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Agency wins race to manage high profile Build To Rent scheme

A lettings agency is celebrating winning the obstruction to let and manage a 63 unit Build To Rent scheme for students...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

City rental properties a good investment again, say ex-pats

A mortgage lender specialising in working with ex-pat and foreign buy to let investors says the city apartment and house remain...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

London expansion for bills-inclusive co-living lettings operator

The largest operator in London for the niche co-living sector has doubled the size of its portfolio in the east of...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

50 Not Out! Respected lettings agency celebrates half a century

One of the country’s best-regarded lettings agencies celebrates its 50th birthday today. The Oxford-based Finders Keepers was founded in 1972, starting out...

20 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Most agents using WhatsApp are breaching data rules - claim

A tech firm claims the “vast majority” of agents who use WhatsApp and some other instant messaging platforms are not fully...

19 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rents can’t stay this strong forever - affordability worries surface

Zoopla is warning that the recent sharp rise in rents has stretched affordability with the average rent now accounting for 37...

17 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Race For Space Is Over - tenants quit Home Counties for London

London rents are rising at a record pace with growth being driven by tenants returning from outside the capital.   That’s the suggestion...

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge agency network signs up to licensing PropTech service

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

16 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the London suburb where properties let in five days

A London agency says properties in its patch let in just five days.  Draker Lettings in Fulham has just 22 available instructions...

12 May 2022

From: Breaking News

 Shelter slammed as “childish” for “appalling” attack on agents

Propertymark has made an uncharacteristically strong attack on the campaigning charity Shelter for its portrayal of letting agents. Ahead of yesterday’s Queen’s...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Revolution - agents worried at government proposals

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

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Amazing annual rent rises as London recovers from pandemic

Rental values in prime areas of London are now nine per cent higher than they before the pandemic, with Knight Frank...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property land company set to become major Build To Rent player

One of the leading names in property land and regeneration has announced what it calls Project Spur - a massive launch...

11 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Boss: is Britain’s top Lettings Guru in line for job?

Speculation is growing that a high profile former leader of the Association of Residential Letting Agents may become the next chief...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to help landlords and tenants cope with radical change

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

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Section 21 widely expected to be scrapped - announcement today

The government is widely expected to announce that Section 21 eviction powers will be scrapped in new legislation coming to Parliament...

10 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents mocked in provocative Shelter video

Campaigning charity Shelter is accusing some letting agents of “cutting corners” and has produced a provocative and satirical video showing a...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Prime London lettings market back with a bang insists agency

Rents in prime areas of London are nine per cent higher today than before the pandemic according to Knight Frank.  The high...

09 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Clifford Thomas – Sales Director at The Letting Partnership

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Clifford Thomas – Sales Director at The Letting Partnership What is...

06 May 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Shock figures on banks’ client accounts services to agencies

Shocking figures have emerged regarding the long-running problems caused by banks demanding that agencies have a designated client account for each...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents letting high-rise flats ‘must engage with residents over safety’

Propertymark says one lasting legacy of the Grenfell Tower tragedy is that agents letting properties in high rise blocks must engage...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Property Listing changes explained in agent webinar next week

The new material information requirements recently announced by the National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team will be the topic...

06 May 2022

From: Breaking News

‘Price on application’ in property listings deemed unlawful

The small number of rental properties listed on websites and portals as Price on Application have now been deemed illegal by...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Vote 2022 - today's elections could change course of rental reform

A leading lettings sector commentator believes today’s local elections may not directly change the private rental sector but could have a...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

New tenancies legislation debated at webinar next week

Propertymark members are to get a briefing on Northern Ireland’s new Private Tenancies Act at a webinar hosted by the trade...

05 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Virtual Viewings complaints rise to Property Redress Service

PRS, one of the two official redress services for the lettings and sales agency sectors, says it’s seen an increase in...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine for property company ignoring improvement notices

A property ownership and management company has been fined £20,000 for failing to carry out safety and fire safety improvement works...

28 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Client Accounting – Why Outsource?

The two main reasons that an agency decides to outsource are: 1.) To reduce costs 2.) To have the ability to focus on...

27 April 2022

From: Sponsored Content

Agencies targeted by crime syndicates, claims trade body

The UK lettings and estate agency is being targeted by crime syndicates in order to launder dirty money. That’s the claim of...

27 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Licensing to print money? One of UK’s largest schemes launched

A new and huge private rental licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency offers £2k holiday as part of brand promotion

A lettings and sales agency is offering eagle eyed residents the chance to win a £2,000 holiday if they spot one...

26 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Independent with 80 year track record snapped up by franchise

Another Belvoir franchise has acquired a local independent lettings agency.  Belvoir already has offices in Corby, Kettering and Coventry and is now...

20 April 2022

From: Breaking News

League table shows holiday lets income and capital appreciation

A new investment league table has been drawn up to show best aggregate rent and capital appreciation income for those in...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

 Going Up! Five year rental forecast makes happy reading…

The latest forecast for the UK lettings market this year is that there will be a four per cent rise in...

13 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: new guidelines on Ukraine refugees, but grey areas remain

Industry trade body Propertymark says no Right To Rent checks will be required to be conducted by letting agents on Ukranian...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Demand for lettings qualifications soaring amongst agents - claim

The appetite for qualifications in the lettings  sector is at a five-year high, says Propertymark Qualifications. The organisation - which is the...

12 April 2022

From: Breaking News

On Your e-Bike! Agency ditches cars for two wheels

An independent agency in London has ditched its company cars and gone over to e-bikes instead when it’s representatives attend viewings. Taylor...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental market set to stay strong as first time buyer deposits soar

A new analysis of prospective first time buyers suggests that the cost of their initial deposit has soared in the past...

11 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency triples in size after 11 acquisitions in little over a year

An agency has made its 11th acquisition in just over a year. Thornley Groves - a brand in the Lomond Group -...

07 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Activists slam councils for failing to regulate agents and landlords

An activist group in London has launched a scathing attack on councils which it claims have been ineffective in regulating rogue...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Inventories key to ensuring agents comply with law, claims supplier

Inventories are a key tool to ensuring they, and the properties they let, comply with the law. That’s the claim from industry...

04 April 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Safety and Eco-Compliance platform set for expansion

A fast-expanding PropTech business has opened a new office in London to serve a growing client base in the capital and...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Renters to suffer badly in cost of living crisis, warns analyst

Renters are amongst the three groups likely to suffer worst as the cost of living crisis unfolds, an analyst has warned.  Sarah...

01 April 2022

From: Breaking News

Tenancy Disputes - new insights into a common problem

A study by the Tenancy Deposit Service has found that garden maintenance remains one of the most common reasons behind deposit...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent caps and two year tenancies wanted by council letting agency

A council is launching a form on online letting agency which wants to push agents and landlords into agreeing two year...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency reports record lettings year for holiday hot spot

New research from holiday lettings agency Classic Cottages shows that 2021 was a record year in one of the country’s staycation...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Using more data makes huge improvements to lettings process - claim

Huge improvements could be made to the lettings process if agents used the property data available to them, it’s been claimed. PropTech...

30 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Who should carry out inventory checks?

It’s a frequent question in lettings: Who should carry out inventory checks and create reports for a rented property? Should it...

