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Lomond acquires well known south of England agency chain

Lomond has announced yet another acquisition, this time expanding its presence across the south coast with by snapping up Mishon Mackay. The...

21 June 2024

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Build To Rent scheme sees above-expectations lettings

Bristol’s latest Build To Rent scheme from Grainger claims its pre-leasing phase has exceeded expectations with over a third of homes...

21 June 2024

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Labour to ban bidding wars and high upfront rental payments

Labour has stepped up its programme clamping down on what it calls “unscrupulous landlords strangling growth.” Specifically this means ending bidding wars,...

20 June 2024

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No explicit pledge to spread rent controls further in Scotland - SNP

The Scottish National Party, which as part of an alliance with the Greens introduced controversial rent controls in Scotland in 2022,...

20 June 2024

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Deposit Alternative service predicts student rental rush

Deposit alternative supplier flatfair says it’s seen a 30% year-on-year increase in No Deposit tenancies. It also claims 14% more landlords are...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

On-Sale Agency hosting Election Impacts Webinar

Fine & Country - the agency which was recently put up for sale - is hosting a webinar next week to...

20 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Northern Ireland joins The ValPal Network

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that, after 10 years, we’re able to expand The ValPal Network to Northern Ireland. Since our launch...

19 June 2024

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Airbnb and Short Let Boom may be over says agency chief

A lettings agency director is suggesting the short lets boom may be over. Marc von Grundherr, director of Benham and Reeves, says...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting Still Cheaper Than Buying with a 5% Deposit

Would-be buyers with a 5% deposit face paying £300 per month more in mortgage repayments than if they continued renting, says...

19 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Lomond continues aggressive growth strategy with new acquisition

Lomond’s John Shepherd brand has acquired a small Birmingham lettings agency, Xact Lettings. No figure is given for the number of lettings...

18 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Is Far From Over, Whoever Wins on July 4

Leasehold reform still has a long way to run, according to the Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP). The major party manifestos...

17 June 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

Shelter backs Labour eviction and housing policies

Shelter has spoken out in favour of what it calls “bold” commitments by Labour on the private rental sector and house...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Section 21 to be scrapped by Labour immediately

Labour’s manifesto, just released, makes a pledge to enact the “immediate” abolition of Section 21 eviction powers, along with other private...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

RICS rings alarm bells over state of lettings market

The latest residential market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is raising a red flag over what it calls...

13 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Proposed Capital Gains Tax rise would hit rental sector

A political party has proposed that Capital Gains Tax be equalised with Income Tax - meaning landlords and investors who sold...

13 June 2024

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‘No Interest Rate Cut This Summer’ after bad news from government

Any lingering hope of a pre-election interest rate cut by the Bank of England has been hurt by the government’s Office...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Sarah Beeny is high-profile late booking for Propertymark One

Property makeover queen and former estate agency owner Sarah Beeny is a late booking for Propertymark One on Friday. Beeny has in recent...

12 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents Distinctly Underwhelmed by Tories’ manifesto pledges

Agents, and others in the lettings industry, have given a sceptical response to the Conservative manifesto and its varied pledges about...

12 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

Agents’ Election Briefing - free webinar update on industry issues

The future of the UK lettings market will be determined by the July 4 election and now PropTech player Reapit |...

11 June 2024

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We Can’t Pay More! Affordability crisis dents London lettings market

London’s rental market has weakened in recent months according to the fledgling online service Hello Neighbour. Rents are 1% down compared to...

11 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by private equity-funded firm

Lomond’s John Shepherd brand has acquired a small Birmingham lettings agency, Xact Lettings. No figure is given for the number of lettings...

11 June 2024

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Guidance for Agents on smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms

Mandatory smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms will be introduced to private rented sector properties in Northern Ireland.    Under the Smoke, Heat...

11 June 2024

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Shock rise in compensation paid by letting agents last year

The Property Ombudsman received a record number of enquiries with 57,635 people seeking support with their property and housing related issues...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Would Tories’ Stamp Duty Policy really turn renters into buyers?

