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Agency teams with private equity firm to go on acquisition trail

Specialist letting agent My Property Box has teamed up with a private equity firm to go on the acquisition trail. The Darlington-headquartered...

03 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Fire brigade chief praises new rental sector electricity regulations

London Fire Brigade’s deputy assistant commissioner for fire safety has praised the new safety regulations which have now come in to...

02 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness kicks off campaign to have all arrears evictions suspended

A pro-tenant campaign group has this morning kicked off its campaign to have the eviction ban - already extended until late...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions - how will courts manage when the ban is finally lifted?

In another sign of concern at the speed and volume of eviction cases once the ban is lifted at the end...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom for ARLA Propertymark as members manage half the market

Some 47 per cent of all properties in the private rental sector in England are now managed by ARLA Propertymark member...

01 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government slammed by law expert over electrical checks chaos

Confusion over Electrical Inspection Condition Reports, created by inaccurate statements from the government, has been slammed by a housing law expert.  Last...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let taking the brunt of the Coronavirus impact, say agents

The latest market snapshot produced by agent data suggests that rent increases have hit a new low as the Coronavirus impacts on...

30 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Baroness wants “renters’ charter” to be agreed by councils

The militantly pro-tenant Generation Rent group says it’s working with local councils to have a new “tenants’ charter” introduced. The new director...

29 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning of huge eviction hearing delays once ban finally ends

Figures unearthed by the Daily Telegraph show the scale of the arrears and eviction court case backlog likely to face the...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New book tells agents how to futureproof business in uncertain times

A new book from a prominent industry supplier aims to help lettings and estate agents modernise their business and futureproof it...

26 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour Baroness to head fiercely pro-tenant campaign group

A Labour Baroness, Alicia Kennedy, has been named as the new director of the fiercely pro-tenant Generation Rent campaign group. The announcement...

25 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Poundland! - lettings agency launches portals listings service for £1

A lettings agency is launching a service that allows landlords to list their properties on Rightmove, Zoopla and OnTheMarket for just...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Private landlords and Airbnb hosts implored to take in homeless

A local authority is imploring private landlords and providers of short-term lets, including Airbnb hosts, to lease their properties and thus...

24 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Solicitor in key S21 test case warns of future challenges ahead

A solicitor involved in the Court of Appeal case which ruled in favour of the private rental sector has spoken of...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Warning of ‘perfect storm’ for agents as new electrical checks arrive

The arrival of mandatory enhanced electrical checks so soon after the chaos of the Coronavirus pandemic represents a perfect storm for...

23 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rob Trotter, Associate Director at apropos

Who are you and what does it say on your business card? My Name is Rob Trotter. I’m married to a vet,...

22 June 2020

From: 60 Second Interview

“This stinks” - renters’ leader verdict on Jenrick planning scandal

The director of renters’ campaign group Generation Rent says the long-running scandal of a planning decision made by the Housing Secretary...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group wants tenants to be let off rent during virus

A new Labour group - Labour Tenants United - has issued a four-prong attack on the current private rental sector including...

22 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government withdraws new electrical safety guidance for rental sector

The government has withdrawn its latest electrical safety checks guidance for the private rental sector, with immediate effect. However, there remains...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

New safety checks may hit thousands of rental properties, fears ARLA

The government has released new guidance regarding electrical safety checks - and there's a worry it may include thousands of additional...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Court boost for private rental sector after key S21 judgement

Successes for the private rental sector may seem few and far between these days but the Court of Appeal has now...

19 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Apropos transforms the residential property management process

Apropos is a revolutionary digital property management platform which has recently launched in the UK. The new property management platform has...

18 June 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Legal group considers how courts will handle evictions after ban

It’s been revealed that a legal group is considering how courts will consider eviction cases when the current ban is lifted...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant demands change as lockdown reveals the ‘new normal’

Research from franchise giant Belvoir is the latest to show what may be rapidly changing aspirations from private tenants. “The results confirm...

17 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban puts domestic abuse victims at greater risk - claim

The extension to the evictions ban will compound the suffering of victims of domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. That’s the view of...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-Money Laundering: ARLA worry over agents’ responsibilities

ARLA Propertymark has set out its concerns over draft guidance on anti-money laundering produced by a body called the Joint Money...

16 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Age UK is latest charity to call for repeal of Section 21

Age UK is the latest campaigning charity to call for the repeal of S21 and the introduction of greater controls over...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters saved less than owners during lockdown restrictions

Government data shows that private renters spend a higher proportion of their budget on essential items that have not been cut...

12 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Help sector improve energy efficiency, agents urge Scots government

Agents and landlords of private rented homes are urging the Scottish Government to continue work on improving the energy efficiency of...

11 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Double Top! Agency acquires two firms within days of resumed trading

One of the country’s largest independent agencies has emerged out of lockdown with a spring in its step, acquiring two small...

10 June 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Five months without rent!’ - Anger at eviction ban extension

Landlords have expressed disappointment at the government decision to extend the ban on evictions by a further two months.  It will be...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

 There never was eviction crisis looming, insists lettings group

A lettings sector group says there was never any eviction crisis looming for private tenants, contrary to a slew of recent claims. New independent...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets ‘annual limits’ could spread outside London - expert

The current restriction on Airbnb-style short lets to 90 nights a year in London could spread to other cities - and...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency guides target agents, landlords and tenants in private sector

Two new handbooks have been released offering advice to the private rental sector on how to improve energy efficiency.  Electricity distributor UK...

08 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended for another two months

The government is extending the eviction ban for a further two months. A tweet early this evening from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Repayment order means £11,000 in rent being returned to tenants

Rent to the value of £10,982.25 is to be returned to tenants by a landlord who was operating without a licence. Mrs...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants worried about paying rent after furlough ends - claim

More than a third of furloughed private renters are worried about being able to pay their rent when the coronavirus lockdown...

05 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Longer eviction ban will hurt most vulnerable and damage rental sector

A prominent figure in the lettings industry has warned that any extension to the current evictions ban would risk hurting the...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter says high private rents lead to young adult homelessness

The campaigning charity Shelter says young adults are more in danger of homelessness than any other age group - and puts...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Testers' guide to electrical safety checks arriving next month

Accreditation service NAPIT has produced a publication for the rental sector ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

03 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Government issues guidelines for electrical checks from July 1

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has issued guidelines ahead of new electrical safety checks coming into force for...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Call for loans-for-landlords as part of anti-eviction plan

The Chartered Institute of Housing has published proposals aimed at avoiding a spike in private rental sector evictions when the current...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

25 Not Out - agent’s record chronicles growth of private rental sector

For Jill Griffiths, working exactly 25 years at the same agency is a cause for celebration - and her time serving...

02 June 2020

From: Breaking News

2,500 activists ‘on rent strike’ as Labour Mayor comes under attack

A group of activists in London claim as many as 2,500 tenants are on a rent-strike during the Coronavirus crisis. The number is...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank arrears claim sharply differs from leading agency

A think-tank claims one in eight tenants has fallen behind with rent since the start of the Coronavirus crisis - a...

01 June 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector highly vulnerable to younger worker unemployment, stats show

Research shows that half of those in the private rental sector are aged 16 to 34, making the lettings industry vulnerable...

29 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy-to-let market - why mortgage advisors are needed more than ever

The buy-to-let market has grown significantly in recent years as long-term renting becomes more popular and investors continue to see the...

28 May 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Corona Fallout: Renters admit they’re less likely to own a home now

Research by insurance firm Aviva suggests private tenants are now more pessimistic about being able to buy their own home. In December,...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ rights at centre of surge in internet searches over virus period

There’s been a surge in Google searches for issues concerning renters’ rights during the Coronavirus crisis. Research by heating company Boiler Plan...

28 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council defies government advice and attacks “dodgy operators”

Government advice to local authorities to sit tight with new licensing proposals during the Coronavirus pandemic appears to have been ignored...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council offers £15,000 incentive if landlords take vulnerable tenants

A council wants buy to let landlords with one-bed flats or rooms in shared homes to help it find homes for...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant fees ban fails to dent franchise empire’s profits

Hunters has reported a small increase in pre-tax profit in it full-year results despite the impact of the ban on tenant...

