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Sustainable green lettings office launched after revamp

An agency has upgraded a lettings office after what it describes as a makeover by ‘green office and retail design consultants’. The...

19 July 2024

From: Breaking News

Towers up to 17 storeys for latest Build To Rent scheme

Southampton council has approved a big new Build To Rent scheme on the site of a disused gasworks. Hawkstone Properties Ltd and...

17 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Word-for-Word - Conservative Rental and Housing Manifesto Pledges

The Conservatives have this afternoon set out a 78-page manifesto, of which just over two pages are given to housing and...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Michael Gove turns the safety screws on reluctant freeholders

The government has won a landmark legal challenge against a freeholder forcing it to fix serious building safety issues in a...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour must come clean on Business Rates, says agency

A prominent agent campaigning for business tax reform is urging Labour to come clean on its policies for business rates and...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Housing Minister to address agents ahead of General Election

Housing minister Lee Rowley will be taking centre stage at the largest property agency conference in the UK this summer, Propertymark...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency unveils “renewable, sustainable, green branch office”

Leaders - part of the Leaders Romans Group - has unveiled what it claims to one its latest “sustainable office” in...

17 April 2024

From: Breaking News

New Digital Property Logbook tested for lettings market

Property logbook company Chimni is trialling a new form of Digital Property Logbook aimed at the Lettings markets.   The new logbooks...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Business Rates - Agency warns Hunt he has last chance to get them right

The Chancellor has one last chance to come good on the election promise of lowering the burden of business rates –...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Building society bans mortgages on holiday let properties

A building society has launched a pilot project banning mortgage lending on holiday lets in two tourist areas for 12 months. Leeds...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Jailed! Agency owner who helped Albanian gang create huge drug empire

A wealthy landlord who set up a fake lettings agency in Hull has been jailed for 11 years for allowing ‘ghost tenants’ to...

07 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Heating Private Rental Properties - council claims EPC success

The number of private tenants in properties that are hard to heat has fallen, a council claims. As agents will know private...

06 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency was front for multi million pound drugs gang

An organised crime group involved in producing and distributing an estimated £2.4m of cannabis has been found to have e used...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Savills reveals which buy to let region it tips for best returns

Residential buy to let in the North West of England, London industrial property and retail warehouses are set to be the...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Won't Become Energy Efficient without Incentives - claim

Propertymark has urged the government to do more to help the country’s most vulnerable citizens heat their homes.   Office for National Statistics...

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Downturn? What downturn? Propertymark books entire hotel for a party!

Propertymark is revamping the big London conference it trialled this year - and it’s fired an entire hotel for the after-party...

07 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Rebranded agency launches all-inclusive tenancy deal

My Property Box Tyne & Wear has extended its all-inclusive rent deal - and it says it’s in response to concerns...

11 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Large scale investors in optimistic mood despite volatile economy

Large portfolio professional landlords are in a confident mood, with the majority planning to acquire at least one new asset in...

25 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Commercial property investment slumps as UK economy weakens

The scale of investment in UK commercial property has fallen in all sectors, new research suggests.  Sirius Property Finance has analysed UK...

02 May 2023

From: Breaking News

New eviction powers to get rid of anti social tenants

Landlords and agents acting on their behalf are to be given more powers to evict unruly tenants who ruin neighbours’ lives...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Historic agency merges with chartered surveying firm

The Herbert R Thomas agency, known as HRT, is merging with Rawlins & Madley. The two South Wales firms announced the merger on...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

New Build To Rent firm says it’s helping reverse rental stock shortage

A new dedicated Build To Rent company, Adler Estates, has launched in the westcountry. It’s part of the Eagle One group of private property companies...

31 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Net Zero Targets - Why no help for private rental sector to meet them?

Propertymark is querying why there’s no help for the private rental sector to meet energy efficiency targets expressed in a new...

17 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Banned! Rogue agent abused Covid loans with string of false claims

A lettings agent has been banned from holding office in a company for 11 years for abusing Covid loans - but...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Plummeting commercial property - an alternative to buy to let?

A new survey of over 8,000 commercial estate agents indicates a challenging 2023 - suggesting a possible alternative investment option for...