Over the weekend the Conservatives pledged that if elected on July 4 they would permanently scrap stamp duty for first time...

10 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour’s big idea to shift first time buyers from rental sector

Labour is launching a new Freedom to Buy scheme to get 80,000 young people on the housing ladder, over the next...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Challenge - Tories pledge 'no change' but will Labour follow?

The housing market has suddenly become a major part of the General Election campaign as a result of a challenge thrown...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agent pleads with landlords to believe in buy to let

The director of a London lettings agency says buy to let landlords are entitled to feel downtrodden but claims it’s still...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO award winners revealed - are you amongst them?

Software company COHO has presented wards to agencies, suppliers and individuals involved in the HMO business. The firm says the awards honour...

07 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Online agency buys lettings book of internet rival

Online agency lettingaproperty.com says it’s bought up the rental portfolio handled by virtual rival Mashroom. The acquisition increases lettingaproperty’s assets under management...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Huge 1,000-flat scheme will be one of UK’s biggest Build To Rent estates

Housing juggernaut Legal & General says it’s now half way through a £400m Build To Rent scheme in Wandsworth, south London. It...

06 June 2024

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Shelter spotlight on discrimination against LGBTQ+ private tenants

Shelter is backing the Kicked Out for Coming Out campaign which highlights family rejection as a contributor to LGBTQ+ homelessness.  Shelter has...

06 June 2024

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Councils ‘must take over ex-private rental Right To Buy flats’

A pro-tenant group wants the next government to take Right To Buy properties back to public ownership when they come up...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants rent for longer according to latest government survey

Tenants today spend 12% longer in the same property before switching, than they did a decade ago. Analysis of the English Housing...

05 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Bank rental property initiative signs PropTech deal

Citra Living, the Build To Rent offshoot of Lloyds Banking Group, continues with its growth strategy into the private rental sector. Citra...

04 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency will have 1,800 branches following latest acquisition

The Property Franchise Group is buying the Fine and Country chain, plus the membership body the Guild of Property Professionals. The deal is worth...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Independent agency snapped up by private equity cash

An agency group with an acquisition programme funded by a private equity operation has snapped up another independent agency. Lomond - which...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Zoopla welcomes back regional agent as portal rivalry hots up

Zoopla says a prominent regional agency, Dowen, has returned to its site in a bid to ramp up its plans for...

03 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Change from Tomorrow - reminder to agents

As a result of an announcement back in March, in the government’s final Budget, a major change to stamp duty comes into...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Eco-grants and first time buyer help - Rightmove’s Election Wishlist

Rightmove has produced five core demands on behalf of the rental sector, which it would like the next government to meet. These...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour Mayor Khan accused of failing over rental sector reforms

In an early General Election skirmish, London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of failing to enact key private rental...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Mydeposits custodial scheme - new platform launched

A new platform for the mydeposits custodial scheme has launched this week, incorporating features inspired by feedback from members and designed...

31 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Beefed Up EPC must be priority for next government - call

Political parties should not allow the lengthy General Election campaign to delay work on a new and beefed-up Energy Performance Certificate...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Prioritise First Time Buyers - demand grows for next government to take action

Four fifths of developers believe that the next government needs to do more to support first time buyers, according to the...

30 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent provider claims record breaking rental unit growth

Build To Rent provider Sigma Capital says it’s enjoyed a record breaking period of growth. Over 2023 and so far in 2024...

30 May 2024

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Rogue lettings agency fined again for failing to secure tenancy deposits

A lettings agency trading as Bowden Property Group Ltd has been fined £4,000 and £1,470 for failing to protect two tenancy...

29 May 2024

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Vote Labour, says high profile lettings industry figure

The chief executive of Goodlord, the prominent PropTech supplier to the lettings sector, has been revealed as one of the 121...

29 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Council-run lettings agency claims to beat  rivals on fees and upfront rent

A council-run lettings agency called YorHome is offering new incentives to woo private landlords away from conventional agents. Besides offering what it...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Many agents relieved Renters Reform Bill dropped - Propertymark

The agents’ trade body says many in the industry will be pleased that the Renters Reform Bill has bitten the dust...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Reform Bill collapse is “significant setback” claims letting agency boss

The failure of Labour and Conservatives to agree that the Renters Reform Bill should become law by July 4 has been...

