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KEYWORD "Wales" - 101 RESULTS
Warning: rental reform could mean rewriting tenancy agreements

A lawyer says radical rental reforms proposed for Scotland - which could be a model for change in England and Wales...

16 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark bats off surprisingly downbeat housing index

Propertymark has batted away any possible market pessimism as a result of a downbeat price index result from the Halifax  Just before...

08 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Industry boss slams government for ‘grandstanding’ on rent issues

HomeLet and Let Alliance’s chief executive Andy Halstead has called for less “government grandstanding” and more direct action to recognise the...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Agents warned: Don’t be Left Behind when Regulation Comes In

Propertymark is urging agents to get ahead of the curve and be ready for the next big initiative - Regulation.  Propertymark has...

02 April 2024

From: Breaking News

No Rent Controls! Propertymark’s plea to leading politician

Propertymark has issued a no-holds-barred plea to the politician who has been named as the new housing minister in Wales -...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Lettings Helpline and legal advisors hailed as major success

Propertymark says its Lettings Helpline for agent members in England and Wales has become “an essential membership benefit for dealing with...

28 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Renting cheaper than owning for most first time buyers says Halifax

For first time buyers, renting is cheaper than buying in most of the UK according to new data from the Halifax.  London, the...

27 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Government figures show another sharp rent rise

Average UK private rents increased by 9.0% in the 12 months to February 2024 according to the Office for National Statistics. This...

21 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Advice for agents on tenants with banned dog breeds

Propertymark is highlighting new advice for agents and landlords given by Lets With Pets, the website of The Dogs Trust charity. The...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Leasehold Reform Bill wins a big thumbs-up from agents’ body

Propertymark has urged the Sunak government to press ahead with leasehold reform ahead of the Second Reading of the Leasehold and...

19 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Warning to Labour leader - no rent controls, yes to lower taxes

The new Labour leader in Wales, Vaughan Gething, has received an early shot across the bows from Propertymark. Gething was elected Welsh...

18 March 2024

From: Breaking News

RICS Warning: rents still rising as landlords quit lettings sector

Today’s new market snapshot from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors shows tenant demand rising but at a rather more modest...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rents Still Rising in most areas of UK

Asking rents continue to show pos­itive annualised growth in all regions except Greater London and Scotland.  That’s according to respected property website...

14 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Banks Closing Pooled Client Accounts - agents urge government action

Propertymark is urging the government to tackle the problem of banks closing down undesignated or pooled client accounts of letting agents. HM...

13 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Powers to evict anti-social tenants set to be beefed up

Propertymark has welcomed proposed reforms to evict tenants who show persistent anti-social behaviour.   In 2018, a Northern Ireland Department of Justice consultation...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Airbnb sharing short lets data with another government department

Airbnb - which recently announced it’s sharing some information about its landlord hosts with HMRC - is now sharing data with...

12 March 2024

From: Breaking News

New Banking Scandal as thousands of agency accounts are closed

A Parliamentary committee has heard that thousands of small and medium-sized letting agencies were debanked in 2023, with financial institutions forcibly...

11 March 2024

From: Breaking News

PropTech sector gives a thumbs down to lacklustre Budget

The PropTech sector has mostly agreed with the rest of the industry in its view on yesterday’s Budget - that it...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Regulation of lettings agents imminent, suggests Propertymark

Propertymark says the regulation of agents has come a step closer.   The trade body gave evidence at a House of Lords Industry...

07 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Chancellor reveals property tax change in Budget

The Chancellor has used his Budget to confirm a 2p cut in National Insurance, from April 6. This will take it...

06 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Rental Sector Tax Grab - leading agency boss speaks out

A figure in one of the country’s highest profile lettings companies has hit out at a government proposal to penalise the...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Council buys private homes to let to families on waiting list

Caerphilly council in Wales has bought privately owned properties to provide housing for families who would otherwise find themselves in temporary...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

£900 pcm for cheapest flat in 22-storey Build To Rent tower

One of the first Building To Rent schemes in Wales - a 22 storey tower - has seen its first residents...

