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Charity returns to the attack over alleged ‘revenge evictions’

The Citizens Advice consumer charity claims that 28 per cent of private tenants who have experienced problems while renting have not...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency’s ‘decade of data’ shows transformation of rental sector

Belvoir has published what it calls ‘a decade of data’ tracking the changes in the private rental sector since 2008, when...

20 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Confiscation of buy to let properties amongst new measures urged by MPs

MPs want a review of laws surrounding private rental standards, including councils having the right to confiscate buy to let properties...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry wants more policing of rental sector rather than yet more reform

Trade bodies have been responding to today’s report of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee deliberations on the private...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

TV show acts as warning to letting agents over fake tenant references

A TV show on Channel 5 this evening may well serve as a warning to letting agents about the dangers of...

19 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey bucks trend by showing buy to let investors ready to expand

A new survey appears to buck the trend of recent rental market snapshots by showing that buy to let investors are...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech start-up wants progress on counting rent towards creditworthiness

One of the six PropTech start-ups shortlisted to develop a system allowing tenants’ rental histories to count towards their creditworthiness says...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More tenant-power and rent controls demanded by key think-tank

An influential think tank is calling on government to radically reform the private rental sector because a generation of young people...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants SDLT surcharge scrapped and CGT incentives for buy to let

A leading lettings sector trade body has repeated its call on government to offer a range of incentives to landlords and...

18 April 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm that laid off 40 early this year now set to take on new staff

Goodlord, the PropTech company which restructured earlier this year and laid off a reported 40 members of staff, is fighting back...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey gives insight into tenants’ willingness to pay more rent

A new survey released this morning gives an insight into how tenants manage rental payments and their willingness - in some...

17 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Dawn raid in London reveals illegal House in Multiple Occupation

Council officers staged a dawn raid to uncover an unlicensed HMO in north London. The team discovered 10 men and women sleeping...

16 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Just Landlords’ Landlord Hero Competition – Ask Your Tenants to Nominate You!

There are plenty of helpful and reliable professionals in the letting industry, however it’s no secret that there are a lot...

13 April 2018

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Group’s new chair wants inventories at heart of ‘professional’ lettings

The new sole chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says he wants the service to be at the heart...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: where voids are at their worst (and their best)

The UK Association of Letting Agents has revealed where voids are at their worst in the rental sector - and where...

11 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposit-free private renting 'may tempt tenants from social housing'

A survey suggests that the advent of deposit-free renting in parts of the private rental sector may tempt tenants away from...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants across the UK spend over half disposable income on rent

The average UK rent outside London is now £761, with London’s average being £1,879 - meaning tenants across the country now...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Another product offering an alternative to deposits hits the market

The rapid growth in alternative non-deposit schemes for letting agents, landlords and tenants has hit the market. This one, from Blinc UK, claims...

06 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Rogue lettings agency to be featured in TV documentary this evening

A rogue lettings agency which is no longer trading is to be featured in a TV documentary this evening on Channel...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Foxtons warns on multiple challenges facing private rental sector

Foxtons is warning that the private rental sector - traditionally a strong earner for the company even in times of challenging...

05 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agents will 'exploit' default fees, claims consumer group

A consumer group says that the Tenants Fees Bill - which will eventually ban letting agents’ fees levied on renters -...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

More industry backing for government's crackdown on agents

The Property Ombudsman is the latest property industry player to throw its support behind the introduction of mandatory qualifications and a...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Tenants get £7,638 compensation from property firm over pigeons

A property company that failed to repair a pigeon-infested loft has been fined a total of £31,026, including an order to...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome mandatory qualification, new regulator and code of practice

Letting agents have responded with enthusiasm to the government’s announcement over the Easter weekend that the industry would in future have...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Deposits mean tenants 'miss out on £80m in interest' - claim

Academic research suggests tenants in England and Wales are missing out on £80m of interest to tenancy deposit schemes every single...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings management firm must pay almost £40,000 after 'record' fine

A property management company which ignored a series of housing safety regulations and flouted laws designed to protect tenants’ rights has...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Government reveals letting agents' mandatory qualification and code of conduct

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

01 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs tell government to cap rental deposits at five weeks

A Select Committee of MPs investigating the proposed ban on agents’ fees levied on tenants says the measure could save renters...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agent fined for placing tenants in his own unsafe properties

A Brighton and Hove lettings agent has been fined more than £3,000 for allowing two properties that he owned himself to...

29 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns of thousands of landlords not ready for energy changes

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is warning that “thousands” of landlords simply are not ready for energy efficiency changes coming...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council wants to introduce licensing at hefty £775 per property

A 10 week consultation period begins today on selective licensing in the central area of Blackpool - with the council threatening...

28 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Spicerhaart's 100-branch network signs up to no-deposit platform

Spicerhaart has signed up with a deposit-free renting platform to offer landlords and tenants the option of working with a no-deposit system...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for rent controls to help 'ignored' older tenants

Policy makers concerned with the private rental sector ignore the needs of older tenants who are regarded as “invisible”. That’s the claim...

27 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Property Ombudsman expels lettings agencies over payments issues

The Property Ombudsman has released details of two letting agencies expelled over financial issues, and the extension of an expulsion period...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 16% of tenants say they positively choose to rent

New research reveals that only 16 per cent of private tenants positively choose to rent. The study, commissioned by specialist insurance firm...

26 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental deposit cap will be a 'charter for cheats' warns trade body

Proposals to cap security deposits for private rented housing to six weeks rent risk creating a charter for rent cheats warns...

23 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Newspaper claims agency lures tenants with homes that are unavailable

The Observer newspaper has published a story alleging that a London lettings agency “pressured” prospective tenants into accepting accommodation without viewing...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Another £1.4m of public funding for PropTech 'help tenants buy' projects

The government says that later this year it will allocate a further £1.4m to PropTech firms looking at how tenants’ rent...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council hits buy to let investors with fines in licensing clampdown

Two landlords have been hit with hefty court fines for failing to comply with a local licensing scheme. The pair are the...

21 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency research lifts the lid on tenants' finances and demographics

The average rental household in London has 2.1 rent-paying tenants, each paying £775 per month, equating to an average property rent...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Average London tenant now requires £3,000 deposit, claims agent

A warning has come from a campaigning letting agent that London’s landlords agents could be costing themselves tenants by requiring them...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme has on-site host, parking and co-working space

A new Build To Rent scheme being launched shortly in Greenwich offers tenants an on-site concierge-style ‘host’, a lounger, co-working space...

20 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Client Money Protection ‘could come in next month’

One of the client money protection schemes operating in the lettings sector says he believes agents and property managers could be...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body renews call for agents to back mandatory rental inventories

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks has renewed its call for letting agents and other property professionals to back an online...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New minimum space and waste storage rules revealed by government

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

16 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Just 4% of tenants and landlords up to speed on MEES - claim

A new survey suggests that only four per cent of tenants and landlords are aware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency...

15 March 2018

From: Breaking News

The search is on to find the Landlord Of The Year

A quest has started to find the UK’s best landlord who goes the extra mile to ensure tenants receive the ultimate...