29 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

allAgents urges agent action over energy meter readings

The allAgents reviews platform is calling on letting agents to ensure rental properties’ energy suppliers have up to date meter readings...

29 March 2022

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls - agents send clear message to politicians

One of the country’s most outspoken advocates of rent controls has been told why agents and landlords oppose them. Propertymark has hosted...

28 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Managing agents - new trade body called The Property Institute

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and the Institute of Residential Property Management have been merged under the name The Property...

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Criminal record checks may be introduced as part of HMO rules

A council says it’s considering introducing criminal record checks on individuals who apply to run HMOs as part of a wide-ranging...

24 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech Today – supporting smarter, more streamlined enforcement with PropTech

Housing is back on the political agenda with a bang. The government’s new Levelling Up White Paper sets out sweeping reforms...

23 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords accused of massive price hike at special events

Shock figures suggest that Airbnb owners are charging up to 600 per cent more to stay at their properties during major...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents should get fewer time-wasters if property details improve

The UK Association of Letting Agents says new requirements for additional upfront property information should end up actually saving agents time. By...

22 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Sarah Davies, Commercial Director at The Letting Partnership

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Sarah Davies, Commercial Director at The Letting Partnership What is The...

21 March 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Agent fails to secure renewal of landlord’s licence in controversial case

An agent’s plea to councillors to renew the HMO license for a landlord client fell on deaf ears in a controversial...

21 March 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Tax authority wants to hear agents' views on buy to let tax regime

Letting agents are being urged to respond to a consultation opening today from rhe independent Office for Tax Simplification.  The OTS has published an...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive London rent rise takes UK average growth over 10%

An eye-watering annualised rent rise in Greater London of 27.3 per cent has helped pushed the all-UK total yearly hike to...

17 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Do we still need To Let boards in 2022?

A business news website is reporting that an agency has been ordered to pay £1,550 for displaying a board illegally. Charles Lear...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Politicians warned - don’t fix a lettings system that isn’t broken

A warning has gone out to politicians from lettings agency trade body ARLA Propertymark - don’t try to fix a system...

16 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents’ questions to top property law expert to be answered live

One of the country’s most respected property lawyers is to discuss changes to rental processes live at a webinar aimed at...

15 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency ‘disappears’ leaving landlords and suppliers in the lurch

A lettings firm specialising in holiday properties is reported to have disappeared with all items taken from its office and calls...

11 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let winning out over Holiday Lets, says agency

Lettings agency Galbraith reports that landlords are now returning to the residential lets sector from holiday lets after several years without...

10 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Government stepping up compliance checks say companies

An anti-money laundering service has linked with a lettings software specialist. The alliance between FCS Compliance and  Rent4sure will provide Rent4sure clients...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Short Lets platform’s new deal to win more corporate tenants

The TrustedStays platform, where users can book short let accommodation, is linking with business-centric service London & Partners. London & Partners’ role...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech deal for property management specialist

Property management specialist Pinnacle Group has strengthened its digital offer for customers across its residential portfolio, signing a three-year deal with...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

App’s new feature allows agents to customise questionnaires

With the steady introduction of rental platforms and apps designed to bypass letting agents and property managers in the tenancy process,...

09 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Top London lettings chief quits after 20 years at the helm

Foxtons has appointed Gareth Atkins as Managing Director – Lettings.  He will succeed Ed Philips who is leaving the business after 20...

08 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents - are you having problems with banks and client accounts?

PropTech supplier Agent OS is running a survey of letting agents about the vexed subject of specialist client accounts. AgentOS says it’s...

07 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ex-Sky Sports star to lead property awards event next week

Presenter, broadcaster and former Sky Sports anchor Kirsty Gallacher has been confirmed as the presenter of The Guild of Property Professional’s...

03 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Ethical Lettings Agency charges ultra-low fees

A so-called ethical lettings agency run jointly by two local authorities is handling private rental properties but is charging landlords just...

02 March 2022

From: Breaking News

Dispelling the myths of client accounting outsourcing.

The rental market shows no signs of slowing with ongoing high demand, fuelled in part by the pandemic, creating a buoyant...

01 March 2022

From: Sponsored Content

More industry regulation needed - but not if it alienates agents

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

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm fined over “atrocious” rental accommodation

A lettings company has been caught up in a case where rental accommodation has been described as “atrocious” and a landlord...

25 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Platform to wean agents off Rightmove and Zoopla gets cash boost

A platform that says it wants to help reduce letting agents’ reliance on traditional portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla has...

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Automation set to help agents meet Levelling Up agenda

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

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Snapped Up! More independents acquired by ambitious agency group

The Lomond Group - which has ambitions to become a national operation - has announced two further acquisitions for one of...

22 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware - compulsory new info on lettings listings coming soon

Trading Standards and the government have jointly announced compulsory new data which must appear on property listings. A property's council tax band or...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents hit back at politicians over rent controls

Propertymark has hit back at the latest demand by politicians for rent controls. The London mayor Sadiq Khan renewed his call for...

21 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Most tenants uninsured and would pay for damage themselves

New research from insurance provider Paymentshield has found that over one in five UK tenants have experienced a negative property event...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Brexit not hurting growth of Purpose Built Student Accommodation

Research by the UK’s largest student accommodation search platform shows a 3.7 per cent uplift in London’s Purpose-Built Student Accommodation bed...

17 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal charges agents only when properties are rented

A lettings portal says it’s expanding across London and is offering agents free listings with no fixed-term contract, and the prospect...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

HMOs - another council ponders Article 4 Direction to limit numbers

Another council is considering dramatic moves to limit the numbers of houses in multiple occupation. A public consultation is being planned this...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New Hong Kong sales centre set to boost investment in London

A developer says its new state-of-the-art sales centre in Hong Kong in set to boost Chinese investment in London. Galliard, the developer...

15 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in guarantors as Covid rattles lettings market

The number of prospective tenants asked to provide guarantors ahead of renting has risen by a huge 36 per cent over...

14 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New platform for landlords threatens to by-pass letting agents

A new fixed-rate platform has been launched that says it will save landlords thousands of pounds in management fees. Rentd claims to...

11 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm launches new products claiming to combat rental fraud

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

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agency training programme launches apprenticeship scheme

Online property training qualifications service The Able Agent has launched a new apprenticeship programme. The Able Agent says it’s spotted a critical...

10 February 2022

From: Breaking News

 Franchise agency opens latest branch as part of London expansion

Franchise estate agency chain Winkworth has expanded its presence in prime south west London with the opening of a new Wimbledon office. The new...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Holiday lets firm says tourist areas need more affordable homes

A major holiday let company in one of the country’s prime tourist destinations says more affordable homes should be built to...

09 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Further Rental Reform White Paper scheduled for the spring

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

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents back bid to become ‘Airbnb of HMO house shares’

A new property management platform seeking support form letting agents claims to be the ‘Airbnb for shared living’. Vann Vogstad, the entrepreneur...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Digital changes to Right To Rent - agents urged to prepare

Propertymark is advising agents to prepare for substantial changes to the Right To Rent process arriving in just two months time. As...

03 February 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech firms announce prospecting letters integration

Prospecting tool Spectre has announced an integration with AgencyCloud from Reapit to personalise direct mail letters. Instead of beginning prospecting letters with...