27 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council writes to landlords urging understanding over arrears

A London council has sent an open letting to its buy to let landlords urging them to show understanding to tenants...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims 1,000 cases linked to eviction, despite ban

Citizens Advice claims that in the two months since the lockdown began it has helped over 10,000 people with issues related...

26 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Online service denies claim it helps agents avoid portal fees

An online agency has denied a claim that it is allowing High Street agents to use its platform to avoid paying...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus shows strength of franchise business model - claim

The UK’s largest property franchise group says the current Coronavirus crisis shows precisely how robust its franchise business model is. In a...

22 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ‘not to be extended beyond late June’ - claim

A landlord website claims the current ban on evictions is not to be extended beyond its scheduled close of June 29...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental website is first ever to display air quality information

Rental property website SearchSmartly is thought to be the first in the world to display air quality ratings on every listing. In...

20 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Lets 'should only be re-let if tenants want to move'

A consumer group wants buy to let properties to be re-let only if the tenants in them want to move. The call...

19 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb support firms want to offer credit notes not cash refunds

The plethora of support companies around Airbnb and other short let platforms in the UK have told the government that it...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour-supporting tenants invited to “eviction resistance training”

A mailing list operated by the left wing activists’ group Momentum has been used to win support for a rent strike...

18 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend all rents now, says union- and council-funded think tank

A foundation which receives substantial funding from trade unions and a charity linked to the Nationwide is calling for rents to...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Free tenant referencing product for agents to be rolled out

The Lettings Hub is to roll out its Property Passport free tenant referencing product for letting agents. A beta test exercise already...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Guide for letting agents produced by … Shelter

Campaigning charity Shelter, which has been outspoken in its criticism of many letting agents in recent years, has now produced a...

15 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Government “thinking carefully” about future of eviction ban

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick says the government is “thinking carefully” about what more it can do for private tenants, especially after...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Virus: Safety of tenants is key responsibility of agents says government

Tenants’ safety should be letting agents’ first priority in the new era of activity during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a new document...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents set to fall across the UK for next three months, say surveyors

Private rents are expected to fall across the UK in the coming three months, but stabilise over the course of the...

14 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour evictions policy could mean financial ruin - claim

Labour’s proposal to extend the current ban on private rental sector evictions could end up with some landlords in financial ruin.  Landlord...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Many buy to let mortgages more expensive despite Base Rate fall

Some buy to let mortgages are now more expensive than before for borrowers, despite the recent fall in the Bank of...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s two-year delay for rent arrears “not enough” say activists

A group of private rental activists says Labour proposals to give tenants two years to repay arrears accrued during the virus...

12 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter claims thousands of renters face eviction as lockdown ends

Shelter has delivered a 14,000-signature petition claiming that thousands of private renters who have lost their jobs could be facing eviction...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Reapit offers free training to lettings and sales agents

Reapit is offering lettings and sales agents free training courses for its CRM software.  The offer will provide non-customers with complimentary access...

11 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Video-casts, ideas for agents' kids at home - oh, and a coffee morning

There’s no escaping team activity at epropservices - and in a good way. The company, which is the parent firm of The...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Personalised cards and a Social Chat session - more great work

We’re very grateful to Andy Wicking, managing director of Red Door Homes, an agency that punches well above its weight in beautiful...

08 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Suspend electricity checks, postpone licensing, aid renters - ARLA demands

ARLA Propertymark has made a series of demands on the government in the light of the Coronavirus crisis.  In a formal written...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Council licensing scheme challenged by alternative proposals

A group of local landlords and others in the private rental sector are challenging a local authority’s licensing proposals with their...

07 May 2020

From: Breaking News

New electrical safety standards here in July - new guide issued

It’s only eight weeks to the start off the new Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector which come into...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants can’t pay - only in Scotland

The Scottish government has announced a £5m fund that will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying...

06 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants shouldn’t always pay their own removal costs - commission

A commission investigating affordable homes in the UK has called for annual private sector rent increases to be limited to a...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Break Clauses not honoured because new tenants can’t be found - claim

The consumer group Which? claims some agents and landlords are not honouring break clauses and therefore not allowing tenants to move...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Over half of tenants regret aspects of their property - survey

Nearly half of households in the private rental sector have regrets about their home according to a survey by the HomeOwners...

05 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to lets should be sold “at knockdown prices” - renters group

A pressure group representing private tenants wants government to help housing associations purchase buy to let properties “at knockdown prices.” A blog...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector may face wave of court cases after lockdown - warning

A raft of measures from government and courts intended to help private tenants during the Coronavirus lockdown may be storing up a...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

HMO to charge NHS workers just £10 a week in rent

A council is being asked to prioritise consent to use a property as an HMO during the pandemic, with its four...

04 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity blasted for irresponsible claim about renters and arrears

A consumer charity has been blasted by a landlords' trade body for making “irresponsible” claims about tenants and the Coronavirus crisis. Research...

01 May 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour demands extra protection for tenants facing “ticking timebomb

The Labour head of a special ‘taskforce’ looking at London housing issues in the light of the Coronavirus crisis says he...

29 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Mediation bid to keep agents, tenants and landlords out of court

One of the official redress operators - Property Redress Scheme - has launched a tenancy mediation service for agents, landlords and...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Vast majority of mortgage lenders still have products for landlords

The number of mortgage lenders still offering products to landlords is 42 - only seven fewer than at the peak of...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New Corona guidelines for rental sector in different parts of country

Different guidelines have been issued for the rental sector in different parts of the British Isles as devolved administrations get to...

28 April 2020

From: Breaking News

No council tax on empty buy to lets, demands landlord group

Private landlords want the government to stop local authorities charging council tax on rented homes left empty because of the Coronavirus.  The National...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Independent agency acquired by student accommodation firm

Student lettings and management company Uni2 Rent has expanded its business with the acquisition of Nottingham West Lettings, for an undisclosed...

27 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents have one week to submit Corona views to MPs’ investigation

Agents and other property professionals have a week to submit their views to an enquiry into the impact of Coronavirus on...

24 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings body backs Labour call for private rents to have ‘benefit cover’

The new National Residential Landlords Association has backed calls from the Labour Mayor of London to ensure the benefits system covers...

23 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents sought by start-up offering free accommodation to key workers

A new renovation start-up is working with letting agents and landlords to allow key workers to use empty rental properties for...

23 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

Buy to let will now be an attractive safe haven, says market analyst

The director of the website Home says that investment in buy to let will look like a highly attractive safe haven...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Government advice on Corona activities, and property management tips

Hello, this is the final Conquering Corona for the week as we continue to help agents with advice and guidance through...

17 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Kick-start your agency out of lockdown - key webinar this morning

Hello and welcome to Conquering Corona, our bid to help agents through the crisis. If you have appropriate advice to share with...

16 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Zoopla owners invest heavily in Airbnb

The private equity firm that snapped up Zoopla Property Group two years ago has revealed that it’s one of two companies...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Conquering Corona: a legal perspective, more webinars and a supplier offer

Hello, and welcome to Wednesday’s guidance and advice for agents and suppliers trying to find a way through the current crisis. If...

15 April 2020

From: Breaking News

BTL latest, tenant info and selling from home - Conquering Corona

Hello - we hope you had as good an Easter as possible in these unusual circumstances, and welcome back to work. Now...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Almost 60 new branches sign up to ESTAS customer review platform

Three more agencies have signed up to the ESTAS customer review platform. The arrival of Newton Fallowell, Lovelle and Goodchilds - all...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents set to stagnate over next 12 months, warns RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors warns that rents are likely to stagnate for the rest of the year - although...

14 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Share of homes bought for buy to let plummets to record low

The proportion of homes bought last month by buy to let investors plummeted to a record low of just eight per...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters worse off than owners in virus crisis, claims think tank

Families living in private rented accommodation are more exposed to the economic shock of the Coronavirus than homeowners, which could mean...

09 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets should be regulated in line with rest of rental sector - call

A leading supplier says the current market standstill is an opportunity for the industry to rethink how short lets can be...

08 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Countrywide urges switch of student accommodation to mainstream rentals

The commercial arm of Countrywide is urging landlords currently facing huge void periods because students have been ordered home, to reconfigure...

