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KEYWORD "Town " - 196 RESULTS
Guess what? Searches for homes with gardens are up, says Rightmove

Hot weather combined with a lockdown can only mean one thing - a record number of searches for rental properties with...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents asked to relax rents for students during virus crisis

Student bodies want letting agents to acknowledge that many students have lost their incomes and have been forced to return to...

20 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Selfless agency staff become heroic local helpers

Like many agencies, the Milton Keynes company Cauldwell Property Services has most of its staff working from home and handling sellers’...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Nurses get to the frontline using a letting agency's spare car

A Blackpool lettings agent has come to the rescue of two NHS nurses whose car had broken down - and now...

01 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Cities of southern England enjoy large pre-virus rent rises

The average rent for a newly let property rose 3.3 per cent in the year to the end of February -...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Franchise giant Winkworth snaps another independent

Franchise giant Winkworth has expanded its presence in Reading with the acquisition of a local independent lettings agency. It’s snapped up AMPM,...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

More independent agencies snapped up by regional giant

The Yorkshire agency Linley & Simpson has revealed more acquisitions of independent agencies as it tightens its grip on the regional...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Acquisition of independent agency is fourth by franchise firm

The Widnes branch of franchise firm Martin & Co has grown its business by almost a quarter after acquiring a local...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb landlords should pay business rates, says council

A council is lobbying the government to ask for landlords using Airbnb and other short let platforms to be charged business...

17 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings book acquisition leads to new franchise branch opening

Martin & Co’s Ashford branch is opening a new office just outside the Kent town following a deal to acquire a...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

19-branch family agency snapped up by Belvoir brand in £2m deal

Newton Fallowell, part of the Belvoir Group, has snapped up the Lovelle franchised agency group adding a further 19 offices to...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Council opens lettings agency in town with scores of private agencies

Luton council has opened Lets Squared, a High Street lettings and estate agency using public funds - even though the town...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet another independent snapped up as consolidation continues

[Letting Agent Today was ‘off air’ for some of Wednesday and most of Thursday thanks to technical problems - we apologise to...

06 December 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech property management platform signs 25 partners for launch

The property management platform Apropos, scheduled to launch early next year, says it’s signed up 25 business partners ahead of schedule. The...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Fine after improvement notice on rented home was partly ignored

A rented home in Mansfield was found to have serious health and safety hazards, including a leaking roof and a lack of smoke...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Uncooperative HMO landlord hit with four figure fine

The owner of a house believed to be occupied by multiple tenants has been prosecuted by a Kent council for failing...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Independent lettings agency snapped up ... for a cool million

Belvoir has confirmed that its Brighton franchisees have acquired the independent Homelets agency in the town - for a cool £1m. Existing...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency acquired by Leaders Romans Group

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired yet another independent agency - this time it is Essex and Suffolk Lettings. Based in Colchester,...

18 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative view: 'Average rents not affected by fees ban'

The cost of renting a room in the UK remained steady during Q3, according to SpareRoom. The country's biggest flatsharing site says...

07 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Agency entrepreneur merges with first employer to expand reach

North east agency My Property Box has announced it has merged with Sandersons Lettings, the firm which gave its founder his...

02 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Regional agency scraps traditional offices in move to ‘hub’ concept

A leading lettings and sales agency in West Sussex is launching a hub-style structure centralising branch activities in a town centre. Michael...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency disappears as family franchise firm expands

The Tunbridge Wells office of Martin & Co has boosted its managed portfolio by 43 per cent by snapping up yet...

25 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New lettings agency to specialise in short-lets for tourist visitors

A new lettings agency has sprung up, catering almost entirely for the burgeoning Airbnb-style short lets market. Shoreside Lettings, based at Cowes...

24 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector must prepare for more older tenants, says top expert

The rental sector needs to prepare for the demographic challenge of an increasingly older population, says the head of a high...

