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Mystery surrounds 'longer tenancies' consultation announced in Budget

The industry is awaiting details of the latest government consultation concerning the private rental sector which will consider longer tenancies. The consultation...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Budget: Stamp Duty reform, More new homes, possible longer tenancies

Stamp duty reform for first time buyers has taken pride of place in the Budget speech of Chancellor Phillip Hammond.   From today,...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will require better contracts, says mortgage chief

The buy to let sector should prepare itself for issues which may arise if the government goes ahead with its intention...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

The will is there to provide longer tenancies, says trade body

The will exists in the private rental sector to provide the longer term tenancies advocated by the government, says a trade...

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Criticism of ban and deposit cap; support for client money protection

Trade organisatons have reacted predictably to the government’s latest announcements and publications concerning the private rental sector. Yesterday the Department of Communities...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposits held in protection schemes now total over £4.1 billion

A campaigning letting agent says that at the start of this financial year the total cash value of deposits held in...

30 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime rental market strengthens in Home Counties, says agency

The typical rent of a prime Home Counties property rose by 1.2 per cent in the third quarter of this year,...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency in merger battle claims above-average tenancy duration

EweMove - the online agency which is at the centre of a merger battle between its parent company and a rival...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Be part of the bigger picture with Rent4sure

  At Rent4sure we understand the challenges and increasing responsibilities that face every letting agent right now. With government plans for an outright...

23 October 2017

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Agents must back government lettings plans says PropTech boss

PropTech company PayProp says the government’s outline proposal for greater regulation of the private rental sector should be treated as good...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Government considering new regulatory body for leasehold rentals

Plans for new measures regarding leasehold tenancies to help create “a fairer property management system that works for everyone” have been...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

What exactly is “Fair” Wear & Tear

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

12 October 2017

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

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

10 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Fixflo's ARLA deal allows agents to build tenancy contracts from scratch

Fixflo has teamed up with ARLA Propertymarket to launch a new Tenancy Builder tool to enable agents to easily build tenancy...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Surprise as Shelter queries whether rent controls would really work

The housing charity Shelter - which in recent years has been aggressively critical of letting agencies and landlords in the private...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent will never meet demand by tenants, government told

A trade body says the expanding Build To Rent sector will never be large enough to meet tenant demand and as...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: ARLA reveals 'big step forward' for agents

ARLA Propertymark has revealed what it believes is a 'big step forward' for letting agents processing large numbers of overseas student...

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental market resilient ahead of lettings agency rules changes

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

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent says key Housing Act is now as good as useless

Anti-deposits campaigning agent Ajay Jagota says the 2004 Housing Act - which actually came into effect in 2007 - may now...

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

TDS launches new 'end of lease' guide for letting agents

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has launched a new guide for agents, landlords and tenants on how to make concluding a lease...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

New Build To Rent scheme reveals rent, fees and facilities details

A new Build To Rent scheme from specialist developer Get Living is to charge from £410 a week for units at...

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

24 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Pressure group urges £5,000 cap on energy efficiency rental work

An energy efficiency lobbying group says it backs new government energy efficiency guidelines to improve 300,000 private rented homes - but...

10 August 2017

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords with Reference Plus

A 3-in-1 referencing solution to help agents secure safer tenancies. Rent4sure’s 3-in-1 referencing solution has been specifically designed to help agents secure...

03 August 2017

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Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

Younger people will have more difficulty finding rented accommodation in coming months as a substantial proportion of landlords actively cut back...

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

BBC programme is wake-up call for lettings industry, says AIIC

The BBC’s reality programme The Week The Landlords Moved In should act as an eye-opener for the lettings industry when it...

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

'Super prime' London lettings booming claims high-end agency

Activity in the super prime London market, where tenants are prepared to pay £5,000 or more per week for a home,...

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency opens new central London office

Draker, which describes itself as the largest lettings-only agency in Kensington and Chelsea, has now expanded by opening a new office...

14 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Professional inventories prove invaluable in high-turnover rental season

The current ‘busy season’ for lettings turnovers at the end of student terms would be made significantly easier if agents and...