02 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents' plea for new landlords to replace those quitting

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

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Franchise group delivers 10% boost from lettings services

Lettings franchisees under the Belvoir banner delivered the group an additional 10 per cent management service fees last year according to...

01 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings error will cost millions to fix

Purplebricks has revealed that it will cost some £3.6m to correct compliance issues in its lettings division. The agency continues to stay...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMO Management - new trade group aims to boost sector image

A new trade body is being set up which describes itself as a national network of property managers, specialising in the...

31 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Mortgage bonanza for buy to let - best choice for 15 years

There’s a 15 year record high in the number of buy to let mortgage products available for current or new landlords. The...

28 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Payments PropTech service wins cash investment

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

26 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb lettings ‘racket’ condemned by prominent newspaper

One of the country’s best-read and respected regional newspapers has accused Airbnb of a ‘racket’ by advertising homes on its short-let...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Private equity firm snaps up huge lettings agency network

Bowmark Capital is selling its Leaders Romans Group, one of the UK’s largest property services groups, to another private equity operator, Platinum...

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 January 2022

From: Breaking News

HMRC conducting short-notice visits to agents says compliance chief

HM Revenue & Customs officers are paying short-notice visits on letting and estate agents to check on their anti-money laundering compliance,...

19 January 2022

From: Breaking News

London lettings some way from full recovery, says agency

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

18 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Long-leasehold property management firm snaps up independent

London-based block and facilities services provider SBA Property Management has acquired management agency Paul Samuel Associates. A specialist property management firm with...

17 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Not glib! Anti-Money Laundering experts emphasise importance

Specialist anti-money laundering service FCS Compliance is beginning its latest series of AML webinars designed for Rightmove members.  What you need to...

14 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to stage unannounced letting agency visits

A Trading Standards team is to carry out what it calls “unannounced inspections” of lettings agencies in one part of London...

13 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Good news for London's rental market at last

The London rental market stock surplus spurred by pandemic uncertainty has started to subside, with prime boroughs seeing some of the...

12 January 2022

From: Breaking News

New rules for un-vaccinated tenants living with those with Covid

The government is clamping down - at least a little - on unvaccinated tenants in some specific circumstances.  New guidelines issued by...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Massive demand for pet-friendly lets, says Foxtons-owned agency

An agency owned by Foxtons says there’s been a 120 per cent surge in demand for pet-friendly rental properties since the...

10 January 2022

From: Breaking News

PropTech boom for agents as popular lettings platform is snapped up

PropTech platform Plentific has snapped up husband-and-wife lettings software company TouchRight Software.  Over 500 clients across the UK use TouchRight, to create...

07 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Historic agency moves to large new headquarters

An agency which has been operating for over 160 years has moved to a large and modern new headquarters. Leeds-based Adair Paxton...

06 January 2022

From: Breaking News

Rent To Buy scheme snaps up senior housing guru

One of the most respected figures in British housing has joined one of the growing number of Rent To Buy companies. Lord...

05 January 2022

From: Breaking News

British Build To Rent pioneer sold to global rental giant

One of the UK’s first ever Build To Rent companies, Fizzy Living, has been sold to a global real estate company...

04 January 2022

From: Breaking News

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

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

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Third of renters in London plan to quit the capital for more space

A survey by PropTech firm Moveable suggests that over a third of those renting in London are doing so only while...

31 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Restrict buy to let - Conservative’s shock demand to government

A former Conservative councillor has used a leading party website to call on the government to restrict the purchase of buy...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Home offices set to be tenants’ must-haves for 2022 - forecast

Home offices are already the most-demanded must have from prospective tenants says James Hay, director at Surrey lettings agency, The Home...

30 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Ballistic! Lettings market ends year with a bang

A leading market forecaster has described the level of rent rises in one part of the country as “going ballistic”. “The London...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government issues new Right To Rent guidance for agents

The Home Office has issued yet another iteration of its guidance for agents on how to conduct Right To Rent checks. The...

24 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Arrears rising as Omicron hits tenants across rental sector

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

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Acquisition means agency is now largest lettings operator in country

The Lomond Group, already reported to be in talks to buy London agency Chestertons, has revealed it’s snapped up another leading...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

London rents now rising as rapidly as they fell in early 2021

Rents in London are now rising as steeply as they were falling at the start of the year according to Knight...

21 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraudulent tenant applications rife in some rental properties - claim

A PropTech firm claims to have saved a client more than £160,000 by preventing a criminal from illegally renting one of...

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Two more independents snapped up by growing agency group

Linley & Simpson, a joint founder of the Lomond Group, has acquired two more independent agencies.  The firms snapped up are family-run...

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency claims new website ‘cuts through the competition’

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

17 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Reform tax, Beef up rogues database - Agents demand radical rental reforms

ARLA Propertymark has launched a radical programme of reform for the private rental sector - getting in before the government’s own...

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 December 2021

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents improve their reputation?

How can agents improve their position in society? A report has been published following a roundtable discussion between prominent agency figures...

14 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Government failing to protect private renters, says watchdog

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

10 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Faster onboarding vital to counter arrears, says PropTech chief

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

High-level enquiry into ‘exempt’ rental accommodation

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

09 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency must pay £80,000 after multiple fire risk failures

A London property managing agent has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 for safety failings which “exposed a potentially large...

08 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

Top rental investment locations - where’s hot and where’s not

A new Buy To Let ‘tracker’ from a prominent buy to let mortgage lender has revealed what it considers to be...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Two more independent agencies fall to fast-growing brand

An agency that is part of the fast-growing Lomond Group has itself acquired another two independent agencies.  Thornley Groves, is expanding its...

07 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - fake firm posing as legitimate lettings agency

A fake lettings operation has been uncovered by a leading legitimate agency - and now the National Trading Standards Estate and...

06 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Another upbeat trading report from franchise giant   

Belvoir Group has given yet another upbeat trading report to shareholders. It says in the 10 months to the end of October...

03 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Purplebricks lettings chief quits after deposit controversy

Purplebricks says its head of lettings has left after just eight months - and just days after a crisis involving tenant deposits. A Purplebricks...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - highest and lowest rental stock as winter begins

The average number of new prospective tenants registered per branch fell in October to 71, from September’s figure of 83, according...

01 December 2021

From: Breaking News

Rival to Airbnb aims to use booking fees for community benefit

A community interest company is setting up a rival platform to Airbnb, with the aim of using the commission to benefit...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove’s webinars aimed at lettings sector

Three Rightmove webinars in the next fortnight have significant interest for lettings agents. Tomorrow, December 1, sees Malcolm Driscoll, Lead AML Consultant...

30 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Quick! Tickets going fast for letting sector’s event of the year

There are fewer than 70 tickets left for December 7's rescheduled 25th ARLA Propertymark Conference and Exhibition. Originally due to take place in...

29 November 2021

From: Breaking News

24-year-old launches lettings platform to fix ‘toxic’ rental market

A lettings platform set up by a 24 year old is today announcing an expansion from its Bristol start up to...

26 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Alarms - Agents kickback against ‘day one checks’

Agents have raised a specific concern about one aspect of a law change regarding carbon monoxide alarms.  Earlier this week the government...