23 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine because buy to let property info was not passed to council

A landlord who failed to provide information regarding a buy to let property has been fined £2,080.  Tenants contacted Colchester council in...

18 September 2019

From: Breaking News

5 secrets of great student landlords

It’s that time of year again when pencil cases are fully stocked and the smell of dusty books opening fills the...

13 September 2019

From: Sponsored Content

New boost for flatfair as it teams up with independent agents’ trade body

Flatfair, one of the leading deposit alternative providers fighting it out for dominance in the burgeoning sector, has scored a coup...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: best university towns for rents and yields

A flat-sharing website has created a league table of average rents in locations surrounding the top-ranked universities in the United Kingdom....

09 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Commuter town independent agency joins franchise group

Hunters has expanded its franchise network once again with the opening of a new branch in Reading. Chas Shukla, director of Hunters...

02 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Double trouble as rogue landlord is prosecuted for a second time

A rogue landlord in Chesterfield has received a hefty fine for a second time after the council took her to court...

18 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Latest idea for agent diversification? Letting out driveways…

Could this be the latest way for letting agents to spread their risk and diversify their offer to clients - by...

16 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Agent convicted after ignoring council requests over licensing

A managing agent has been convicted by a local council for failing to properly license his property. Leon Hill, of Leighton Buzzard,...

10 July 2019

From: Breaking News

Letting agent falsified tenancies in bid to dodge council tax

A director of a lettings agency has been fined for creating false tenancies in a bid to avoid paying council tax...

25 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Northern universities top yield and capital appreciation league table

University towns in the north of England and the Midlands score highest when it comes to yields and capital appreciation. The assessment...

21 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Administrators appointed for short lets agency that owes thousands

Administrators have been appointed as a result of action taken by a major creditor of Brighton Holiday Homes, the agency which...

11 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Belvoir brand snaps up resi portfolio of town’s largest independent

Belvoir brand Newton Fallowell has acquired the sales and lettings business of Grantham’s oldest independent agency, Escritt Barrell Golding.  EBG, which was...

05 June 2019

From: Breaking News

Heartbreak for customers as short-let and holiday agency shuts its doors

Thousands of pounds have been paid to a short let and holiday accommodation agency in Brighton which appears to have closed...

30 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge London Build To Rent scheme unveiled by Legal & General

Legal & General has exchanged contracts on two adjacent sites in south London to deliver its largest Built To Rent scheme...

16 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Stagnant London market weighs down on national rental growth

A slow rental market in London is weighing down on growth across the rest of the UK, according to the latest...

10 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Room rental data shows small rises across most UK regions

New data looking specifically at room rental rates suggest that across the UK rents rose by an average three per cent...

03 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let with no windows and no heating lands couple in court

Two rogue landlords have been convicted of failing to comply with a Prohibition Order on the rental property they owned. Sandeep Jarjapu...

01 May 2019

From: Breaking News

Beware: new PDRs do not give ‘buy to let developers’ free rein

A building expert is warning buy to let investors that they won’t enjoy unfettered rights to extend their properties upwards when...

15 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Savills launches lettings division in top buy to let hotspot

Savills has launched a new residential lettings service in one of the country’s most successful buy to let and investment locations...

11 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Regulate Airbnb-style lets or risk hurting long term market - warning

The rapid growth of Airbnb-style short lets could lead to the loss of private rented homes and displacement of long-term residents...

09 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Parliamentary call for tax relief for rental home improvements

A trade body has welcomed calls by a parliamentary committee for tax incentives for the buy to let sector to improve...

08 April 2019

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent developer converting industrial estate to 200-unit scheme

Legal & General is to develop a Brighton industrial estate into the town’s first Build To Rent scheme. The work will go on...

29 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Lies, illegal flats and hidden tenants lead to suspended jail sentence

A buy to let investor who hid families in windowless rooms after failing to get planning permission for a block of...