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Really? Around half of agents back fees ban, survey suggests

A survey of letting and estate agencies suggest around half broadly back the changes to the private rental sector outlined in...

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

Proposals in Scotland for a minimum energy efficiency standard for privately let homes could damage the sector, especially in rural communities.   That’s...

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

The head of the parent firm of mydeposits is warning tenants and landlords tempted to enter into new ‘no-deposit’ schemes to...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet sister company launches revolutionary rent collection system

Barbon Insurance Group, owner of HomeLet, today formally launches what it calls a "revolutionary" rent payment system aimed at locking tenants into...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Could it happen here? Australian agents specifically ban Airbnb sublets

Reports from Australia suggest some of the country’s leading letting agencies have inserted clauses into their tenancy contracts to ban renters...

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

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

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

London council steps up action to curb Airbnb-style short lets

Southwark council in south London is sending leaflets to all its leaseholders to warn them that letting out homes on any...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Fit for human habitation' amendment may be reconsidered after London fire

A proposed amendment to the government's Housing and Planning Bill which suggests landlords are required to make homes 'fit for human...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Salford Build to Rent scheme opens its doors to tenants

A Build to Rent scheme in Salford is launching this week with tenants moving in to purpose-built rental accommodation at 'The...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Has Theresa May become an ally of 'hard-pressed renters'? asks Shelter

In a blog which appears - perhaps surprisingly - to be supportive of Theresa May’s General Election manifesto, campaigning charity Shelter...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Data suggests fewer people ending tenancies because of bad conditions

Data gathered for a specialist insurance firm suggests that 14 per cent of private tenants have moved in the last five...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned: 'Ensure eviction notices are correctly served'

Agents are being warned to ensure they serve eviction notices correctly as the ‘peak eviction’ summer period arrives.  Specialist tenant referencing service...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lib Dems want rent and deposit caps as well as  agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats want a raft of additional controls on the private rented sector aimed at addressing what it describes as...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies after complex investigations

Two lettings agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme.   As we reported when the story broke yesterday afternoon, one...

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two letting agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme

Two lettings agencies have this afternoon been expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme. In one case, TPO expelled Lettings Solutions Ltd...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

The Labour Party has published its full manifesto for the upcoming General Election on June 8.  Titled 'For the many not the...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developers say they want three-year tenancies as the norm

The British Property Federation says it is doing all it can to urge the fledgling Build To Rent sector to fall...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent increases reported to be falling behind general inflation rate

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says enquiries and tenancies up but rents are falling

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Lobby your MP to help stop fees ban, ARLA tells members

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has told its agent members that they should urgently lobby their Members of Parliament to...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rogue letting agent jailed for keeping £15,000 of clients' deposits

A letting agent has been jailed for keeping more than £15,000 in client deposits. Thirugnanaselvam Damayantharan ran See Own Properties in Purley and...

04 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer-term lets aren't very popular after all, claims insurance firm

Contrary to a number of trends identified by lettings organisations and surveys of tenants, an insurance firm is claiming that longer-term...

17 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must encourage landlords to check EPC ratings

As the introduction of new energy efficiency regulations moves closer, landlords are being urged to check the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)...

07 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants are paying less and staying longer, analysis reveals

Analysis of the government’s respected English Housing Survey suggests that the reality of the private rental sector is far from the...

06 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Major letting agency warns: tax changes will push up rents

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

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants with children staying longer in rental accommodation

Tenants in private rented housing are staying longer than ever in their current homes as the proportion of tenants with children...

03 March 2017

From: Breaking News

The Great Buy To Let Debate 2017 - who said what

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

01 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Long-term renting increasingly routine, according to survey

Four in 10 people who rent a home expect still to be renting a property for up to a decade, according...

21 February 2017

From: Breaking News

'Flatmate-finder' website tempting agents with free listings

An online platform describing itself as a ‘matchmaker’ for prospective flatmates is temporarily offering letting agents free listings in a bid...