07 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Today’s The Day: multiple tax changes will hit the rental sector

It’s not just navigating a path through the Coronavirus crisis that is proving the value of letting agents - it’s their...

06 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned as council postpones licensing clampdown

A local authority has postponed the extension of its private rental sector licensing regime - but it’s warning agents not to...

03 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent holiday plan slammed as “unhelpful and very divisive”

Labour’s latest suggestion for the private rental sector - a rent holiday for tenants during the Coronavirus crisis - has been...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona Latest: New tenant checks, Virtual staging, Global agency impact

Hello and welcome to our latest update… we’re probably not yet getting used to these unusual times but we hope this...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets sector collapses with 70 per cent of rentals cancelled

Airbnb and similar platforms have seen a collapse of business since the start of the Coronavirus crisis with some 70 per...

02 April 2020

From: Breaking News

New guidance issued on rent, evictions and maintenance

The government issued further guidance on the private rental sector over the weekend. The new 21 page document - a link to...

30 March 2020

From: Breaking News

All court possession orders suspended immediately

All court possession orders are being suspended from today as part of the changes to the private rental sector to cope...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Reminder to agents - new MEES rules come into effect next week

Despite the challenges being thrown up to the lettings sector by Coronavirus, this is a reminder that new MEES regulations on...

27 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Help the private rental sector - trade group renews call to government

The landlords’ newly-merged trade body has renewed its call for the government to do more to help the private rental sector...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban confusion - call for more security for tenants

The Citizens Advice charity is the latest organisation to call for more help for private tenants following what appears to be...

26 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Maintenance work CAN be carried out in homes says government

The government has yet to give explicit guidance relating to private rental maintenance, but new advice this morning appears to shed...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Suppliers and trade groups helping agents Conquering Corona

Hello and welcome to today’s Conquering Corona, our guide to the latest information to help agents and the rest of the...

25 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Ban on evictions: Charity welcomes three month pause

The government’s announcement that no new eviction proceedings from either social or private rented accommodation can start for at least three...

24 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus damage to rental sector could hit £15 billion - claim

New research suggests the damage to the private rental sector in terms of non-payment of rent could be a remarkable £15...

23 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Delay all new licensing schemes for six months, urges industry body

Not-for-profit accreditation service safeagent says the government should ensure councils delay the introduction of all new private rental sector licensing schemes...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets shouldn’t have to give cash refunds, says new trade body

The growing number of companies offering support services to hosts and agencies that operate short lets on Airbnb and similar platforms...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Corona legal Q&A, market tracker and how one agency is handling it…

Hello - here we are with Friday’s help and advice.  A reminder, if you need it, that we want to share your...

20 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Total ban on evictions for three months, with blessing of trade groups

The government has announced a complete ban on evictions in the private and social sectors for any tenant affected by the...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Half of buy to let investors considering selling - even before virus

A survey of the buy to let market conducted by a bank before the latest acceleration in the Coronavirus outbreak suggests...

19 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Government confirms anti-eviction measures to be revealed shortly

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the government is bringing forward measures to “protect” private tenants against eviction during the...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour wants no evictions for arrears run up during crisis

Labour says the government should ban evictions for people who fall behind on their rent due to Coronavirus. John Healey, the shadow...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector can do more to raise housing standards - PropTech chief

A leading PropTech expert says there’s still more that can be done by the rental sector to drive up the quality...

18 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Pressure building to help private tenants hit by Coronavirus

One of the lettings sector’s leading trade bodies has called on the government and lenders to agree a package of measures...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency in court as new ‘rogues taskforce’ swings into action

A lettings agency and its director have pleaded guilty to renting out an overcrowded house in the first case brought to...

17 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Does paying 50% of salary in rent really make an area affordable?

A PropTech platform claims that an area where the average rent is 50 per cent of less of an average salary...

16 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Are UK rental deposits too high? Not by international standards…

The typical UK private rental deposit, often considered high in this country, is thought to be relatively low by international standards...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Council may offer improvement loans to favoured private landlords

A council says it’s considering lending funds for improvement to landlords who “behave fairly and appropriately” - and buy into a...

13 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant Engagement

There is no doubt that the BBC News article in early February caused something of a stir within the Deposit Free...

12 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Budget “fails tenants” say trade groups - but at least no new rental taxes…

The Budget has failed tenants by doing nothing to increase the supply of private rental property according to two lettings sector...

12 March 2020

From: Breaking News

What is Section 8?

With confirmation that Section 21 will be scrapped, how can agents get ready for life after no-fault evictions? The short answer is...

11 March 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Lettings chief to set out objectives of new rental sector body

The chief executive of a new lettings sector trade body is to address his first conference next month, giving an indication...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

One in 10 private tenants use overdrafts to fund rent - claim

The parlous state of many tenants’ personal finances has been highlighted by website CompareTheMarket which claims that one in 10 rely...

09 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists angry at councils not taking action over 'unsafe' homes

Pressure group Generation Rent claims half of London’s councils did not fine any landlords for letting out unsafe homes in the...

06 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants with Coronavirus should get three months free rent - call

An anti-poverty campaigner and tax expert says any private rented sector tenant with Coronavirus should be able to live rent-free for...

05 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour’s new rent control plan is “a disaster for tenants” - claim

Labour’s London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has put his call for powers to control private rents at the heart of his campaign...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: major rental sector energy changes soon

The Guild of Property Professionals is reminding the rental sector that owners of properties to let have only until April 1...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

The joy of pets denied to millions of renters, claims pet care firm

A pet care company claims that millions of private renters are being denied the benefits of pet ownership because of landlords...

04 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Scrap S21 to provide long term homes, Generation Rent tells landlords

A rental activist who runs the Generation Rent pressure group has told landlords that if they are “serious” about providing long-term...

03 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry supplier takes swipe at new Housing Minister

A rent guarantor service has taken a swipe at new housing minister Chris Pincher and his recent predecessors who have not...

02 March 2020

From: Breaking News

Victory for buy to let as minister stops another licensing scheme

The government has rejected a council’s bid to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants county-wide selective licensing to be introduced

Another council is consulting on introducing a selective licensing scheme - and again it claims it will “create better housing for...

28 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings sector optimism on the rise, despite string of obstacles

Optimism amongst investors in the private rental sector is on the rise, despite the various tax and regulation obstacles facing the...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council steps in to prevent tenants having to use outside staircase

A council’s intervention has stopped a landlord forcing his private tenants to use an external staircase to enter their home -...

27 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Professor slams “record incomes for landlords” and private rental sector

The private rental sector has come under attack for its conditions and costs to tenants in a report looking into health...

26 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Charge! Rental sector disadvantaged over costs for electric car charging

A property management firm says the private rental sector is effectively disadvantaged in the fight against climate change because it does...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Cashback app allows tenants to ‘pay rent as they shop’

A new free-to-download app called My Rent Rewards claims to allow tenants to save towards their rent when they shop. The app,...

25 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Public cash handouts to Shelter slammed by pressure group

Shelter, which routinely criticises lettings agents and landlords, has been slammed for the huge amount of public funding it receives -...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Drive To Survive:  This flat to rent comes with a Bentley…

For a cool £1,153 a week you would expect a flat, even in pricey central London, to come with some perks. A...

24 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Five agents kicked out of Ombudsman scheme after disputes

The Property Ombudsman has expelled five agencies, mostly for failures to honour awards: four of them are lettings operations and one...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

One agent’s bid to restore reputation destroyed by employee

A lettings agency owner has spoken about his bid to restore his firm's reputation after it was destroyed by a former employee. Earlier...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Another huge Build To Rent scheme - 348 city centre homes

Grainger, one of the biggest names in Build To Rent, has agreed to buy a proposed 348 home-scheme in central Nottingham. The...

21 February 2020

From: Breaking News

New warning about imminent buy to let tax clampdown

There’s a new warning today for buy to let investors who will be hit by tax changes coming into effect on...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rents start 2020 moving up according to government index

The government’s official index for the private rental sector has shown that rents rose by 1.5 per cent in the 12...

