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Labour in Commons onslaught about Coronavirus evictions 

Two Labour MPs have made extensive claims about the number of evictions from the private rental sector likely to happen if...

15 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents told to prepare for new off-payroll working rules

ARLA Propertymark is advising agents to get up to speed on new rules - and possible higher costs - when changes...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Scrapping of S21 and new transferable deposits likely “very soon”

The long-awaited Renters' Reform Bill, promised 14 months ago, is likely to be introduced to the House of Commons “very soon.” The...

14 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Right To Rent checks “under review” by Home Office

The government says it’s reviewing the checking process that agents and landlords have to follow under Right To Rent. The revelation has...

12 January 2021

From: Breaking News

How can we improve property matchmaking beyond the online portals?

Over the last 20 years, the growth of online property portals – including Zoopla, Rightmove and PrimeLocation – has transformed the...

11 January 2021

From: Proptech & Innovation

Eviction ban backed by loan scheme paid directly to agents in Wales

While the Westminster government has extended its version of the eviction ban in England until February 21, a longer ban -...

11 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban extended in England and Wales

The ban on bailiff-enforced evictions for private renters has been extended in England and Wales. This will be until February 21 “at...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 will not hold back Agents who are prepared to adapt

With the Government announcement this week of another national lockdown across England amid the surging coronavirus infections, it once again puts...

08 January 2021

From: Sponsored Content

Eviction ban extended in Scotland - will England do the same?

The ban on private rental evictions in Scotland has been formally extended by two months, with a high expectation that a...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Agents tell government: Get a grip on rental debt

Letting agents have joined forces with other players in the rental industry to demand the government finally get a grip on...

08 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Fifth of city’s private rental homes have serious problems - claim

A council claims that as many as a fifth of all the private rental sector homes in its area have a...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Pets in Rental Properties: Date set for MPs to debate issue

January 29th is the date set for MPs to hold the Second Reading of a Private Members’ Bill aimed at the...

07 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Section 21 Abolition - Labour offers to work with Tories

Labour housing spokesperson Thangam Debbonaire has released details of a letter seeking further clarity and commitments on the rental sector eviction...

06 January 2021

From: Breaking News

New lettings agency giant created with £100m private equity cash

Lomond Capital, which owns Scottish lettings and estate agents Braemore and Stonehouse, is to merge with Yorkshire firm Linley & Simpson. The...

05 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Connells’ lettings activities are key to how it will run Countrywide

Connells has made it clear that the innovation and technology it has put into lettings are key to identifying the approach it...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

No more rent controls! Politicians warned of supply shortage

Propertymark is making it clear that rent controls are not the way to operate an efficient lettings market. In a formal response...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

2021 could be a good year for the rental market after all, says agent

The next 12 months could be a surprisingly good year for the private rental sector despite some obvious challenges, according to...

04 January 2021

From: Breaking News

Recent drop in arrears is false dawn, warns PropTech chief

Rent arrears in the private sector have actually dipped from their pandemic peak over the past two months - but they...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Happy New Year from Letting Agent Today and Angels Media

Many agents will be closed on New Year’s Day - the last Bank Holiday for some months and at the start...

31 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent speaks out against possible ‘money making’ licensing scheme

A lettings agent has spoken out at a local council landlord licensing scheme, suggesting it might just be nothing more than...

29 December 2020

From: Breaking News

New fire and smoke alarm laws delayed until early 2022

The Scottish Parliament has postponed new fire and smoke alarm legislation for 12 months. This move, by its local government committee, follows...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

ESTAS Awards 2021 - just days left for letting agents to enter

Entrants for the 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards have only until December 31 to sign up. Founder Simon Brown says: “The bounce...

23 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Angry calls for ‘exempt rental accommodation’ to face regulation

There are growing calls for so-called ‘exempt accommodation’ to face the same controls that are exerted over the rest of the...

21 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Councillor claims agents using virtual viewings show ‘better’ properties

A Labour councillor in Yorkshire claims letting agents are not showing the actual properties available to rent when they use virtual...

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

18 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus lifestyle changes play into hands of Build To Rent - claim

One of the largest players in the Build To Rent sector, Legal & General, says it’s to have a second significant...

