market has passed the 2,000 mark for the first time.  This...

02 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Bank of England changes 'polarising buy to let mortgage market' - claim

Rules introduced last autumn by the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority are hurting the buy to let mortgage market according...

26 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental sector law expert warns on dangers of ignoring MEES regulations

A leading property law specialist has warned that many buy to let investors remain unaware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

23 April 2018

From: Breaking News

'Clumsy' new lettings rules may lead to agents quitting - claim

Ian Wilson, chief executive of The Property Franchise Group, says new rules for regulating the lettings sector will probably be clumsily...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

The government has this morning - Easter Sunday - announced a crackdown on rogue letting agents in the shape of a...

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'not demonstrating its worth' says government inspector

The controversial Right To Rent policy has been attacked as having failed “to demonstrate its worth” in encouraging immigration compliance. Under Right...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals top 10 rental growth areas over the past decade

Rightmove has revealed that the 10 year average growth in asking rents across London has been 25 per cent, and over...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

300,000 buy to lets could be caught in energy switch, Which? warns

The consumer group Which? says the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards starting next weekend could affect 300,000 buy to let properties.  From...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender demands borrowers prove they conform with MEES

A specialist buy to let lender is making changes to its lending conditions to ensure its residential and commercial borrowers conform...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

The government has set out new measures to mitigate against overcrowded and dangerous living conditions of private tenants in shared homes. From...

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More politicians back controversial site that reviews letting agents

Local media in Bristol say politicians in the city are considering supporting a controversial website that allows tenants to rate and...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals 70 councils now have selective or additional licensing

A survey by consumer group Which?, working with landlords’ associations, reveals that 70 local authorities now have selective or additional licensing...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Claims that evictions happen 'for no reason' are misleading, says agent

A head of a major agency says it is misleading to suggest that tenants are evicted ‘for no reason’. Mark Pilling, the...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Another increase in number of buy to let properties in arrears

The number of buy to let properties in arrears has risen again according to figures released by UK Finance, formerly the...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

New website plans to sell buy to let properties with tenants in place

A new website called Vesta has launched aiming to sell investment properties with tenants in place.  The team behind the site describe...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

The chief operating officer of a leading PropTech company says government proposals to increase mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t lose SEO ranking over Google’s ‘mobile first’ index changes

In 2018, Google will introduce changes to the way it ranks websites, meaning sites will be ranked on the quality of...

02 January 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Government reveals new minimum room sizes for HMOs

The government has announced new minimum space requirements for private lettings in a bid to reduce problems of overcrowding. In addition to...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New accusation of chaos over Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

The government is being criticised for its latest consultation exercise on the new Minimum Energy Efficient Standards - because it ends...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Online database of rogue agents 'will save lives' say fire chiefs

The new online database identifying rogue letting agents and landlords will save lives according to the London Fire Brigade. We wrote about...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

HMRC may add tax checks to private rental licensing schemes

HM Revenue & Customs has launched a consultation on adding tax checks to private rental sector licensing schemes - in other...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

The Conveyancing Association has made a wide-ranging response to the government’s call for evidence on the regulation of letting and managing...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

New tenancy rules starting in Scotland - and the change is enormous

A large shake up of the private rental sector begins in Scotland tomorrow with the introduction of Private Residential Tenancies replacing...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market strong as new Scottish tenancy rules set to start

The Scottish rental market continued to perform strongly in the year to the end of October with the average property let for £572 on...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

£7,000 bill because buy to let investor failed to get HMO licence

A buy to let investor who failed to purchase a £542 licence for his HMO has been ordered to pay almost...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let mortgage demand falls 'thanks to government rule changes'

One of Britain’s best known and highest profile buy to let specialist lenders says the number of new BTL mortgages being...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call on government for leaseholders to get fair treatment

It is 50 years since the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 became law and now a firm speciaising in enfranchisement extension wants the government...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MEES: government issues hefty 95-page guidelines for lettings sector

The government has published long-awaited guidelines for the implementation of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards in the private rental sector.   The hefty 95-page...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Consultation launched on 'Fitness for Human Habitation' rental rules

The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on draft regulations and guidance to implement the Fitness for Human Habitation requirements for...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What exactly is “Fair” Wear & Tear

Wear and tear can be a highly contentious issue for many tenants and landlords; many arguments have arisen because of unclear definitions...