28 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Thumbs up for Zoopla's 'No DSS' listings ban

The Residential Landlords Association has given its backing to Zoopla’s ban on agents and landlords advertising properties to rent as ‘No...

18 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Rogue landlord ignored Improvement Notice and safety regulations

A landlord has been convicted of three offences relating to his failure to comply with fire safety requirements in a privately...

11 March 2019

From: Breaking News

Red Card for Red Light agent who ran a brothel rented from his firm

The head of a Hertfordshire lettings agency has pleaded guilty to managing a brothel, according to a statement from the police. He’s...

26 February 2019

From: Breaking News

See you in court! Licensing scheme may face legal challenge

Another controversial scheme licensing landlords who let their homes out may face legal challenge. Middlesbrough council’s formal consultation on the introduction of...

25 February 2019

From: Breaking News

What is the risk?

The Money Laundering Regulations require estate agents to risk assess their business relationships and apply an appropriate level of investigation to...

20 February 2019

From: Sponsored Content

Another independent agency snapped up by large regional chain

Ambitious regional chain Linley & Simpson has opened a new branch in the Yorkshire market town of Pudsey after snapping up...

14 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Government to blame for high poverty in rental sector, claims lettings body

A lettings sector trade body has put the blame firmly on government for the scale of poverty amongst those who privately...

11 February 2019

From: Breaking News

'Change it now!' - Lettings group demands more Universal Credit reform

The Residential Landlords Association says the government’s changes to Universal Credit don’t go far enough to prevent rent arrears. The RLA says...

07 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent control: it can work but can also backfire on tenants, says BBC

The BBC’s Reality Check service, respected for giving a more realistic assessment of many politicians’ promises, has looked at London mayor...

06 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after buy to let owner fails to comply with Improvement Notice

A landlord who failed to comply with orders to improve the standard of a property has had to pay over £7,500...

05 February 2019

From: Breaking News

Fewer student buy to lets? Big rise in purpose-built accommodation reported

There’s been a big rise in the volume of purpose-built student accommodation in the UK, suggesting that the market may be...

29 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine after prohibition order on rental property ignored

A buy to let investor who let out a converted attic room despite it being the subject of a council prohibition...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Up they go: Rightmove says rents to rise because of stock famine

A lettings market snapshot from Rightmove suggests asking rents in London are now increasing at an annual rate not seen for...

17 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Mystery over missing agent being probed by trading standards

Mystery surrounds the whereabouts of a letting agent who appears not to be in any redress scheme, is being investigated by...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry welcomes Universal Credit change to pay landlords directly

The lettings industry has welcomed news that reforms to Universal Credit will include a new online system for private landlords to...

14 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Zoopla-backed Zero Deposit scheme targets independent agents

Zero Deposit, the firm set up by former Zoopla commercial director Jon Notley, says it now has around 850 offices using...

07 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Closed shops 'could be a boom for the private rental sector'

A new survey suggests that the demise of the High Street for shopping could lead to a surge in the supply...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Buy to let couple have a choice - pay £150,000 or imprisonment

A couple from east London who illegally converted a town centre office block into 14 flats have been ordered to pay...

10 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Controversial landlord couple must reveal finances to court

One of Britain's highest profile landlords is to be sentenced on December 11 - and she must show the court details of...

20 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency diversifies into letting car parking spaces in city centre

A lettings agency in Oxford has diversified into marketing car parking spaces as well as apartments and houses. Scottfraser Summertown has told...

12 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Party conference season – what was said about the rental market?

The party conferences of the two main political parties threw up some interesting developments with regards to housing and the rental...

06 November 2018

From: Sponsored Content

Independent agency snapped up by local Martin & Co franchisee

The independent lettings agency Chilli Residential has been snapped up by a local branch of franchise giant Martin & Co. The Aldershot...

25 October 2018

From: Breaking News

All change: Martin & Co snaps up independent and reveals new franchisees

A branch of Martin & Co has substantially boosted its managed portfolio following the acquisition of independent agency County Rentals. The goodwill...