25 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Property Management Software: Top tips for busy letting agents

During the last year, the industry has experienced a rollercoaster of highs and lows as agents experienced rental peaks, stock shortages,...

24 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Younger tenants claim “unforeseen” agency fees make them poorer

Many young Britons allegedly live beyond their means, blaming high rents and “unforseen” agency charges as contributory reasons.  A home insurance company...

23 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Parliament to discuss Sex For Rent scandal today

The House of Lords will today discuss the apparently-growing Sex for Rent scandal. Campaigners say a search on websites such as Craigslist...

22 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Government gets lesson in how to stimulate buy to let market

New figures show how effective the stamp duty holiday was in stimulating buy to let - and how similar measures could...

19 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Scam using Facebook Marketplace sees tenants lose thousands

A scam in one city has reportedly seen scores of individuals robbed of thousands of pounds as short lets have been...

18 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise yet again in 2022 forecasts Zoopla

The long term undersupply of rental properties across the country is expected to support rental growth into 2022, says Zoopla. In addition,...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Police tips for agents on how to smoke out cannabis farms

Police officers are this week raising awareness among agents about the signs of potential cannabis grows. The campaign is being led in...

17 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency brings in industry heavyweights to drive expansion

The London and South East property group Stirling Ackroyd - which recently rebranded from its former title, Nick Dunning Associates -...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency fending off 50 enquiries for every available property

An agent in one major university city says it’s faced with 50 students applying for each available property. Edinburgh residential property lettings,...

15 November 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings now account for 75% of Winkworth revenue

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

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Webinar follows big rise in agents contacted by HMRC over AML

FCS Compliance has announced its latest anti-money laundering webinar tailored exclusively for Rightmove members.   Are you ready for an HMRC inspection is...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings platform matching agents with tenants seeks funds to expand

Lettings platform Findingaplace, a matching service between tenants and agents launched last year, is seeking to raise £250,000 - and possibly...

10 November 2021

From: Breaking News

New bank for buy to let and property investment sectors

A new bank called Monument is aiming at property investors and established buy to let landlords seeking to grow their portfolios. Its...

09 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Last chance to register – webinar on transparency in lettings tomorrow 

The live launch of a roundtable event hosted by rental payments platform PayProp takes place tomorrow – and letting agents can...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

What will agency look like in 2030? PropTech firms think they know…

Five PropTech firms have linked up to produce a so-called White Paper giving a glimpse in what they think the agency...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents change working hours to encourage greater staff well-being

Early results from a survey into wellbeing suggest that agents are changing their working practices to help staff have a greater...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Confrontation with letting agent to be shown on TV show

The next episode of the Channel 5 show Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords this evening features an agent offering a supposed guaranteed...

03 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Should you use CRMs to create your contracts?

Why CRMs should not be relied upon for contract creation and management. Customer relationship management platforms (CRMs) are useful tools that...

02 November 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Average rents dip from last month but still showing big annual hike

HomeLet says the average rent in the UK is now £1,059, down a modest 0.2 per cent from a month ago. However, the...

02 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Call for short lets classification to be ‘amateur’ and ‘commercial’

Proposals to regulate Airbnbs and other short lets in one part of the UK should be modified, a trade body says. Currently,...

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Heatpump proposals may be hot air, suggests PropTech platform

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

01 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Urban renting changing thanks to pandemic, says PropTech platform

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

29 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent and yield growth higher in outer city areas than in centres

Confirming many Covid-related trends, it appears that outer city properties have seen their yields and rents grow to a greater degree...

28 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand slows but it’s still a record for Autumn

ARLA Propertymark has released its latest lettings market snapshot showing demand reducing - but even so still being a record for...

27 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Nathan Abbott, Head of Change Management at The Lettings Hub

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I’m Nathan Abbott, Head of Change Management at The Lettings...

26 October 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Growing share of lettings management happens outside office hours

Research from lettings management software provider teclet shows how important 24/7 transactions are in the industry today. Results show that 33 per...

25 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

High occupancy recovery for fledgling ‘co-living’ sector

The room-letting sector known as co-living, now growing in London, has seen occupancy levels bounce back since some Covid restrictions have...

22 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New Boiler Ban: Letting agents put the heat on government

ARLA Propertymark has blasted the government over its net zero policy of banning new boilers from 2035 and giving landlords £5,000...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant sets out blueprint for solving Britain’s housing crisis

New research published by Build To Rent operator L&G reveals what it believes to be a crisis surrounding rental properties, affordable...

21 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Can agents really build their brand by using TikTok?

Online lettings agency LettingaProperty.com says it’s using social media platform TikTok to build its brand and drum up business, and claims...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Most tenants admit negotiating over rent levels is difficult

A Foxtons-owned lettings agency says 60 per cent of tenants and would-be buyers say they are not confident negotiating asking rents...

19 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Why quality matters

Home appliances are often an area that can be overlooked when it comes to finalising kitchen designs, but having quality machines...

18 October 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Strict contracts and inventories could defuse Pets In Lets issue

One of the industry’s leading suppliers says the controversy over pets in private rental properties could be defused relatively easily. Inventory management firm...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Revenue potential for agents by gathering data on consumers

A PropTech chief says there’s substantial opportunity for letting agents to earn more revenue - so long as they understand their...

14 October 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Government backs away from stricter regulation of Airbnb and short lets

The Scottish Government - which earlier this year suggested it would be clamping down heavily on Airbnbs, especially in Edinburgh -...

11 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand funds to clamp down on rogue operators

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

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Not Just Here - Rents rising across Europe, new figures show

Campaigners against letting agents and landlords appear to suggest that the issue of rising rents is uniquely confined to the UK...

08 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New international Data law likely to affect many letting agents

A high profile and respected lettings sector legal expert is inviting questions from agents at a webinar next week - and he’ll...

07 October 2021

From: Breaking News

New calls to stop rental homes switching to Airbnb

A new call has come for government action to stop the hemorrhage of properties shifting from long term rental to Airbnb...

06 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb glut slashes rental stock and leads to Housing Crisis - claim

A lack of longer term rental accommodation thanks to the growth of Airbnb and other short lets has led to a...

05 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency cleared of part in ‘Ghost Tenants’ lettings scandal

A London lettings agency - that has now entered bankruptcy - has been cleared of any involvement in a rental scandal...

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents advised to help tenants reduce energy bills

After 10 days of reports of soaring energy costs, PropTech supplier Goodlord has produced a series of tips for letting agents...

01 October 2021

From: Breaking News

How agents can support tenants with rising energy bills

Rik Smith, Head of Tenant Services at Goodlord, outlines in this tips piece how agents can support tenants with rising energy...

29 September 2021

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

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

Lettings platform signs deal with referencing and due diligence service

An international residential platform which manages 200,000 properties in 29 countries across Europe - including the UK - has signed an...

29 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Labour to review tax reliefs applying to private rental sector

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

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

House of Commons chronicles Covid help to landlords and tenants

The House of Commons Library, an independent body not controlled by government, has published a detailed history of the many measures...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Mortgage Bonanza for buy to let investors as product choice booms

The flurry of increased interest in buy to let means the choice of mortgage products for investors is now greater than...