04 January 2023

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - agents say new schemes must be rental-friendly

Propertymark wants the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy to widen access to cash help to those that need it...

30 December 2022

From: Breaking News

Vik Tara, CTO of Technology Blueprint

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? I'm Vik Tara and on my business card it says...

22 November 2022

From: 60 Second Interview

Controversial Boiler Upgrade Scheme to be scrutinised by politicians

The controversial Boiler Upgrade Scheme - which Propertymark say is so complex many people don’t think it’s worth applying to -...

22 November 2022

From: Breaking News

Agents hot under the collar about Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme application process is so complex property agents and their landlords do not think it is worth...

04 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform future uncertain as new housing minister stays quiet

Lee Rowley is the new housing minister, specifically responsible for taking charge of the government’s rental reform agenda. The government has confirmed...

20 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Going Green - National agency group opens first ‘sustainable branch’

Leaders Romans Group has launched what it claims is its first sustainable branch lettings office.  Its Brighton city centre branch, operating under...

12 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Airbnb moves to block renters holding anti-social parties

Airbnb is piloting new tools which it claims may identify and block prospective renters who want to stage anti-social parties. The technology...

22 August 2022

From: Breaking News

Guilty! Letting agents used violence to illegally evict tenants

A jury has ruled that a lettings agency has been guilty of illegally evicting tenants in Margate - with locks changed,...

20 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Court Drama - Agency accused of violence and vandalism against tenants

A lettings agency is alleged to have used violence and vandalism over a prolonged period against the tenants of at least...

22 June 2022

From: Breaking News

Leaders Romans Group in major three year PropTech deal

Leaders Romans Group has entered a three year deal with The Depositary, which is claimed could save the group tens of...

23 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Where’s Hot? Where’s Not? - new league table of tenant demand

A lettings agency has identified where tenant demand is strongest right now - and where demand is lower than some agents...

31 March 2022

From: Breaking News

2,000 complaints over Airbnb-style short lets in just one area

Westminster council wants central London to have the same powers as Paris and Amsterdam to stop anti-social behaviour caused by Airbnb...

07 February 2022

From: Breaking News

Low tenant and public awareness over Boiler changes, say MPs

Many people - including agents, landlords and tenants - are unprepared for the domestic heating revolution on its way to Britain. That’s...

04 February 2022

From: Breaking News

New EPC Regulations: Rental sector’s uphill struggle to meet targets

Just as COP26 is drawing to a close, so one of the lettings industry’s leading legal voices is warning that the...

12 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Huge fine for agency and boss who perverted course of justice

Over £80,000 pounds of fines have been imposed on a letting agency and its director. Zenith Accommodation Ltd’s boss, Mohammad Mallick of...

08 November 2021

From: Breaking News

It’s green up north - councils win cash to make rental sector eco-efficient

Almost £300,000 has been awarded to a consortium of councils to improve energy efficiency in the private rental sector. York council will lead...

04 November 2021

From: Breaking News

Possession Court Delays - no improvement for at least a year

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab says it will take a year for court backlogs to be reduced substantially and even longer to...

15 October 2021

From: Breaking News

The complete business phone system in a mobile app for property professionals

The telecoms solutions company behind "Phone-in-a-Phone" (PiP) now brings property professionals the UK's first mobile-only business phone system in an app...

07 October 2021

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Agency cleared of part in ‘Ghost Tenants’ lettings scandal

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

04 October 2021

From: Breaking News

Agency helps PropTech supplier fine-tune deposits service

A PropTech supplier claims letting agents can now register deposits at the click of a button thanks to a new integration...

08 September 2021

From: Breaking News

HMO property agency and landlord hit with fine and costs

A landlord and the property company of which he is director have been convicted and ordered to pay more than £17,000...

13 August 2021

From: Breaking News

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

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

27 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Wales to clamp down on holiday lets and additional homes

Wales’ Labour-led administration is to announce a three-pronged approach to affordability issues - and it looks likely to involve a clampdown...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Live streaming app attracts offers over asking - claim

A firm creating an app showing live streams of properties to let or for sale claims one agency attracted 18 offers...