12 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Revealed - key ways renters break their tenancy agreements

A strong majority of tenants admit that they have broken tenancy rules in at least one significant way. A study for interiors...

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Equity release 'could help portfolio landlords hit by new rules'

Portfolio landlords unable to borrow or contemplating selling because of new Prudential Regulation Authority rules are being urged to consider equity...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Mortgage boss warns some BTL applications 'could take three months'

The mortgage director of Romans, one of the country’s largest agency groups, says the new Bank of England rules being introduced...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined after student property breached HMO rules

Letting agency Spicerhaart has been fined £2,670 after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.   A prosecution was brought...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

Greenwich is licensing all Houses in Multiple Occupation from October 1 - just the latest London council to tighten its private...

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let 'could become a car crash next month' - warning

The buy to let market risks becoming a car crash following the changes of lending rules for so-called portfolio landlords with...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister rules out rent controls for rest of this parliament

Housing minister Alok Sharma has told a major residential conference that rent controls will definitely not be a policy of the...

14 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let lending changes could result in rental stock surge

Changes to buy-to-let lending criteria being introduced at the end of this month could encourage a surge of rental stock as...

05 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Over 145 rules and laws for lettings sector - yet enforcement 'limited'

A new report identifies in detail over 145 laws and regulations governing the private rental sector, varying across the four countries...

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body tells buy to let investors: 'remortgage now, while you can'

The National Landlords Association is urging buy to let investors to consider remortgaging in the very near future ahead of new...

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender changes rules ahead of Bank deadline

Skipton is the latest lender to confirm that it will continue lending to so-called portfolio landlords after new Bank of England...

16 August 2017

From: Breaking News

NatWest overhauls buy to let mortgage offer ahead of rules change

NatWest Intermediary Solutions has announced a major overhaul of its buy to let mortgage offer, but it is bucking the trend...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another major Buy To Let lender tightens portfolio landlord rules

Leeds Building Society is the latest major lender to reveal changes to buy to let lending ahead of new rules coming...

08 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender gets strict ahead of 'portfolio' rules change

The Coventry building society is the latest buy to let lender to tighten its portfolio buy to let criteria ahead of new...

04 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Good news for letting - costs of buy to let mortgages still falling

Buy to let mortgage competition is showing no signs of stopping, thus giving one of the few pieces of good news...

01 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

A lettings sector trade body is warning that contradictory and outdated fire safety guidance needs updating.    At present, landlords or their agent...

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another BTL lender changes criteria ahead of new portfolio rules

Accord Buy To Let is the latest lender to change its lending criteria for portfolio landlords with four or more investment...

26 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Another lender tightens rules for investors with four or more buy to lets

Paragon is the latest lender to announce it’s falling in line with Bank of England Prudential Regulation Authority requirements for more...

13 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Government tells trade body - new EPC rules will come in next April

The Residential Landlords’ Association has been told in no uncertain terms by the government that changes to Energy Performance Certificate scheduled...

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Value of Buy To Let sector has grown 5.5% in a year despite challenges

The latest Kent Reliance Buy to Let Britain report - seen as a snapshot of the state of health of the...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Family of rogue landlords guilty of 'Shanty Town' overcrowding

A family of rogue landlords who crammed 31 tenants into a 'Slumdog Millionaire'-style shanty home have this month been found guilty...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

The first letting agents to have completed a new training course aimed at improving services for tenants and landlords have graduated.    Some...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Small-scale BTL investors 'waking up to tax change' says trade group

Single property landlords are finally waking up to the fact they could be pushed in to a higher tax bracket following...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

'Simplify lettings laws and enforce them better' urges buy to let expert

A buy to let expert says there should be stronger enforcement and streamlining of legislation in the private rental sector. In a...

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour quiet on letting agents' fees - but urges more rental regulation

Labour says there would be a ‘consumer rights revolution’ for the private rental sector if the party won the June 8...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Richard Price, Sales Director at Glide Utilities

Who are you? Richard Price What does it say on your business card? We don't have our roles on our business cards. I...

