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KEYWORD "Scotland" - 100 RESULTS
Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

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

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark back on warpath demanding qualifications for agency staff

Propertymark is demanding equal treatment with the social housing sector. Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove intends to boost standards in social housing...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Don’t be Left Behind when Regulation Comes In

Propertymark is urging agents to get ahead of the curve and be ready for the next big initiative - Regulation.  Propertymark has...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Furious at Permanent Rent Controls proposed by politicians

Agents have expressed their anger at permanent rent controls proposed by the SNP and Green Party politicians running the Scottish Government. The...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

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

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Bank aims to support building of new rental homes

NatWest Group has announced a new package of what it calls ”targeted lending and support” to help local councils provide more...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Control architect threatens new package of ‘reforms’

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

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government figures show another sharp rent rise

Average UK private rents increased by 9.0% in the 12 months to February 2024 according to the Office for National Statistics. This...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Give tax perks to renters to help them buy, urges think-tank

A think tank is urging the UK government to consider tax perks for private renters to help them save faster for...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for agents on tenants with banned dog breeds

Propertymark is highlighting new advice for agents and landlords given by Lets With Pets, the website of The Dogs Trust charity. The...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Investor and landlord purchases rise, despite soaring taxes

The largest lettings agency in Scotland says purchases by landlords and other investor buyers in that country have risen sharply despite...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents’ single demand of government - solve the housing emergency!

Propertymark has urged the Scottish Government to resolve the country’s ongoing housing emergency. The news comes as Scottish Labour MSP Mark Griffin...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents Still Rising in most areas of UK

Asking rents continue to show pos­itive annualised growth in all regions except Greater London and Scotland.  That’s according to respected property website...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Banks Closing Pooled Client Accounts - agents urge government action

Propertymark is urging the government to tackle the problem of banks closing down undesignated or pooled client accounts of letting agents. HM...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Banking Scandal as thousands of agency accounts are closed

A Parliamentary committee has heard that thousands of small and medium-sized letting agencies were debanked in 2023, with financial institutions forcibly...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency giant snaps up 2,000-property lettings portfolio

Fast-growing Lomond has acquired a rental portfolio of in excess of 2,000 units. It has bought Tay Letting and its rental portfolio...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

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

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of lettings agents imminent, suggests Propertymark

Propertymark says the regulation of agents has come a step closer.   The trade body gave evidence at a House of Lords Industry...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Chancellor reveals property tax change in Budget

The Chancellor has used his Budget to confirm a 2p cut in National Insurance, from April 6. This will take it...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency acquires lettings portfolio from liquidated competitor

Glasgow agency Rosevale Letting has significantly increased its portfolio of managed properties after acquiring letting properties from a competitor, Ross Sales...

28 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Over-50 year old first time buyers show significant increase

There were 12,000 first time buyers over the age of 50 in the UK in 2022, the latest figures available. This means...

30 January 2024

From: Breaking News

New Year Bounce - strong start to 2024 housing market says Zoopla

A return of pent-up demand and mortgage rates falling below five per cent have boosted the start of the year for...

29 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Double digit annual rent inflation for five quarters in a row

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

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Phil Spencer warns that Summer will be hectic for lettings sector

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

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Shock figure reveals tax burden paid by private rental sector

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

17 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants itemise top three priorities in new survey

A survey by one of the industry’s deposit alternative services, flatfair, shows that - unsurprisingly - over 61 per cent rank...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Top agent slams latest rent control move as costly and complex

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

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls! Agents pledge to continue campaign

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

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Details emerge of permanent rent control proposal

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

05 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants Scammed - new guidelines for agents to give renters

Propertymark is telling member agents to be aware of potential risks and help educate tenants to lookout for common scams, especially...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

More acquisitions in 2024 says fast-growing agency group

Lomond has announced one more acquisition in the North West of England - the 17th it has completed in the region...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

2023 goes down as the year of record rents

London has seen the strongest rental growth over the last year according to an analysis by lettings agency Hamptons.   The average rent...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents slam government house building failures as rental supply drops

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

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Portal announces agent qualification before possible mandatory regulation

A property portal has announced the inaugural graduation of its first-ever qualification. Some 55 students were awarded the SPC Property Practice Certification,...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Fairer Rental Sector is key Propertymark demand for Budget

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

15 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Expensive rental eco-heat scheme needs rethink - top agent

A consultation to introduce boilers into homes and the private rented sector needs ‘more carrot than stick’ according to a prominent...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Airbnb claims its short lets support thousands of jobs across UK

A new report claims that Airbnb has generated tens of thousands of jobs in the UK and enables people to work...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency Consolidation - another small independent snapped up by growing firm

Lomond has snapped up another small lettings agency - its fifth acquisition in as many weeks. It’s purchased Sussex-based Howard & Co...

04 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent says second home clampdown is no answer to long-term shortage

The long-term shortage of rental accommodation is now addressed by a short-term clampdown on second homes and empty properties, a leading...

30 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New energy efficiency U-turn welcomed by leading agency

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

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents get angry with pro-rent control politicians

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

24 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians told - You’re wrong on additional homes tax surcharge

Propertymark has told politicians that an additional homes tax will not succeed in increasing housing supply. Timothy Douglas, head of policy and...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Britain’s worst city for rental availability

New research has identified locations with the largest volume of available rental stock, based on those units at or below the...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Two more lettings book acquisitions for fast-growing Lomond

The fast-growing Lomond Group has announced two lettings book acquisitions in the central belt of Scotland.  Lomond, which has made nearly 50...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Affordability Crisis: rents near ceiling in some regions, index suggests

Affordability limits have been reached in several regions of the UK, the Home property website suggests. While some regions are still recording...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Latest rent rise is seven year high according to official figures

The Office for National Statistics official government lettings index shows that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New record rents for three-bed houses and one-bed flats

The lettings market shows little sign of slowing as rents rose 11.7 per cent year-on-year across Britain in October, says the...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let Sell Off - agency reports hundreds of thousands sold

The share of homes sold by a landlord in Britain has fallen from 15.7 per cent last year to 14.0 per...