28 May 2024

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Second homes and incomer buyers are good news - Propertymark

Propertymark has stepped into the row over whether there should be more controls over second homes, holiday lets and people from...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental growth forecasts cut as supply catches up with demand

Knight Frank says the normalisation of supply and demand in Prime London has happened more quickly than anticipated, forcing it to...

28 May 2024

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Warning To Labour - Rent Controls Just Won’t Work

If Labour plans to bring in rent controls they won’t work, a property association has warned.  The National Association of Property Buyers...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

New website marks high profile agency’s 20th anniversary

High profile independent lettings agency base property specialists is marking its 20th anniversary with a new video-first website. The agency - located...

24 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Beef Up Renters Reform Bill to stop even more evictions - call

A charity claims that new official figures on rent rises will “create more worry among private renters.” StepChange charity is referring to...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents, Start Your Engines - Formula 1 figures to address agents

Letting agents are being invited to two senior Formula 1 figures on how to improve their performance. Neil Martin has held senior...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Agents say they Don’t Know who they’ll vote for

Around half of letting agents and landlords say they are unsure about how they will vote in the General Election. A joint...

23 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - will it become law by July 4?

A General Election has been called for July 4. So what happens to the Renters Reform Bill, which has been the subject...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on rent controls

Propertymark wants Labour to come clean on its rent control policy, as the party repeatedly flip-flops on the issue. The agents’ body...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Emoov, pioneer online agency, acquired by small family business

A low profile family company called the Griffin Property Company has acquired Emoov, the online agency which was a pioneering name...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Interest rate cuts this year, suggests IMF - but it isn’t all rosy…

The International Monetary Fund has suggested that the British economy could accommodate three interest rate cuts this year, with Kate cuts...

22 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Restrictions - Gove slammed by Labour-dominated council body

London councils have slammed government plans for regulating the short-term and holiday lets sector. In a letter to Housing Secretary Michael Gove,...

21 May 2024

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Agency network links with industry supplier for training courses

Lettings agency giant Belvoir has struck a partnership with a PropTech firm majoring in inventories. InventoryBase Academy has been appointed as Belvoir's...

20 May 2024

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Yes to Regulation and No to Rent Controls - Propertymark

Propertymark wants Northern Ireland’s Department for Communities to regulate property agents via professional bodies such as itself. The Department for Communities is...

20 May 2024

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Propertymark tells politicians - add agent regulation to Renters Reform Bill

As the Renters Reform Bill makes its way through the House of Lords, Propertymark has advised peers not to miss this...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

What about Rental Reform? Labour puts issue on the back burner

Despite once claiming it would abolish Section 21 evictions “on its first day in office”, Labour appears to have gone cool...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour split as MP defies party policy and calls for rent controls

A Labour MP is calling for rent controls to be introduced, with powers for councils to tweak them as they see...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Get the Rent To Rent house in order, demands Propertymark

Propertymark has come out in support of the National Trading Standards Estate and Lettings Agency Team’s probe into Rent-to-Rent.    NTSELAT has...

17 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenant Turnover - landlord sales and not evictions are chief cause

Some 50% of tenants who moved last year did so because their landlords decided to sell the property.  By contrast, eviction was...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Hate Crime - Anti-Second Home Posters reported to police

Anti-second home posters seen in parts of North Wales and on social media have been reported to the police as a...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Far cheaper to rent than to buy in London - new figures

Londoners looking to buy a home can expect to spend 42% more on monthly mortgage payments than tenants pay on rent,...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Pity The Poor Renter - analyst says tenants face tough conditions

An Office of National Statistics survey shows that the top three issues facing the UK are still the cost-of-living crisis (89%),...

16 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax - that’s why rents are rising so much

Propertymark has given its view on why private rents have risen so much - 6.1% in England, 7.0% in Wales and...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Election Gimmick Stamp Duty Cut would trigger evictions - claim

A stamp duty cut in the run up to a General Election would see house prices go up and evictions soar,...