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Councils want 'tiny' flats banned and jail for rogue landlords

A body representing 370 councils in England and Wales wants the government to close a legal loophole which allows the conversion...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents in the firing line as new civil penalties come into effect

New legislation coming into force today gives local authorities in England tough new powers to crack down on rogue agents and...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-standing campaigner against tax change restates opposition

Steve Bolton, founder of investment consultancy Platinum Property Partners and one of two landlords who have led a campaign against restricting...

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: trade body's concern over 'further sanctions'

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written to an immigration minister to express its concern over possible ‘further sanctions’ for landlords who...

30 March 2017

From: Breaking News

MP introduces Bill urging greater policing of Airbnb-style short lets

Labour MP Karen Buck has introduced a 10-minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons to highlight the dangers of Airbnb-style...

22 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let tax changes - opponents launch new website

The campaign against the phased reduction in landlords' mortgage interest tax relief is continuing with the opening of a new website,...

09 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims thousands of London lets defy licensing rules

An advice website claims that more than half of the privately rented properties in the selective licensing area imposed by a...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents' group calls on industry to prepare for new regulations

Scotland’s largest professional organisation for letting agents is urging all those in the rental sector to ensure they are fully compliant with...

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Sub-let 'agency' markets rental homes on portals and Airbnb

A new form of agency which wants to blend traditional letting with Airbnb-style short lets has launched in London.    Lavanda claims it...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group backs banning orders on rogue agents, landlords

A trade body has backed government plans to introduce so-called ‘banning orders’ for rogue letting agents and landlords, but it says...

17 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent 'discriminates against international students'

Right To Rent is encouraging discrimination against international students according to a student lts online service.    Government figures marking the first anniversary...

16 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Section 21: few tenants and councils use new powers - claim

A BBC survey claims that powers to combat so-called ‘revenge evictions’ are not being used by the majority of councils in...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

Government leaks to the Observer newspaper suggest that the Housing White Paper will show a huge policy shift towards renting - and may...

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Typical Airbnb 'landlord' makes £3,500 from short-lets each year

Data from short lets platform Airbnb reveals that the typical London ‘host’ or landlord made £3,500 from letting a room or property...

31 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Another council considers restricting To Let boards in key rental areas

A consultation on whether to introduce stronger rules to control the number of 'to let' boards in Durham has just started.    The...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Largest monthly fall in buy to let product range since 2009

Independent financial services monitor Moneyfacts claims that a new report is about to reveal the withdrawal of 74 buy to let...

10 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Airbnb may lose £325m in London bookings after tightening rules

Airbnb’s decision to enforce the London-specific legislation which limits hosts to letting their properties for no more than 90 nights a...

05 January 2017

From: Breaking News

New Year starts with new worries over financial viability of buy to let

No fewer than 60 per cent of buy to let investors say they believe they will be hit by forthcoming changes...

04 January 2017

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Another lender tightens buy to let guidelines as new rules start to bite

Specialist mortgage lender OneSavings Bank is the latest to announce that it is introducing stricter affordability assessments for all new buy...

21 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency highlights danger of Christmas sub-letting via Airbnb

An online student lettings agency claims there will be a growing number of students using the holiday season to boost their...

13 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Recycling charges - another back-door tax on buy to let?

What appears at first sight to be a low-level dispute between a landlord and a council has raised what may be...

06 December 2016

From: Breaking News

It's here - controversial scheme requiring letting agents to be trained

Rent Smart Wales, a controversial scheme that require letting agents to be trained, comes into effect today after a troubled lead...

23 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Affordability tests blamed for dip in buy to let mortgage lending

The Mortgage Works, the buy to let lending arm of the Nationwide, has seen a dip in the amount borrowed by...

21 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

Government reveals latest clampdown on buy to let sector

The government’s wave of measures to clamp down on the private rental sector and introduce harsher regulations for investors and landlords...

19 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Council threatens letting agencies with prosecution over To Let boards

Letting agents and landlords are being reminded to comply with an obligation to remove ‘to let’ signs in certain parts of...

06 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Bank admits stamp duty considerable burden on buy to let investors

Details of the Bank of England’s statement outlining tougher rules on mortgage lending to buy to let investors have been shown...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

'Enough is enough' says finance chief about buy to let controls

The chief executive of financial consultancy Clayton Euro Risk says changes soon coming in to tighten the criteria applied to buy...