10 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies will NOT apply to Buy To Let properties

The government has stepped in to clear up misunderstandings emerging from the Housing White Paper following its high profile call for...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Shelter says government must deliver on longer tenancies

Shelter - the campaigning charity many feel has had influence on government policies for the lettings sector - has now turned around and...

09 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Here are all 29 key points in the Housing White Paper

The government has set out 29 key points in its Housing White Paper.   Introducing in the Commons this afternoon, Communities Secretery Sajid...

07 February 2017

From: Breaking News

White Paper: huge shift of government emphasis towards renting

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

06 February 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet warns that rents could start to fall in near future

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

03 February 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents' fees spread over six months, not up-front

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has repeated it call for the government to ban up-front letting agent fees at the...

01 February 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice steps up campaign for longer private tenancies

Citizens Advice says some 39 per cent of people living with their children in rented homes have a tenancy of six months...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body says councils must up their game to protect tenants

Councils have been told to up their game to protect tenants from a minority of landlords providing sub-standard accommodation.   The call, being...

04 January 2017

From: Breaking News

'How about a list of rogue tenants?' asks leading journalist

A leading personal finance journalist - and a former editor of Landlord Today - has used the columns of right wing...

03 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Over a third of landlords never use agents, biggest-ever survey says

  Over a third of landlords have never used a letting agent and manage all their properties themselves.    That is the finding of...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

London council agrees new private rental 'standards charter'

A London council has agreed to implement a new ‘standards charter’ for the private rental sector from next month - in...

15 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour MP suggests buy to let tax breaks for longer tenancies

A Labour MP has told the House of Commons that she is in favour of a tax regime that would reward...

05 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent criminal sanctions come into effect from today

New parts of the Immigration Act 2016 come into effect today, consolidating the Right To Rent regulations that came into effect...

01 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry relief at Appeal Court decision on buy to let council tax

There has been relief within the industry following an Appeal Court judgement that landlords are not responsible for paying the council...

18 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Countrywide: affordability means spare bedrooms are on the way out

Affordability pressures in the private rental sector mean that far fewer tenants are now renting properties with spare bedrooms according to...

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Tenants in control of prime London lettings market, admits agency

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

14 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 November 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

03 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks warn on tenants' poor rate of inventory sign-offs

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is concerned at the results of a survey suggesting 79 per cent of...

02 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Call to INCREASE buy to let stamp duty surcharge to four per cent

Three quarters of a million private renters are stuck in the coldest and draughtiest homes, claims the Citizens Advice organisation -...

28 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of older renters set to soar - 'but conditions must improve'

Age UK says the number of older people renting in the private sector is set to soar in the near future...

27 October 2016

From: Breaking News

More work to do to stop deposit disputes, say inventory clerks

An industry body says more work must be done to reduce the number of tenancy deposit disputes, despite recent improvements.   The Association...

21 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Shelter's non-stop attack on rental sector is plain wrong

An industry group says the seemingly non-stop attack on the private rental sector by campaigning charity Shelter is “plain wrong.”   After a...

18 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Regional rent rises and yields outstrip London, says Your Move

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

14 October 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit helps boost demand for prime central London lettings

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

10 October 2016

From: Breaking News

London rents now averaging over £1,750 per month

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

20 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Mayor and council back anti-letting agent group's new 'charter'

The newly-elected mayor of Bristol and the city’s council have endorsed a so-called ethical lettings charter created by a group known...

12 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Accidental landlords contributing to letting sector problems - report

A report by buy to let guru Kate Faulkner says accidental landlords could unwittingly be contributing to some high profile problems in...

06 September 2016

From: Breaking News

High-end agency sets up corporate tenant relocation division

The London division of Jackson-Stops & Staff has launched a new residential corporate services department for corporate tenants looking to relocate...

31 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings technology firm sets out five worst causes of deposit disputes

Cleaning is the number one cause of disputes in the private rental sector since the introduction of tenant deposit protection in...

30 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another survey shows tenants demanding Client Money Protection

Another survey, this time from an online letting agency, reveals that as many as 70 per cent of tenants are concerned...