17 October 2018

From: Breaking News

Banned and fined! Notorious HMO had 'unsafe and insanitary' rooms

The landlord of an HMO who subjected his tenants to insanitary and unsafe living conditions has been told he will no...

13 September 2018

From: Breaking News

Yields: North on top when it comes to university towns' buy to lets

There’s more evidence today that the largest buy to let investment yields are coming from the north of England and the...

16 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Unlawful! Trade body tells another council its licensing plans are illegal

The Residential Landlords Association has told another council that its plans to introduce selective licensing in areas of its town are...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed: council lists seven prosecuted over licensing scheme

A local authority has taken the unusual step of naming seven buy to let landlords prosecuted in the past month in...

09 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Shock figures: low take-up for licensing scheme that starts tomorrow

It appears that take-up of an apparently compulsory licensing scheme in one city has been shockingly low - and the scheme...

31 July 2018

From: Breaking News

ZPG-backed Zero Deposit wins over another agency

The ZPG-backed Zero Deposit service is to be used by growing lettings operation Nick Dunning Associates as an alternative to the...

27 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Illegal! - trade body says council's licensing plan breaks the law

The Residential Landlords’ Association says proposals from Great Yarmouth council to introduce selective licensing in one part of the town contains...

26 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Agent presses council to rethink £945 licensing proposal

Councillors in Stockton-on-Tees are under pressure to rethink plans to introduce Selective Licensing of private rented housing in two areas of...

20 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Another one bites the dust - independent agency snapped up by chain

The Leaders Romans Group has acquired Upp Property Lettings in Oakham and Stamford. The acquisition will see the existing Leaders branch in...

13 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Yield of Dreams: research reveals the highest buy to let returns

A new analysis of rental yields across all of the UK’s local authorities has revealed exactly where the best places are for...

29 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Spot checks on buy to let properties could boost quality - claim

A PropTech company chief is backing the controversial idea of spot checks on private rental sector properties in a bid to...

28 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Britain's best and worst yields for buy to let

An analysis of over 580,000 properties has produced a league table of Britain’s best and worst buy to let postcodes in...

18 June 2018

From: Breaking News

New firm aims to compensate for rogue estate agents

A new lettings agency set up at Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset says it’s setting out to atone for the misdemeanours of nearby...

13 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agents challenge Labour MP: why not show us your evidence?

A Member of Parliament who says “the majority of agents” engage in “dirty tactics” when it comes to fees imposed on...

11 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Brexit leads to rent guarantor service expanding outside UK

A rent guarantor service based in London and previously aiming itself at the UK market is expanding into the Republic of...

06 June 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency celebrates £100m of homes under management in one region

A lettings agency that started life as an idea between two friends 15 years ago is now celebrating managing over £100m...

18 May 2018

From: Breaking News

We can handle longer tenancies says Build To Rent provider

Grainger says it’s ready to respond to the growing need for longer tenancies for families and older renters - the latter...

14 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Confirmed - mandatory Client Money Protection for all agents from next April

The government has confirmed that all property agents in England will need to be part of an approved Client Money Protection...

04 May 2018

From: Breaking News

£7,000 fine for buy to let investor failing to honour Improvement Notice

A buy to let investor faces a fine of £7,000 plus costs and a victim surcharge for failing to upgrade his...

03 May 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator offers five year tenancies to attract families

Build To Rent operator and long-term volume landlord organisation Grainger says it is pioneering five-year leases “in a bid to overhaul...

13 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Council set to introduce spot-checks on conditions of rental properties

A council says it is adopting a new approach to proactively tackling poor housing conditions in privately rented homes in one...

04 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Revealed - the 10 best (and worst) performing locations for buy to let

Specialist buy to let lender LendInvest has looked at 105 postcodes across England and Wales to find the best (and worst)...