13 March 2018

From: Breaking News

More politicians back controversial site that reviews letting agents

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

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

easyProperty launches two new lettings option priced up to £499

Online agency easyProperty has announced the launch of two new lettings options.  One, called easyLet, is broadly a listings service: for £99...

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals 70 councils now have selective or additional licensing

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

09 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Council endorses lettings review website ‘to improve rental stock’

Oxford’s Labour council has given its support to a lettings review website because it claims it will help drive up the...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

MEES just the start of government plans for rental sector - claim

With only three weeks to go to the introduction of the first phase of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, a specialist mortgage...

08 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Courses aim to update letting agents on housing law changes

Three one-day courses are being held this year - the first next week - aimed at updating letting agents on changes...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency reports another drop in prime central London rents

Knight Frank says prime central London rents have fallen on a quarterly basis for the 28th consecutive month - a record. The...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New rental ratings and reviews platform tries to cut out lettings agents

A new online platform says it allows renters and landlords to review each other and give Trustpilot-style ratings - but it...

06 March 2018

From: Breaking News

5 reasons landlords love PayProp

Your buy-to-let investment is an extremely valuable asset and you need to know the income generated from it will be safely...

05 March 2018

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Court case shows agents must be scrupulous in issuing paperwork to tenants

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members - and all letting agents - of the need to be...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents in prime central London have now been falling for two full years

Average rental values in prime central London fell 2.1 per cent in the year to February according to Knight Frank -...

05 March 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA's advice over next month's MEES changes: act - and quickly

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is reminding its members to tell landlord clients that they have only a month to...

02 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Alarm bells ring as ARLA warns of London rental supply slump

The number of properties available to rent in London is now 46 per cent below the national average according to ARLA...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents' fees ban looks set to be implemented soon in Wales

The Welsh Government’s housing minister has tweeted that the results of a formal consultation process on a ban on agents’ fees...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New law urging longer tenancies and rent controls leads to rent rises - claim

Well over twice as many Scottish tenants have seen their rents rise at the start of the year compared to those...

01 March 2018

From: Breaking News

New tool allows agents to check property EPCs ahead of MEES change

An ‘instant EPC ratings check’ has been created on the website of Mortgages for Business allowing agents to check the ratings...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency rebrands to win back support from student tenants

Brighton’s largest lettings agency MTM Property has rebranded under the new name Coapt. The rebranding involved a year of workshops, client and...

28 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents who say 'No DSS tenants' may be acting unlawfully

Letting agents who act on landlords’ instructions to refuse tenants claiming benefits may be breaking the law. A legal case recently found...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Latest Build To Rent scheme has five year tenancies aimed at families

Grainger plc, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, has launched a scheme of 29 two, three and four bedroom houses aimed...

27 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech: £2m raised by site marketing only homes-with-tenants

A new website specifically dedicated to marketing rented property with tenants in place has raised over £2m investment in the past...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Sub-letting scandal as three head tenants rent out house to 35 men

Three head tenants who sub-let a three bedroom house to 35 men have been hit with over £23,000 in fines. Gheorghe-Valentin Lingurar...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Only 17 per cent of tenants get mandatory How To Rent booklet - claim

A specialist insurance firm claims that only 17 per cent of tenants receive the latest version of the mandatory How To...

26 February 2018

From: Breaking News

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

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

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise gently - but tenants may be persuaded to pay more, says LSL

The latest figures from LSL Property Services suggest that rents have increased across the UK by an average 2.5 per cent in the...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA issues stark warning - Renters are in for a rough ride in 2018

ARLA Propertymark has issued a downbeat report on the lettings sector’s start to 2018.  Its report on the market's performance in January says...

23 February 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech boss calls for introduction of ‘rogue tenants’ database

The head of a major PropTech company serving the lettings sector says he want to see the introduction of a database...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour MPs protest over ‘damage’ done by spread of Airbnb-style short lets

Senior Labour MPs have spoken out about what they believe are the anti-social and detrimental effects of short lets on surrounding...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Panorama: trade body says most landlords do not abuse eviction powers

Trade bodies have started to react to last evening’s Panorama programme claiming alleged abuse of the Section 21 eviction system in...

22 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Tonight's BBC Panorama to investigate controversial Section 21 evictions

Tonight's edition of BBC Panorama will investigate the Section 21 evictions process, also known as 'no-fault evictions'. The show - 'Evicted for...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Startup which takes renters to viewings in a cab raises £3 million

An ambitious PropTech startup has raised £2.8 million to fund its bid to 'reinvent the London renting experience'. Homie, a search platform...

21 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for affordable rental homes to help families trapped in 'insecure' PRS

A housing charity has called for the government to build more affordable social homes for rent to help families 'trapped' in...

20 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector at forefront of government redress proposals

The lettings sector is at the forefront of government proposals for a new redress system for customers of agents and others.  In...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trading Standards to give evidence to MPs over Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

The sittings of the select committee looking into government proposals to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants resume this week...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Second fine in two months for poor standard rental accommodation

A rogue landlord has been fined twice in the space of two months for failing to provide a suitable standard of...

19 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agent stole over £350,000 of deposits to fund lavish lifestyle

The director of a lettings agency who who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds to spend on holidays and other luxuries...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge rise in thefts of tenants' cash, says campaigning letting agent

Crooked landlords and letting agents were convicted of stealing £1,162,037 of tenant’s cash in 2017 – a rise of 14 per...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

42 per cent of tenants unhappy with agents' fees despite imminent ban

A new survey claims that 42 per cent of private sector tenants are unhappy with paying letting agents’ fees, despite the...

16 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

We’re grateful to The Property Group, an agency in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, for alerting us to an incident involving its Mayfair Town...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proved - rent controls linked to inflation would cost tenants more

The Residential Landlords Association says Labour’s proposals to link rent increases to inflation would leave tenants worse off according to official...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs one of UK's largest selective licensing schemes outside London

The government has given the go ahead to what will be one of the UK’s largest selective licensing scheme outside of...

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour must clarify tenants-with-pets policy, says trade body

A trade body says it wants more clarity from the Labour Party on its proposals to allow private sector tenants to...

14 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Student-focussed lettings agency says business helped by SMS marketing

A Birmingham-based student lettings agency says it has seen improved response rates from student tenants and viewers thanks to the use...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Council marks 125 prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letters

A London council is marking 125 successful prosecutions against agents, landlords and sub-letting tenants since 2016. The authority, Brent, says the convictions...

13 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Crooked letting agent must repay thousands from his own pension

A crooked lettings agent has been ordered to repay thousands of pounds from his pension. As previously reported on Letting Agent Today...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Don’t force longer tenancies on rental sector, government told

Trade bodies including ARLA, RICS, NALS and landlord organisations have met with the government to send a clear message - think...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Older prime London properties ‘harder to let’ warns agency

High end agency Strutt & Parker is warning that older properties in prime central London are getting harder to let, with...

12 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Compulsory independent inventory petition to MPs nears 1,000 signature mark

An online petition urging MPs to make it compulsory for privately let properties to be subject to independent inventory reporting is...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rental market analysis: what is the outlook for 2018?

A range of factors - including fierce competition under the supplied housing market, rising property prices and political uncertainty – have...