17 December 2020

From: Breaking News

EPCs should last just five years and not 10 - property group

A collective of government appointed accreditation schemes has called on the government to do more to improve energy efficiency in the...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Six acquisitions in one year for fast-growing lettings agency

Fast-growing regional agency Linley & Simpson has taken over the rental portfolios of two more independent firms. The deal has transferred 750...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental guarantor service claims to help keep rental sector buoyant

A rental guarantor service claims that it and companies like it have helped keep the UK’s private rental sector buoyant during...

16 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents demand 12 month delay in new electrical safety rules

ARLA Propertymark has written to the government to voice fears that letting agents will not be able to comply with new...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Controversial council files new version of licensing proposal

A controversial Labour council that locked horns with the government over landlord licensing is now submitting a new proposal for its...

15 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Another council ponders Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs

Walsall council in the Midlands is considering an Additional Licensing scheme for HMOs.  As is often the case with such schemes, the...

14 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Sharpen up arrears process’ agents told as eviction truce starts

Today is the start of the official Christmas eviction ban ‘truce’ in the private rental sector - and it continues until...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents now managing more rental units than ever before, says ARLA

An end-of-year market snapshot by the Association of Residential Letting Agents shows the supply of rental accommodation was the highest on record...

11 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent Control legislation doesn’t go far enough, claims tenants' group

A renters’ union in Scotland claims a proposal to cap rents in the country doesn’t go far enough. The Scottish Parliament’s Local...

09 December 2020

From: Breaking News

How was 2020 for you? Agents asked their views by industry suppliers

Two industry suppliers are asking agents to contribute to a survey assessing how the lettings sector has performed in 2020. Government-authorised deposit...

08 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Vocal supporter of rental licensing arrested in corruption probe

Liverpool's mayor Joe Anderson has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit bribery and witness intimidation. Anderson has been an outspoken...

07 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can do more to speed up transactions by adopting technology

Recent debate about urgent need for reform and better collaboration within the property industry, has once again come under the spotlight...

04 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Government must act on eviction backlog and landlord hardship - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark has given a detailed response to a government consultation on how the pandemic has hit the private rental sector. The...

04 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge licensing crackdown in 2021 gives agents a chance to shine - claim

A new assessment of legislation and council rules surrounding the private rental sector suggests a severe crackdown may be coming in...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want a Minister for Renting’ says critic of traditional buy to let

A property entrepreneur critical of the quality of traditional buy to let says the government should create a Minister for Renting...

02 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Pandemic changes the lettings market

The last year was one which none of us will forget both personally and professionally. Every aspect of life has been...

01 December 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Build To Rent set for late-year surge in applications - claim

A late-year surge in the number of Build To Rent applications has been forecast by a market commentator. Alex Blagden, senior researcher...

01 December 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaign against ‘exempt rental accommodation’ steps up

A Labour MP and a newspaper have joined forces to campaign against so-called ‘exempted rental accommodation’. One of Birmingham’s MPs - Jack...

30 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency strongly defends £3,600 charge to departing tenants

A London lettings agency has described a £3,600 charge to a tenant as “entirely reasonable and legal.” The i newspaper has featured a...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Arrears set to worsen as a result of Sunak’s LHA freeze

There’s widespread concern that a freeze on the Local Housing Allowance will worsen rental arrears. Although Chancellor Rishi Sunak failed to mention...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Help our tenants! ARLA demands government grants to cover arrears

ARLA Propertymark is one of seven trade and charity groups calling on the government to help bail out private renters with...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent guarantee scheme for private sector launched by council

A council says it’s let 21 properties thanks to a rent guarantee system launched to woo private landlords to supply homes...

26 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants should get bigger benefits says Generation Rent

Generation Rent’s campaign for more public funds for private tenants continues unabated with a call on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to increase...

25 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Pets Mean Premiums - animals are good news, insists industry group

The private rental sector should embrace the idea of tenants with pets and not object to the prospect. That’s the view of...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Seven weeks for agents to respond to Carbon Monoxide consultation

Lettings agents have until January 11 to respond to the latest consultation proposal stiffening health and safety in the private rental...

24 November 2020

From: Breaking News

‘We want public funds to pay rent arrears’ - campaigners renew call

The Generation Rent campaign has renewed its call for public money to be allocated to clear at least some rent arrears...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Faster check-out admin for agents thanks to PropTech integration

Two PropTech suppliers have announced their products will integrate in order to, in their words, “dramatically reduce reporting and end of tenancy...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Rent collection 97% and occupancy 95% says Build To Rent giant

One of the largest Build To Rent operators in the country is reporting that the pandemic has had relatively minor effects...