29 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Build More Homes! Agents in new desperate plea to government

Propertymark has again urged the UK government to continue with its target of building 300,000 new homes in England a year...

26 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Buy to let portfolio used for housing association tenants

A council that is buying private properties in second home hotspots to let to local people has struck a new agreement...

16 February 2024

From: Breaking News

House Prices see small monthly gains - new index shows stronger market

Another index has suggested a small monthly increase in house prices in England and Wales - even though the annual rate...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Agency snaps up rival and launches new city lettings division

Property agency James Douglas has acquired a rental service and launched its own lettings arm in the south Wales city of...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Most competitive locations for letting agents revealed by research

A new analysis shows that - unsurprisingly - London remains the most competitive region for letting agents, having seen the largest...

16 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Propertymark backs controversial Airbnb registration scheme

Letting agents’ body Propertymark is throwing its weight behind a mandatory licensing and registration scheme for short let landlords. Anyone who lets...

12 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Mandatory Short Lets registration scheme to be introduced

A mandatory short lets registration and licensing scheme is to be introduced in part of the UK, described as a system...

11 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Tenants Scammed - new guidelines for agents to give renters

Propertymark is telling member agents to be aware of potential risks and help educate tenants to lookout for common scams, especially...

04 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour will keep Right To Buy in England if it wins election

Labour says it will keep the controversal Right To Buy policy in England if it wins this year’s General Election. This is...

02 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Generation Rent claims Black people victimised by “outdated” Vagrancy Act

A group of rental activists claims that police in England are disproportionately using a 19th century law that criminalises rough sleeping...

28 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Top agent backs industry regulation in 2024 - the more the better

The boss of a prominent UK lettings and property management agency says new regulations planned for the industry are to be...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

2023 goes down as the year of record rents

London has seen the strongest rental growth over the last year according to an analysis by lettings agency Hamptons.   The average rent...

27 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent unhappy at “missed opportunity” to help rental and other housing sectors

One of the UK’s leading lettings agents is bemoaning what he calls “the missed opportunity “ to help the rental sector...

22 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand radical legal reform and a new Housing Court

Propertymark has listed a string of legal reforms it wants as part of the government’s modernisation of the court process -...

21 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

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

19 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill at risk if councils aren’t given more cash - MPs

Measures contained in the Renters Reform Bill will fail without sufficient resources to ensure they can be enforced. The warning comes from...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians told - You’re wrong on additional homes tax surcharge

Propertymark has told politicians that an additional homes tax will not succeed in increasing housing supply. Timothy Douglas, head of policy and...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Revealed - Britain’s worst city for rental availability

New research has identified locations with the largest volume of available rental stock, based on those units at or below the...

23 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Eviction ban not part of government plans to counter homelessness

The prospect of a long-term eviction ban appears to have been lifted in one part of the UK. The Welsh Government is...

22 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Latest rent rise is seven year high according to official figures

The Office for National Statistics official government lettings index shows that private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK increased...

17 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Government announces changes to Renters Reform Bill

Changes put forward to the Renters Reform Bill to crack down on rogue landlords, protect vulnerable residents and improve the safety of...

15 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand and rents up - supply stays stubbornly low

Over seven in 10 landlords report rising tenant demand during the third quarter – a new record high, research conducted on...

14 November 2023

From: Breaking News

Ex-Keller Williams agent in  group snapping up historic brand

One of Scotland’s oldest property and legal brands - Simpson & Marwick - has been snapped up by a newcomer to...

02 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New survey to help politicians make rental policy

The Welsh Housing Minister has committed to a Housing Survey to assist its policies for the private rental sector. Propertymark has been...

27 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents demand payment changes in upcoming Autumn Statement

Propertymark is urging the government to use next month’s Autumn Statement to support low-income households in the private rented sector in...

26 October 2023

From: Breaking News

No rent controls in England - government confirmation

Rent controls as currently in force in Scotland and under consideration in Wales will not be put into effect in England,...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

London tenants pay high average deposits, claims supplier

One of the players in the controversial Deposit Alternative field is stepping up its case for this kind of service to...