08 February 2018

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

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

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents set to rise as lettings stock not keeping pace with demand - RICS

Tenant demand edged up in the three months to January, according to RICS, but landlord instructions have fallen back - suggesting...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive fines and costs for property firm and landlord over HMO breaches

A council says it hopes a massive set of fines and costs imposed on one buy to let investor and his...

07 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents' code of conduct could happen in England, says PropTech chief

The man behind a leading lettings industry PropTech company says the new Code of Conduct to clean up the rental sector...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

High London rents driving tenants into sharing, claims online operator

High London rents - with the average now running at £1,280 - are driving tenants into sharing according to an online...

05 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Proceeds of Crime Act used for first time to punish lettings licensing breach

A London council has been the first in the country to use the Proceeds of Crime Act for a breach in...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body backs attempts to overturn Right To Rent migrant checks

The Residential Landlords Association has reiterated its opposition to Right To Rent, and is backing two legal challenges to the measure. Letting...

02 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Two legal challenges being mounted against Right To Rent policy

It’s been revealed this morning that there are two legal challenges being mounted against the Right To Rent policy, which obliges...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Fewer up-front costs could kick-start market, says tenant referencing firm

The trend towards reducing or eliminating deposits at the same time as edging towards a ban on letting agents’ fees on...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade group releases details of anti-fees ban evidence put to MPs

The Residential Landlords’ Association has released details of the evidence it put to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee which...

01 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent accused of fraud, false accounting and theft amounting to £450,000

The former director of a lettings agency in Plymouth is to appear in court in March facing charges of fraud, false...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

It's today - Letting Agent Code of Practice introduced in Scotland

The code sets out the standards to be met by anyone engaged in lettings including specific requirements around how clients’ money...

31 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Countrywide lettings agency to trial no-deposit rentals in four offices

Countrywide’s Hamptons International is to work with a PropTech firm to try out a no-deposit lettings scheme in four of its offices. Hamptons’...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rent-free tenants and two landlords fined over property management

Two landlords and two tenants were fined a total of over £11,000 after losing their appeal against housing convictions concerning property...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New branch promotes no-deposit service as '21st century letting'

A new branch of the Move Revolution agency has opened in Weston-super-Mare, heavily promoting the concept of no-deposit renting.  The branch is...

30 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Criminal letting agent spared jail after stealing over £7,600 from tenants

A letting agent has been spared jail despite stealing over £7,600 from tenants to subsidise his failing business.  Simon Cawley, from Kingsbridge...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to hear evidence on fees ban from ARLA, NALS and others today

The select committee monitoring the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government will continue its deliberations today on the government’s ban...

29 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents have more stock on their books than any time since early 2015

The average number of properties managed by letting agents rose from 192 in November to 200 in December – the highest...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans is latest agency to back banning orders on rogue agents

Romans has thrown its weight behind the banning orders being introduced in April which could see rogue letting agents and landlords...

26 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Alexa! Tell me about this agency's service for landlords and tenants

Vesper Homes, a high-end London property management firm, has developed an Alexa Skill which will mean landlords and tenants can receive...

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Leading PropTech entrepreneur backs stricter HMO regulations

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

25 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents will rise this year - and it's the fault of government, insists Belvoir

The head of franchise giant Belvoir says government interference in the rental sector is likely to result in a rise in...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Donation made to Auschwitz Memorial after accidental use of image

A representative of the Landlords’ Union has posted an apology on the Property118 website for accidentally using a photograph of the...

23 January 2018

From: Breaking News

'We will work with Labour to reform lettings' says trade body

The chairman of the Residential Landlords Association has written in the Labour-supporting New Statesman magazine about the need for the lettings...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

How To Rent guide updated - it's vital that agents use new version

The How To Rent guide - the document which has to be given to new tenants by letting agents or landlords...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agents join growing army of supporters for tenants' right to sue

The Association of Residential Letting Agents is the latest industry body to throw its weight behind the Private Members’ Bill that...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings reformer and co-founder of ARLA remembered, 10 years on

The agency Leaders has been marking the 10th anniversary of the death of its founder Neville Lee, who was a key...

22 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Former LSL boss backs AI PropTech property management system

The former executive director of LSL Property Services, David Newnes, is one of the key backers of a new property management...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major agency says pro-tenant legislation must go much further

Lettings agency Haart says the government should go much further than the legislation it is supporting giving tenants the right to...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Massive £29,000 fine after tenants' lives put at risk in BTL property

A fine of over £29,000 has been imposed on an absentee landlord whose property was said to have put tenants’ lives...

19 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Industry support for Human Habitation Bill continues to pile in

There have been more expressions of support from industry bodies for the Private Members’ Bill from Labour’s Karen Buck MP which...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online firm is latest to link rent payments with credit score company

NoAgent, an online service charging landlords a fee to manage their properties, is the latest to offer a link between tenants’...

18 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent launches petition to oppose credit/debit card surcharge ban

An agency operating in London and Essex has launched an online petition to oppose the ban on credit and debit card...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

New PropTech platform links rental payments to credit scores

A new PropTech platform has launched today linking tenants’ rental payments with their Experian credit histories, as well as providing reports...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents remove ads after complaints filed to advertising watchdog

Two letting agencies have removed advertisements after complaints were filed to the Advertising Standards Authority. The first case involved LSL Property Services...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Official figures show rents rising at slowest rate for six years

Private rental prices paid by tenants in Great Britain rose by 1.2 per cent in the 12 months to December according...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs Bill allowing tenants to sue landlords over property conditions

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind a Private Members Bill which wants tenants to have the...

17 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - credit card surcharge ban DOES apply to letting agencies

The Treasury has confirmed to Letting Agent Today that the ban on credit card surcharges which came into effect in recent...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government-backed Bill allowing tenants to sue will be debated on Friday

The Private Members’ Bill that has won government backing - and which would give tenants the right to sue landlords over...

16 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Foxtons asked to prove it’s competent to manage rental properties

Letting Agent Today understands that Foxtons has been asked to appear at a hearing staged by a London council to prove...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government backs move to allow tenants to sue over 'unfit properties'

The government has taken the unusual step of working with a Labour MP to ensure her Private Members Bill can become...

15 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government to allow tenants to sue over poor property conditions

In an unusual move the government has today, Sunday, announced that it wants tenants to have the right to take legal...

14 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent says share, share, share his petition to reverse fees ban

An Essex lettings agent has explained why he has set up an online petition calling for a reversal of the government’s...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body says 20% of landlords set to reduce portfolios in 2018

The National Landlords Association says 20 per cent of its members plan to reduce the size of their portfolios in the...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban 2019 deadline shouldn't lull industry into complacency - agent

This week’s news that the government will not be implementing the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants in England until...

12 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government explains why lettings fee ban is still 15 months away

The government has explained why the ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants will not be implemented until spring 2019 -...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rightmove says pace of annual rent rises now lowest since 2014

The average asking rent across the UK - excluding London - rose by just 0.7 per cent in 2017 according to...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Romans gives insight into its campaign against sub-letting

Romans’ lettings managing director Michael Cook has given details of his agency’s approach to identifying and responding to sub-letting. Cook says: “We...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of young renters fear they will never own a home

New research claims that as many as 78 per cent of young adults aged 18 to 30 fear they will never...