16 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Another buy to let lender encouraging longer tenancies

Leeds Building Society has changed its mortgage criteria in a bid to encourage longer-term private rentals.    The UK’s fifth largest society will...

15 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Research smokes out worst areas for cannabis farming in rented flats

The problem of cannabis ‘farmers’ using privately rented properties to mass-produce the drug is at its worst in the West Midlands,...

11 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What’s the best way to future proof your business, in an ever changing market?

Ensuring that your business and your landlords’ interests are fully protected is now more important than ever and Rent4sure, as a...

09 August 2016

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

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

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Housing minister says he backs longer private rental tenancies

The new housing minister, Gavin Barwell, says he is behind the concept of longer tenancies for renters in the private sector.   In...

09 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry group slams Labour rent control call as disaster for tenants

Jeremy Corbyn’s plans for rent controls and “secure tenancies” in the private rented sector would spell disaster for tenants, reducing the...

08 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Group slams claim that private rental sector 'not fit for purpose'

An industry body has blasted an analysis of housing trends in England that claims the private rented sector is ‘not fit...

03 August 2016

From: Breaking News

What to consider when calculating “fair wear and tear”

For a long time, fair wear and tear has been a grey area for landlords and letting agents alike; this is...

15 July 2016

From: Sponsored Content

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

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

12 July 2016

From: Breaking News

Controversial lettings Bill in Lords may strengthen electrical checks

A controversial Bill now being considered by the House of Lords has the controversial measure of banning lettings fees - but...

16 June 2016

From: Breaking News

English and Welsh deposits typically £100 bigger than Scottish equivalent

Tenancy deposits in England and Wales are typically £100 dearer than the Scottish equivalent.  Between June 2015 and May 2016, the average...

15 June 2016

From: Breaking News

'Landlords need professional help' insist inventory clerks

Letting agents will be pleased to hear that landlords who manage all aspects of tenancies on their own are being warned...

09 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Rent rises slowing as market awaits referendum result, says HomeLet

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

08 June 2016

From: Breaking News

Landlords and agents face 'big clean up' as tenancies end

Landlords and letting agents are coming across increasingly dirty rental properties at the end of tenancies, as a study reveals that...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

‘Digital DNA’ to help agents and landlords check up on tenants

New technology could help letting agents and landlords select tenants and check up on them during tenancies. Tenant Assured uses automated social...

26 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Brexit uncertainty hitting Prime Central London lettings market

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

24 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Renters have 18-month average tenancies - but void periods can be lengthy

Tenants spend an average of 18 months in a rented property before moving on, according to new research by insurer Direct...

13 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Seven letting agencies back so-called 'ethical lettings charter'

An ‘ethical lettings charter’ set up over a year ago by a pressure group for improved private rental sector housing has...

10 May 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

05 May 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: MPs confirm relaxation of criminal sanctions threat

MPs have approved measures that relax the previous threat of ‘immediate criminality’ for agents or landlords waiting to evict illegal immigrants. Changes...

27 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Identity checks you can trust with Rent4sure’s online solution for safer tenancies

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers to the lettings industry, thousands of agents nationwide rely on Rent4sure’s expertise and experience...

20 April 2016

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

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

20 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Rents continue to rise well above inflation, survey shows

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

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agency used as cover for vast cannabis farming network

A trio of criminals have been jailed for 18 years after using the cover of a lettings agency to allow them...

13 April 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

01 April 2016

From: Breaking News

Cleaning problems lie behind 60% of tenancy deposit disputes - claim

Poor cleaning leads to some 60 per cent of the 36,000 deposit disputes referred for adjudication each year according to tenancy...

22 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant spends over £500 on agent fees

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

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Government urged to amend tenancy bill to protect rural landlords

Two organisations are appealing to Scottish Ministers to ensure that businesses have the ability to supply accommodation for workers in rural...