23 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Britain’s largest private rented sector set for new licensing scheme

London’s Westminster council - with 43 per cent of housing stock in the private rental sector - has launched a consultation on...

20 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Activists gather outside city agency after licensing protest

Activists from the so-called renters’ union Acorn have held a protest outside the office of a lettings agency in Oxford. A photograph...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online agency expands from students to national lettings market

Online lettings company Monkey vs Owl - also known as MOVO - has expanded from a regional and mostly student service...

19 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Online lettings agency with subscription service wins £1.3m funding

PropTech platform MakeUrMove, which launched back in 2008 as the first online lettings agency, has secured a £1.3m funding package from...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Think tank wants government help for households hit by pandemic

The Resolution Foundation has added its voice to that of many charities and other think tanks demanding more government support for...

17 November 2020

From: Breaking News

No more taxes: Agents warn government on CGT

ARLA Propertymark has issued a warning to government not to use Capital Gains Tax reform to further punish the private rental...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Charity claims some arrears will take seven years to be repaid

The charity Citizens Advice - which claims a “unique, real-time insight into the challenges people are facing as a result of Coronavirus"...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another charity demands immediate “watertight ban” on evictions

A survey claims millions of renter households have concerns about their ability to pay landlords this winter - and the charity...

16 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Capital Gains Tax hike risks mass exodus from buy to let - claim

A prominent agent and industry commentator says the threat of higher Capital Gains Tax risks forcing yet more investors to quit...

13 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Government tells agents: Be considerate over tenant referencing

The government is urging agents and landlords to be “considerate” when deciding whether to accept tenants on the basis of their...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

BTR market snapshot shows continued growth but London lagging

The latest Build To Rent snapshot up to late summer shows the number of BTR homes in stages of planning across...

12 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Kickstart can elevate agents’ reputation through apprenticeships

The group human resources director of the Leaders Romans Group wants the agency industry to improve its reputation by embracing more...

11 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How are tenants changing their outlook in the Coronavirus crisis?

A large-scale survey of private tenants has attempted to uncover what renters feel about the sector and their individual properties in...

10 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Another blow to agents! Anger over latest eviction ban

The main trade body representing lettings agents has described the government’s latest eviction ban as “a further blow” for the sector. At...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb’s social media bid to curb short lets anti-social behaviour

Airbnb is undertaking a widespread social media campaign in the UK about its attempts to crack down on anti-social behaviour and...

09 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents must be regulated now insists the Nationwide

A new report from the Nationwide and campaigning charity Shelter puts letting agents in the dock over the standards in the...

06 November 2020

From: Breaking News

How can Open Banking benefit landlords and letting agents?

Letting agents and landlords have faced huge change and uncertainty this year, with Covid-19 the major driver. But even before the...

05 November 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

‘Strange’ market still showing rent increases in almost every region

Another market snapshot from HomeLet suggests that there was a 2.2 per cent average rent increase across the UK in the...

04 November 2020

From: Breaking News

January date for MP’s bid to allow pets in rental accommodation

A Conservative MP’s bid to ensure pets are allowed in private rental accommodation reaches its next stage in the New Year. Andrew Rosindell,...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Lockdown is agents’ chance to plan for 2021 say training firms

Two industry training firms say the lockdown beginning this week gives agents an opportunity to prepare for 2021. Agency Mentors and The Able Agent...

03 November 2020

From: Breaking News

Time for agents to highlight their value

The recent survey in Letting Agent Today on why many landlords didn’t use agents was interesting and informative. That only 42.5%...

02 November 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Save The Date! The 2021 ESTAS Awards take place on ….

The 2021 ESTAS Customer Service Awards are to be held on Friday June 11. For the first time the awards will host...

02 November 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

30 October 2020

From: Breaking News

How to sell your agency business in 11 key steps

Agents spend their whole careers telling vendors and landlords why they will be able to achieve a better sale price or...

29 October 2020

From: Recruitment & Business Matters

Living without Section 21 evictions – lessons from the Scottish market

The announcement of the Renters’ Reform Bill in the Queen’s speech last December caused a collective groan across the country from...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) Checklist

Lettings agents, property managers and landlords should all be aware of the Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018. The Act...