03 April 2018

From: Breaking News

Leaders announces 10th acquisition in just nine months

Leaders has completed its 10th acquisition in the last nine months. It has snapped up Temples agency which gives it new branches...

19 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Trade body accuses government of allowing 'money grabbing' new charge

A trade body is calling on the government to repeal the fee that councils can now charge when an Article 4...

12 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Call for council officers and members to 'get educated about Build To Rent'

Reaction to the government’s call for developers and planning authorities to be more flexible in their approach to increasing the housing...

07 March 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency warns of fraud threat as scammers target Facebook groups

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

15 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent operator and developer announces two new projects

Build To Rent developer and operator PLATFORM_ has announced its first scheme in Scotland and an expansion of an existing development...

09 February 2018

From: Breaking News

EweMove pair acquire 100-unit lettings portfolio from independent agency

Franchise holders of EweMove in the westcountry have acquired over 100 managed units from an independent agency. Anita Light and Paul Gammage,...

08 February 2018

From: Breaking News

Agency donates 15 per cent of profits to local housing association

A lettings agency operating in Cardiff has expanded its business and now donates 15 per cent of profits to a local...

02 February 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

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

Regional agency opens new office in bid to extend reach

Loveitts Estate Agents says it is “extending its reach” with the opening of a new expanded office in Nuneaton. The move to...

28 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

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

Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

The National Landlords Association reports that Bournemouth council has taken the unusual step of rejecting a proposal to introduce a landlord licensing...

10 November 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

Letting agency fined after student property breached HMO rules

Letting agency Spicerhaart has been fined £2,670 after pleading guilty to operating an unlicensed house in multiple occupation.   A prosecution was brought...

26 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

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

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

23 August 2017

From: Breaking News

We've got mews for you - if you can pay £4,250 a week in rent

The agent behind London’s newest letting opportunity says it’s the most luxurious property in the capital’s most presigious neighbourhood - and...

11 August 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

Northern locations still the best for buy-to-let investment

Stoke-on-Trent has been named as the UK's buy-to-let 'sweet spot'. Analysis of data from Home.co.uk by property crowdfunding plaform Property Partner shows...

19 June 2017

From: Breaking News

BTL index: Nothing to choose between Tory and Labour-voting regions

The top ten buy-to-let postcodes in England and Wales are evenly split between locations that voted for the Conservatives or Labour. Luton...

16 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Former Countrywide director expands Badger Holdings with acquisition

The firm run by former Countrywide lettings director Nick Dunning has announced the details of its latest acquisition. Nick Dunning Associates has...

14 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Belvoir reports specific lack of rental stock in market towns

The latest analysis of buy to let trends by letting agency franchise chain Belvoir has identified a specific lack of rental...

05 June 2017

From: Breaking News

Letting agents to put their feet up after quarter of a century

Two letting agents who have run their town centre business for 24 years are starting well-earned retirements.   Nicky Nettelfield and Irene Brown...

31 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

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

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

London council to probe 'growing concerns' about short-term lets

Kensington & Chelsea council in central London has set up a series of hotline services and a working party to investigate...

19 April 2017

From: Breaking News

Buy to let investor may have to repay rent from seven illegal flats

A landlord who illegally converted a property into seven flats and rented them out without planning permission faces having to repay...

03 April 2017

From: Breaking News

4 Reasons Why Virtual Furnishing Really Is The Future

It seems prop-tech is exploding at a scary rate, and the latest brands are all trying to grab our attention by...

17 March 2017

From: Sponsored Content

Rental sector 'better for pets than for housing benefit tenants' - claim

A BBC survey claims that private sector landlords are more likely to accept potential tenants who own pets than ones who...

10 March 2017

From: Breaking News

Agent must pay £5,000 'no redress' fine to local council

The operator of a troubled letting agency in Huddersfield has had until this week to pay a £5,000 fixed penalty notice...

23 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Two high street brands snapped up by ex-Countrywide boss

A firm run by the former commercial director of Countrywide has made its first large scale acquisition with the purchase of...

