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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

From: Sponsored Content

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Court imposes confiscation order of over £1m on disgraced letting agent

A former letting agent from Kettering has been ordered to pay a confiscation order of over £1m made under the Proceeds...

15 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

MPs wary of 'unintended consequences' of fees ban

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

07 September 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent: 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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

'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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

04 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Rental market resilient ahead of lettings agency rules changes

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

01 September 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

29 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

25 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Protect your landlords with Reference Plus

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

03 August 2017

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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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Young renters likely to have tough task finding places to live

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

02 August 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

'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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Trade body wants rental sector fire safety guidance to be updated

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

27 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

21 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Professional inventories prove invaluable in high-turnover rental season

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

12 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

11 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

'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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Trade group warns of threat to lettings sector from energy measures

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

05 July 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits launches sharp attack on 'no-deposit' alternatives

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

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

HomeLet sister company launches revolutionary rent collection system

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

29 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

'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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

New referencing product aims to avoid problem highlighted by TPO

The software company behind a new product claim it helps agents comply with The Property Ombudsman’s code of practice on referencing...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency criticises tenants for madness of no contents insurance

New research conducted by a letting agency shows that 61 per cent of tenants currently have no contents insurance, with 48...

26 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent may be tweaked as part of Brexit process

The controversial Right To Rent, which obliges letting agents and landlords to check the right of prospective tenants to live in...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Consumer group welcomes confirmed ban on letting agents' fees

The consumer group Citizens Advice says it welcomes the Queen’s Speech confirmation of the upcoming ban on letting agents’ fees levied...

23 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents ask: Why did we even bother with fee ban consultation?

ARLA has led a call by many letting agents on hearing the Queen’s Speech - what was the point of a...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO makes year's biggest compensation award against letting agent

The annual report of The Property Ombudsman, released today, reveals that the largest compensation award of the year has been made...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Website claims 11.6% drop in available letting stock since 2011

The UK rental market has seen a slump of 11.6 per cent in available stock over the last six years, according...

22 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban confirmed by Queen's Speech

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

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals dangers of landlords using 'risky' online sites

New research shows that thousands of landlords are using what are described as “risky online sites” in their bid to avoid...

21 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Make independent inventories mandatory, government urged

A trade body wants independent inventories to become mandatory across the lettings sector - and it pledges to mount a campaign...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm claims tool will ease agents' maintenance record-keeping

A PropTech company claims its new software platform will make it easier for letting agents and property managers to co-ordinate maintenance...

20 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Licensing is a 'post code lottery', says Fair Fees Forum

At the latest meeting of the Fair Fees Forum, members described the current approach towards landlord licensing as a 'post code...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fewer EU nationals looking to rent in the UK since Brexit

The number of EU nationals looking to move to the UK and rent has fallen in the year since the UK...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Right to Rent could impact British citizens without passports

Almost a fifth of British citizens could find it harder to access rental property, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Launch event for rental auction site receiving strong interest from agents

The preview event for the launch of a new rental auction site is receiving strong interest from letting agents. LetsBid4Lets says that...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Prime Central London: rental declines are slowing

The pace of decreasing rental values in Prime Central London (PCL) has slowed, according to the latest data from Knight Frank. Average...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Crowdfunding campaign for Right to Rent challenge exceeds target

The crowdfunding campaign for a legal challenge against the rollout of the Right to Rent scheme across the UK has exceeded...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rental sector encouraged to promote benefits of Direct Debit to tenants

Letting agents and landlords are being encouraged to promote and increase Direct Debit sign-ups for rental payments. Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs)...

15 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Quarter of households to be private renters by 2021

The proportion of households living in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) will rise to 24% over the next four years, according...

13 June 2017

From: Breaking News

'Retired tenants spending record sums on rent' - Countrywide

Retired tenants are becoming a larger part of the rental market, according to the UK's largest letting agency. Countrywide reports that pensioners...

12 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Rebecca Johnston, TDS Custodial Managing Director

Who are you? Rebecca Johnston What does it say on your business card? Managing Director (TDS Custodial) What is TDS Custodial? TDS Custodial is a government-approved...

09 June 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Letting agents invited to preview rental auction site

A new rental auction website is inviting letting agents to preview its launch at an event later this month. LetsBid4Lets.com, which claims...