28 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Big Bad Agents - Airbnb lets may backfire on landlords, says ARLA

The letting agents’ trade body has issued a warning to landlords that short lets may provide quick profits - but they...

27 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

Revealed! The regions generating the most rent for landlords

Tenants are paying almost £70bn of rent to landlords a year, research claims. Buy-to-let specialist Sequre Property Investment has found the best...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Low rental supply pushes demand and rental increases to record highs

Record demand and low levels of supply have pushed the number of tenants experiencing rental increases to new highs, lettings agents...

24 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Vince Demilio, Sales Director of The Lettings Hub

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

23 September 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Scottish surge – large increase in same-day lettings across Edinburgh

The lettings arm of a leading Edinburgh-based property portal has reported a surge of Edinburgh properties being rented on the same...

23 September 2021

From: Breaking News

International firm lets 20 flats in 12 weeks at fast-growing London site

It’s been announced that UK Sotheby’s International Realty has secured tenants for 20 apartments in record time at Embassy Gardens, a...

22 September 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Dispute evidence – don’t throw the kitchen sink at it!

When it comes to gathering evidence for deposit disputes, the need for thoroughness is understandable. However, on occasion some landlords take...

20 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Michael Gove - what's in the new Housing Secretary's lettings in-tray?

A dramatic day, which saw a Cabinet reshuffle seemingly come out of the blue, ended with Michael Gove as the new...

16 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent and Referencing

It’s an exciting time when prospective tenants show an interest in your listed property. However, it's important not to let that...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Drone technology – a game changer for property marketing

Drone technology has come on a long way in recent years, with different use cases across various industries. New developments in...

15 September 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Millions of homes could have unsafe gas appliance – warning

One in four homes in the UK has a potentially dangerous gas appliance, new research claims. Analysis of inspection figures by Gas...

14 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Portfolio landlords hold key to lettings agency returns

Portfolio landlords can be the key to running a successful lettings agency. That is the latest claim from lead generation software provider...

13 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction notice periods return to normal next month - official

The government has set in motion a Parliamentary procedure meaning the notice periods for evictions in England return to normal from...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New rental homes to replace some existing shopping centres

One of the country’s largest commercial and retail landlords - Capital & Regional - is to expand is current programme of...

10 September 2021

From: Breaking News

London market balance switches from tenants to landlords - agency

The number of new prospective tenants registering with Knight Frank in August was 73 per cent higher than the same month...

09 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Some rents soar 25% in a year says leading lettings agent

Rents in some of the most popular locations of the country have risen 25 per cent in the past year according...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets allowed in rental development as momentum grows for reform

A new idea put forward by a student-focussed Build To Rent operator is likely to increase the momentum behind campaigners wanting...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit by ARPM crisis offered help by rival supplier

Agents who are members of The Guild of Property Professionals and who have been hit by the uncertainties surrounding outsourced property...

07 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group may go on sale for £400m - report

There is a report that the private equity owner of Leaders Romans Group has appointed bankers to work on a ‘strategic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give new warning on costs of pets in rental property

ARLA Propertymark has waded into the growing controversy over pets being allowed in rental properties. Last week a letter was sent to...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants move to smaller properties in prime central London

A new trend developing in prime central London suggests that tenants are demanding smaller properties - and that’s despite the pandemic...

06 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Pressure to relax Tenant Fees Act to allow pet insurance charge

Pressure is growing to amend the 2019 Tenant Fees Act to allow charging additional deposits and insurance to cover pets in private rental...

02 September 2021

From: Breaking News

Another new London Build To Rent scheme wins funding

Specialist property lender Castle Trust Bank has agreed a £13.2m development loan for a Build To Rent scheme within a mixed...

02 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

Far more tenants keep pets than admit it, ‘left items’ suggest

An agency says its bizarre list of items left behind by departing tenants shows how many renters actually appear to keep pets. A...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

New government guidance incorporates latest Right To Rent changes

The government has updated its formal guidance to letting agents and landlords on Right To Rent. This sets out the continuation of online...

01 September 2021

From: Breaking News

This is how rent controls could work - one agent's view

A senior lettings agent and property management company owner has set out how rent controls could work in very specific circumstances...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Virtual Right To Rent - government issues new guidance

Virtual Right To Rent checks by agents, which were to have been illegal from just next week, are now permissible until...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Fraud alarm raised for agents over sophisticated fake documents

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

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Deal to introduce rent controls “ill thought out” say agents

The deal to introduce rent controls in Scotland - the result of a deal between two parties in the Scottish Parliament...

27 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Tenant demand is officially highest on record, say letting agents

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

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Regional cities surviving Covid and Brexit best, says investment firm

Recovery in the UK is being channeled towards regional cities, says a leading investment expert.  Martha Peyton, managing director and head of...

25 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Ombudsman complaints led by management, comms and record keeping

Lettings once again dominated the complaints received by The Property Ombudsman according to its latest annual report - out today but...

24 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Want to win new landlords? Lettings guru to explain how

Industry growth specialist Christopher Watkin is to offer letting agents his secrets to attracting new landlords in a live webinar hosted...

20 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Block management deal for 340 agency branches

After a successful 18 month pilot with a Northwood branch, franchise giant Belvoir has entered a deal with B-hive Block Management...

20 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

From: Sponsored Content

 Activists want HMRC to remove tax perks from holiday lets

Baroness Alicia Kennedy, director of the Generation Rent campaign, says rents in Wales, Scotland and South West England have soared thanks...

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents reveal top reasons for tenancy disputes

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

18 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge pressure on lettings market from sellers temporarily renting

A study by Hamptons shows that so far this year 10 per cent of new tenancies have been taken by someone...

16 August 2021

From: Breaking News

New national online agency launched promising “transformation”

Prop Home, a new online property management and lettings agency, pledges to “transform the way rented homes are managed on behalf...

12 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rogue Agents' Database: still no response to formal consultation

There has still been no formal response to a government consultation on the database of rogue agents and landlords, 25 months...

11 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Airbnb hits back at growing criticism of damage to rental sector

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

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental stock shortage is greatest in these parts of England…

Agents will be aware that demand for rental property is high right now - so a property consultancy has worked out...

09 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents continue their slow road to recovery in prime London

The lettings market in London and the Home Counties continued its journey back towards normality in July according to data from...

09 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

Property management trade groups want to join forces

The Association of Residential Managing Agents and The Institute of Residential Property Management have informed their respective memberships that they are pondering combining forces. The...

06 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent’s huge fine is largest in five year compliance clampdown

An analysis of the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlord and Letting Agent Checker shows that since it was introduced in 2018...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Free to agents: Banking dispute service endorsed by Propertymark

Propertymark has given its support to a free and independent dispute resolution service, the Business Banking Resolution Service, which is being offered to...

05 August 2021

From: Breaking News

HomeLet parent company snaps up PropTech platform

Barbon Insurance Group, which already owns Let Alliance and HomeLet, has now acquired PropTech platform Rent4sure. Luke Burton, Rent4sure’s chief operating officer,...

04 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency launches lettings division after management restructure

A long-standing estate agency is launching a lettings service for the first time in its 30 year history. The Carver Group, based...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents under pressure as flood victims demand furnished homes

A buying agency says it’s seen what it calls “a huge uptake in furnished lettings requests” following recent floods in London,...