02 February 2017

From: Breaking News

Southern Rail strikes beginning to hit local lettings markets

A buy to let mortgage lender claims that five out of six areas affected by the long-running spate of strikes on...

23 January 2017

From: Breaking News

More buy to let investors seeking HMOs to offset higher taxes

A property investment financing specialist says an increasing number of buy to let investors are converting properties into Houses in Multiple...

17 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Pop-up brothels 'using privately rented apartments' say police

No fewer than 14 ‘pop up brothels’ have been discovered in one seaside town in six months, with all of them...

06 January 2017

From: Breaking News

Claim that not having HMO council license puts tenants' lives at risk

A council believes that a landlord was “putting tenants’ lives in danger” because he did not have local authority licenses for...

08 December 2016

From: Breaking News

Online agency makes league table of highest/lowest tenant fees

Online estate agent Urban.co.uk says it has created a league table of fees that tenants are charged by agencies in different locations...

25 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another two independents taken over by Romans/Leaders brand

Another two independent letting agencies have been acquired by the Property Services Holding Group. comprising Leaders and Romans. Leaders has completed the...

21 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Agents praised by council for professional property management

We often report local authorities criticising the standards of letting agents and landlords - now here's a quite different story. Letting agents...

11 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Another warning of a large rise in properties on the lettings market

There has been another market survey suggesting a significant rise in the number of homes available to rent.   There were 11.4 per...

10 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Dataloft consultancy reveals four key indicators of buy to let success

Property consultancy Dataloft has produced an index to monitor what it says are the four key factors behind buy to let investors'...

07 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Freehold properties becoming rare in some parts of cities

A plentiful supply of freehold properties in our cities may become a thing of the past as urban areas become increasingly...

04 November 2016

From: Breaking News

Blackburn named as latest buy-to-let investment hotspot

Lancashire town Blackburn has recorded the highest increase in average rental yield over the last year, according to LendInvest.  The online mortgage...

27 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Sharp drop in buy-to-let property listings during August

Almost all of the UK's major towns and cities saw fewer available buy-to-let properties listed during August when compared with July. Property...

15 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Average tenant expects to rent for ten more years

The average UK tenant expects to remain part of the Private Rented Sector for a further decade, according to a new...

14 September 2016

From: Breaking News

How can Agents survive in an increasingly competitive market?

The key lies in improving your customer experience through technology For Agents, the tremendous growth in online estate agents highlights a strong...

13 September 2016

From: Sponsored Content

Cash-rich student accommodation company wants to buy HMOs

Student accommodation provider Student Cribs has secured £200m in funding from institutions to expand its portfolio - and it’s looking for...

08 September 2016

From: Breaking News

Labour hopeful wants more licensing, rent controls and landlord buy-outs

Former shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham - now Labour’s candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester - has outlined a string of...

18 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Hefty fine and costs for failing to give tenant an EPC certificate

Failing to provide an energy certificate and not complying with an improvement notice has resulted in a landlord being ordered to...

17 August 2016

From: Breaking News

Lifting the Lid on Deposit Disputes

Our latest infographic shows figures of how the majority of deposits are repaid at the end of tenancy and goes into...

05 August 2016

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London lagging in terms of room rental returns, says website

Rents for individual rooms to let are rising fastest in Swansea, Bradford, Portsmouth and Swindon, with all of these locations seeing...

03 August 2016

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Appalling 'Slumdog' shanty house used as private home to let

A raid on a house has uncovered appalling conditions including a Slumdog Millionaire-style shanty town shack made from wood offcuts, pallets...

29 July 2016

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Highest yields still found in the north - and mostly in 'EU leave' towns

New research by an online property lending company reveals that those towns which were strongest in voting ‘Leave’ in the EU...

28 July 2016

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Council brings in Article 4 planning status for HMOs in key areas

An east London council is changing its planning rules, bringing in Article 4 consent before homes in key areas are converted...