20 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock for buy to let as income plummets by a fifth in a decade

The typical landlord’s income from property has plummeted by a fifth in under a decade according to the National Landlords’ Association. Its...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let demand to rise this year according to lender’s study

Nearly four out of 10 landlords believe that tenant demand will rise this year, according to a study by high-profile buy...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

'Stay as long as you want' tenancies for key workers and graduates

One of the country’s largest Build To Rent developers says it is specifically targeting certain tenant types for one of its...

19 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Told You So! Landlord numbers plummet according to agency's figures

Cynics who rejected claims that landlords would quit the buy to let sector because of increasing bureaucracy and higher taxes may...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council claims licensing scheme ‘has improved 3,100 homes’

The government has given the green light to a council’s huge licensing scheme, set to cover 18 of its 20 wards...

17 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Government policy on rental sector is a failure says trade body

The government has failed the private rental sector says the Residential Landlords Association. In a statement released even before the resignation of...

14 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government - scrap SDLT surcharge and reverse tax changes!

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has made an uncompromising set of demands on the government, asking it to implement a...

13 February 2020

From: Breaking News

The shape of buy to let - Ed Sheeran’s £57m property empire

One of Ed Sheeran’s first massive hits was Lego House. And now, not many years later, it’s been revealed that he’s...

12 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Innovative co-living rental option offered by new developer

A new concept of co-living is being offered on a rental basis at a new purpose-built development in west London. The firm...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords to allow rough sleepers in homes

A new service called Cornwall Housing Private Lets has been set up in the west country to try to lure private...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Older renters likely to transform lettings landscape, says report

A government report suggests the private rental sector is attracting an increasing number of older tenants - and the sector needs...

11 February 2020

From: Breaking News

HMRC data shows landlords quitting buy to let as tax rises bite

An analysis of HMRC data reveals that the number of small buy-to-let landlords has dropped for the first time in five...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Pet-friendly tenancies could make landlords go walkies -  claim

Pet-friendly tenancies of the kind envisaged by the government could oblige some private landlords to quit the sector, it’s claimed. Over the...

10 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Average age of private renter still in low 30s

The latest market snapshot produced by PropTech firm Goodlord suggests that even in the south west of England - where renters...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Build To Rent giant reveals four new developments for 2020

Grainger, one of the biggest names in Build To Rent in the UK, says its current BTR pipeline stands at 24...

07 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Short lets like Airbnb out of control and activists want crackdown

Generation Rent - an outspoken organisation sharply critical of lettings agents and many aspects of the private rental sector - is...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants rent controls in London borough

A London Labour council wants to introduce rent controls to its borough. The South London Press reports that Lambeth councillors have voted through...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

More over-60s renting but they face deposit hurdles - claim

An increasing number of over-60s are now turning to the private rental sector - but, like other demographic sectors, they face...

06 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Renters’ Reform Bill: still no date set for legislation

The Renters’ Reform Bill worries many in the private rental sector but the government says there is still no date for...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Multiple prosecutions as council names and shames rogues

A council has prosecuted five private landlords who failed to get licences for the properties they let out. Oldham council says its...

05 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s huge boost to local economies revealed by survey

A mortgage company has attempted to quantify how much private landlords inject into local economies. Aldermore’s research, surveying 1,000 UK-based landlords, discovered...

04 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Over a billion pounds in deposits could be unprotected - claim

One of the growing number of deposit replacement providers claims that there could be £1.2 billion in deposit monies that are...

03 February 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock as 500,000 rental homes lost to Airbnb and others

Nearly half a million properties could be removed from the long-term lettings market as disenchanted landlords move to short-lets. A survey by...

31 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Clampdown on lettings agents triggered by MPs’ own experiences - claim

A prominent member of the House of Lords has given a surprising insight into how the fiscal and regulatory clampdown on...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

UK’s largest independent agent strikes PropTech partnership deal

Haart has announced a strategic partnership with software platform teclet which will now be adopted in all lettings offices in the...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Fatal fire in unlicensed house leads to fine and entry on rogues database

A judge has ordered two landlords to pay a total of £14,858 for illegally renting out an unlicensed house without working...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Lettings agency speaks out against long-term empty homes

A lettings agency is calling on local councils to tackle the growing problem of long-term empty homes. My Property Box says that...

30 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Concern over £1,000-plus licensing fee proposed by council

A leading trade body is voicing concern over yet another council private rental sector licensing scheme - with particular worry over...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant’s secret buy to lets land him with a suspended sentence

A London council tenant who for a period of seven years failed to disclose that he owned three houses, has been...

29 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Government backs huge licensing scheme extension until 2025

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has backed a five year extension for a massive London council landlord licensing...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants ‘more interested in saving for holidays than a deposit’ - claim

More tenants save to go on holiday than to put a deposit down on a home to own according to buy...

28 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big London and SE England bias in buy to let investor profile

A third of all landlords live in Greater London and the South East according to data collated by a property management...

27 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shocking claim that one-in-50 London homes is a short let

New research claims that one in every 50 homes in the capital is let on a short-term platform like Airbnb or...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council wants city-wide licensing and possible £12m windfall

Another Labour council wants to introduce a city-wide landlord licensing scheme - a proposal that would require government approval to implement. Last...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

HMOs increasingly popular in lettings market despite complexity

The latest lettings market snapshot by mortgage lender Paragon has found that of the landlords planning to purchase property in the...

24 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent defends HMO scheme after “greedy” accusation

An agent acting on behalf of a landlord has defended a bid for retrospective planning permission, but a Labour councillor has...

23 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Big drop in homes on lettings market, reports Zoopla

New investment in private rented housing has fallen since 2016 as some private landlords have dipped out of the sector in...

22 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Newspaper’s amazing call for massive landlord licensing scheme

A newspaper in Liverpool has sharply criticised the government for refusing to allow the city council to continue a huge landlord...

21 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Banning Orders could rise this year after councils win extra cash

Councils that have been awarded additional cash injections by government could use their windfalls to enhance their enforcement of the private...

20 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student specialist lettings agency enjoys record business

Specialist letting agency and property management company Student Housing has had its busiest quarter, it says. The Lincoln-based agency added 30 new...

16 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Another New Rental Law: mandatory electric checks this year

It looks almost certain that agents and landlords must ensure electrical installation inspections and testing are carried out for all new...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter’s latest attack on private rental sector rejected by industry

There’s been an angry response by the rental sector following the latest attack by campaigning charity Shelter. The organisation claims that private...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Many tenants unable to afford rent despite  allowance reform

Plans to end the freeze on housing benefits will still leave many tenants unable to afford rent say landlords. Following the announcement...

15 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry delight at government rejection of licensing extension

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has rejected a bid by Labour-controlled Liverpool council to extend its licensing scheme for five years. Government approval...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council to set up agent review service with cash windfall

A council getting government cash for rental enforcement is using it to introduce a review service allowing tenants to comment on...

14 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £250,000 of public cash setting up lettings agency

Durham county council wants to spend just over £250,000 setting up a lettings agency to place tenants with private landlords. The authority...

13 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb Under Attack: campaign grows to regulate short lets

Politicians from several parties say they want their local council in Bristol to have the powers to regulate the number and...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

ARLA backs government bid for ‘level playing field’ within lettings

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has thrown its weight behind an initiative by the Scottish Government to control the growth...

10 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council fails to apply for funds to enforce rental regulations

A Labour council serving one of the largest private rental communities in the country is reported to have failed to have...

09 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour group says move to end pet ban doesn’t go far enough

A ginger group that supports the Labour party says the government’s bid to stop pet bans is meaningless and does not...

08 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour mocks government’s new funding to combat rogue agents

The Labour party has mocked the government’s £4m new funding for councils to combat rogue agents and landlords as “puny.” A statement...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned over new energy rules - the countdown begins

A legal firm is warning agents and landlords that they have less than three months to prepare for the latest MEES...

06 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Student Lets: Question mark over value for money of purpose-built flats

A huge survey of students, seeking their views on accommodation, has ended with a question mark over the value for money...

03 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents Beware: New lettings laws being introduced in 2020

A leading lettings sector trade body has outlined key pieces of legislation that will hit the private rental sector in 2020. The...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

2020 and beyond set to be strong for buy to let market

There’s been an upbeat prediction on the lettings market given by leading market commentator Lucian Cook, head of residential research at...