11 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'not implemented until spring 2019 at least' - NALS

The government has told NALS that implementation of the ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants will not take place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agencies expelled from Ombudsman scheme for non-payment of rents

The Property Ombudsman scheme has today announced three expulsions of agencies as a result of non-payment of rent or awards. Firstly, a...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency tells MPs to go for fees cap but not outright ban

A lettings agency has written to MPs setting out an eloquent case for a cap on agents’ fees levied on tenants...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let expert urges tenants to research agents and properties

Buy to let expert Kate Faulkner says tenants should undertake more research on agents, landlords and properties before choosing a place...

10 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Major buy to let lender extends tenancies policy to 36 months

One of the lettings sector’s biggest lenders, Santander, is allowing its buy to let landlord borrowers to offer assured shorthold tenancies...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA Propertymark reduces compliance cost with accountancy deal

ARLA and NAEA Propertymark have introduced a raft of deals in a bid to save agents money.  Membership subscription fees will remain...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

MPs to debate impact of Universal Credit on private rental sector

MPs today discuss the impact of Universal Credit on the private rented sector, in a debate prompted by the Liberal Democrat’s...

09 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Shelter to tell MPs its view of the Draft Tenants' Fees Bill

Today sees the return of MPs to Parliament following the Christmas break, and one early task is to hear oral evidence...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes U-turn on Universal Credit 'direct payments'

There has been a warm welcome for government changes to Universal Credit by the Residential Landlords Association.  The Department for Work and...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Online agency links with finance advisers to help buy to let investors

Online letting agency Upad is linking with high profile independent finance service John Charcol in a bid to make it easier...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Rents rise a tiny 0.56 per cent in 12 months, says buy to let lender

UK rents grew by a tiny 0.56 per cent in 2017 according to specialist lender Landbay. However, in a special exercise, the...

08 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs to hear evidence into proposals next week

The Communities and Local Government committee of MPs will on Monday hear their first oral evidence of the year for the...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Council to launch 'ethical' lettings agency next month

A local authority is setting up a not-for-profit ‘ethical’ lettings agency and is aiming to woo landlords with a promise of...

05 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Letting agency told to 'educate student tenants to keep bins tidy'

A former councillor says letting agents should be responsible for ensuring student tenants know how to organise their bins in a...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm joins call for rent payments to count in credit scores

Automated rental payment provider PayProp has joined the call for private rent payments to be counted towards tenants’ credit scores in...

04 January 2018

From: Breaking News

ARLA set to launch next phase of Propertymark Protected TV ads

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and its sister organisation the National Association of Estate Agents has launched the second phase of...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency sets up new 'rentals portal' as latest Proptech development

Harrison Murray, the lettings division of the Nottingham Building Society, has launched a portal for landlords and tenants. The agency says it...

03 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Government lettings reforms: no response yet from ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and other trade bodies have not yet responded to the government’s announcement over the holiday...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Labour pledges to reduce powers of eviction if it forms a government

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has used a holiday season interview to repeat his pledge to swing powers back towards private tenants...

02 January 2018

From: Breaking News

Survey throws kinder light on how landlords regard their tenants

A survey from a specialist rental insurance firm suggests that contrary to popular belief, landlords care more than a little about...

From: Breaking News

Crooked agents helped to steal £1m from tenants in 2017 - claim

Crooked letting agents and landlords have raided close to £1m from tenancy deposit accounts in 2017, new figures show. Campaigning agent Ajay Jagota,...

29 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting Fees: Ban will not cut cost of renting, insists trade body

Government proposals to ban letting agent fees levied on tenants next year are unlikely to make renting cheaper as new research...

28 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Merry Christmas from LAT - and here's a card to remember...

So here it is … a very Merry Christmas from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media, with our very best wishes...

22 December 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reveals top 10 lettings searches - and the south wins...

Rightmove has revealed the locations where prospective tenants have searched for properties on its portal in 2017 - and the winning...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive fines after appalling conditions found at converted property

The local authority at Brent in north London has secured what it calls “an important court victory” after “appalling conditions” were...

21 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: Independent agents group won’t campaign against fees ban

Independent agents’ group CIELA is to launch after all, but now says it won’t be campaigning against the imminent ban on...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

First London boroughs roll out ‘rogue agents database’

The first London boroughs are now rolling out the Greater London Authority’s ‘Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker’ - allowing tenants to...

20 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says London rental market may now be in recovery mode

Foxtons insists the London rental market may now be in recovery mode with 9.2 prospective tenants per property registered in the third...

19 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Halt Right To Rent' says trade body demanding investigation

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies wants the government to halt the Right To Rent programme after evidence shows some...

18 December 2017

From: Breaking News

70 per cent of landlords wouldn't let to student tenants - survey

Research by a student lettings software company suggests that 70 per cent of landlords say they would prefer not to let...

15 December 2017

From: Breaking News

PM restates government opposition to rent controls

Prime minister Theresa May has repeated that the current government will not introduce rent controls in the private sector. The issue of...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny but symbolic fall in rents recorded late this year, says lender

Rents across the UK began to shrink for the first time in over half a decade toward the end of 2017,...

14 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Property firm boss guilty over HMO safety: sentencing next week

The director of a property management firm has been found guilty of nine offences of breaching regulations relating to a house...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

£3,300 fine for owner failing to keep HMO safe for tenants

The landlord of an HMO has been fined £3,300 for failures to meet his obligations, particularly regarding fire safety. At Northampton magistrates...

13 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Seismic changes for lettings industry in 2018, predicts ARLA chief

Some 70 per cent of letting agents expect taxes on the rental sector to rise further next year according to research...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Final 2017 rental figures for Prime Central London show recovery

The rental market in Prime Central London has shown signs of recovery at the end of 2017, according to a new...

12 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor's bill of £33,000 after found guilty of 15 offences

A buy to let investor who a judge said “cut corners” and exposed his tenants to “significant risk” has been ordered...

08 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent Recognition Challenge - government launches tech competition

The government is offering £2m to budding PropTech and financial technology entrepreneurs who can develop an application that will enable Britain’s 11...

07 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Watchdog acts after eviction firm suggests tenants are 'household pests'

An eviction company called Remove A Tenant has been the subject of a complaint after a Facebook post which implied tenants...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban confirmed by Welsh government with more details in 2018

The Welsh Government has confirmed that the country will ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants - the same ban still...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body welcomes Universal Credit changes but warns 'more needed'

Changes to Universal Credit have made it easier for claimants to rent homes but the government needs to do more to...

06 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency consolidation increasing as fees ban looms, warns ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it is seeing a consolidation of agencies ahead of the ban on agents’ fees...

05 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons fined £35,000 for failing to prove house was safe for letting

Foxtons has been fined £35,000 for failing to prove to a local council that a house it was letting was safe...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leasehold: Conveyancers want unfair fees and dodgy services ended

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

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Leading agency welcomes tenancy overhaul in Scotland

One of Scotland’s leading lettings and estate agencies, Galbraith, has given the thumbs up to a new tenancy process introduced north...