29 October 2020

From: Legislation & Compliance

How to Reach More Landlords Part 2 - Using Innovative ‘Feet Up’ Campaign to Win Business

Independent agent uses innovative ‘feet up’ campaign to win business. An independent letting agency has invited landlords to put their ‘feet up’...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How to Reach More Landlords Part 1

I was asked recently, how can an agent generate more landlord leads? Well that got me thinking, firstly, we have to...

28 October 2020

From: Marketing & Social Media

How can agents work with property price data and indices?

Staying on top of the numbers and figures in a constantly changing industry can be stressful. Changing property prices can be...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Unlocking Property Management with PropTech Innovations

2020 has been a testing year right from the start. With Storms Ciara and Dennis causing £184m+ worth of damage to...

28 October 2020

From: Proptech & Innovation

Agency named to handle lettings at new Build To Rent city scheme

The team behind Glasgow’s first major city centre Build to Rent housing development has announced another multi-million-pound BTR project. Kelvin Properties, which...

28 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Keeping the property market moving

It’s been an unexpected year for the property market, shaped by the effects of the pandemic. We didn’t quite anticipate the...

27 October 2020

From: Sponsored Content

“Thousands” of Tier 3 private tenants face eviction, claim activists

Campaign group Generation Rent says thousands of tenants in areas of the country under Tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions are in danger...

23 October 2020

From: Breaking News

No Pets: charities back call for reform of rental regulations

Several pet charities are supporting an attempt by an MP to reform lettings regulations to permit more pets in private rental...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants in Tier 2/3 areas “not protected” as evictions resume - claim

A charity claims that private tenants in the areas with the higher tiers of Coronavirus measures face “harsh enforcement” if they...

22 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Politicians should be better informed on rental policy - ARLA

ARLA Propertymark is backing a cross-industry call for more information to be provided to politicians who go on to make housing...

21 October 2020

From: Breaking News

John Lewis to build and furnish private rental properties

John Lewis Partnership, until now best known for its department stores and ownership of Waitrose, is to build homes for rent. The...

19 October 2020

From: Breaking News

End cruel bans on pets in rented property, urges Conservative MP

A Conservative MP is urging his colleagues in government to end “cruel” discrimination against pet owners by much of the private...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Pro-Rent Controls group claims 4,000 members in London alone

An organisation that wants rent controls, the scrapping of Section 21 and what it calls “indefinite tenancies” claims to have 4,000...

16 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent urges landlords to speak out against expensive EPC rules

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

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Rebrand for plucky family agency fighting back against Coronavirus

A family-run agency that describes itself as “plucky” has rebranded and moved to larger premises in one of the UK’s most...

15 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Section 21 still intact, one year after government pledged abolition

It’s a year today since the closure of the formal government consultation into scrapping Section 21 powers for agents and landlords. In last...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Revealed - why some landlords do not use letting agents

Light has been shed at last on the long-running uncertainty about why some landlords choose to use lettings agents and some...

12 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant in arrears? Text them - phone calls are so intimidating…

Most tenants claim they are “intimidated” when agents or landlords telephone them about arrears - and they would much prefer a text. A small...

09 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents welcome first-ever financial scheme helping tenants

ARLA Propertymark has welcomed the creation of a financial lifeline for tenants in Wales in arrears because of Coronavirus.  The association has...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy to let bidders help virtual auctions hit new highs

Savills latest remote auction in 2020 saw £40m raised with 90 lots sold bringing the total value of property sold in 2020...

08 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Poor quality, badly maintained, over-priced - Shelter attacks rental properties

Shelter has returned to the attack on the private rental sector. In a new report it claims a third of tenants in England...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents warned of backlog of electrical checks unless they act now

Letting agents are being warned that many risk a backlog of mandatory electrical checks unless they take rapid action to work with...

07 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Fourth acquisition since lockdown for ever-hungry agency group

The hyper-active Linley & Simpson agency group has announced its fourth acquisition since the lifting of the national lockdown. The Yorkshire-focussed company...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Foundations of student rental sector still strong says lettings platform

The huge disruption of the Coronavirus crisis to the UK's university education does not alter the sector’s long-term fundamentals, a specialist lettings...

06 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Renting off the hook? Government intervention shifts to ownership

Government intervention, which in recent years has seen scores of legal and regulatory changes to the private rental sector, may be...