02 January 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can beat S21 ban by working harder to avoid evictions - claim

Letting agents can beat the upcoming ban on Section 21 by updating key documentation and automating arrears management to reduce the...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Alternative deposit firm seeks support from London tenants

One of the leading providers in the hyper-competitive deposit alternative niche has made a bid for support from London tenants by...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Happy New Decade - and this is what rentals looked like in 2010

Here it is - the start of a new decade, a moment for resolutions and remembrance, and the last Bank Holiday...

31 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter boss and lettings agency critic honoured in New Year’s list

The chief executive of Shelter - the campaigning charity which has been sharply critical of letting agents in the past -...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Deposits: ARLA sets out demands for safeguards

The Association of Residential Letting Agents has set out its demands should the governmental go ahead with proposals for lifetime deposits. In...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector’s largest-ever trade body launches this month

This month sees the launch of a new trade body for the lettings sector - the National Residential Landlords Association. It’s the...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London rents to see double digit rise by 2024

Knight Frank forecasts cumulative rental growth of 11 per cent in prime outer London and 10 per cent in prime central...

30 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Did court case cost more than the fine for this rogue landlord?

A rogue landlord has been fined £1,384 for failing to get a council licence for two buy to let properties. The case...

27 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Move out in one hour! Intimidating landlord to be sentenced

A rogue landlord has been found guilty of unlawful harassment and misleading and aggressive practices, and will be sentenced next month. Ragoopathy...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to accelerate in 2020 according to surveyors

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has given a brief but optimistic assessment of the private rental market for next year. “As...

24 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock Survey: a third of landlords to quit or scale down investments

Just over third of private landlords are planning to quit the sector or cut the number of homes they let in...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents to rise in 2020 as supply contracts still further - ARLA

An overwhelming proportion of letting agents - 84 per cent - say rents will rise next year, well up on the...

23 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter and Generation Rent jump for joy at scrapping of Section 21

The government’s Queen’s Speech has confirmed what the industry has effectively been expecting for some months. There will be a new lifetime...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Complex buy to let investments set to become more popular next year

One of the highest profile buy to let mortgage lenders predicts that 2020 will see increasing numbers of investors going into...

20 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative service wins big new Build To Rent client

Atlas Residential - a Build to Rent developer with over 75,000 international properties - is partnering with deposit alternative supplier flatfair...

19 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Warnings that further rental reform mustn’t jeopardise supply

Richard Donnell, research director at Zoopla, is warning the government that future reform of the private rental sector must not jeopardise...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s that time again - ESTAS entries closing

The ESTAS, the national customer service awards recognising the best agents, brokers and suppliers, closes for entry at the end of...

18 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21 WILL be scrapped - it’s in Thursday’s Queen’s Speech

Number 10 briefings to the national media suggest that the scrapping of Section 21 - long talked about by the previous...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Chinese buy to let investors buoyed by Tory landslide

Reports from China suggest that property investors from that country - a staple in the buy to let market in many...

17 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories should adopt Labour housing policy, say anti-agent campaigners

Generation Rent, a campaign group that is consistently critical of lettings agencies and landlords, says a priority of the new government...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 8 reform and new Housing Court 'should be early Johnson priorities'

The National Landlords’ Association says the new Conservative government must do two things in its early phase in office. The NLA, which...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories must deliver pledge on repossession powers - trade group

A prominent industry trade group says the new government must honour its manifesto commitment to strengthen the right of “good landlords”...

16 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Three rogue lettings agencies expelled by The Property Ombudsman

Three lettings agencies have been expelled from TPO - in each case the agency failed to honour a payment as instructed...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Help the rental sector! Trade body demands new government action

A trade body is warning of a crisis in the private rental market as new figures show a sharp drop in...

13 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Let's celebrate! It’s been a decade of rental sector growth, says agency

Haart is trying to shift the mood music around the private rental sector from challenging to celebratory, saying there is plenty...

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

Four key events for agents to watch for in 2020

A leading law firm has highlighted four key dates for letting agents and landlords to watch for in 2020. Paul Barnes, head...

12 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Concern grows about increased safety risk from faulty smoke alarms

Almost 40 per cent of battery-powered smoke alarms failed to activate in residential fires in England in the past year –...

11 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Revealed: Why council's lettings fine was slashed by £28,000

A compliance consultant has explained why a local council’s penalty on a rogue landlord - initially £31,499 - was slashed to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Top cities for buy to let revealed by new market tracker

A mortgage lender’s new Buy to Let City Tracker tool has calculated the best cities in the UK for buy to...

10 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Average deposit nears £1,300 says new alternative scheme

The average deposit paid by a new private tenant is now £1,299 according to a new player in the deposit alternative...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents should respond to renters’ growing eco-worries, says supplier

An industry supplier says letting agents should respond supportively to the growing eco-consciousness shown by younger people who are likely to...

09 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector “in a state of despair” warns lettings agents' chief

[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

Deposit Alternative Wars: flatfair wins advert dispute with rival company

The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled in favour of deposit alternative scheme flatfair in a dispute which began with a complaint...

04 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Politicians Beware! Landlords could decide General Election

A trade body suggests that the votes of private landlords could decide the results in over 100 constituencies in next week’s...

03 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Expect a new breed of buy to let investor in 2020, says top agency

The Black Brick agency, which operates with high net worth clients, is forecasting that 2020 will see the arrival of a...

02 December 2019

From: Breaking News

Good news for lettings - upbeat market forecast for next five years

There’s been an upbeat assessment of how the private rental sector will fare in the next five years from a leading...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb firm backed by two Dragons Den stars rebrands as Nestor

The London Airbnb property management company previously known as AirAgents, has rebranded as Nestor. Established in 2015, AirAgents went on to win...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Buy to let lender welcomes some Labour plans for rental sector

Specialist buy to let mortgage lender Paragon has welcomed Labour's General Election pledge to force rental properties to undergo an annual...

28 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour policies “extreme, unrealistic, damaging” - trade body

Labour’s policies for the private rental sector are “too extreme ... unrealistic and will be hugely damaging to housing supply in...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter resumes attack on ‘unaffordable’ private rents

Controversial housing charity Shelter claims that private renters are collectively paying out £11 billion more a year – around £425 a...

27 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cautious welcome for Tory pledge on landlords'  possession rights

A broad commitment to strengthen landlords’ rights has been made in the Conservative manifesto - and it’s been welcomed by a...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Slow winter ahead for private rental sector warns market monitor

Agency Express, the board company that monitors the lettings market through demand for its To Let and Let By boards, warns...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax credit idea for tenants whose rent is 30% or more of income

The Welsh nationalist party Plaid Cymru is pledging tax credits for private tenants whose rent and utilities bills add up to...

26 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Renters group urges ‘mass voter registration’ to sway Election

A pressure group that has spoken out against letting agents and landlords is urging private tenants to take part in a...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s shock £100,000 fines for substandard rental properties

Labour has given shocking new details of its proposals for the private rental sector including £100.000 fines if properties are deemed...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories' Lifetime Deposit idea is fundamentally flawed - claim

A leading provider of deposit alternatives has voiced concern at the Conservatives’ proposal to have a lifetime deposit scheme to make...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tax proposals 'final nail in the coffin of buy to let' - warning

Two specific elements of Labour’s tax proposals, outlined in its manifesto, could “drive a nail into the coffin of buy to...

25 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour to end Right To Rent but shift rental sector power to tenants

As the battle of political policies continues ahead of next month’s General Election, now Labour has unveiled a raft of initiatives...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tories’ Lifetime Deposits get backing from trade group and renters

The Conservatives’ new concept of a so-called Lifetime Deposit has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association.  Yesterday, Letting Agent Today revealed...

22 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Lifetime Rental Deposits backed by Tories as Labour revamps council housing

On the day that Labour launches its proposals to reform the private rental sector, the Tories have announced so-called Lifetime Rental...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Mandatory licensing, long tenancies, rent controls advocated by LibDems

The Liberal Democrats is the first of the major parties to release its party manifesto for the December 12 manifesto, and...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Landlord confidence still rock bottom according to yet another survey

Another survey of private landlords show a majority feeling less confident about the market than they were three months ago. Last week...