04 December 2017

From: Breaking News

'Many tenants put off by misleading ads or poor viewings' - claim

A claim has been made that as many as 80 per cent of prospective tenants have been put off renting a...

01 December 2017

From: Breaking News

Council claims Airbnb takes hundreds of homes off long-term market

A senior housing official at Bristol city council says the increasing popularity of Airbnb has had the effect of taking “hundreds”...

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Final day of consultation on letting and management agent proposals

You have only until 11.45pm tonight to have your say on government proposals to clamp down on letting and managing agents...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings firm owner jailed for failing to repay 'illegal' rent

The owner of a property firm who reportedly misled tenants and let an illegally converted property has been jailed for 155...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent is 60 per cent or more of tenants' income in 12 UK areas

Research by independent fact-checking organisation Full Fact has revealed that there are 12 local authority areas in the UK where a...

29 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent4sure launches By Your Side

In a time of unprecedented change for the lettings sector, you need a supplier who will safeguard your business and give...

28 November 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Council may ban agents letting to students in part of city

A council is seeking to prevent letting agents and landlords from letting homes to students in an area of a city...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Number of properties on agents' books hits 12-month low - ARLA

The number of properties that agents managed per branch fell to a 12-month low in October according to new figures released...

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Mandatory adding of rent payments to credit scores is now a step closer

The House of Lords has given the Creditworthiness Assessment Bill its second reading and a step forward to ensuring that tenants’...

27 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More and more tenants expect to move in one month or much less

Tenants are expecting to find and move in to new rental accommodation in ever-shorter periods of time.  Data from property website TheHouseShop.com...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Universal Credit change welcomed by lettings sector groups

A change to the operation of Universal Credit has been welcomed by a trade body which has described it as good...

24 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

New parliamentary bid to have rent records added to credit ratings

Lord John Bird, the founder of Big Issue, is tomorrow launching his own Bill in the House of Lords in a...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group snaps up another independent agency

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired an independent lettings agency in Bath, taking it into the south western region for the...

23 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Councils insist there's no conflict of interest after press revelations

Research by The Guardian newspaper reveals that massive numbers of local authority councillors are also buy to let investors - and...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London agency slapped on wrist for wrongly-targeted flyer

A complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority says a flyer from an estate agency suggesting that a property was to let...

22 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: MPs will soon start scrutiny of government proposals

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee says it is to begin “pre-legislative scrutiny” of proposals to ban tenant fees imposed...

20 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent outraged at government “kick in the teeth” over fees

A Birmingham agent has branded the government’s draft Tenant Fees Bill - which proposes a ban on letting agents’ fees on tenants...

17 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

Developer offers ‘free management’ on selected new-builds

Barratt Homes’ London division is offering what it describes as ‘free property management’ on new-builds purchased at selected schemes and then...

16 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings portal offering reference service bags £350,000 new investment

A portal which allows renters to review their lettings experiences and which encourages agents to buy and download tenants' references has...

15 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Council sets up lettings agency - and pays landlords £1,200 to join

A Welsh local authority is offering a cash payment of up to £1,200 to landlords who join a quasi-letting agency run...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive rise in pensioners who rent privately, warns pressure group

The pressure group Generation Rent - often identified with highlighting issues concerning young tenants - is now warning of a massive...

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

14 November 2017

From: Breaking News

More Prime Central London woe - rents are still falling

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

10 November 2017

From: Breaking News

New rental sector consultation - smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Yet another formal government consultation is under way, this time into smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the private rental sector...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings management platform secures over $1m new investment

No Agent, a platform for landlords which says circumnavigates the need for letting agents, has announced $1.1m in investment - around...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA explains why tenants don't always get deposits returned

ARLA has set out the main reasons why tenants don't get their deposits back in every case.   A survey of its members...

09 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Technology is the key to growing business, letting agents told

A prominent PropTech company chief has repeated his claim that old-fashioned methods of business administration could be prohibiting letting agents from...

08 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Newspaper-backed online site aims to bypass lettings agencies

A new online service backed by newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror says it wants to enable tenants to bypass lettings agents. HomeRenter offers what...

07 November 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants agents to lobby MPs in campaign against fees ban

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has taken the unusual step of making a fact sheet available to all agents, not...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Deposit cap: Mayor repeats claim that government bottled it

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has repeated his criticism of the government’s decision to cap security deposits at the level of...

06 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: anti-deposit campaigner unconvinced by criminal sanctions

Campaigning lettings agency chief Ajay Jagota says he is unconvinced by government plans to make it a criminal offence for letting...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

London Bishops call for greater protection for private sector tenants

London Bishops have written to housing minister Alok Sharma calling on him to do more to protect vulnerable private tenants. The Bishops...

03 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban: 50 per cent of those responding to consultation were tenants

The controversial consultation period undertaken by the government in support of its proposed ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants...

02 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to sign petition demanding mandatory inventories

Letting agents and landlords are being urged by a trade body to sign a petition calling on the government to make...

02 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

Letting Agents' Fees Ban: draft Bill published today

The draft Bill to ban letting agents’ fees levied on tenants has been published - it’s to be called the Tenants’...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

'Prepare for retaliatory eviction disputes' urges legal expert

A leading legal expert specialising in the private rental market says the sector should set up basic procedures to protect against...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Family-run agency threatened by fees ban turns to PropTech

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

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency spills the beans on the most common deposit disputes

A study by the Romans lettings agency group has highlighted common issues cited by agents and landlords deducting funds from a...

01 November 2017

From: Breaking News

Lawyers and MP draft Bill to give more repair powers to tenants

The Law Society Gazette has given more details of a Parliamentary Bill in preparation to give more powers to tenants to...

31 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Controversial review site claims to be able to identify 'bad agents'

A controversial review website which says it can be used to identify “good (and bad) letting agents” claims that its aim...

30 October 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

Online agency boss backs insurance-based alternatives to deposits

Online lettings agency Upad says landlords are concerned that insurance-based alternatives to traditional deposit schemes may not cover them for repairs...

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Another call on government for leaseholders to get fair treatment

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

27 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs take up call to bring the homeless into private renting

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

26 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent: independent 'inspection' of scheme announced

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has started what is described as an official inspection of Right To Rent. Legislation...

25 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator moves to no-fees model for London scheme

Build To Rent developer Be says it is moving to a no-fees model for its development at Hayes in west London....

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency urges more maintenance to avoid tenants' winter gripes

An online agency is urging landlords to try to avoid unnecessary voids or tenant gripes by preparing their investment properties for...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Ethical crowdfunding' site to invest only in debt-free buy to lets

A crowdfunding site describing itself as an ‘ethical investment platform’ is the first international crowdfunder to enable investment in debt-free buy...

24 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Show Off your Staged Properties for the Chance to Win

The lettings market typically heats up in autumn, with landlords and tenants back off their holidays and ready to start the...

23 October 2017

From: Sponsored Content

MPs today debate whether rent should contribute to credit scores

MPs are today going to debate whether rent payments should be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to...

23 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Just 20% of private rental units accept Universal Credit tenants

Only two out of every 10 private rental sector landlords say they are willing to let to tenants in receipt of...

20 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes government call for greater lettings regulation

Industry figures have broadly welcomed the latest consultations and proposed additional regulation for the lettings sector, announced by the government yesterday.   The...