05 October 2020

From: Breaking News

It's Not On: Agents tell government new EPC targets can't be met

New long-term targets for improving energy efficiency across the private rental sector simply are not realistic, the government has been warned. The...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Big Issue backs lettings agency “delivering social good”

The investment arm of the Big Issue street newspaper is putting £3m into a new form of lettings agency.  Homes for Good was...

02 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents may be banned from advertising properties with poor EPCs

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

01 October 2020

From: Breaking News

Boom Time - record number of tenants registered by agents

The number of new prospective tenants is at its highest level ever according to data just released by ARLA Propertymark. The association’s...

30 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must clear tenant debts before second wave hits

A rent guarantor service says the rental sector has investors and landlords who are happy for tenants to defer rent payments...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

More changes to lettings regulations north of the border

There have been more Coronavirus-inspired changes to lettings regulations in Scotland. Firstly the Scottish Government has passed the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment...

29 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents face crucial role in coming months

The role of lettings agents has never been more crucial to landlords and tenants than it is now and will be...

28 September 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Renters Reform Bill pushed into the long grass?

It appears that the Renters Reform Bill - a key measure in the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto - has been...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Sunak's schemes not enough to help rental sector - trade body

A leading trade body has broadly welcomed the Winter Economy Plan outlined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak yesterday, but says this still...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Why did Chancellor ignore private rental sector? asks lettings guru

A leading figure in the private rental sector says the lettings industry has been largely ignored once again by Chancellor Rishi...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Fund manager names agency to handle lettings portfolio

One of the country’s first specialist residential property fund managers has named the agency to handle its latest Build To Rent...

25 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government demolishes “misleading” Generation Rent eviction claim

The government has accused campaign group Generation Rent of peddling “unreliable and misleading” figures about potential evictions in the private rental...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council wants new bureaucracy to manage private renting

A London council has launched a strategy it claims will protect private tenants and ensure they live in good quality and...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t get scammed - police force warns about bogus property ads

A police force is warning potential tenants to check before handing over money after scammers conned people into making rent pre-payments...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

A huge degree of pain - London student lettings sector to take 24% hit

The private rental sector dedicated to student accommodation in London could see a 24 per cent drop in income in the...

23 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock bid to block evictions to be made this week in House of Lords

A Liberal Democrat Baroness says she is to make a last-ditch bid in the House of Lords tomorrow to stop evictions...

22 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ends but it’s under “constant review” insists minister

Housing Minister Chris Pincher says the eviction ban is formally over but the situation remains under “constant review” as the second...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Government thinks Brexit more important than tenants, says Labour

Labour’s housing spokeswoman has accused the government of wasting the last four weeks before the eviction ban ended by putting its...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

New regulations for post-ban evictions set out by government

The government has set out confirmation of the new regulations and protocols that agents and landlords will have to follow if...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Citizens Advice claims “concern building” over renter homelessness

The Citizens Advice charity claims that new figures suggest concern is building amongst renters about the possibility of losing their home.  It...

21 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry prepares for end of evictions ban after six-month shutdown

The lettings industry is today preparing for the current ban on repossessions to be lifted on Sunday with courts to hear...

18 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Police bust major £400,000 drugs racket run by rogue landlord

West Midlands Police have revealed that a major drugs racket being run by a rogue landlord from his properties in Coventry...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

'Student tenants return to London lettings market' - Dexters

Overseas and domestic students have returned to the Central London lettings market 'in force' so far this month, according to Dexters. The...

16 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Notice To Quit: changes to the rules in another part of the UK

There have been changes to the Notice To Quit process in Northern Ireland. The Private Tenancies (Coronavirus Modifications) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2020...

14 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Latest eviction change: Six months notice and no Christmas evictions

The latest announcement from Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick suggests the eviction ban WILL end at last on September 20. However, more concessions...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Huge loss of income: Buy To Let counts cost of Coronavirus crisis

The first attempt to assess the loss of rental income as a result of Coronavirus calculates 22 per cent of private landlords...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Another new Build To Rent development announced

The Build To Rent specialist operator Wise Living has announced a new scheme in Lincolnshire being built in partnership with developer Seagate...

11 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency told ‘No DSS’ policy was unlawful and discriminatory

A lettings agency that told a prospective tenant it had a policy of not offering tenancies to housing benefit recipients has...