09 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Election and Brexit uncertainty delaying tenant moves, says Landbay

The prospect of today's General Election as well as ongoing uncertainty surrounding Britain's exit from the European Union is having a...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Student landlord fined almost £6k for licensing failings

A student landlord has been fined for failing to obtain the appropriate licences for two rental properties. Lisa Chatfield was ordered to...

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Salford Build to Rent scheme opens its doors to tenants

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

08 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Sorbet is the refreshing way for letting agents to organise maintenance inspections

Letting agents and property managers will soon have a new way to coordinate maintenance reports and inspections, thanks to a refreshing...

07 June 2017

From: Sponsored Content

‘Agents ignoring fees ban should be hit with heavy fines’ - CIEH

Large letting agents found to be flouting the incoming ban on letting agent fees should receive fines up to £30,000 to...

07 June 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlords wanted for new BBC One documentary series

The production company behind Grand Designs and Escape to the Country is looking for landlords to feature in a new BBC...

06 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees Ban - Regional letting agents propose radical alternative levy

A group of letting agencies in Yorkshire have proposed to the government a radical alternative to the proposed fees ban -...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Research reveals exactly why tenants lose all or part of their deposits

Research has revealed the top reasons tenants lose some or all of their deposits when they check out.    The survey of 2,588...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban - Corporate agents and ARLA make last-ditch plea

A string of corporate letting agencies plus ARLA Propertymark have again called on the government to reconsider its proposed ban on agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent on the warpath once more over agents' fees

Campaign group Generation Rent has provided material to The Guardian newspaper suggesting that a typical two-adult household is being charged letting agents’...

02 June 2017

From: Breaking News

More landlords using agents after buy to let taxes kick in

The proportion of landlords who use a letting agent to help manage their property has spiked since the end of last...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

First court case and penalties emerge from Rent Smart Wales

A Newport landlord has been fined £4,400 for operating a dangerous, unlicensed house in multiple occupation and failing to comply with...

01 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Average tenancy deposit approaching landmark £1,000 figure

The average tenancy deposit for England and Wales is just below £1,000 according to the Deposit Protection Service’s figures for the...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory peer attacks his party over anti-rental sector policies

Conservative peer Lord Flight, a former shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, says the UK needs “a vibrant and growing private...

31 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Uber announces first involvement with private rental sector

Uber and a Build To Rent developer have announced a PropTech deal which will see the transport company getting involved in...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Watch out for increased letting agent fees, warns online operator

Online lettings agency Upad claims 20 per cent of landlords are set to increase their rents to their tenants thanks to...

30 May 2017

From: Breaking News

No deposit required, tenants told by major Build To Rent operator

A Build To Rent operator with properties in London and Glasgow is scrapping tenants’ deposits from the middle of next month,...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

London sees one-third drop in homes available to let, reports ARLA

ARLA Propertymark says the number of properties managed per member increased marginally last month, from 183 to 185 - but there was...

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - only a week remaining for fees ban consultation

Only just over a week remains before the end of the formal consultation on the government’s proposal to ban letting fees...

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Data suggests fewer people ending tenancies because of bad conditions

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

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Family of rogue landlords guilty of 'Shanty Town' overcrowding

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

25 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade group wants new government to improve slow court process

The Residential Landlords’ Association is demanding that the new government improves the “slow, complex, and underfunded” system which means that it...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Rents tumble in parts of London swamped with new-build apartments

An analysis by investment specialists London Central Portfolio reveals that in areas of central London swamped with new builds coming to...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

First graduates emerge from letting agency training programme

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

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency chain enters into deal with specialist energy provider

One of the UK’s largest independent letting agency chains, Leaders, has entered into a partnership with specialist energy provider Spark Energy.    Leaders...

23 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm sets up specialist Fees Ban team

Tenant referencing company Rent4sure has set up a new team to support agents in the light of the expected ban on...

22 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Survey reveals tenants get along well with agents and landlords

New research shows that the image of tenants with fractious relationships with their letting agents or landlords is generally untrue. No fewer than...