03 August 2021

From: Breaking News

Do you have questions about deposit disputes 

Through our FREE online deposit dispute webinars, we’ve trained thousands of landlords and letting agents about how the dispute resolution process...

02 August 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tenant fraud hits Build To Rent sector

Two PropTech companies say tenant fraud - reported to be a growing problem in buy to let - is now an...

02 August 2021

From: Breaking News

London Rental Recovery: demand picks up at last in the capital

One of the most pessimistic lettings operations about the London market during the pandemic says that at last the capital is...

30 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Heat easing in rental market - but still a record month

The latest rental market snapshot released by ARLA Propertymark shows a little of the heat coming out of the rental market...

29 July 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

Agent Training - more details emerge of new qualification courses

More details have emerged of the Guild of Property Professionals’ Ofqual-accredited, Level-Three and Level-Four qualifications for lettings and sales agents. Guild compliance...

28 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New web-based service aims to help small agencies list properties

A new web-based listing management platform for small estate agencies is being launched in the UK, claiming to allow modest firms...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency makes two acquisitions to mark 30th anniversary

An agency has marked its 30th anniversary by sealing a brace of acquisitions. The deals see Thornley Groves, the Lomond Group agency...

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Does the Tenant Fees Ban stop agents  charging for viewings?

A new service has been launched to charge prospective tenants £30 - potentially even more - just to view a property...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Allowing pets may make buy to let more successful - claim

A respected buy to let mortgage monitor is suggesting that investors in the sector may be more successful if they allow...

26 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Major PropTech deal heralds expansion of insurance to tenants

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

21 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Warning to agents to schedule regular compliance checks

There’s a warning from an industry trade body that some agents may have failed to take compliance obligations seriously enough.  Paul Offley,...

16 July 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Just Grand! Rents hit £1,000 pcm as supply stays low

Record tenant demand and record-fast lettings have combined to create an average asking rent above £1,000 per calendar month for homes...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent recovery in London may kick-start capital sales market too

Rapidly rising rents may trigger a new wave of investment buyers in London, helping to resuscitate the capital’s sales market in...

15 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Big rise in energy efficiency of private rented homes says government

The latest English Housing Survey shows a dramatic rise in the energy efficiency of private rental property. Some 38 per cent of...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Commuter Belt rental market stronger than London, says agency

For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic rents across all prime London regions saw a return to positive...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Royal Respect! Top supplier wins prestigious  award

The Letting Partnership has been recognised for its excellence in Innovation, winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The supplier’s HealthChecks are widely...

09 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing agency group reveals ‘transformational’ merger

Two major south of England agency have merged in what they describe as a “transformational deal.”  Brand Vaughan, part of the expanding...

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents give qualified support radical overhaul of rental sector in NI

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

08 July 2021

From: Breaking News

 Good news for buy to let as mortgage choice bounces back

There’s good news for the buy to let sector today as an independent mortgage market monitor reports a 15-month high in...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

The value of using a specialist referencing supplier

It always pays to rely on the services of a reputable referencing company. The lure of free credit checks or basic referencing...

05 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Bumper summer for lettings - and here’s the evidence

It’s been yet another strong month for the rental market as reported in the latest statistics from PropTech supplier Goodlord. Voids dropped...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

New bid by politician to ban buy to let at key development

A politician is stepping up his bid to ban buy to let purchasers acquiring any units at a 150-home scheme. ITV News...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents still dipping but viewings and registrations rise

Demand continues to build in prime lettings markets in London and the Home Counties, with Knight Frank data showing the number...

05 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Steal a march by choosing ‘virtual first’

It doesn’t seem that long ago that 2D floorplans were considered cutting edge – but it’s safe to say they’re now...

01 July 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Digital marketing packs to be offered to trade body agents

Agents joining one of the industry’s major trade bodies is to be offered exclusive digital marketing packs created by Starberry. Members of...

01 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Are you open to lets with pets?

The Dogs Trust campaign ‘lets with pets’ states: “Landlords and letting agencies who exclude pet owners from their properties are missing out...

29 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Another record-breaking month for tenant demand, agents say

There’s still no sign of a lettings market slowdown according to the latest report from ARLA Propertymark. It says that the average...

29 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Long arm of the law stretches to two agency branches

The new co-owner of two branches of Martin & Co is combining legal work with sales and lettings. Barrister Tom Fazackerley has...

28 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Can Covid rental market learn from the 2008 financial downturn?

Rents have climbed up to 68 per cent across England since the financial crash in 2008. Research by Ascend Property shows that...

23 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Another rental property licensing scheme consultation launched

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

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

One man band agency grows into large team winning key instruction

A private agency and management firm that says it’s grown from a one man band into a large team of 35...

22 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Your website should be your hardest working employee

Over the last 15 months (basically since the ‘c’ word entered our daily vocabulary) agent websites has become more crucial than...

21 June 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Tenants “discriminated against” by sloppy referencing, claims PropTech firm

A PropTech company says sloppy referencing by agents and landlords effectively means that around a third of prospective tenants are discriminated...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents given two months longer to prepare ‘normal’ Right To Rent

The government has extended the ‘special arrangements’ for Right To Rent checks - these will now be in force until September...

21 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for letting agents as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

They’re back: Overseas students return in large numbers, says agency

A Manchester agency says there’s been a 400 per cent increase in enquiries from international students. This huge number of enquiries for...

17 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Relief for lettings sector as mandatory mediation threat is lifted

The government has surprised observers by announcing that compulsory mediation over Covid-related arrears would happen in the commercial sector - but not...

16 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents have hit a record high according to leading agency

Rental growth accelerated in May to reach a new record high according to Connells-owned lettings agency Hamptons.   Last month the average cost...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Private sector could benefit from letting to social tenants - claim

A property investment platform has taken the unusual approach of accusing the government of driving up homelessness through its policy of...

15 June 2021

From: Breaking News

The importance of referencing - and why you need the professionals.

Reliable referencing remains the cornerstone of every letting agent’s business. Landlords rely on their agents to get it right, and to protect...

14 June 2021

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Agents invited to free compliance webinar tomorrow

Anti-money laundering specialist FCS Compliance is to lead a free-to- attend Q&A webinar for Rightmove agents tomorrow.   Let’s Discuss Money Laundering is...

14 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove changing its lettings service - wants agent feedback

Rightmove has announced what it calls “a new vision for its lettings service” and wants agent feedback on what they think...

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Massive £17m-plus mortgage deal for London buy to let purchase

An experienced buy to let mortgage specialist has completed on its largest and most complex loan to date — a £17.35m...

10 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Media publish photographs of agency’s filthy property after big fine

The local media in Manchester have published photographs of a property operated by a lettings agency was found to have multiple...

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Simon Tillyer, founder of Vouch

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? That's very retro - I have not had one of...

08 June 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Specialist investment agency opens sixth branch with more to come

Mistoria is opening its sixth office in the north west of England. The new branch in Cheadle follows Mistoria’s existing outlets in...

08 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Two acquisitions add to agency’s fast-growing lets portfolio

The Miles & Barr Group has snapped up two lettings and property management companies  – Roger & Hambidge and Brettsletts.  The acquisitions...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents fall - but less than before

The prime London rental market is still in the doldrums but the rent falls are less pronounced than before.  Knight Frank says...