25 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Control threat - agents warn politicians not to meddle with market

Propertymark has issued a statement warning politicians not to introduce rent controls by the backdoor through processes which tinker with the...

18 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy To Let has grown massively in recent years - new statistics

Government data shows that as of 2022 some 15.29 per cent of homes in England are privately rented, with 14.9 per...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Propertymark Backs Radical New Property Tribunal System

Propertymark has backed the idea of a new property tribunal system for Wales to simplify court processes. The proposal merges nine current...

12 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents call for root and branch housing court reform

Propertymark says it hopes that a Welsh Government White Paper proposing that nine devolved housing tribunals are consolidated into a single...

04 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge scale of rental sector reliance on mortgages revealed

The buy to let sector appears more heavily reliant on mortgages than some analysts have previously suggested. Specialist lending service Octane Capital has...

02 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New support helpline opens for ARLA Propertymark members

Propertymark is introducing a new dedicated Lettings Helpline for ARLA members in England and Wales.  Until now Propertymark has provided members with access...

29 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Buy to let income up despite rising costs and red tape

Landlords in England and Wales have seen their rental portfolio income increase by 8.7 per cent in the past year.  That’s according...

20 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Gove tells agents to identify and remedy damp and mould issues

New directives issued by the government put the emphasis firmly on private landlords and their letting agents to take responsibility for...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Why do politicians pursue failed policy of rent controls? - agent asks

Private rents have continued to soar in Scotland according to DJ Alexander, the largest lettings agency in the country.  It says rental...

11 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Abandoned Tenancies - agents press Gove for court solution

Propertymark is pressing Housing Secretary Michael Gove to adopt a housing court system to solve the problem of abandoned tenancies. The agents...

07 September 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency beefs up management team with trio of promotions

Leaders Romans Group has made three internal promotions at a senior level to beef up its property management team. Karen Shepherd, George...

30 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Possession court delays to worsen thanks to new law - claim

The new Housing Loss Prevention Advice Service - introduced this month - will make possession court case delays even worse. That’s the...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Swathes of England and Wales becoming less affordable - claim

Almost a quarter of England and Wales will become less affordable to buyers by 2025, it’s been claimed. The findings - from...

25 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Squeeze on tenants not ending any time soon - top agency

A leading agency says the squeeze on tenants facing high rent rises is not going to end anytime soon. The comment -...

17 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Overseas firm slams UK agents “empty High Street branches”

An overseas agency trying to establish itself in the UK has taken a swipe at domestic agencies’ love of High Street...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Hate campaign launched against Airbnb

A hate campaign against AirBnb appears to have been launched in a Welsh village. Newspaper reports say a sticker reading 'Death to...

15 August 2023

From: Breaking News

 Law Society speaks out about Section 21 evictions

Housing legal aid is increasingly out of reach for tenants who need help, the Law Society of England and Wales claims.  Quarterly...

14 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Abandoned Tenancies - Gove lobbied to take urgent action

Housing Secretary Michael Gove is being lobbied to take urgent action over the growing problem of abandoned tenancies. Propertymark chief executive Nathan...

11 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill - Online course explains what it means

PropTech platform Goodlord has launched a one hour online course explaining the controversial Renters Reform Bill. The aim is to equip letting...

04 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Legal concern over new aid for tenants in eviction cases

The Law Society is raising concerns over the effectiveness of a new support service aimed at tenants at risk of losing...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Long-standing agency snaps up rival independent

West Wales Home Rentals - part of an agency group set up three decades ago - has snapped up the property...

01 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Council Tax premium 'not enough to return homes to rental sector'

Council tax premiums being considered in Wales would be insufficient to persuade short let and holiday home owners to move their...

31 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Rishi Sunak hints at fundamental reform of EPC system

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has thrown his weight behind Housing Secretary Michael Gove’s proposals to delay deadlines for EPC improvements in...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Treasury ponders different anti-money laundering systems

HM Treasury has published a consultation on reform of the anti-money laundering supervisory system, giving four options. Currently the supervisory system is...

27 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Stock Drought - more evidence of shocking under-supply

A study by consumer intelligence service TwentyCi shows a continued severe under-supply of properties in the private rental sector.  It says that...