10 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction Ban: 'Expected from Labour, not Tories' says party member

A Tory member has used the Conservative Home website to tell his party that it should introduce interest-free loans to help tenants...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour left-wingers join housing campaigns to oppose evictions

The Momentum movement on the left wing of the Labour Party is joining forces with housing organisations to argue against private...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Civil penalty notices served on landlords who cannot be named

Two landlords have been served with civil penalty notices for operating unlicensed HMOs.  The notices were from Wellingborough council; one was for...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Energy Efficiency - “Huge backlog of work across rental sector

There’s a huge backlog of work required to be done across the private rental sector to meet the latest Minimum Energy...

09 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must not be tempted to charge illegal fees, industry chief warns

One of the leading figures in the PropTech world is warning that letting agents must not be tempted into charging illegal...

08 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants must get interest-free loans to clear Covid arrears - agent

A scheme providing interest-free loans to tenants with Covid-related arrears should be offered across the UK. That’s the view of David Alexander...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

PropTech consolidation as flat-sharing platform snaps up rival

The UK-based flat-sharing platform SpareRoom has acquired one of its rivals Roomgo - better known by its previous name of Easyroommate.  The...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

London council licensing scheme lapses after five years

A private rental licensing consultancy has spotted that an additional licensing scheme run by a London borough council has now lapsed...

07 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Online rental platforms should do more to stop criminal scams - call

A new report demands that online rental platforms and portals allowing direct advertising by clients do more to deter fake landlords...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

How has Covid-19 hit the rental market? Your chance to find out…

ARLA Propertymark is holding a webinar later this month to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the private rental sector. It will...

04 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Shock 58 per cent rise in licensing fee imposed by council

A new private rental licensing regime in a London borough is being described as “a major step forward in improving living...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents can refer struggling tenants to independent advice helpline

Letting agents and landlords in Wales can now direct struggling tenants to a new independent advice service. The Private Rented Sector Helpline...

03 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour council proposes controversial city-wide licensing scheme

Oxford council, which has 49 per cent of its housing stock in the private rental sector, is starting a formal consultation...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Council identifies hundreds of rental units in energy efficiency clampdown

A council says it's identified hundreds of rental properties within its boundaries which apparently do not comply with key energy efficiency...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Just grand! Average UK rent a whisker under £1,000 pcm

The average rent across the UK is now £985 per calendar month, up some 2.1 per cent on four weeks ago...

02 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents link with critics to demand public cash for renters

ARLA and the NRLA have teamed up with charities - some usually critical of letting agents and landlords - to lobby...

01 September 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents must adapt quickly to the new normal  By David Alexander, joint Managing Director of apropos

  There is little doubt that the coronavirus has changed the way we live and rapidly created a new normality as different...

28 August 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Boris Johnson told: You’ve kicked the rental sector in the teeth

A leading trade body has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson that some landlords face receiving no rent for two years.  In a...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit scheme wants new role negotiating rent repayment deals

A deposit scheme has launched a new service designed to help tenants and landlords who have experienced issues with rent arrears as...

28 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Coronavirus break clauses being demanded by student tenants

Student renters want break clauses automatically included in tenancy agreements to protect them financially in the event of a second wave of...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Private tenants urged to check if they can get a rent rebate

A London council is telling its private rental sector residents to use a new tool to check whether they may be...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agent backs eviction ban extension but wants cash help for landlords

A prominent lettings agent has come out in favour of the eviction ban extension - but he wants government cash help...

27 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental sector relatively strong despite Covid and eviction issues

The latest survey of buy to let landlords suggests a relatively healthy private rental sector notwithstanding the challenges of the Coronavirus...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions latest: Campaigners demand answers from government

The Generation Rent campaign group has written to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick demanding answers to five questions regarding the eviction extension...

26 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let sector warned: Stand by for a Winter of Discontent

A specialist mortgage operator is warning letting agents and landlords to gear up for a winter of discontent as a result...

25 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Exactly what the ban extension means to agents and tenants

The Law Society has set out exactly what the extension of the eviction ban, announced on Friday, means to agents, landlords...

24 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction U-turn: ban stays for another four weeks

The government has made a last minute U-turn on the eviction ban - extending it for four weeks until September 20. Housing...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent in last-ditch bid to keep evictions ban

The Generation Rent pressure group has made a last-ditch argument in favour of keeping the evictions ban, which will lapse at the...