21 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Scrap Section 21: Anti-agency group steps up campaign

The pressure group Generation Rent, which in the past has been highly critical of letting agents and other aspects of the...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Property firm and landlord fined £22,000 for issuing ‘sham licences’

A rogue landlord and the property company he ran have been fined £22,000 for dishing out ‘sham licences’ to tenants in...

20 November 2019

From: Breaking News

A Farce! Council issues rental licences to just 3% of applicants

A controversial private rental licensing regime that has already made the headlines for the wrong reasons has now been branded a...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

 Penalty notices may be issued after 500-plus complaints by tenants

A local council claims it has received over 500 complaints from private rental tenants since the start of April - approaching...

19 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour ditches Right To Buy for private tenants

Labour has dropped its controversial policy under which private tenants would have been able to buy their homes at a discount. Press...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ biggest election issue? Well, it’s not housing...

One might have thought that if private rental tenants were as badly treated as some people suggest, housing would be their...

18 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rise in eviction delays show need for specialist court - claim

New figures just released by the government emphasise the significance of creating a specialist housing court says one of the lettings...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls debate: more criticism aimed at Labour’s Sadiq Khan

The appeal by Labour’s Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be given powers to introduce rent controls have been dealt a...

15 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Stop meddling!” - stark warning from surveyors to government

The normally-sedate Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has issued an unusually stark warning to government, telling it to “stop meddling” in...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Stinging attack on private rental sector by left-leaning think tank

Another think tank has come up with proposals to scrap Section 21 eviction powers and cap rents - and it also...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

ESTAS launches its own fully-fledged review platform

ESTAS, the national customer service award scheme which recognises estate and letting agents,  conveyancers and mortgage advisors, has now fully launched...

14 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Prime London location is latest to secure a Build To Rent scheme

Canary Wharf is the latest prime area of London to secure a Build To Rent scheme.  10 George Street, by Canary Wharf...

14 November 2019

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

Don’t scrap licensing, streamline it says accreditation scheme

The safeagent accreditation scheme says the next government should not scrap landlord licensing as some trade groups have requested, but should...

12 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Conservatives likely to oppose rent controls in election manifesto

It looks likely that the Conservative party is set to formally oppose rent controls when it publishes its manifesto, probably in...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rising rent is “a headwind” battering poor tenants, says think tank

Higher housing costs - including private sector rents - have reduced incomes and increased inequality as the poorest families have borne...

11 November 2019

From: Breaking News

London Labour Mayor repeats his call for rent controls

London’s Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has returned to his campaign to win powers which would allow him to impose rent controls. Khan...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Reform rental sector to favour tenants, charity tells next government

Citizens Advice wants the next government to radically alter the private rental sector in favour of tenants.  The charity’s 2019 election manifesto,...

08 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Top agent urges Airbnb regulation to deter criminal activity

A leading London lettings agent wants increased regulation over Airbnb in a bid to deter criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Martin Bikhit, managing...

07 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour tones down Right To Buy proposal for private rental tenants

Labour’s controversial proposal to oblige landlords to sell their buy to let properties to tenants who wished to purchase them, unveiled...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rent protection firms merge to form ‘strategic partner for agents’

Industry supplier Let Alliance has merged with the Barbon Insurance Group, which includes HomeLet and Rentshield     The announcement was made at...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Over a third of tenants say: We’ll be renting for life

Around 40 per cent of tenants currently in the private rental sector believe they will never be able to buy their...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

“Not enough!” - new cash to police rental sector deemed insufficient

A leading trade body says the government’s latest injection of funds to help local councils root out rogue operators in the...

06 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Government backs council licensing, gives millions more for enforcement

The government has given an extra £3.8m to councils to come up with ways of catching rogue landlords - and in...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Industry wants short-let controls, review of landlord tax and stamp duty eased

The Association of Residential Letting Agents and the National Association of Estate Agents have issued their manifesto for next month’s General...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Yet more reforms for rental sector to be debated at conference

Welsh housing minister Julie James is to address agents, landlords and other property professionals at the Residential Landlord Association’s Future Renting...

05 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut the red tape! Huge rise in laws governing private renting

One of the industry’s leading trade bodies has revealed that the number of laws creating an obligation on landlords in the...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant activists demand rent controls and Section 21 scrapped

A collective of activist renter groups has set out a manifesto of what it wants from the winner of next month’s...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents asked to tell council how to improve rental sector policies

Lettings agents are being invited to tell a big city council how to improve its private rental sector strategy.  Manchester local authority...

04 November 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental standards at centre of Corbyn’s Labour Election campaign

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has launched his party’s General Election campaign with an attack on what he describes as “dodgy landlords.” He...

01 November 2019

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Tories - you have been warned, says lettings trade group

One of the industry’s leading trade groups has repeated a warning to the Conservatives that they cannot rely on the votes...

01 November 2019

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Tax perks demanded for landlords who use deposit alternatives

One of the leading providers of deposit alternatives in the UK wants the government to embrace the option - even to...

31 October 2019

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Scrap stamp duty on buy to let! Trade body sets Election demand

One of the leading lettings sector trade bodies has unveiled what it describes as “a positive vision for the private rented...

31 October 2019

From: Breaking News

New law to ban landlord from letting for five years is backed by solicitor firm

A new piece of legislation has been invoked to ban a landlord from any involvement in the private rental sector for...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech: Zoopla, Landmark and Houzen reveal new innovations

Zoopla is beefing up its customer relationship management programme with the appointment of RAPP UK to evolve the portal’s data infrastructure...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Battered and Bruised: but a few buy to let investors remain optimistic

Many buy to let investors are still badly bruised by the government’s wave of fiscal and regulatory assaults on the private...

30 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s rent controls: global examples of how they do not work

Rent controls similar to those demanded by Labour in London and other major cities in the UK do not work, and...

29 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: Solicitor urges government not to take knee-jerk action

A solicitor has urged the government not to reform or scrap Section 21 eviction powers simply on the basis of protests...

28 October 2019

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Accept end of S21 or let Build To Rent take over, says agent

A leading agent has repeated his controversial belief that the proposed scrapping of Section 21 eviction powers should be seen as...

25 October 2019

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Warning of rocketing rents as buy to let investors quit the sector

A trade body says the private rental sector is facing a major crisis - more landlords are selling properties than buying...

25 October 2019

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Three rogue lettings agents expelled by The Property Ombudsman

The Property Ombudsman has expelled three lettings agencies from its scheme because of unpaid awards to landlord clients. The first is Kingsman...

24 October 2019

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Renters 'union' asks tenants to report agents levying illegal fees

The controversial tenants union Acorn has set up a web page where disgruntled renters can lodge complaints about letting agents. In the...

24 October 2019

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We're Happy! Vast majority of tenants perfectly content to rent

Contrary to the impressions given in some quarters, no fewer than 75 per cent of tenants are happy to rent, and...

23 October 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm to scrap tenant screening costs for agents

A PropTech firm says it is going to eliminate tenant screening costs by 2021 for lettings agents and landlords who use...

22 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns of “no hiding place” in rental crackdown

A statement from Hackney council in north east London says those who break its licensing provisions for the private rental sector...

21 October 2019

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PropTech: final call for entrants to annual awards

There are just a few days remaining for entrants to the UK PropTech Awards - the submission deadline is Wednesday October 23. The...

21 October 2019

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Tulisa’s trashed apartment shows X-actly why inventories are vital

If you want to know why inventories are vital for agents and landlords, look no further than the high-profile dispute over...

17 October 2019

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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

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Rents up but void periods down, according to new Zoopla survey

UK-wide rental prices are up 2.0 per cent annually to £876 – a three-year high – according to a new quarterly...

16 October 2019

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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

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Another top agency signs up to a deposit alternative scheme

The race for dominance in the deposit alternative field continues apace. Now franchise giant Hunters has teamed up with flatfair to bring...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Consumer group claims government S21 plans don’t go far enough

Consumer charity Citizens’ Advice says government proposals to reform or possibly scrap S21 eviction rights do not go far enough.  The group...