06 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Short let tenants offered deposit alternative via new collaboration

Deposit alternative firm flatfair has teamed up with an accommodation service to supply short lets. Users who find short lets through the...

30 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove changing its lettings service - wants agent feedback

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

11 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Utilities Admin: Simple technology to save 85 minutes per tenancy

As we all know, there is an increasing number of PropTech solutions aiming to service the property and lettings industry, with...

07 June 2021

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Agent Alert: Change to eviction notice periods from today

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

01 June 2021

From: Breaking News

Goodlord industrial dispute - it’s far from over insists trade union

Last week’s bid by PropTech referencing firm Goodlord to draw a line under its long-running ‘fire and rehire’ industrial dispute has...

24 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Striking Goodlord staff leave after ‘fire and rehire’ dispute

The industrial dispute involving Goodlord has ended with nine of the affected staff leaving the company after a lengthy strike. The Unite...

20 May 2021

From: Breaking News

Criminal Behaviour Order for rogue agent after unlawful eviction

A lettings agency director has been issued with a Criminal Behaviour Order for unlawfully evicting a tenant back in 2019. CFDP Ltd, trading as...

30 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Government reveals true scale of Green Homes Grant farce

ARLA Propertymark says there should be a long term appropriately funded strategy to help the private rental sector and home owners...

26 April 2021

From: Breaking News

‘No DSS’ - Agency unlawfully discriminated against tenant

Another lettings agency has been found to have unlawfully discriminated against a tenant receiving benefits. Worthing County Court declared that Michael Jones & Company unlawfully...

21 April 2021

From: Breaking News

Blow to lettings sector as Green Homes Grant axed

The initiative which the government hoped would transform energy efficiency in the private rental sector is being axed this week. The Green...

29 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts to continue as possession case backlog rises

In an exclusive, the Daily Telegraph says emergency courtrooms will be used after their funding runs out over the comning summer...

26 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Rightmove sets out rental sector innovation programme

Rightmove has set out its innovation programme for the private rental sector. The portal has given over a substantial amount of its...

01 March 2021

From: Breaking News

Union protests outside agencies as Goodlord dispute escalates

The industrial dispute involving Goodlord has escalated with protests outside agency offices using the lettings platform, and the creation of a...

18 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Tenant referencing strike threatens to disrupt agencies

A trades union claims that lettings software provider Goodlord is slashing some staff salaries by a quarter - that’s £6,000 per...

12 February 2021

From: Breaking News

 Utilities algorithm developed by lettings management platform

Lettings management service Ringley Group has teamed up with a utility broker, 001 Ltd. It says this sources and identifies economies of...

11 February 2021

From: Breaking News

Meaty PR stunt offers agents ‘one free month of landlord leads’

A letting agency comparison website is offering a free month of landlord leads - so long as agents try a Vegan diet. Rentround insists...

22 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill minister quits government after “devastating news”

One of the housing ministers with responsibility for the introduction of the controversial Renters Reform Bill in the near future has...

18 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eco-policies to dominate rental sector in 2021 predicts agency

Lettings agency Carter Jonas predicts the housing market - for both owner-occupiers and landlords - will become increasingly eco-focussed in 2021. It says...

30 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Gangmasters probe leads to property firm and director’s huge fines

Restaurant staff were kept in “dangerous and overcrowded” conditions by a property company and its landlord-director, a court has heard. The company...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

£100,000 compensation to be paid by rogue lettings agents

Three lettings agents who kept tenants’ rent instead of passing it to the landlords have been ordered to pay almost £100,000...

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

Anger continues to mount over government plans to make rental properties more energy efficient, with one agent advising his landlords to make...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Stricter EPC regs - agents urged to tell government what they think

A call to action has been sent to letting agents to make their voices heard about new EPC proposals from the Department...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

A new proposal from the government says agents and portals will be banned from advertising rental properties with non-compliant Energy Performance...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

 Right To Rent may be tweaked to allow easier online checks

The Home Office is proposing a new online service to make it easier for agents and landlords to check that prospective...

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Eight new Nightingale Courts to help clear possession backlog

Much has been made of the backlog of court cases - including landlords’ possession attempts - and now the Ministry of Justice...