21 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agency group wants loans scheme for tenants with Covid arrears

Belvoir is backing a call for a loans scheme in England - similar to one in Wales - to protect tenants...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Mandatory electrical checks in overdrive as tenant demand surges

Letting agents are being warned they are likely to face a higher number of mandatory electrical checks as the sector expands...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour likens evictions ban ending to Tories’ exams fiasco

Labour’s housing spokeswoman says “after the incompetent handling of the exams fiasco, the government must act now to avoid more chaos...

20 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Blistering attack on ‘big name letting agent’ by anti-rental activist

The author of a book described as being about “insecure renters haemorrhaging cash” has used her newspaper column to make a...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

This is why the eviction ban should be lifted, explains trade body

A leading lettings sector trade body has set out reasons why the eviction ban should be lifted - which may help...

19 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Letting agents excluded from new student property platform

A new student accommodation property platform has been launched which aims to deliberately by-pass letting agents.  Housemates is for students, landlords and...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenant concierge service links up with insurance provider

Tenant concierge service Tenant Shop is linking with Legal & General to offer insurance products across the private rental sector.  Tenant Shop...

18 August 2020

From: Breaking News

London mayor accused of scaremongering over eviction fears

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of causing needless fear for renters by claiming all those in arrears due to...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents urged to call council before serving eviction notices

A local authority is urging letting agents within its boundary to get in touch before serving eviction notices on private tenants. Gedling council...

17 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban set to be extended in Scotland - will rest of UK follow?

The ban on evictions in the private rented sector looks almost certain to be extended until March next year in Scotland...

14 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Industry self-regulation now moves centre-stage says PropTech chief

A leading PropTech figure says a political issue north of the border demonstrates the advantages of voluntary industry codes of practice over...

13 August 2020

From: Breaking News

It’s nonsense: Figures show eviction surge fear is unfounded

The largest survey yet conducted about rent payments during the pandemic shows the claims of pressure groups about widespread evictions are unfounded. Over...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Branch closure after small independent agency snapped up

The acquisition of an independent agency in Yorkshire has resulted in a branch closure and the two staff being transferred to...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents invited to comment on two new proposed licensing schemes

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords, with agents and others...

12 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Another ‘virtual office’ for agency chain not using High St branches

An agency chain has opened its second so-called ‘virtual office’ in two weeks - and again it doesn’t involve any bricks...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Deposit alternative firm selling additional cover and faster payouts

Deposit alternative service flatfair is now selling a top-up cover element that allows landlords to add a further six weeks damage...

11 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Top politician wants rethink of six month possession period

A leading politician is calling for a rethink of the six month possession period which has been imposed in Wales. Mark Isherwood,...

07 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Don’t evict anyone during virus crisis says leading lettings expert

A senior lettings expert with almost four decades experience says evictions should not be considered during the virus crisis, irrespective of the...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Some lettings agents ignoring No DSS ruling, claims Shelter chief

The chief executive of campaigning charity Shelter claims some lettings agencies are ignoring the recent ruling that private landlords cannot discriminate against...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

‘Necessary’ licensing scheme still not agreed a full YEAR after consultation

Back in March 2019 we covered the story that Weymouth council in Dorset wanted a landlord licensing scheme for a town...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

A Virtual Office - national agency covers new patch virtually

The Leaders Romans Group says it’s opening a new virtual office in the East Midlands, with a long-standing lettings expert at...

04 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Nightingale Courts will tackle eviction cases when ban ends

The huge backlog of eviction and other cases anticipated in the coming months will be helped by the creation of a...

03 August 2020

From: Breaking News

Give tenants power to trigger energy improvements - Generation Rent

Campaign group Generation Rent says private tenants could miss out on an energy efficiency drive if they are not given the...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Never Knowingly Let - John Lewis moves into Build To Rent

Tenants who want to pop downstairs to the shop may soon be able to do so - thanks to the John...

31 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Councils and Labour add to calls to scrap Section 21 eviction powers

The Local Government Association, which represents almost all councils in England, is calling on the government to scrap section 21. The call comes...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Tenants should get help clearing Covid arrears, says charity

The Citizens Advice charity is warning it has seen a huge surge in private renters worried about arrears.  And it says many...

30 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Confused over electrical regulations? This Facebook Q&A may help...