15 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Cut licensing red tape! Trade group wants simpler, better-enforced system

Research by safeagent - the new name for the National Approved Letting Scheme - has found over 130,000 unlicensed properties in...

14 October 2019

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Redundancy rumour hits another online lettings service

In addition to the apparent collapse of Upad at the weekend, there has been unconfirmed speculation about redundancies at a second...

14 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour demands Section 21 be scrapped - and now!

A senior Labour housing spokesman is urging the government to press on with plans to outlaw the use of Section 21...

14 October 2019

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Increase housing benefit in line with rents, charities urge government

Two housing charities have called for the government to invest more in housing benefit so it rises in line with private...

10 October 2019

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New ethical letting agency launches with focus on 'people, not fees'

A new ethical letting agency has launched in partnership with a housing association and is promoting its low fee structure. Home Makers,...

08 October 2019

From: Breaking News

Courts breaching repossession rules and scrapping Section 21 will make it worse

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has accused courts across the country of failing to follow their own rules when it comes...

07 October 2019

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Leading agent partners with TDS to revolutionise the end of tenancy process

Well-known letting agent Kristjan Byfield has announced the details of his new product which aims to reduce the workload of the...

04 October 2019

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Further criticism of Labour's controversial Right to Buy plans

A group of landlords in the North East are the latest to criticise Labour's plans to introduce a Right to Buy...

04 October 2019

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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

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Yet More Licensing: councils want more freedom to expand schemes

An umbrella organisation representing councils is calling for greater freedom to introduce more and larger rental sector licensing schemes, without the...

01 October 2019

From: Breaking News

A fifth of rental homes would go if Section 21 is scrapped - claim

The private rented sector would shrink by 20 per cent if Section 21 ‘no-fault’ evictions are abolished, according to an economic...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Short lets will push up mainstream rents unless regulated - warning

There’s a warning from a leading agent that the unregulated proliferation of Airbnb-style short lets will lead to mainstream rent rises...

30 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Shock claim that one-in-five agents still have no Client Money Protection

An estimated 20 per cent of letting agents have still not signed up for a Client Money Protection scheme, six months...

27 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour's private rental policies too thin on detail, says RICS

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors has accused Labour of being thin on detail when it comes to the housing policies...

26 September 2019

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Advanced Rent Option means less work for landlords - claim

The lettings agency owners behind the Advanced Rent Option, which provides landlords with up to 12 months’ rent in advance, says...

26 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour chief and anti-agent group want city-wide rental licensing

A senior Labour politician in Sheffield and the campaign group Acorn have both expressed support for a selective licensing scheme to...

25 September 2019

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Quality of private rented sector homes “drastically improved” - claim

The quality of accommodation in the private rental sector has drastically improved in the past decade according to a survey by...

25 September 2019

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UK’s first ever tenants’ rental protection insurance launched

Legal & General is introducing a Rental Protection Plan for tenants, thought to be one of the first examples of this...

24 September 2019

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Blow to Labour Right To Buy plan - most tenants don’t want to own

The majority of the UK’s private renters don’t want to purchase a home according to new research, coming just as the...

24 September 2019

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Former Deposits chief is first head of merged landlords’ organisation

Ben Beadle is to be the chief executive of the new National Residential Landlords Association, launching in January. The new body comes...

24 September 2019

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Council gives advance rent to landlords backing homelessness scheme

Private landlords are to be given a month’s rent upfront and 12 months’ membership of a trade body if they sign...

24 September 2019

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Labour’s controversial right to buy could work, if landlords benefit too

A leading PropTech chief says there is nothing inherently wrong with private tenants being given the right to buy their property,...

23 September 2019

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Rent controls are “snake oil” and should be rejected, says Economist

The weekly economic and financial research magazine The Economist has made a scathing attack on rent controls. The publication says rent controls...

23 September 2019

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Half of S21 cases want rehousing by council, claims eviction specialist

High profile eviction company Landlord Action says as many as 50 per cent of Section 21 cases it handles involve tenants...

23 September 2019

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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

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Artificial Intelligence could save agents 2.5 hours time each day - claim

A typical lettings agent could save some two and a half hours’ time each working day if they adopted more Artificial...

20 September 2019

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Nationwide invests in anti-agent digital lettings service

The Nationwide is investing in a digital lettings service called Bunk - it’s headed by a 24 year old who has...

19 September 2019

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Rogue agents expelled by TPO for failing to pay compensation awards

Two London agencies have been expelled from The Property Ombudsman scheme for failing to honour two compensation awards. The first is Chase...

19 September 2019

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Confirmed: Lib Dems will scrap Section 21 if they win power

As expected, the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Bournemouth has backed a motion calling for the scrapping of Section 21 - effectively...

18 September 2019

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Merger of trade bodies backed by landlords - it’s on for January 1

Members of the industry’s two major landlord bodies have backed a merger which will now take place on January 1. Members of...

18 September 2019

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Being pet-friendly is most important feature of a rental property

A home being pet-friendly is the most desirable attribute in a rental property, according to research by a specialist mortgage lender.  The...

18 September 2019

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We want ‘sensible’ rent controls says Labour Party think thank

A Labour think tank considered on the right wing of the party says it wants rent controls that make a difference...

17 September 2019

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Corbyn's council appoints a private renters' champion

A Labour councillor on Islington council - which is controlled by the party and has Jeremy Corbyn as a local member...

17 September 2019

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Landlords to run their own licensing scheme as council backs down

Landlords in a part of Teesside are to be allowed to operate a “collaborative” licensing scheme after a council backed down...

17 September 2019

From: Breaking News

UK’s most controversial licensing scheme a success claims council

The most controversial local council rental licensing scheme in the country has been deemed a success - at least by the...

16 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

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Shock Trading Standards claim: almost half of letting agents breaking the law

London Trading Standards has made the startling claim that 46 per cent of almost 2,000 agents it has surveyed are falling...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenant owes £1,000 and uses Facebook to say: “Catch me if you can!”

A university student who fled from his private rental apartment owing over £1,000 has posted a message on Facebook: “Catch me...

13 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents at all time high, according to latest HomeLet index

Rents have reached an all time high across the UK according to HomeLet. Its latest index says the average rent in the...

13 September 2019

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We’ll make Fees Ban work for us, says ambitious agency acquiring rivals

An agency in the north of England is continuing its strategy of acquisitions in a bid to offset the effects of...

13 September 2019

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Section 21 - Liberal Democrats to debate call to scrap landlords’ rights

The Liberal Democrat conference, which begins on Saturday, is to debate a resolution calling for the scrapping of Section 21 -...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Family and older person rental markets ‘present agents with opportunities’

Utilities management service Tenant Shop says demographic changes leading to more families and older individuals renting privately represent an opportunity for...

12 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Government blasted for 'incoherence' on tax, landlords, rents and supply

The government has been criticised yet again for what is described as its “incoherent” approach to the private rental sector. David Miles,...

11 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental demand from older tenants likely to increase in the future

New research from an international law firm shows that the rental sector in major cities is now changing its demographic make-up...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

PropTech firm hosting ARLA boss for Section 21 webinar

PropTech firm Goodlord is hosting a webinar this week when the chief executive of the Association of Residential Letting Agents, David...

10 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Labour’s buy to let sell-off could lose landlords over £18,000 each

More details have emerged about Labour’s controversial proposal to allow private rental tenants that right to buy their landlord’s property, at...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

High-profile online lettings agency acquired by digital rental service

Online rental services platform Howsy - which last week revealed £5m new investment from backers - has acquired online lettings agency...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Longer tenancies: government could announce decision as soon as next month

Housing minister Esther McVey has hinted that the government may finally decide as soon as next month on whether to introduce...

09 September 2019

From: Breaking News

New EPC laws should be publicised by industry and government, insists expert

A national awareness campaign is required to help landlords get to grip with new Energy Performance Certificate legislation. That’s the view of...

06 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents

Professional client account solutions for modern letting agents Letting agents will need to come up with new ways to manage client money...

05 September 2019

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Labour Right To Buy policy dismissed as “damaging and distorted”

As the row over Labour’s proposal rumbles on the think tank Centre for Policy Studies - which has previously argued that...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

London council returns to licensing five years after humiliating U-turn

Enfield wants to be the latest London council to introduce large-scale additional and selective licensing schemes which would affect most private rented...