26 July 2016

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Landlord group says 56% of tenants would quit town if they could buy

More than half of tenants would move or consider moving to a different town or city in order to buy a...

22 July 2016

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Brexit: 'Racist backlash' will damage rental sector, warns agency

The Belvoir franchise letting agency group has taken the unusual step of calling for clarity on government migration policy.   Belvoir managing director...

18 July 2016

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Council halts private rental licensing idea after overwhelming hostility

A local council has halted proposals to introduce a licensing regime for a town’s privately let properties after what a newspaper called...

14 July 2016

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£9,000 bill for letting flat in contravention of Prohibition Order

A landlord faces a bill of over £9,000 for putting his tenants at risk of harm.   Jack Kensell of Folkestone was prosecuted...

12 July 2016

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Are 60 per cent buy to let deposits really on the cards?

Mortgage firms insisting on landlords proving their rental income could cover 145 per cent of their monthly payments could lead to...

05 July 2016

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Property investment specialists analyse coastal buy to let potential

Property investment specialists at online consultancy LendInvest have analysed coastal towns across England and Wales for their buy to let potential...

24 June 2016

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Agency fined by council for 'ghost listing' flats to let on Zoopla

A London council has prosecuted a letting agency that was ’ghost listing’ on Zoopla flats that were not in fact available...

10 June 2016

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Early morning raids on HMOs as part of police and council clampdown

There was a series of raids on HMOs led by a local authority early one morning at the end of last...

08 June 2016

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One-bed flats tipped for biggest rental growth over next 12 months

Landlords predict that one-bedroom flats will be the property type to increase most in value over the next year.  Meanwhile, two-bedroom flats...

24 May 2016

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Stamp duty buying frenzy leads to 11% surge in 'to lets' on Rightmove

The frenzy of investor purchasing of buy to let units ahead of the stamp duty surcharge deadline has led to an...

16 May 2016

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Sign of the times: ARLA secures first Build To Rent member

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has signed up its first institutional member from the Build To Rent sector. Get Living London...

13 May 2016

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Group protesting outside letting agents' offices starts campaign in second town

A community group that has in the past staged protests at letting agents’ offices in Bristol has now organised a petition...

21 April 2016

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Letting agency used as cover for vast cannabis farming network

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

13 April 2016

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'No licence' landlord gets four-figure bill after ignoring council warnings

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after admitting operating in Burnley without a proper licence.  Matthew Hartley...

12 April 2016

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Proposal unveiled for first 'commuter town' Build To Rent development

International development firm Westrock has given details of what it calls “the first homes designed specifically for rent in a key...

08 April 2016

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Seven-figure sum to buy independent agency confirmed by negotiators

It has been confirmed that letting agency Underwoods Town and Country has been snapped up by Countrywide for a seven figure...

06 April 2016

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Buy to let 'unprofitable' in most areas if rate rises and tax relief falls

If interest rates rise by 2.5 per cent over the next four years, traditional buy to let could become unprofitable in...

01 March 2016

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Lawyers call for more landlords to join challenge over Foxtons' fees

The London legal firm Leigh Day - which last week announced it was leading a legal action on behalf of 55...

29 February 2016

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Foxtons receives 'letter of claim' seeking £2m settlement talks over fees

Foxtons has been served with a ‘letter of claim’ which warns that unless it enters into talks concerning fees charged to...

26 February 2016

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

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

24 February 2016

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David d'Orton-Gibson, Training for Professionals MD

Who are you? I am David d’Orton-Gibson What does it say on your business card? It says I am the Managing Director of an...

01 February 2016

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Survey reveals towns and cities seeing biggest rent rises in 2015

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

12 January 2016

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Ban for landlord who let out sub-standard converted garage

It’s not been a happy Christmas for a Leicestershire landlord who has been banned from renting out a converted garage after...