17 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Number of single tenants falling as families and sharers enter PRS

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

15 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Letting agent angered by Lib Dem canvassing email

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

14 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Remarkable 150-fold rise in London lettings listings on Airbnb

JLL says there has been a remarkable 150-fold rise in the number of London residential properties listed on lettings website Airbnb...

10 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Agency welcomes sentence for manager in forged tenancies case

Andrews Property Group says it welcomes the sentence imposed on one of its branch managers after a long-running court case involving...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector should prepare for longer tenancies, warn inventory clerks

Letting agents and landlords should prepare for longer-term tenancies by improving their management and giving more choice to interior design, fixtures...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry groups push rental training for landlords and tenants

An initiative between the Residential Landlords Association and the Tenancy Deposit Scheme Charitable Foundation will help charities and other organisations offer...

08 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: government relaxes 'criminalisation' of agents and landlords

Landlords or agents acting for them will no longer be immediately criminalised for failing to pick up illegal tenants according to...

04 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Almost eight out of 10 private tenants are happy with their lot

Seventy nine per cent of tenants are happy with their circumstances according to a survey conducted by the National Landlords’ Association...

02 March 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: Peer accuses government of hypocrisy over migrant checks

A Liberal Democrat peer has accused the government of being “a bit rich” in its willingness to jail letting agents or...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Most renters prefer short-term tenancies, claims letting agency poll

A survey suggests that almost 80 per cent of tenants want a lease between six months and two years, with just...

25 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Jen Paice, CEO of SafeDeposits Scotland

Who are you? Jen Paice What does it say on your business card? Chief executive of SafeDeposits Scotland What does SafeDeposits Scotland do? We are...

24 February 2016

From: 60 Second Interview

MPs want more energy info given to renters before tenancies are signed

MPs and members of the House of Lords want private sector tenants to be given clearer up-front information on the cost...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Anti-letting agent campaign wants tenants to 'rate' named agencies

The controversial campaign group ACORN, which has made headlines by protesting outside letting agency offices in Bristol, is launching a new...

24 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Carbon monoxide and smoke alarms - new pads to satisfy council checks

One of the UK’s largest suppliers of carbon monoxide and smoke alarm testing products has launched a record-pad to help agents...

23 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Private rental sector tenancies for families 'are getting longer'

Private rental sector tenancies are getting longer according to the Residential Landlords’ Association.  It says new government figures show that the average...

22 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Industry body says some 18 to 21 year olds will soon find it harder to rent

Government changes to remove housing benefit from 18 to 21 year olds from April will make it far more difficult for...

15 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: ARLA gets clarification on 'extra occupiers' and ID Guidance

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has obtained clarification from the government in relation to existing tenancies where an additional occupier...

11 February 2016

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Rental growth almost everywhere but London nears affordability ceiling

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

10 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Legal expert alarmed at agents not compliant with new tenancy regulations

A legal expert is claiming that changes to S21 eviction procedures introduced back in October are not being adhered to by...

08 February 2016

From: Breaking News

Grainger to offer tenants six-month to three-year Build To Rent leases

The new chief executive of Grainger has started setting out her company’s Build To Rent strategy. Helen Gordon has told the Sunday...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Estate owners upset over bid to limit 'tied cottage' vacant possession

A land-owners’ group is upset at the Scottish Government’s alleged “disregard” for estate- and land-owners to be able to gain vacant...

25 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

22 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 January 2016

From: Breaking News

New deadlines revealed for lettings sector energy efficiency compliance

The government has announced new dates for energy efficiency compliance in rental properties. The Residential Landlords’ Association says they are as follows: April...

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals towns and cities seeing biggest rent rises in 2015

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

12 January 2016

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 December 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Over half of tenants want six-month or one-year tenancies, survey shows

One of the biggest surveys of tenants in the private rental sector shows that a narrow majority favour a six month...

08 December 2015

From: Breaking News

Trade body says new Welsh proposals will hit vulnerable tenants

Vulnerable tenants will find it harder to access housing following the passing of the Welsh government’s Renting Homes Bill, according to...

07 December 2015

From: Breaking News

80% of renters want tenancies of one year or less, says DPS

Eight out of 10 in rental accommodation want tenancy agreements of one year or less, a large survey by The Deposit Protection...