05 September 2019

From: Breaking News

More evidence that pet-friendly properties are increasingly popular

There’s more evidence today that pet-friendly properties are becoming increasingly popular with tenants.  A study by specialist lender Landbay quizzed 2,000 tenants...

05 September 2019

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ARLA joins criticism of Labour’s private tenant right to buy policy

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents appears to have joined the chorus of criticism against Labour’s controversial right to buy policy...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

£5m new funding for PropTech anti-agency management platform

Property management platform Howsy has revealed new funding to the tune of £5m - and it now claims to be one...

04 September 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s War: Tories and lettings chiefs tear into Labour Right To Buy plans

There’s been a fierce outcry from Conservative MPs and the lettings industry in response to Labour’s threat to give private rental...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Tax changes prompt landlords exit and rents rising, says survey

One in six landlords is seeking to reduce the size of their portfolio in the next 12 months and around half...

03 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Council uses drone to identify illegal rental ‘beds in sheds’

A council has used a drone with a thermal imaging camera to identify illegal ‘sheds’ where tenants are being rented beds...

03 September 2019

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Shock Labour proposal for private tenants to have ‘right to buy’

Labour has this morning pledged to introduce a shock new policy if it wins the next general election - giving private...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

A Crash Is Coming: How will it affect the private rental sector?

Some of the private rental sector’s most experienced and respected experts believe it’s almost inevitable that a housing market crash is...

02 September 2019

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Police raid smokes out cannabis farm and string of lettings problems

A joint operation between Avon and Somerset Police and North Somerset council has uncovered a string of issues connected with rental...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Prizes offered to agents as Fixflo launches new Lettings Report

Fixflo is launching its sixth annual Lettings Report for lettings professionals  The survey gauges the opinions of lettings professionals around the UK...

02 September 2019

From: Breaking News

Vote for the Private Rental Sector! Manifesto launched by letting agents' chief

With the country in febrile election mode, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the Association of Residential Letting Agents has got in on...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

More power for landlords? Two largest trade bodies to merge in New Year

The two largest landlord trade groups are to merge. The National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association will unite to form...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees ban has led to surge in tenants on the move, says franchise giant

The tenant fee ban in England has led to a surge in demand from tenants for properties according to Belvoir.  The franchise...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Final Reminder - Fees Ban comes into effect in Wales on Sunday

The Renting Homes (Fees etc.) (Wales) Act - which bans fees levied by agents and landlords on tenants - comes into...

30 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Police want landlords to share information about tenants

Police in South Shields have called for the sharing of information about tenants in HMOs - and a council is considering...

29 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Airbnb-style short let achieves staggering £50,000 a week in prime London

More efforts are being made to urge London homeowners to consider short-term lets which in some cases can routinely earn an...

28 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rents Increase Across UK

The most reliable indicator of rental trends in the UK As the largest provider of deposit protection in the UK, our database...

27 August 2019

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Lettings sector confidence plunges to historic low

Landlords’ confidence in the success of their own businesses has plunged in recent months.  Only 29 per cent of landlords have positive expectations...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tenants’ arrears up because of Universal Credit - claim

Universal Credit is causing tenants to fall behind with their rent according to lettings sector trade body the Residential Landlords Association. It...

27 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Oops - tenants less likely to vote, despite politicians wooing Generation Rent

It may seem as if governments and councils are falling over themselves to change the private rental sector to win the...

23 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Surveyors want immediate regulation of rental sector - and an end to S21

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors wants the government to implement recent recommendations to regulate the agency industry, starting with the...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Tip off to council leads to £4,000 fine for owner of unlicensed HMO

A local council says it has now successfully prosecuted a landlord for flouting the law that protects the health and safety...

22 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Call for open-ended renting with reduced rent for long-term tenancies

There should be open-ended tenancies with reduced rent for long-term contracts and any rent increase tied only to inflation. This dramatic reform...

21 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental option gives landlords average £10k-plus lump sum

A new rental option for landlords could see them receiving an upfront annual lump sum of over £10,000. The Advanced Rent Option...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

UK private rental sector now bigger than many national GDP figures

Anyone underestimating the size of the UK’s growing private rental sector ought to think again - new research shows its value...

20 August 2019

From: Breaking News

How can letting agents thrive in a growing rental market?

With the recent introduction of the Tenant Fees Act – which bans upfront fees charged by letting agents and caps security...

19 August 2019

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Labour reveals five point plan to organise tenants against landlords

The Labour Party appears to be entering the arena of organising private rental sector tenants who have grievances. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Pioneering university lettings agency celebrates record year

A pioneering lettings agency that allocates second and subsequent year students with private sector and university-owned homes has delivered its best...

19 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Huge £9m boost for flatfair as deposit alternative race hots up

One of the key players in the ultra-competitive deposit alternative sector has announced a massive and new $11m investment. Flatfair says that...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

It’s official - private rents are FALLING in real terms

Data published by the Office for National Statistics shows private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rising by 1.3...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Section 21: More fierce criticism for government over its scrapping

Claims that the use of Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices is the leading cause of homelessness in the UK are...

16 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Daniel Bond, Managing Director of Bonds Estate Agents

What is your business?    Bonds Estate Agents, the modern hybrid agent bridging the gap between the traditional high street agent and online...

15 August 2019

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Rogue tenants can cost £40,000 to £100,000 to evict, warns top agent

Research by London agency Benham and Reeves says the cumulative cost of a landlord suffering a bad tenant and then evicting...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Housing association appeals to private landlords for help

The housing association Cadwyn is calling for private sector landlords with properties in Cardiff to lease their houses to those on...

15 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Why I may quit buy to let - a landlord explains their S21 dilemma

A private landlord has gone on record to explain her own dilemma with a tenant - and why the government’s scrapping...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Government gives Labour council £200k for new rental clampdown

A Labour council which has become famous for its critical approach to the private rental sector has now been given almost £200,000...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Fees: Lettings agent fined for the third time in as many years

A lettings agent in London has been fined for the third time in as many years – this time for failing...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Agents ‘have key role to reduce stress for landlords and tenants’

Lettings professionals should do more to raise awareness of the need to reduce moving stress for tenants and landlords. Industry supplier Tenant...

14 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Blocked! Government refuses to back council licensing plan

The government has blocked a council rolling out selective licensing across no fewer than 3,000 homes in its patch.  Under Stoke on...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Rental sector suffering from government focus on home ownership

Private tenants are being disadvantaged because of the government’s focus on boosting homeownership. According to the latest figures from the Royal Institution...

13 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Four months: how long it takes to repossess a rental property

The Ministry of Justice says it takes private landlords an average of 22.5 weeks from making a repossession claim to the...

12 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Controversial short lets management firm launches ‘digital door opening’

A short lets management firm which was earlier this year at the centre of an advertisement controversy is now partnering with...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

What a performance! Edinburgh artists suffer because of rental rules

A lettings group says the high-profile struggle performers at the Edinburgh Fringe now face to find affordable short-term accommodation was entirely...

08 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Eight Cabinet ministers are private landlords - and claim rent on expenses

The Mirror newspaper says eight members of the new Boris Johnson-led Cabinet are buy to let investors - and it accuses...

06 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Shelter complains to Boris Johnson about a lettings agency

Campaigning charity Shelter has made a remarkable attack on a lettings agency, accusing it of “an abuse of power” over its...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

‘Revolutionary’ rental option to be unveiled to lettings industry

Lettings experts are being invited to the unveiling of a service described by its creators as “a revolutionary rental product.” It is...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

Council bans new home buyers short-letting on Airbnb and the like

A local authority in Manchester is pioneering a ban to prevent buyers of homes at a new development from selling them to...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

New Right To Rent rules mean agents and landlords ‘break law’

New guidance from the government on its controversial Right To Rent scheme would see agents and landlords breaking the law if...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News

“It’s Illegal!” - council licensing scheme blasted by trade body

A local authority is being warned that its landlord licensing and accreditation scheme is potentially unlawful. The Residential Landlords Association, which represents...

05 August 2019

From: Breaking News