04 October 2016

From: Breaking News

MP raises concerns over Airbnb's impact on London market

An MP has written to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, raising concerns over the effect short-term lets regulations are having...

22 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Failing to pay rent on time most common rule broken by tenants

Failing to pay rent on time or at all is the most common rule broken by tenants that is set out...

21 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents still unaware of Section 21 changes

A minority of agents remain unaware of their duties when it comes to tenant repairs requests, something which could invalidate landlords'...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency struck off in latest stage of landmark ruling

A letting agency has been removed from a Scottish council’s approved list after failing to conform with rules protecting the deposits...

05 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agents invited to property licensing training seminars

Two training seminars geared towards letting agents operating in London are being organised for the autumn.    Organised by the National Approved Letting...

24 August 2016

From: Breaking News

NALS says latest call to ban letting agent fees is not the answer

The National Approved Letting Scheme says the most recent call to ban letting agent fees - in a demand made by...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Concern over £5,000 cost to make buy to lets energy-efficient

There is growing concern over a predicted £5,000 cost to make some buy to let properties energy-efficient under new government plans.   An...

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency says over half of tenants denied energy improvements

An online lettings agency claims that 58 per cent of tenants who have requested energy improvements to their properties have been...

01 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Deposit deductions – What you can and can’t claim for

When renting out a property, most landlords choose to take a deposit from their tenant prior to the tenancy starting. The...

29 July 2016

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New Bill in Commons aims to curb 'over-extended' student lets

A Birmingham MP is to put a Bill to the House of Commons after the summer in his bid to stop...

29 July 2016

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Council brings in Article 4 planning status for HMOs in key areas

An east London council is changing its planning rules, bringing in Article 4 consent before homes in key areas are converted...

26 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency fined in pioneering law case about tenant deposits

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

08 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 July 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords need to prepare for post Brexit changes in the immigration laws

So, Britain voted out of the European Union. What are the implications for UK landlords, from the immigration laws point of...

27 June 2016

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

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

27 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Student buy to let investment due for major expansion, claims survey

A new report claims that over a third of student property investors plan to expand their portfolios in 2016, despite the...

07 June 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents and landlords told to take gas safety more seriously

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

11 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

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

29 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Lenders try to bolster flagging buy to let market with record low rates

Independent comparison website Moneyfacts says mortgage lenders are slashing rates on products designed for landlords, in a bid to buoy up...

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

Agency warns of energy policy differences hitting England and Scotland

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

12 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Patricia Barber, Chairman of AIIC

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

08 April 2016

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Take the stress out of Right to Rent with Rent4sure’s new online facility.

As one of the UK’s leading specialist suppliers to the lettings industry, Rent4sure understands the importance of supporting our customers with...

05 April 2016

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

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

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

Lettings expert says portals should be forced to display agents' fees

One of the country’s top lettings experts says last year’s law changes concerning the increased transparency of agents’ fees have “missed...

31 March 2016

From: Breaking News

HMRC must clarify new wear and tear allowance, say tax experts

Agents acting for landlords replacing furniture and other domestic items in homes to let should be given detailed guidance from the...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

25% of would-be buy to let investors deterred by Osborne measures

A survey claims that despite the apparent rush to purchase buy to let properties before the stamp duty surcharge deadline of...

19 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body says court case may weaken Right To Rent enforcement

The ability of the government to enforce controversial elements of the Right To Rent policy has been thrown into doubt by...

18 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: court case may weaken government's power to enforce rules

An industry body is suggesting that the outcome of a court case may significantly reduce the government’s ability to enforce its Right...

17 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

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Right To Rent: lawyer slams government for 'outsourcing responsibility'

An immigration lawyer has criticised the government’s Right to Rent scheme - officially starting today - for having little impact but...

01 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Carney repeats buy to let warnings as he rules out imminent rate rise

The governor of the Bank of England has ruled out an immediate rise in interest rates because of the turmoil in...

20 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Sean Hooker, Head of Redress, PRS

Who are you? I’m the Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme. I previously worked for Legal & General PLC dealing...