15 May 2024

From: Breaking News

£1.3m fundraise for PropTech rental instant messaging platform

Rental PropTech platform Krispyhouse has secured £1.3m in second-round fundraising. The residential rentals app and online platform is reported to have secured...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents berated for boring and useless ‘Free Valuations’

A prominent lettings expert and former president of ARLA Propertymark has berated agents who advertise ‘free valuations.’ Sally Lawson, now well known...

14 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rightmove Money-Making Machine set to hike agent fees again

Number one portal Rightmove has upgraded growth expectations in its latest statement to shareholders - and is again growing its average...

13 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Politicians should realise how rent controls force landlords out - call

The pressure on rents for new tenancies in Scotland’s private rented sector have started to ease with all major cities now...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

 Stop Killing Market with Rent Controls, agents tell minister

Propertymark has urged Scotland’s new First Minister to end the country’s housing emergency. John Swinney is now First Minister and says he...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants pushing back against large rent rises: Knight Frank

Rental growth in prime London postcodes has narrowed to levels last seen in the summer of 2021, says Knight Frank.  Average rents...

08 May 2024

From: Breaking News

For Sale! Agency with 42,500 units under management

It's reported that the Lomond estate agency group, which is heavily backed by private equity and which has expanded through serial...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Sadiq Khan housing tax policies criticised by Left-wingers

Even as he was being elected as Mayor of London for a record-beating third successive time, Sadiq Khan was under pressure...

07 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Letting agent claims area is over-run with Airbnb-style short lets

A lettings agent who is also on the executive of Propertymark claims one of Britain’s tourist hotspots has been over-run with...

07 May 2024

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Agency flags growing worries over pets in lets

A prominent lettings agency says concern is growing in the private rental sector about the prospect of more pets in properties.  A...

07 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

Property management firm hit with £500,000 health and safety fine

A housing company has been fined £528,000 after an employee repairing a fence post inadvertently struck an underground cable, suffering burns...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Lords won’t wreck Renters Reform Bill - trade body

A lettings sector trade body predicts that the House of Lords is unlikely to make substantive changes to the Renters Reform...

03 May 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech partnership promises lead generation for lettings agents

The ValPal Network has partnered with agency software provider Street.co .uk. This will facilitate the integration of Street’s CRM with TVPN’s lead...

02 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental demand to stay strong as first time buyers struggle

Startling regional differences are acting as barriers to those looking to step onto the property ladder for the first time, according...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Shelter demands “overhaul” of Renters Reform Bill

Campaigning charity Shelter is demanding an overhaul of the Renters Reform Bill, which will shortly begin its passage through the House...

01 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - we’re unlikely to follow Scotland, says housing chief

The Housing Secretary in Wales says that nation is unlikely to follow the example of Scotland by introducing rent controls. At a...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Lloyds Banking Group rental project now has 2,000 properties

Citra Living, part of Lloyds Banking Group, is to bring more than 150 new family homes to the rental market in...

30 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Half of Tenants 'get stuck' if letting agents fail to solve problems

Half of all private renters would not know where to turn to if a letting agent failed to address a problem...

30 April 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

Banned - Agency cannot let homes for four years; put on rogues’ database

A council has placed a Banning Order on a lettings agency operating unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation. Trophy Homes Ltd was hit...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Under half of homes listed to let are actually available - industry figure’s claim

A controversial rental sector figure claims over half of the properties listed to let are actually available for a tenant to...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Political Chaos is perfect time to ditch rent controls - housing bodies

The political chaos in Scotland presents sensible politicians with an ideal chance to resent housing policies and ditch rent controls. That’s the...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill “still misses the mark” says Propertymark

Propertymark says the controversial Renters Reform Bill still misses the mark, despite a string of amendments made to it as it...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Tax Alert - Agents can urge landlord clients to take part in pilot scheme

HMRC has launched a pilot for the proposed Making Tax Digital service for quarterly reporting - and agents can sign up...

26 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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