21 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency outraged at latest business rates proposal by government

Colliers, the agency and property consultancy, has issued another outspoken attack on government policy - this time prompted by a formal...

17 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Figures lift lid on growing foreign investment in UK property

A lettings agency claims foreign homeowners are sitting on £84.2 billion worth of property across England and Wales - but with...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Holiday Homes - here’s where they are and what they’re worth

New research reveals that there is an estimated £21.4 billion worth of holiday homes in England and Wales with the South...

12 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Strict Airbnb regulation gets a massive thumbs-down

An attempt to introducing statutory licensing for Airbnbs and some other tourist accommodation has got a frosty reception. The Welsh Government -...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency’s shock figures over collapsing sales market

A prominent lettings and sales agency says there’s been a dramatic 54 per cent slump in sales this year.  Research from Barrows...

07 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill measures may be extended - BBC report

The BBC says discussions are underway to extend the Renters Reform Bill to specifically outlaw any rental listing banning families and benefit recipients...

06 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Tax Loopholes - government slammed over additional properties

A long-standing and respected property firm has slammed the government for presiding over the “mess” of taxes applied to holiday lets...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Pets and Kids Not Welcome? New analysis of rental listings

Thousands of listing for rental properties on two popular websites explicitly say children or pets are not welcome. A BBC analysis of...

05 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents' Teach-In Month - Webinars begin tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the start of a month of webinars hosted by Rightmove to help agents understand compliance changes and how they...

03 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour turning its back on rent controls once and for all

It looks as if the Labour Party is turning its back on rent controls on England and Wales. In the past year...

29 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Big rise in service charges for flats triggered by fire precautions

New research from lettings agency Hamptons shows that since 2018, average service charges for flats across England and Wales have increased...

26 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Are There Too Many Holiday Homes? Census figures revealed

New data from the Office for National Statistics, based on the 2021 Census results, show growth in the number of holiday...

23 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Huge cash funding to help Ukrainians into private rentals

Ukrainians in the UK will be helped into private rental homes as part of a £150m government injection.  The funding will be...

19 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Rent Controls - Agents asked for help building case against

The National Residential Landlords Association is looking for help from letting agents in building a case against rent controls. The association is...

15 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Fight Back Against Rent Controls - rallying call to agents

Two prominent trade bodies representing elements of the private rental sector are fighting back against the latest attempt to impose rent...

09 June 2023

From: Breaking News

Agents back carbon monoxide alarms in all residential properties

Propertymark is backing the installation of carbon monoxide alarms in all residential buildings in Wales. The Welsh Government is proposing to amend...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill prompts agents’ calls to helpline

A webinar says the Renters Reform Bill is the biggest challenge facing lettings agents - and it’s prompted calls to a...

31 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Stamp Duty Surcharge triggers long-term slump in off-plan sales

Off-plan new build properties - at one time a solid favourite amongst landlords - are now falling out of favour with...

23 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agent training service wins backing from exam watchdog

Not for profit accreditation service safeagent has seen two of its lettings qualifications officially recognised by exam watchdog Ofqual.  Safeagent as an...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Senior agent warns rents can’t continue rising indefinitely

The latest data shows that while rents continue to climb, growth is starting to slow down.  According to Nicky Stevenson, managing director...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Politicians told to do more to help tenants on benefits

Propertymark has told a group of MPs that many benefit recipients are excluded from the private rented sector due to the...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Tenant demand now at all-time high, research shows

A survey of nearly 700 landlords by Paragon Bank found that 67 per cent experienced increased tenant demand during the first...

11 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Government move raises hope of cash help for energy improvements

One of the UK governments has backed a call for private landlords to get cash help to meet new Minimum Energy...

03 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Agency’s warning to renters - it’ll be a tough spring

Lettings agency Fine & Country believes that tenants will continue to feel the pressure this spring with rental growth expected to...

21 April 2023

From: Breaking News

Report identifies tenants most at risk from EPC rule changes

London’s renters are most at risk from finding their homes either being un-lettable or their landlord selling up due to the...

19 April 2023

From: Breaking News

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