30 December 2015

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Fine of over £6,000 because of untidy private rental properties

A landlord has been fined £6,160 by St Helens magistrates after he admitted failing to tidy up two properties he owned. The...

08 December 2015

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

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

06 November 2015

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Rental sector to boom as first time buyers need £50,000 to proceed

The rental market looks set to benefit from the continuing housing market strength as new research claims that first time buyers...

06 November 2015

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More acquisitions by Leaders takes national network to 111 branches

Leaders has added another seven branches to its 110-plus network in recent weeks.  The firm has just completed the purchases of Lloyds...

04 November 2015

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Uproar over tenants moving into HMO without appropriate consent

There is uproar in Brighton as a result of students being let rooms in an HMO - despite the property’s owners...

30 October 2015

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Tenants' group to protest at agents' offices not displaying fees

A tenants’ campaign group is planning a series of protests this coming weekend outside offices of lettings agencies which allegedly do...

28 October 2015

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Many tenants rent in better areas than they buy in says Countrywide

In an unusual boost for the benefits of the private rental sector, new data suggests tenants routinely rent in more expensive...

13 October 2015

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Drunk letting agent reported to have lied about his name

A letting agent is reported to have lied to police about his name when he was tracked down by officers investigating...

22 September 2015

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Over-35s flat-sharing makes lettings market tough for students

The shortage of rental accommodation in some university towns is so great that up to 22 people are competing for every...

21 September 2015

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Pensioner buy-to-let hotspots revealed

Brandon in Suffolk is the most profitable location for pensioners to invest in buy-to-let property with an average yield of 8.59%. This...

25 August 2015

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Landlords to present council with petition against licensing scheme

A group of landlords in Oldham have said they are going to present the council with a petition against the town's...

20 August 2015

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A new twist on the right to buy

Competition is hot among home buyers in my part of southern England to take ownership of properties that come onto the...

24 July 2015

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Council confirms permanent ban on To Let boards

Reading Council in Berkshire has confirmed that a voluntary ban on letting agents boards in part of the town will be...

17 July 2015

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Pioneering regional Build To Let gets the go-ahead

A Build To Let scheme led by developer Dandara and property investment operator LaSalle is to be the first of its...

14 July 2015

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Out of Hour cover for areas under Landlord licensing

Many Councils are now introducing Landlord Licensing within different boroughs, for those that have one of the requirements is a 24...

10 July 2015

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Romans Wows Property Management Clients with Docusign

Leading UK property agency enhances auditing and reporting while providing a better client experience. Company’s Top Objectives Romans is a 19-branch network of...

08 July 2015

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Legal expert says Foxtons may 'get its comeuppance' over fees

Prominent residential property and tenant law expert Tessa Shepperson says a class action against Foxtons alleging unfair charges to landlords will...

19 June 2015

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Lettings board ban to be extended and made permanent

A trial voluntary ban on letting agents boards in part of a town has been declared such a success it could...

16 June 2015

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Agent facing legal bill after charging landlord over £600 to fix light

Foxtons could be facing a hefty legal bill after charging a landlord over £600 to change a light fitting. In 2013 London...

08 June 2015

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Agency sold to Countrywide in seven-figure deal

An East Midland lettings agency sold to Countrywide in what is reported to be a seven-figure deal. Underwoods has been trading for...

22 May 2015

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Bid to overturn council licensing scheme fails

A bid to take Rotherham council to a judicial review over a selective licensing scheme for private sector landlords has failed. All...

20 May 2015

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Letter from the Publisher: Are brownfield sites the solution to the UK’s housing shortage?

There has been much debate in recent years about Britain’s desperate need for more housing stock. Demand has been outstripping supply...

15 May 2015

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Letter from the Publisher: Why it’s harsh to blame gentrification on Foxtons

Gentrification is a divisive, provocative issue, but why are estate agents (especially Foxtons) appearing to bear the brunt of the public’s...

06 May 2015

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