19 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

TPO expels two letting agencies after complex investigations

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

18 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two letting agencies expelled from The Property Ombudsman redress scheme

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

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour manifesto includes fees ban, rent controls and minimum tenancies

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

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Charity crowdfunding for legal challenge against Right to Rent rollout

Immigration charity Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) has this week launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Student renters urged to reclaim tenancy deposits

As the end of the academic year approaches, one deposit protection scheme is urging student tenants to reclaim their deposits.  SafeDeposits Scotland...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Lettings supplier announces acquisition and targets multi-utility growth

Spark Energy - the specialist energy supplier to the UK lettings sector - has announced the acquisition of broadband firm Home...

17 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Global agency the latest to drop up-front tenant fees

The UK arm of Sotheby's International Realty has announced that it has removed all letting agent fees while the government consults...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents and landlords could be operating illegally after law change

Agents and landlords with properties in Wales have been reminded they could be breaking the law if they're not signed up to...

16 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Best letting agents named at glittering ESTAS bash

Over 1,000 guests celebrated the success of the industry at the 14th annual ESTAS awards on Friday. The event, which is sponsored...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Leeds is next stop for Legal & General Build to Rent project

Legal & General has announced that its fifth Build to Rent scheme will be in Leeds. The site, Mustard Wharf, has permission...

15 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant happiness on the rise as more opt to rent long-term

A study of over 3,000 tenants has found that an increasing number of renters are 'very happy' with their living situation. LSL...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agency offering free management for landlords ahead of fee ban

A two-branch letting agent is offering landlords 0% management fees for six months in preparation for the proposed ban on agent...

12 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents respond to pressure group's 'league table' of fees

Agencies are responding to the latest criticism of their fees on tenants, levied by the pressure group Generation Rent.    The group -...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tiny fine after 'potentially dangerous' buy to let property suffers fire

A private landlord in Saffron Walden has been fined for letting what the local council describes as “poor and potentially dangerous...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Suspended sentence after Fire Brigade prosecutes London landlord

A north London landlord who housed a family of five, including three children, in a cramped attic has been prosecuted by...

11 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Anti-fees street protest staged outside letting agency office

The campaign group Acorn, which has in the past named individual letting agencies that it claims are charging unfairly high fees,...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Two-year buy to let ban after tenants' lives 'put at risk'

A man who rented out rooms above a town centre bar has been banned from being a buy to let landlord...

09 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent reveals 6,000 private rental complaints - only one prosecution

A prominent campaigning letting agent has discovered that more than 6,000 tenants in one region alone have complained to local authorities...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Solo tenants aged 18 to 39 'pay 69% of monthly income on rent'

Tenants aged between 18 and 39 and living alone spend 69 per cent of their monthly post-tax income on rent according...

08 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Evicting a tenant takes nine months and costs £2,000 says agency

It can take up to nine months to evict a tenant who isn’t paying their rent, according to an analysis by...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

No surprise as poll reveals majority of public want no letting agents' fees

A survey conducted for a property sales platform shows a very substantial majority of the public against any agents' fees being...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Liberal Democrats back more Build To Rent and more online reviews

A Liberal Democrat spokesman has used a lettings sector trade body website to outline his party’s support for a range of...

05 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Over 700 responses to ARLA fee ban consultation - more wanted

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says it has so far received over 700 detailed responses to its consultation on the...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Fair Fees Forum outlines possible risks of agents' fees ban

The Fair Fees Forum, originally established before the proposal to ban letting agents’ fees imposed on tenants in England, now says...

04 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing must be exempt from agents' fees ban, insists ARLA

The Association of Residential Letting Agents says the costs of tenant referencing must be exempt from the government’s proposed ban on...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Conservatives should back selective rent controls, urges think-tank

The Conservatives should introduce rent controls to kick-start a seaside town renaissance, suggests an organisation set up originally by the David Cameron...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body advises agents to stop tenants 'gaming' wear and tear

The Association of Independent Inventory Clerks is advising letting agents and landlords to be wary of any tenant seeking to ‘game’...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenants on benefits 'discriminated by mortgage lenders' - claim

A letting sector trade body says two thirds of the largest buy to let mortgage lenders do not allow landlords to...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Landlord facing £57,000 fine 'could have benefitted from an agent'

The landlord of a west London property, described by a judge as a "deathtrap" and an "accident waiting to happen", has...

03 May 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let owner accused of creating 'miserable' living conditions

A landlord who exposed tenants to “miserable” living conditions because of fire safety hazards has been prosecuted by a local authority.    The...