19 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Cabinet minister urges UK-wide action against lettings agents' fees

The Secretary of State for Wales has called on the Welsh Government to take measures against what he calls “unjust fees...

19 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

Lettings agencies to be awarded 'star ratings' in new review process

Newham council in London has published the UK’s first ever ratings scheme for letting agents, in which firms receive anything from...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

No surprise: 88% of tenants say cost is key in deciding where to rent

A survey suggests no fewer than 88 per cent of tenants regard cost as the most important deciding factor when choosing...

18 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Country agency that opened surprise London office names lettings chief

Humberts, the country agency which raised eyebrows earlier this year by announcing it was to open an office in prime central...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

'Deposit Passports' won't change key rental problems, warns agent

A campaigning lettings agent says proposals to allow renters to transfer tenancy deposits between properties are to be welcomed – but...

17 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Gambling addict lettings agent who stole thousands is jailed

A lettings agent who stole thousands of pounds collected from tenants has been jailed for 20 months. Kent Online reports that gambling...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency probed by Trading Standards after complaints by tenants

A London letting agency with connections to Westminster council is now being investigated by the same council’s trading standards department. CityWest Homes...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Countrywide reports record exodus of private tenants from London

Countrywide says a record 64,672 tenants left London over the last 12 months with an unusually-high proportion going on to rent elsewhere. Some...

16 October 2017

From: Breaking News

MPs launch new probe into private rental sector regulation

The powerful and all-party Communities & Local Government Select Committee of MPs has launched a new enquiry into improving the quality...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Call for carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all properties to let

Almost a third of renters in the UK do not have a life-saving carbon monoxide alarm in their property, with four...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Welsh private rental sector may contract next year, warns trade body

The private rental sector in Wales is at risk of contracting next year, warns the Residential Landlords’ Association.   RLA Wales policy officer...

13 October 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA's 10-point guide for renters - with the emphasis on agents

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has issued a 10 point guide for tenants - with the emphasis very much on...

13 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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RICS says lettings market looks subdued in the near-term

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

12 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on rogue agents and landlords welcomed by PropTech firm

PropTech firm PayProp has welcomed the latest measures to clamp down on rogue elements within the lettings industry - but warns...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm teclet is latest category partner for The ESTAS 2018

PropTech firm teclet has been announced as a main category partner for the 15th annual ESTAS Estate and Letting Agent Awards...

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Revealed - key ways renters break their tenancy agreements

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

09 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 90% of tenants not currently looking to buy, says agency

A tenant survey conducted by an online letting agent suggests that almost nine out of 10 tenants are not currently looking...

06 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents must communicate better with landlords and tenants says BTL expert

A leading buy to let expert is calling on agents to work more closely with landlords and tenants to improve communications...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Council forces planning consent for HMO buy to let conversions

Greenwich is the latest council to make it compulsory for planning consent to be given before converting homes into Houses in...

05 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Under-35s pay approaching half the UK's total rent bill, says Savills

The increasing number of renters and low interest rates for existing home owners mean that the total rent bill is now...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

One in 20 lettings properties would fail new energy standard - claim

One in 20 lettings properties breach minimum standards set to come into force next April, according to a survey for an insurance...

04 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry broadly welcomes new regulation but 'devil is in the detail'

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has welcomed the government commitment to introduce regulation for agencies - but it is warning...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings company fined £200,000 over dangerous properties

A property company and a landlord have been fined over £200,000 after being accused of putting tenants’ lives in danger by...

03 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Here we go again: Tories unveil slew of new controls for private rental sector

The Conservatives have used their annual conference in Manchester to unveil a raft of new controls and regulations applying to the...

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 October 2017

From: Breaking News

Massive £340,000 bill after illegal conversion of houses into bedsits

A buy to let investor reported to be receiving rental income of £150,000 a year must pay over £340,000 after illegally...

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

Another consumer group urges ban on agents' fees on tenants

Pressure from the consumer lobby is building for the introduction of a ban on letting agents’ fees levied on tenants -...

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

Fine for BTL investor after unlicensed HMO was let to disabled

A landlord has been fined a total of £7,298 for operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation in Oxford that was...

28 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Corbyn commits Labour to introducing rent controls

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

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Exclusive: new bid by lettings chiefs to create industry-wide regulation

Letting Agent Today understands that senior industry figures are working on the framework of a new attempt at regulation, including measures...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents told they can minimise impact of fees ban - if they act now

Letting agents are being warned that they can minimise the impact of the fees ban levied on tenants by being proactive...

27 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Almost 40% of tenants in blocks have seen fire doors left open

A survey of 1,000 tenants in blocks of flats conducted on behalf of London Fire Brigade reveals that almost 40 per...

26 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Pensioners should 'think twice' before committing to property investment

A leading figure in the buy to let broker industry has called for would-be ‘pension pot’ landlords to seek advice before...

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Private tenants to have their rents returned after council intervenes

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

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 September 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA wants government action on gas and carbon monoxide

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has thrown its weight behind Gas Safety Week, which runs until tomorrow.  “As Gas Safety Week...

22 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Another London council tightening licensing for private rental sector

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

21 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body urges government rethink on security deposit cap

Housing minister Alok Sharma has been told face to face that he should rethink the government's plans to cap security deposits...

20 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to free legal seminars on tenant eviction

A series of free legal events for letting agents and landlords is to launch this month with an advisory session on...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents reminded to create professional inventories for student tenants

Letting agents are being reminded of the importance of independent and professionally compiled inventories for individual students as they start or...

19 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 September 2017

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Here's how much it costs to run one lettings property per year

New figures assembled by the Nationwide reveal precisely how much, on average, it costs to operate a privately rented property.    The numbers...

18 September 2017

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Fees Ban confirmed - and you can calculate how much it'll cost you

Housing minister Alok Sharma has once again confirmed that the ban on lettings’ agents fees levied on tenants in England will...

15 September 2017

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Foxtons: council wins appeal against 'administrative fees' term

A London council has won its appeal against Foxtons using the term “administration fees” in its lettings charges.    Back in 2015 Camden...

15 September 2017

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How Agents Can Recoup Losses from the Ban on Letting Agent Fees

According to recent government figures, the average letting agent’s fee is £223 and 4.3 million householders pay this amount or thereabouts...

14 September 2017

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Council demands info on tenants for every week of the year

The local authority in Islington, north London, is attempting to close what it calls a loophole concerning private rental property and...

14 September 2017

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Agents fail to conduct robust financial checks on tenants - claim

Letting agents have been accused of failing to carry out sufficient financial checks on prospective tenants.    Tenant referencing and insurance operator Landlord...

14 September 2017

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Industry supplier Hallmark rebranding as ITTRIA

Hallmark, which has been working with agents and property management firms for over a decade, has formally launched its new name...

14 September 2017

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MEES: trade body wins £1.5m funding for lettings energy changes

The Residential Landlords Association has secured a £1.5m funding pot from energy company E.ON - the only such funding dedicated solely...

13 September 2017

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Fees ban: agents can offset losses by streamlining processes

Letting agents across the UK must prepare now for a ban on fees charged to tenants says a PropTech company -...