Reports into Letting Agent Today suggest there’s still some confusion over new regulations surrounding electrical checks in the private rental sector. If...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Top housing lawyer now acting for newly-merged lettings body

Leading housing lawyer David Smith has become the legal counsel for the new National Residential Landlords Association. Smith is a partner at...

29 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Pre-qualify tenants before a viewing and reference them with one shareable viewing link from your CRM.

Can technology bring about the lasting change needed to the property industry? The industry has felt the effect of lockdown and...

28 July 2020

From: Sponsored Content

Departed ARLA chief executive sets out his achievements in post

David Cox’s departure as chief executive of ARLA Propertymark last Friday was well signposted, particularly when he was advised he could...

28 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to licence 50,000 properties - council extends consultation

A local authority has extended its consultation process for a selective licensing system which, if it goes ahead, would see some...

27 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Council seeks private rental sector help to ease waiting list problems

A local authority has set up what it calls The Private Sector Landlord service to try to harness some private property...

24 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Anti-eviction group’s second plea to Jenrick in 24 hours

The Generation Rent campaign group has made its second plea to Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in 24 hours - both on...

23 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Imminent surge of tenancies despite virus will challenge agents - claim

There’s likely to be a further surge of new tenancies in the weeks to come, challenging agents’ ability to cope with...

22 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Private rental units are government option for vulnerable people

A £266m package of help to support vulnerable people into long term accommodation includes possible options to use the private rental...

21 July 2020

From: Breaking News

CGT Threat: Propertymark warns government not to hurt buy to let

Propertymark is the latest industry body to warn the government against Capital Gains Tax changes that may disincentivise landlords. A joint statement...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

New eviction court procedures to address Covid backlog

The government has outlined new court procedures to address the expected backlog of cases when eviction proceedings resume on August 24. For...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Rental EPCs should be minimum B, urges think-tank

An influential think-tank wants private rental properties to have a minimum EPC rating of B by 2030. The Institute for Public Policy...

20 July 2020

From: Breaking News

One in four tenants in arrears - but the survey is very small

A survey claims 25 per cent of tenants are already at least a month behind in their rent. Of those private tenants...

17 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Shelter “doubling up” its checks on letting agents for compliance

Campaigning charity Shelter says it is “doubling up” its efforts to make sure letting agents comply with anti-discrimination legislation when it...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Housing minister enters row over Labour “bung” accusation

Housing minister Chris Pincher has entered the row over Labour claiming that the stamp duty holiday announced last week was in...

15 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Labour claims there are “illegal evictions by letting agents”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, has told the government of “illegal evictions by letting agents” - without specifying the incidents he refers...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Evictions could be avoided by new rental mediation service

A new service claims it could help to avoid arrears by mediating in disputes between tenants and landlords or their agents. The...

14 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Licensing scheme scaled back after government rejects original

The council in Liverpool is likely to propose a scaled-back private rental licensing scheme after its original suggestion was rejected by...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Another independent agency snapped up by six-branch network

A six-branch agency has acquired a single-office independent. Lenwell Property Services, which operates in the Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire region, has acquired...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

 Private tenants increasingly satisfied with homes and landlords

There’s been another increase in the proportion of private tenants saying they are satisfied with their housing according to data published...

13 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Agents' warm welcome for £5,000 Green Homes Grant scheme

The Association of Residential Lettings Agents has given a warm welcome to this week’s news that buy to let investors as...

10 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Leading Tory speaks up for agents, landlords and the rental sector

A senior Conservative peer and consumer campaigner has written an article strongly defending the private rental sector, agents and landlords. Baroness Altmann...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Campaigning Baroness slams Sunak over possible “mass homelessness”

Former Labour Baroness Alicia Kennedy, the new director of the campaign group Generation Rent, claims 500,000 renters are in arrears as...

09 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Airbnb short lets should convert to long-term rentals, says council

A council with a large number of short let properties within its boundaries is urging owners to convert them to traditional...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Government must help young renters hit by furlough end - lettings group

A lettings sector trade body, acting with homelessness charities, is urging the government to do more as young people in rented...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Bid to introduce cap on rent rises abandoned by parliamentarians

A Bill which would have introduced a general cap on rent increases in the private rental sector has been abandoned by...

07 July 2020

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban ending: government tries to soothe critics

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has given Letting Agent Today a statement trying to soothe critics of its...

06 July 2020

From: Breaking News

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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