24 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Short Lets trade body recruits 14 new members despite virus battering

The new trade body for companies working in the beleaguered short lets sector has recruited 14 new member firms - although...

30 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent stays after court rules against campaigners

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of the government’s controversial Right To Rent scheme, overturning a decision reached last...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New partner for fast-growing lettings PropTech platform

The lettings and management software platform teclet has announced its latest partner - LegalforLandlords. Agents using teclet - which is currently offering...

22 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona - more guidance and special deals for agents

Hello, and we trust you had as good a weekend as possible in these difficult circumstances.  As we start a new week...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech inventory offer to agents listing with OnTheMarket

PropTech platform teclet is offering letting agents that list with OnTheMarket a three month trial offer of a digital inventory service. One...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rogue agent fined £12,000 after falsely claiming NALS membership

The safeagent accreditation business says it has helped secure the conviction of a rogue lettings agent who falsely claimed membership of...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Referral Fee clampdown confirmed for lettings agents too

The clampdown on referral fees, until now concentrated on the sales sector, will extend to letting agents too. James Munro, head of...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council coordinating trial of digital checks on agents

A Labour council is leading a trial by local authorities of a new digital platform that checks whether agents, landlords and...

13 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cannabis alert for private rental sector as electricity thefts surge

New analysis by Direct Line for Business reveals a surge in the number of police investigations into the theft of electricity,...

17 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Second law firm hits out at government Section 21 proposals

Another law firm has sharply criticised the government’s proposals to abolish Section 21 eviction powers for landlords. Devonshires says the government should...

16 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent Guarantor provider launches referral project for agents

A rent guarantor service says it’s already chosen 25 lettings agents to take part in a trial of what it calls...

21 June 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

Fees Ban given green light by 'independent assessment' body

The government has published an independent assessment of its Tenants Fees Bill proposal - the ban on fees levied by letting...

04 February 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech platform allows Build To Rent units to be short-let during voids

A software platform has been launched which allows Build To Rent units to be short-let on the likes of Airbnb during...

23 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental flat repossessed after being converted into illegal HMO

A buy to let investor has lost possession of his flat after converting it into an Illegal House in Multiple Occupation...

22 January 2019

From: Breaking News

Massive fraud committed by three London letting agents

Three letting agents who failed to return tenants’ deposits or pass on rent payments to landlords have been convicted of fraud...

12 December 2018

From: Breaking News

Huge London agency chain is latest to offer no-deposit scheme

London agency giant Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward is the latest to offer its tenant clients a no-deposit service.  It's going to use...

30 November 2018

From: Breaking News

AI-powered guide allows buy to let investors to locate best deals

A new investment company says its latest tool, powered by Artificial Intelligence, helps buy to let investors search for the best...

28 November 2018

From: Breaking News

£450,000: is this a record penalty for a buy to let landlord?

We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws - but...

26 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Shocking London 'Beds In Sheds' case leads to bill for £42,000

A landlord is almost £42,000 worse off after repeatedly ignoring council orders to stop illegally letting so called “beds in sheds”...

22 November 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 trials Artificial Intelligence bot to act on tenants’ repair problems

The JLL lettings agency has launched a ‘virtual property manager’ for a small number of Build To Rent tenants, claiming it...

14 November 2018

From: Breaking News

Another Build To Rent scheme - this time a 23-storey city centre block

Plans have been unveiled for a 23-storey development comprising 307 Build To Rent units, located overlooking Cardiff Bay. IM Properties and its...

08 October 2018

From: Breaking News

'Pay for a holiday instead of a letting agent' advises rental platform

A new online rental platform claims that landlords could save enough to afford an additional holiday this year if they signed...

02 August 2018

From: Breaking News

Fine of £2,525 after four year licensing and overcrowding saga

An investor has been fined £2,525 after failing to licence her property and allegedly providing inadequate living conditions for her tenants. Adeola...

24 July 2018

From: Breaking News

Council lettings agency aims to tackle homelessness through private sector

A local authority has started a one-year trial of a ‘social lettings agency’ which aims to match those at risk of...

04 July 2018

From: Breaking News

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