13 September 2017

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Universal Credit leading more tenants into arrears, warns trade body

Over a third of private landlords with tenants receiving Universal Credit say they are now in rent arrears, up by over...

13 September 2017

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Inventory clerks say it's no surprise lettings complaints are surging

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks says it is not surprised the majority of complaints made to The Property Redress Scheme...

11 September 2017

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Campaigning agent renews attack on pro-deposit operators

Ajay Jagota, the north east agent known for his campaign against rental deposits, says recent initiatives by two deposit protection services...

11 September 2017

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Agency chief says Build To Rent could help solve housing crisis

A respected letting agency research head says Build To Rent could be a significant step towards solving the overall shortage of...

08 September 2017

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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

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Right to Rent: Brexit is making it harder for EU tenants

Almost a fifth of landlords say they are now less likely to let to EU nationals or people from the European...

07 September 2017

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Landlords favour fee cap as MPs push for blanket ban

The majority of landlords still believe that a cap on letting agent fees will be more effective than an outright ban,...

07 September 2017

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Third of tenants can't imagine ever owning a home

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

07 September 2017

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MPs set to debate letting agent fee ban in House of Commons

A Westminster Hall debate for MPs on letting agent fees will take place this morning in the House of Commons. The debate...

06 September 2017

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'Poor enforcement of fee display is letting down tenants' - RLA

The government is being urged by the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) to do more to enforce compulsory fee disclosure. Since May 2015,...

06 September 2017

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Rogue landlord given just three months to pay huge £300k fine

A landlord who was found guilty of illegally converting a hotel into 26 flats has been given three months to pay...

06 September 2017

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Fees ban: agents urged to switch to custodial schemes to offset losses

Letting agents using insured deposit protection schemes have been urged to switch to a custodial model in order to compensate for...

05 September 2017

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Brexit: Agency expanding due to high demand from EU nationals

A London letting agency is opening a new branch thanks to continued high demand from EU nationals looking for rental property...

05 September 2017

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TDS to provide dispute resolution for deposit replacement company

The Dispute Service (TDS) has announced today that it will provide dispute resolution for a new deposit replacement company.  The 'long-term strategic...

04 September 2017

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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

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Modern rent collection systems could net agents thousands - claim

Agents who review and modernise their rent collection procedures could claim back thousands of pounds in rent, an automated payments platform...

01 September 2017

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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

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Only TWO letting agencies sign up to council's 'no fees' scheme

An attempt by a Labour council to encourage letting agencies to get ahead of the curve and scrap fees for tenants...

31 August 2017

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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

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

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

29 August 2017

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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

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

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

25 August 2017

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Deposits cap could lead to more disputes, inventory clerks warn

A leading trade body says a cap on damage deposits paid by tenants - as proposed by the government - could...

23 August 2017

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ARLA: agents can raise 'safeguard alerts' over poor condition homes

ARLA Propertymark says letting and managing agents should be aware that they can raise ‘safeguarding alerts’ if they are concerned about...

22 August 2017

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Tenants urged to have their say on agents' fees ban consultation

The Welsh Government’s communities and children secretary, Carl Sargeant, is calling on tenants to have their say on proposals to ban...

22 August 2017

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Bizarre court case means tenant will have 'cheap rent for life'

A tenant appears to be entitled to pay sub-market rent for the rest of his life after a legal case involving...

21 August 2017

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

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

21 August 2017

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New warning about Airbnb hosts breaching lease terms

A legal firm has added its weight to the warning that many Airbnb hosts could be, by accident or design, breaching...

18 August 2017

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ARLA reminds agents about Register My Appliance safety scheme

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says agents should remember that a ‘Register My Appliance’ scheme has been set up to...

18 August 2017

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Trade body wants rent records info added to tenants' credit scores

Rent payments should be included when calculating credit scores to support tenants wanting to buy a home of their own, says...

17 August 2017

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

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

17 August 2017

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Councils uses dawn raids in clampdown on sublets and beds in sheds

A London council is using dawn raids in its clampdown on illegal subletting and on so-called ‘beds in sheds’ where tenants...

17 August 2017

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Council working with HMRC to expose tax-evading private landlords

A council claims that up to 13,000 private landlords are “of interest” to HM Revenue and Customs, where there are alleged...

15 August 2017

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Trade body to monitor rise and rise of Airbnb-style short lets

The Residential Landlords’ Association, which last autumn published important statistics on the spread of short lets within London, is now looking...

15 August 2017

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Online firm's survey makes sombre reading for agents and landlords

The results of a survey of 2,000 people conducted by an online letting agency appear to make sombre reading for letting...

10 August 2017

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Tenant's mammoth dispute with agency over fees and redress

A former tenant is the subject of a major investigation by a London newspaper after she claimed to have spent eight...

09 August 2017

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Ex-Countrywide chief invests in 'zero deposits' firm linked to ZPG

Former Countrywide chief executive and chairman Grenville Turner is one of a number of high profile new investors unveiled for Zero...

08 August 2017

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Letting agents - blog claims they're tricksters, liars, con-merchants

A no-holds-barred blog on a controversial website claims that it lifts the lid on being a letting agent in central London...

08 August 2017

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Rents on the rise again after recent falls, says HomeLet

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

07 August 2017

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Council to have star-rating system for all letting agencies in its area

Newham council is to set up the UK’s first letting agents rating scheme to protect residents and landlords from rogue agents.   The...

07 August 2017

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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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Lettings demand to stay high as '30% of tenants plan never to buy'

New data from a survey of tenants suggests demand for the private rental sector looks set to be high for the...

03 August 2017

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Tech firm says agents could reduce complaints - by using more tech

A PropTech firm claims more effective use of technology and automation by letting agents could reduce the number of complaints made...

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

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Prime London tenants 'seek smaller rental units with better amenities'

Prime central London is seeing the rise of the micro-apartment, according to new research, as squeezed accommodation budgets have seen singles...

01 August 2017

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Huge £173,000 bill for illegal 'beds in sheds' operator

A man who illegally housed tenants inside his converted garage has been ordered to pay £173,141 by a court.   Amir Golesorkhi turned...

01 August 2017

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'Landlords discriminate against students on gender, race' claims agency

An online lettings agency specialising in student accommodation alleges that student tenants are discriminated against by landlords on the basis of...

01 August 2017

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Housing minister told by council to 'act now' on agents fees ban

The government has been urged by a London council to act now to end letting fees for private renters.   Hackney council says...

31 July 2017

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Agency claims online firms can reduce voids by up to a week

An online agency claims landlords who use online operators are likely to reduce average void periods by up to a week.    In...

31 July 2017

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Shelter demands 'power shift' in favour of private tenants

Campaigning charity Shelter - which last week suggested landlords were more likely to quit buy to let because they grew old...

31 July 2017

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Over a quarter of tenants have pets - but many don't admit it...

A survey of over 2,000 private renters for an animal insurance company apparently produces the result that 27 per cent of...

31 July 2017

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

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

28 July 2017

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Crooked agents have stolen £700,000 so far this year says campaigner

Crooked letting agents have been convicted of stealing almost £700,000 of tenants’ deposits in the first half of 2017.   Campaigning letting agent...