07 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Show Us The Results: Agents demand mediation pilot evidence

The Association of Residential Letting Agents’ wing of Propertymark is demanding to see the results of a mediation project initiated by...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Online agency’s new guide to avoid tenants falling victim of scams

The online lettings platform Mashroom has set out a list of guidelines it’s offering to prospective tenants to avoid them falling...

04 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

Agent uses council to secure electrical inspection at private flat

A local authority has explained its role in ensuring that a private landlord could arrange for an electrical safety inspection to...

02 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Council offers free online training for letting agents

A council is offering free training to letting agents, via online courses starting next Monday. Dorset council says it wants to work...

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Control Threat - petition launched to stop private sector rent caps

An outspoken property investor has launched an online petition on the government website to oppose the threat of rent controls. YouTube influencer...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Boom! Unprecedented demand from tenants according to agents

There’s now an unprecedented level of demand from tenants for properties, according to the latest survey findings from ARLA Propertymark. The survey...

28 May 2021

From: Breaking News

HMRC deadline for letting agents in just two weeks’ time - warning

There are just two weeks left for letting agents to register with HM Revenue & Customs if they want to be...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

'No DSS' - apology by lettings agency after advertisement blunder

A lettings agency which markets private rental properties and units operated by a housing association has apologised for its ‘No DSS’...

27 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New independent lettings agency pledges to break the mould

A new independent agency is to specialise in lettings and property management across Hertfordshire. Led by Luke Mason and Jonathan Fiducia, the...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Lockdown end makes it vital for agents to assess PropTech needs - claim

Now is the ideal time for agents to consider their PropTech needs, as lockdown restrictions ease significantly and firms draw up...

26 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents soar 20% in parts of London this year alone, says agency

Rents in London have risen an average six per cent this year, a leading agency claims - and some areas are...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New branch for The Property Franchise Group’s Hunters brand

Hunters - now subsumed into The Property Franchise Group - has opened a new branch in Bicester.  The new branch follows a...

21 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Springtime - a great time for mid-tenancy inspections, say The Deposit Protection Service

With winter gone and spring now in full bloom, there’s no better time to inspect your property to check for damage...

19 May 2021

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PropTech rental platform claims to slash agent admin by 90%

PropTech start up Halo claims that what it calls a new “tenant engagement platform” will streamlines the rental onboarding process. The firm...

19 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Revealed - where Build To Rent is threatening Buy To Let

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

18 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents’ Alert - just four weeks to meet HMRC deadline

A compliance specialist is reminding the industry that the deadline by which letting agents must register with HMRC if they are...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings and management platform for self-employed agents

Keller Williams UK - one of the growing number of agencies to operate with self-employed agents working from a central hub...

17 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency expands network with new branch

Leeds agency HOP - previously well known as Let Leeds - is expanding its office network with the launch of a...

14 May 2021

From: Breaking News

 Bal Arora – Managing Director at Orlando Reid

Who are you and what does it say on your business card?  Bal Arora – Managing Director In your experience, what is the...

13 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Which reference is best? How to protect you and your landlord’s assets.

Preventative measures are everything where referencing is concerned. But with so many solutions out there, promising so much, it can be difficult...

12 May 2021

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Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? Jack Reid Founding Director of Orlando Reid  In your experience,...

12 May 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

HMOs likely to grow in number and importance in the future

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

12 May 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Collapse in supply of houses listed for rent in prime London

High-end lettings agency Knight Frank says there’s been a huge loss of houses available for renters in prime London in the...

10 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Fast-growing national chain snaps up three independent agencies

The highest profile agency in the big-spending Lomond Group has sealed a trio of deals in the first week of April...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Manchester next stop for agency specialising in investment property

An agency which has for the past 11 years specialised in south west London is now expanding with a new office...

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to beware council compliance crackdown and heavy fines

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

07 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Rent Repayment Order threat to property company owner

A London council has taken a landlord company to court after complaints of poor housing conditions in five of its rented...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand improved flood insurance cover for buy to let sector

Propertymark has waded in to the debate over flood prevention measures in the UK:il it wants insurance for homeowners and landlords faced...

06 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Is the private rental sector in retreat?

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

04 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Developer selects management specialist to handle affordable portfolio

Affordable homes provider Auxesia Homes has appointed residential management firm Touchstone to handle its entire mixed tenure portfolio.  Auxesia offers affordable shared...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must still help landlords and tenants during Covid - ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should continue to help landlords and tenants during the Coronavirus crisis. Although the vaccine...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Software integration announced for two of the industry’s top suppliers

Prominent industry software supplier Reapit and specialist repairs and maintenance service Fixflo have announced a new integration.  This allows Fixflo’s software and...

29 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents must be ultra-responsive to tenant complaints during pandemic

The managing director of Fixflo, Rajeev Nayyar, says the pandemic has changed the context in which agents should view tenants’ complaints. In...

28 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agent tells of “heartbreaking” need for affordable homes

A letting agent in Cornwall has told local TV how she finds herself in ”heartbreaking” situations because of the lack of...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

London rents and demand continue to fall

One year on from the beginning of the pandemic, London’s reversal of fortunes in the rental market continues according to the...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency signs Build To Rent management deal for family homes

A Manchester-based lettings agency has won a long-term deal with one of the UK’s most prominent Build To Rent operators.  Ascend Properties...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency block management firm wins millions for high-rise safety

A block management company owned by the Leaders Romans Group has been awarded over £6.5m in government building safety funds to...

27 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Future of renting? Fund is to buy and let 2,000 properties

Real estate fund management company Moorfield has teamed up with PropTech company Bricklane to buy a portfolio of 2,000 homes to...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Vets want pets in lets - and they want them now

A leading veterinary body - the National Office of Animal Health, or NOAH - wants pets to be allowed in private rental...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Public cash for renters and scrap S21 insists another charity

Housing charity Crisis says government statistics show almost one in five private renters in England in arrears or likely to fall...

23 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Third acquisition this year for fast-growing city agency

Ascend Properties in Manchester has acquired another small independent agency. It’s snapped up Elavace Estates, a lettings management portfolio on Merseyside.  This follows acquisitions...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Room renting PropTech service claims 350 sign-ups

New PropTech company Ministry of Rooms says its platform has 350 landlords and agents signed up in its first six weeks. The property-tenant matching...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Festival lets and more HMOs on the agenda for city agency

A Scottish agency has strengthened its specialism in managing HMOs with the acquisition of a lettings book of 90 more units. Braemore Sales...

22 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Letting agents back idea of renters getting more upfront info

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

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Government U-turn follows ARLA Propertymark campaign

Letting agents are not required to conduct retrospective Right to Rent verification on tenants who had a Covid-adjusted check since March...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Booming demand for suburbs according to buy to let specialist

Booming demand for homes in commuter zones and well-connected towns is causing a mini-boom in the lettings market. That’s the view of...

20 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Yet another agent ejected by Ombudsman may be trading illegally

Another lettings agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to pay an outstanding compensation award - but...

16 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Most students want utility charges integrated into overall rents

More students would like to see utility charges integrated into the overall costs of their accommodation, according to a specialist lettings...