02 May 2017

From: Breaking News

Labour not ruling out rent controls as possible manifesto pledge

A senior Labour spokesman has refused to rule out rent controls as a possible manifesto commitment for the June 8 General...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Average monthly rent in England and Wales hits £800

The average rent in England and Wales is now £800 per month according to latest statistics from Your Move.   The area with...

28 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Trade body repeats call for private rental sector 'housing court'

The Residential Landlords Association has repeated its calls for a new housing court “to speed up justice for landlords and tenants.”   The...

27 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Twenty agencies back call to extend or suspend fees ban consultation

Twenty agency groups have backed a call by the Association of Residential Letting Agents urging the government to extend or scrap its...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

ARLA warns: Tax changes are forcing landlords to quit

Letting agents have reporting an average of four landlords per branch selling up and quitting the buy to let sector in...

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

26 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: 'policy may be lost thanks to election' warns trade body

A trade body has suggested that the General Election on June 8 may lead to a government with new priorities, meaning...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Housing minister to investigate 'sex for rent' allegations

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has been “horrified” to read allegations of some property owners offering rent-free accommodation in...

25 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Facebook group set up to name and shame 'tenants from hell'

A Facebook group has been set up to name and shame so-called ‘tenants from hell’.   At the moment the page applies to...

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Foxtons says Brexit putting renters off longer-term tenancies

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rent increases reported to be falling behind general inflation rate

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency says enquiries and tenancies up but rents are falling

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

24 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tory-backing agent predicts fee ban may be in Conservative manifesto

A prominent campaigning letting and sales agent predicts that the Conservatives are likely to put their proposed ban on letting agency...

21 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban: government scraps workshops but consultation goes on

The Department of Communities and Local Government is scrapping a series of workshops for letting agents to discuss the proposed ban...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to comment on London borough's licensing scheme

Another London borough is consulting on a further extension of its existing selective licensing - this time it’s Harrow council. It wants...

20 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting fees ban 'unlikely before late 2018' whatever election result

The ban on letting agents in England imposing fees on tenants is unlikely to be implemented before late next year according...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Firm leading opposition to BTL tax change says HMOs hit less badly

A property firm at the centre of the campaign against phasing out landlords’ mortgage interest relief says is urging tenants to...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency accused of grubby overcharging by national newspaper

The Guardian has accused a branch of Winkworth letting agency in south London of “grubby overcharging” for allegedly asking a new...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Campaigning agent tells lettings sector: change is coming

A prominent campaigner over the misappropriation of rental deposits has welcomed the news that government proposals to ban letting agent fees...

18 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Richard Price, Sales Director at Glide Utilities

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

13 April 2017

From: 60 Second Interview

Liberal Democrats take 'credit' for letting agents' fees ban

The Liberal Democrats appear to be taking what they see as the credit for the government’s commitment to ban letting agents’...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

What tenants leave - a stuffed beaver, 23-year-old food, pet ashes...

You might not want to read this as you’re tucking into an early Easter egg, but an interiors firm has compiled...

13 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant's forgotten £5,250 deposit is just the tip of the iceberg

A tenant has been tracked down after a year-long exercise and has now picked up the deposit he forgot to collect...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing firm offers to interview renters face-to-face

A family-run firm is offering a tenant referencing service involving a face-to-face interview of prospective tenants in their current accommodation.   It claims...

12 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Zoopla data chief joins board of HomeLet's parent company

Mark Witherspoon, the data services director at ZPG, has joined the board of Barbon Insurance Group, which operates the HomeLet and...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Agency runs 'largest ever survey' to debunk lettings sector myths

London agency Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings has surveyed its tenants and, based on 1,400 responses - a third of the...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Third of private tenants wouldn't admit to damaging property

Just over a quarter of all tenants across private and public housing would not say if they had caused significant damage...

11 April 2017

From: Breaking News

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

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

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Industry pours scorn and derision on fees ban consultation

The government’s formal consultation on its proposed ban for fees levied on tenants by agents has been greeted with derision and...

10 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Fees ban consultation - Agents have until June 2 to respond

The government has finally unveiled its formal consultation process on the proposal to ban letting agents levying fees on tenants in...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Rightmove reports 12% surge in homes to let and slowing rent rises

The remaining overhand of last year’s buy to let buying surge by landlords means the annual rate of rent rises has...

07 April 2017

From: Breaking News