27 July 2017

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Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

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

27 July 2017

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Right To Rent: agency chief says it'll be more complex under Brexit

The head of an online letting agency specialising in student accommodation says the controversial Right To Rent legislation may have to...

27 July 2017

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Trade body angry over misleading and distorted evictions report

The Residential Landlords’ Association has written an angry letter of protest to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation following the publication of what...

26 July 2017

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Council clocks up 101 private rental criminal prosecutions

More than 100 criminal prosecutions have been secured against landlords since the start of an enforcement crackdown by Brent council in...

25 July 2017

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Another city private rental licensing scheme moves a step closer

A new licensing scheme in Nottingham has moved a step closer with the proposal being sent to the government for approval.    The council’s...

25 July 2017

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Portal that by-passes letting agents wants more crowdfunding money

Ezylet, an online portal that appears to allow landlords to bypass agents, is seeking more funds via a crowdfunding site. The platform...

24 July 2017

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Dawn raid reveals shocking London private rental overcrowding

Council officers discovered men living mattress to mattress inside a run-down flat above a commercial premises during a dawn raid.   Police and...

24 July 2017

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Tory backs Labour MP's Bill to improve rental property standards

The Private Members’ Bill put forward by Labour MP Karen Buck, which could give tenants the right to sue landlords if...

21 July 2017

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Lettings Fees Ban - now Welsh Government  jumps on the bandwagon

The Welsh Government is now kicking off a similar consultation process to that conducted by the Department for Communities and Local...

21 July 2017

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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

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Why Landlords Still Need Letting Agents Despite Changing Regulations

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

20 July 2017

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Lettings campaigner says latest fraud scandal must prompt action by police

A property campaigner says the failure of the police to investigate a lettings agent who was eventually convicted of fraud after...

20 July 2017

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Build To Rent firms say housing survey show need for new sector to grow

The findings of the most recent English Housing Survey, an annual report published by the Department for Communities and Local Government,...

20 July 2017

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MP resumes bid to allow private tenants to sue over squalid conditions

Labour MP Karen Buck is to reintroduce her Private Members Bill into Parliament today - and if it is passed, she...

19 July 2017

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

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

19 July 2017

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eMoov chief mentors launch of new lettings communications platform

Another new cloud software platform - HeyLandlord - has been launched to make it easier for agents and landlords to communicate...

19 July 2017

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Countrywide's app allows high-end clients to handle repairs, payments

One of Countrywide’s high-end brands, Hamptons International, is launching its first app to give landlords and tenants “a single integrated point...

18 July 2017

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'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

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Brexit and tuition fees hurting student housing sector, warns agency

A specialist student lettings agency says the drop in the number of applicants for UK higher education courses this year threatens...

17 July 2017

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Private rental tenants 'more satisfied with housing than social tenants'

The myth has been broken - tenants in the private rental sector are more satisfied with their accommodation than those in...

15 July 2017

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Property management firm may have to repay 12 months' rent after fine

A south London property firm has been prosecuted by a local authority over its HMO management and may now have to...

14 July 2017

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PropTech firm says agencies must modernise as lettings sector expands

Letting agents need to modernise and digitise to prepare for a surge in the size of the private rental sector according...

14 July 2017

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Belvoir's £2m acquisition 'aims to mitigate effect of fees ban'

Belvoir, which has over 300 high street offices, has acquired Brook Financial Services Ltd, which trades as Mortgage Advice Bureau, in...

13 July 2017

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Tenants' charter launches in borough with 40% private renters

A new charter has been launched to promote the rights of tenants in a London borough where, for the first time...

13 July 2017

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Letting fees ban: over 4,700 official consultation responses

The government has revealed that it has received over 4,700 responses to its official consultation over the proposed ban on letting...

12 July 2017

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New buying agent-style service launches for busy London renters

A new app called UrbanCo is launched today in London as part of a buying agent-style service aimed at busy would-be renters.    A...

12 July 2017

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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

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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

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Agents told to tackle private rental damp, condensation and mould

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has commissioned buy to let expert Kate Faulkner to assess issues in the private rental sector -...

11 July 2017

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Council resuscitates demands for agents to meet 'rental standard'

Bristol council is resuscitating a so-called ‘rental standard’ which it expects local letting agents to meet. Back in January 2016 Letting Agent...

11 July 2017

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Dlighted chief accuses Mydeposits boss of bully tactics

A prominent lettings industry campaigner says the head of a tenancy deposit scheme has “serious questions to answer” after his comments...

10 July 2017

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Deposit cap will make it harder for many to rent says lettings guru

The government’s proposal to limit tenancy deposits to one month of rent and reservation fees to one week of rent will...

10 July 2017

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Rightmove sees supply surge but steady rents - except for London

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

07 July 2017

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Latest 'Rugg Review' for private rental sector calls for evidence

The latest investigation into the ability of the private rental sector to meet the needs of the population is calling for...

07 July 2017

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Theresa May confirms fees ban - but remains vague on timescale

The Prime Minister has confirmed that her minority Conservative government will press ahead with the ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

06 July 2017

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New package counteracts ban on fees, claims service provider

A company claims to have a package of services which would help letting agents overcome the widely-anticipated ban on fees being...

06 July 2017

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'PropTech is the answer to lettings sector problems, not a cause'

A head of a company providing hi-tech products to letting agents says technology is the answer to current rental industry challenges,...

06 July 2017

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Rents across much of UK dip for second successive month

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

05 July 2017

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Government spells out fire responsibilities of private rental sector

A minister at the Departrment of Communities and Local Government has set out the government’s position in terms of the fire-related...

05 July 2017

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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

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Lettings sector tax increases - they're hurting, but they're not working

The Residential Landlords’ Association says recent fiscal changes hitting the private rented sector are hurting tenants but failing to achieve their...

04 July 2017

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

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

04 July 2017

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

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

03 July 2017

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New bidding software available to letting agents for the first time

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

30 June 2017

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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

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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

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Trade group urges checks on white goods across private rental sector

The Residential Landlords Association is urging checks on white goods in privately rented homes following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.    The association is...

29 June 2017

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'Thousands wasted on wrong Section 21 notices claims lawyer

Agents and landlords are unwittingly issuing incorrect Section 21 notices, resulting in thousands of pounds being wasted on aborted possession claims...

28 June 2017

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Agents sought by firm offering possible way around future deposits cap

An alternative to traditional deposits, already tested in the German rental market, is now being introduced into the UK - and...

28 June 2017

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London council edging closer to borough-wide licensing regime

The substantial majority of landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in one London borough if the government agrees...

28 June 2017

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Government's Tenants' Fees Bill may effectively ban tenants with pets

The National Landlords Association has come up with an unexpected possible side effect of the new Tenants’ Fees Bill - it...

27 June 2017

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Automated access means more short let owners may by-pass agents

A new PropTech device aimed at UK owners of foreign holiday homes allows them to control who enters their overseas property...

27 June 2017

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Property management chief calls for national tenant register

The head of a property management company is calling on the government to introduce a tenants' register which would help rogue...

26 June 2017

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Younger private tenants increasingly likely to register to vote

After criticism of many younger voters allegedly failing to turn out during the June 2016 EU Referendum, new analysis of voter...

26 June 2017

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