09 November 2015

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

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

06 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Agents say new law would make it harder to control anti-social tenants

New legislation designed to reform Scotland’s private rental sector could make it harder for agents and landlords to tackle anti-social behaviour...

04 November 2015

From: Breaking News

Government updates nine prescribed assured tenancy forms

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

29 October 2015

From: Breaking News

‘Between a rock and a harder place'

Stephen Moss, CEO of based Pring.co.uk the UK’s leading property investment search engine, takes a look at the impact of ‘Corbynmania’...

28 October 2015

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New course for agents majors on letting and property management

The Chartered Institute of House is setting up a new online qualification for anyone wishing to understand tenancies, property and tenancy...

26 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency warns government against driving out rental investors and landlords

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

08 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Some city rents tumble ahead of details of proposed rent controls

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

07 October 2015

From: Breaking News

ARLA makes the case against rent controls and rent freezes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has made a detailed case against so-called 'rent stabilisation' measures advocated by some on the...

05 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector utility and media services firm set to triple in size

Tenant Shop, which currently assists around 1,000 letting agents manage utilities and media for their properties, has relocated and aims to...

01 October 2015

From: Breaking News

Private sector rent arrears show dramatic rise

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

30 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Inventory clerks offer to handle smoke and carbon monoxide alarm burden

Letting agents and landlords can use AIIC independent inventory clerks to conduct the checks on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms...

29 September 2015

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Inventory clerks offer to handle smoke and carbon monoxide alarm burden

Letting agents and landlords can use AIIC independent inventory clerks to conduct the checks on smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms...

29 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Students 'twice as likely as other private tenants to lose deposits'

Students are considered to be almost twice as likely to lose their deposit at the end of a tenancy than any...

23 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports record proportion of landlords increasing rents

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

22 September 2015

From: Breaking News

Rajeev Nayyar, Managing Director of Fixflo

Who are you? I’m the managing director of Fixflo and before starting Fixflo I worked as a property lawyer in London and...

14 September 2015

From: 60 Second Interview

Rents static or dipping in every region of the UK

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

14 September 2015

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Agents team up with fire service to launch smoke alarm initiative

A group of estate agents have teamed up with a local fire and rescue service to launch an initiative aimed at...

27 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Government U-turn on longer private sector tenancies

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

17 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Massive 11.8% rent increase in past year - claim

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

10 August 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent claims 'filthy damage' by tenants getting worse

A report claims that agents and landlords are increasingly facing filthy property damage at the end of tenancies - and the...

28 July 2015

From: Breaking News

City prepares for mandatory ban on To Let boards

Letting agents in two areas of Cardiff with large proportions of privately rented property will have to apply for consent to...

23 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rents up everywhere as new tenants flock to cities

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

17 July 2015

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Agency expelled by Ombudsman after series of failures

An agency has been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for a minimum of two years after failing to comply with...

13 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Shelter goes public in its opposition to rent controls

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

10 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Software firm reveals blizzard of red tape tying up lettings sector

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

09 July 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

07 July 2015

From: Breaking News

Rent rises will be capped at inflation level says Labour hopeful

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

06 July 2015

From: Breaking News

94% surge in prime London tenancies claims agent

There has been a 94 per cent increase in prime central London tenancies year-on-year claims Lucy Morton of W A Ellis,...

06 July 2015

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Central London average rents up - but Mayfair takes a tumble

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

30 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Third of new lets agreed before existing tenant moves out

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

29 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get Right To Buy says Labour leadership hopeful

One of four MP candidates standing for the Labour Party leadership says Right To Buy should be extended - to private...

26 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Immigration group to evaluate Right To Rent at end of month

The immigration charity the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants says it is working with a range of other bodies...

24 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 June 2015

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

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

23 June 2015

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Council setting itself up as private letting agent and landlord

Bournemouth council has set up a private sector rental company which will see it buy properties and then let them.  The decision...