13 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents continue campaign against rent controls despite legal setback

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

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Merger between two agencies will see one brand name disappear

Two well known agencies are to merge in Scotland. Cullen Kilshaw LLP, a solicitors and lettings and estate agency, is to merge...

07 November 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Shock as Rent Controls backed by Judicial Review decision

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

03 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Ex-Keller Williams agent in  group snapping up historic brand

One of Scotland’s oldest property and legal brands - Simpson & Marwick - has been snapped up by a newcomer to...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Failure! Annual rent rise in double figures despite rent controls

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

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Major agency rebrand as rental demand predicted to boom

One prominent part of the Lomond agency empire is rebranding to fall in line with a larger higher-profile brand under the...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

No rent controls in England - government confirmation

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

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

It’s a record! Sixth office opened by ambitious franchise owner

Belvoir has expanded its presence in Scotland following the opening of a brand-new office in Kirkcaldy.  The branch is the sixth Belvoir...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Annual Rental Growth still in double figures, reports leading agency

Annual rental growth across remained in double-digits during September, with the average cost of a new let up 11.7 per cent...

17 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let has grown massively in recent years - new statistics

Government data shows that as of 2022 some 15.29 per cent of homes in England are privately rented, with 14.9 per...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

High profile city agency rebrands following end of licensing deal

Long established property business Newton Letting is rebranding as Rosevale Letting, following the conclusion of a licensing period. Former Newton employee, Riccardo...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the best yields for investors near universities

Landlords wanting to make a healthy return from their investment should target student properties in the North of England and Scotland,...

11 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council Tax set to double for second homes

The Scottish Government is proposing to give local councils the discretion to charge Council Tax premiums of up to 100 per...

22 September 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Rural property firm name disappears into parent company brand

Scottish agency and chartered surveyor firm DM Hall is to incorporate the identity of its rural property specialist arm, Baird Lumsden,...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Fine & Country increases brand coverage in Scotland

Following the merger of the South Scotland and North Cumbria branches of Fine & Country, the  agency has added a further...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than mortgages for first time in 13 years

Zoopla’s research team says the rise in mortgage interest rates means it’s now cheaper to rent than to buy for the...

22 August 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Incentives for private rental sector could help cut homelessness - claim

The private rental sector could play a far greater role in helping to end homelessness in Scotland, according to a new...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Jaw dropping 40,000 viewing requests in a montf for lettings chain

Scotland’s largest letting agent had almost 40,000 viewing requests during July for rental properties in Edinburgh and Glasgow alone. DJ Alexander Ltd...

18 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Squeeze on tenants not ending any time soon - top agency

A leading agency says the squeeze on tenants facing high rent rises is not going to end anytime soon. The comment -...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control political coalition likely to stay until 2026

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

16 August 2023

From: Breaking News

EPCs and Energy Efficiency - agents to discuss issue this autumn

A consultation setting out proposals to reform domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates has been opened by the Scottish Government.  It feels...

10 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - Online course explains what it means

PropTech platform Goodlord has launched a one hour online course explaining the controversial Renters Reform Bill. The aim is to equip letting...

04 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Treasury ponders different anti-money laundering systems

HM Treasury has published a consultation on reform of the anti-money laundering supervisory system, giving four options. Currently the supervisory system is...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Massive drop in lettings supply creates new rent rise record

The average rent on a newly let property in Britain rose to £1,273 pcm in June, a new record according to...

19 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency outraged at latest business rates proposal by government

Colliers, the agency and property consultancy, has issued another outspoken attack on government policy - this time prompted by a formal...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Lettings chief says market isn’t working “for anyone”

Rents continue to soar across the UK according to data released by flatshare website SpareRoom.  It says average UK room rents were...

13 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls backfire - Propertymark speaks out

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

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Ethical lettings agency reveals new website

Clyde Valley Lets - which describes itself as an ethical lettings agency - has unveiled a new website as the organisation...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill measures may be extended - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Senior industry figure warns rental market “unstable” for all

The chief executive of a respected industry supplier is warning that the lack of supply is making the rental sector “more...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Pets and Kids Not Welcome? New analysis of rental listings

Thousands of listing for rental properties on two popular websites explicitly say children or pets are not welcome. A BBC analysis of...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Cost of compliance with new EPC rules will be huge

A new assessment of the average cost to a UK property owner of improving their EPC rating suggests it’s soared to...

30 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Family agency scoops major award for second year in a row

A family business has been named Residential Letting Team of the Year for the second time. The small At Home In Edinburgh...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Takeover creates massive property management firm ambitious to grow

Strathspey Capital is to become Scotland’s largest factoring business after acquiring Glasgow-based Speirs Gumley. Factoring is the term commonly used in Scotland...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils perks, benefits and discounts to lure staff

The fast growing agency Lomond - which has snapped up a string of independents in the past two years - is...

16 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Agents asked for help building case against

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

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents - which parts of the Renters Reform Bill worry you most?

A survey of nearly 700 letting agents from across England has revealed that the abolition of Section 21 continues to be...

14 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Market dip as rental growth slows in almost every region

The pace of rental growth cooled in May, with the average rent on a newly let home in Britain rising 9.1...

14 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental growth slows in all but one location

The pace of rental growth cooled in May, with the average rent on a newly let home in Britain rising 9.1...

13 June 2023

From: Breaking News

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