16 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

Rent guarantees could mean more DSS tenants in private sector

Rent guarantees and upfront cash payments from local authorities are the most effective means of opening the private rented sector to...

09 April 2021

From: Breaking News

All Change! How the pandemic has shifted tenants’ demands

It’s not just the owner occupier whose property demands have changed radically because of the pandemic - a new survey suggests...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Sharp uplift in tenant demand as lockdown starts to ease

A quarterly index suggests that there’s been a sharp uplift in tenant demand for rental properties across the UK’s major cities...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

 Franchise of the Year named as agency’s spectacular annual awards

Franchise giant Belvoir has held its annual awards including the naming of the prestigious ‘franchise of the year’. The accolade went to...

08 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical overhaul of eco-targets for rental sector

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

07 April 2021

From: Breaking News

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

Rental market continues to fly thanks to reducing supply

Latest figures from ARLA Propertymark suggest the rental market continues to perform strongly. Data for February - the latest available from the...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Independent agents invited to sessions with mentors and experts

Propertymark says its Inspire programme is continuing to help agents via its small group network - and it’s taking bookings for...

01 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Surge in rental demand as sellers put themselves in pole position

There’s been a spectacular surge in demand for lettings properties as vendors take advantage of the stamp duty holiday by selling...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agent Alert - New electrical check regulations kick in next week

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

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Another acquisition adds to fast-growing agency chain’s portfolio

The lettings book of one of the UK’s oldest property and law companies has been snapped up by a firm in the...

25 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental platform claims 150 London agents have signed up

A new rentals platform claims to have signed up 150 London agencies prior to launch this spring. Findingaplace says it has signed up...

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

See It Here - Rightmove reveals its new TV advert aimed at renters

Rightmove has revealed its new TV advertisement, which it claims will reach 59 per cent of the UK during its campaign...

24 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Building Renovation Passports - MPs want these for rental sector

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

23 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Students fed up with Zoom and will return to rental accommodation

Britain’s largest supplier of purpose-built student accommodation, Unite, says students are bored with Zoom and will return en masse to their rental...

22 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tough new fire regulations for HMOs and multi-tenancy buildings

Landlords and managing agents of HMOs could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the...

18 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Big fine for London agency without Client Money Protection

A lettings agency in central London has been issued with a fine for not belonging to a Client Money Protection scheme. The...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenants would pay more for bigger and better homes, says survey

The vast majority of tenants would pay more if rental properties better suited their needs, a prominent lettings agency claims. Manchester-based Ascend...

17 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents hit with third-of-a-million pounds bill over poorly-managed HMO

An agency has been hit with a £330,000 bill after being found guilty of poor management of an HMO. Magistrates have found...

16 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rents up over 20% a year in one region of the UK

An upbeat market snapshot for the lettings sector claims that one region of the UK has seen rent increases in excess...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Legal warning over ‘honesty’ of grounds for possession

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

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty surge in house prices means more tenants keep renting

Research by Hamptons suggests that the increased house prices caused by the stamp duty holiday sales surge has indirectly obliged more...

15 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons’ naked ambition - it wants to buy more lettings books

Foxtons has made no bones about how it sees future growth - it wants to acquire lettings books from other agencies. “There...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting tenant illegally posing as landlord caught out by council

A head tenant who posed as a landlord has been taken to court by a London council. Sonia Nascimento rented a converted...

11 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let and Build To Rent win big investment despite pandemic

Some £3.5 billion of investment was placed in the growing Build To Rent sector in 2020, despite concerns over the pandemic...

11 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

Rent controls must be off the agenda in spring elections, says ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is warning politicians fighting elections this spring that rent controls should be firmly off the agenda. The organisation traditionally sets...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

London is back - big rise in portal searches for renting in capital

Rightmove says falling rents in central London have led to a surge in interest from prospective tenants. Rightmove has analysed over 23 million...

10 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rental property capital values likely to soar in next five years

An assessment by Savills suggests capital values - including those for properties in the lettings sector - are likely to soar...

10 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

Agency using black cab to allow “multiple viewings” by investors

An agency in the north of England has outlined how it proposes to take investors to what it calls “multiple viewings”...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Exploded! Five myths about apprentices in the lettings sector

One of the lettings industry’s most prominent suppliers says it’s dispelled five myths surrounding the employment of apprentices.  The Letting Partnership insists apprentices...

05 March 2021

From: Breaking News

David Hackett, Head of Business Development for The DPS

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

04 March 2021

From: 60 Second Interview

Five things agents dislike about tenant referencing

Tenant referencing. It’s a necessary evil.  Although most tenants are responsible and pay their rent on time, broke swindlers with dubious...

04 March 2021

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Yet ANOTHER takeover as lettings agency consolidation continues

A fast-growing regional chain of agencies has purchased another independent operator in the lettings sector. Yorkshire's Linley & Simpson has bought Sinclair Properties...

04 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Budget Briefing for Letting Agents - the key announcements

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

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Council seeking info on agencies that worked with rogue landlord

A council says it’s looking for lettings agencies that worked with a rogue landlord who's been issued with a four year banning order. Bristol...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says it bought rival agency because of its lettings book

Foxtons says the reason behind its purchase of rival London agency Douglas & Gordon was to get its lettings book. The deal, for...

03 March 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New Year surge in demand from prospective tenants

The number of new prospective tenants soared 27 per cent in the New Year according to figures released over the weekend...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

New ARLA head admits organisation has “its share of detractors”

The new head of the Association of Residential Letting Agents admits that the organisation - within its parent body Propertymark - has “had...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Big surge in rental leads for agents, claims Rightmove

Rightmove says there’s been a big rise in the number of prospective tenants contacting letting agents via its website. The portal says...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Mentoring scheme for agents hits landmark target

Agents Together, the agency charity set up by Purplebricks and Boomin founders Michael and Kenny Bruce, says it’s hit an important...

26 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert amongst agency’s latest franchise recruits

One of the first franchisees for a new business model put forward by the Century 21 UK agency is a buy...

25 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Stamp duty break prompts surge in multi-property landlord deals

Some 60 per cent of multi-property landlords have expanded their portfolio since the introduction of the Stamp Duty Holiday last summer...

24 February 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

‘Inaccurate’ anti-eviction petition gains 30,000 signatures

An online petition which appears to inaccurately say private tenants can still be evicted “for no reason” has won 30,000 signatures...

23 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards urges agents to watch out for scams

The National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agents Team is appealing to the industry to be eagle-eyed for scams. This follows the...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Victory for Airbnb in first round of battle for short lets regulation

A first attempt to regulate Airbnb-style short lets through licensing has been withdrawn. The SNP-led Scottish Government had drawn up a licensing...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

PropTech service claims agents win ‘competitive edge’ thanks to data

A PropTech firm claims agents will win a “competitive edge” through the data it provides via its platform. Sprift says its interactive...

22 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Sunak warned on property taxes - Don’t use us to pay Covid debts!

A prominent industry figure is warning Chancellor Rishi Sunak not to use property taxes to bail out the government over the costs...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Jail threat after fraud team probes HMO with illegal extensions

A landlord who built unlawful extensions to a family home and squeezed up to 14 people into the rooms has forfeited...

19 February 2021

From: Breaking News