23 June 2015

From: Breaking News

mydeposits and ARLA issue reminders over deposits deadline

Landlords could risk facing heavy fines if they fail to protect their tenants’ deposits before an important new deadline on June...

17 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Deposit protection deadline just one week from today

The Deposit Protection Service is reminding letting agents and landlords that they have to act with extreme urgency over older tenancy...

16 June 2015

From: Breaking News

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

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

15 June 2015

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Mortgage firm's startling attack on rip off letting agents

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

12 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Letting agents warned over new tenancy deposit deadline

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the government’s controversial Deregulation Act, which is now in force, is creating critical new...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Agent claims some students in London pay £140k in rent per year

Forget those ideas that even posh students live in digs or shared houses - prime central London agency Napier Watt has...

11 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Prime London agency hails mass influx of tenants since election

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

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy is almost three years, study finds

An industry study reports that the average tenancy length is now almost three years. Property consultancy firm Allsop’s fifth annual Rent Check...

10 June 2015

From: Breaking News

Immigration check roll-out to be announced tomorrow

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

26 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Landlords must register old tenancy deposits – now!

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

22 May 2015

From: Features

CA report: landlord body is sharply critical of charity

The National Landlords Association has accused the Citizens Advice report of using “loose definitions to compound a perception that private housing...

22 May 2015

From: Breaking News

The voters have spoken – with confidence

A little over four weeks ago I was here musing what impact the impending general election might have on the property...

15 May 2015

From: Features

Rents rise over 7.0% across whole country

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

15 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Anti-agent campaigner quits Generation Rent

Alex Hilton - a fiercely outspoken critic of the property establishment, especially letting agents - is stepping down tomorrow from his...

14 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Agency unrepentant over anti-Labour letter

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

11 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Over the next five years, let’s talk - but not to ourselves

So, a sigh of relief.  Most agents will be pleased with the election result - even if they are not Tory supporters...

08 May 2015

From: Features

Brothels, cannabis, fake tenancies and the letting agent

A former Andrews letting agent and his ex-girlfriend are reported to have pleaded guilty to forging tenancy applications for properties which...

08 May 2015

From: Breaking News

'One million landlords exit the PRS' - the headline you don’t want to read

Ian Wilson, the head of Martin & Co, recently threw his hat into the ring regarding Labour’s stated intention to cap...

06 May 2015

From: Features

New warning to letting agents over legal changes

Letting agents have received another warning from legal experts to familiarise themselves with new legislation introduced just before MPs broke up...

05 May 2015

From: Breaking News

We don't know what UKIP stands for say landlords

The National Landlords’ Association has set out a table of where the political parties stand on issues of lettings sector reform...

05 May 2015

From: Breaking News

Group urges last-gasp lobby to oppose Labour

Property industry figures opposed to Labour plans to impose three year tenancies and rent caps should lobby candidates in a bid...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Activists to award 'ethical letting agents'

A group of renters who have formed the Acorn group in Bristol - which has already held protests against letting agents...

30 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent says Labour rent reforms not enough

While much of the lettings industry protests against Labour proposals for rent controls and three year tenancies, an influential pressure group...

29 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Advantages to long tenancies, rent caps - agent

There are “advantages all round” in the certainty that three-year tenancies and even rent controls can offer, according to the head...

28 April 2015

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Critics continue to savage Labour rent policies

The Labour party’s proposals to cap rent rises with inflation and insist on three year tenancies in the private rental sector...

28 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Labour wants more controls on private rental sector

Labour’s onslaught on the private rental sector continues, with the party now setting out how it will implement its rent controls...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

Widespread criticism of Labour rental policies

There has been widespread criticism of Labour's proposals for the private rental sector. The policies will “backfire” according to the National Landlords’ Association.  "We understand...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

DPS warns agents: two months before new law

The Deposit Protection Service says agents and landlords must act soon over older tenancy deposits now that new legislation has introduced...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

'40% of landlords use rent as main income' - survey

A new survey suggests 40 per cent of landlords derive their main source of income from letting property. The study of 500...

27 April 2015

From: Breaking News

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