23 December 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Responding to complaints on social media

The huge increase of social media as a business tool has changed the way in which we communicate with our customers....

16 December 2015

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The scores are in: top 10 property forecasts for 2016

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

16 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent really starts January, not February, warns top agent

Letting agents or landlords who will be legally obliged to conduct Right to Rent checks on tenants from February 1 actually...

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Bank of England preparing new buy to let mortgage controls

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

02 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Warning that latest HMO reforms will not stop sub-letting scams

The specialist eviction company Landlord Action says it is in full support of the government’s latest proposal to crack down on...

11 November 2015

From: Breaking News

New lettings laws likely: minimum bedroom size and HMOs redefined

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

09 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government updates nine prescribed assured tenancy forms

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

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Solicitor warns of legal problems over councils' selective licensing

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

28 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Industry divided as government confirms Right To Rent start date

There has been a mixed response from the private rental industry following the announcement that Right To Rent checks will become mandatory...

21 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Government confirms Right To Rent from February 1st

Right To Rent checks will become mandatory in England from February 1st, the government has announced. Under the new rules, landlords who...

20 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Top accountancy body slams Osborne's unthought-through BTL tax plans

“Unthought-through”, “unfair and unreasonable” and leading to “extreme confusion” - those are the thoughts of Britain’s leading professional accounting body on...

19 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Ignore campaigns against tax break changes urges FT columnist

A columnist on FT Adviser - an online service for financial advisers and clients - says buy to let investors have...

09 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Government rules out any re-think on restricting buy to let tax breaks

The government is ruling out any re-think on its proposals to reduce buy to let tax breaks from next year. The Financial...

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Defer Right To Rent until 2016 demands leading agent

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

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Renters consistently ignore tenancy rules - claim

A signed tenancy agreement is not worth the paper it is written as tenants are blatantly ignoring its terms and conditions...

18 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Outrage over S21 and smoke alarm confusion as deadline nears

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

10 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agency announces support for new immigration rules

A letting agency has announced its support for new rules which will allow landlords to evict illegal immigrants without a court...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents cope with growing regulatory scrutiny?

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

17 August 2015

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Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

Housing minister Brandon Lewis has backtracked on suggestions that the government may introduce longer standard tenancy agreements in the private rental...

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent immigration checks: agents happy, landlords not

There has been a mixed reaction to the government’s announcement that agents and landlords face jail if they fail to conduct...

04 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Warning over tactics to avoid BTL tax clampdown

An accountancy firm is warning that there are pitfalls in trying to avoid the higher taxation which will result from the...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

£25,000 penalty for breaching safety and licence rules

A landlord who did not have the required licence for the number of tenants living in his property, and who also...

20 July 2015

From: Breaking News

BTL mortgage sector damaged by Osborne tax move - analyst

The specialist buy to let mortgage sector is set to be an unexpected victim of the buy to let tax changes...

16 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: What letting agents need to know?

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

15 July 2015

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Every landlord to undergo 'training' to secure licence

Every landlord in Wales will have to undertake ‘training’ and be licensed under new rules coming into effect this autumn. In a...

15 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

Software firm reveals blizzard of red tape tying up lettings sector

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

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

How to ride the digital wave legally and fairly

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

03 July 2015

From: Features

Another property firm condemns Right To Rent immigration checks

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

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Breach of HMO rules leads to costs of almost £6,000

A landlord has been fined and left with a bill of nearly £6,000 for overcrowding at his property with an illegal...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2015

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

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

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

July is next key date for immigration checks roll-out

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

19 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must be ready for increased repairs responsibility

Recent weeks have seen changes made to the rules that govern responsibility for property repairs in the private rented sector. Section 11...

16 June 2015

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It’s time to consign sole agencies to history

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

29 May 2015

From: Features

Fee disclosure: Are you ready for an inspection?

Earlier this week we passed the official deadline for letting agents to fully publicise their fees as well as providing evidence of which...

29 May 2015

From: Features

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

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

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

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

22 May 2015

From: Features

Airbnb stunt to publicise changes in short lets rules

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

20 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting sector immigration checks to roll out?

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

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Remember deposit protection rules, says ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says landlords who are not using their agents for deposit registration should be reminded to...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News